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African-American sorority marks 100th anniversary

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 12:00 p.m. CST

URBANA (AP) — An African-American sorority at the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana campus is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority's Gamma Chapter plans events this weekend for the chapter's centennial. Members plan to gather at Bousfield Hall to dedicate a lounge named after their chapter. The residence hall is named after the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Illinois.

The sorority has had thousands of members over the decades, many who went on to become doctors, lawyers, educators and entrepreneurs. The chapter currently has about three dozen members.

The News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1dtgGb7) that at the time when the sorority started African-American students weren't allowed to live in university housing.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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