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Alpha Kappa Alpha Women

Since the founding of our beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha women have successfully distinguished themselves in practically every field in society. They have been, and continue to be, dynamic leaders and innovators serving actively in their local communities and around the world. From athletes to actors, educators to entertainers, poets to politicians, these phenomenal women are role models for young people everywhere. Some are renowned, some are unknown; all are “AKAmplished” Alpha Kappa Alpha women.

Name:Jane Addams
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Founder of the Hull House in Chicago and the 2nd woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize
Name: Marian Anderson
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: First African-American woman to sing at the Metropolitan Opera
Name: Dr. Maya Angelou
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Novelist, poet, educator, Grammy winner for Best Spoken Word
Name: Yvette Lee Bowser
Chapter Initiated: Xi Beta
Accomplishment: Writer and producer, Living Single and A Different World
Name: Toni Braxton
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment:Grammy award winning singer
Name: Angie Brookes
Chapter Initiated: Eta Beta Omega
Accomplishment: First African-American female President of the United Nations General Assembly
Name: Charlotte Hawkins-Brown
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: President of the Palmer Memorial Institute, first African-American appointed to the national YWCA board
Name: Gayleatha B. Brown
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomoplishment:U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Benin (West Africa)/td>
Name: Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke
Chapter Initiated: Alpha Gamma
Accomplishment: Former Democratic Congresswoman and the first woman to chair the Democratic National Convention
Name: Vanessa Bell Calloway
Chapter Initiated: Delta Phi
Accomplishment: Actress, Coming to America
Name: Bebe Moore Campbell
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment:Author, Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine and Singing in the Comeback Choir
Name: Suzette Charles
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Miss America 1984 for seven weeks after Vanessa Williams
Name: Barbara Ciara
Chapter Initiated: Upsilon Omicron Omega
Accomplishment:Youngest female and first African-American to become news director at a commercial television station in the Southwest, KMSB-TV, Tucson
Name: Pauline Redmond Coggs
Chapter Initiated: Epsilon Kappa Omega
Accomplishment: First African-American woman to head the Urban League in Washington, D.C., personal confidant to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
Name: Olivia Cole
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Emmy award winning actress, Roots
Name: Marva Collins
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Founder of a private school in Chicago, Illinois
Name: Tonique Williams-Darling
Chapter Initiated: Theta Gamma
Accomplishment: Gold medal Bahamian runner in the 400 meters at the 2004 summer Olympic games
Name: Sadie and Bessie Delany
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Members
Accomplishment: Annie (Bessie) was the 2nd African-American female licensed to practice dentistry in New York. Sara (Sadie) was the 1st African-American to teach science at the high school level. Both authored Having Our Say.
Name: Loretta Divine
Chapter Initiated: Epsilon Lambda
Accomplishment: Actress, Waiting to Exhale, an original Dreamgirl
Name: Leecia Eve
Chapter Initiated: Gamma Phi Omega
Accomplishment: Counsel to former Senator Hillary Clinton
Name: Ella Fitzgerald
Chapter Initiated: Honorary member
Accomplishment: World renowned jazz singer and musician
Name: Valada S. Flewellyn
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Poet and author
Name: Voneta Flowers
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: First African-American Olympic gold medalist in bobsledding at the 2002 winter games
Name: Victoria Franklin
Chapter Initiated: Iota Tau
Accomplishment: Miss Nevada 2004
Name: Bettiann Guena Gardner
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: First African-American woman to be part owner of an NBA team, the Chicago Bulls and co-founder of Soft Sheen products
Name: Zina Garrison
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: 1988 Olympic gold medalist in tennis
Name: Marla Gibbs
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Actress, 227 and The Jeffersons
Name: Althea Gibson
Chapter Initiated: Beta Alpha
Accomplishment: First African-American to win a tennis Grand Slam in 1956
Name: Chamique Holdsclaw
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: WNBA player, Washington Mystics
Name: Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Former Assistant Surgeon General, 1990
Name: Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant
Chapter Initiated: Beta Alpha Omega
Accomplishment: Psychologist and Essence magazine advice columnist
Name: Shirlee Tailor Haizlip
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Author The Sweeter The Juice: A Memoir in Black and White
Name: Janice Huff
Chapter Initiated: Zeta Omicron
Accomplishment: Meteorologist, NBC News
Name: Dr. Mae Jemison
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: First African-American astronaut, 1992
Name: Virginia Johnson
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Ballerina, original member of the Harlem Dance Theatre
Name: Star Jones
Chapter Initiated: Lambda Zeta
Accomplishment: Former Second Supreme Anti-Basileus, author, television host, attorney
