Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath…
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC., THE IOTA LAMBDA CHAPTER WAS CHARTERED UNDER THE ETA TAU OMEGA CHAPTER ON THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ON MAY 17, 1975 BY A GROUP OF YOUNG WOMEN KNOWN AS THE “25 PEARLS OF DISTINCTION.” THESE ILLUSTRIOUS LADIES ENHANCED THE CAMPUS WITH THEIR SPIRIT OF SISTERHOOD, SCHOLARSHIP, AND SERVICE. OUR CHAPTER PRIDES ITSELF ON CAMPUS LEADERSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP, INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING, AND MAINTAINING AN INTEGRAL CONTRIBUTION IN THE SURROUNDING GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY. STANDING 38 YEARS STRONG, WE CONTINUE TO PROUDLY PAINT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CAMPUS SALMON PINK AND APPLE GREEN.
Dr. King is the fourth from the left; bottom row.
An Alpha Kappa Alpha woman
A woman of substance
A woman of pride
A woman who is able to put petty things aside
A woman of integrity
A woman of love
A woman who is worthy of treasures from above
A woman who is genuine
A leader in every way
Community service is perhaps one of the most important components of all Divine 9 organizations because it is the principal on which they were founded. When the original NPHC organizations were founded Blacks were in a state of dire straits.
Most Blacks were under educated, impoverished and segregated left to live rather miserable lives. The founders of the Black-Greek-Lettered-Organizations understood their heavy and important task as college trained Blacks. They knew that it was a blessing that they had been given to have completed tertiary level education and sought to better the lives of their communities.
Undergraduate and graduate chapters of the NPHC organizations commit a vast amount of their time to community service efforts. On the UF campus in particular the NPHC organizations take community service to heart and have 2-3 significant community service projects a semester.
On the campus fraternities and sororities mentor children, volunteer with local homeless shelters and host events to fund raise. What I appreciate most about them is that they balance the social, educational and community service aspects of their lives with such tact.
Speaking with members of the NPHC on campus they always say that being Greek is very far removed from the social entities they appear to be. Their schedules are packed with activities aimed at improving their communities leaving very little free time. The stepping and social activities are simply a tip of the iceberg.
I say this to emphasize that although undergraduate chapters of the NPHC are college students first, they also accept their responsibility as college trained Blacks.
This is a video taken from Youtube from the East Carolina University 2009 Alpha Phi Alpha Probate. While a few Black Greek Lettered Organizations have decided to move away from Probates in recent years, this is still a staple in “coming out” as a new member of the “Divine 9.”