List of Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters

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This list of Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters (commonly referred to as AKAs[1]) 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.[2] Tali

Alpha Kappa Alpha has 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 its highest honor.[3]

List[edit]

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.

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Artists and illustrators[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Elmer Lucille Allen Beta Epsilon ceramic artist; one of the first African-American female chemists in the US [4]
Barbara Chase-Riboud Delta Mu sculptor and author [5]
Kristye Addison Dudley Lambda Theta visual artist, painter [6]
Jan Spivey Gilchrist Honorary illustrator [7]
Anita Posey Lowe Nu ceramic artist [8][9]
Barbara Madden-Swain Alpha Omicron Omega ceramic artist [8][10]
Laura Wheeler Waring Honorary artist, painter, and writer [7]
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Honorary artist and sculptor [7]
Mary Park Washington Kappa Omega painter, illustrator, collage artist [8][11]
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Actresses[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Inga Ballard Mu Kappa theatre actress, roles include "Motormouth Maybelle" in Hairspray, "Mazeppa" in Gypsy [12]
Raney Branch Nu Alpha actress, independent films [13]


Tamula Browning Mu Xi theatre actress, Beehive, national tour; Buddy, national tour [8]
Vanessa Bell Calloway Delta Phi actress in Coming to America [14][15]
Olivia Cole Honorary first African-American actress to win an Emmy award [7]
Cicily Daniels Xi Omicron actress, singer; Ugly Betty, Broadway productions of The Little Mermaid and Rent, film Across the Universe [8]
Loretta Devine Epsilon Lambda actress in Waiting to Exhale and This Christmas; one of the original Dreamgirls [16]
Tanisha Lynn Eanes Lambda actress; portrayed Danielle Frye on All My Children [8]
Marla Gibbs Honorary actress on 227 and The Jeffersons [7]
Andrea Hayes Omicron Theta Omega actress, St. Louis Black Repertory Company [8]
Nichelle Nichols Honorary actress on Star Trek; NASA recruiter [7]
Brandy Norwood Honorary Grammy Award-winning singer, actress [7]
Jo Marie Payton Honorary actress on Family Matters [7]
Taylor Polidore Alpha Pi actress, roles in Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, Fatal Attraction (TV series), Snapped: Killer Couples, and Bossip Comedy Series [17]
Phylicia Rashad Alpha actress on The Cosby Show, first African-American woman to win a Tony Award for Lead Actress [18]
Roxie Roker Alpha actress on The Jeffersons [19]
Medina Senghore Alpha actress, theatre and independent films [20]
Jada Pinkett Smith Honorary actress and singer [7]
Tika Sumpter Honorary actress (One Life to Live, The Haves and the Have Nots) [7]
Wanda Sykes Gamma Theta actress and comedian [21]
Regina Taylor Kappa Mu Golden Globe-winning actress
Lynn Whitfield Honorary Emmy Award-winning actress [7]
Nichelle Nichols
Jada Pinkett Smith
Phylicia Rashad

