Ivy Beyond the Wall

Luvenia Douglas Webb    December 21, 1932 - August 21, 2008

Soror Webb an educator that encouraged everyone she met not to limit themselves and live life to the fullest was one of the charter members of Pi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  Soror Webb was an active member of Pi Nu Omega and served as an advisor to Eta Psi undergraduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., Middle Tennessee State University.   

 As an undergraduate student at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University, she became a member of Alpha Psi Chapter (Jazzy 22) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  Soror Webb’s love for educating others led her after college to teaching science at Holloway High School from 1954-1966 and Smyrna High School from 1966-1986.  She retired after over 30 years teaching in the Rutherford County School System. 


Cora Hutchings Addison    March 23, 1929 – February 14, 2009 


Soror Addison was a life and charter member of Pi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  Soror Addison served as the advisor to Eta Psi undergraduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., Middle Tennessee State University for many years.   

Soror Addison’s career spanned over 51 years teaching in Georgia, Texas, New York and Tennessee.  She served as a professional school counselor for 34 of those years at Oakland High School.  Her accomplishments include receiving the Al Wilkerson Human Relation Award, Holloway Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Educator and Presidential Award for Outstanding Service to Education. 


Kim Shaw Stewart               June 3,1968 - January 2, 2011

Soror Stewart an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Tennessee State University loved to educate and prepare nursing students for real life application.  Soror Stewart while working on her PHD from the University of Memphis poured into hundreds of students at TSU each year and loved doing it.   

Soror Stewart was initiated in the fall of 1991 Theta Zeta Chapter of Northeast Louisiana University now known as University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM).  In 2009, she became an active member of Pi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.   She used her gifts in nursing as a member of the chapter’s health committee and assisted with many service projects promoting true “Service to Mankind”. 



Soror Mai Dee Hendricks            June 29, 1930 - November 28, 2011

Soror Mai Dee was an educator and community activist.  She was well known for her compassion and willingness to help others, especially women of color.  She graduated from Tennessee State University in 1952 and moved to Detroit.  After teaching for more than 30 years, she returned home to Bedford County, where she became active in the community.  She was the driving force behind listing the Gilliland House Resource Center in Shelbyville, on Tennessee's National Registry of Historic Places.  She was the co-founder of Bedford Countians United for a Better Tomorrow and the Shelbyville Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club.

In 1996, she was one of several "community heroes" selected to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through Shelbyville on the way to the Atlanta Olympic Games. She held the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day brunch in Shelbyville, which is now an annual event.

Soror Mai Dee joined the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha, first as a member of Theta Lamda Omega in Pontiac, Michigan. Upon her return to Tennessee she became a member of Pi Nu Omega. Soror Mai Dee witnessed and was committed to the growth of Pi Nu Omega and its expanding service to the community over the years. Soror Mai Dee was active in ensuring her legacy and love for AKA by pinning her two daughters and granddaughter at their initiation ceremonies. 


Mary C. Scales                           September 24, 1928 - October 6, 2013

Soror Scales was a beloved member and founder of the Pi Nu Omega chapter and Eta Psi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.   She served as the First Basileus, undergraduate advisor, and “Mother” to sorority members.  Soror Scales was honored numerous times for her hard work, dedication and “Service to All Mankind”.  

 Soror Scales was a Trail Blazer in every sense of the word.  During her lifetime she was the first African American faculty member at MTSU and would later serve as Associate Dean of Continuing Studies and Public Service.  She was the first African American female elected to the Murfreesboro City Council and the first African American to have a Murfreesboro City School named after her and her husband.

Other awards and recognitions include:

  • Silver Medallion Award - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

  • Outstanding Service Award - City Murfreesboro

  • Named "Women of Courage" - Essence Magazine

  • Inducted in the Tennessee Teachers Hall of Fame

  • NAACP President's Freedom Award from the state of Tennessee

  • Citizen of the year Awards - Bradley Academy Historical Society, Kappa Gamma Society and National Education Association

Soror Scales will be remembered for her love for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  The love was so great that she would jokingly state that “The Streets of Heaven are Paved Pink and Green”.