On January 15, 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became the first Greek-lettered organization established by and for black women. Her roots date back to Howard University in Washington, DC, where the idea for formation was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Missouri.
Today we celebrate 105 years of supreme service to all mankind. The Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc National website says it best, read below:
The record of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s origin, growth and development, activities, accomplishments and evolving goals is more than an interesting chronicle of a colorful bit of college-based Americana. It is, rather a significant and inspiring reflection of the emergence of a dynamic group into a challenging world. The vision of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle became a reality on January 15, 1908. She, along with eight others defined the sorority’s motto as ‘by culture and by merit’, the official colors as salmon pink and apple green and its symbol as the ivy leaf.
On January 29, 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated as a perpetual body, with “power to organize, institute and charter subordinate chapters” whose particular purposes and objectives would be educational, “and would promote the intellectual standard and mutual uplift of its members.”
The efforts of Alpha Kappa Alpha constitute a priceless part of the American experience in the Twentieth Century.
The pink and green shall forever reign supreme! On a personal note, when I became an AKA, I never knew it would have impact that it has on me today. And I know my sorors feel the same!
Show your love to your other sorors from around the globe below! Happy Founders Day Sorors!