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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Journalism


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority--Periodicals--History; Student newspapers and periodicals--United States--History


This thesis is a study of the IVY LEAF magazine, the official publication of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Though the IVY LEAF was first published in 1921, the study covers the magazine from 1929-1989. The year 1929 was chosen as a starting point because this was the year the magazine began publishing quarterly, which is its frequency today. The purpose of the study was to give a historical account of the IVY LEAF. It is divided into five categories: (1) cultural matters, (2) economic matters, (3) political/civil rights, (4) health matters, and (5) education matters. These particular categories were selected because of the importance of each in the emergence of the black woman, the black race, this nation, and the world. Articles selected for the study were placed in one of the five categories. The study showed that Alpha Kappa Alpha backed legislation, issued resolutions, and implemented national programs involving all five categories, some of which are still in effect today, and all of which were reported in the IVY LEAF. A summary of the findings indicated that more emphasis was placed on economic and education issues, although health was more significant in the early years of the sorority. Very little coverage was given to the civil rights struggle between 1964 and 1974. Cultural issues received the least amount of coverage.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-184)


184 pages




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