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The History of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women. Her roots date back to Howard University, Washington, D.C., where the idea for formation was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Missouri. She viewed the Sorority as an instrument for enriching the social and intellectual aspects of college life by providing mental stimulation through interaction with friends and associates.

Through the years, however, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s function has become more complex. After her incorporation as a perpetual body in 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha gradually branched out and became the channel through which selected college-trained women improved the socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation and the world. Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is based on the principles of sisterhood, scholarship, and service to ALL mankind.

Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown through the years to become an international organization with a membership in excess of 200,000 women. Membership in our organization consists of women of distinction and exemplary character. These women excel in all areas of life and work closely with the community. Alpha Kappa Alpha has undergraduate and graduate chapters located in the United States, West Africa, Great Britain, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Korea and Germany. For more information on our national history, please visit www.aka1908.com.

 

The History of Psi Iota Omega

The Psi Iota Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was officially chartered on July 6, 2008 by twenty women in Brockton, Massachusetts. The charter group consisted of Kendra al-Kaleem Evans, Wendy Anderson, Roxanne Aurisma, Diane Bell, Shante Burrell, April Cabrera, Musau Dibinga, Jacqueline Jones, Sharon Jones, Claudia Kidd, Shirley Malone-Fenner, Treniece Lewis Harris, Joy Lucas, Barbara Marshall, Lisa Smith-McQueenie, Whitney Montgomery, Gina Patterson, Twyla Perrin, Paulette Abney-Walker and Janet Roberts-Williams. The Precious Pearls of Psi Iota Omega truly capture the legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  The Psi Iota Omega chapter, which is part of the North Atlantic Region, provides services to the citizens of Southeastern Massachusetts with passion and grace.