In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by African American college women. Her roots date back to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where the idea for formation was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Missouri. She viewed the Sorority as an instrument for cultivating high scholastic and ethical standards while 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 socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation, and the world.
To date, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated expands globally with over 283,000 members bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to service. For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s history, visit our International website’s History page.