Happy Founders Day: Celebrating the Historical African American Milestone –
Happy Founders Day! Chances are you have seen this greeting trending online in your news feeds or heard friends and relatives talking about it. Without any explanation, the greeting alone may leave you scratching your head. So, that you don’t go out of your mind, we will share a little bit about this important holiday that celebrates an important milestone in African-American history.
Alpha Kappa Alphas around the world are skee-wee’ing to the heavens as they celebrate their Founders Day, upholding a 108-year legacy of service, sisterhood, and scholarship. Founded at Howard University on January 15, 1908, AKA has a continued reputation of cultivating the brightest and most powerful, trailblazing women.
Founders Day is a commemoration of Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first black fraternities to make us of Greek letters and be instituted at multiple American institutions of higher learning. Alpha Phi Alpha, was founded on Dec. 4, 1906 at Cornell University, one of the Ivy League colleges. Located in Ithaca, N.Y. Alpha Phi Alpha is identified by the Greek letters “ΑΦΑ. Cornell is considered the birthplace of the black fraternity, and is the home to a large Founders Day celebration each year.
Following the first Founders Day, Alpha Phi Alpha spread quickly across the land. In 1907, Howard University and Virginia Union University chartered chapters on their campuses. Soon after, Alpha Phi Alpha chapters opened all across America accepting people of all races.
Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha are largely a service and leadership organizations. They are a place for like-minded individuals to begin their life’s work, and to begin to build the strong life-long relationships resulting in important connections that sprout great careers.
From the sidelines of NFL football games to headliners in business seminars and dance studios, Alpha Kappa Alpha members are celebrating Founders Day.
Kamille Boyd-Gilmore, owner of Kameo Production Studios, LLC had this to say: “To Whom much is given much is required. These ladies have been blessed with so much love and talent that they can’t help but spread their gifts wherever they go. From masters degrees, professional cheerleading, nursing, education, social work, professional entertainers, managers, amazing mothers, friends, sisters, and women my dancers have grown into the most dynamic women I know! I am so grateful for our reunion and fun times we shared. You all continue to put God first in all you do and the possibilities are endless.”
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