25th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Norma Solomon White (1998 – 2002) was born on November 17, 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida. Under White’s leadership, the Alpha Kappa Alpha administration focused its agenda on “Blazing New Trails”.
Educational Preparation: Stanton High School in Jacksonville, Florida; Attended Julliard School of Music New York, New York; BS Degree from Florida A and M University in Tallahassee, Florida; MA Degree Columbia University New York, New York; and Honorary Doctorate Florida A and M University
Career Achievements: Worked in the Duval County School District for 37 years as Band Director, Assistant Principal, Magnet Coordinator, and Music Supervisor. Dr. White also served for twelve years as a Program Facilitator for Florida Community College.
Firsts: First female member of the famed FAMU “Marching 100” (1951-55), First female Band Director, Jacksonville, Florida (1955), First Instrumental Music Coordinator, Duval County School Board (1967), First female Senior Warden, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church (1990-94), First Jacksonville resident to become South Atlantic Regional Director (1974-78), First African American to win the EVE Award in Fine Arts, First Florida resident to become International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, First female to direct the Famed FAMU Marching 100” Band, 1998, First Jacksonville resident to be appointed to the FAMU Board of Trustees, First Legacy International President in the 101 year history of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Community and Sorority Involvement: President, Duval Retired Educators Association, 2007-09; National and Chapter Life Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Third Vice President, AKA Educational Advancement Foundation Board, 2002-2010; Member, Board of Advisors, American Cancer Society; Member, Mission Board, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church; Interim Organist, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church; Chairman, Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration Committee, 2006-08; Chairman, Florida Commission on the Status of Women, 2007-08; Chairman, Florida Commission on the Status of Women Foundation, 2008-09; President, Bold City Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, 2003-07; Served as President of Gamma Rho Omega for two four year terms; 25th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, 1998-2002; President, AKA Educational Advancement Foundation Board, 1998-2002; Member, Board of Directors, United Negro College Fund, 1998-2002; Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Florida A and M University ; and South Atlantic Regional Director, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 1974-78
Recent Honors and Awards: Carey B. Preston Leadership Award, July 2008; Florida Commission on the Status of Women Service Award , March 2008; Honored at the 2006 Florida AKA Day at the State Capitol for leadership in education, government and the sorority, March 2006; and Featured in the Florida Star Newspaper, “At Home with Norma S. White”, March 2006