AKA Great Lakes Region

Former International Presidents


The Great Lakes Region is the home region for six out of twenty-eight of Alpha Kappa Alpha's International Presidents. It is the largest number to date of any region. It is also important to note, all six Former International Presidents served as Great Lakes Regional Directors.



All of the former presidents are held in the highest esteem by our region as well as the international organization.They possessed special qualities befitting those of outstanding leaders. Eleventh International President, Beulah T. Whitby said it best when she stated’ “Tasks of great magnitude can be achieved best by strong, deep running, disciplined lives, committed to excellence and achievement.”


AKA Great Lakes Region

Former International Presidents

President's Name Time of Service Initiation Chapter Last Membership
L. Pearl Mitchell* Third International President, 1923 - 1925 Initiated into Zeta Chapter, 1916 - Wilberforce University Member of Alpha Omega Chapter, Cleveland, Ohio
Margaret Davis Bowen* Ninth International President, 1936 - 1939 Initiated into Omicron Chapter, 1921 - University of Cincinnati Member of Sigma Omega Chapter, Cincinnati, Ohio
Beulah T. Whitby* Eleventh International President, 1941-1946 Initiated into Xi Chapter, 1922 - Detroit, Michigan Member of Alpha Rho Omega Chapter, Detroit, Michigan
Laura T. Fife Lovelace* Thirteenth International President, 1949 - 1953 Initiated into Omicron Chapter, 1934 - University of Cincinnati Member of Sigma Omega Chapter, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bernice I. Sumlin, LHD Nineteenth International President, 1974 - 1978 Initiated into Zeta Chapter, 1946 - Wilberforce University Member of Beta Eta Omega Chapter, Dayton, Ohio
Eva L. Evans, Ph.D. Twenty-fourth International President, 1994 - 1998 Initiated into Xi Chapter, 1954 - Eastern Michigan University Member of Delta Tau Omega Chapter, Lansing, Michigan

*Deceased


A History of the Great Lakes Region -  Every Chapter's History Is Precious 1924-2010,
Published and Copyright 2010, Editor-Octavia Walters Cabey