The record of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s origin, growth and development, activities, accomplishments and evolving goals is more than an interesting chronicle of a colorful bit of college-based Americana. It is, rather a significant and inspiring reflection of the emergence of a dynamic group into a challenging world. The vision of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle became a reality on January 15, 1908. She, along with eight others defined the sorority’s motto as ‘by culture and by merit’, the official colors as salmon pink and apple green and its symbol as the ivy leaf.
On January 29, 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated as a perpetual body, with “power to organize, institute and charter subordinate chapters” whose particular purposes and objectives would be educational, “and would promote the intellectual standard and mutual uplift of its members.”
The efforts of Alpha Kappa Alpha constitute a priceless part of the American experience in the Twentieth Century.