Alpha Kappa Alpha History

since 1908


Founded January 15, 1908, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC and incorporated on January 29, 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. is the world's oldest college-based sorority founded by African-American women. It's purpose 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."

Alpha Kappa Alpha consists of college-educated women of many diverse backgrounds from around the world, including, but not limited to, African, Caucasian, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, and Indian descent. The sorority serves all mankind through a membership of more than 250,000 women in over 900 chapters in the United States and several other countries. After the organization's establishment over a century ago, Alpha Kappa Alpha has helped to improve social and economic conditions through community service programs. Members have improved education through independent initiatives, contributed to community-building by creating programs and associations, such as the Mississippi Health Clinic, and influenced federal legislation by Congressional lobbying through the National Non-Partisan Lobby on Civil and Democratic Rights. The sorority works with communities through service initiatives and progressive programs relating to education, family, health, and business. For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., please visit our national website at