2 The History of Alpha Kappa Alpha Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by Black college women. The record of its origin, growth and development, activities, evolving goals, and accomplishments is more than an interesting bit of history, it is a significant and inspiring reflection of the emergence of a dynamic group in a changing culture.The efforts of Alpha Kappa Alpha women in the promotion of high scholarship, vocational and career guidance, health services, the advancement of human and civil rights, and in so many other areas constitute a priceless part of the American experience in the twentieth century.- Marjorie H. Parker, Ph.D.
3 The History of Alpha Kappa Alpha On January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by and for Black women.Our founders viewed the Sorority as an instrument for enriching the social and intellectual aspects of college life by providing mental stimulation through interaction with friends and associates.
4 The Founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Norma Elizabeth BoydAnna Easter BrownBeulah Elizabeth BurkeLillian BurkeMarjorie HillMargaret Flagg HolmesEthel Hedgeman LyleEthel Jones MowbrayAlice P. MurrayLavinia NormanLucy Diggs SloweSarah MeriweatherNutterJoanna Mary Berry ShieldsCarrie SnowdenMarie Woolfolk TaylorHarriet Josephine Terry
5 Alpha Kappa Alpha Today Today, the tradition established by our founders has continued - internationally, nationally and locally. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life; and serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 160,000 women in over 900 chapters.
6 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International Program Our current International Program, “Blazing New Trails”, includes five targets:EducationHealthBlack FamilyEconomicsThe Arts
7 The History of the Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The Eta Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered at Georgia State University on December 20, 1972 by fifteen outstanding and dedicated women.
8 The Founders of the Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Sheila A. Bowden Polly LewisJosephine Bronson Ora MimsLaverne Chapman Rosemary ReedWilhelmina Chapman Solomie WatsonMarcia Edwards Rene WelderValerie Hamm Vicki WinfreyBrenda Henderson Dianna WrightCarol Huff
9 The Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Today Since its inception, the Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has striven to provide quality programs of service on the campus of Georgia State University and the community at large. Eta Mu Chapter has sponsored many programs under the national targets of Education, Health, Black Family, Economics, and the Arts.
10 The Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Programs Eta Mu Chapter programs have included:STD and Breast Cancer Awareness SeminarsEconomic Empowerment SeminarsForum on Being a Black student at a Predominantly White collegeHands on Atlanta Days"Into the Streets"Donations to St. Jude's Ranch for ChildrenSkate for Sickle Cell Anemia“Skee”, “Skee Phi”, and “Mind, Body, and Soul” WeeksSponsoring Red Cross Blood Drives
11 Eta Mu Chapter Achievements In addition to its commitment to quality programs, the Eta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated also promotes high scholastic and chapter achievement on the local and international level.
12 Eta Mu Chapter Achievements Dean's Cup for Scholastic AchievementA member receiving the African American Heritage Award for Academic Achievement and Community ServiceGreek Award for Chapter Programs1999 South Atlantic Regional Conference:First Place - Homie Regulus Basileus AwardSecond Place - Chapter AchievementFirst Place - Chapter Attendance.
13 Eta Mu continues to bear the legacy of excellence that has been passed down through the years. Its members are future leaders, scholars, and role models, not only for Alpha Kappa Alpha, but for the world.