What AKA Means to Me

April 12, 2013

I have many family members who affiliated with different organizations within the "Divine Nine," the five fraternities and four sororities that are historically predominately African American.

Therefore, since a young age I have known I wanted to be a member of such illustrious organizations.

When I was younger, I did not really know much about the history of sororities and fraternities. I learned about them while in elementary school and was really attracted to the colors that represented the organizations.

But as I got older, I was able to learn more about these organizations, such as how they functioned and what they stood for. Knowing how each organization came about is something I think every Greek organization should know. What caught my eye about the organizations then was that volunteering in the community was a strong purpose they held. 

At the UA, I became a member of the Iota Tau chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated (AKA) March 27, 2013 at 7:08 p.m. (military time 19:08; our founding year).

I have only been a member briefly, but in that short time I have experienced quite a bit of voluntary involvement within the community as well as recently participating in the UA’s Greek Week. The UA activity helped to familiarize others around the campus with our sorority's name and its purpose.

AKA, whose official colors are salmon pink and apple green, holds a special place in my heart. As the sisterhood we share within our chapter here on campus is amazing. Sisterhood, to me, means developing a lifelong bond with a special group of women who share the same interest for the sorority and support one another. These women have become not only my sisters and my support but most of all a shoulder to lean on while being in school here in Arizona. 

In our sorority's "purpose," the first line talks about high scholastics and ethical standards. Being a member of AKA, we pride ourselves in making sure that every member’s education is put first.

The last lines of our purpose states that we are to provide "Service to All Mankind." So, we also pride ourselves on this as well by making sure we reach out not only to those within the University campus but also the city of Tucson, such as our project painting a house for a community center that helps people who cannot find a stable home or job.

Being a member of this sorority really means the world to me, and I am grateful for the experience.

Photos courtesy of Alexyz Joi Lynne Liggins and Maria Moore, program director for African American Student Affairs

Alexyz Joi Lynne Liggins is a UA sophomore studying broadcast journalism and communication. In the future, Liggins plans to work as a news anchor in California covering either general news or entertainment news. In 1908 at Howard University, Alpha Kappa Alpha became the first Greek-lettered sorority to be founded by African American women in college. The sorority was nationally incorporated in 1913 and has chapters throughout the United States.