OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY’S INFLUENCE!
Life Member 709 A Phi A
Ethel Hedgeman George Lyle
All brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity salute the beloved sisters of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on their 100th Anniversary year of existence. The story of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha is a “love-knot” story rooted in a personal relationship between Ethel Hedgeman and George Lyle and the historic development of Black Greek life in the academic community.1
Ethel Hedgeman was a founding principal of AKA during her Junior year at
Ethel Hedgeman and George Lyle were friends, sweethearts, lovers and finally life’s partners.[iv] As school mates, Ethel witnessed the strength and character of George, his academic excellence, fraternal leadership, social gracefulness and manly deeds of a black manhood. Ethel envisioned those needful qualities in a sisterhood. Through mutual respect, constant dialogue regarding structure, purpose, and positions, a vision of
It is true that Ethel Hedgeman attributed much encouragement toward the establishment of the first Geek-lettered organization for Black women to two of her former teachers, Ethel Tremain Robinson and Elizabeth Appa Cook.[vi] But the hard cold fact which remains is that
THE ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY WAS BORN
OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY’S INFLUENCE![vii]
A journey on retrospect is to review a date-line calendar of these two wed-locks:
1906 The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was founded in
1907 One year later, Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was established
at Howard University, Washington, DC with George Lyle as its principal
1908 The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded at
1909 Ethel Hedgeman and George Lyle were of the ’09 class at Howard.[xi]
1911 Ethel Hedgeman and George Lyle were married in
1950 Ethel Hedgeman Lyle died and was buried in
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY
WHOM WE LOVE![xiv]
1 Majorie H. Parker, Alpha Kappa Alpha: Sixty Years of Service (
2 Parker, Alpha Kappa Alpha, p.3.
3 Charles H. Wesley, The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Development in Negro College Life, (Washington, DC: Foundation Publishers, 1950), p.59.
4 Parker, Alpha Kappa Alpha, p. 3.
5 Ibid., p.3.
6 Ibid., p. vii.
7 Ibid., p. 3.
8 Ibid., p. 3.
9 Wesley, The History of Alpha, p. 23.
10 Ibid., p. 59
11 Parker, Alpha Kappa Alpha, p. 1
12 Ibid., p.3.
13 Ibid., p. 3.
14 Ibid., p. 12.
15 “In Our Hearts.”