Alpha Kappa Alpha’s International President, attorney Carolyn House Stewart, formally inducted Ava DuVernay into the sorority as an honorary member. DuVernay is an award-winning writer, producer, director and distributor of independent films. She has earned the highest industry awards, including the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Among some of the best of her films are Middle of Nowhere and This is The Life. She also directed an episode of ABC’s top-rated drama series, Scandal. Her upcoming film, SELMA, will debut on December 25, 2014.