Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American college women. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by a group of twenty students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Forming a sorority broke barriers for African-American women in areas where little power or authority existed due to a lack of opportunities for minorities and women in the early 20th century. Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated on January 29, 1913.
After the organization's establishment over a century ago, Alpha Kappa Alpha has helped to improve social and economic conditions through community service programs. Members have improved education through independent initiatives, contributed to community-building by creating programs and associations, such as the Mississippi Health Clinic, and influenced federal legislation by Congressional lobbying through the National Non-Partisan Lobby on Civil and Democratic Rights. The Sorority works with communities through service initiatives and progressive programs relating to education, family, health, and business.
- Designation: Zeta Psi Chapter
- President: Folasade Ogunbanwo
- Website: National
- Active Members: 9
- SJSU Founding: Delta Nu Chapter — 1954, Zeta Psi Chapter — 1972
- National Founding: January 15, 1908 at Howard University in Washington DC
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- Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green
- Flower: Tea Rose
- Symbol: Ivy Leaf
- Motto: "By Culture and By Merit"
- Nicknames: AKAs, Ks
- Famous Alumnae: Loretta Divine (actress), Phylicia Rashad (actress), Toni Morrison (Nobel Prize-winning author), Star Jones (attorney, author, television host), Wanda Sykes, (comedienne, actress), Azie Taylor Morton (1st and only African-American United States Treasurer), Sheila Jackson-Lee (Congresswoman (TX)), Althea Gibson (1st African-American to win a Grand Slam in tennis)
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Awards and Recognition
- 1979 — Debra Perkins won the title of Miss Northern California and represented Northern California in the Miss Black University — USA pageant.
- 1985 — Achieved the highest Greek GPA on campus (chapter)
- 1988 — First Place, SJSU Step Show
- 1989 — Regional Undergraduate Chapter Achievement Award
- 1990 — First Place, SJSU Step Show