Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Founded Nationally: December 4, 1906 at Cornell University
Established at STJ: originally May 5, 1972 (Queens/LI chapter at Adelphi University)
Rechartered at STJ: November 5, 1999
Chapter: Theta Epsilon (Metro chapter with Queens College & York College)
Colors: Black & Old Gold
Membership Requirements: Minimum 2.5 GPA, Membership Fee (varies depending on class status), three letters of sponsorship, proof of voters registration, a completed application, personal biography, essay, and resume.
National Site: http://www.alphaphialpha.net
Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, 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 descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the "Jewels" of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were developed at other colleges and universities, many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African-Americans.
Alpha Phi Alpha helps meet those needs through the implementation of their national programs: "A Voteless People, A Hopeless People," the national voters registration drive; "Go to High School, Go to College," the urging of continued education amongst young black men; and "Project Alpha," a program that deters sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and promotes awareness, through the sexual education of young black men.
More than 175,000 men have joined the ranks of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., since the organization's founding in 1906. The Fraternity is international with local chapters located throughout the United States, District of Columbia, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa. The organization has been interracial since 1945. As politicians, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, educators, poets, actors, and musicians, Alpha Phi Alpha has led the way in almost every arena. The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha take pride in having such prominent members as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois, Cornell West, Thurgood Marshall, David Dinkins, Frederick Douglas, Andrew Young, Dick Gregory, Paul Robeson, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Jesse Owens, Countee Cullen, Garret Morgan, Chaka Fattah, John H. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Art Shell, Reggie Williams, Tony Brown, and Charles Rangel.