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ABOUT KAPPA ALPHA PSI FRATERNITY, INC.

Kappa Alpha Psi, a college Fraternity, now comprised of functioning undergraduate and alumni chapters on major campuses and in cities throughout the country, is the crystallization of a dream. It is the beautiful realization of a vision shared commonly by the late Revered Founders Elder Watson Diggs, John Milton Lee, Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Guy Levis Grant, Ezra Dee Alexander, Henry Tourner Asher, Marcus Peter Blakemore, Paul Waymond Caine, Edward Giles Irvin and George Wesley Edmonds. It was the vision of these astute men that enabled them in the school year 1910-11, more specifically the night of January 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, to sow the seed of a fraternal tree whose fruit is available to, and now enjoyed by, college men everywhere, regardless of their color, religion or national origin. It is a fact of which Kappa Alpha Psi is justly proud that the Constitution has never contained any clause which either excluded or suggested the exclusion of a man from membership merely because of his color, creed, or national origin. The Constitution of Kappa Alpha Psi is predicated upon, and dedicated to, the principles of achievement, and the name was changed to KAPPA ALPHA PSI ® from Kappa Alpha Nu on May 15, 1911.

Kappa Alpha Nu
(May 15, 1911)

Chartered and incorporated originally under the laws of the State of Indiana as Kappa Alpha Nu on May 15, 1911, the name was changed to KAPPA ALPHA PSI ® on a resolution offered and adopted at the Grand Chapter in December 1914. This change became effective April 15, 1915, on a proclamation by the then Grand Polemarch, Elder Watson Diggs. Thus, the name acquired a distinctive Greek letter symbol and KAPPA ALPHA PSI ® thereby became a Greek letter Fraternity in every sense of the designation. From its inception, and for the next six years, Brother Diggs served as the Grand Polemarch of KAPPA ALPHA PSI ® Fraternity. Through his leadership and indefatigable application, augmented by the efforts of B.K. Armstrong, and John M. Lee, who comprised the remainder of the original Grand Board of Directors, the infant Fraternity was guided through the most perilous years of its life. Accordingly, much of the credit for the organization's survival through this period is shared by these three men. From its inception, every endeavor was directed toward establishing the Fraternity upon a strong foundation before embarking on plans of expansion. By the end of the first year, working together, Diggs and Armstrong had completed the ritual and had commenced work on the coat of arms.

The First Constitution
(1912)

For years, in order to safeguard the ritualistic secrets of the Fraternity, Diggs laboriously typed and bound the rituals. It was not until he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he met an old German printer in whom he had confidence, that he entrusted the esoteric materials of the Fraternity to a commercial printer. In the spring of 1912 Diggs wrote in a little blue examination book the first Constitution, which was adopted in 1920 with but a few revisions. This edition remained in use until 1926 when it was supplanted by the codified edition jointly written by Diggs, J. Ernest Wilkins, and W. Ellis Stewart. In 1957 the Constitution again underwent major revision. Now substantially established and provided with a Constitution, Ritual, coat of arms, motto, and guiding hand in a dynamic Grand Chapter, the Fraternity was ready for expansion. In the summer of 1912 Diggs visited the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois, where he met Earl B. Dickerson, President of the Old "Illini Club." This club constituted the nucleus of the University of Illinois Chapter, the Beta, which was chartered on February 8, 1913. Gamma Chapter (later changed to Indianapolis Alumni Chapter) was established on December 29, 1913, followed by the establishment of Delta Chapter at the University of Iowa, on March 7, 1914.

Kappa Alpha Psi
(Expansion)

Now substantially established and provided with a Constitution, Ritual, coat of arms, motto, and guiding hand in a dynamic Grand Chapter, the Fraternity was ready for expansion. In the summer of 1912 Diggs visited the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois, where he met Earl B. Dickerson, President of the Old "Illini Club." This club constituted the nucleus of the University of Illinois Chapter, the Beta, which was chartered on February 8, 1913. Gamma Chapter (later changed to Indianapolis Alumni Chapter) was established on December 29, 1913, followed by the establishment of Delta Chapter at the University of Iowa, on March 7, 1914. The latter was changed to Gamma Chapter, and the designation of Delta assigned to the Wilberforce University Chapter at Wilberforce, Ohio. Epsilon Chapter, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, was established December 4, 1915, as the first chapter in the East. Elder W. Diggs journeyed from Indiana to give this chapter his personal and official installation, recognition and blessing. Thus ended the infancy of KAPPA ALPHA PSI ®, whereupon the Fraternity embarked upon an era of expansion. Except for the years of World War I and II, when several Grand Chapter meetings were suspended, KAPPA ALPHA PSI ® has grown and prevailed with unabating impetus.

