First African American to win Winter Olympic gold is AKA

| February 28, 2014
Winter Olympics Gold Medalist Vonetta Flowers

Winter Olympics Gold Medalist Vonetta Flowers

By Malorie Marshall

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News

Vonetta Flowers, the first African-American to win a gold medal at a Winter Olympic games is also an honorary member of the historically black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

The olympian, who won the gold in bobsledding at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of a number of honorary Alpha Kappa Alpha members, from author Maya Angelou to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha is considered the sorority’s highest honor, given to those making extraordinary strides in their field, according to the sorority’s website.

Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded in 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the oldest of the four historically black sororities.

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Brenda Robinson is an NNPA Emory O. Jackson award-winning columnist for Frost Illustrated.