The first sorority designed for black women. The organization was founded at Howard University in 1908. The organzation was created to be supreme in service to all mankind. AKA has always been a big supporter of the arts, as well. Though concerned with its "image," much of the service work is done quietly by members in communities all over the world. The organization's membership is over 200,000 college-educated women. The sorority has been launching civil rights, education, economic empowerment, and health programs designed to better the world since its founding. Its members are generally though of to be ladies among women. The official colors are salmon pink and apple green, and the official mascot is the ivy leaf. AKAs are generally thought of as being women who have the total package: brains, beauty, elegance, charm, and quiet strength. The organization continues to prove its relevance and its ability to stand the test of time with grace and strength. Some terms commonly associated with Alpha Kappa Alpha are: first and finest, 20 pearls, ivy, "mirror," skee-wee, AKAtude, lady, etc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha was the FIRST greek organization to be recognized as an accredited observer at the United Nations during the 1940s.
The first historically black greek letter organization founded by and for african-american women. The illustrious sorority was founded on January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. Her beautiful founders and incorporators are known as "The Twenty Pearls" and they are as follows (in alphabetical order): The Guiding Light Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Norma E. Boyd, Julia Evangeline Brooks, Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Elizabeth Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjorie Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Ethel Jones Mowbray, Alice P. Murray, Lavinia Norman, Sarah Merriwether Nutter, Nellie M. Quander, Nellie Pratt Russell, Johanna Berry Shields, Lucy Diggs Slowe, Minnie Beatrice Smith, Carrie E. Snowden, Marie Woolfolk Taylor and Harriet Josephine Terry. The colors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are Salmon Pink and Apple Green, the national flower is the Pink Tea Rose, and the national symbol is the Ivy Leaf. The sorority is known for it has continued it's "Service To All Mankind" through community service throughout the years. It's Current program for 2006 - 2010 is The Heart of ESP: An Extraordinary Service Program. The platforms are PLATFORM #1 Non-Traditional Entrepreneur, PLATFORM #2 Economic Keys to Success, PLATFORM #3 Economic Growth of the Black Family, PLATFORM #4 Undergraduate Signature Program: Economic Educational Advancement Through Technology, PLATFORM #5 Health Resource Management and Economics. The Lovely Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha continue to exhibit...more...
Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Incorporated, founded in January 15, 1908 at Howard University, is America's first Greek-letter organization established and incorporated by Black college women. The organization remains a predominately African-American sorority. The sorority's membership, however, includes women of Caucasian, Asian, and Hispanic descent. The sorority serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 200,000 women in over 950 chapters located in the United States, the Caribbean, Germany, Korea and Japan. Alpha Kappa Alpha women can be found on every continent in the world.
The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 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 maintains a progressive interest in college life, an to be of service to all mankind. The sorority is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).
Alpha Kappa Alpha asserts that membership is "comprised of over 200,000 college-trained women from around the world. The sorority has an active membership of over 49,000 members who represent a diverse constituency of women, from educators to heads of state, politicians, lawyers, medical professionals, media personalities, and decision-makers of major corporations. Graduate members constitute the largest percentage of membership." Alpha Kappa Alpha has 950 chap...
The first black greek sorority, for college educated women. Founded on the campus of Howard University on January 5, 1908. Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded by sixteen sophisticated, intelligent, and community service minded women. Salmon pink and apple green are the colors that 250,000 plus women hold close to their hearts. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated will be celebrating 100 years of service to ALL Mankind in 2008.
There is no more words or definitions to type in order to define what Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is. All that needs to be said is that Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first and that they are to be of service to ALL Mankind.
The first black sorority founded in 1908 at Howard University. Although the founding members intentions were good, the sorority quickly deteriorated into a social club. Fortunately in the year 1913, some revolutionary members of the undergrad chapter broke away from AKA and formed Delta Sigma Theta. Because of those inspiring 22 women, Delta Sigma Theta has gone on to be the most influential and prominent black sorority in the world. Continuing to promote scholarship, sisterhood and service ever since. As for AKA, their organization has never recovered from that DevaStaTing day on January 13, 1913.
AKA: Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first and BEST sorority, DST is just a cheap knock-off! *flips hair*
Delta: But what have ya'll done lately?
Delta: That's what I thought *walks off*
The first African American sorority founded in 1908 by twenty women. Unfortunately, because the sorority was founded on social principles and shunned helping to make the world a better place, members of the undergraduate chapter decided to create a real sorority founded on principles of sisterhood and service, and Delta Sigma Theta was born. Typical stereotype is that of a "pretty" girl, completely absorbed with fashion and public perception. Also unfortunately, many of the women who typically pledge Alpha Kappa Alpha are women with low self-esteem, who want to be viewed as a beautiful woman with much to offer. They are hardly ever seen in the community. Their "pretty" image could have been a positive one for black women, but has served to alienate many.
AKA 1: Girl, look at her. She is so ugly. She can never be pretty like US.
AKA 2: (flips hair) I know girl! Alpha Kappa Alpha is so great! It's so unfortunate that everybody can't be pretty like us! I don't care about community service, I just want to be pretty and fashionable!
75 years later...
Observer: God she's an AKA? She is so old and ugly. What does she have now? I wonder what she has to show for her sorority. Beauty definetely fades.
A historic Panhellenic sorority, including famous AKAs, Maya Angelou. AKAs can usually be intelligent, goal-oriented, poise and talented young women, mainly of color. Unfortunately, there are too many AKAs that are phony, bitchy, self-absorbed, connected to multi-million dollar companies which guarantees them a seven-figure salary after Undergrad when there are people who are not apart of Greek organizations who have to work twice as hard just because they are not associated with a fucking greek. Very fair, eh? And not to forget, many AKAs are very beautiful on the outside but possess the seven-headed beast within their rotten little souls.
All the Alpha Kappa Alphas I met are greedy, egomaniacal bitches who need to be stabbed repeatedly and strangled with a donkey chain (But this does not mean every AKA just a lot of them). They are so into their damn sorority to the point if you don't pledge sororities, then they think you are socially inept. Women like them need to die and leave the world to the more modest, individualistic women.