Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. History
Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
Mu Chapter History
The "Mighty" Mu Chapter was chartered on Friday April 12th, 1912 on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. On April 12th, 2012, we hosted our Centennial Celebration at the McNamara Alumni Center. Simultaneously, we hosted brothers from across the region for our 80th Midwestern Regional Convention that same weekend.
In setting up the foundation for Mu Chapter, our initiates held a meeting to develop a social club:
“Whereas, the colored students of the University of Minnesota, do feel the need of organization and cooperation, and do realize the need of promoting good fellowship among ourselves, and of furthering the interests of ourselves and our race, looking to the Almighty Father for guidance, do organize this club”.
The goal of the social club was to maintain high literary and musical ideals among the black people in Minneapolis and St. Paul, sponsoring many cultural events. The social club received much praise from the president of the University, Cyrus N. Northrop, for promoting unity among the black students on campus.
Founding Date: December 4, 1906
Founding Institution: Cornell University
National Website: www.apa1906.net
Chapter Name: Mu Chapter
Chapter President: Aris Battiste