The Pearls of Kokomo was officially formed in Kokomo, Indiana on September 23, 1984, after three months of recruitment by Soror Jo Ann Obie. The original members were: Delores Davis, Sharon Grier, Gerry Stroman, Tyjuanna LaBennett, Mattie Daniels and Jo Ann Obie.
In October of 1984, the Pearls of Kokomo had grown to sixteen, including members from nearby Marion and Indianapolis, Indiana. With hopes of a spring chartering, the Pearls of Kokomo met with Soror Mabel Cason, Central Region Director and on May 18, 1985, the Pearls of Kokomo became the first black Greek-letter sorority established in Kokomo, Indiana, Omicron Phi Omega. The ceremony was conducted by Soror Lorraine Green, Second Supreme Basileus, in the absence of Regional Director, Mabel E. Cason.
Following the chattering and installation of officers, a “Pink and Green” reception dinner was held. Kokomo’s Mayor Stephen Daily was on hand to give the official welcome along with rev. Robert Lee of Second Missionary Baptist Church and Robert Kirk of Wayman A.M.E. Methodist Church. Sorors of Alpha Mu Omega of Indianapolis, IN and Sigma Omega Chapter of Cincinnati, Ohio attended.
Omicron Phi Omega Chapter had earned the right, privilege, and responsibility of becoming a graduate chapter of the nation’s oldest and most esteemed black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
The following sorors are the charter members of Omicron Phi Omega:
Tyjuanna R. Strickland LaBennett
Jacqueline Bellamy Cole
Alice Ruth Burns Marshall
Mattie Louise McGill Daniels
Mary Ann Liggin Nolcox
Ethel Delores Griffin Davis
Jo Ann Ward Obie
Kathryn Kuykendolph Donald
Kimberly Ann Queen
Tova Jaselle Ellison
Narvie Kennedy Scott
Sharon Lee Crew Grier
Gerry Frances Gunnings Stroman
Cherresa Vernea Johnson
Frances R. Foster Gibbons Sweat
Omicron phi omega chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority , Inc.
Pearls of Kokomo
May 18th, 1985