National History of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. She is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by and for African-American collegiate women. Led by our Guiding Light, St. Louis native Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, nine women joined forces to foster the sisterly bond that continues to be a beacon of scholarship, servant-leadership, and civic engagement today. On January 29, 1913, the perpetuity of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was ensured by a committee of members with the leadership of Nellie Pratt Russell.
Leaders on their campus and in their community, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated have continued the purpose set out by our Founders more than 110 years ago: to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among 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 of service to all mankind.
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These pearls don't haze! Since its inception in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has prohibited any acts of hazing. Hazing is harmful and can result in the death of a person. Hazing also interferes with the development of the friendships that are a basis of sisterhood within Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.