National History

In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women. Alpha Kappa Alpha roots date back to Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia. The idea was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Missouri.  Ethel viewed 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.

On January 29, 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated as a perpetual body. Alpha Kappa Alpha gradually branched out and became the channel through which selected college trained women improved the socioeconomic conditions on a local level, state level, national level and a global level. Through the years, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s platform has expanded to concentrate on five signature initiative programs. The Program’s mission is Global Leadership thorough timeless service by focusing on the following: I. Educational Enrichment, II. Health Promotion, III. Family Strengthening, IV. Environmental Ownership and V. Global Impact.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood composed of women who have consciously chosen this affiliation as a means of self fulfillment through volunteerism for all mankind. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards, promotes unity and friendship among college women, studies and helps to alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life; through a nucleus of more than 260,000 members in graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U. S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea and on the continent of Africa.

Candidacy for membership into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is open to women of high ethical and scholastic standards who are pursuing or have completed courses leading to a degree from an accredited college or university. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s official headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois