Sororities give you the most out of a college experience, especially HBCUs. Ever wondered which Sorority to join in college? It’s sometimes complicated when you don’t know which one is designated for you. Here at DSHH, we will be introducing some of the most historical African American Greek-letter sororities run by African American women.
Maybe Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the One for You?
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the first historically African American Greek-letter sorority. Founded by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle on January 15, 1908, Howard University, Washington, D.C. this sorority has a lot to offer. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the first Greek Letter Organization to be established and nationally incorporated by college-trained African American women.
The purpose of this sorority is to bring inspiration to high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, and to study and help alleviate problems concerning young women and girls in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of service to all mankind. The colors salmon pink and apple green represents “Twenty Pearls” which refers to their motto “By Culture and By Merit” Symbol. There are many ways to join Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority such as the completion of your bachelor’s degree with a cumulative average of at least a C+ or a graduate degree from an accredited senior college/university. You must also have the motivation and ability to promote and extend the policies and programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority:
Sigma Gamma Rho or, ΣΓΡ was founded on November 12, 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven young female educators. These educators are Mary Lou Allison, Gardner Little, Cubena McClure, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian Irene White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin, and Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford. Their “mission” is to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development.
Their motto is Greater Service, Greater Progress which also helps represents their colors royal blue and gold. Requirements for candidates who want to be accepted must successfully pass one quarter, semester, or trimester of the undergraduate membership. The cumulative grade point average required for membership is 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority:
The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is an international, historically African American Greek-lettered sorority. This sorority was founded by Arizona Cleaver, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler on January 16, 1920. Their founding principles represent Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood.
The sorority’s colors are royal blue and white and their symbol is the dove.
The motto they follow is a community-conscious, action-oriented organization. They are also known for their celebrity alumni. People such as Syleena Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Towanda Braxton, Sheryl Underwood, Dionne Warwick, and even Janelle Monae were apart of Zeta Phu Beta. Janelle Monae even wrote a song base on the sorority.