Chapter History

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 15, 1908, and incorporated as a national organization on January 29, 1913. In 1922, Lambda Chapter was the first chapter established in New York. The chapter included graduate and undergraduate members. However, in 1925 the graduate members of Lambda chartered Tau Omega Chapter. Tau Omega chapter was honored to have two of the founders, Margaret Flagg Holmes and Joanna Berry Shields as active members until their passing . Based in Harlem, Tau Omega is the oldest graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in New York State. Tau Omega’s programs focus on education, health, the black family, the arts, and economics.

Tau Omega’s membership is composed of college educated women who are professionally engaged in or retired from positions at all levels in the educational, financial, medical, legal and public service arena. The members of Tau Omega bring their superior training and professional experience to the organization in order to implement programs that will impact and improve the lives of individuals in the Harlem community, as well as the larger global community.  Members of the organization have extensive experience serving on board of directors for hospitals, health care centers, day care centers, head start programs, senior citizen programs and other community service organizations.
Tau Omega Charitable Trust Fund is the affiliate organization that receives donations from individuals, foundations and corporations and makes charitable donations, awards scholarships, as well as funds community service program implementation.

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