List of Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters

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Crest of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, which was designed by Phyllis Wheatley Waters in 1920.[1]

The list of Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters (commonly referred to as AKAs[2]) includes initiated and honorary members of Alpha Kappa Alpha (ΆKΆ), the first inter-collegiate Greek-letter sorority established for Black college women.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by nine women who were known as The Original Group of 1908, and seven sophomores, who were accepted as honor initiates and are known as The Sophomores of 1910.[3] The leadership the original sixteen exhibited in setting up the sorority has created social and economic capital for over one hundred years.[4]

Alpha Kappa Alpha serves the community through a membership of more than 200,000 women in over 950 chapters in the United States and several other countries. Membership is extended to female college undergraduate and graduate students. The sorority also bestows honorary membership as the highest honor.[5]

Alpha Kappa Alpha states that since the organization's founding, "the sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha has responded to the world's increasing complexity. The sorority continues to empower communities through exemplary service initiatives and progressive programs."[6] The sorority celebrated a centennial anniversary on January 15, 2008.[7]

Current Program[edit]

Under the administration of Carolyn House Stewart, 2010-2014 International President; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will focus on Global Leadership through Timeless Service.

Program Initiatives Inspired by a dedicated investment of human capital and a bold commitment to the principles of basic human rights, we shall devote our talent and resources to this cause. Awareness, advocacy and action are the primary vehicles for the worldwide delivery of our service initiatives. We invite you to join us on this journey and accept this great mission: Global Leadership through Timeless Service.

Signature Program Initiatives

I. Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Initiatives ~ This signature program will impact the lives of 10,000 girls in grades six through eight by providing leadership development, civic engagement, enhanced academic preparation and character building. The increasing demands of the twenty-first century mandate our youth to be better leaders at a younger age making smart choices with positive consequences.

II. Health Initiatives ~ These initiatives encourage personal fitness and healthy life styles. We will support organizations which advance access to treatment and coordinate awareness and advocacy campaigns to reduce health disparities, save lives and impact health related legislation. Co-sponsored health forums will address: diseases which disproportionately affect women and minorities, prevention and treatment options.

A. Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative ~ This signature health program will benefit children and families enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The goal is early diagnosis, treatment awareness and parental education and advocacy.

B. Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability ~ This initiative, through community forums and activities, promotes strategies and awareness campaigns to encourage energy efficiency, conservation, eco-living, reforestation, urban gardening, education and empowerment of consumers with limited resources, “go green-living green” eco-tourism, opportunities for women owned businesses, environmental zones in urban communities and advocacy for and legislation related to public health and environmental justice.

III. Global Poverty ~ The goals for this initiative are to end hunger, preserve the environment and empower women. The program will provide food production skills and training in self-reliance through gifts of seeds, livestock and training in environmentally sound agriculture. Education in sustainable food practices will make women equal partners in ending poverty and hunger. Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue its membership and consultative status with UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization). We have global partners for self-help projects and awareness campaigns within the United States and abroad.

IV. Economic Security Initiative ~ This effort expands the current programs related to wealth building and allocation of resources, home ownership, estate planning, support and empowerment of female owned businesses and urban enterprise zones.

V. Social Justice and Human Rights Initiative ~ These initiatives will address gender equality issues including: human trafficking and domestic violence, services for children with incarcerated parents, youth aging out of foster care and children in homeless shelters. Voter empowerment; access to technology; training of parents as advocates for educational and health care needs of children and support of the arts will be emphasized.

VI. Internal Leadership Training for External Service Initiative ~ This initiative will afford Alpha Kappa Alpha members leadership training at all levels within the organization. It will serve as a catalyst for members to reach their fullest potential as skilled leaders in service to Alpha Kappa Alpha and other organizations and institutions.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman[edit]

Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman

A woman of beauty,
a woman of grace,
an educated woman who exemplifies her race.

She is cultured and diverse,
always doing the best she can.
She is spiritual and blessed,
committed to lending a helping hand.

She's full and complete,
mind, body, and soul.
Her Alpha Kappa Alpha sisterhood
has made her
whole.

by Members of Rho Mu[8]

The poem "Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman" was written in 2002 by Alpha Kappa Alpha members of the Rho Mu chapter at the University of Richmond.[8] The poem describes the ideal Alpha Kappa Alpha woman.

Listed below are notable Alpha Kappa Alpha women such as the founders and international presidents, and members who are involved in the fields of arts and entertainment, business, civil rights, education, health, law, politics, science, and sports.

