AKA Lambda Upsilon Sorors, 1978

AKA Lambda Upsilon Sorors, 1978
Photo: Richard Berry/StoptimePhoto.com, Courtesy Elaine Harris

Second AKA Lambda Upsilon line, 1978. First row, left to right: Leslie Woody (Wellesley), Jane Howard (Harvard), Diane Peters[-Hoskins]'79 (MIT), and [?]. Second row, left to right: Dera Gray '81 (MIT), [?], [?], Eva Gilliam (MIT), and Tamara Nash (Wellesley). Third row, left to right: [?], Carolyn Hawkins (Harvard), Kim Combs '81 (MIT), and April Waters [Jeffries] '81 (MIT).

AKA Lambda Upsilon Chapter

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908 and is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women.

The Lambda Upsilon Chapter of AKA was chartered on October 8, 1977 and was the first sorority on MIT's campus of any type. The inspiration for this Chapter was Mary Hope, then MIT Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, who felt that an effective group was needed through which Black women on predominantly White campuses could communicate and help each other. Lambda Upsilon's membership consists of students from MIT, Harvard University, and Wellesley College.

Timeline: 1970s
Life: Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA)
Career: Community
Object: Image
Collection: Greek Life, Harvard, Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, Students, Wellesley, Women