LKM History


A Sisterhood of Business and Professional Women

LKM History

Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., was founded on January 19, 1937, by Florence K. Norman and a group of twenty-five college-educated women, who were engaged in various professions and businesses. They met at the Upper Manhattan Branch of the YMCA in New York City to lay the groundwork to establish a National Sorority of African American business and professional women.

Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., was incorporated in the State of New York, representing a cross-section of business interests and professional activities. Members are encouraged to assume leadership responsibility in local civic affairs and to cooperate with those organizations pledged to principles of human dignity, education, equal opportunity, fair employment practices, and housing.

Chapters of Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., can be found in major U.S. cities in the East from Boston, Massachusetts, to Macon, Georgia. Western chapters are located in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego, California.

Florence K. Williamson-Norman, Founder

Florence K. Williamson-Norman, LKM Founder

A SCHOLAR - Florence K. Williamson-Norman, born in Macon County, Kentucky, attended public schools in the area. She attained her higher education at Howard University, Jennifer Business Institute, and the University of Hawaii.

Mrs. Williamson-Norman taught at Fesseden School in Florida and also served as Dean of Students there. At the same time, she served as Secretary to Dr. Carter G. Woodson, President of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. 

Throughout her life, Mrs. Williamson-Norman applied herself to gain knowledge and practice in every component of business and administration. Early in her professional life, she showed a unique talent in the areas of business and administration. These fields were priorities throughout her life, whether employed in government positions or membership in women’s organizations.

A VISIONARY – During her early years, she saw the plight of Kentucky sharecroppers. This experience of seeing their struggles moved her to assume responsibility for two girls of sharecropper families. This commitment illustrated her efforts to improve life for all African American women. As part of these efforts, she established the Washington Business Institute (Washington, D.C.) for African American girls at a time when the United States provided little support for educating African Americans, least of all for girls. She also founded the Flushing (Queens) Citizen’s Association in the neighborhood where she lived at the time. This group helped families living in the neighborhood to work together to improve their lives.

Historic Dates

1st Annual Convention - June 22, 1940

1st Annual Conclave - June 14-22, 1945

1st Acorn issue - June 21, 1941

Death of Florence K. Norman - February 6, 1944


Historic Chapter Dates

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1937
Alpha - Brooklyn, New York
Beta - New York, New York
Gamma – Brooklyn, New York

1940
Delta - New York
Epsilon - Newark, New Jersey

1943
Eta - New York, New York
Zeta - Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

1946
Theta - Washington, D.C.

1947
Iota - Maryland
Kappa - Boston, Massachusetts

1948
Lambda - Staten Island, New York

1950
Mu - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1951
Nu - New York City

1955
Xi - Syracuse, New York
Omicron - Grand Rapids, Michigan

1956
Pi - Detroit, Michigan

1958
Rho - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1961
Sigma - Hampton, Virginia

1962
Tau - Newport News, Virginia

1963
Upsilon - New York

1976
Alpha Epsilon - Bridgeport, Connecticut

1964
Phi - Flint, Michigan

1965
Chi - Paterson, New Jersey

1968
Psi - Chicago, Illinois

1974
Alpha Alpha - Columbus, Ohio

1976
Alpha Beta - Los Angeles, California
Alpha Gamma - San Diego, California

1977
Alpha Zeta - Las Vegas, Nevada
Alpha Eta - Macon, Georgia

1978
Alpha Delta - Seattle, Washington
Alpha Theta - Rome, New York

1980
Alpha Iota - Providence, Rhode Island

1982
Alpha Kappa - West Palm Beach, Florida

1984
Alpha Lambda - Tallassee, Alabama

1985
Alpha Mu - Brunswick, Maine

1987
Alpha Nu - Savannah, Georgia

1991
Alpha Xi - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2017
Alpha Rho - Macon, Georgia

Florence K. Williamson-Norman, LKM Founder Florence K. Williamson-Norman
LKM Founder

Historic Chapter Dates

1937
Alpha - Brooklyn, New York
Beta - New York, New York
Gamma – Brooklyn, New York

1940
Delta - New York
Epsilon - Newark, New Jersey

1943
Eta - New York, New York
Zeta - Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

1946
Theta - Washington, D.C.

1947
Iota - Maryland
Kappa - Boston, Massachusetts

1948
Lambda - Staten Island, New York

1950
Mu - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1951
Nu - New York City

1955
Xi - Syracuse, New York
Omicron - Grand Rapids, Michigan

1956
Pi - Detroit, Michigan

1958
Rho - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1961
Sigma - Hampton, Virginia

1962
Tau - Newport News, Virginia

1963
Upsilon - New York

1976
Alpha Epsilon - Bridgeport, Connecticut

1964
Phi - Flint, Michigan

1965
Chi - Paterson, New Jersey

1968
Psi - Chicago, Illinois

1974
Alpha Alpha - Columbus, Ohio

1976
Alpha Beta - Los Angeles, California
Alpha Gamma - San Diego, California

1977
Alpha Zeta - Las Vegas, Nevada
Alpha Eta - Macon, Georgia

1978
Alpha Delta - Seattle, Washington
Alpha Theta - Rome, New York

1980
Alpha Iota - Providence, Rhode Island

1982
Alpha Kappa - West Palm Beach, Florida

1984
Alpha Lambda - Tallassee, Alabama

1985
Alpha Mu - Brunswick, Maine

1987
Alpha Nu - Savannah, Georgia

1991
Alpha Xi - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2017
Alpha Rho - Macon, Georgia