Dr. Rod Paige Sr. – the 7th United States Secretary of Education and the first African American to serve in that role – will be the keynote speaker at the annual Educational Advancement Foundation Breakfast hosted by the Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
The breakfast event, designed to continue the sorority's legacy of scholarship and service, will be held at Middle Baptist Church, 801 Whitehaven Lane, on Saturday (April 20) from 10 a.m. to noon.
"Awesome Support for Education: The AKA Way" is the theme.
Dr. Paige, who is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, will offer his perspective on the importance of education in today's economy. He is the author of "The War Against Hope" and the co-author of "The Black-White Achievement Gap" and "Fighting to Save our Urban Schools...and Winning."
A native Mississippian, Dr. Paige earned a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University and a master's and a doctoral degree from Indiana University. He also holds an honorary doctoral degree, which the University of Houston presented to him in 2000.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc. is a 501(C) (3) Foundation. Its mission is to promote lifelong learning.
All proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships awarded to high school students throughout Memphis, Shelby County and the Mid-South.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from Josephine Bennett at 901-685-8383 or Raygene Paige at 901-754-6004.