History - Convention Sites, Themes and Major Officials

1937— First Annual Convention-A. & I. State College, Nashville, Tennessee.
Organizations session

Theme: "Formation of a Negro College Honor Society."

1938 — Second Annual Convention-A. & T. College, Greensboro, North Carolina. President, J. C. Evans; Secretary-Treasurer, Miss Georgia Jenkins.
Theme: "The Gifted Student."

1939 — Third Annual Convention-Arkansas A. M. & N. State College, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. President, I. A. Denbigny; Secretary-Treasurer, Miss Georgia Jenkins.
Organization named: Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society
Theme: "The Social Obligation of the Gifted Scholar.

1940 — Fourth Annual Convention-Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama. President, I. A. Denbigny; Secretary-Treasurer, Miss Georgia Jenkins.
Theme: "A Broader Conception of Scholarship."

1941 — Fifth Annual Convention-Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee. President, I. A. Denbigny; Secretary-Treasurer, Miss Georgia Jenkins.
Theme: "The Place of Work Experience in the Education of Youth for National Defense."

1942 — No Convention

1943 — No Convention

1944 — Sixth Annual Convention-Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia. President, I. A. Denbigny; Secretary-Treasurer, Miss Clarice Isaacs.
Theme: "The Role of the Scholar in the Post-War World."

1945 — Seventh Annual Convention-Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia. President, G. W. Gore, Jr.; Secretry-Treasurer, Miss Dorind Duncan.
Theme: "The Stimulation of Functional Scholarship in the Negro College."

1946 — Eighth Annual Convention-Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina. President, G. W. Gore, Jr.; Secretary-Treasurer, Miss Dorinda Duncan.
Theme: "The Scholar in the Atomic Age."

1947 — Ninth annual Convention-Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida. President, W. S. Maize; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Social Implications of Scholarship."

1948 — Tenth Annual Convention-Southern University, Baton, Rouge, Louisiana. President, W. S. Maize; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore,Jr.
Theme: "Role of the Scholar in Interpreting Civil Rights."

1949,— Eleventh Annual Convention-Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Georgia. President, W. S. Maize; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Role of the Scholar in the Political Life of a Democracy with Implications of World Peace."

1950 — Twelfth Annual Convention-Wilberforce State College, Wilberforce, Ohio. President, W. S. Maize; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Role of the Scholar in Opening Doors of Opportunity for all American Youth."

1951 — Thirteenth Annual Convention-Washington, DC. President, Stephen J. Wright; Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Opportunities for Scholarly Careers in the Federal Government."

1952 -— Fourteenth Annual Convention-Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, FL. President, S. J. Wright; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Responsibilities of the Scholar in Improving Human Relations."

1953 — Fifteenth Annual Convention-Arkansas A. M. & N. College, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. President S. J. Wright; Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: " The Significance and Implications of Integration in Higher Education."

1954 — Sixteenth Annual convention-Jackson College, Jackson, Mississippi. President, S. J. Wright; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Role of the Scholar in World Citizenship."

1955 — Seventeenth Annual Convention-Savannah State College, Savannah, Georgia. President, Tilman C. Cothran; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Role of the Scholar in an Evolving Society."

1956 — Eighteenth Annual Convention-Morgan State College, Baltimore, Maryland. President, Tilman c. Cothran; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Role of the Scholar in Improving Human Relations."

1957 — Nineteenth Annual Convention-Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama. President, Tilman C. Cothran; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Responsibility of the Scholar in Realizing the Negro Potential."

1958 — Twentieth Annual Convention-Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee. President, Tilman C. Cothran; Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Alpha Kappa Mu in Retrospect and in Prospect."

1959 — Twenty-First Annual Convention-South Carolina State College, Orangeburg, South Carolina. President, Walter N. Ridley; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Accent on Excellence."

1960 — Twenty-Second Annual Convention-West Virginia State College, Institute, West Virginia, President, W. N. Ridley; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Retrospect, Introspect, Prospect."

1961 — Twenty-Third Annual Convention-A. & T. College, Greensboro, North Carolina. President, W. N. Ridley; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Scholar-Changes and Challenges of the Sixties."

