Central State’s Bernice Sumlin, Former AKA I…

Bernice I. Sumlin, a Central State University graduate who made a mark on HBCU culture through her leadership of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in the 1970s, died last week in Dayton, OH. She was 91. Sumlin was part of the inaugural graduating class from Central State following its separation from Wilberforce University into two separate institutions. A life-long educator, administrator and civil rights advocate, the Dayton native was installed as the 19th international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha in 1974, leading the organization to record philanthropic support of historically black colleges.

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