Senator Hunter smiles while standing next to an Alpha Kappa Alpha representative on the Senate floor.

SPRINGFIELD — A longtime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, State Senator Mattie Hunter declared May 1, 2024 as AKA Day in Illinois in recognition of the sorority’s history of uplifting women, building friendships and giving back to the community.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha is a cornerstone of the African American community, providing a platform for service and sisterhood,” said Hunter (D-Chicago). “Throughout the country and beyond, AKA chapters play an important role in empowering Black women, equipping them with the skills and support needed to become leaders of positive change.”

Founded in 1908 at Howard University, Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest African American sorority in the United States. With over 360,000 members in chapters across the world, AKA’s mission is to cultivate scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity and friendship among college women, help alleviate problems concerning women, maintain a progressive interest in college life and be of “service to all mankind.”

Hundreds of Alpha Kappa Alpha members from throughout the state traveled to Springfield on Wednesday for AKA Day at the Capitol. Hunter has been an active AKA member since 2006, joining a legacy of notable members including Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King and Vice President Kamala Harris, and in Illinois, Lt. Gov. Julianna Stratton and State Representative Kimberly Du Buclet, who represents a portion of the 3rd Senate District.

“From raising awareness of mental health resources to planting trees in our local neighborhoods, the impact of AKA is felt in all corners of the communities they serve,” said Hunter. “I am proud to stand alongside these strong and confident women in service.”

Senate Joint Resolution 57 was adopted by the Senate on Wednesday.