The small group of women who founded Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on the campus of Howard University in 1908 were conscious of their privileged position as college-trained women of color just one generation removed from slavery. However, they were also sensitive to the needs and struggles of the less fortunate in underserved communities who were in need of goods, services and opportunities beyond their reach. The young collegians’ commitment to scholarship, leadership, civic engagement and public service, woven together by the bonds of lifelong sisterhood, formed the bedrock of the rich legacy of servant-leadership that epitomizes the sorority to this day. The sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of over 290,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.
On May 6, 1950, Epsilon Omicron Omega became Connecticut’s first graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The Chapter immediately began its legacy of outstanding service and public leadership. With enthusiasm, strength and pride, the chapter began a long series of Hartford firsts that propelled Epsilon Omicron Omega into the public eye as a premier service organization dedicated to helping solve the problems of women and children.