Incorporated as the first African American Greek-letter sorority, from a core group of nine at Howard University, Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) has grown to include over 265,000 members and alumnae, with 972 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Liberia, South Africa, and Canada.
Established in 1924, the AKA Great Lakes Region is comprised of 97 Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters located in Michigan, western New York, Ohio, western Pennsylvannia, Ohio, West Virginia. The Region's first undergraduate Chapter was Zeta, chartered in 1916 at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio. The Region's first graduate Chapter, Eta, was chartered in 1917 at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Eta Iota Omega was chartered on February 6, 1960 at the home of Jessie Corine Moner in Inkster, Michigan. With a budget of $925.00, the new Chapter set out establish an undergraduate Chapter at Eastern Michigan University (Xi Chapter). The chapter formed partnerships with local YWCA branches, held voter registration drives, established a Police Community Relations committee and purchased membership with NCNW and NAACP. The chapter has continued to develop and support these missions as well as work with local, state and national initiatives to address poverty, education and public health.