Authors[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Maya Angelou Honorary poet, dancer, producer, playwright, film director, author [7]
Tajuana Butler Beta Epsilon author of Sorority Sisters, Hand-Me-Down Heartache, Just My Luck [22]
Marvel Cooke unknown civil rights activist; first African-American woman to work at a white newspaper, Compass [23]
Anna Julia Cooper unknown author of A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South; feminist [24]
Edwidge Danticat Theta Psi Omega author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak! [25]
Crystal Black Davis Kappa author of Shaken and Stirred; blogger, Entertaining: Purveyors of the Lost Art [26]
L. M. Davis Theta Omega author of Interlopers: A Shifters Novel [27]
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 [28]
Sadie and Bessie Delany Honorary authors of Having Our Say and civil rights activists [7]
Leslie Eisdale unknown author of Slow Burn and Sundance [27]
Lolita Files Iota Lambda Scenes From A Sistah, Getting To The Good Part, and Blind Ambitions [27]
Valada S. Flewellyn Honorary poet and author [7]
Shirley Taylor Haizlip unknown author, The Sweeter the Juice and Finding Grace; first woman to manage a television station in the US [27]
Jamilah Lemieux Delta Rho Omega writer, senior digital editor for Ebony, cultural critic [29]
Andrea Lyle-Wilson Honorary writer; granddaughter of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle [7]
Felicia Mason unknown author, For the Love of You, Rhapsody, Foolish Heart [27]
Dr. Shaunte' McFarland Alpha Rho Author of Cinderella's Still Going to the Ball and Seven Days of Redemption, Child Advocate, Women's Minister, Educator, Founder/CEO of CJ's Friend's Incorporated [30][self-published source?]
Bebe Moore Campbell Honorary author of Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir, and What You Owe Me [7]
Michelle Morial Honorary journalist [7]
Toni Morrison Alpha Nobel Prize-winning author [31]
Sophia Nelson Xi Omega author of Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama; lawyer; political commentator [32]
Lillian Rogers Parks Honorary author of My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House; White House maid and seamstress [7]
Sonia Sanchez Lambda poet [33]
Ntozake Shange Honorary playwright and performance artist of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf [7]
Reshonda Tate-Billingsley Delta Xi journalist and author [34]
Miki Turner Sigma Omega award-winning photojournalist; author of Journey To The Woman I've Come To Love [27]
Alice Walker Honorary Pulitzer Prize-winning author [7][25]
Donda West Alpha Eta author of Raising Kanye; Chairwoman of English Department at Chicago State University; mother of Kanye West [35]
Iyanla Vanzant Honorary author and attorney [7]
Maya Angelou
Anna Julia Cooper
Edwidge Danticat
Alice Walker
Donda West

Dancers[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Lauren Anderson Honorary first ballerina of Houston Ballet [7]
Chauniece Conner Epsilon Epsilon principal dancer, River City Ballet Company; founder and Artistic Director, Ballet on Wheels [36]
Virginia Johnson Honorary ballerina [7]
Jennifer Jones Epsilon Chi core dancer, Lindy Hop All-star Dancers; winner of 2004 American Lindy Hop Championships Open Showcase division; winner of 2003 New York Lindy Hop Open Champions Routine division [37]
Carmen de Lavallade-Holder Honorary dancer and choreographer; wife of Geoffrey Holder [7]
Carmen de Lavallade-Holder

Filmmakers and producers[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Abiola Abrams Alpha Mu independent filmmaker, Knives in My Throat and Ophelia's Opera; author, actress, tv host [38]
Yvette Lee Bowser Xi Beta writer and producer, Half & Half, Living Single, and A Different World [33]
Charity Burton Pi Gamma producer, Five Sisters Production Company [39]
Julie Dash Honorary filmmaker of Daughters of the Dust [7]
Ava DuVernay Honorary filmmaker, Selma [40]
Daphne Valerius Theta Psi Omega filmmaker of Souls of Black Girls; actress, television journalist [41]

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

Name Original chapter Notability References
Mistie Adams Beta Psi Miss Maryland USA 2001 [42]
Terez Baskin Beta Miss Black Illinois 2005
Suzette Charles Honorary Miss America 1984 for seven weeks after Vanessa Lynn Williams [7]
Dr. Keyna (Kirklen Cobb) Boykin Theta Theta/Alpha Miss Los Angeles County USA 2003; Miss California USA 2004 California Main & Style Award
Andrea Reynolds Diggs Zeta Zeta Miss Black Kentucky 2006
Victoria Franklin Iota Tau Miss Nevada USA 2004 [43]
Dr. Whitney B. Gaskins Omicron/Sigma Omega Miss Black Ohio, USA 2009
Mia Heaston Epsilon Epsilon Miss Illinois USA 2007 [44]
Noelle Hughley Beta Delta Miss Georgia Teen USA 2014 [45]
Stephanie Hunt Delta Chi Mrs. United States 2007; Mrs. Michigan America 2010; Mrs. Michigan International 2005; Mrs. Michigan Galaxy 2006
Janaye Ingram Alpha Pi Miss New Jersey 2004 [46]
Deanna McCray James Rho Xi Omega Mrs. District of Columbia America 2009; Mrs. Maryland United States 2005
Tracey Jamison Iota Lambda Omega Mrs. All-American Woman 2010
Nadia Moffett Nu Rho Miss North Carolina 2010
Myah Moore Pi Sigma Miss Oregon USA 2003 [47]
Danielle Payne Kappa Psi Miss Black Oklahoma USA 2012
LaDaria Richardson Beta Iota Omega Mrs. North Carolina International 2009
Cherrelle "e'Lan" Robinson Alpha/Rho Mu Omega Miss Teen District of Columbia, USA 1990
Danica Tisdale Mu Pi Miss Georgia 2004 [48]
Debbye Turner Honorary Miss America 1990; veterinarian [7]
Kenya Tyson Iota Kappa Omega Miss Black Delaware 1996; University Dean
Marjorie Vincent Beta Miss America 1991; news anchor [49]
Natisha Webb-Rabb Kappa Omega Ms. Black Continental Woman 2004
Nicole White Mu Delta Miss DC USA 2009 [49]

