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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Nellie M. Quander (1880–1961) to Alice Paul (1885–1977), February 17, 1913. NWP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (060.00.00)

Howard University Sorority Seeks Assurances of Nondiscrimination

Future Washington, D.C., educator Nellie Quander graduated in June 1912 from Howard University, where she had joined Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), the nation’s oldest black sorority. In January 1913, she took the lead in incorporating AKA, possibly hoping to avert the withdrawal of twenty-two student members, with a greater interest in political activism, who subsequently founded Delta Sigma Theta. The Deltas marched in the 1913 parade, but it is not clear how many AKA members participated.