Greek Organization Spotlight: Kappa Alpha Psi

Written by Kiera Robinson

If you’ve ever been to the quad, Kappa BBQ or any other Kappa event held by Kappa Alpha Psi then I’m sure that you’ve seen the smoothness of a Kappa man. It’s almost as if they glide whenever they enter the room. Ever wonder where the fraternity originated from? Well, this Founder’s Day is your chance to read up a little on the organization and it’s foundation.

January 5th marks the anniversary of Greek-letter fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. This fraternity was founded on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University Bloomington. Though Kappa Alpha Psi has a predominantly African-American based membership, it is filled with much diversity.
The organization’s founders Dr. Ezra D. Alexander, Dr. Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Dr. Marcus Peter Blakemore, Dr. Guy Levis Grant, Edward Giles Irvin, Atty. Henry Tourner Asher, Sgt. John Milton Lee, Paul Waymond Caine, George Wesley Edmonds, and Elder Watson Diggs designed a solid foundation within a year’s time in order to create a brotherhood worth being apart of. ‘Psi was nationally incorporated under the name of Kappa Alpha Nu on May 15, 1911. The name of the organization was changed to its current name in 1915, shortly after its creation.’

‘The motto of the Fraternity is, Achievement in every field of human endeavor. During this time, there were very few African-American students at the majority white campus at Bloomington, Indiana and they were a small minority due to the era of the Jim Crow laws. The racial prejudice and discrimination encountered by the founders strengthened their bond of friendship and growing interest in starting a social group.’
Several individuals experience the party side of frats, but never truly know about the things that had to be overcome to bring it all together. No matter what the origins of this fraternity are, one thing is for certain and that is that this is their day and it deserves to be celebrated the right way. So if you’re a Nupe (Kappa) or even if you just know one, then take time out to celebrate the day that this organization of brotherhood was created.

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