Name: Sharon Pratt Kelly
Chapter Initiated: Alpha
Accomplishment: First African-American mayor of a major city, Washington, D.C.
Name: Alicia Keys
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Grammy award winning singer and musician
Name: Bernice King
Chapter Initiated: Mu Pi
Accomplishment: Civil rights leader, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Name: Coretta Scott King
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights activist, Director of the MLK Center for Social Change and Civil Rights Activism
Name: Gladys Knight
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Grammy award winning singer
Name: Sheila Jackson Lee
Chapter Initiated: Alpha Kappa Omega
Accomplishment: Texas Congresswoman
Name: Eddie Bernice Johnson
Chapter Initiated: Alpha Xi Omega
Accomplishment: Texas Congresswoman
Name: Suzanne Malveaus
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Anchor at CNN and TV-ONE contributor
Name: Jewell Jackson McCabe
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Founder of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
Name: Toni Morrison
Chapter Initiated: Alpha
Accomplishment: Nobel Prize winning author
Name: Azie Taylor Morton
Chapter Initiated: Beta Kappa
Accomplishment: First and only African-American to serve as United States Treasurer
Name: Sophia Nelson
Chapter Initiated: Xi Omega
Accomplishment: Author, Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama
Name: Nichelle Nichols
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment:Actress, Star Trek
Name: Jomarie Payton Noble
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Actress, Family Matters
Name: Jessye Norman
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment:Opera singer
Name: Hazel O’Leary
Chapter Initiated: Pi
Accomplishment:First African-American and first female United States Secretary of Energy, President of Fisk University
Name: Lillian Rogers Parks
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment:Author, My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House, White House maid and seamstress
Name: Rosa Parks
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Known as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955
Name: Suzanne de Passe’
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Chairman and CEO of de Passe Entertainment
Name: Roxie Roker
Chapter Initiated: Alpha
Accomplishment:Actress, The Jeffersons
Name: Phylicia Rashad
Chapter Initiated: Alpha
Accomplishment:Actress, The Cosby Show, first African-American woman to win a Tony Award for Lead Actress
Name: Sonia Sanchez
Chapter Initiated: Lambda
Accomplishment: Poet and author
Name: Ntazake Shange
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Playwright, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enough
Name: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Chapter Initiated: Eta Beta Omega
Accomplishment: First female President of Liberia
Name: Muriel Lyle-Smith
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: TV producer, granddaughter of founding member Ethel Hedgeman Lyle
Name: Jada Pinkett Smith
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Actress, producer and musician
Name: Wanda Sykes
Chapter Initiated: Gamma Theta
Accomplishment: Actress and comedienne
Name: Barbara Madden-Swain
Chapter Initiated: Alpha Omicron
Accomplishment: Ceramic artist
Name: Debi Thomas
Chapter Initiated:
Accomplishment: First African-American figure skater to win a medal (bronze) in the 1988 winter Olympics
Name: Marietta Tree
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: First United States female Ambassador to the United Nations, founder Snydernham Hospital in Harlem, New York, the first inter-racial hospital in the United States
Name: Minniejean Brown Trickey
Chapter Initiated: Delta Beta
Accomplishment: One of the Little Rock Nine, students who integrated Central High School in 1957
Name: C. Delores Tucker
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: National Chairman of the National Political Congress of Black Women
Name: Dr. Debbye Turner
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Miss America, 1990
Name: Leah Tutu
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Wife of South African activist, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Director of the Domestic Workers and Employees Project
Name: Daphne Valerius
Chapter Initiated: Theta Psi Omega
Accomplishment: Filmmaker, Souls of Black Girls
Name: Iyanla Vanzant
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Attorney, author, inspirational speaker
Name: Marjorie Judith Vincent
Chapter Initiated: Beta
Accomplishment: Miss America, 1991
Name: Alice Walker
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Pulitzer Prize winning author, The Color Purple and Nobel Peace Prize winner
Name: Diane Watson
Chapter Initiated: Alpha Gamma
Accomplishment: First African-American woman to preside over the California State Senate
Name: Faye Wattleton
Chapter Initiated:
Accomplishment: First woman to lead the Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Name: Donda West
Chapter Initiated: Alpha Eta
Accomplishment: Author, Raising Kanye West, Chairwoman of the English Department at Chicago State University
Name: Lynn Whitfield
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Emmy award winning actress
Name: Andrea Lyle Wilson
Chapter Initiated: Honorary Member
Accomplishment: Writer, granddaughter of founding member Ethel Hedgeman Lyle
Name: Cassandra Wilson
Chapter Initiated: Beta Delta Omega
Accomplishment: Grammy award winning jazz vocalist
Name: Sherry Winston
Chapter Initiated: Alpha
Accomplishment: Grammy award winning jazz flutist

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