Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the first black collegiate fraternal organization of the nine black Greek letter organizations that exists. The fraternity was founded on Tuesday, December 4, 1906 on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven men (commonly called the seven Jewel) who recognized the need for brotherhood in the midst of a racially segregated country–particularly as they experienced racial prejudice at the Ivy league school.
Initially serving as a study and support group for college students, the fraternity soon expanded to the historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1907 and soon after, chapters were chartered at Historically Black Colleges and Predominately White Institutions across the nation.
Since it’s founding, members of Alpha Phi Alpha has stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights as recognized in the leadership of prominent Alpha brothers such as W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, Paul Robeson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many more.
The fraternity’s mission statement is to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence while providing services and advocacy for our communities. To help push the mission, the fraternity has special initiatives that allows the organization an opportunity to address timely issues affecting the black community. National programs are in place to represent the fraternity’s signature efforts on voter engagement, mentoring, education and elder care. The Alpha foundations are entities that further the fraternity’s economic and charitable agenda.
To date, Alpha Phi Alpha has over 200 thousand members from 706 world-wide chapters and has raised more than 2.1 million dollars in scholarship funds for students.
These are the similar success factors that first grabbed the attention of some Rochester Alphas contributing to the Eta Rho Lambda graduate chapter in Rochester, NY. Visit 1055 The Beat FM Facebook page to watch a video of local Alpha brothers talking about their experiences in Alpha.
For more information about Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. visit the website at www.apa1906.net