|Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first Greek letter organization founded by and for Black college women, was established on January 15, 1908. AKA was initiated by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle and fifteen other ambitious and dedicated women at Howard University. The founders Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority were conscious of the privilege and responsibility as college trained members of minority group, just one generation removed from slavery. These young women were determined that their college experience would be meaningful and valuable, in order to enhance their self-realization.|
|The sorority was founded for the purpose of encouraging high
scholastic and ethical standards, promoting unity and sisterhood and improving the social
stature of African-Americans. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was incorporated in 1913 to
perpetuate its existence throughout the world. Currently, membership in the national
organization totals over 140,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and
Africa. Though membership is spread across the seas, all sorors uphold the standards of
high scholarship, leadership, service and exemplary character.
The commmitment of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is to be "Supreme in service to all mankind." Throughout the years, the sorority has helped to improve the social and economic conditions of several communities. This has been achieved by the development of dynamic national themes that change with the needs of society.