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'A day on, not a day off', AKA Sorority members sew dresses for children in Haiti

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 19:36:01-05

LAFAYETTE — On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Chi Omega Chapter, chose to use their day off to help others as part of Dr. King's legacy.

"I'm making pillow case dresses for children in less fortunate countries," Breyone Carter said.

Carter is an Education Instructor at UL. At a table of sewing machines, she and her AKA Sorority sisters will make 50 dresses from pillow cases to be shipped to Haiti.

"It's so much more rewarding than staying home and just binge watching Netflix," Carter said.

Carter says she chose to participate in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"For me to be a University teacher at my age, and as a black woman, I feel like he paved the way. I feel like I can be seen as as an equal as a black woman, that work started because of him" Carter added.

While her goal today may be to sew several dresses, her goal for tomorrow is much bigger.

"Some of the future teachers who will have this day off for the rest of their career, can say hey remember when Ms. Carter used this day off? I can use this day to serve" Carter said.

AKA will continue their Pillowcase project until 2021.