Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college women, was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Nine Howard University students came together to form Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on January 15, 1908 in Miner Hall. The students were scholars, leaders, and standouts in their community and classes.
To continue the growth of the organization, seven members of the class of 1910 were invited to join without initiation. On January 29, 1913 , Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was legally incorporated.
The Original Group: Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Elizabeth Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjorie Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Lavinia NormanLucy Diggs Slowe, Marie Woolfolk Taylor
The Sophomores: Joanna Mary Berry Shields, Norma Elizabeth Boyd, Ethel Jones Mowbray, Sarah Merweather Nutter, Alice P. Murray, Carrie Snowden, Harriet Josephine Terry
The Incorporators: Norma Elizabeth Boyd, Julia Evangeline Brooks, Ethel Jones Mowbray, Nellie Quander, Nellie Pratt Russel, Minnie B. Smith
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