January 15th: The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Becomes The First Greek-Letter Organization Founded and Established by African American College Women

January 13, 2023

The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington D.C. It was the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African American college women. The founders of the sorority were a group of nine women, these women were Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjorie Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Ethel Hedgemon (Lyle), Lavinia Norman, Lucy Diggs Slowe and Marie Woolfolk (Taylor).

The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority was established as a support system for African American women in higher education, as well as a means to provide service to the community. The sorority’s motto is “By Culture and By Merit,” and its colors are salmon pink and apple green. The sorority has a strong focus on scholarship, leadership, and service, and has grown to become a leading organization for African American women.

Throughout its history, the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority has made significant contributions to the African American community. Members of the sorority have been involved in various social and political movements, including the civil rights movement, and women’s suffrage movement. The sorority has also established numerous programs and initiatives to support education, health, and economic empowerment. Today, Alpha Kappa Alpha has over 250,000 members in over 1,000 chapters across the United States and in several other countries.

References:

https://www.blackhistory.mit.edu/story/alpha-kappa-alpha#:~:text=Founded%20at%20Howard%20University%20in,locally%20and%20commuted%20from%20home.

https://aka1908.com/about/history/

https://www.aka-dro.org/about-alpha-kappa-alpha

https://www.aka-ruo.com/about-us/aka-history#:~:text=The%20sorority%20serves%20all%20mankind,conditions%20through%20community%20service%20programs.

 

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