Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the oldest Greek-letter organization established by black college women in America, was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The idea was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle who viewed the sorority "as an instrument for enriching the social and intellectual aspects of college life by providing mental stimulation through interaction with friends and associates."
The small group of women who organized the sorority was conscious of a privileged position as college-trained women of color, just one generation removed from slavery. They resolved that their college experiences should be as meaningful and productive as possible. Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded to apply that determination, however, its influence extends beyond campus quads and student recreational interests. It has a legacy of service that expands, rather than ends, with college graduation.
Alpha Kappa Alpha membership is composed of ladies of distinction and exemplary character who excel in scholarship, leadership and service. Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown from one undergraduate chapter to an international organization. There are undergraduate and graduate chapters located throughout the United States, West Africa, the United Kingdom, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Korea, and Germany.
Since it’s founding Alpha Kappa Alpha women have contributed high scholarship, vocational and career guidance, health services, and the advancement of human and civil rights to all mankind.
THE ORIGINAL NINE:
Anna Easter Brown
Margaret Flagg Holmes
Ethel Hedgemon (Lyle)
Lucy Diggs Slowe
Marie Woolfolk (Taylor)
Ethel Jones (Mowbray)
Sarah Meriweather (Nutter)
Joanna Berry (Shields)
Nellie May Quander | Minnie Beatrice Smith | Julia Evangeline Brooks | Nellie Pratt