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The Alpha Kappa Alpha Legacy

Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded on January 15, 1908, on the campus of Howard University in Minor Hall, in Washington, DC.   Ethel Hegdeman Lyle, our guiding light, and eight other collegiate women establish the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women.

AKA member Nellie M. Quander led the effort to incorporate  Alpha Kappa Alpha to maintain perpetuity on January 29, 1913. This incorporated provided AKA with the right to broaden its service concept and create subordinate chapters.  By 1921, AKA had established the first 10 undergraduate chapters. 

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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