Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) is the first Black, Inter-Collegiate Greek-Lettered fraternity. It was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Its founders are known as the “Seven Jewels”. Alpha Phi Alpha developed a model that was used by the many Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) that soon followed in its footsteps. It employs an icon from Ancient Egypt, the Great Sphinx of Giza as its symbol, and its aims are “manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind,” and its motto is First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All. Its archives are preserved at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
Chapters were chartered at Howard University and Virginia Union University in 1907. The fraternity has over 185,000 members and has been open to men of all races since 1940. Currently, there are more than 730 active chapters in the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia.
60% of all Male Black Doctors are Alphas
75% of all Male Black Lawyers are Alphas
65% of all Male Black Dentists are Alphas
95% of all Black Colleges have been headed by Alpha Men
Sigma Chapter History
Sigma Chapter, the 17th House of Alpha was founded on November 28, 1915 by brothers from other chapters who were pursuing studies at Boston University and Harvard University.
The fall of 1915 found these seven men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., each of different backgrounds and environments, gathered in Boston, Massachusetts. Having recently graduated from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Yale University of New Haven, Connecticut and Howard University of Washington, D.C., they each arrived in Boston, a city that has long been a bastion for the advancement of the Negro. On November 28, 1915 these seven men banded together to charter the Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Since being established in 1915, Sigma Chapter has had a very rich tradition and proud heritage. Unlike any other chapter in Alpha Phi Alpha, it has the distinction of being the only chapter to be chartered during the tenure of a Jewel as General President (Jewel Henry A. Callis). Over the past 95 years, Sigma has given birth to notable Alpha men that have shaped the lives of Americans across the United States. Perhaps the most notable son of Sigma is slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (May 13, 1952).
Though Dr. King is the most recognized son, Sigma has noble sons that have matured to become Masons, Congressmen, Chief Executive Officers, prominent businessmen, musicians, scholars and professionals. Sons of Sigma have continued to hold the Light of Alpha high by excelling in each and every undertaking they pursue. Whether a basketball tournament, Go-to-High School, Go-to-College campaign or a “party walk,” the Brothers of Sigma Chapter have always had a penchant for success.
Spring 1981 : Black Onyx
Dean: Jean Celestin
- Barton R. Greer – Boston University
- Randall M. King – Boston University
- Cedric H. Jones – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Alphonso D. Jordan – Boston University
- Eddie Karim – Boston University
- Anthony M. Akers – Boston University
- Wilfred “Skip” Jones – Boston University
Pi Mu Chapter History
The 1st Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. began at Cornell University in 1906, and since then hundreds of chapters have been chartered throughout the United States. The one chapter that is equally important is our chapter, The “POWERFUL” PI MU Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.
The late Brother Anthony Akers and Brother Eddie Karim started PI MU chapter on September 4, 1984. Brother Akers and Brother Karim arrived on the campus of West Virginia University in the early 1980’s after leaving Boston University. Upon arrival they noticed that there were other forms of Greek life on the campus, but none to which they could relate, so they decided to start a chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha to bring some light to the dull campus.
The Alpha light began in the Spring of 1981 at the Sigma Chapter. This is the same chapter that the late Brother Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a member of. Brother Akers and Brother Karim began to put their plan into action, and before they knew it, the Alpha Light they brought with them from the Sigma chapter was finally shinning bright on the campus of West Virginia University on the 4th day of September, 1984.
Since the start of The “POWERFUL” PI MU Chapter, the brothers of PI MU have been heavily involved in community projects and various services and volunteer work. Throughout the years the chapter has endeavored to raise for many different local charities, worked closely with the Ronald McDonald house, Boy’s and Girl’s Club, and the children’s ward at local hospitals.
The “POWERFUL” PI MU Chapter has used its “POWER” to help uplift the community, each other and those who are to come. PI MU Chapter has a history of being a dominant force in stepping at West Virginia University in our crowning titles as Step Show champions in ’93, ’94, ’95, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02. Other wins came at the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.