Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated┬« had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University.  In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha became the first Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women.  Five years later (1913), Alpha Kappa Alpha’s ensured its perpetuity through incorporation in the District of Columbia.

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission 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”.

From the core group of nine at Howard, AKA has grown into a force of more than 290,000 collegiate members and alumnae, constituting 1,018 chapters.   The Alpha Kappa Alpha program today still reflects the communal consciousness steeped in the AKA tradition and embodied in AKA’s credo,
“To be supreme in service to all mankind.”

 You can read more about our National History at our Corporate website.


The Original Nine

Anna Easter Brown

Beulah Burke

Lillie Burke

Marjorie Hill

Margaret Flagg Holmes

Ethel Hedgemon (Lyle)

Lavinia Norman

Lucy Diggs Slowe

Marie Woolfolk (Taylor)



The Seven Sophomores

Norma Boyd

Ethel Jones (Mowbray)

Alice Murray

Sarah Meriweather

Joanna Berry (Shields)

Carrie Snowden

Harriet Terry

The Incorporators

Nellie May Quander

Norma Boyd

Minnie Beatrice Smith

Julia Evangeline Brooks

Ethel Jones

Nellie Pratt


Central Region

The Confident, Charismatic and Charmed Central Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated┬« consists of eight states in the central portion of the United States. 

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Eastern Missouri (St. Louis and Cape Girardeau)
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin     
Together, they are home to 94 chapters and 8000 graduate and undergraduate members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, under the leadership of Kiahna Davis, the 31st Central Regional Director.
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