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Theta Omega was the eighth graduate chapter founded by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. It was chartered on November 5, 1922 at 5200 S. Wabash, Chicago, Illinois. The charter members of Theta Omega were:

  • Clara Vesta Caldwell
  • Ida Taylor Jones
  • Bertha Mosely Lewis
  • Eva Overton Lewis
  • Geraldyne Hodges Major
  • Helen Kathleen Perry

During her early years Theta Omega Chapter held luncheon meetings at the Ideal Tea Room at 3218 S. Michigan. The membership grew to twelve. A scholarship fund was established for outstanding high school girls entering college. Lyceum programs were presented utilizing the talents of local artists, and a vocational guidance program was initiated. Funds were raised during this period from a series of Teas held at the Appomattox Club.

In 1929, the Chapter held its first major fund raiser. Beta and Theta Omega Chapters presented Marian Anderson in a recital at Orchestra Hall. This affair was the cultural event of the season. The funds provided a scholarship to Howard University.

In 1930, the Christmas Day Breakfast Dance was started to raise scholarship funds. It was held at Bacon's Casino at 49th and Wabash. During this period, the chapter also expanded its level of giving to include the YWCA, FEPC, NAACP, Urban League, NCNW, Provident Hospital, Parkway Community Center, Defender charities and the Cancer Fund.

In the late 1930's, membership in Theta Omega increased to over 75 members making it the largest chapter in the region. All the fundraising events up to this point only involved members, their families and friends. In 1956, it was suggested that the fund raising projects be expanded to include the entire community. Hence, the first AKArama was held. It was a midnight show at the old Regal Theater. Nightclub acts from the major clubs were presented, resulting in the presentation of a check for over fifteen hundred dollars to the Urban League and the NAACP. In addition, scholarships were given and other community contributions were made.

Theta Omega has come a long way from a chapter with twelve members. We have grown to 380 members from many walks of life. We have a rich heritage and legacy. Soror Lorraine Richardson Green, our Second Supreme Basileus, who was instrumental in the chartering of Theta Omega, summed it up when she made the following statement:

"Theta Omega women in their individual careers and service in the sorority have played a significant role in the education and development of our people and have made a contribution to the history of Chicago."

Excerpt from"The History of Central Region" by Loann Honesty King