The Sweetest Story
The phenomenal organization that is Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Ethel Hedgeman Lyle conceived the dream of the oldest Greek-letter organization established in American by women of color. The sorority was incorporated as a perpetual body on January 29, 1913, and became the channel through which selected college-trained women improved the socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation, and the world.
Consistently throughout the years, the emphasis of Alpha Kappa Alpha has been on standards of scholarship, leadership, and exemplary service. 108 years since its founding, the sorority has an international membership of over 300,000 women in 1,024 chapters. Alpha Kappa Alpha has chapters in the Bahamas, Bermuda, St. Croix, the Virgin Islands, Germany, England, South Korea, West Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates .
Under the international program Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service by International President Dr. Glenda Glover, the sorority continues to serve all mankind. The sorority's national initiatives include HBCU 4 Life: A Call to Action, Women's Healthcare and Wellness, Building Your Economic Legacy, The Arts!, and Global Impact. Some notable members of Alpha Kappa Alpha include Dr. Mae Jemison, Rosa Parks, Dr. Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Star Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Ava DuVernay, and Tika Sumpter.