List of Kappa Alpha Psi brothers

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The Sample Gates of Indiana University; IU was the site for the founding of Kappa Alpha Psi in 1911

The following is a list of notable members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (commonly referred to as Kappas or Nupes). These members are recognized as leaders in the arts, athletics, business, civil rights, education, government, and science.[1] Kappa Alpha Psi also prides itself in that it has never bestowed honorary membership. Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on the campus of Indiana University in 1911. The fraternity has more than 105,000 members with 721 undergraduate and alumni chapters in every state of the United States, and international chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea, Japan, the Caribbean, Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and South Africa.[1]

Academics[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Horace Mann Bond Epsilon President of Fort Valley State University; first African American president and alum of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
J. Max Bond, Sr. Iota President of University of Liberia; Brother of Horace Mann Bond;
Elbert Frank Cox Alpha First African American to earn a Ph.D in pure mathematics, a field concerned with mathematical theory rather than with practice or application [2]
Kenneth Clark Xi Ph.D, African-American psychologist, with his wife Dr. Mamie Clark, conducted important research among children and were active in the Civil Rights Movement. They founded the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem and the organization Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (HARYOU). He was also the first black president of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Juan E. Gilbert Kappa Delta Professor and Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair at the University of Florida; recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring [3]
Vivian Henderson Alpha Delta Ph.D, 18th President of Clark College now called Clark-Atlanta University;
Marc Lamont Hill Abington-Ambler (PA) Alumni Professor at Temple University; author; activist; TV political commentator and host of Our World with Black Enterprise [4]
Joseph B. Johnson Gamma Psi Ph.D; former president of Grambling State University (1977 - 1991); former president of Talladega College (1991 - 1998). [5]
Laurence C. Jones Gamma Founder and long-time president of Piney Woods Country Life School in Rankin County, Mississippi. A noted educational innovator who spent his adult life supporting the educational advancement of rural African-American students in the segregated South.
Leroy Keith Pi Ph.D; Eighth president of Morehouse College (1987 - 1994)
C. Eric Lincoln Beta Mu Noted African-American scholar and author; Author of The Black Church Since Frazier and Race, Religion and the Continuing American Dilemma
Pellom McDaniels III Iota Iota Curator of African American Collections, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library; Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; former World League of American Football (1991-1992) and NFL (1993-2000) defensive lineman
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad Delta Eta Ph.D., History; Professor; Director of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (2011 - 7/2016),[6] New York Public Library, New York City, NY; Author [7]
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Alpha Gamma President of Virginia Union University; president of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where he made close acquaintance with then student body president Jesse Jackson
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg Omicron Historian and scholar of African-American culture [8]
James E. Shepherd Durham (NC) Alumni Ph.D; founder and first President of North Carolina College at Durham, which is currently known as North Carolina Central University
Francis Cecil Sumner Tau First African American to earn a Ph.D. in psychology, known as the "father of Black psychology"
Dr. Harrison B. Wilson Jr. Alpha Upsilon Second president of Norfolk State University
John Silvanus Wilson Pi Ph.D, Eleventh president of Morehouse College, former executive director, White House Initiative on HBCUs [9]
Arturo Schomburg

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Film, television and theatre[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Joe Clair Alpha Iota Television host, best known for hosting BET's Rap City [4]
Damon Hines Beta Omega Actor, best known as Nick Murtuagh in Lethal Weapon movies [citation needed]
John Marshall Jones Theta Actor [citation needed]
Cedric 'The Entertainer' Kyles Mu Zeta Comedian and actor [4]
Stan Lathan Delta Theta Film director, television producer and television director' producer of shows such as Sanford & Son and Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam [10]
Whitman Mayo Upsilon Actor, best known as the character Grady Wilson on the sitcom Sanford and Son [4]
Thomas "Nephew Tommy" Miles Nu Alpha Actor and comedian, best known as "Nephew Tommy" of The Steve Harvey Morning Show
Jerome "Scottie" Miller, III Stone Mountain (GA) Alumni Interior Architect, featured Designer on HGTV. Clients include; Chris Paul, Geno Segers, Dwight Howard
Finesse Mitchell Iota Chi Comedian, actor, writer, MC
Kevin A. Ross Los Angeles (CA) Alumni Chapter Host and producer of daytime syndicated legal show America's Court with Judge Ross
John Singleton Beta Omega Director, best known for Boyz n the Hood and Rosewood (film) [4]
Ernest Lee Thomas Alpha Zeta Actor, best known as Roger "Raj" Thomas of What's Happening!! and What's Happening Now!! [4]
Layon Gray Theta Lambda Award-winning playwright; director; writer of the Off-Broadway play about the Tuskegee Airmen Black Angels Over Tuskegee[11]
Palmer Williams Jr. Beta Phi Stage and television actor; best known for his role as Floyd Jackson on Tyler Perry's House of Payne and the sitcom Love Thy Neighbor [12]
Lee Thompson Young Beta Omega Actor, best known for the Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson
Sam Greenlee Beta Omicron African-American writer, best known for the 1969 novel The Spook Who Sat by the Door, and the 1973 movie adaptation

