International History

The History of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

On January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Miner Hall, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by and for Black women.

The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated 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”

Today, the tradition established by our Founders has continued internationally, nationally, and locally through a nucleus of more than 290,000 women in over 1,000 chapters. Alpha Kappa Alpha has used the sisterhood as a grand lever to raise the status of African-Americans, particularly  girls and women. Alpha Kappa Alpha has enriched minds and encouraged life-long learning; provided aid for the poor, the sick, and underserved; initiated social action to advance human and civil rights; worked collaboratively with other groups to maximize outreach on progressive endeavors; and continually produced leaders to continue its crede of service.

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 international history, please visit