Founders and incorporators[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Alpha Founder: Original Group in 1908; teacher; guiding light of sorority founding [9]
Beulah Burke Alpha Founder: Original Group in 1908; home economics teacher [10][11]
Lillie Burke Alpha Founder: Original Group in 1908;
Lucy Diggs Slowe Alpha Founder: Original Group in 1908; principal; tennis champion; Dean of Women, Howard University [12]
Margaret Flagg Holmes Alpha Founder: Original Group in 1908; Latin teacher [13]
Marie Woolfolk Taylor Alpha Founder: Original Group in 1908; teacher [14]
Anna Easter Brown Alpha Founder: Original Group in 1908; history teacher in Rocky Mount, North Carolina [15]
Lavina Norman Alpha Founder: Original Group in 1908; teacher [16]
Marjorie Hill Alpha Founder: Original Group in 1908; teacher at Morgan College [17]
Alice P. Murray Alpha Founder: Sophomore Group, Class of 1910; graduate of liberal arts and pedagogy [18]
Sarah Meriweather Nutter Alpha Founder: Sophomore Group, Class of 1910; teacher [19]
Joanna Mary Berry Shields Alpha Founder: Sophomore Group, Class of 1910; teacher at Slater Normal School, now known as Winston-Salem State University [20]
Carrie Snowden Alpha Founder: Sophomore Group, Class of 1910; switchboard operator at Howard University [21]
Harriet Josephine Terry Alpha Founder: Sophomore Group, Class of 1910; teacher at Alabama A&M University where a building is named in her honor [22]
Ethel Jones Mowbray Alpha Founder: Sophomore Group, Class of 1910; Incorporator of 1913; Culinary Artist and teacher [23]
Norma Elizabeth Boyd Alpha Founder: Sophomore Group, Class of 1910; Incorporator of 1913; mathematics teacher; founder of Non-Partisan Council [17]
Nellie M. Quander Alpha Incorporator of 1913; First Supreme Basileus of organization [17]
Julia Evangeline Brooks Alpha Incorporator of 1913; English and Spanish teacher; School principal and dean of girls at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. [24]
Nellie Pratt Russell Alpha Incorporator of 1913; English teacher at St. Paul's Normal and Industrial School for 50 years [25]
Minnie B. Smith Alpha Incorporator of 1913; teacher [26]
Ethel Hedgeman Lyle
Lucy Diggs Slowe
Norma Boyd
Joanna Berry Shields
Julia Evangeline Brooks

International presidents[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Artists and illustrators[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Kristye Addison Lambda Theta visual artist- painter [27]
Elmer Lucille Allen Beta Epsilon ceramic artist; one of the first African-American female chemists in the United States [28]
Barbara Chase-Riboud Delta Mu sculptor and author [29]
Jan Spivey Gilchrist Honorary illustrator [30]
Anita Posey Lowe Nu ceramic artist [31][32]
Barbara Madden-Swain Alpha Omicron Omega ceramic artist [31][33]
Mary Park Washington Kappa Omega painter, illustrator, collage artist [31][34]
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Honorary artist and sculptor [30]
Laura Wheeler Waring Honorary artist, painter, and writer [30]
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Actresses/Singers[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Inga Ballard Mu Kappa theatre actress, roles include "Motormouth Maybelle" in Hairspray, "Mazeppa" in Gypsy [35]
Raney Branch Nu Alpha actress, independent films [36]
Toni Braxton Honorary Grammy Award-winning singer, actress [37]
Tamula Browning Mu Xi theatre actress" Beehive, National Tour; Buddy, National Tour [31]
Vanessa Bell Calloway Delta Phi actress in Coming to America [38][39]
Olivia Cole Honorary first African-American actress to win an Emmy award [30]
Cicily Daniels Xi Omicron actress, singer; credits include Ugly Betty, Broadway productions of The Little Mermaid and Rent; along with the film Across the Universe [31]
Loretta Devine Epsilon Lambda actress on Waiting to Exhale and This Christmas; one of the original Dreamgirls [40]
Tanisha Lynn Eanes Lambda actress; portrayed Danielle Frye on All My Children [31]
Marla Gibbs Honorary actress on 227 and The Jeffersons [30]
Andrea Hayes Omicron Theta Omega actress, St. Louis Black Repertory Company [31]
Nichelle Nichols Honorary actress on Star Trek; NASA recruiter [30]
Jo Marie Payton-Noble Honorary actress on Family Matters [30]
Phylicia Rashad Alpha actress on The Cosby Show, first African-American female to win a Tony Award for Lead Actress [41]
Jada Pinkett Smith Honorary actress and singer [30]
Roxie Roker Alpha actress on The Jeffersons [42]
Medina Senghore Alpha actress, theatre and independent films [43]
Wanda Sykes Gamma Theta actress and comedian [44]
Lynn Whitfield Honorary Emmy award-winning actress [30]
Nichelle Nichols
Jada Pinkett Smith
Phylicia Rashad