1962* — Twenty-Fourth Annual Convention-Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida. President, W. N. Ridley; Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Gore, Jr.
AKM's 25th Anniversary
Theme: "Scholars as Future Leaders."

1963 — Twenty-Fifth Annual Convention-Prairie View A & M College, Prairie View, Texas. President, Thomas F. Freeman; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Scholar Faces the Problems of Academic Excellence."

1964 — Twenty-Sixth Annual Convention-Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia. President, Thomas F. Freeman; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Creative Dimensions for the Scholar."

1965 — Twenty-Seventh Annual Convention-Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. President, Thomas F. Freeman; Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Expanding Employment Opportunities for the Gifted Student in Government, Research, and Industry."

1966 — Twenty-Eighth Annual Convention-Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas. President, Thomas F. Freeman; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Creative Scholarship."

1967 — Twenty-Ninth Annual Convention-Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama. President, E. K. Williams; Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Opportunities for the Scholar in Current Social Change."

1968 — Thirtieth Annual Convention-Morgan State College, Baltimore, Maryland. President, E. K. Williams; Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "The Scholar Today: Problems and Promises."

1969 — Thirty-First Annual Convention-Clark and Morris Brown Colleges, Atlanta, Georgia. President, E. K. Williams; Executive Secretary- Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Alpha Kappa Mu in Retrospect and Prospect."

1970 — Thirty-Second Annual Convention-Elizabeth City State College, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. President, E. K. Williams; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, G. W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Academic Excellence and its Relevance to Social Change."

1971 — Thirty-Third Annual Convention-South Carolina State Colege, Orangeburg, SC. President, Thomas J. Crawford; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "A Look at America in the 70's." (Special emphasis on Racism, Poverty, War, Women's Liberation, Campus Unrest, Environmental Problems, Drugs.)

1972 — Thirty-Fourth Annual Convention-Arkansas A. M. & N. College, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. President, T. J. Crawford; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Issues and Problems Facing the Scholar in the Seventies."

1973 — Thirty-Fifth Annual Convention-Saint Augustine's College, Raleigh, North Carolina. President, T. J. Crawford; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, George W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "From Chaos to Community: Excellence Revisited."

1974 — Thirty-Sixth Annual Convention-Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky- President, T. J. Crawford; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, G.W. Gore, Jr.
Theme: "Charting the Future Course: A Reassessment of the Imperatives and Directions for the Scholar."

1975 — Thirty-Seventh Annual Convention-Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia. President, Jeannette L. Cole; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "Revitalization, Involvement, and Accountability - The Challenge for the College Honor Society."

1976 — Thirty-Eighth Annual Convention-LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, Tennessee. President, Jeannette L. Cole; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "Alpha Kappa Mu Salutes the Bicentennial Celebration and Plans a Glorious Future."

1977 — Thirty-Ninth Annual Convention-Alabama State University,Montgomery, Alabama. President, Jeannette L. Cole; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "Academic Excellence: The Key to Opportunity."

1978 — Fortieth Annual Convention-Savannah State College, Savannah, Georgia. President, Jeannette L. Cole; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "What Next For Alpha Kappa Mu?"

1979 — Forty-First Annual Convention—Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana. President, Ann W. McKinney; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "Revitalizing Academic Excellence."

1980 — Forty-Second Annual Convention-Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia. President, Ann W. McKinney; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "The Eighties: A Decade of Challenges for the Scholar."

1981 — Forty-ThirdAnnual Convention-dark College, Atlanta, Georgia. President, Ann W. McKinney; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "Involvement: A Mandate for the Scholar."

1982 — Forty-Fourth Annual Convention-Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida. President, Ann W. McKinney; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "Education: A Survival Strategy for the Eighties and Beyond."

1983 — Forty-Fifth Annual Convention-A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina. President, Leonard Slade; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "Toward A Renaissance of Scholarly Appreciation."

1984 — Forty-Sixth Annual Convention-Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia. President, Leonard Slade; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "Excellence: The Imperaive for Effective Leadership."

1985 — Forty-Seventh Annual Convention-Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. President, Leonard Slade; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "The Role of the Scholar in a Threatened Society."

