History of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded on January 15, 1908 at Howard University under the leadership of Ethel Hedgmen Lyle making it the oldest Greek—letter organization established in America by women of color. Under the direction of Nellie Quander, the sorority was incorporated in 1913.
The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of service to all mankind.
Alpha Kappa Alpha’s development has been influenced not only by growth of its membership in size and maturity but also by conditions in the culture. Consistent throughout the years has been an emphasis on uplifting membership standards of high scholarship, leadership, service and exemplary character. Today the influence and concerns of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority extend far beyond campus gates and student interests. With membership approaching 200,000 the singular determination to be “supreme in service to all mankind” reverberates throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. The sorority recently celebrated the 112th Anniversary of its founding.
For more information on the History of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority incorporated please visit the national website.
History of Epsilon Phi Omega
On March 15, 1952, Epsilon Phi Omega Chapter was chartered with a membership of twelve becoming the 20th South Atlantic Region graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Two weeks following the chartering, March 23, 1952, Epsilon Phi Omega became part of the infamous “Marvelous” Mid – Atlantic Region.
Epsilon Phi Omega has many firsts. It was the first black women’s Greek letter Organization in Goldsboro. We have one of the first black female members of the Wayne County Board of Education and the first black chairman of the Wayne County Democratic Party. Many members have received special honors and accomplishments in education, politics, mental health and community involvement.
For over sixty years, Epsilon Phi Omega has shown commitment and dedication to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Goldsboro, and Wayne County. Scholarships are presented annually to deserving young ladies who participate in the annual fundraiser, the Debutante Pageant. Other projects have included contributions to churches, Wayne County Boys and Girls Club, Empty Stocking Fund, area public schools, tutorial programs, tornado and fire victims, bereaved families, Christmas Cheer, local health projects, WAGES, Epicurean Club for Sickle Cell Anemia, Arts Council of Wayne County, Wayne Community College Foundation, SHARE, Dial-A-Teacher, Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni & Friends, American Red Cross, Relay for Life and American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Kid’s Fest, Jackie Robinson Little League and "Launching New Dimensions of Service" Programs that will have a lasting impact on families, health, technology, business and economics. We will continue to be an exemplary chapter in our quest to make Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority “SUPREME IN SERVICE TO ALL MANKIND.”