Skip Nav

Sorority President Commissions $900K Wax Statue of Herself

It might have been OK to waste funds when former Chicago Housing Authority comptroller Barbara McKinzie worked in government, but her sorority sisters at Alpha Kappa Alpha are not having it! McKinzie, who is the current national president of the oldest predominantly black sorority, is being sued by AKA members for misusing funds. One of the alleged offenses? Spending $900,000 on a wax statue of herself.

Moving from the bizarre to the blatant, McKinzie is also accused of racking up $400,000 in personal expenses and setting up a $4,000 a month pension for herself for after she leaves office.

McKinzie denies the allegations, saying: "The malicious allegations leveled against AKA by former leaders are based on mischaracterizations and fabrications not befitting our ideals of sisterhood, ethics and service."

If the allegations are true, perhaps McKinzie thought she had to live up to the lifestyle enjoyed by some of the sorority's famous alumnae. That list includes: Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Gladys Knight, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King.

Latest Love & Sex