Authors[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Maya Angelou Honorary poet, dancer, producer, playwright, film director, author [30]
Tajuana Butler Beta Epsilon author of Sorority Sisters, Hand-Me-Down Heartache, Just My Luck [45]
Anna Julia Cooper "unknown" author of A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South; feminist [46]
Marvel Cooke "unknown" civil rights activist; first African-American woman to work at a white newspaper, Compass [47]
Edwidge Danticat Theta Psi Omega author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak! [48]
Crystal Black Davis Kappa author of Shaken and Stirred, Blogger Entertaining: Purveyors of the Lost Art [49]
Anita Davis-DeFoe Theta Pi author and social entrepreneur; A Woman's Guide to Soulful Living:Seven Keys to Life and Work Success; Tropical Escapes; Follow Her Lead: Unleashing the Greatness Within [50]
L. M. Davis Theta Omega author of Interlopers: A Shifters Novel [51]
Sadie and Bessie Delany Honorary authors of Having Our Say and civil rights activists [30]
Leslie Eisdale "unknown" author of Slow Burn and Sundance [51]
Lolita Files Iota Lambda Scenes From A Sistah, Getting To The Good Part, and Blind Ambitions [51]
Valada S. Flewellyn Honorary poet and author [30]
Shirley Taylor Haizlip "unknown" author The Sweeter the Juice and Finding Grace; first woman to manage a television station in the United States [51]
Andrea Lyle-Wilson Honorary writer; granddaughter of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle [30]
Felicia Mason "unknown" author "For the Love of You", "Rhapsody", "Foolish Heart" [51]
Bebe Moore Campbell Honorary author of Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir, and What You Owe Me [30]
Michelle Morial Honorary journalist [30]
Toni Morrison Alpha Nobel Prize-winning author [52]
Sophia Nelson Xi Omega author of Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama, lawyer, political commentator [53]
Lillian Rogers Parks Honorary author of My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House and White House maid and seamstress [30]
Sonia Sanchez Lambda poet [54]
Ntozake Shange Honorary playwright and performance artist of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. [30]
Reshonda Tate-Billingsley Delta Xi journalist and author [55]
Alice Walker Honorary Pulitzer Prize-winning author [30][48]
Donda West Alpha Eta author of Raising Kanye; Chairwoman of English Department at Chicago State University, mother of Kanye West [56]
Iyanla Vanzant Honorary author and attorney [30]
Miki Turner Sigma Omega award-winning photojournalist, author of Journey To The Woman I've Come To Love [51]
Maya Angelou
Anna Julia Cooper
Edwidge Danticat
Alice Walker
Donda West

Dancers[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Lauren Anderson Honorary first ballerina of Houston Ballet [30]
Chauniece Conner Epsilon Epsilon principal dancer, River City Ballet Company; founder and Artistic Director, Ballet on Wheels [57]
Virginia Johnson Honorary ballerina [30]
Jennifer Jones Epsilon Chi core dancer Lindy Hop All-star Dancers; winner, 2004 American Lindy Hop Championships Open Showcase division; winner, 2003 New York Lindy Hop Open Champions Routine division [58]
Carmen de Lavallade-Holder Honorary dancer and choreographer; wife of Geoffrey Holder [30]
Carmen de Lavallade-Holder

Filmmakers and producers[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Abiola Abrams Alpha Mu independent filmmaker best known for "Knives in My Throat" and "Ophelia's Opera", author, actress, tv host [59]
Yvette Lee Bowser Xi Beta writing and producing Half & Half, Living Single, and A Different World. [54]
Charity Burton Pi Gamma producer, Five Sisters Production Company [60]
Julie Dash Honorary filmmaker of Daughters of the Dust [30]
Daphne Valerius Theta Psi Omega filmmaker of Souls of Black Girls, actress, television journalist [61]

