Our Illustrious Founders

Early in this century, African-American students were actively dissuaded from attending college. Formidable obstacles were erected to prevent the few who were enrolled from assimilating into co-curricular campus life. This ostracism characterized Indiana University in 1911, thus causing Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, and eight other black students to form Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which remains the only Greek letter organization with its 1st Chapter on the University's campus.

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, "THE DREAMER"; JOHN MILTON LEE; BYRON K. ARMSTRONG; GUY LEVIS GRANT; EZRA D. ALEXANDER; HENRY T. ASHER; MARCUS P. BLAKEMORE; PAUL CAINE; EDWARD G. IRVIN and GEORGE W. EDMONDS.

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About Kappa Alpha Psi

Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on the campus of Indiana University on January 5, 1911. The Fraternity's fundamental purpose is achievement. It was the vision of ten 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.

The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise the sights of black collegians and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than they might have imagined. Fashioning Achievement as its purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity. Further the Fraternity sought to promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of its members, assist in the aims and purposes of colleges and universities and to inspire service in the public interest. These five objectives comprise the foundation of Kappa Alpha Psi!

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 through a truly democratic Fraternity.

About Kappa Programs

The Grand Chapter as well as chapters worldwide organize, sponsor and participate in various civic, academic and social programs aimed at improving the lives of its’ members but more so the community at large. These programs include the Guide Right Program (the Fraternities international mentoring initiative which include the high school directed Kappa League), The C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference, The Kappa Leadership Institute and the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation.

The VISION of the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation is to become the premier Greek lettered Foundation in its resources and services to the community.

The MISSION of the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation is to provide support for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated members and others in service to communities with particular emphasis on African-American communities.

The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, Incorporated exists as the philanthropic arm of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. The Foundation was established in 1981 as a non-profit, tax exempt, publicly supported organization as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Its purpose is to assist the community service efforts of the more than 600 active undergraduate and alumni chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi. The Foundation currently supports scholarships, after-school programs and national projects such as "Habitat for Humanity".

About Kappa Membership

Membership is a solemn commitment. To this Fraternity, the maker of the commitment becomes synonymous with the commitment itself.

Membership in Kappa Alpha Psi is a lifelong dedication to the ideas and lofty purposes of Kappa Alpha Psi, which considers for membership only those aspirants whose personal, social and academic qualifications, are acceptable to both the College and Fraternity. Expectations concerning maturity and dedication are made upon new members and established members alike.

The Fraternity has initiated over 100,000 members worldwide in various walks of life including Brothers Johnnie Cochran, Arther Ashe, John Singleton, Montell Jordan, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Kenny Lofton, General Daniel "Chappie" James, and Ed Bradley. Their achievements as Kappa Men are all the more notable in light of the fact that Kappa Alpha Psi to date, unlike some other fraternal organizations, does not induct honorary members! Men of honor seek to be involved with organizations that will foster their development.

Kappa Alpha Psi attracts a wide array of individuals, each with their own identity, under one common theme: Achievement!!!



Queens Alumni Chapter is a proud member of The Northeastern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi which was established in 1930 when James E. Allen was appointed the first Northeastern Province Polemarch by then Grand Polemarch, Archie A. Alexander.

Our province is made up of over 40 Undergraduate and 30 Alumni Chapters. We cover a geographical area spanning from the tip of New England in the north through Delaware in the south, and Pennsylvania in the west over to Germany and the United Kingdom.
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