Happy Birthday, to Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
The first intercollegiate historically black sorority was founded on January 15, 1908. This happened 4 years after The 1904 St Louis World Fair commemorated the Louisiana Purchase in St Louis, MO.
A.K.A., was founded on January 15, 1908, at the historic black Howard University, in Washington, D.C. A.K.A. started with 16 women of color and was led by the late Ethel Hedgeman Lyle.
In the early 20th century, African-American women had little power or authority. Later, on January 29, 2013, A.K.A. fought to change all of that by getting incorporated.
Their motto By Culture by Merit still rings true all these years later. The sorority is one of the nation’s largest Greek-letter organizations consisting of college educated women.
This sorority is full of diverse women from all over the world. With over 300,000 members covering the USA and other countries, this organization is a force to be reckon with.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The current International President is Dr. Glenda Glover, and the sorority’s document and pictorial archives are located at Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.