Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, [AΦA] 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.
Since its founding on December 4th, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied a voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world.
Alpha Phi Alpha has grown steadily in influence throughout the years. It integrated its racial membership in 1945 and it has expanded mightily to the extent that there are now over 700 chapters with over 100,000 members located throughout the United States, Caribbean Islands, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the West Indies.
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, the Alphas also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by all persons of African descent.
Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Honorable Thurgood Marshall, Honorable Andrew Young, Dr. William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others.
Alpha Phi Alpha today continues its commitment to members of the Fraternity and the African-American community through Alpha University. Through the Alpha University, the Fraternity has dedicated itself to fostering the spirit of Brotherhood, training a new generation of leaders, building the technological capacity of members, bringing consistency to the implementation of the Fraternity’s national programs and ensuring that chapters have the necessary preparation to implement fraternal initiatives and day-to-day operations.
Full more information on Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. please visit the national website.