Lighting the Way for Learning and Living
Welcome to the National Website of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc., a not-for-profit service organization whose aim is to provide scholarship, service and support throughout our communities, the organization is a national sisterhood of predominately African American professional women. Chapters of the sorority located in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast regions of the country. Our national programs and initiatives offer tangible examples of our motto “Lighting the Way For Learning and Living”.
The 2020-23 triennium theme for Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority is “Alpha Pi Chi Women – Glowing and Growing”. With training and growth as our focus, we are widening our ability to provide service and resources to underserved communities; provide leadership development for our members and become active participants in today’s civic engagement. Opportunities for personal growth are developed through a combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation that make a difference in the quality of life throughout our communities.
Our members experience a sense of a shared sisterhood with like-minded women. We invite you to connect, renew and reactivate your interest in Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc., as together we move forward in doing the work of Building for the Future.
Janice M. Granger
Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc.
Social Justice Statement
During this COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue with what we are doing to prevent further spread of the virus; acting responsibly in regards to our health and the health of others, social distancing, wearing of face masks in public and routine hand washing. We will continually educate ourselves about the virus, heeding only the advice from expert scientists, the C.D.C and W.H.O. Additionally, we will maintain our focus on the various avenues of service which we can be of help; food drives, aid to our local communities in need and providing resources to front line responders. We stand for one shared goal to beat COVID-19 and stand against any inequities of our society in regards to COVID-19. We grieve heavily for our beloved members lost and that of all families who have lost loved ones.
We, the body of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc., stand in solidarity; united by love and understanding with the Black Community, Black Lives Matter and non-violent others seeking justice and equality. We stand against systemic racism and brutality, and for a safe and equal existence for all Blacks and people of color. We fully understand our right and civic responsibility to the deaths which occurred because of unchecked, unrestrained and bias force. We call for the reform of all systems designed to perpetuate division, hatred and oppressed subjugation of all people.
Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc., stands in honor of the life of Congressman John R. Lewis and the legacy he left. We stand congruent to the ideals he courageously and valiantly fought for. He championed the demand of respect, dignity and self-worth of every human being. “He was honored and respected as the Conscience of Congress.” His was a life dedicated to non-violent activism; fighting for equity, justice, voting rights and many other civic and human rights issues. We stand identical in the mindset of using our voice and power to make a difference, demonstrating the way of peace, thus bringing forth a unified nation. Understanding fully, the title of John Lewis’ last essay, “Democracy is not a state. It is an act,” we shall continue our action, for we are not afraid of getting in ‘good trouble’.
Lastly, we stand to continue the fight for Voter’s Rights. With the seeds planted, watered and sowed by John Lewis, we will also champion voter’s rights, for we know fully that change only happens when we vote. Additionally, we will fight tirelessly against voter suppression measures. And like Congressman John Lewis, we will not get weary, but fight on keeping truth in forward motion.
We pledge to work as the hands and feet of the Divine; for the poor and oppressed, as agents of love and understanding living at peace with all. We are the change agents for generations to come.
In Loving Memory of
Shirley Smith Fuller
ROCKINGHAM — Shirley Smith Fuller died at 11:20 AM on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at her home in Rockingham, North Carolina. She was 72 years old.
Shirley was born on January 16, 1948 in Rockingham to William Harold and Bernice Smith.
Shirley graduated from Leak Street High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Winston Salem State University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She furthered her education by obtaining three master’s degrees all from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina in elementary education, school administration and supervision.
Shirley once said that she got satisfaction helping others. For 41 years she helped educate students. She taught in both North and South Carolina, and she taught overseas in Germany. Shirley always knew she wanted to be a teacher. While her parents did not have the opportunity or resources to go to college, they believed in the importance of higher education and ensured Shirley and her two brothers, William and Marcus finished college.
Shirley was a teacher for R.B. Dean School in Maxton, Vass Lakeview Elementary School in Vass, Bennettsville and McColl Primary Schools in Marlboro County, South Carolina, Rohanen Primary School in Rockingham and Monroe Avenue School in Hamlet. When she and her former husband, who served in the Army, were stationed near Frankfurt, Germany, she taught the American children on post. She moved to the administrative side of education and took a role as a Title 1 Supervisor for Richmond County Schools. Shirley then moved to a role as a school principal. She worked as a principal at Leak Street Alternative School, Hoffman Elementary, West Rockingham Elementary, and Rockingham Middle School. Shirley retired from education in 2010. Her love of education did not end as she was appointed to the Richmond Community College (RCC) Board of Trustees. She had worked as an Adult Basic Education evening instructor at RCC and always had an appreciation for the college.
Shirley often quoted Luke 12:48 (to whom much is given, much will be required) and she lived her life by it. She served on the Department of Social Services Board of Directors, Rockingham Recreation Foundation Board of Directors, Richmond Christian Counseling Center Board of Directors, Leak Street Community Center Board of Directors, Richmond County Smart Start Board of Directors, Rockingham Housing Authority Board of Directors, FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Board of Directors for Samaritan Colony of Rockingham and on the Association of Community College Trustees. She was an active member of Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Inc. where she served as the National President for two terms. She was the first national president from the state of North Carolina.
In addition to serving as a leader, she made history while doing it. In 2003, she became the first female to serve on the Rockingham City Council. Shirley epitomized civic duty, honor, leadership, and professionalism.
Shirley married Walter Fuller Sr. in 1985. They were married for 22 years. She had one child, Shannah from her previous marriage. Family was extremely important to Shirley. It was apparent in everything she did.
Shirley’s love of God began as a child and it grew over her life. She was an active member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Rockingham, North Carolina where she served as a trustee.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Fuller Sr., her father William Harold Smith and her mother, Bernice Smith and one brother William Hervey Smith.
Shirley is survived by her daughter, Shannah Stephens of Charlotte, North Carolina; one brother, Marcus Smith (Sandra) of Rockingham, North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.