It was learned recently the mothers of Howard University students Lauren Cofield and Laurin Compton have been stripped of their Alpha Kappa Alpha membership.
During an interview with the Tom Joyner Morning Show, attorney J. Wyndal Gordon revealed the nation’s oldest black sorority “kicked out” the mothers.
“As a result of our lawsuit, AKA states in writing that they were suspending my clients’ privileges and threatened to expel them,” Gordon said. “Under Federal law that is a criminal violation 18USC 1512 which prohibits witness tampering. It carries a 20-year period of incarceration at worst.
“They kicked out both of the mothers for merely trying to enforce their rights under AKA’s constitution, yes.”
The Sorority, founded Jan. 15, 1908, issued the following statement:
Despite the plaintiff’s disappointments and complaints, AKA did not violate the legacy clause in its constitution and by-laws because that is not a guarantee of membership to a particular chapter, but simply provides for priority process.
Gordon explained to the TJMS crew that the “case is really about broken promises, breach of contract and AKA respecting the rights of its membership.”
Compton and Cofield, he said, are “victims caught in the crossfire between a larger battle between the AKA and its betrayed membership.”
“Under current law a voluntary member organization creates a legally enforceable contract between the organization and its membership,” he said. “The daughters have an enforceable right under the intended third party beneficiary doctrine of contract law. Now AKA is not just an organization, it’s a corporation, a multimillion-dollar corporation. It can sue and be sued. So they’re bound by the same laws as any other multi-million dollar corporation of its time.”
The TJMS crew asked Gordon if monetary compensation was included in the suit.
Gordon replied his clients are seeking “justice,” and will seek money as a means to achieving it.
Gordon revealed he and his clients have “demanded over $75,000” to “meet the minimum threshold of Federal Court.”
“But again the jury makes those decisions, not us,” he added.
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