You know we had to celebrate the kane-kommanding kasanovas of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for their 112 years of service, scholarship, and shoulder-shimmies as the enviable pretty boys of the Divine 9.
Founded in 1911 on the campus of Indiana University, the storied organization was the first intercollegiate Fraternity incorporated as a national body and remains the only Greek letter organization with its Alpha Chapter on Indiana University’s campus.
Co-Founders Elder Watson Diggs and Byron Kenneth Armstrong (who previously attended Howard University) established the independent Greek-letter organization that would raise the sights of Black youths while stimulating them to accomplishments higher than might otherwise be imagined.
As the second oldest Black Greek Letter Fraternity, it’s amassed over 125,000 members with 700 undergraduate and alumni chapters across the world.
Local chapters participate in community outreach activities including feeding the homeless, providing scholarships to young people matriculating to college, serving as mentors to young men, hosting public health awareness seminars, and various other initiatives.
Nationally, Kappa Alpha Psi hosts summer enrichment camps while raising money for St. Jude Medical Research Center to assist in the fight against childhood diseases.
Internationally, members have answered the call to service by proudly serving our military and raising funds to assist those in need following natural disasters around the world.
Notable members include Ralph Abernathy, Wilt Chamberlin, Colin Kaepernick, Oscar Robertson, Cedric the Entertainer, Arthur Ashe, Mike Tomlin, Hakeem Jeffries, Gayle Sayers, Johnnie Cochran, John Singleton, Lance Gross, Bill Russell, Tavis Smiley, Marvin Sapp, Montell Jordan, Ryan Clark, and many more.
How are you celebrating the Kappas today? Tell us in the comments and enjoy our gallery on the flip.