|Black History 2017|
Black history for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. began when ten black students at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana decided to establish an organization that could meet their needs that were denied them in the segregated environment of a school of higher education. We honor Founders; Elder Watson Diggs, Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Ezra Dee Alexander, Henry Tourner Asher, Marcus Peter Blakemore, Paul Waymond Caine, George Wesley Edmonds, Guy Levis Grant, Edward Giles Irvin and John Milton Lee.
When these revered Founders began to execute the plan to establish chapters throughout the nation, the tradition of Grand Polemarchs began. We honor those who led our fraternity for its first century. Elder Watson Diggs, Irven Armstrong, Dr. George Franklin David II, W. Ellis Stewart, Earl Burris Dickerson, Esq., Archibald Alphonso Alexander, Alexander Moore Shearin, Dr. Jesse Jerome Peters, Theophilus Mann, Esq., James Edward Scott, Esq., Carl Roman Johnson, Esq., Augustus G. Parker, Esq., Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Esq., Frank M. Summers, Esq., Dr. William Henry Greene, Charles Rodger Wilson, Richard B. Millspaugh, Esq., Thomas Bradley, Esq., Ernest Harold Davenport, CPA, Dr. William Thomas Carter, Dr. Elbert Enrico Allen, Hiliary Hamilton Holloway, Esq., Dr. Oliver S. Gumbs, Robert Louis Gordon, Randall L. Bacon, Dr. Ullysses McBride, Robert L. Harris, Esq., Ronald R. Young, Howard L. Tutman, Jr., Samuel C. Hamilton, Dwayne M. Murray, Esq., and William “Randy” Bates, Jr., Esq.
Also during our first 105 years Kappa Alpha Psi conferred 71 Laurel Wreath Awards, the highest award the fraternity bestows on a member. These brothers represent the highest achievements in every field of human endeavor, living the vision of our founders. What additional pride we all have as we witness brothers throughout the fraternity going the extra mile in ensuring that Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity continues to lead in by example.
As we celebrate Black History Month, let us acknowledge and remember all African Americans who have contributed to the noble history of our people, and may we continue to teach our children the value of education, training and achievement. Also, be ever mindful that our history begins at home, continues through our early childhood education, our initiation and practice in our fraternity, and must never be forgotten. May God continue to bless each of us as we strive to do His will.