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: Ashley Washington
- Website: National
- SJSU Founding: Delta Nu Chapter — 1954, Zeta Psi Chapter — 1972
- National Founding: January 15, 1908 at Howard University in Washington DC
- Service / Philanthropy: Supports the American Heart & Stroke Awareness; Partnership with National Alliance of Mental Illness; Partnership with Africare; Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Support
- Scholarship: Spring 2016–3.00, Fall 2015 - 3.07
- Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green
- Flower: Tea Rose
- Symbol: Ivy Leaf
- Motto: "By Culture and By Merit"
- Nicknames: AKAs
- 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)
- Annual Events: n/a
Awards and Recognition (2015-2016)
- Gold Laurel Chapter (2015 Standards of Excellence)
- 2015 Best in Council (NPHC)
- 2015 Emerging Leader of the Year - Tayler West