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Phi Beta Kappa at Spelman

Students Celebrate Scholarship With Phi Beta Kappa Induction

Forty-four outstanding juniors and seniors from across academic disciplines will be inducted into Epsilon of Georgia, the Spelman College chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. in Sisters Chapel.

The featured speaker will be Spelman trustee Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Ph.D., C'1996, associate professor of sociology and African-American studies at Northwestern University. During the ceremony, Dr. Watkins-Hayes will be inducted as an honorary member of Epsilon of Georgia. The title of her talk is, “Mobility: A Personal and Empirical Account.”

 




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Phi Beta Kappa History
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How Phi Beta Kappa was Established at Spelman

Epsilon of Georgia is the Spelman College chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

Efforts to establish a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Spelman College began with a preliminary application in 1976 followed by preliminary applications in 1985 and 1994. The 1994 preliminary application was approved and full application was made on September 28, 1995 by the Phi Beta Kappa Group. 

After a rigorous application process, which included the submission of a 157-page General Report and a three-day site visit, Spelman was granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on September 27, 1997 at the Thirty-Eighth Triennial Meeting of the Phi Beta Kappa Council in Chicago. The chapter, Epsilon of Georgia, was installed on February 10, 1998 by David Levering Lewis, Ph.D., Martin Luther King, Jr. University Professor of History, Rutgers University.

Lewis remarked, "I should like to believe that Phi Beta Kappa's coming to Spelman is fatefully symbolic and represents a milestone in the progress of the life of the mind and of the 'love of learning' (Phi Beta Kappa's motto, indeed) among that half of humanity to whom the nation must turn increasingly for the mediation and attenuation of that patriarchal, racist, sexist and aggressive past that it so urgently needs to escape."

The chapter's first initiation ceremony was held April 28, 1998, to induct its first group of 44 undergraduate members. Since then, more than 500 members have been inducted into the Episilon of Georgia chapter. 

Charter Members

  • Estelle Archibold (Finley)
  • Sylvia Bozeman
  • Michael Burns-Kaurin
  • Barbara Carter
  • Alonzo Crim
  • Bryan Derrickson
  • Etta Falconer
  • Beverly Guy-Sheftall
  • Donna Akiba Harper
  • Derrick Hylton
  • Nancy Mukundan
  • Anne Warner
  • Daryl White

Foundation Members

  • Pamela Gunter-Smith
  • Harry Lefever
  • Arturo Lindsay
  • Audrey Forbes Manley
  • Paul Roy Martinez
  • Gloria Wade-Gayles

Alumnae Members

Marian Wright Edelman
Evelynn Hammonds
Mona Taylor Phillips
Jann Primus

Honorary Members

  • Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • M. Bahati Kuumba
  • Peter Chen
  • Christine Sizemore