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Faye Beverly Bryant

21st International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc., Faye Beverly Bryant (1982-1986) was born on March 15, 1937, in Houston, Texas. Under Bryant’s leadership, the theme of the AKA Sorority became P.O.W.E.R. During her tenure, Bryant also created the Alpha Kappa Alpha Connection, completed construction on the Sorority’s national headquarters and initiated the African Village Development Program in collaboration with Africare.

Bryant was initiated into the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Howard University in 1955. After graduating from Howard University with her B.A. degree, Bryant returned to Houston and transferred her affiliation to the Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter of Houston in 1957. She went on to earn her M.A. degree in counseling and guidance from the University of Houston. In Houston, Bryant was instrumental in establishing the Epsilon Lambda Chapter at the University of Houston and worked as a teacher in the Houston Independent School District where the 18th International President of AKA Sorority, Ms. Mattelia B. Grays, served as Deputy Superintendent. After teaching at Booker T. Washington High School and serving as a counselor at Bellaire High School, Bryant worked as the Director of Magnet Schools for the Houston Independent School District. She was later hired as the Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources and the Deputy Superintendent for School Administration. She also served as Interim Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District.

In 1982, Bryant succeeded Barbara K. Phillips as International President of the AKA Sorority and Programs of service, Organizational impact, Women in global issues and Economic development and Renewal (P.O.W.E.R.) became the agenda for the Sorority. Bryant’s administration also sought to improve the communication with individual members by approving cluster meetings where AKA Sorority members from various chapters could convene. In addition, Bryant initiated a governmental relations team to represent the Sorority at various government affairs. Bryant added the Alpha Kappa Alpha Connection to the Sorority’s list of programs and registered new voters for the 1984 U.S. Presidential election. During her tenure, Bryant met with the Council of Presidents of the eight predominantly black Greek organizations and launched a drive to leverage the collective power of Greek organizations.

In 1998, Bryant became the first African American to serve as Deputy Superintendent for School Administration in the Houston Independent School District. In 2002, Bryant retired from the school board as Executive Deputy Superintendent after forty-two years of service.

Accession Number

A2008.043

Sex

Female

Interview Date

3/11/2008 |and| 2/5/2013

Last Name

Bryant

Maker Category
Middle Name

Beverly

Schools

Blanche Kelso Bruce Elementary School

E.O. Smith Middle School

Phillis Wheatley High School

University of Houston

Howard University

First Name

Faye

Birth City, State, Country

Houston

HM ID

BRY01

Favorite Season

Winter

Sponsor

Alpha Kappa Alpha

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Cruises, The Bahamas

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Texas

Birth Date

3/15/1937

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Houston

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Fried Chicken

Short Description

Association chief executive and school superintendent Faye Beverly Bryant (1937 - ) was the twenty-first International President of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and served between 1982 and 1986. She also was the first African American to serve as Assistant Superintendent for Enrichment Programs in the Houston Independent School District.

Employment

Blue Triangle Branch, YWCA

Houston Independent School District

Booker T. Washington High School

Bellaire High School

Main Sponsor
Main Sponsor URL
Favorite Color

Blue

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Faye Beverly Bryant's interview, session 1

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Faye Beverly Bryant lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about her election as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her inspiration to run as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her vision for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls the inspiration behind her initiatives at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her vision to ensure the longevity of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about her tenure as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Faye Beverly Bryant reflects upon her leadership style

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her responsibility as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers former supreme basileus Marjorie Holloman Parker

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls the lessons she learned as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers the challenges she faced as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about impeding false information within Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Faye Beverly Bryant reflects upon her success as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Faye Beverly Bryant reflects upon her tenure as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers her greatest moments as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Faye Beverly Bryant reflects upon her legacy as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes how she would like to be remembered as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes the legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Faye Beverly Bryant shares her hopes for the future of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes the greatest challenge for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes elements of a perfect sisterhood

Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Faye Beverly Bryant shares her vision for the future of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her mother's family background

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers her maternal grandmother

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her mother's personality

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her father's family background

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her family life

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her earliest childhood memory

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers the Fifth Ward neighborhood in Houston, Texas

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers her father, Willie Bryant

Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls joining the Girl Scouts of the United States of America

Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her educational background

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her experiences at Blanche Kelso Bruce Elementary School

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers her extracurricular activities

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls attending E.O. Smith Middle School in Houston, Texas

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about her childhood aspirations

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls attending Phillis Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her high school rivalry with Jack Yates Senior High School

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about her religious upbringing

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her high school influences

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers her college aspirations

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her social activities in high school

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Faye Beverly Bryant's interview, session 2

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers her train ride to Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her first impressions of Howard University

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers her professors at Howard University

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her classmates at Howard University

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, 1954

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s service projects

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her extracurricular activities at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers Lucy Diggs Slowe

Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about her summer activities during college

Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls the political climate in Washington, D.C.

