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The list of Alpha Phi Alpha brothers (commonly referred to as Alphas[1]) includes initiated and honorary members of Alpha Phi Alpha (ΆΦΆ), the first inter-collegiate Greek-letter organization established for Black college students.[2] Founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha opened chapters at other colleges, universities, and cities, and named them with Greek-letters. Members traditionally pledge into a chapter, although some members were granted honorary status prior to the fraternity's discontinuation of the practice of granting honorary membership. A chapter name ending in “Lambda” denotes a graduate chapter. No chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha is designated Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet that traditionally signifies "the end". Deceased brothers are respectfully referred to as having joined Omega Chapter. Frederick Douglass is distinguished as the only member initiated posthumously when he became an exalted honorary member of Omega chapter in 1921.[2]

Founders[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability Reference
Henry A. Callis Alpha Co-founder of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; 6th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha [3][4]
Charles H. Chapman Alpha Co-founder of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Professor of Agriculture at FAMU [3]
Eugene K. Jones Alpha Co-founder of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; First Executive Director of the National Urban League; Member of President Franklin D Roosevelt’s Black Cabinet [3][5]
George B. Kelley Alpha Co-founder of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity [3]
Nathaniel A. Murray Alpha Co-founder of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity [3]
Robert H. Ogle Alpha Co-founder of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; professional staff member to the Committee on Appropriations. [3]
Vertner W. Tandy Alpha Co-founder of Alpha Phi Alpha; Architect, whose most famous commission was probably the mansion of Harlem millionairess Madam C.J. Walker [3][6]
Charter for Alpha Phi Alpha's Alpha chapter with signatures of founders–Cornell University. circa. 1906
  1. ^ "Arizona Student Unions". Fraternity and sorority programs. University of Arizona. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  2. ^ a b Wesley, Charles H. (1981) [1929]. The History of Alpha Phi Alpha, A Development in College Life (14th edition ed.). Foundation Publishers. ASIN B000ESQ14W. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Alpha Phi Alpha Founders". Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  4. ^ "General Presidents of Alpha Phi Alpha". Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  5. ^ "Virginia Union History". vuu.edu. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  6. ^ Gray, Christopher (1994-04-24). "Streetscapes/The Walker Town House; The Grand Mansion of an Early Black Entrepreneur". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2006-10-03.