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8 Things You Must Know about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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by Thaii XP

The AKAs are respected for their power, beauty and grace in a world that calls for the unity of African American women.  Their pink and green colors are recognized around the globe, and their commitment to service is beyond extraordinary.  Most of us know at least one woman in this sorority, so it might behoove us to take a second to learn the orgins of the organization itself.

Here are a few things you may not know about Alpha Kappa Alpha:

  1. Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded at Howard University on January 15, 1908 by nine women. It is the first Greek sorority established by African-American women
  2. Michelle Obama is an honorary member of the sorority.
  3. Alpha Kappa Alpha hold the Guinness world record for having the largest-ever silver service sit down dinner at a convention. The dinner included 16,206 members celebrating their centennial.
  4. There are more than 250,000 women in over 900 chapters who hold membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
  5. During the Great Migration, Alpha Kappa Alpha members helped thousands of southern black people adjust to the Northern society through the Travelers Aid Society.
  6. Potential candidates interested in Alpha Kappa Alpha could join The Ivy Leaf Pledge Club before being inducted into the sorority
  7. From 1965 to 1995, Alpha Kappa Alpha oversaw the operation of the Cleveland Job corps. Not only were they the first sorority to operate a federal job training center, but they also worked to helped female high school dropouts with jobs and educational skills.
  8. Alpha Kappa Alpha is a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) with 8 other Greek African-American organizations.