Mildred Gore Stansbury
Mrs. Mildred Gore Stansbury earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bluefield State College. She received her Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling after completing graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and North Carolina A&T University. Mrs. Stansbury, originally from West Virginia, came to Harford County in 1947 as an English Teacher and Librarian at Havre de Grace Colored High School. She later became an English teacher at Aberdeen High School until her retirement.
Mrs. Stansbury was the first African-American elected to a political office in Harford County in 1964. She was known as a “pioneer” and “trail-blazer” in Harford County. A strong and dynamic visionary, she was also inspirational in getting other African-Americans to run for political office in Harford County. While in office, she designed the coat of arms for the city and worked to change the designation of the small streets populated largely by blacks from “alleys” to “lanes”. Her crowning achievement while in public office was her effort to get approval for the building of Somerset Manor, a federally subsidized housing for low-income residents. Mrs. Stansbury once said, “That was my proudest moment. At the time, people lived so poorly and it was good to see them finally have a decent place to live.”
In addition to her work in school, politics and with her sorority, Mrs. Stansbury was a member of the Harford County Tuberculosis Association, Harford County Beautification Committee, Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation board, governmental study commission for the county, real estate appraisers, Harford County Foster Care Review Board and a life member of the NAACP.
On Oct 20, 1997, Mrs. Stansbury was designated as a Harford County Living Treasure by the Harford County Government.
On April 24, 1982, Mildred Gore Stansbury and 18 members established the Xi Delta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. These visionaries wanted to expand the legacy of the sorority’s founders by providing service to the residents of Harford County. The road was not easy and required perseverance, dedication and endurance. On April 30, 1999, Xi Delta Omega Chapter recognized Mrs. Stansbury as a Charter Member with 50 years of active membership and “service to all mankind.”
Sara E. Roye
Mrs. Sara E. Roye graduated from Howard University, Washington, D.C. in 1923 where she became a member of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. She was a high school teacher in West Virginia for several years before moving to Havre de Grace, Maryland with her husband in 1930. In 1953, she joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church and served faithfully as a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Missionary Circle.
Mrs. Roye was also very active in other organizations in the community. She was a member of the United Choral Ensemble, the National Retired Teachers Association, Howard University Alumni, and the Peace and Harmony Council #1 of Baltimore, Maryland.
Mrs. Roye was a Charter Member of Xi Delta Omega Chapter. At the time of her death, she had been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® with 70 years of active membership and "service to mankind."
Doris. G. Carey
Mrs. Doris G. Carey was initiated into Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® at St. Paul’s College, Lawrence, Virginia in December 1960. Soror Carey, along with 18 other Sorors, became a Charter Member of Xi Delta Omega Chapter in April 1982. During her tenure with the Chapter, she served on many committees and held several offices. She continues to be active in the Sorority and serves as the chair of the Connection Committee.
In addition to her work in the Sorority, she was elected as a member of the Harford County Democratic Central Committee. At present, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hosanna Community House, Inc., the first Freedman’s school in Harford County. She was also appointed by the Governor to serve as a Board of Trustee Member for Harford Community College. She serves as secretary of the Joppa/Joppatowne Community Council and is a Life Member of the NAACP. In 2016, Mrs. Carey was inducted in the Harford County Public Schools Education Hall of Fame.
Mrs. Carey is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. In 2011, she celebrated 50 years of “service to all mankind” and continues to be a proud member of Xi Delta Omega Chapter.
Cynthia P. Laurie
Mrs. Cynthia P. Laurie was recruited by Mildred Stansbury to further explore the possibility of chartering a chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in Harford and Cecil Counties. In fact, many of the Interest Group meetings were held at Cynthia’s residence. Cynthia was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, graduated from Morgan State College, now Morgan State University and was the first chapter president. Cynthia currently resides in Maryland.
Mrs. Cynthia Adams, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, came to Harford County for employment at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground location in Maryland. She graduated from Alabama A& M University, Huntsville, Alabama. Cynthia, already a member of the Sorority, was approached by Carroll Ellis, to join the Interest Group to support the long process of chapter chartering to fruition. Cynthia held the position of Public Relations when the chapter was chartered. She currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama.
