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Historic black sorority forms New Mexico chapter

Created: 05/02/2014 7:56 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A historically black sorority is expanding in New Mexico.

Twelve University of New Mexico students recently chartered the first undergraduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in the state.

Alpha Kappa Alpha, founded in 1908 at Howard University in Washington, is the oldest Greek-letter sorority established by African-American female students.

The University of New Mexico undergraduate chapter comes four decades after a graduate chapter was established at the school.

The sorority has had thousands of members over the decades, many who later became doctors, lawyers and key members of the Civil Rights Movement. Famous members include novelist Toni Morrison, actress Phylicia Rashad, and jazz artist Cassandra Wilson.

Black students make up around 2 percent of the student body at UNM.

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