Famous Alpha Kappa Alpha Members

Photo courtesy of “Elegance & Beauty”, by Gregory Wishum

The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated come from diverse backgrounds and are known for a variety of stellar contributions.  For example, Dr. Maya Angelou is a world-famous poet, author, actress, activist and filmmaker. Alicia Keys is a Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, and musician. Coretta Scott King was the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, the most prominent 20th Century civil rights activist. Rosa Parks is generally considered the mother of the civil rights movement.   

In 2016, the movie “Hidden Figures” is a biographical story of three legendary African American women who made a critical impact in science history. All three women, Katherine Goble Johnson , Dorothy Johnson Vaughan  and Mary Winston Jackson  are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

Please see below a list of other notable Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters; here is a more extensive list of our distinguished sisterhood.

Alpha Kappa Sorority Incorporated - Founders


  • Yolanda Adams - H (2018 Boule)
  • Maya Angelou - H (1983 Boule)
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway - Ohio University, Delta Phi
  • Loretta Devine - University of Houston, Epsilon Gamma
  • Ava DuVernay - H (2014 Boule)
  • Star Jones - American University, Lambda Zeta
  • Catherine Hughes - H
  • Alicia Keys - H (2004 Boule)
  • Coretta Scott King - H
  • Bernice King - Atlanta, Georgia, Kappa Omega
  • Toni Morrison - Howard University, Alpha
  • Nichelle Nicholas - H
  • Brandy Norwood - H (2014, 66th Boule)
  • Holly Robinson Peete - H (2012, 65th Boule)


  • Phylicia Rashad - Howard University, Alpha
  • Roxie Roker - Howard University, Alpha
  • Jada Pinkett Smitth - H
  • Wanda Sykes - Hampton University, Gamma Theta
  • Lynn Whitfield - H
  • Etta Moten Barnett - University of Kansas, Delta
  • Ella Fitzgerald - H
  • Rosa Parks - H
  • Mae Jemison - H
  • Cassandra Wilson - Jackson, Mississippi, Beta Delta Omega
  • Patricia Pratt - Howard University, Alpha
  • Althea Gibson - Florida A&M University, Beta Alpha

These and other Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated women have built national programs on the foundation of family and community. The Launching New Dimensions of Service Program is their most important community effort.   For more information on signature programs, please go here (make this a link).  Through these programs Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated assists with the most crucial needs of the black community. 

Of most recent note…”Skee Wee” and “Pinkie Up”..are trade marked