Singers, musicians, music business[edit]

Antoinette Garnes
Marian Anderson
Ella Fitzgerald
Alicia Keys
Name Original chapter Notability References
Etta Moten Barnett Delta first African-American woman invited to sing at the White House [50]
Cicely Beasley Chi opera singer (retired) [8]
Maude Cuney-Hare Honorary pianist and writer [7]
Ella Fitzgerald Honorary jazz singer [7]
Mareda Gaither-Graves Zeta Nu Omega classical soprano [51]
Antoinette Garnes Honorary concert performer [7]
Stepanie Hancock Mu Omega Omega singer; This Happy Madness [8]
Hazel L. Harrison Honorary pianist [7]
Alika Hope Bryant Boulé opera singer [52]
Caterina Jarboro Honorary opera singer [7]
Alicia Keys Honorary Grammy Award-winning R&B singer [7]
Gladys Knight Honorary lead singer of Gladys Knight and the Pips; Grammy Award-winning gospel and R&B artist [7]
Tiffany Moníque Rho Kappa Omega singer/songwriter; member of The Mamas, background vocalists for Beyoncé [53]
Jessye Norman Honorary opera singer [7]
Brandy Norwood Honorary singer [7]
Delores Parker-Morgan Honorary pianist and soloist [7]
Cassandra Wilson Beta Delta Omega Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist/producer [54]
Sherry Winston Alpha Grammy-nominated jazz flutist [55]

Television[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Xernona Clayton Brady Alpha Psi creator of CNN's Trumpet Awards and creator of the Xernona Clayton Show on WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia [49]
Dorothy Brunson Honorary first African-American woman to own a television station, WGTW-TV [7]
Dr. Zoanne Clack Honorary writer for Grey's Anatomy [56]
Belva Davis Honorary first African-American news anchor on the West Coast [7]
Stephanie Elam Alpha CNN Business News correspondent [57]
Tamara Hooks Alpha one of two African-American hosts for the Home Shopping Network [58]
Janice Huff Zeta Omicron meteorologist for WNBC in New York City [59]
Constance Jones Theta Upsilon news anchor/reporter, WPLG Miami, Florida; KETK-TV in East Texas [60]
Star Jones Lambda Zeta author, television host, attorney, and former Second Supreme Anti-Basileus [61]
Muriel Lyle-Smith Honorary television producer; granddaughter of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle [7]
Suzanne Malveaux Honorary news anchor on CNN and TVOne contributor [62]
Lark McCarthy Iota Gamma former news anchor for WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. for 17 years. [49]
Amie McLain Alpha reporter for NBC2, Fort Myers, FL [63]
Wanda Sykes Gamma Theta comedian/TV personality
Kathy Times Beta Alpha Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter WVTM-TV (NBC13) in Birmingham, Alabama; president of National Association of Black Journalists [64]
JaQuitta Williams Gamma Upsilon anchor/reporter for WSB-TV, ABC affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia [65]
Keisha Williams Alpha host of Focus Atlanta; CW Atlanta's Public Affairs Director [66]

Civil rights[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Zernona Black Alpha Tau Omega wife of Claude Black; civil rights advocate [67]
Rose Butler Browne unknown teacher at Virginia State University and North Carolina Central University; civil rights activist [23]
Johnnie Rebecca Carr Honorary civil rights activist [7]
Septima Poinsette Clark Gamma Xi Omega education activist, trained Rosa Parks during workshops at Highlander Folk School School [23][68]
Pauline Redmond Coggs Epsilon Kappa Omega first African-American woman to head the Urban League in Washington, D.C.; personal confidante to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt [69]
Virginia Foster Durr Honorary civil rights activist who supported sit-ins and the Freedom Rides [7][70]
Ada Sipuel Fisher unknown desegregated the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma [71]
Bernice King Kappa Omega civil rights leader; daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King
Coretta Scott King Honorary civil rights leader; wife of Dr. Martin Luther King [7]
Rosa Parks Honorary civil rights leader; stemmed the Montgomery Bus Boycott [7]
Mary E. Peabody Honorary activist in civil and human rights [7]
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 [72]
C. Delores Tucker Honorary civil rights activist [7]
Bernice King
Rosa Parks
Coretta Scott King

