Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. began as vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University on January 15, 1908. It is the first Greek-letter organization to cater to women of color in the United States. The sorority has grown into a union of thousands of college-trained women who are bound by a powerful mystique, a real moving factor in the lives of students in more than four hundred institutions of higher learning; it is one of the most solvent corporations in the world today.
As Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown, it has kept in balance two very important themes: the importance of the individual and strength of an organization of women of courage and ability. As the world became more complex, there was a need for associations which cut across racial, geographical, political, physical and social barriers.
The Nu Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha was chartered on April 14, 1979. While the first line, Avant Garde, was made up of 20 members, the founders consisted of only a handful of bright and determined young women lead by Francine McColy Foxworth. Nu Beta was chartered on the same date as the Nu Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha which has led to a close relationship between the two chapters ever since. Today Nu Beta’s presence on campus can be felt and its members will continue to be leaders in the Georgia Tech community and beyond.