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Who was Ethel Hedgemon Lyle?

Who was Ethel Hedgemon Lyle?

Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated aHoward University in 1908. The first sorority founded by African-American college women., Lyle is often referred to as the "Guiding Light" for the organization.

Lyle had a forty-year career as an educator and was active in public life. Lyle founded the West Philadelphia chapter of the League of Women Voters and the Mothers Club in the city. In 2000, the Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy, a charter school in St. Louis, Missouri, was founded in her honor.

 Lyle committed her life "to create spheres of influence, authority, and power within institutions that traditionally have allowed African Americans and women little formal authority and a  real power."


The mission of the Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Texas is to provide educational advancement of all individuals, award scholarships to deserving and qualifying high school students, and support charitable community service projects. 

"We have a torch and we should use it to lighten everyone else's darkness."

- Ethel Hedgemon Lyle

Ethel Hedgemon Lyle Foundation

The Ethel Hedgemon Lyle foundation was founded in 1992.  We are dedicated to our mission by providing over $500,000 of scholarships to students in the Great Houston area.  Our support in our communities and our commitment to higher education are the motivation factor that keeps us giving back expanding our efforts in underserved communities in the Greater Houston Area.

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