With an infinite vision of an organization encompassing the ideals of scholarship, manly deeds, and love for all mankind, our seven founders, whom we respectfully call the "Jewels," aspired to bring forth a fraternity dedicated to social purpose and social action. Currently, Alpha Phi Alpha continues
to grow and push for these ideals with such nationally mandated programs
as "Project Alpha," "Go To High School, Go To College,"
"A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People," and others, which are
maintained on both the undergraduate and graduate level as well.
These men labored in the years of severe economic times and racial conflict
in the United States. Despite their difficulties of organization, the early
fraternity pioneers succeeded in laying a firm foundation and remained steadfast
in their goals pointing toward development of the fraternity membership-that
is espousing the principles of good character, sound scholarship, fellowship,
and uplifting of humanity, especially in the struggling Black community
in the United States.
The fraternity has grown steadily in influence throughout the years. It has been interracial since 1945 and has expanded tremendously to the extent that there are now approximately 800 chapters located throughout the United States, Caribbean Islands, Africa, West Indies, Europe, and Asia. Some of the more prominent sons of Alpha include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Dick Gregory, John Hope Franklin, Thurgood Marshall, Mayor David Dinkins, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., United States Vice President Hubert Humphrey, John H. Johnson, Duke Ellington, and Jesse Owens.
Last updated on July 25, 1998
Desmond Peters Jr.