Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Omega Omega and Alpha Rho Chapters, will celebrate their 109th Founders’ Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Caldwell Hall Auditorium at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


The speaker will be Little Rock resident Raye Jean Montague, an engineer who designed ships for the United States Navy. Montague was recently called “Arkansas’ Own Hidden Figure,” in a feature on THV Channel 11 News.


As a child, growing up in Pine Bluff, Montague dreamed of becoming an engineer but was not allowed to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville because of her race and gender, according to a spokesman. She attended Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB) and graduated in 1956 with a degree in business.


Montague was inspired to pursue her dream of becoming an engineer by her mother and her teacher at Merrill High School, Erma Holiday. Holiday was a long time member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Omega Omega Chapter. Montague will be introduced by her college classmate and sorority sister, Ava Jackson.


“Even though Mrs. Montague went through many trials and tribulations, she eventually became an engineer designing ships for the United States Navy,” a spokesman said.


She is a 50 year (Golden) member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Beta Pi Omega Chapter at Little Rock.


“We assure you that she has a message that will inspire us all, especially our youth,” a spokesman said.


The celebration’s theme is, ”Launching New Dimensions Through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.” Terri Jackson is chairwoman of the Founders’ Day Committee. Damiccah Robertson serves as president of Delta Omega Omega Chapter and Tredijah Sykes is president of Alpha Rho Chapter.


“As an organization, united with the global community, encouraging young women and men to pursue their dreams, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Delta Omega Omega and Alpha Rho Chapters, extend a cordial invitation to the community to attend this great event,” a spokesman said. “This program will further encourage our youth to truly believe that they can be all that they can be and that Pine Bluff can be the great city that it is.”


Details: Ivy Leaf Reporter Alycia Wiley at wiley_alycia@yahoo.com.