AKA International History

In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. became America’s first Greek-letter organization founded by Black college women. Established at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the Sorority was incorporated in 1913, and soon became the channel through which selected college-trained women improved the socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation and the world.

2008 marked the Centennial Celebration of the sorority. The historic milestone featured a yearlong commemoration, culminating in a gala week of tributes, salutes and praise in Washington, D.C., where the Sorority began. The climactic celebration coincided with the Sorority’s biennial international conference during which more than 24, 000 members made the pilgrimage to Howard University to honor the Alpha Kappa Alpha founders and celebrate the Sorority’s 100-year history.

Since 1908, the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has responded to the world’s increasing complexity. It continues to empower communities through exemplary service initiatives and progressive programs, internationally, nationally and locally. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards and promotes community service through a nucleus of more than 170,000 women in the United States, Caribbean, Europe and Africa. The goals of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s platform 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.