Education[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Cecilia Nabrit Adkins Honorary first to lead the Publisher's Association [7]
Vanita Banks Epsilon Rho President of the National Bar Association [64]
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 [7]
Roslyn Brock unknown Chairman of the NAACP [73]
Mecole Brown Kappa Mu Vice President of Employment and Diversity, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. [41]
Jessie Bryant Mosley Honorary founder of the Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural Center [7]
Margaret Burroughs Honorary founder of DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois [7]
Margaret Busby Honorary first African book publisher in the United Kingdom; writer and broadcaster; inducted into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II [7]
Margaret Bush Wilson Chi chaired the NAACP's national board of directors in 1975 [74][75]
Louise Butler Gamma Epsilon global marketing director, personal care division, Avon [76]
Emma C. Chappell Honorary first African-American woman to form a commercial bank in the US [7]
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; youngest woman and first African-American to become news director at a commercial television station in the Southwest (KMSB-TV in Tucson, Arizona) [64]
Deborah S. Coleman Honorary Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for National Urban League [56]
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; Senior Vice President/Special Assistant to the Chairman (Doug Morris) of the Universal Music Group; advisor, Afropunk Festival [77]
Suzanne de Passe Honorary only African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for writing; CEO of de Passe Entertainment [7]
Terri Dean Alpha Sigma Senior Vice President of Global Communications, Verizon [78]
Bettiann Gueno Gardner Honorary first African-American woman to be part-owner of a major National Basketball Association team, the Chicago Bulls [7]
Patricia P. Gibson Honorary businesswoman, recipient of the William F. Nabors Marketer of the Year Award [7]
Linda Gill Xi Omega general manager, founder of Kimani Press [79]
Hazel Harper-Johns Alpha first woman president of the National Dental Association (1997) [23]
Marjorie Fields Harris unknown principal consultant with the Fields Harris Group, LLC; Executive Director, National Action Network [80]
Alice Huffman unknown president of the California State Conference of the NAACP [81]
Catherine L. Hughes Honorary founder and owner of Radio One [7]
Jane Edna Hunter Honorary nurse who founded Phyllis Wheatley Association & House in Cleveland [7]
Gwendolyn Smith Iloani Epsilon Omicron Omega former Managing Director, Aetna; Chair and CEO, Smith Whiley and Co. Venture Capital Investment Firm [82]
June Jackson Christmas Honorary founder of the Harlem Rehabilitation Center in Harlem, New York [7]
Jewell Jackson McCabe Honorary founder of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women [7]
Wilhelmina Lawrence Honorary president of the A.M.E. Church Women's Missionary Society [7]
Lucille McAllister Scott unknown co-owner of Atlanta Daily World [49]
Depelsha McGruder Alpha Senior Vice-President, Business Operations, MTV [83]
Enolia McMillan Honorary first female national president of NAACP [7]
Lorraine H. Morton Gamma Lambda first African-American and longest-serving mayor of Evanston, Illinois [84]
Cleo Parker Robinson Honorary artistic director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater [7]
Hilda Pinnix-Ragland unknown Vice President of Northern Regions Energy Delivery Services, Progress Energy; first woman and first African American to chair the State Board of Community Colleges in North Carolina [78]
Ernesta Procope Honorary president of E. G. Bowman Company, Incorporated [7][85]
Rupert F. Richardson Beta Psi NAACP president from 1992 to 1995 [86]
Deborah Stewart-Parker Honorary president and CEO/Consultant of International Business Solutions; first woman to lead an assembly plant at Ford Motor Company [87]
Carol Thompson Cole Honorary president and CEO of Venture Philanthropy Partners [7][88]
Jessie L. Vann Honorary publisher of Pittsburgh Courier [7]
Addie D. Waites-Hunton Honorary a founder of the National Association of Colored Women [7]
Faye Wattleton Theta president of Planned Parenthood from 1978 to 1992; president of Center for the Advancement of Women [74]
Delores D. Wharton Honorary president of the Fund for Corporate Initiatives; on the board of directors for Phillips Petroleum, Gannett, and Kellogg [7][89]
Carol H. Williams Honorary founder of the Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency [56]
Frederica Wilson Pi Founder and Executive Director of 5000 Role Models of Excellence, Incorporated, State Senator, District 33 [74][90]
Jacquline Woodard Rho Mu Omega CEO, Performance-based Systems, Inc. [91]
Jacquline Woods Mu Kappa Vice President of licensing and Oracle Corporation; former president, Ameritech Illinois and Ameritech Ohio [92]
Frederica S. Wilson

