What does 20 pearls mean for AKA?

Alex Wong//Getty Images. AKA was the first African-American Greek-letter sorority, and its founders are referred to as the “Twenty Pearls.” Pearls have long been the emblem of the sorority, and every new member is given a badge with 20 pearls.

Why did Delta leave aka?

The twenty-two Delta Sigma Theta (DST) founders were not pleased at the lack of progress of Alpha Kappa Alpha to move beyond organizing the affairs of campus society at Howard and wanted to reorganize the sorority to address topics like public service and women’s advancement.

Do you have to be black to join AKA?

We still say the AKAs were founded for and by black women, but through the years, because of societal changes, we have become an interracial sorority. We’re multicultural now.”

Why are AKA colors pink and green?

The original choice of both colors and flowers came from the carpet and accompanying wall paper in Alfa Lloyd’s home where many of the early meetings were held. From looking at this photo of the Alpha Chapter Initiation Banquet, you can imagine the roses in the carpet and the green wall paper.

What does the Ivy Leaf represent AKA?

This is the official symbol/plant of AKA. A three-leafed plant, the Ivy represents strength, endurance, and vitality for members. Safeguarding the brand is something that members of AKA are taught upon their entrance into the organization.

Why does Aka’s say skee wee?

Oh, and if you don’t know, “Skee-Wee” is the sound that other AKA’s make to greet each other or just let other people know that we are in the house. It’s really high-pitched and has been known to break glass. And talk about having fun!

Who is the largest black fraternity?

It is the largest predominantly African-American intercollegiate fraternity and one of the ten largest intercollegiate fraternities in the nation.

Alpha Phi Alpha
Chapters 900+
Members 290,000+ lifetime
Nicknames Alphas, Ice Cold Brothas, The Oldest & The Coldest, Men of Distinction