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Birthday parade held for 100-year-old FAMU sorority sister

Posted at 8:01 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 20:01:58-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — Florida A&M's Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority honored one of their own with a drive thru birthday parade, Saturday afternoon. Annette Pinkston Thorpe has been alive for 100 years. The majority of her life has been spent as a member of the Florida A&M community.

On Saturday, dozens of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters and their families honored Thorpe with a life member award with the sorority.

Cars were honking, with balloons and signs that read "Happy Birthday" attached. Edwin Thorpe, Mrs. Annette's second oldest child, said they really had no idea how many people would show up for the celebration.

"We were overwhelmed, no doubt. Saw the sirens, saw the cars lining up on Meridian. They were already in the parking lot here, but they were still on Meridian coming in," explained Edwin. "But it's a tribute. It is."

The birthday girl, who was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha in 1938, said, "I'm so humbled and I'm so proud. AKA is it."