Health and science[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Ethel Alpenfels Honorary anthropologist [7]
Patricia E. Bath Lambda first African-American woman to receive a patent for a medical procedure, the Cataract Laserphaco Probe in 1988 [23]
Sara N. Brown Honorary physician and first female alumna trustee of Howard University [7]
Dorothy Boulding Ferebee Epsilon advocate for women's health; established health clinics in Washington, D.C. and Mississippi [93]
Edith Finlayson Honorary nurse [7]
Marilyn Hughes Gaston Honorary pediatrician and Assistant Surgeon General [7]
Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant Beta Alpha Omega media psychologist; advice columnist for Essence [23]
Mae Jemison Honorary first African-American female astronaut in space [94]
Katherine Johnson Nu African-American female computer who calculated the trajectory for the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon
Margaret M. Lawrence Honorary child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst [7]
Jewel Plummer Cobb Chi cancer researcher, former President of California State University, Fullerton [23]
Jane C. Wright Honorary surgeon and cancer researcher [7]
Patricia E. Bath
Dorothy Boulding Ferebee

Judges[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Constance Baker Motley Honorary African-American civil rights activist, judge, and state senator [7]
Joan Bernard Armstrong Honorary Judge in New Orleans [7]
Chereé A. Buggs Epsilon Pi Omega Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York [95]
Julia Cooper Mack Honorary Senior judge of District of Columbia's Court of Appeals [7]
Dena Douglas Delta Rho Omega Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York [41]
Lenora Gerald Nu Mu Judge, Queens County (NY) Criminal Court [76]
Toni King Upsilon Kappa Omega judge, District Court of Cumberland County, North Carolina [96]
Bertina Lampkin Honorary circuit court judge [7]
Joyce London Alexander Honorary Chief Judge in Massachusetts State Court; United States magistrate judge [7]
Alice O. McCollum Beta Eta Omega first African-American female municipal judge, Dayton, Ohio; County Probate Judge for Montgomery County, Ohio [97]
Vicki Miles-LaGrange Beta Sigma Omega first African-American Federal District Judge in Western District of Oklahoma [98][99]
Thelma Wyatt Moore Tau Omega first African-American female municipal judge, Atlanta, Georgia; first African-American judge for Fulton County, Georgia [97]
Valerie Brathwaite Nelson Iota Upsilon Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York [76]
Lisa Symone Ottley Lambda first African-American Judge appointed Supervising Judge of Civil Court, Kings Co., Brooklyn [100]
Honorable Zina Pickens Cruse Mu Tau first African-American woman elected Circuit Judge, 20th Judicial Circuit, State of Illinois [101]
Peggy Quince Alpha first African-American female Supreme Court Justice on the Florida Supreme Court [99][102]
Fern Flanagan Saddler Xi Omega D.C. Superior Court Judge [103]
Leah Ward Sears Mu Upsilon first African-American woman Chief Supreme Court Justice on the Georgia Supreme Court [99][104]
Vicki Miles-LaGrange
Peggy Quince

Political figures[edit]

Humanitarian and social causes[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Jane Addams Honorary founder of Hull House in Chicago; Nobel Peace Prize recipient [7]
Elinor Guggenheimer Honorary humanitarian and founder of the Women's Forum [7]
Ann Sunsteen Kheel Honorary philanthropist [7]
Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai Honorary first African woman to receive Nobel Peace Prize [56]
Lou Nelle Sutton Honorary State Representative of Texas; completed a State Office Complex outside of Austin [7]
Eleanor Roosevelt Honorary First Lady of the United States; humanitarian [7]
Addie Waita Hunton Honorary a founder of the National Association of Colored Women; co-author of Two Colored Women with the A.E.F. [7]
Jane Addams
Wangari Maathai
Eleanor Roosevelt

