Thursday, January 15, 2009

HAPPY 101 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.!!!!!

I just wanted to take the time to say Happy Founder's Day to all my sorors and to celebrate all things fabulously pink and green. Being a member of this organization has truly changed my life. By carrying on the legacy of so many that have come before me, to being a part of one of best chapter's (Beta Alpha, FAMU) in the nation. I have been truly blessed to join such an incredibly innovative sisterhood. I have met some of my best friends for life in and through this organization. I would be remiss if I didn't take time to honor such a great organization and my 70 linesisters (yes, our line was that large!!! lol).

So, Skeeeee- Weee my sorors...

~Pink and Green with Flyness!

Here's your history lesson
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first Greek-lettered organization established by Black college women (Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Elizabeth Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjore Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Lavinia Norman, Lucy Diggs Slowe, Marie Woolfolk Taylor), was founded on January 15, 1908 at Howard University.

The following group of sophomore women were chosen to complete the first group so that the sorority would continue after those of the first group had graduated. They were Most Gracious Ladies: Norma Elizabeth Boyd, Alice P. Murray, Ethel Jones Mawbray, Sarah Merriweather Nutter, Joanna Berry Shields, Carrie Snowden, Harriet Josephine Terry. One year later, on Febuary 11,1909, the first initiation was held in Minor Hall at Howard University.In January 29, 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was incorporated to ensure perpetuity. The incorporators of Alpha Kappa Alpha were Nellie Pratt Russell, Nellie Quander, Norma Elizabeth Boyd, and Beatrice Smith. Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown from one undergraduate chapter to an international organization with a membership of more than 140,000 women.

Our membership consists of ladies of distinction and exemplary character who excel in scholarship, leadership and service. Our undergraduate and graduate chapters are located throughout the United States, West Africa, the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Korea, and Germany. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the epitome of class, grace, and finer womanhood.

Here is a brief listing of some famous Alpha Kappa Alpha women:
Marian Anderson
Maya Angelou
Vanessa Bell Calloway
BeBe Moore Campbell
Suzette Charles
Olivia Cole
Marva Collins
Julie Dash
Suzanne DePasse
Loretta Devine
Ella Fitzgerald
Zina Garrison
Marla Gibbs
Althea Gibson
Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant
Carmen De Lavallade Holder
Catherine Hughes
Mae Jemison
Star Jones-Reynolds
Sharon Pratt Kelly
Alicia Keys
Coretta Scott King
Gladys Knight
Jessye Norman
Arthelle Neville
Nichelle Nichols
Hazel O. Leary
Rosa Parks
Jo-Marie Payton
Phylicia Rashad
Eleanor Roosevelt
Ntosake Shange
Jada Pinkett Smith
Wanda Sykes
Debbye Turner
Madame Leah Tutu
Iyanla Vanzant
Marjorie Judith Vincent
Lynn Whitfield
Cassandra Wilson

1 comment:

Sír Andrƹ said...

There's just something about an AKA woman..the late Mrs.M.Athalie Range showed me that. Always at the forefront in the community and always a lady.