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The dedicated ladies of Upsilon Kappa Omega commit to being a welcoming chapter that strives to uphold our sisterly values while empowering others!

Vision & Values

Upsilon Kappa Omega’s overall vision is that we should be sisters empowering lives by ACTS (Assisting Communities Through Service). The values that have led to the successful achievement of our vision are: Communication, Sisterliness, Patience, Teamwork, Supportive Attitudes, Good Planning, Understanding, Listening, and Open-mindedness.


The year 1996 promised to be and was a wonderful year full of challenges, victories, and new beginnings.  It was early January 1996 when members, Arrie McAlister and Valeria S. Collins, first discussed the possibility of a second graduate chapter in Fayetteville-Cumberland County Area.

Monday, May 13, 1996 sent our hopes and expectations to soaring heights. A group of members met for the first time to discuss the possibility of forming an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Interest Group. That meeting was held at the Cumberland County Main Library, with the following members in attendance: Valeria Collins, Arrie McAlister, Sarah Watson, Barbara Melvin, Daisy Thompson, Robbie Lindsey, Charlene Sumlin and Beverly Simmons.

The initial goals for the group were: 1.  To expand the Alpha Kappa Alpha presence in the Fayetteville area by reaching out to the Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base population.  2.  To diligently seek out those Sorors in the area who are inactive and who would be interested in a growth opportunity.  3.  To develop a plan of action.

A name was selected from among several suggestions.  It was noted that though the organization was founded upon the principle of college-level Greek lettered fellowship, it was also important to keep the link between the sisterhood and our African-American heritage.  Thus, the name Harambee was chosen.  Harambee is the Swahili word, meaning “self-help,” or “pull-together.”

Success!   A tentative date for chartering was scheduled Sunday, December 1, 1996. The official application packet bearing the names of thirty-seven members was submitted to the Regional Director, September 27, 1996.  The Alpha Kappa Alpha Directorate met November 2, 1996 and gave official confirmation of our efforts.  The time for a real celebration of thankfulness was upon Harambee. The chartering date of December 1, 1996 was confirmed.

Today, Upsilon Kappa Omega has approximately 150 members; and, we are still blazing the trails and committed to serving all mankind!

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