ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC.
We, as college women, being aware of the increasing complexity of women’s problems, especially those of Negro women, and realizing the necessity of forming an organization for the purpose of studying and solving such problems, do therefore organize this Sorority in order to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, improve the social stature of the race, promote unity and friendship among college women, and keep alive with the alumnae and interest in college life and progressive movement emanating therefrom.
Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women. To trace its history is to tell a story of changing patterns of human relations in America in the 20th century.
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 were resolute that their college experiences should be as meaningful and productive as possible. Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded to apply that determination.
The Original Group of our Founders include: Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Burke, Lillie Burke, Majorie Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Ethel Hedgemon Lyle, Lavinia Norman, Lucy Slowe, and Marie Woolfolk Taylor.
As this Original Group contained mostly college seniors, another group of women were selected to carry on the sorority once they graduated, known as The Sophomores: Norma Boyd, Ethel Jones Mowbray, Alice Murray, Sarah Meriweather Nutter, Joanna Berry Shields, Carrie Snowden, and Harriet Terry.
In 1913 Nellie Quander with the help of, Norma Boyd, Julia Brooks, Nellie Pratt Russell, and Minnie Smith ensured the perpetuity of the sorority by incorporating Alpha Kappa Alpha.
As the Sorority grew, it kept in balance two important themes: the importance of the individual and the strength of an organization of women of ability and courage. As the world became more complex, there was a need for associations which cut across racial, geographical, political, physical and social barriers.
Alpha Kappa Alpha’s influence extends beyond campus quads and student interest. It has a legacy of service that deepens, rather than ends, with college graduation.
The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers. Its efforts constitute a priceless part of the global experience in the 21st century.