Today is the 102nd anniversary of the founding of the first African American sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
It was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 15, 1908 by nine students led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. From those humble beginnings it has grown to an international organization headquartered in Chicago with over 900 chapters in the United States and several other nations.
The over 250,000 college educated women that make up its ranks include women in my own family and the current First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt speaks to the fact that the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc come from many ethnic backgrounds. There's also a long and distinguished list of AKA women who have been or are history making trailblazers in many fields of endeavor.
Congratulations AKA on reaching another anniversary year in your second century of service to all mankind.
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