Greek Life

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. , Founded January 15, 1908

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by a group of twenty students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Forming a sorority broke barriers for African-American women in areas where little power or authority existed due to a lack of opportunities for minorities and women in the early 20th century. Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated on January 29, 1913. The sorority serves through a membership of more than 283,000 women in 992 chapters in the United States and several other countries.

Delta Sigma Theta

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Founded January 13, 1913

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 13, 1913. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea.

Zeta Phi Beta

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Founded January 16, 1920

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University, located in Washington, D.C. During the 1920’s, a group of five illustrious women, Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings, and Fannie Pettie Watts saw a need for a new and different type of Greek-lettered organization. These five women wanted an organization that would directly affect positive change and one that would create a plan of action for the 1920s and beyond, create awareness for their people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and build a greater sense of unity among the members. These five women saw Zeta Phi Beta Sorority as more than an organization. They imagined an organization that would focus on true Service, embrace Scholarship, and set a standard for Sisterhood and to define the concept of what Finer Womanhood.