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The spirit of AKA hovering over us and our little deeds and acts—smoothing here, covering there, broadening younger, and making us do our best to think, to act, up to the highest in us. It is a force bigger than we are, stronger than we are, and it compels us to climb to the heights where it dwells.

                                                                                          —Ethel Hedgeman Lyle


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. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of a nucleus of 260,000 members in graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U. S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea and on the continent of Africa.

Its membership is comprised of distinguished women who boast excellent academic records, proven leadership skills, and are involved in the global community through advocacy and service. Alpha Kappa Alpha has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for citizens worldwide and promoting peace.


International and Regional Contacts


President   Crystal Benton

Vice President  Ida Gibson

Secretary  Christina Williams

Assistant Secretary  Lisa Daniels-Baines

Financial Secretary Mary Hall

Assistant Financial Secretary  Alicia Officer

Treasurer Gail P. McDaniel

Corresponding Secretary  Schurron Cowart

Graduate Advisor  Yvonne B. Evans

Parliamentarian Carmen L. Snell

Ivy Leaf Reporter Stacy L. Beauford

Historian Sharon R. Amos

Membership Chairman Edith M. Terrell

Assistant Membership Chairman  Cydney Johnson

Hospitality Chairman Lisa Adams-Cornelius

Chaplain Nellie B. King

Members at Large Arielle Peterson & Lillian Davis-Wilson

Sargent at Arms Jocelyn Guthrie

Protocol Chairman  Michea Pope-Moss

Standards Chairman  Sharon M. Bradley
Technology Chairman Ottilie M. Woodruff

NPHC Reps Valerie T. Williams & Marvel Ross-Jones

EAF Captain  Nancy Thompson

Risk Management Twyla S. Hardy

Nomination Committee Chairman Josephine Cross

Rituals Chairman Gerri Horton & Denise V. Cobbs

Business Manager Tracy Garner-Robinson

Strengthen our Sisterhood Kenisha Smith

Empower Our Families Tanya Staples/Arielle Peterson

Build Our Economic Wealth Janet E. Barnes

Enhance Our Environment  Alise Adams

Advocate for Social Justice Pamela Stephens-Jackson

Uplift Our Local Community Valerie T. Williams



Chartered on June 25, 1944 by a group of young women returning home from college, the Gamma Phi Omega Chapter has been providing programs of service to the WNY community for over 58 years.  The purpose of this chapter shall be to retain and reactivate all Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members in the Buffalo area; to initiate those who are recommended and meet the requirements of membership; to promote unity and friendship among the members; to implement programs that benefit the community on a theme suitable to our national body in the areas of scholarship, heritage, and social interaction. Click below for Charter Members.



Geraldine Horton

 WNY Cluster Coordinator

 Great Lakes Region

Stacy Lewis Beauford

Great Lakes Regional Newsletter Committee

Danette Anthony Reed

International President/CEO


Gwendolyn Kirtley

Great Lakes Regional Director

Edith M. Terrell

Regional Membership Committee

Regional EAF Committee


Michea Pope

Regional Protocol Committee


Second Saturday of each month, except in July and August at 10:00am. 802 Kenmore Avenue            Buffalo, New York


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