Alpha Sorority, Inc.
In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter
organization established by and for Black women. Her roots date back to Howard
University, Washington, DC, where the idea for formation was conceived by Ethel
Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Missouri. She 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.
Through the years, however, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s function has become more
complex. After her incorporation as a perpetual body in 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha
gradually branched out and became the channel through which selected
college-trained women improved the social and economic conditions in their city,
state, nation and the world.
Today, that tradition has
continued--internationally, nationally and locally. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates
and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and
friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women;
maintains a progressive interest in college life; and serves all mankind through
a nucleus of more than 300,000 women in over 1000 chapters.
The record of
its origin, growth and development, activities, evolving goals, and
accomplishments is more than an interesting chronicle of a colorful bit of
college-based Americana. It is, rather, a significant and inspiring reflection
of the emergence of a dynamic group in a changing culture. The efforts of Alpha
Kappa Alpha women in the promotion of high scholarship, vocational and career
guidance, health services, the advancement of human and civil rights, and in so
many other areas constitute a priceless part of the American experience in the
Nine Howard University students were led by Ethel
Hedgeman Lyle into a sisterhood in 1908. Four years later, Nellie Quander and
her gallant and visionary associates contributed the added dimension of national
organization and perpetual membership. These women and those who have come after
them, the never-ending stream of eternally young, hopeful, enthusiastic women,
need to be remembered.
Alpha Kappa Alpha International History
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