OUR FOUNDERS

The Illustrious Founders of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Elder Watson Diggs

Elder Watson Diggs (circa 1883-1947), born in Christian County, Kentucky, was a graduate of Indiana State Normal (now Indiana State Teachers College) and Indiana University, the birthplace of Kappa Alpha Psi ® Fraternity. He served as Grand Polemarch for the first six consecutive years of the Fraternity’s existence. For this and other outstanding contributions to the Fraternity, he was awarded the Fraternity’s first Laurel Wreath in December, 1924.

Byron Kenneth Armstrong

Byron Kenneth Armstrong (1892-1980), born in Westfield, Indiana, entered Indiana University where he studied philosophy, mathematics, and sociology. After finishing Indiana University, he earned his Master’s degree at Columbia University in 1913, and subsequently the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Michigan. He held teaching positions in Florida, Indiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma. During World War I, he served as an investigator for the Department of Labor. He was awarded the Laurel Wreath in 1935.

Ezra Dee Alexander

Ezra Dee Alexander (1891-1971) was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1892, the site of Indiana University. He was graduated from Bloomington High School in 1910. He matriculated at Indiana University in the fall of 1910 and was graduated from Indiana University in 1917 with the A.B. degree. He received his M.D. degree from the Medical School of Indiana University in 1919. He practiced medicine in Indianapolis. In 1920, he married Mary Hunter, a teacher in the Indianapolis Public School system. Alexander served several terms as a member of the Grand Board of Directors.

Henry Tourner Asher

Henry Tourner Asher (1890-1963), born in Woodburn, Kentucky in 1890, was graduated from the Bloomington High School in 1910. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in 1914 and the next year was an instructor at Lincoln Institute at Jefferson City, Missouri. He was a graduate student at the University of Minnesota in 1917. He received the degree of LL.B. at the Detroit College of Law in 1928.

Marcus Peter Blakemore

Marcus Peter Blakemore (1889-1959), born in Franklin, Indiana in 1889, attended common and high schools in Anderson, Indiana. He was graduated from High School in 1909 and entered Indiana University the following year. After leaving the University, he organized the Electric Engineering Company, which he operated until he enlisted in World War I. He later entered the Dental School of the University of Pittsburgh, from which he was graduated in 1923. At the time of his death in October 1959, he was residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he maintained his practice of dentistry.

Paul Waymond Caine

Paul Waymond Caine (1891-1931) was born in Greencastle, Indiana, in 1890 and attended grade school and high school in Greencastle, Indiana. He enrolled at Indiana University in 1909 and helped the other Founders in organizing Kappa Alpha Nu (original name of the fraternity). Because of a disastrous fire in the Fraternity house in which he was employed, he never finished his sophomore year.


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George Wesley Edmonds

George Wesley Edmonds (1890-1962) was born in Vanderburgh County, Knight Township, Indiana on August 13, 1890. He entered Carver Elementary School and Clark High School in Evansville, graduating in 1910. In the fall of 1910, George entered Indiana University at Bloomington. He joined nine other students in founding Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Guy Levis Grant

Guy Levis Grant (1891-1973), born in New Albany, Indiana, attended public schools in that city, was graduated from Scribner High School in 1909, and later entered Indiana University. While there, he majored in chemistry, graduating with the A.B. degree in 1915. In 1920, he received the D.D.S. degree from Indiana Dental School, then a part of the University of Indiana; he practiced dentistry in Indianapolis. In 1929, he married Laura Hammons.

Edward Giles Irvin

Guy Levis Grant (1891-1973), born in New Albany, Indiana, attended public schools in that city, was graduated from Scribner High School in 1909, and later entered Indiana University. While there, he majored in chemistry, graduating with the A.B. degree in 1915. In 1920, he received the D.D.S. degree from Indiana Dental School, then a part of the University of Indiana; he practiced dentistry in Indianapolis. In 1929, he married Laura Hammons.

