Alpha Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was the first woman’s Greek letter organization established in San Antonio, Texas. Bettie S. Browne of Phi Chapter was instrumental in establishing the Alpha Tau Omega Chapter. On November 15, 1930 at the Pine Street Branch Y.M.C.A. Bettie S. Browne saw her dream come true when Alpha Tau Omega Chapter was chartered. M. Viola Butler, of Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter, Houston, Texas, Southern Regional Deputy, presided at the chartering. Bettie S. Browne, Lucille L. Bonnett, Vivienne Hood of Phi chapter assisted in the initiation of Laura E. Gates, Susie M. Curtis, Kittie M. Haywood, Violette E. Kane, Mattie T. Lewis, and Euretta K. Fairchild. These nine visionary women are the charter members of Alpha Tau Omega Chapter. Other members present at the initiation were: Iris L. Robinson, Stella Jean Eustace, and LeDora Shelton of Alpha Mu Chapter, Margaret Davis, Willie Cowen, Edna Morris and Anna Mae Caine Walker of Alpha Chapter.
The first elected officers of Alpha Tau Omega chapter were Bettie S. Browne, President; Lucille Bonnett, Vice President; Kittiie Haywood, Second Vice President; Susie Curtis, Secretary and Hostess; Laura Gates, Treasurer and Susie Mae Curtis was appointed Reporter for the chapter.
Although the year of 1930 presented turbulent racial discrimination the charter members of Alpha Tau Omega were important figures in the San Antonio community. They served in the community as Educators, Activists, Shapers of Social Action, Speakers, Business Women, Writers, Church women, Civic workers, Members of Councils and served on Board of Directors. The racial environment of the 1930’s endorsed a conscious awareness of the need to promote scholarship and academic achievement and Alpha Tau Omega heeded the challenge. In addition, several of Alpha Tau Omega’s charter members were involved in various forms of artistic expression before there were such role models. The charter members of Alpha Tau Omega Chapter were women many years ahead of their time.
The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Tau Omega Chapter, is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college educated women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of service to all mankind.
Alpha Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, is the premier sisterhood of college-educated women working together to serve the citizens of San Antonio and surrounding Bexar County communities.
Alpha Tau Omega Chapter provides numerous innovative programs of service that are beneficial for our youth such as our First Responders program for young men, a reading enrichment program at the Eastside Boys and Girls Club, and the Mahogany Brain Challenge, a contest for youth on African American History held annually in February. Currently we sponsor an Emerging Young Leaders Program Initiative for the female students at MLK Academy with a focus in academic enrichment and leadership development. We also promote programs to educate the community in regards to Health Issues, Economic Security, Global Poverty, Social Justice, and advancing education with Scholarships for graduating seniors.
Alpha Tau Omega History
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18th South Central Regional Director
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Dr. Jacqueline O. Dansby
1990 - 1994
Alpha Tau Omega Chapter is also the home of the 18th South Central Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Dr. Jacqueline O. Dansby, Ph.D.
Dr. Jacqueline O. Dansby was elected as the 18th South Central Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1990. Re-elected in 1992, she served two terms in this position. Her tenure was characterized by a warm and positive spirit of sisterhood, a passion for excellence, tireless energy and enthusiasm, innovative approaches, solid commitment, and attainment of goals.