Alpha Kappa Alpha History

In a world in which materialism is pervasive, and technology and competition have decreased the need for collaboration and cooperation, it is critical to have an association that cuts across racial, international, physical, and social barriers to help individuals and communities develop and maintain constructive relationships with others. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is that vital organization.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood composed of women who have consciously chosen this affiliation as a means of self-fulfillment through volunteer service. 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 the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.

Alpha Sigma Omega History

On October 6, 1930, Ms. Pearl Mitchell, Great Lakes Regional Director, met at the home of Ms. Elizabeth C. Mann in Columbus, Ohio to charter the Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  Sorority members listed on the charter are: Cecilia Chancellor (Nu), Thelma A. Jackson (Theta), Elizabeth C. Mann (Theta), Octavia J. Martin (Theta), Vernon J. Reid (Theta), Clara Savoy (Nu), Eva Jane Smith (Theta), Lucretia Peters, Julianette Allen, and Eva W. Manuel.

Alpha Sigma Omega History Fun Facts

  • ASO has produced three Great Lakes Regional Directors - Juanita Davis Webster (1941); Emma Lilly Henderson (1988); and Rachel Ashburn Mallory (1998)
  • ASO has been home to an Alpha Kappa Alpha Executive Director (Emma Lilly Henderson), an international parliamentarian (Rachel Ashburn Mallory), two international 2nd vice-presidents (Octavia J. Martin and Berna Rhodes-Ford), two undergraduate members-at-large (Olympia Coles and Shaylyn Cochran), and several international committee members.
  • ASO has hosted seven Great Lakes Regional Conferences (1940, 1945, 1960, 1971, 1987, 2001, and 2011)
  • ASO is home to the International Protocol Chairman for 2014 -2018 administration, Sharon M Bowman
Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter Presidents

1.    Octavia Martin*
2.    Thelma Jackson*
3.    Eva Jane Smith*
4.    Dorothy Madison*
5.    Katherine McGill*
6.    Estelle Himes*
7.    Juanita Davis Webster*
8.    Sylvia Render*
9.    Laureen Bland Dean*
10.  Mary Jane Fields*
11.  Mary Carter Milner Glascor*
12   Helen L. Seward*
13.  Lydia Burkes*
14.  Lorraine Brown Peery*
15.  Carolyn Glover Utz*
16.  Marjorie Holland*
17.  Mary W. Claytor, Ph.D.*
18.  Ruth Neal*
19.  Coleen Mitchell*
20.  Marie Saunders Hope*

21.  Doris Osborne*
22.  Emma Lilly Henderson
23.  Rachel Ashburn Mallory
24.  Ann B. Walker
25.  Sandra Kaye Joseph
26.  Sharon M. Bowman
27.  Regina L. Randall, Ph.D.
28.  Jackie Compton Bunch
29.  Deena Brown Chisolm, Ph.D.
30.  Stephanie A. Yancey Bland
31.  Judith K. Cunningham
32. Shannon Teague 
33. Charlene Free
34. Valery M. Tarver †

†Current
*Deceased


Current and Former Presidents

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