Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sued: Barbara McKinzie

Members of the country’s oldest black sorority are suing to remove their president, alleging she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of the group’s money on herself –some of it to pay for a wax statue in her own likeness.

The lawsuit is a rare sign of discord among the sorority, founded in 1908 at Howard University. Alpha Kappa Alpha boasts a worldwide membership of 250,000 women, including author Toni Morrison, U.S. Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Diane Watson (D-Calif.), Radio One chairwoman and founder Catherine Hughes, actress-entertainer Jada Pinkett Smith, the late civil rights leader Coretta Scott King and poet Maya Angelou.

The suit also claims President Barbara McKinzie bought designer clothing, jewelry and lingerie with the sorority credit card and then redeemed the card’s reward points to buy a big-screen TV and gym equipment.

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