On Wednesday, January 15th 1908, nine women set out to form an organization on the campus of Howard University to promote sisterhood and service in a male dominated arena. The small group of women who organized the Sorority knew that they were making history by being the first sorority created for college trained African-American women, but there was no way for them to imagine the legacy that they were leaving for generations to come. The seven sophomores the following year and the six incorporators four years later kept the organization alive. On January 29th 1913, despite much adversity, Alpha Kappa Alpha was incorporated and became the first black sorority to do so. Today, Alpha Kappa Alpha has over 250, 000 members and over 950 chapters spreading from coast to coast, both inside the United States and well beyond. The founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha were resolute that the college experience should be as meaningful and productive as possible and Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded to apply that determination.
Following the founder's trailblazing footsteps, the Rho Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was established on the campus of Furman University on May 1, 1994. Although talks and interest groups had occured well before 1994, Furman University did not open its' doors to greek life on campus until 1989. The charter members of Rho Zeta immediately began working on getting a charter so that African-American women could have something to call their own on Furman's campus. Although there are other historically black sorority members on campus, the Rho Zeta Chapter is the first, and only, historically African American sorority chartered on the campus of Furman University. Furthermore, since 1994, there are 67 women who joined Alpha Kappa Alpha through the Rho Zeta chapter.
The Rho Zeta chapter participates in a variety of programs, both on campus and off. One of our major programs, and our biggest fundraiser, is "So You Think You Can Stroll" which has, in the two years we have had the program, raised over $3,000 in scholarship money and won the "Boundary Breaker" award for promoting diversity and community service on campus. We also hold a "Mr. Ivy Pageant" annually which raises money to prevent Cancer and puts money in the pocket of a deserving male Furman student. For more chapter programs, keep an eye on the calendar or check student news. For national programs, see "Program Initiatives" on the right.
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