8/26/2009 9:53:54 AM



(White Plains, NY) ~ Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman William Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) met this week with members of the Zeta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., an organization with a long history of service to the African-American community, to discuss reducing incidents of domestic violence in the county.  Domestic violence affects all Americans, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. However, this threat has disproportionately dire consequences for African-American women.  Intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45. 


“Westchester county government has historically provided resources to enable victims of domestic violence to access support services such as counseling, advocacy, safety planning, court accompaniment,” said Ryan during this meeting.  Ryan met with Brenda Smith, Legislative Chair and former Superintendent of the Mt. Vernon Public Schools, Karen Williams, First Vice President of the local AKA chapter and Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Executive Director of My Sisters’ Place. The group explained the Sorority’s desire to empower young women to recognize and address violence. 


Alpha Kappa Alpha is reaching out nationally to educate and provide more support to young women.  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest historically African-American sorority in the United States.  It continues to empower communities through exemplary service initiatives and progressive programs.  Inspired by service to the community and commitment to sisterhood, its members resolve to build on the legacy of their founders.