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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®
Tau Nu Omega
Alpha Kappa Alpha
is the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American college women.
Membership is primarily for college women, but not all members have attended college. The sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by a group of nine students, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle.
Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated on January 29, 1913.
Consisting of college-educated women of many diverse backgrounds from around the world, the sorority serves through a membership of more than 260,000 women in approximately 960 chapters in the United States and several other countries. Women may join through undergraduate chapters at a college or university or by invitation of a graduate chapter after acquiring an undergraduate or advanced college degree.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
In January 1991, a seed was sewn in the spirit of sisterhood and service. At the heart of this seed was a vision and desire to bridge a gap in the Bronx by reaching into under-served areas, providing services that empower the people, and improving the quality of life for the members of the South Bronx community. From that vision and desire, the Bronx Executive Pearls Interest Group was formed.
The Bronx Executive Pearls Interest Group "the Group" consisted of several members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® of varied ages, experiences, and professional disciplines. Of note, the Group was comprised of many Alpha Kappa Alpha women who had been inactive for twenty-five years or more but desired to reconnect with the Sorority and the community.
The first project undertaken by the Bronx Executive Pearls Interest Group was a program entitled "Grouping for Success". The program was designed to provide academic tutorial sessions and fine arts to elementary school students while developing character, self-esteem, and positive self-image. The Group also lent its professional expertise to other initiatives, such as:
After eighteen months of recognized community service to the South Bronx community, the Bronx Executive Pearls Interest Group became chartered as the Tau Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® on June 13, 1992.
Today, Tau Nu Omega continues to expand on the vision of that first group.