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National History

Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women.  Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, our Guiding Light, conceived the idea for the sorority’s emergence and envisioned 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.”

The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards; to promote unity and friendship amongst 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 a service to all mankind.

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