Chapter History

Chapter History

In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women. Her roots date back to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where the idea for formation was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Missouri.

After her incorporation as a perpetual body in 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® gradually branched out and became the channel through which selected college-trained women improved the socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation, and the world.

Alpha Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, was chartered on February 16, 1929. Our chapter has a rich heritage of women making a difference in the Indianapolis community and beyond in the areas of education, health, family & community strengthening, environmental concerns, and global issues.

Mary A. Johnson, Dean of Girls at Crispus Attucks High School was the first President of Alpha Mu Omega Chapter and also joining her as President were seven of our twenty-eight charter members: Eugenia D. Burbridge Asbury, Hattie Jones Edwards (who was also a National 1st Vice President), Thelma Frost Jackson, Ethel Kuykendall, Pauline Morton Finney, and Phyllis Wheatley Waters.

The Indianapolis Business Journal Book of Lists has cited Alpha Mu Omega as the second largest women’s professional organization in the city of Indianapolis, boasting a membership of over 540 that includes the most prominent and influential civic and business leaders in the city. Our chapter membership represents every facet of the Indianapolis community. Our members are educators, business women, lawyers, doctors, theologians, entrepreneurs and homemakers – to name a few.

Alpha Mu Omega is extremely proud of the diversity of our current chapter membership. We are home to many Silver Members (25+ years of service), Golden Members (between 50 – 74 years of service), and historically to multiple Diamond Members (75+ years of service). In addition to dedicated life-long members, we have members who are also newly initiated (1-3 years of service) and recent college graduates. The great diversity of our chapter helps to foster the strong and sincere bonds of sisterhood.

Charter Members of Alpha Mu Omega Chapter

Hazel J. Alexander

Helen Hummons Anderson

Eugenia D. Burbridge Asbury

Spaulding Pritchett Berry

Velma Prichett Cage

Anna M. Hall Courtney

Iva R. Marshall Davis

Gladys Lucas Doyle

Hattie P. Jones Edwards

Selma B. Harry

Ruth Haynes

Martha Horner

Fannie Hyde

Thelma Frost Jackson

Mary A. Johnson

Ethel Kuykendall

Lillian Lemon

Henrietta H. MacMillian

Pauline Morton-Finney

Edith M. Overton

Mercy Smith

Frances Stout

Harriet Taylor

Lillian Taylor

Lorene T. Cook Turner

Murray B. Atkins Walls

Phyllis Waters

A. Louise Moss Webb

Past Presidents of Alpha Mu Omega Chapter

(1929-31) Mary A. Johnson

(1931) Hattie P. Jones Edwards

(1932-35) Pauline Morton-Finney

(1935) Thelma Frost Jackson

(1935-37) Eugenia Asbury

(1937-38) Artie German Price

(1938-40) Phyllis Waters

(1940-42) Mary A. Johnson

(1942-44) Maenell Newsome

(1944-46) Ethel Kuykendall

(1946-47) Stella Woodall

(1947-49) Ruby Woodson

(1949-51) Emma Mae Allison

(1951-52) Lois Duvalle Bynum

(1952-53) Leslye Henderson

(1953-54) Ethel Kuykendall

(1954-55) Norma Woods Slaughter

(1956-57) Annetta Lawson

(1958-59) Ruby Woodson

(1960-62) Gloria Morton-Finney

(1962-64) Jeanette Greene

(1964-68) Hazel S. Moore

(1968-70) Wilma Battey

(1970-72) Marilyn S. Bradley

(1973-75) Yvonne Perkins

(1976-1979) Marilyn S. Bradley

(1980-83) Diane Pillow Cargile

(1984-85) Zoearline Davis

(1986-89) Nadine C. Bonds

(1990-1991) Sherry E. Curry

(1992-93) Zoearline Davis

(1994-97) Martha C. Mitchell

(1998-99) Jarnell-Burks Craig

(2000-03) Esther Bowman

(2004-05) Stacia Gray

(2006-09) Victoria L.C. Thomas

(2010-11) Pamela Miller Hatcher

(2012-15) Mari A. Swayne

(2016-19) Nichole Wilson

(2019-2023) Miriam Hornbuckle Grays