Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (ΑΚΑ) is the first historically African American Greek-lettered sorority for college-educated women.
The organization was founded on five basic tenets:
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
to be of 'Service to All Mankind'
The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at the historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C., by a group of sixteen students led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Forming a sorority broke barriers for African-American women in areas where they had little power or authority due to a lack of opportunities for minorities and women in the early 20th century.
Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated on January 29, 1913.