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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Chapter Name: Epsilon Eta
National Founding Date: January 15, 1908
Bradley Chartering Date: December 14, 1968

Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green

Symbol: Ivy Leaf Flower and Pink Tea Rose

Public Motto:
By Culture and by Merit.  

Mission Statement:
The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is 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.

Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 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 was 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 was founded to apply that determination.As the Sorority grew, it kept in balance two important themes: the importance of the individual and the strength of an organization of women of ability and courage.

As the world became more complex, there was a need for associations which cut across racial, geographical, political, physical and social barriers. Alpha Kappa Alpha’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 families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers. Its efforts constitute a priceless part of the global experience in the 21st century.

Led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, the nine Howard University students who came together to form Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority were the scholastic leaders of their classes. Each also had a special talent or gift that further enhanced the potential of this dynamic group. With the exception of Ethel, the original group of women was comprised of college seniors.

To ensure the continuity of the organization, seven honor students from the class of 1910 who expressed interest were invited to join without initiation. Nellie Quander was elected president in 1911. Under her visionary leadership, Alpha Kappa Alpha initiated a dynamic plan of expansion. The first step of establishing a national body in perpetuity was taken in 1913 when Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was legally incorporated.

National Initiatives:

Platform #1:
Non-Tradition Entrepreneur Women are seizing the reins of entrepreneurship because they realize that it is the key to economic survival. As they become more of the business landscape and their enterprises grow, women are coming face to face with the challenges of managing and expanding new ventures. To build a strong foundation for women in business, Alpha Kappa Alpha will create economic expertise, success in business and power networking opportunities for the nontraditional entrepreneur.

Platform #2:
Economic Keys to Success Economic development is expanding its reach to a new global frontier. The Sorority must be poised to compete in these world markers. Simultaneously, living standards within the Black community must be improved. To achieve these goals, Alpha Kappa Alpha will, through education, synergy and partnership, develop and disseminate the economic keys to success.

Platform #3:
Economic Growth of the Black Family The strength of the Black community hinges on the viability of the family. If the family foundation is weak, so too will be the broader societal structure that gives life and nourishes that family unit. Alpha Kappa Alpha is sensitive to the fact that within the core structure, the Black male, in particular, faces potentially daunting challenges. Recognizing this, a powerful remedy lies in devising strategies for assisting young males in overcoming the formidable challenges to their educational development and well-being. Through activities that enable, support and provide access, Alpha Kappa Alpha will work to achieve the economic growth of the Black family.

Platform #4:
Undergraduate Signature Program: Economic Educational Advancement Through Technology Technology must be mastered if there is any hope of economic educational advancement. To address this powerful reality, Alpha Kappa Alpha resolves to work with higher educational institutions and other organizations that reach students to develop an exemplary model technology access and training program that serve the community and becomes part of the central activities of the institution. Driven by this platform, the Sorority will initiate an undergraduate signature program: Economic Educational Advancement though Technology.

Platform #5:
Health Resource Management and Economics To reach that stratosphere of satisfaction where one is physically and mentally fit and poised to embrace all of life’s rewards and challenges requires a balance of emotional intelligence, optimal psychology and spiritually. Studies prove that when all of these elements are in divine order, physical heath, relations and life satisfactions will be the result. Through health resource management and economics, Alpha Kappa Alpha will address the many health issues and crises that face the Black community in the United States and globally. The mandate in this platform is to gain emotional empowerment, develop social support networks and raise public awareness.