Today in Black History: December 4, 1906 “Alpha Phi Alpha was Founded”

On today in 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Alpha Phi Alpha is the first black Greek letter fraternity. The founders of the fraternity were known as the “Seven Jewels.” The society decided to work together and provide a literary, social, study, literary, and small group for all minority students who encounter social and academic racial prejudice. Howard University and Virginia Union University opened up chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha in 1907. Some known members of the fraternity are Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, and Lionel Richie.

To learn more about Alpha Phi Alpha, click here.


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