Miss America, Mrs. America, Miss USA, Miss Black USA Pageant and other pageant titleholders[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Mistie Adams Beta Psi Miss Maryland 2001 [62]
Suzette Charles Honorary Miss America 1984 for seven weeks after Vanessa Lynn Williams [30]
Danielle Payne Kappa Psi Miss Black Oklahoma USA 2012
Keyna Kirklen Cobb Theta Theta Miss Los Angeles County USA 2003; Miss California USA 2004 California Main & Style Award
Victoria Franklin Iota Tau Miss Nevada USA 2004 [63]
Mia Heaston Epsilon Epsilon Miss Illinois USA 2007 [64]
Janaye Ingram Alpha Pi Miss New Jersey 2004 [65]
Nadia Moffett Nu Rho Miss North Carolina 2010
Myah Moore Pi Sigma Miss Oregon USA 2003 [66]
Danica Tisdale Mu Pi Miss Georgia 2004 [67]
Debbye Turner Honorary Miss America 1990; veterinarian [30]
Marjorie Vincent Beta Miss America 1991; news anchor [68]
Nicole White Mu Delta Miss DC USA 2009 [68]
Terez Baskin Beta Miss Black Illinois 2005
Andrea Reynolds Diggs Zeta Zeta Miss Black Kentucky 2006
Kenya Tyson Iota Kappa Omega Miss Black Delaware 1996; University Dean
Stephanie Hunt Delta Chi Mrs. United States 2007; Mrs. Michigan America 2010; Mrs. Michigan International 2005 & Mrs. Michigan Galaxy 2006
Tracey Jamison Iota Lambda Omega Mrs. All-American Woman 2010
Deanna McCray James Rho Xi Omega Mrs. District of Columbia America 2009; Mrs. Maryland United States 2005
Natisha Webb-Rabb Kappa Omega Ms. Black Continental Woman 2004
LaDaria Richardson Beta Iota Omega Mrs. North Carolina International 2009
Cherrelle "e'Lan" Robinson Alpha/Rho Mu Omega Miss. Teen District of Columbia, U.S.A. 1990

Singers, musicians, music business[edit]

Marian Anderson
Ella Fitzgerald
Alicia Keys
Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Etta Moten Barnett Delta first African-American woman invited to sing at the White House [69]
Cicely Beasley Chi opera singer (retired) [31]
Maude Cuney-Hare Honorary pianist and writer [30]
Ella Fitzgerald Honorary jazz singer [30]
Mareda Gaither-Graves Zeta Nu Omega classical soprano [70]
Antoinette Garnes Honorary concert performer [30]
Stepanie Hancock Mu Omega Omega singer; This Happy Madness [31]
Hazel L. Harrison Honorary pianist [30]
Alika Hope Bryant Boulé opera singer [71]
Caterina Jarboro Honorary opera singer [30]
Alicia Keys Honorary Grammy award-winning R&B singer [30]
Gladys Knight Honorary lead singer of Gladys Knight and the Pips; Grammy award-winning gospel and R&B artist [30]
Jessye Norman Honorary opera singer [30]
Delores Parker-Morgan Honorary pianist and soloist [30]
Tiffany Moníque Rho Kappa Omega singer/songwriter; member of The Mamas - background vocalists for Beyoncé [72]
Cassandra Wilson Beta Delta Omega Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist/producer [73]
Sherry Winston Alpha Grammy-nominated jazz flutist [74]

Television[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Xernona Clayton Brady Alpha Psi creator of CNN's Trumpet Awards and creator of the Xernona Clayton Show on WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. [68]
Dorothy Brunson Honorary first African-American female to own a television station, WGTW-TV [30]
Dr. Zoanne Clack Honorary Writer for Grey's Anatomy [75]
Belva Davis Honorary first African-American news anchor on the West Coast [30]
Stephanie Elam Alpha CNN Business News correspondent [76]
Tamara Hooks Alpha one of two African-American hosts for the Home Shopping Network [77]
Janice Huff Zeta Omicron meteorologist for WNBC in New York City [78]
Constance Jones Theta Upsilon news anchor/reporter, KOCO Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; KETK-TV in East Texas [79]
Star Jones Lambda Zeta author, television host, attorney, and former Second Supreme Anti-Basileus [80]
Muriel Lyle-Smith Honorary television producer; granddaughter of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle [30]
Suzanne Malveaux Honorary news anchor on CNN and TVOne contributor [81]
Lark McCarthy Iota Gamma former news anchor for WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. for 17 years. [68]
Amie McLain Alpha reporter for NBC2, Fort Myers, FL [82]
Kathy Times Beta Alpha Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter WVTM-TV (NBC13) in Birmingham, Alabama; vice president/broadcast of National Association of Black Journalists. [83]
Wanda Sykes Gamma Theta comedienne/TV personality
JaQuitta Williams Gamma Upsilon anchor/reporter for WSB-TV, ABC affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia [84]
Keisha Williams Alpha host of Focus Atlanta and CW Atlanta's Public Affairs Director. [85]

