On View
Making a Way Gallery
Making a Way Out of No Way
Manufactured by
Charles River Apparel, American, founded 1983
Subject of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, founded 1908
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, American, founded 1886
Zeta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, American, founded 1908
Women's March, American, founded 2017
nylon and cotton (textile) with thread and plastic
H x W (flat): 27 3/16 × 38 3/4 in. (69 × 98.5 cm)
An Alpha Kappa Alpha pullover jacket worn during the Women's March on Washington by Dr. Calonie Gray. The dark green, nylon jacket has full-length sleeves, elastic wristbands, and a drawstring hood and hem with plastic cord locks. The jacket closes at the center front with a dark green zipper and has a large pouch at the front waist with a Velcro closure. The pouch has a side opening that act as hand pockets. Over the proper right breast is dark pink embroidered text that reads [ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA] in pink thread and bordered above and below with pink thread. Below are three (3) large embroidered letters [AKA] in green thread, outlined in dark pink. The jacket interior is fully lined with white cotton. Sewn to the interior collar is the manufacture’s label. The label is black with their company logo embroidered in white thread: a single rower in a shell depicted in profile, rowing with two (2) oars. The logo is bordered with a double lined, white embroidered oval with the text [CHARLES / RIVER] at the top and [APPAREL] at the bottom. Below is white embroidered text that reads [CHARLES / RIVER]. Sewn to the bottom of the tag is a smaller tag with sizing, materials, manufacturing information, and washing instructions. The back of the jacket is blank.
Place used
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Memorabilia and Ephemera - Political and Activist Ephemera
Associations and institutions
Clothing and dress
Local and regional
U.S. History, 2001-
Women's organizations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dr. Calonie Gray
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.

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