The Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society (ΑΚΜ) is an American collegiate honor society recognizing academic excellence in all areas of study.

Alpha Kappa Mu
Founded26 November 1937; 86 years ago (26 November 1937)
Tennessee A&I State College
TypeHonor society
EmphasisGeneral scholarship
Colors  Royal blue and   White
SymbolTorch, Quill, Open book
PublicationAKM Newsletter
Members92,000 lifetime
Headquartersc/o Dr. Mollie B. Brown
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society
324 Enterprise Drive

Albany, GA 31705
WebsiteOfficial website

History edit

Alpha Kappa Mu was founded on November 26, 1937 at Tennessee A&I State College. Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society grew out of an idea conceived by Dr. George W. Gore, Jr., then Dean of Tennessee A & I State College. Representatives from five colleges which already had local scholastic honor societies on their campuses met in November 1937, to study Honorary Scholastic Societies at the invitation of Dr. Gore. The formation of "The Federation of Honor Societies" was the outgrowth of this meeting. The Executive Committee chosen for this Federation was:

The original goal of the honor society was to promote and reward academic excellence among African-American students. Due to its roots, most Alpha Kappa Mu chapters are located at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, though some can be found at predominantly white colleges; today acceptance of new members is race-blind.[1]

A biennial convention is held during odd years, in March, at a rotating selection of universities.[1]

The Society has grown to approximately 92,000 members affiliated with 79 different chapters. Most chapters are found in the South and Midwest, and the majority are at public colleges and universities.[2]

Alpha Kappa Mu was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies in 1952.

Eligibility edit

Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are permitted to join with a minimum GPA of 3.3.

Symbolism edit

The official colors of Alpha Kappa Mu are Royal Blue and white.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Noted in the Alpha Kappa Mu Constitution, accessed 19 Sept 2021.
  2. ^ Western Michigan University's campus Western Herald newspaper ran a profile of Alpha Kappa Mu on November 21, 2016. Accessed 19 Sept 2021.

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