History

A Brief History of Kappa Alpha Psi

OUR LATE REVERED FOUNDERS

 

ELDER WATSON DIGGS
BYRON KENNETH ARMSTRONG
GUY LEVIS GRANT

MARCUS PETER BLAKEMORE

EZRA DEE ALEXANDER
JOHN MILTON LEE

HENRY TOURNER ASHER
EDWARD GILES IRVIN
GEORGE WESLEY EDMONDS

PAUL WAYMOND CAINE

ΚΑΨ was founded on January 5, 1911, at Indiana University, by ten African-American college students.

ΚΑΨ is the 2nd oldest collegiate historically Black Greek Letter Fraternity.

 

ΚΑΨ is the 1st intercollegiate fraternity; incorporated as a national body, on May 15, 1911 as Kappa Alpha Nu.

The name was officially changed to Kappa Alpha Psi on April 15, 1915.

 

Our Founders endured acts of racial hatred and hostility as students, then organized this fraternity to alleviate the isolation and raise the sights of Black undergraduates.

 

Since its founding in 1911, the Fraternity has never limited membership based on color, creed or national origin.

 

ΚΑΨ has over 125,000 members with 700 Undergraduate and Alumni chapters in every state of the United States, and international chapters in Nigeria, South Africa, The West Indies, The United Kingdom, Germany, Korea and Japan,

 

Objectives of ΚΑΨ

1. To unite college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a Bond of Fraternity.

2. To encourage honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor.

3. To promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of members.

4. To assist the aims and purposes of colleges and universities.

5. To inspire service in the public interest.