On January 15, 1908, nine college women on the campus of Howard University founded Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the nation’s first Greek-letter sorority for African-American women. These nine core founders “dreamed of creating a support network for women with like minds coming together for mutual uplift, and coalescing their talents and strengths for the benefit of others”. Their vision, commitment and leadership laid the foundation for the principles of servant-leadership that remain the rich legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha today.
The local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha will pay tribute to these nine women with a Founders’ Day celebration held at Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, who is the first international vice-president of Alpha Kappa Alpha and the first woman to serve as president of Tennessee State University, will keynote the Founders’ Day celebration.
Dr. Glover was formerly the dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Ms., where she led the College of Business throughout the accreditation process, and spearheaded the implementation of the nation’s first Ph.D. in Business at an HBCU. Prior to joining Jackson State University, Dr. Glover served as chairperson of the Department of Accounting at Howard University. She is a certified public accountant, an attorney, and is one of two African American women in the nation to hold the Ph.D.-CPA-JD combination.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Founders’ Day celebration will take place at Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church at 1115 North Moore Road in Chattanooga. The event is free and open to the public.