John Milton Lee

John Milton Lee (1890-1958), born in Danville, Indiana, was graduated from the Danville High School in 1910 and entered Indiana University and there completed three years of pre-medical work. He later became a student at Temple University (1915) but was compelled to leave school because of a death in the family. He enlisted in the 349th Field Artillery in March of 1918 and served overseas as a First Class Sergeant and Gunner. His battery enjoys the unique distinction of having been the first battery of Negro Artillerymen ever to open fire upon an enemy. John Milton Lee fired the first shot.



ABOUT ALPHA KAPPA

The Alpha Kappa Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated was chartered June 1, 1931 by Dr. James E. Shepard, who is also the founder of North Carolina Central University. The brothers of the Alpha Kappa Chapter have enjoyed over 86 years of Achievement at our noble University.

James E. Shepard

(1909-1947/Founder, NCCU)

The eldest of twelve children, Shepard was born in Raleigh in 1875. After graduating from Shaw University with a pharmacy degree in 1894, he married Annie Day Robinson, granddaughter of the renowned antebellum furniture maker Thomas Day.

In 1898, Shepard became one of the first seven investors in the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in Durham. The company eventually became the largest black-owned business in the South. In 1907, Shepard assisted with incorporating the Mechanics and Farmers Bank, another successful black-owned institution in Durham.

Outside of his businesses, Shepard was very active in politics and education. He served as a clerk in the Recorder of Deeds Office in Durham County and served as Raleigh’s deputy collector for the Internal Revenue Service. In 1910, he opened what eventually become N.C. Central University. The school became a public institution and the first publicly-supported liberal arts college for blacks in the country in 1923. Shepard served as the president of the college until his death in 1947.

Michael Brown

(Middle Eastern Province Polemarch)

I am Michael Brown and it is extremely an honor and privilege for me to serve as the 23rd Province Polemarch. Under the leadership of 33rd Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr., our Province stands in full support of the national theme: "Reclaim, Rebirth, Recommit, by Leaving No Brother Behind."

Starting back in 1926, the eight districts were converted into eight provinces and the Middle Eastern Province was created. Our Province has hosted three Grand Chapter Conclaves and one National Founder Day and birthed the Kappa Quiz Bowl and Beautillion Militaire. In addition to those National and regional initiatives, we have also been the home of the 7th Grand Polemarch, A. Moore Shearin, 22nd Grand Polemarch, and Laurel Wreath Laureate Attorney Hillary H. Holloway who also served as Executive Director or the fraternity. Over the years many great Kappa men have served our fraternity with distinction.

As this next chapter of the Middle Eastern Province unfolds, achievement is still our goal but our business is brotherhood. From the shores of Elizabeth City, NC to the mountains of Beckley, West Virginia, we remain committed to each other and the ideals of Phi Nu Pi.

Sam Coley

(Alpha Kappa Chapter/Lead Advisor)

The unique experience found here at The Alpha Kappa Chapter is deeply entrenched in tradition, brotherhood and pride.  The second oldest flagship chapter of the Middle Eastern Province is the standard bearer of the province.  The excellence and elegance of Bro. Dr. James Shepard who founded our university and was the inspiration for the chartering of the Alpha Kappa Chapter permeates the rolling hills and verdant green.  The Alpha Kappa Chapter has embraced his motto of "Truth and Service", combined it with Kappa Alpha Psi's motto of "Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor" to impassion its members to higher heights.

The men that come through the doors of the Alpha Kappa Chapter become an extension of my family and although we may be fraternity "brothers", I look at each one of them as a "son" with the responsibility of nurturing them to become the best Kappa Man they can be. I am proud and honored to have been appointed the lead advisor of the best chapter of the best fraternity that God has graced this earth with. Phi Nu Pi!




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Jeffrey Mills Jr.

(2017 Alpha Kappa Chapter Polemarch)

On behalf of the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., it is my distinct honor and pleasure to welcome you to the official Alpha Kappa website. Founded on June 1, 1931 the men of our chapter are committed to service within the community and working toward positive, progressive movement in the business of Kappa.  Our members exemplify the fundamental purpose of the fraternity, achievement in every field of human endeavor. It is our duty to carry on the legacy and dream of Dr. James E. Shepard, founder of both our chapter and North Carolina Central University.

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