A Brief History

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Kappa Alpha Psi, a college Fraternity, now comprised of functioning undergraduate and alumni chapters on major campuses and in cities throughout the country, is the crystallization of a dream. It is the beautiful realization of a vision shared commonly by the late Revered Founders Elder Watson Diggs, John Milton Lee, Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Guy Levis Grant, Ezra Dee Alexander, Henry Tourner Asher, Marcus Peter Blakemore, Paul Waymond Caine, Edward Giles Irvin and George Wesley Edmonds.

It was the vision of these astute men that enabled them in the school year 1910-11, more specifically the night of January 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, to sow the seed of a fraternal tree whose fruit is available to, and now enjoyed by, college men everywhere, regardless of their color, religion or national origin. It is a fact of which Kappa Alpha Psi is justly proud that the Constitution has never contained any clause which either excluded or suggested the exclusion of a man from membership merely because of his color, creed, or national origin. The Constitution of Kappa Alpha Psi is predicated upon, and dedicated to, the principles of achievement through a truly democratic Fraternity.

Chartered and incorporated originally under the laws of the State of Indiana as Kappa Alpha Nu on May 15, 1911, the name was changed to KAPPA ALPHA PSI on a resolution offered and adopted at the Grand Chapter in December 1914. This change became effective April 15, 1915, on a proclamation by the then Grand Polemarch, Elder Watson Diggs. Thus, the name acquired a distinctive Greek letter symbol and KAPPA ALPHA PSI thereby became a Greek letter Fraternity in every sense of the designation. 
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Our Revered Founders

"They Gave Birth to a Great Concept"

The Ten Illustrious Founders gave birth to a great concept, the idea that if we are going to be brothers, let us brothers on the best terms that we know. If we are going to bind ourselves together, let it be around something that is strong enough to hold us; if we are going to sing, let us sing about something that will have a lasting refrain; if we drink a toast, let it be of something beyond the trivial and the vulgar; let us exalt the theme of achievement. Reliance would be placed upon high Christian ideals and the purpose of honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor. The Fraternity would seek to raise the sights of young black youths and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than might otherwise not be realized or even imagined.

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Objectives, Motto and General Informaion

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The Five Objectives

  1. To UNITE college men of culture, patriotism, and honor, in a bond of fraternity.
  2. To ENCOURAGE honorable Achievement in every field of human endeavor.
  3. To PROMOTE spiritual, social, intellectual, and moral welfare of its members.
  4. To ASSIST in the aims and purposes of colleges and universities.
  5. To INSPIRE service in the public interest.
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The Motto

The fundamental purpose of Kappa Alpha Psi as envisioned and verbalized by the founding fathers gives this organization its unique and distinguished aspects. They sought to "shape a group personality unique in the annals of College Greek letter organizations around the ideal of achievement."

In early years, the concept of ACHIEVEMENT was mainly concerned with the improvement of personal status and security, and the meeting of the everyday demands of living.

Kappa Alpha Psi, the name that is rooted in achievement, now assumes a position of leadership in the acceleration of preparedness for present and future offerings. Whatever is done must be done well and in accordance with the highest possible standards.

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General Information

Founding: January 5, 1911 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana, Monroe County

Colors: Crimson & Cream

Symbol: The Kappa Diamond

Motto: Achievement in every field of human endeavor.

International Headquarters:
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated
2322-24 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132-4590
Voice (215) 228-7184 | Fax (215) 228-7181

Grand Polemarch's Message

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My Good Brothers, 

I am Thomas L. Battles, Jr., and I am blessed to serve as the 33rd Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. I would like to thank you for your votes of confidence in the 33rd Administration. I am certain that the entire team will serve you to the best of our God given ability. During my inaugural address, I announced the Kappa's Six Point Plan. This strategic plan will guide activities and services in our communities throughout Kappa Land. We will immediately focus on the following six focus areas: 

  1. Community Service
  2. Infrastructure 
  3. Undergraduate Development 
  4. Reclamation 
  5. New Member Recruitment
  6. Executive Leadership Training and Succession Planning.  
We intend a broad and thorough approach to leverage Kappa's strengths, and improve areas of opportunities. This is ambitious, and together, we can accomplish this and much more. On behalf of the 33rd Administration, we seek your continued prayers, support, and involvement as we engage in continued achievement using the theme: "Rebirth, Reclaim, Recommit, by Leaving No Brother Behind."

Yours in the Bond, 

Brother Thomas L. Battles, Jr.
33rd Grand Polemarch