Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity was founded in 1911 on the campus of Indiana University - Bloomington. The fraternity was founded by 12 African-American men, but has never limited membership to anyone based on color or race. The founders of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity were Dr. Elder Watson Diggs, Dr. Ezra Dee Alexander, Dr. Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Atty. Henry Tourner Asher, Dr. Marcus Peter Blakemore, Mr. Paul Waymond Caine, Mr. George Wesley Edmonds, Dr. Guy Levis Grant, Mr. Edward Giles Irving, and Sgt. John Milton Lee.
Currently Kappa Alpha Psi has more than 150,000 members in chapters throughout the United States and many other countries. Kappa Alpha Psi is the first predominantly African-American fraternity founded west of the Appalachian Mountains that is still in existence. One of the official parts of being a participant in the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity includes cane stepping using a Kappa Kane.
Kappa Alpha Psi supports the United Negro College Fund and Habitat for Humanity.
“Achievement In Every Field of Human Endeavor”
- Fraternity colors are crimson and cream
- Fraternity symbol is the diamond
- Fraternity flower is the red carnation
- Fraternity publication is The Journal
- Nicknames include Nupes, Kappas and Pretty Boys
- Fraternity headquarters are in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Kappas are the only fraternity that use Kappa Kanes in stepping
- Founder Dr. Elder Watson Diggs was known as The Dreamer
- Johnnie Cochran (Defense Attorney)
- Wilt Chamberlain (NBA player)
- Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ Kyles (Comedian)
- John Singleton (Director)
- Tavis Smiley (Political Commentator, Author)
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