AKA History

Founded in 1908, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women. To trace its history is to tell a story of changing patterns of human relations in America in the 20th century.

The small group of women who organized the sorority were conscious of a privileged position as college-trained women of color, just one generation removed from slavery. They were resolute that their college experiences should be as meaningful and productive as possible. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded to apply that determination.

As Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has grown, it has maintained its focus in two key arenas: the lifelong personal and professional development of each of its members; and galvanizing its membership into an organization of respected power and influence, consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s influence extends beyond campus quads and student interest. It has a legacy of service that deepens, rather than ends, with college graduation.

The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in educational enrichment, health promotion, family strengthening, environmental ownership, and global impact. Its efforts constitute a priceless part of the global experience in the 21st century.

For more information, please visit www.aka1908.com to learn about our history, view our National Calendar of Events, etc.