Civil rights[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Zernona Black Alpha Tau Omega wife of Claude Black; civil rights advocate [86]
Rose Butler Browne "unknown" teacher at Virginia State University and North Carolina Central University; civil rights activist [47]
Septima Poinsette Clark Gamma Xi Omega education activist, trained Rosa Parks during workshops at Highlander Folk School School [47][87]
Pauline Redmond Coggs Epsilon Kappa Omega African-American woman to head the Urban League in Washington, D.C, personal confidante to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt [88]
Johnnie Rebecca Carr Honorary civil rights activist [30]
Virginia Foster Durr Honorary civil rights activist who supported sit-ins and the Freedom Rides [30][89]
Ada Sipuel Fisher "unknown" desegregated the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma [90]
Bernice King Mu Pi civil rights leader; daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King
Rosa Parks Honorary civil rights leader; stemmed the Montgomery Bus Boycott [30]
Coretta Scott King Honorary civil rights leader; wife of Dr. Martin Luther King [30]
Mary E. Peabody Honorary activist in civil and human rights [30]
C. Delores Tucker Honorary civil rights activist [30]
C. Minnijean Brown Trickey Delta Beta civil rights activist who integrated Central High School in 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas; one of the Little Rock Nine [91]
Bernice King
Rosa Parks
Coretta Scott King

Education[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Cecilia Nabrit Adkins Honorary first to lead the Publisher's Association [30]
Vanita Banks Epsilon Rho President of the National Bar Association [83]
Mary L. Bell Honorary first African-American to own and operate a radio station in the city of Detroit; president and chairperson of Bell Broadcasting Corporation [30]
Mecole Brown "Kappa Mu" Vice President of Employment and Diversity, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. [61]
Jessie Bryant Mosley Honorary founder of the Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural Center [30]
Margaret Burroughs Honorary founder of DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois [30]
Margaret Busby Honorary first African book publisher in the United Kingdom, writer and broadcaster; was inducted into the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. [30]
Margaret Bush Wilson Chi chaired the NAACP's national board of directors in 1975 [92][93]
Louise Butler Gamma Epsilon Global marketing director, personal care division Avon [94]
Emma C. Chappell Honorary first African-American female to form a commercial bank in the United States [30]
Barbara Ciara Upsilon Omicron Omega president of the National Association of Black Journalists, Managing Editor and primary anchor at WTKR NewsChannel 3 in Norfolk, Virginia, the youngest female and first African-American to become news director at a commercial television station in the Southwest (KMSB-TV in Tucson, Arizona). [83]
Deborah S. Coleman Honorary Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for National Urban League [75]
Jocelyn Cooper Tau Omega president of Hitco Music Publishing, first and only African-American woman to run a major publishing company - Midnight Songs; former head of A&R at Universal Records and Senior Vice President/Special Assistant to the Chairman (Doug Morris) of the Universal Music Group; advisor, Afropunk Festival [95]
Terri Dean Alpha Sigma Senior Vice President of Global Communications, Verizon [96]
Bettiann Gueno Gardner Honorary first African-American woman to be part-owner of a major National Basketball Association team, the Chicago Bulls. [30]
Patricia P. Gibson Honorary businesswoman recipient of the William F. Nabors Marketer of the Year Award [30]
Linda Gill Xi Omega general manager, founder Kimani Press [97]
Hazel Harper-Johns Alpha first woman president of the National Dental Association in 1997. [47]
Marjorie Fields Harris "unknown" principal consultant with the Fields Harris Group, LLC; Executive Director, National Action Network [98]
Alice Huffman "unknown" president of the California State Conference of the NAACP [99]
Catherine L. Hughes Honorary founder and owner of Radio One [30]
Jane Edna Hunter Honorary nurse who founded Phyllis Wheatley Association & House in Cleveland [30]
Gwendolyn Smith Iloani Epsilon Omicron Omega former Managing Director, Aetna; Chair and CEO, Smith Whiley and Co. Venture Capital Investment Firm [100]
June Jackson Christmas Honorary founder of the Harlem Rehabilitation Center in Harlem, New York [30]
Jewell Jackson McCabe Honorary founder of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women [30]
Wilhelmina Lawrence Honorary president of the A.M.E. Church Women's Missionary Society [30]
Lucille McAllister Scott "unknown" co-owner of Atlanta Daily World [68]
Roslyn M. Brock "unknown" Chairman of the NAACP [101]
Depelsha McGruder Alpha Senior Vice-President, Business Operations, MTV [102]
Enolia McMillan Honorary first female national president of NAACP [30]
Lorraine H. Morton Gamma Lambda first African-American and longest serving mayor of Evanston, Illinois [103]
Ernesta Procope Honorary president of E. G. Bowman Company, Incorporated [30][104]
Cleo Parker Robinson Honorary artistic director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater [30]
Suzanne de Passe Honorary only African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for writing; CEO of de Passe Entertainment [30]
Hilda Pinnix-Ragland "unknown" Vice President of Northern Regions Energy Delivery Services, Progress Energy; the first female and first African-American to chair the State Board of Community Colleges in North Carolina. [96]
Rupert F. Richardson Beta Psi NAACP president from 1992 to 1995 [105]
Deborah Stewart-Parker Honorary president and CEO/Consultant of International Business Solutions; first woman to lead an assembly plant at Ford Motor Company [106]
Carol Thompson Cole Honorary president and CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners [30][107]
Jessie L. Vann Honorary publisher of Pittsburgh Courier [30]
Addie D. Waites-Hunton Honorary a founder of the National Association of Colored Women [30]
Faye Wattleton Theta president of Planned Parenthood from 1978 to 1992; president of Center for the Advancement of Women [92]
Delores D. Wharton Honorary president of the Fund for Corporate Initiatives; on the board of directors for Phillips Petroleum, Gannett, and Kellogg [30][108]
Carol H. Williams Honorary founder of the Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency [75]
Frederica Wilson Pi Founder and Executive Director of 5000 Role Models of Excellence, Incorporated, State Senator, District 33 [92][109]
Jacquline Woodard Rho Mu Omega CEO, Performance-based Systems, Inc. [110]
Jacquline Woods Mu Kappa Vice President of licensing and Oracle Corporation; former president, Ameritech Illinois and Ameritech Ohio [111]
Frederica S. Wilson

