Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has the distinction of being the first African-American sorority. It was founded on Jan. 15, 1908, by Howard University’s Ethel Hedgeman, who wanted to create a “support network for women with like minds.”
The organization was founded on these 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, and to be of ‘Service to All Mankind.’”
AKAs, known for their iconic colors of pink and green and signature “Skee-Wee” sound, have made everlasting names for themselves in the worlds of politics, literature, entertainment
Check out six members of Alpha Kappa Alpha in the gallery below.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.