Non-elected officials[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Gayleatha B. Brown Honorary US Ambassador to the Republic of Benin [7]
Donna Hill Staton Iota Lambda Omega first African-American female deputy attorney general in Maryland; first African-American circuit court judge in Howard County, MD [105]
Azie Taylor Morton Beta Kappa first and only African-American to serve as United States Treasurer [76]
Hazel O'Leary Pi first African-American and first female United States Secretary of Energy; President of Fisk University [106]
Gayleatha Brown
Hazel O'Leary

U.S. politicians[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Alma Adams unknown Democratic Congresswoman of North Carolina's 12th Congressional District [107]
Alma Allen Xi Alpha Omega Representative to Texas State Legislature [108]
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Alpha Gamma Democratic Congresswoman of California's 37th Congressional District, 1973-1975; represented California's 28th Congressional District, 1975-1979; 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 [33]
Rosetta Burke Honorary New York State and Army National Guard's Assistant Adjutant General [7]
Eva M. Clayton Gamma Delta Democratic Congresswoman of North Carolina's 1st Congressional District, 1993-2003 [109]
Bonnie Watson Coleman Epsilon Upsilon Omega Democratic Congresswoman-Elect of New Jersey's 12th Congressional District [110]
Cardiss Collins Honorary Democratic Congresswoman of Illinois' 7th Congressional District, 1973-1997 [7]
Vivian Davis Figures Delta Theta Omega Alabama State Senator [111]
Katie Hall Zeta Phi Democratic Congresswoman of Indiana's 1st Congressional District, 1982-1985 [112]
Kamala Harris Alpha first female, first African-American and first Indian American

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

[113][114]
Sheila Jackson-Lee Alpha Kappa Omega Democratic Congresswoman of Texas's 18th Congressional District [112]
Jacqueline Jennings Pi Mu Omega Mayor, Willingboro, NJ [41]
Eddie Bernice Johnson Alpha Xi Omega Democratic Congresswoman of Texas's 30th Congressional District [112]
Jolanda "Jo" Jones Epsilon Lambda At-Large City Council Member of Houston City Council [112]
Mamie E. Locke Gamma Omicron State Senator, Virginia; former Mayor, Hampton, VA; Dean School of Liberal Arts, Hampton University [76]
Juanita Millender-McDonald Alpha Gamma Omega former Democratic Congresswoman of California's 37th Congressional District [115]
Gwendolyn M. Miller Gamma Theta Omega Chairperson, Tampa (FL) City Council; first African-American woman elected to Tampa City Council [116]
Sharon Pratt Kelly Alpha first African-American female mayor of a major city, Washington, D.C. [33]
M. Athalie Range Honorary first African-American to serve on Miami, Florida City Commission and Florida's Department of Community Affairs [7]
Terri Sewell unknown Democratic Congresswoman of Alabama's 7th Congressional District [117]
Alma G. Stallworth Honorary Michigan state representative [7]
Lou Nelle Sutton Honorary Texas state representative [7]
Alisha Thomas Morgan Mu Pi youngest elected member of the House of Representatives in the U.S. state of Georgia [118]
Marietta Tree Honorary first U.S. woman ambassador to the United Nations; founder of Syndenham Hospital, Harlem, first interracial hospital in the US [7]
C. Delores Tucker Honorary civil rights activist; first African-American Secretary of State in Pennsylvania (1971-77) [7]
Diane Watson Alpha Gamma Democratic Congresswoman of California's 33rd Congressional District [119]
Frederica Wilson Pi Democratic Congresswoman of Florida's 24th Congressional District [120]
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 References
Diane Abbott Boule British Labour Party Member of Parliament, representing the Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency [121][122]
Cheryl Albury Honorary Serves on the Bahamas Supreme Court [7][123]
Dame Nita Barrow Honorary Governor-general from Barbados; Permanent representative to the United Nations [7]
Angie Elisabeth Brooks Eta Beta Omega first African female President of the United Nations General Assembly from Liberia [121]
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Eta Beta Omega first female president of Liberia [124]
Allyson Maynard Gibson Honorary Attorney-General of The Bahamas, barrister, politician, and community rights advocate [125]
Gloria McPhee Alpha first female Cabinet Minister, Bermuda; Member of the Bermuda Cabinet [126]
Veronica Owens Member of Parliament, The Bahamas
Edith Mai Padmore Honorary cabinet member from Liberia [7]
Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit Honorary first female President of the United Nations General Assembly; Indian diplomat [7][123]
Lois Marion Roselyn Perinchief Honorary first female Mayor of St. George's, Bermuda [7][123]
Sheila Makate Sisulu Honorary South African ambassador to the US [7]
Edith G. Ssempala Honorary US Ambassador from Uganda [7]
Sylvia Ross Talbot Honorary churchwoman from St. Croix, Virgin Islands [7]
Leah Tutu Honorary wife of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu [7]
Tanisha Tynes unknown Senator, the Bahamas [127]
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Religion[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Cheryl Moore Adamson Theta Gamma founding pastor of the Palmetto Missionary Baptist Church, Conway, South Carolina [128]
Arnetta Beverly Omicron Psi Omega District Superintendent, Northeast District, United Methodist Church [129]
D'Mrtri Cato-Watson Zeta Omicron Pastor, Harris Chapel United Methodist Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Pastor, Kirkman Road United Methodist Church, Orlando, Florida [8]
Rev. Portia Annette Cavitt unknown pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in South Omaha, Nebraska [130]
Leontine T. Kelly unknown first African-American woman to become a bishop; second woman to become a bishop in the United Methodist Church [131]
Mia Knight Wright Delta Xi founder and executive director of Metamorphosis Empowerment Conference; co-pastor of The Fountain Of Praise Church, Houston, TX [132]

