In 1908 at Howard University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women. The idea of creating an organization that would enrich the social and intellectual aspects of college life was conceived by Soror Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Today, we are a sisterhood composed of women who have consciously chosen this affiliation as a means of self-fulfillment through volunteer service. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life; and serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 170,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Local History


General members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated saw a specific need to provide community service in the cities of Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Margate, North Lauderdale, Parkland and Tamarac Florida. They immediately began contacting members in the area to join their efforts. Thirty-four members formed an interest group called Pearls of Distinction, which operated for three and one-half years. This group sponsored numerous activities in the community.

Chi Psi Omega was chartered on June 12, 2005 in Coral Springs, Florida under the leadership of 26th International President Linda M. White and 15th South Atlantic Regional Director Irene W. McCollom.

The Charter members of Chi Psi Omega Chapter are:

Margarita Alamo Andrea Bailey-Dowling Gloria J. Battle
Ernestine H. Bobb Arnetta M. Davis Yulanda Chanta Ellis
Cheryl L. Fields Sonya Fields Aletha Odom-Foxworth*
Revertha Grace Michelle Parrish Green Mildred Edwards Hightower
Sydney Hodge*  Darlene Hudson Karena Valeriar Ivey
 Genita Jackson*  Sharon Lane Jordan Emma Howard Kurtz
 Ann B. Lee Gwendolyn Lewis Debra P. McCray
Betty Burnett McDonald Mary McDuffie Anita McLeod Washington
Daise Melton-Greenland  Gloria Myrick Josetta B. Patterson
Veronica Edwards Phillips Vonetta Rachels  Joannethier Ritter
 Betty Somerset  Leona Stirrup Barbara J. Thomas
 Taffie Turner

*Denotes Ivy Beyond the Wall