Aesthetically Speaking

AKA Sorority program delivers global impact

Inspired by its century of service and mission to empower communities worldwide, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is partnering with CARE to advance the movement to end global poverty. The nation’s largest and oldest sorority has made A Powerful Noise Live its official event for International Women’s Day.

A POWERFUL NOISE Live, a one-night event simulcast in 450 movie theatres nationwide on Thursday, March 5, will give audiences a deeper understanding of the difference they can make in the world by empowering women. Executive produced by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, the documentary “A Powerful Noise” tells the story of the unbending efforts of three women in Bosnia, MaliVietnam to create change in their communities. Immediately after the film, a panel discussion with humanitarian experts and celebrities will be broadcast live via satellite from New York City to participating theatres. and

Panelists include CARE President and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof; and CARE Advocate for Maternal Health and contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine Christy Turlington Burns.

“From our inception, Alpha Kappa Alpha has been committed to improving living standards and increasing opportunities for women,” said Barbara McKinzie, international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. “We are proud to partner with CARE to bring the issues and crises facing poor women to the forefront.” In addition to urging sorority sisters and community members to attend the event, AKA chapters will host forums and discussion groups addressing the issues in the film across the country.

According to Dr. Helene Gayle, “A POWERFUL NOISE Live is more than a night out at the movies. It’s a movement coming of age. When the lights go on, you’ll be energized with a better understanding of what you can do to empower women and girls around the world.”

As a CARE partner, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has made a commitment to women worldwide and challenges other sororities to do the same.

A POWERFUL NOISE Live is in select theatres nationwide for only one night Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT / 5:30 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed). Tickets go on sale January 27th. For more information, including a complete list of participating theatres, how to purchase tickets and updates on panelists, please visit

February 16, 2009
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