1986 — Forty-Eighth Annual Convention-Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina. President, Leonard Slade; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Theme: "Issues, Values, and Priorities for Today's Scholar."

1987* — Forty-Ninth Annual Convention-Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee. President, Leonard Slade; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, T. J. Crawford.
Alpha Kappa Mu's 50th Anniversary
Theme: "Alpha Kappa Mu: Yesterday's Dream, Today's Reality, Tomorrow's Promise."

1988 — First Biennial Regional Meetings. President, Mollie B. Brown; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.

1989 — Fiftieth National Convention (First Biennials-Virginia Union University and Saint Paul's College, Richmond, Virginia. President, Mollie B. Brown; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.
Theme: "Excellence in Education: Alpha Kappa Mu's Commitment and Responsibility."

1990 — Second Biennial Regional Meetings. President, Mollie B. Brown; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.

1991 — Fifty-First National Convention (Second Biennial-Benedict College, Columbia, SC. President, Mollie B. Brown; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.
Theme: "Imperatives for Success in the 90's: Leadership, Commitment, Service and Character."

1992 — Third Biennial Regional Meetings. President, Troy J. Stewart; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.

1993 — Fifty-Second National Convention—Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky. President, Troy J. Stewart; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.
Theme: "Persistence and Determination: Imperatives for Success in the 21st Century."

1994 — Fourth Biennial Regional Meetings. President, Troy J. Stewart; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.

1995 — Fifty-Third National Convention-Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia. President, Troy J. Stewart; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.
Theme: "Scholarship, Leadership, and Service: Repostioning Alpha Kappa Mu to Meet New Challenges of the Present and Future."

1996 — Fifth Biennial Regional Meetings. President, John J. Ivery; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.

1997 — Fifty-Fourth National Convention-Albany State University, Albany, Georgia. President, John J. Ivery, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney.
Alpha Kappa Mu's 60th Anniversary
Theme: "60 Years of Academic Excellence: Preparing for the Academic Challenges of the Next Millennium."

1998 – Sixth Biennial Regional Meetings. President, John J. Ivery; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. McKinney Morris.

1999 – Fifty Fifth National Convention – Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida. President, John J. Ivery; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. Morris. Theme: " Excellence Today – Success Tomorrow."

2001 – Fifty-Sixth National Convention – North Carolina Central University and Shaw University, Durham, North Carolina. President, Alvin Seals; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. Morris. Theme: "The Great Challenge: Acceptance Versus Academic Excellence."

2003 – Fifty-Seventh National Convention – Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky. President, Alvin Seals; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. Morris. Theme: "The Gifted Student: A Visionary for Tomorrow."

2005 – Fifty-Eighth National Convention – Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana. President, Marlene C. Robinson; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. Morris. Theme: "Alpha Kappa Mu Scholars: Setting the Pace and Breaking Barriers."

2008 – Fifty-Ninth National Convention – North Carolina A&T State University and Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina. President, Marlene C. Robinson; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Ann W. Morris. Theme: "Alpha Kappa Mu Scholars: Taking Risks and Moving Barriers."

2009 – Sixtieth National Convention – Alcorn State University (Alcorn State, MS) and Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, MS), Natchez, Mississippi. President, Ann Harris; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Mollie B. Brown. Theme: "Looking Beyond the Past for Future Change."

2011 - Sixty-First National Convention - Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri. President, Ann Harris; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Mollie B. Brown. Theme: "The Scholar Today: Problems and Promises." 

2013 - Sixty-Second National Convention - SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY - Alabama A and M University (Normal, AL). President, Francis Dorsey; Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Mollie B. Brown. Theme: "Scholarship, Leadership and Service: Repositioning Alpha Kappa Mu To Meet New Challenges of the Present and Future."

2015 Sixty-Third National Convention - Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA). President, Francis Dorsey; Executive Secretary-Treeasurer, Mollie B. Brown. Theme: "The Scholar Today - Changes and Challenges"

2017 Sixty-Fourth National Convention – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee, FL) President: Cynthia Smith, Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Mollie Brown-Theme: "Boldness in Excellence through Academics, Leadership and Service"

 

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