Burnham, Emily Hudson Bright



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Grand President


Boston University

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After serving four years as Grand Secretary, Emily was elected Grand President. She believed in perfection, and thus came up with the idea for the Second Degree. The Second Degree was for qualifying Kappas who wished to enter into a deeper spiritual aspect of the Fraternity. Emily prepared the very first Catalogue (now the Membership Directory), published in 1890. She was also known for her devotion to social justice movements, and could often be seen marching in suffragette parades in Boston with her husband, one of the few men who marched. She is also well known for her devotion to assisting inner city communities defend themselves against powerful landlords, particularly the Morton Street Improvement, in which Boston removed a slum inhabited by 700 people.



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