Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated was founded on January 15th, 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington , DC. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women. To trace its history is to tell a story of changing patterns of human relations in America in the 20th century.
The mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind.”
The small group of women who organized the Sorority was conscious of a privileged position as college-trained women of color, just one generation removed from slavery. As the Sorority grew, it kept in balance two important themes: the importance of the individual and the strength of an organization of women of ability and courage. As the world became more complex, there was a need for associations which cut across racial, geographical, political, physical and social barriers.
On November 18th, 1972 the Eta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated was chartered on the campus of Marshall University by a group of women whom exhibited the characteristics of that of Alpha Kappa Alpha woman. For 40 years the Eta Zeta Chapter has continued to hold the values of the organization on a high pedestal by providing service to all mankind, excelling in the classroom, and exuding student leadership.