Health and science[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Ethel Alpenfels Honorary anthropologist [30]
Patricia E. Bath Lambda first African-American female to receive a patent for a medical procedure, the Cataract Laserphaco Probe in 1988 [47]
Sara N. Brown Honorary physician and first female alumna trustee of Howard University [30]
Dorothy Boulding Ferebee Epsilon advocate for women's health; established health clinics in Washington, D.C. and Mississippi [112]
Edith Finlayson Honorary nurse [30]
Marilyn Hughes Gaston Honorary pediatrician and Assistant Surgeon General [30]
Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant Beta Alpha Omega media psychologist who is an advice columnist for Essence [47]
Mae Jemison Honorary first African-American female astronaut in space [113]
Margaret M. Lawrence Honorary child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst [30]
Jewel Plummer Cobb Chi cancer researcher, former President of California State University, Fullerton [47]
Jane C. Wright Honorary surgeon and cancer researcher [30]
Patricia E. Bath
Dorothy Boulding Ferebee

Judges[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Joan Bernard Armstrong Honorary Judge in New Orleans [30]
Constance Baker Motley Honorary African-American civil rights activist, judge, and state senator [30]
Julia Cooper Mack Honorary Senior judge of District of Columbia's Court of Appeals [30]
Dena Douglas Delta Rho Omega Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York [61]
Toni King Upsilon Kappa Omega judge, District Court of Cumberland County, North Carolina [114]
Lenora Gerald Nu Mu Judge, Queens County (NY) Criminal Court [94]
Bertina Lampkin Honorary circuit court judge [30]
Joyce London Alexander Honorary Chief Judge in Massachusetts State Court; United States magistrate judge [30]
Vicki Miles-LaGrange Beta Sigma Omega First African-American Federal District Judge in Western District of Oklahoma. [115][116]
Alice O. McCollum Beta Eta Omega first African-American female municipal judge, Dayton, Ohio; County Probate Judge for Montgomery County, Ohio. [117]
Thelma Wyatt Moore Tau Tau Omega first African-American female municipal judge, Atlanta, Georgia; first African-American judge for Fulton County, Georgia. [117]
Valerie Brathwaite Nelson Iota Upsilon Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York [94]
Peggy Quince Alpha first African-American female Supreme Court Justice on the Florida Supreme Court [116][118]
Fern Flanagan Saddler Xi Omega D.C. Superior Court Judge [119]
Leah Ward Sears Mu Upsilon first African-American woman Chief Supreme Court Justice on the Georgia Supreme Court. [116][120]
Honorable Zina Pickens Cruse Mu Tau first African-American woman elected Circuit Judge - 20th Judicial Circuit, State of Illinois [121]
Vicki Miles-LaGrange
Peggy Quince

Political figures[edit]

Humanitarian and social causes[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Jane Addams Honorary founder of Hull House in Chicago; Nobel Peace Prize recipient [30]
Elinor Guggenheimer Honorary humanitarian and founder of the Women's Forum [30]
Ann Sunsteen Kheel Honorary philanthropist [30]
Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai Honorary first African woman to receive Nobel Peace Prize [75]
Lou Nelle Sutton Honorary State Representative of Texas. Completed a State Office Complex outside of Austin. [30]
Eleanor Roosevelt Honorary First Lady of the United States; humanitarian [30]
Addie Waita Hunton Honorary a founder of the National Association of Colored Women; co-author of Two Colored Women with the A.E.F. [30]
Jane Addams
Wangari Maathai
Eleanor Roosevelt

