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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of over 283,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope. 

Today, our friends over at The Shadow League are honoring some of the best and brightest women who are at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.

There is an amazing group of honorary AKA’s that includes the likes of Jada Pinkett-Smith, Maya Angelou, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Iyanla Vanzant, Julie Dash, Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, C. Delores Tucker, Suzanne de Passe, Catherine Hughes, Mae Jemison, Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai, Eleanor Roosevelt, Zina Garrison and C. Vivian Stringer.

But our list focuses on the women who pledged an undergraduate or a graduate chapter.

PHYLICIA RASHAD – Rashad studied at Howard University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in 1970.  Best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the The Cosby Show, Rashad was the the affirmation of African-American poise, beauty and intelligence during the show’s grip on American consciousness from 1984 through 1992.

She was the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress Tony Award, which she won for her 2004 performance in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. She most recetly played the widowed wife of former fictional heavyweight champion Apollo Creed in the latest installment of the Rocky movie franchise, Creed.

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This Alpha Kappa Alpha Member is Making History by Opening the First Chick-fil-A in Downtown Los Angeles

Ashley Derby, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Spelman graduate, made history in 2011 when she became the youngest African-American female franchise owner in the history of Chick-fil-A at 26 years old. She making history again by bringing the franchise to downtown Los Angeles.

Derby is an Atlanta native who started working at Chick-fil-A as a teenager to save money for a car. She stuck with the company through her undergrad years at Spelman. Because of her boss’ advice, Derby switched her major to focus on economics and applied for leadership roles at the restaurant.

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In undergrad, she was initiated into Spelman’s Mu Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

With my girls in spirit this year – Happy SpelHouse Homecoming! 💙❤️ #Spelman

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After graduating, Derby did three years of management and development programs for Chick-fil-A before opening a franchise near the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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The AKAs at Southeastern Louisiana University Just Did a Law & Order Themed Yard Show

The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Southeastern Louisiana University just did a Law & Order themed yard show to start off their fall semester!

COURT IS NOW IN SESSION! The Illustrious Lambda Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Southeastern Louisiana University presented their first Fall 2017 “Pretty Wednesday” yard show after 9 years of coming back to the campus.

Watch Lambda O’s Law & Order: Kase Klosed yard show presentation below!


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The AKAs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Are STUNNING

The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are STUNNING.

The ladies Spring 2015 line of the Iota Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. recently celebrated their AKAversary and they teamed up with photographer was Don Lundy from Lundy Lenses (@lundylenses), a member of the Kappa Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to take some amazing pictures.

Check out the photos from their photo shoot below!

  

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