A Brief History...
of Kappa Alpha Psi
sponsored Greek letter organizations on the Indiana campus
might well have begun in 1903, but there were too few registrants
to assure continuing organization. In that year a club
was formed called Alpha Kappa Nu with the purpose of strengthening
the Blacks' voice at the university and in the city of
Bloomington. The reason for choosing the Greek letter name
is not known, but it is known that the club expired within
a short time. There is no record of any similar organization
at Indiana until the chartering of Kappa Alpha Nu in 1911.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on the campus
of Indiana University on January 5, 1911. Originally charted
and incorporated Kappa Alpha Nu on April 15, 1911, the name
was officially changed to Kappa Alpha Psi on April 15, 1915.
The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise
the sights of black collegians stimulating them to reach
accomplishments higher than they had imagined. With achievement
as its purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men
of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity.
Subsequently, chapters spread in succession to the University
of Illinois, the University of Iowa, and Wilberforce University
campuses. By 1919, the Kappa Alpha Psi experience had generated
serious interest among black college degree holders to
form Alumni Chapters.
The Fraternity is predominantly African-American whose fundamental
purpose is achievement. Kappa Alpha Psi seeks to train
its membership, particularly undergraduates, for leadership
roles in their respective communities and the attainment
of a high degree of excellence in their academic pursuits.
For additional information, please visit the International
Headquarters web site.