Non-elected officials[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Gayleatha B. Brown Honorary United States Ambassador to the Republic of Benin [30]
Donna Hill Staton Iota Lambda Omega first African-American female deputy attorney general in Maryland, first Black circuit court judge in Howard County, MD [122]
Hazel O'Leary Pi first African-American and first female United States Secretary of Energy, President of Fisk University [123]
Azie Taylor Morton Beta Kappa first and only African American to serve as United States Treasurer [94]
Gayleatha Brown
Hazel O'Leary

U.S. politicians[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Alma Allen Xi Alpha Omega Representative to Texas State Legislature [124]
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Alpha Gamma Democratic Congresswoman of California's 37th Congressional District from 1973 to 1975 and represented California's 28th Congressional District from 1975 to 1979. Also represents the second district on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, named Democratic National Convention's co-chairman (1972) becoming the first African-American woman to serve in that position in any major political party. [54]
Rosetta Burke Honorary New York State and Army National Guard's Assistant Adjutant General [30]
Eva M. Clayton Gamma Delta Democratic Congresswoman of North Carolina's 1st Congressional District from 1993 to 2003. [125]
Cardiss Collins Honorary Democratic Congresswoman of Illinois' 7th Congressional District from 1973 to 1997. [30]
Vivian Davis Figures Delta Theta Omega Alabama State Senator [126]
Katie Hall Zeta Phi Democratic Congresswoman of Indiana's 1st Congressional District from 1982-1985. [127]
Kamala Harris Alpha first female, first African-American and first Indian American

Attorney General-elect of California and District Attorney, San Francisco, CA

[128][129]
Sheila Jackson-Lee Alpha Kappa Omega Democratic Congresswoman of Texas's 18th Congressional District [127]
Jacqueline Jennings Pi Mu Omega Mayor, Willingboro, NJ [61]
Eddie Bernice Johnson Alpha Xi Omega Democratic Congresswoman of Texas's 30th Congressional District [127]
Jolanda "Jo" Jones Epsilon Lambda At-Large City Council Member of Houston City Council [127]
Mamie E. Locke Gamma Omicron State Senator, Virginia; former Mayor, Hampton, VA; Dean School of Liberal Arts, Hampton University [94]
Juanita Millender-McDonald Alpha Gamma Omega Former Democratic Congresswoman of California's 37th Congressional District [130]
Gwendolyn M. Miller Gamma Theta Omega Chairperson, Tampa (FL) City Council; First African-American female elected to Tampa City Council [131]
Sharon Pratt Kelly Alpha first African-American female mayor of a major city, Washington, D.C. [54]
M. Athalie Range Honorary first African-American to serve on Miami, Florida City Commission and Florida's Department of Community Affairs [30]
Alma G. Stallworth Honorary Michigan state representative [30]
Lou Nelle Sutton Honorary Texas state representative [30]
Alisha Thomas Morgan Mu Pi youngest elected member of the House of Representatives in the U.S. state of Georgia. [132]
Marietta Tree Honorary first U.S. woman ambassador to the United Nations. Founder, Syndenham Hospital, Harlem, first interracial hospital in the United States [30]
C. Delores Tucker Honorary civil rights activist; first African-American Secretary of State in Pennsylvania (1971-77) [30]
Diane Watson Alpha Gamma Democratic Congresswoman of California's 33rd Congressional District [130]
Bonnie Watson Coleman Epsilon Upsilon Omega Democratic assemblywoman for New Jersey [133]
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke
Eva L. Clayton
Cardiss Collins
Katie Hall
Kamala Harris
Sheila Jackson-Lee
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Diane Watson

World leaders[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Diane Abbott Boule British Labour Party Member of Parliament, representing the Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency. [134][135]
Cheryl Albury Honorary Serves on the Bahamas Supreme Court [30][136]
Angie Elisabeth Brooks Eta Beta Omega first African female President of the United Nations General Assembly from Liberia [134]
Dame Nita Barrow Honorary Governor-general from Barbados; Permanent representative to the United Nations [30]
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Eta Beta Omega first female president of Liberia [137]
Gloria McPhee Alpha first female Cabinet Minister, Bermuda; Member of the Bermuda Cabinet [138]
Veronica Owens Member of Parliament, The Bahamas
Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit Honorary first female President of the United Nations General Assembly; Indian diplomat [30][136]
Edith Mai Padmore Honorary cabinet member from Liberia [30]
Lois Marion Roselyn Perinchief Honorary First female Mayor of St. George's, Bermuda [30][136]
Sheila Makate Sisulu Honorary South African ambassador to the United States [30]
Edith G. Ssempala Honorary United States Ambassador from Uganda [30]
Sylvia Ross Talbot Honorary churchwoman from St. Croix, Virgin Islands [30]
Leah Tutu Honorary wife of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu [30]
Tanisha Tynes "unknown" Senator, The Bahamas [139]
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Religion[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Cheryl Moore Adamson Theta Gamma founding pastor of the Palmetto Missionary Baptist Church, Conway, South Carolina [140]
Arnetta Beverly Omicron Psi Omega District Superintendent, Northeast District, United Methodist Church [141]
D'Mrtri Cato-Watson Zeta Omicron Pastor, Harris Chapel United Methodist Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Pastor, Kirkman Road United Methodist Church, Orlando, Florida [31]
Rev. Portia Annette Cavitt "unknown" pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in South Omaha, Nebraska [142]
Rev. Leontine T. C. Kelly "unknown" first African-American female bishop; second female bishop in the United Methodist Church [143]
Mia Knight Wright Delta Xi founder and executive director of Metamorphosis Empowerment Conference; co-pastor, The Fountain Of Praise Church, Houston, TX [144]