Sports[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Robin Aikens Lambda Alpha Omega Division I golf coach, Chicago State University; founder of InnerCityGolf [133]
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 [7]
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 [134]
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 [7]
Chryste Gaines Alpha Xi Omega US track champion; bronze medal winner, 2000 Olympics [135]
Zina Garrison Honorary first African-American to win a tennis medal [7]
Althea Gibson Beta Alpha first African-American to win a Grand Slam in tennis [136][137]
Chamique Holdsclaw Honorary top WNBA draft pick; basketball player [7][138]
Jolanda "Jo" Jones Epsilon Lambda US 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 [139]
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 [140]
Lucy Diggs Slowe Alpha first African-American to win a national championship in any sport (tennis) [141]
Dolly "Mabel" Landry Staton Beta member of US track and field team, 1952 Olympics; won several national championships in 50 meters and long jump [142]
C. Vivian Stringer Honorary Rutgers University head basketball coach [56]
Debi Thomas unknown first African-American figure skater to win a medal (bronze) in the Winter Olympics [143]
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 [144]
Tonique Williams-Darling Theta Gamma gold medal Bahamian runner in the 400 meter track at the 2004 Summer Olympics [145]
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, Stockton University [146]
Vonetta Flowers
Althea Gibson
C. Vivian Stringer

Other[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
LaDonna Bradford Suggs Gamma Mu 2008 winner of Today's "Race to the Altar" wedding contest
Tobie Brown Beta Zeta model, Ebony Fashion Fair [148]
Pauletta Brown Blueitt Omicron Epsilon Omega first African-American woman to achieve the rank of colonel in Air Force Medical Service Corps [8]
Jameka Cameron Delta Theta contestant on reality TV show Big Brother (Season 8, 2007)
Emma Clarissa Clement Honorary Mother of the Year in 1946 [7]
Keisha Dean Beta Alpha fashion and jewelry designer [8][149]
Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Honorary first female president of Latin American Studies Club [7]
Kathryn Dickerson Honorary first woman to be honored with "Man of the Year" by the Chicago Urban League [7]
Leecia Eve Gamma Phi Omega counsel to Senator Hillary Clinton [150]
Ashley Gardner Eta Mu beauty blogger, XOAshtonNicole [8][151]
Venus Hylton Alpha Theta jewelry designer [8][152]
Wyona Lynch-McWhite Alpha Mu Omega director of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Roanoke, VA; former curator, Columbus Museum Uptown, Columbus, GA [8][153]
Cleo Parker Robinson Honorary artistic director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater [7]
Patricia Russell-McCloud Zeta Xi Omega internationally-known motivational speaker; former National President of The Links, Inc; author [8][151]

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