About Us

Classic Pearls Incorporated is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that was established by Phi Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in May 2011. It was established to increase the positive impact within the local community. The purpose of Classic Pearls, Inc., is to provide charitable and educational opportunities to the citizens of the greater Birmingham, Alabama area. The organization endeavors to award scholarships to eligible students by proving funding that will assist them with tuition and fees in their pursuit of higher education. Donations are accepted to educate the community, feed and clothe residents in need, and provide financial literacy workshops. Our funding source includes members of Classic Pearls, Inc., donations from the community partners, fundraiser(s), and grants from corporate organizations. 

The foundation has been a part of the Birmingham community since December 1999 and established a strong record of service through its programs that included partnering with Aletheia House (Back to Work Program and Suit Drive), partnering in education at North Birmingham Elementary School, working with Better Basics on the Motivators of Reading Enrichment (M.O.R.E.) Program, feeding the homeless and less fortunate at Firehouse Shelter, First Light, and Pathways, providing scholarships to high school seniors annually, and numerous other programs over the years. Expanding our efforts by establishing the non-profit allows us to do more with the support of our community and collaborative partners as we continue to be of service to all mankind in the greater Birmingham metropolitan area.

Our Team

Board of Directors



Cynthia Rena Ramsey


Vice President

Bobbie Datcher



Ericka Hill



LaKeesha Gray


Financial Secretary

Cynthia Holiness



Subrena Cox



Valaida Gentry


Grants and Programs Officer

Ashley Weaver


Communications Director

Shaesa Lewis



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