Sports[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
MarLena Wesh Lambda Theta NCAA track-runner, 3-time ACC Champion in the 400, 3-time All-American; 2012 Summer Olympics Semi-finalist in the 400 [145]
Robin Aikens Lambda Alpha Omega Division I golf coach, Chicago State University, founder InnerCityGolf [146]
Alice Coachman Davis Honorary first African-American woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal and first American woman to win a gold medal in track and field during the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England [30]
Brandit Copper Theta Sigma former professional track runner, college all-American; assistant track coach, United States Military Academy, assistant coach California State University-Fullerton, first female (African-American) ever to coach on their coaching staff [147]
Vonetta Flowers Honorary Gold medal-winner of bobsledding competition in the 2002 Winter Olympics; first African-American (male or female) to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics [30]
Chryste Gaines Alpha Xi Omega United States track champion; bronze medal winner, 2000 Olympics; [148]
Zina Garrison Honorary first African-American to win a tennis medal [30]
Althea Gibson Beta Alpha first African-American to win a Grand Slam in tennis [149][150]
Chamique Holdsclaw Honorary top WNBA draft pick; basketball player [30][151]
Jolanda "Jo" Jones Epsilon Lambda United States Track and Field Heptathlon Champion; three-time NCAA Heptathlon champion; NCAA Top Six Award Winner; Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame; Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame; University of Houston Hall of Honor
Shannon Perry Epsilon Theta Women's Basketball assistant coach, Duke University; former assistant coach University of Southern California Women's Basketball team [152]
Danya Pilgrim Pi Beta head coach, field hockey, Bryn Mawr College; head field hockey coach, State University of New York at Oswego; assistant coach, Wittenberg University [153]
Lucy Diggs Slowe Alpha first African-American to win a national championship in any sport (tennis) [154]
Dolly "Mabel" Landry Staton Beta member, United States Track and Field Team, 1952 Olympics; won several national championships in 50 meters and long jump. [155]
C. Vivian Stringer Honorary Rutgers University head basketball coach [75]
Debi Thomas "unknown" first African-American figure skater to win a medal (bronze) in the Winter Olympics [156]
Tonique Williams-Darling Theta Gamma Gold medal Bahamian runner in the 400 meter track at the 2004 Summer Olympics. [157]
Corrinne Wright Eta Xi nine-time All-American winner in gymnastics, won NCAA championships in all-around and floor exercise in 1989; member of U.S. National team; Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey [158]
Vonetta Flowers
Althea Gibson
C. Vivian Stringer

Other[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
LaDonna Bradford Suggs Gamma Mu 2008 winner of Today's Race to the Altar wedding contest [159]
Pauletta Brown Blueitt Omicron Epsilon Omega first African-American female to achieve the rank of colonel in Air Force Medical Service Corps [31]
Tobie Brown Beta Zeta Model, Ebony Fashion Fair [160]
Jameka Cameron Delta Theta contestant on reality TV show Big Brother (Season 8 [2007])
Emma Clarissa Clement Honorary Mother of the Year in 1946 [30]
Keisha Dean Beta Alpha Fashion and jewelry designer [31][161]
Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Honorary first female president of Latin American Studies Club [30]
Kathryn Dickerson Honorary first female to be honored with "Man of the Year" by the Chicago Urban League [30]
Leecia Eve Gamma Phi Omega Counsel to Senator Hillary Clinton [162]
Venus Hylton Alpha Theta jewelry designer [31][163]
Wyona Lynch-McWhite Alpha Mu Omega director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Roanoke, VA; former curator, Columbus Museum Uptown, Columbus, GA [31][164]
Cleo Parker Robinson Honorary artistic director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater [30]
Patricia Russell-McCloud Zeta Xi Omega Internationally-known motivational speaker; former National President, The Links, Inc; author. [31][165]
Ashley Gardner Eta Mu Beauty Blogger, XOAshtonNicole [31][165]

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