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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated 

"Service to All Mankind"

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Sorority History 


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was founded on January 15, 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and became the first African American Greek-lettered sorority. The sorority’s founder, Ethel Hedgemon Lyle, was inspired by two of her professors to establish a society that encouraged scholarship, friendship and service. She and a group of eight distinguished ladies worked together to ensure the sorority’s implementation. The sophomore class of 1910, were inducted into the sorority without initiation. Along with the incorporators, these women became what are known as the 20 Pearls of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®.

Our Mission

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’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.”

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20 Pearls of AKA

​The Original Group

Ethel Hedgeman Lyle

Anna Easter Brown

 Beulah Burke

Lillie Burke

 Marjorie Hill

Margaret Flagg-Holmes

Lavinia Norman

Lucy Diggs Slowe

Marie Woolfolk-Taylor

The Sophomores

Joanna Berry Shields

Norma Elizabeth Boyd

Ethel Jones Mowbray

Sarah Merriweather Nutter

Alice P. Murray

Carrie Snowden

Harriet Josephine Terry

The Incorporators

Norma Elizabeth Boyd

Julia E. Brooks

Ethel Jones Mowbray 

Nellie M. Quander

Nellie Pratt Russell 

Minnie B. Smith 


"We have a torch and we should use it to lighten everyone else's darkness." -Ethel Hedgemon Lyle



Welcome to Rho Gamma Omega Chapter 



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