For over 30 years, the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of East Mississippi to put together fun summer activities. “So, you know, we’re trying to make it work where we connect the arts with their life,” said Adrian T. Mosely with the sorority. Sixth and Seventh grade students at the Boys & Girls Club tapped into their creative side and dove into the Harlem Renaissance through drawing. “Children can relate to art. They can relate to art in so many ways: through family, through friends, and through religion,” said Carol Johnson, who lead the course. She is also a retired teacher from Southeast Elementary.
While Johnson lead the class, members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority encouraged the students, while also educating them on the history of African American culture as a whole. “If we don’t know our history, we will not be able to know our future. It’s so important for us as adults, as educators, and parents to make our children aware of the great accomplishments that have been made with African Americans and all Americans and how we can work together to become better,” said Mosely. Some members of the sorority work within the school system and say these summer programs help them to become better students overall. “I think it taps into their creative sides. It gives them the chance to imagine. Our children need to learn to imagine, to dream, to learn how to create. I think tapping into that part of it through the arts is going to benefit them,” said Gail Lynch who is a part of the AKA sorority, but she is also a secretary at West Hills Elementary.