Alpha Kappa Alpha, 1976-1977

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of nearly 300,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.

As Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown, it has maintained its focus in two key arenas: the lifelong personal and professional development of each of its members; and galvanizing its membership into an organization of respected power and influence, consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.


At Brown University, the Iota Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded by fourteen black women undergraduates. The leader of this enterprise was Janis DeFrantz ’76, whose mother had been affiliated with the sorority. Alpha Kappa Alpha became inactive at Brown in 2012.

Arlean Leland and Lavdena Adams Orr, class of 1976, and Robyn Jones and Patricia Darlene Elliot, class of 1977, established their friendship through this sorority. After graduating from Brown, Adams Orr and Jones went on to become OB/GYN’s, Elliot became a physician, and Jones became a lawyer.