In the beginning
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated holds the distinct honor of being noted as the first collegiate fraternity founded for African-American men. Founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York the fraternity’s members continue to uphold the aims of: manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind.
The founders also known to its members as the Jewels are: Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelly, Nathanial Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
Through the Years
Since its inception over a century ago, the fraternity has initiated more than 200,000 Brothers into its organization. It has a rich and illustrious membership roster of Brothers who achieve and have made magnificent strides in business, education, politics, social activism, sports, and pop culture. Since 1945, the organization has remained an inclusive organization to all races of men interested in the Alpha agenda.
Chapters of the fraternity can be found in 45 of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and span across the globe in countries like: Germany, West Africa, South Africa, Korea, London, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.
The fraternity has continued to evolve through the years to remain a viable presence that addresses the social climate of the modern generation. Alpha Brothers have donated countless hours and dollars toward a variety of community service efforts in partnership with other organizations. More recently, the fraternity aggressively moved forward to build a monument in the likeness of Bro. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the national mall in Washington, D.C through the Build the Dream Foundation. The monument is the first on the national mall to honor an American other than a U.S. president.
The Fraternity is organized by chapters for which members belong. College Brothers provide hundreds of U.S. college and university campuses with student leadership through service in local College Chapters.
Graduate Chapters are for college-educated men who have finished their college studies and are now professionals in their chosen field. There are hundreds of Graduate Chapters in cities and towns across the country filled with Brothers serving their local communities.
Omega chapter is a special chapter the Fraternity has designated for Brothers who are no longer with us. This is the final chapter for all men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.