My First Founders’ Day

January 15, 1908 — The day Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (AKA) was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first historically black Greek-lettered sorority. I became a member of AKA last spring and have really enjoyed my experiences in Greek life so far. The most exciting day for me, since the day I became a member was my first Founders’ Day. My sisters and I all gathered together at midnight. It was like a national holiday for us. As soon as midnight hit, we sang songs and went straight to social media to post about how excited we were for our Founders’ Day. Although the day was all about AKA, the Christopher Newport¬†community was very supportive in helping us celebrate. We received many tweets and shout-outs on social media from students. During lunch time, we performed a step and chant in the middle of the David Student Union. So many people gathered around and watched and cheered us on. Later that evening,¬†we held a candlelight vigil to recognize and remember our founders. The room was filled with so many people, Greeks and non-Greeks, that some had to stand. My first Founders’ Day was so great and I cannot only thank my sorority for making it that way. AKA is the smallest sorority we have on campus, but the CNU community definitely made sure that we felt extra special that day.

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