Alpha Phi Alpha is the first African-American fraternity founded in the United States. Alpha Phi Alpha was founded in 1906 on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The fraternity has been open to men of all races and nationalities since 1940.
The founders of Alpha Phi Alpha include Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy. The second and third chapters of the fraternity were at Howard University and Virginia Union University respectively.
Alpha Phi Alpha has become a service fraternity reaching out to help with social and political issues affecting people of color. Alpha Phi Alpha currently has more than 680 active chapters within the United States and other countries.
Alpha Phi Alpha supports March of Dimes, Head Start, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
“First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All”
- Fraternity colors are black and old gold
- Fraternity symbol is the Great Sphinx of Giza
- Fraternity flower is the yellow rose
- Fraternity publication is The Sphinx
- Fraternity Aims – Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love for All Mankind
- Nickname is Alphas
- First African-American fraternity to be founded
- Founders known as the “Seven Jewels”
- No chapter is designated as Omega; the Omega chapter is used to refer to deceased members of the fraternity
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (Civil Rights Activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner)
- Lionel Ritchie (Singer)
- Thurgood Marshall (First black US Supreme Court Justice, Attorney in Brown vs. Board of Education case)
- Eric Jerome Dickey (Author)
- W.E.B. Du Bois (Co-Founder of NAACP and Niagara Movement)
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