The History of the Omega Omega Chapter
Hold High the Torch!
On December 10, 1926, twenty-two women employing the merit and culture of their foremothers convenes in the city of Philadelphia to create Omega Omega – the twenty-fourth graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Omega Omega’s charter lists the names of Irene Baxter, Florence Beck, Geneva Blake, Irene Marie Bowser, Valeria E. Caldwell, Ann Comegys, Ursula Curd, Bertha DeShields, Daisy Frazier, Hazel Fugett, Marie Gould, Evangeline Hall, Bertha W. Henry, Bertha King, Ethel H. Lyle, Agnes B. Montier, Alberta Norwood, Rosa V. Rodgers, Margarita Scott, Ruth A. Scott, Jessie M. Watkins, and Charlotte Wright.
The December 18, 1926 issue of the Philadelphia Tribune described the occasion: “On Saturday, December 10th, twenty-two prominent Philadelphia college graduates became members…. Alpha Kappa Alpha is not a social club, but an organization whose chief purpose is the promotion of education and culture among Negro women of American.”
While this accomplished group of women included two medical doctors, a psychologist, three pharmacists, three social workers, and several teachers, it should be noted that Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, the visionary of our illustrious sorority, served as Omega Omega’s first Basileus.
On December 10, 2016, we will celebrate ninety years of sisterhood and service! Our present roster of 490 members continues to provide “service to all mankind.” The chapter serves the Philadelphia area with a variety of award winning projects and programs. Omega Omega Chapter serves as an affiliate chapter to our national organization and the North Atlantic Region.