Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today to commemorate Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., on its centennial anniversary:
“I welcome the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, to Capitol Hill in celebration of its centennial anniversary.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is our nation’s first African-American sorority, and was founded on January 15, 1908. Since then, the sorority has always exemplified its motto of ‘being of service to all mankind.’
“Over the course of 10 decades, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., has grown its membership to include over 200,000 members throughout the U.S., Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. Through the years, the sorority has remained committed to improving the lives of countless Americans through its involvement in programs including the Mississippi Health Project, the Job Corps and the African Village Development Program.
“In my home state of Nevada alone, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s Theta Theta Omega Chapter has provided over $100,000 in scholarships to deserving African-American female Clark County high school students, while its Kappa Xi Chapter has a distinguished record of service both on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus and throughout the community.
“In the coming century, I am certain that this illustrious organization will continue to empower communities and respond to the increasingly complex issues facing the world. I commend the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., for their 100 years of distinguished service to our great nation.”