Carrie Snowden

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Carrie Snowden
Born Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died 1948[1]
Occupation sophomore founder of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; switchboard operator

Carrie Snowden was one of the twenty founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first sorority founded by African-American women. It was important for supporting women in college, career and community life in a segregated society. Her legacy in creating and participating in the sorority was an organization that has generated social capital for nearly 100 years.

Early life[edit]

Snowden was born in Washington, D.C. to parents who encouraged her pursuit of education. Prepared by public schools, she was admitted to Howard University, the top historically black college in the nation. Only 1/3 of 1% of African Americans and 5% of whites attended any college in the early part of the century.[2]

Howard University and Alpha Kappa Alpha[edit]

Snowden attended Howard University, where she and fifteen other individuals initiated Alpha Kappa Alpha on January 15, 1908.[1] She served as the epistoleus (corresponding secretary) of the Alpha chapter.[3] Carrie Snowden graduated with a B.A. degree in 1910, having studied English, French, German, and history.

In 1923 Snowden was a charter member for Xi Omega, the alumnae chapter established in Washington, DC.[1] She was active on the membership and amenities committees for more than 20 years, and helped expand the organization.


Snowden worked in later years in administration at Howard University as a switchboard operator. This enabled her easily to take classes there.[4] Snowden pursued lifelong learning, taking courses at Howard University in a wide range of subjects such as geography, science, commerce, economics, social work and mathematics in later life.[4]

Snowden died in 1948.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d McNealey, Earnestine G. (2004). Pearls of Service: The Legacy of America’s First Black Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. Chicago: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  p. 55.
  2. ^ James D. Anderson, Black Education in the South, 1860-1935. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1988, p.245
  3. ^ "Carrie Snowden". Theta Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Archived from the original on August 29, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial: Founders" (PDF). Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. April 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 

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