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Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek letter organization established in America by Black collegiate women. She was formed in January 1908 at Howard University by 16 remarkable women. Today, that tradition has continued—internationally, nationally and locally. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life; and serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 170,000 women in over 900 chapters.Our existence at USC started with Sigma Chapter, a citywide chapter, in 1922. As the chapter grew, so did interest in the sorority and there was a need for a separate chapter to be started. With the help of Dr. Barbara Solomon, Marguerite Phillips and other graduate sorority members, USC students successfully chartered Iota Beta Chapter in May 1974. We have hosted events such as King of the Nile: A Tribute to African-American Men, The Black Cultural Dinner, Coat Day, and Pink Ice: A discussion for women. For the members of Iota Beta, Alpha Kappa Alpha has become more than a sorority but a way of life.

For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., please contact Mariah Iman Wilson at or, or visit their website at



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