Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc.
Brief fraterntiy history
Kappa Alpha Psi®, a college Fraternity, was born in an environment saturated in racism. The state of Indiana became the 19th state of the Union in 1816 and it founded Indiana University in Bloomington four years later. This city was largely populated by settlers from below the Mason-Dixon line and therefore found many sympathizers of the Southern cause. Consequently, the few Blacks who took up residence in Bloomington in those early years were socially ostracized and encountered extreme acts of prejudice and discrimination. The state of Indiana became a stronghold …
The founders of Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc. are: Elder Watson Diggs, more affectionately known as ‘The Dreamer’, Dr. Ezra D. Alexander, Dr. Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Atty. Henry Tourner Asher, Dr. Marcus Peter Blakemore, Paul Waymond Caine, George Wesley Edmonds, Dr. Guy Levis Grant, Edward Giles Irvin, and Sgt. John Milton Lee.
The founders endeavored to establish the fraternity with a strong foundation before embarking on plans of expansion. By the end of the first year, the ritual was completed, and a design for the coat of arms and motto had begun. Frederick Mitchell’s name is on the application for the incorporation of the fraternity but withdrew from school and thus never became a member of the fraternity
We honour our Grand Polemarchs who hail from the Southern Province.
Eigth Grand Polemarch (1933-1935)
Dr. J. Jerome Peters
Twenty-third Grand Polemarch (1979-1982)
Dr. Oliver S. Gumbs
Twenty-sixth Grand Polemarch (1988-1991)
Dr. Ullysses McBride
Thirty-third Grand Polemarch (2015-2019)
Thomas L. Battles, Jr.
To unite college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity
To encourage honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor
To promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of members
To assist the aims and purposes of colleges and universities
To inspire to service in the public interest