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"Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor."

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Founded 1911

Our Founders

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.

The Dreamer

Elder Watson Diggs (1883 - 1947) is known to the many brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity as The Dreamer. On January 5, 1911, he cofounded, along with nine other men, the first black fraternity at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and one of the earliest black national social fraternities.

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About Kappa Alpha Psi

About Southwestern Province

About National Pan-Hellenic

Kappa Purpose

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. was founded in 1911 with a focus on “achieving.”  The motto of the organization is that of ”Achievement In Every Field Of Human Endeavor.” Kappas worldwide embody the ideas and efforts,  that come along with "achieving" and seek to do such in every avenue imaginable. 

Kappa 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 the spiritual, social, intellectual, and moral welfare of members.
(4) To assist the aims and purpose of colleges and universities.
(5) To inspire service in the public interest.

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Did you know?

"The fraternity was founded as Kappa Alpha Nu on the night of January 5, 1911, by ten African-American college students. The decision upon the name Kappa Alpha Nu may have been to honor the Alpha Kappa Nu club which began in 1903 on the Indiana University campus but had too few registrants to effect continued operation. The organization known today as Kappa Alpha Psi was nationally incorporated under the name of Kappa Alpha Nu on May 15, 1911.

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Our 34th Grand Polemarch

On August 3, 2019, at its 84th Grand Chapter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, Reuben A. Shelton, Esq. was elected Grand Polemarch (president/CE0) of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.

Attorney Shelton, a resident of Chesterfield, MO and member of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Shelton has served as Senior Grand Vice Polemarch (Vice President) since 2015 and member of the Board of Directors since 2007.

SW Provincial Polemarch

William A. Puder is the 27th Southwestern Province Polemarch.  The province consist of Arkansas, Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. He attended Texas Southern University where he became a member of our noble klan. (Beta Upsilon Chapter)

Currently, Provincial Polemarch Puder resides in Houston, Texas and is an active and vibrant member of the Houston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. 

The Frat (FAQs)

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.(ΚΑΨ) is a historically African American fraternity. Since the fraternity's founding on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University Bloomington, the fraternity has never restricted membership on the basis of color, creed or national origin though membership traditionally is dominated by those of African heritage. The fraternity has over 160,000 members with 721 undergraduate and alumni chapters in every state of the United States, and international chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea, Japan,United States Virgin Islands, Nigeria, South Africa, and The Bahamas.