Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was started by nine Howard University students and led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle in 1908. Five years later, Nellie Quander successfully had the organization incorporated. It is the first Greek organization established by Black college women. Today we celebrate 111 years of service to all mankind. It is a complete honor and pleasure to be a part of such a great organization.
I’ve always wanted to be an AKA. The organization and the ladies I knew that were members always exemplified excellence and had an attitude of servitude. I couldn’t wait to go to college so I could pledge. On the campus of Southern University, the sorority was very active and I loved seeing the pink and green colors everywhere. I later pledged a graduate chapter and my dream of being an AKA was fulfilled.
Being an original is good but what makes us great is our mission. “Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind”.” http://aka1908.com/about/mission We all pledged to uphold this mission and to wear our colors of pink and green as a symbol of feminity and strength. We wear our 20 pearls, symbolizing the 20 trailblazing women who started and expanded the organization, with pride.
Today I salute all of my Sorors of the illustrious Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Skeeeewee!!!!