Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908. She is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by and for African American college-trained women. The idea was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle who 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." After incorporation in 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha then branched out and became the channel through which selected college women improved the social and economic conditions in their city, state, nation and the world. Today, that tradition has continued--internationally, nationally and locally. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life; and serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 200,000 women.
Hazing will not be tolerated within Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 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.