January 15, 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha was established. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s hashtag, #j15 has been circulating the web this past week in order to celebrate the sorority’s history. Alpha Kappa Alpha was the first sorority designed for black women. They have continued their support in the arts, as well as launching civil rights, education and economic development. The continue to stay focused on professional development as well. Unlike many of the other hashtags that have surfaced, #j15 is an inspirational social issue. #j15 joins in celebrating the accomplishment of Alpha Kappa Alpha and being able to stay strong for over 108 years
The #j15 is an influential social issue hashtag. Not in the sense that a problem began this but in the sense that this community that is heavily rooted in social change and professionalism has been able to reach out and stay strong. Their aim in bettering this world is why this celebration is so big to me. Not because they are the first sorority, but the fact they have influenced many sororities in forming. Sororities and fraternities have become a family away from home for many people. Becoming part of a community that has roots in social change and development is a change for a person.
It’s easy to forget that sororities have missions that keep them together when all people talk about are the parties. This three character hashtag has reminded me why people join sororities, they have a common goal of being successful. Scrolling through Instagram and Twitter, it’s beautiful seeing the many generations of Sisters who reminisce in the way Alpha Kappa Alpha has improved their lives and how they continue working by the values that they learned.