ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA HISTORY

Confined to what she called “a small circumscribed life” in the segregated and male-dominated milieu that characterized the early 1900s, Howard University co-ed Ethel Hedgeman 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. In 1908, her vision crystallized as Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first Negro Greek-letter sorority. Five years later (1913), lead incorporator Nellie Quander ensured Alpha Kappa Alpha’s perpetuity through incorporation in the District of Columbia.

 

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LAMBDA MU OMEGA HISTORY

In April 1976, Soror Jessie M. Shaw, a former President of Theta Omega expressed her desire of forming a second, small chapter in Chicago. This chapter would meet during the day. After several sessions with interested people, the women decided that this chapter would emphasize service.

A few months later, Jessie M. Shaw and Claudette McFarland Winstead formed an interest group called the Satellite Associates of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The name was the brainchild of Claudette Winstead. The officers were:  President – Claudette McFarland Winstead, Secretary – Carmen E. Fair, Treasurer – Florice Green, and Historian – Genevieve Walker

CHARTER MEMBERS

On March 5, 1977, The Satellite Associates were chartered as Lambda Mu Omega Chapter. The beautiful chartering ceremony held at the Harris YWCA was conducted by the Corporate President, Berniece Sumlin and attended by the Former Corporate President, Loraine Richardson Green and Executive Director, Anne Mitchem-Davis. Lambda Mu Omega became the second Alumnae chapter in the city of Chicago. Juanita Van Dorn was elected the first President and Carmen E. Fair was elected the first Vice President.

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