"The Oldest & The Coldest." | Est. Dec. 4th, 1906

Since its founding on December 4th, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color all around the world.

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African-American men. These visionary founders are known as our “Jewels.” They are Jewel Big Brother Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy. 

Alpha Phi Alpha's Jewels

The fraternity initially served as a social study group and support structure for minority students facing racial prejudice at Cornell University. Following the success of Alpha Chapter, new chapters were chartered soon after at numerous other colleges and universities. The first alumni chapter was established in 1911 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Alpha stressed academic excellence in its members and quickly recognized the need to correct educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African Americans all over the country. In this work the Jewels and early leadership of the fraternity laid a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's core principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and uplifting humanity.

Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of fight for African-American civil rights with leaders like W.E.B. Du Bois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others.

True to form as the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.

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