I, Hazel Hainsworth Young, a founder of Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., became a soror in Alpha Chapter, Howard University in 1923.
My life began in Navasota, Texas with my parents, Harry Alvin, and Beatrice Cornelia Hainsworth. I am the oldest of three siblings: a brother, Robert Wendell Hainsworth and a sister, Maye Frances Hutson.
Both of my siblings attended Howard University. My brother received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Doctor of Law degree from that institution. He was noted for serving as the driving force who interceded in the courts for the apportionment of Texas State Representatives. In addition, he personally sued the Houston Public Library for posting a sign on a library table designating it for “Black Lawyers.” My sister is a retired government employee of the Naval Shipyard in Oakland, California. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Omega for many years. She is a founder of and presently holds membership in the Houston Chapter of Xi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
My family moved to Houston, Texas in 1910 when I was 5 years old. The city. readily became my home. I matured in it and was fortunate to have a full and bountiful life.
Upon returning to Houston as a graduate of Howard University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, I immediately made a resolution to carry out my dream of establishing a graduate chapter in the city.
In 1926 I began my teaching career at Jack Yates Senior High School with Mr. James D. Ryan as principal. He was the former principal of my 1921 alma mater, “Old Colored High School.” It was during the early years of my teaching career that Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter began to take form.
I lovingly recall those anxious days of the late twenties, when I had frequent conversations with Erma Sweatt, Lillie Vance, and Marie Viola Butler. We anxiously awaited the arrival of the final two sorors to join. They were Gladys Davis and Anna Belle Edwards. They would complete the number of six sorors needed to set up Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter. We all beamed with joy when the sorority was set up by my good friend and beloved Soror, Susie Brown Waxwood of New Orleans (later of Princeton, New Jersey) in 1928.
Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter, established in 1928, was the first graduate chapter in Texas. It was organized only twenty years after the founding of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in 1908. Presently, there are thirty (30) graduate chapters in the State of Texas.
I married Howard Young in 1940 and I have one daughter, Marianne. She is also deeply involved in Alpha Kappa Alpha. Together we share good times promoting programs and projects for our beloved sorority. My sister, Maye Frances Hutson is a member of Xi Alpha Omega.
I have given all of 78 years as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and for 72 years I have been a member of Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.