Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. History
Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908, 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 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. They were resolute that their college experiences should be as meaningful and productive as possible. Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded to apply that determination.
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.
Alpha Kappa Alpha’s influence extends beyond campus quads and student interest. It has a legacy of service that deepens, rather than ends, with college graduation.
The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers. Its efforts constitute a priceless part of the global experience in the 21st century.
For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® visit our international website www.aka1908.com.
Kappa Beta Omega History
The Kappa Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on March 23, 1974 in Vallejo, California. The sixteen chartering members included: Earline Briggs, Dorothy Brown, Lydia Elliott, Patricia Fortman, Janice Foster, Carolyn Jackson, Marsha Lee, Grace Patterson, Marva Rogers, Geneva Watts, Carmel Webster, Nona Webster, Mildred Welch, Hazel Wilson, Johnetta Wilson and A. Marie Young.
The Kappa Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is made of college trained women with unique and diverse skills and expertise who represent some of the community’s foremost “movers and shakers.” The Kappa Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated demonstrates leadership and community service by introducing the community of Vallejo to the target programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the signature programs unique to the Kappa Beta Omega Chapter. The most notable and longest standing of these is the annual Kappa Beta Omega Fashionetta Debutante Program which culminates with the community debut of the participating young ladies who are high school seniors and college freshmen.
To date the Kappa Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has awarded over $300,000 in scholarships, continues to encourage the educational advancement of youth and young adults, and fulfills the needs of the greater Vallejo Community through countless hours of dedicated Service To All Mankind.