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her political influences at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers her college graduation

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her experiences working for the Blue Triangle Branch, YWCA in Houston, Texas

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes the highlights of her tenure at the Blue Triangle Branch, YWCA

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls teaching at Booker T. Washington High School in Houston, Texas

Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes the high schools in the Houston Independent School District

Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her curriculum at Booker T. Washington High School

Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her role as a counselor at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas

Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers the Civil Rights Movement in Houston, Texas

Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her challenges as a counselor at Bellaire High School

Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her initiatives as a counselor at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas

Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers Superintendent Billy Reagan

Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her appointment as director of the magnet school program for the Houston Independent School District

Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about the magnet school program

Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her work with the U.S. Department of Justice

Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about African American representation on the school board

Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her position with the Houston Independent School District department of human services

Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her role of deputy superintendent of instruction

Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Faye Beverly Bryant remembers notable Texas politicians

Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about the Houston Independent School District

Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls her role as deputy superintendent of administration

Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about her POWER program at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s political involvement

Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Faye Beverly Bryant recalls creating a government relations team for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her role as executive deputy superintendent of Houston Independent School District

Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Faye Beverly Bryant talks about her challenges as executive deputy superintendent

Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Faye Beverly Bryant reflects upon her career

Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Faye Beverly Bryant reflects upon her life

Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community

Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Faye Beverly Bryant reflects upon her family

Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Faye Beverly Bryant describes how she would like to remembered

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DATape

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DATitle
Faye Beverly Bryant describes her vision for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Faye Beverly Bryant talks about the magnet school program
Transcript
Well, speaking about leadership, what was your vision for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority [Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.]?$$Oh, I had, serving as supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha was very, very important to me. And I see Alpha Kappa Alpha with now more than two hundred thousand women as really POWER. And that was my program emphasis. Now, that acronym stood for programs of service. That's the P, organizational impact and collaboration, women involved in global issues, economic development, and renewal. I see any time you have a membership of two hundred thousand, you can make a difference in many different areas. And if you come together and collaborate with others, you have even a bigger impact. And so, we did a lot of collaboration during my tenure as national president, as well as trying to create that power, saying to sorors, you can run for office and your, your city council, and your county government, and your state government, and you can do that. We were able, you know, time has a lot to do with everything. During my tenure, it was a presidential election year and so, we did a lot of voter registration. We put one hundred thousand folks on the registration rolls during that time. It was a time that we had the first woman running for vice president, Geraldine Ferraro. We had the first black Miss America. I mean, there were things happening during that time, and that became a part of our thrust. We were very, very active with other groups in pushing our agenda. We got a chance to go to Kenya to the women's conference there and make a presentation with the Kenyan university women. And so, we were not only involved at home, but with women issues across the country. It was really, really an exciting time. When people see me coming now, they say, "There's that power lady," (laughter).$Now, what was the idea behind the magnet schools anyway?$$Our theme at that time was the finest education that money can't buy. That was the theme. That's how we sold it. We believe that if you create programs of interest to students that they will achieve. And so, we had themes at K through twelve [kindergarten to twelfth grade]. Fine arts, we had math and science. We had in the high school level, we had kids learn how to fly planes with air knot--I've forgotten that title of that school, but anyway, they learned how to fly a plane.$$Aviation?$$Aviation. We had chemical science, science program in one high school 'cause it's all industry in this area. And we had the support of our industries in this area. They helped to support those programs that we put together. We had foreign language programs. We had--Yates [Jack Yates Senior High School; Jack Yates High School, Houston, Texas] had a communications high school. They still--and these programs are still going, so, and we must have done a pretty good job. We--and so, thematic--if a kid is interested in music, he's going to do well in reading and everything else 'cause he's coming to school excited about what he's doing. We had horticulture for the little kids in elementary. We had--I'm trying, I'm going through them. As a part of that magnet school program, we set up a camping program where we took a predominantly white campus, a predominantly black, and a predominantly Hispanic, and they went to camp for a week. We own this property--well, a family owns this property up in the Huntsville area, called Camp Olympia [Trinity, Texas]--best experience those kids had. Then we had, we taught them while they were there, the outdoors, science, and, you know, and they still go there. It's a wonderful pro- but all of that, we tried to make it very exciting. We had to decide--where do you put these programs, so we chose campuses where it wouldn't be too difficult to transport kids. You had to do all of that as you created this program. And it's still real--the magnet schools, they line up to get in them right now. And so, as I look back with my involvement in the Hou--that's probably my legacy to the district [Houston Independent School District], the magnet school program.