Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Founded at Cornell University, December 4, 1906 by seven innovative Black men Alpha Phi Alphi Fraternity, incorporated is the oldest predominantly Black Collegiate Fraternity. These seven men we proudly call Jewels are Henry A. Callis, Charles H. Chapman, Eugene K. Jones, George B. Kelly, Nathaniel A. Murray, Robert H. Ogle, and Vertner W. Tandy. “First of all, servants of all, we shall transcend all,” is the motto of the fraternity and it has been the endeavor of its members to make this axiomatic truth a living reality.
Originally organized to promote brotherhood among Black men on college campuses and to assist the graduate in realizing his career goals, the fraternity has since widened its scope to include programs serving many other segments of culturally diverse American and international communities.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the precursor of all Black Greek Letter Organizations, has a long distinguished history of involvement, achievement and leadership in civil and human rights efforts. Its leadership was evident when it launched a national voter registration drive under the rally theme “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People.” It’s “Go to high school - Go to college” program was equally successful. These dynamic social action programs placed the fraternity in the forefront of leadership roles in the development and delivery of services to the masses. The fraternity has agreements with the March of Dimes and the Boy Scouts of America to work in conjunction with them in providing leadership and responsibility training for young men. Alpha Phi Alpha stands equally committed today to the cause that serve the interest and common good of mankind.