Mrs. Kelly Adams-Tate, was a military dependent. Upon graduating from Jackson State University in 1981, she moved to Harford County to be with her parents, stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Kelly became associated with the “Interest Group,” through the efforts of Carroll Ellis. Kelly Adams-Tate held the position of Official Hostess. She currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Carolyn Mills-Allen, hailed from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina Carolyn’s life as an “Army Wife” began in 1978 and ended in 1998. She joined the Interest Group and immediately following chapter chartering held the position of membership chairperson. Carolyn currently resides with her husband in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Mrs. Arthurine Nixon-Bishop was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Maryland State College, which is now University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Arthurine was employed by the Harford County Department of Social Services until her retirement in 2002. She currently resides in Fayetteville, Georgia and held the position of Corresponding Secretary when the chapter was chartered.
Cleo Johnson Cole
Mrs. Cleo Johnson Cole was born in Whitehall, Maryland. Cleo graduated from Morgan State University where she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, in 1952. Cleo was employed by the Harford County Library System until her retirement in 1998. The recruiters were very busy and Cleo was not exempt from this process. She became a charter member and held the position of Vice President when the chapter was chartered.
Carroll Ann King Ellis
Mrs. Carroll Ann King Ellis, was born in Gary, Indiana and graduated from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio. She married and set forth on a life of travel throughout the world for many years and finally returned to a community where she could become active with an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority chapter. Carroll and her husband were stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and crossed the paths of the Sorority members from the Interest Group. Carroll was honored to join the small group of women and became a primary recruiter. She held the office of secretary at the time of chartering. Carroll currently resides in Virginia with her husband.
Laurabelle Elizabeth Loper-Hope
Mrs. Laurabelle Elizabeth Loper-Hope is a native of Cecil County, Maryland. She graduated from Morgan State University, formally Morgan State College. Laurabelle, held the position of Assistant Secretary when the chapter was chartered. She currently resides with her husband in Delaware.
Joan M. Jones
Mrs. Joan M. Jones was born in Frederick, Maryland and graduated from Morgan State College, now Morgan State University. Joan retired after 30 years of service with the state then returned to work as a Clinical Social Worker for seven years. Joan resides with her husband in Maryland.
Shirley Lee Painter Lilly
Mrs. Shirley Lee Painter Lilly became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., at Bluefield State College in West Virginia. As a matter of fact, Mildred Gore Stansbury, who was mentioned earlier, pledged Shirley’s undergraduate line at Bluefield State College. Shirley held the position of Financial Secretary when the chapter was chartered. Shirley Lilly became an Ivy Beyond the Wall on July 1, 1997.
Janet Wilkerson Peoples
Mrs. Janet Wilkerson Peoples graduated from North Carolina College now North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina. Janet moved to Joppatowne, Maryland and was immediately met by two sorority members, Alethia Starke and Doris Carey. Janet shared the story of Alethia and Doris knocking on her door one evening because they heard a new Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member had moved into the community. Janet became a member of the chartering group and held the position of Assistant Treasurer at the time of chartering.
Mrs. Fanchon Peters is a retired educator with the Harford County Public School System.
Viola Jones Scott
Mrs.Viola Jones Scott was born in Enfield, North Carolina and graduated from St. Augustine College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Viola was employed by the Harford County School System until her retirement after 30 years of service. She returned to Enfield, North Carolina and maintained constant communication with her former students in Harford County. Viola Scott became an “Ivy Beyond the Wall” on February 23rd , 2013.
Alethia Brockington Starke
Mrs. Alethia Brockington Starke, a native of Charleston, South Carolina graduated from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina. Alethia did her fair share of recruitment for Interest Group members and held a committee chairperson position when the chapter was chartered. Alethia and her husband currently reside in Baltimore, Maryland.
Audrey L. Giles White
Mrs. Audrey L. Giles White was a native of Amelia, Virginia graduating from Virginia State University. Audrey’s husband was relocated to Harford County by his employer and after a short while Audrey joined him in Maryland.. Audrey has a similar story of recruitment by her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority sisters to the Interest Group. She held the position of Treasurer when the chapter was chartered. Audrey White resides in Maryland.
Ms. Anita Williams originally hailed from East St. Louis, Illinois. She graduated from St. Louis Illinois College and was employed by the Harford County Public School System. She moved to Harford County with her husband when he accepted a position at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Anita was also recruited by her AKA sisters and helped to charter the chapter. Anita left the chapter when her husband accepted a position in Korea. Anita became an “Ivy Beyond the Wall in 1990.