Journalism and commentary[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Robert Sengstacke Abbott Chicago (IL) Alumni Known as the African-American William Randolph Hearst, Abbott was the owner and publisher of the preeminent African-American newspaper of the 20th century, The Chicago Defender. Abbot is the 2nd awardee of the fraternity's Laurel Wreath award.
Charles M. Blow Gamma Psi American journalist; current visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times; former graphics director and art director for National Geographic magazine. [13]
Chris Broussard Iota Nu Sports columnist and former sports reporter for ESPN [14]
Bryan Burwell Alpha Phi Sportswriter and sports television personality
Kevin Corke Beta Theta NBC News correspondent [15]
Alan Roger Currie Alpha Author, public speaker, radio personality [16]
Harold Dow Alpha Eta American news correspondent, journalist and investigative reporter for CBS News
Jonathan P. Hicks Delta Omega Journalist, musician,[17] radio host & announcer,[18] philanthropist,[19][20] lecturer and actor[21] [22]
Augustus "Gus" Johnson Jr. Silver Spring (MD) Alumni Fox Sports commentator [23]
Thomas Miles Nu Alpha
(Charter Member)
Initiated through Beta Upsilon
Actor, writer, comedian, radio personality, better known as "Nephew Tommy" on the number-one rated syndicated radio show The Steve Harvey Morning Show
Demarco Morgan Delta Delta CBS News anchor; former News reporter and anchor for Atlanta's NBC affiliate, WXIA [24]
Tavis Smiley Alpha Talk show host; political commentator; author [25][26]
Jim Vance Gamma Omega News anchor for Washington DC's NBC affiliate, WRC
Solomon Wilcots Beta Theta NFL commentator and analyst for NFL Network and CBS; former NFL defensive back
Ralph Wiley Beta Phi Sports writer and author

Music[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Gerald Alston Alpha Kappa R&B singer, lead singer with The Manhattans
Alvin Batiste Alpha Sigma Jazz clarinetist [27]
Lawrence Brownlee Indianapolis (IN) Alumni Opera singer [28]
Kenny Burrell Alpha Beta Jazz guitarist; Director of Jazz Studies at UCLA [4]
Donald Byrd Alpha Beta Jazz and R&B trumpeter [4]
Byron Cage Kappa Upsilon Gospel musician [2]
Danny! Gamma Nu Recording artist for Questlove's Okayplayer Records; music producer/ and composer for MTV's Hype Music production library [2]
Jester Hairston Chi American composer, songwriter, arranger, and choral conductor; actor on sitcom Amen [4]
Edward Jordan Alpha Sigma Jazz saxophonist [27]
Montell Jordan Beta Omega R&B musician [4]
Lecrae Eta Gamma Christian hip hop artist, record producer, and actor; president, co-owner and co-founder of the independent record label Reach Records [29]
Naledge Delta Eta Hip-hop artist
Smokie Norful Gamma Sigma Gospel musician [2]
Marvin Sapp Grand Rapids (MI) Alumni Gospel musician [2]
William Grant Still Delta Classical composer, first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra [30]
Billy Taylor Alpha Phi Jazz musician [31]
Kris Thomas Eta Gamma R&B and soul singer; competed in Season 4 of The Voice [30]
Lecrae (left)

Business[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr. Monterey (CA) Alumni Executive editor, publisher and owner of the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper, LA Watts Times newspaper and Bakewell Media [32]
Edward Gardner (business) Iota American businessman, philanthropist; founder of Soft Sheen Hair Products [4]
John Edward Jacob Xi Vice President of Anheuser-Busch; former CEO of the National Urban League (NUL) [2]
Robert L. Johnson Beta American businessman, media magnate, executive, philanthropist and investor; founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET); former majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats; first African-American billionaire; first African-American majority club owner of a major American sports league [4]
Reginald Lewis Alpha Phi CEO of TLC Beatrice International, the first black-owned company to have more than $1 billion in annual sales [4]
Kedar Massenburg Delta Mu President and CEO of Motown Records [2]
Guy Primus Lambda Delta COO of Overbrook Entertainment; named one of Urban Influence Magazine's "Men of Influence 2009" [33]
John W. Thompson Alpha Xi CEO of Virtual Instruments; Chairman of the Board of Directors for Microsoft Corporation; former vice-president at IBM; former CEO of Symantec Corporation [34]
A. Maceo Walker Alpha Delta North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

Government and politics[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Archie Alexander Gamma Governor of US Virgin Islands past Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi [31]
Richard H. Austin Detroit (MI) Alumni Michigan Secretary of State [35]
Nelson B. Bascome Alpha Iota Minister of Health and Member of Parliament, Bermuda [36]
Sanford Bishop Pi Representative from Georgia [37]
Tom Bradley Upsilon Mayor of Los Angeles, California; past Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi [4]
Alvin Brown Delta Psi First African-American Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida
George L. Brown Mu First Black Lieutenant Governor of Colorado; with his Kappa brother, California's Mervyn Dymally, he was one of the first two Black lieutenant-governors since Reconstruction and outside of any southern state [4]
William D. Burns Iota Former member of the Chicago City Council representing 4th Ward, Chicago. Burns (D) represented the 26th District in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2008 through 2011.
John A. Burroughs, Jr. Gamma Former US Ambassador to Uganda (1988-1991) and to Malawi (1981-1984); Played offensive linesman for the University of Iowa (1958-1959)
William Lacy Clay, Jr. Saint Louis (MO) Alumni Representative from Missouri [37]
Michael B. Coleman Columbus (OH) Alumni Mayor of Columbus, Ohio [37]
John Conyers Alpha Beta Representative from Michigan; chairman of the House Judiciary Committee [37]
George W. Crockett Pi Representative from Michigan; civil rights activist [4]
Mike Davis Zeta Delta California State Assembly member [2]
Mervyn M. Dymally Alpha Mu First black Lieutenant Governor of California; Representative from California [4]
Walter E. Fauntroy Alpha Gamma Representative from Washington, D.C.; civil rights leader [4]
Adrian Fenty Alpha Omega Former mayor of Washington, D.C. [38]
Aaron D. Ford Las Vegas (NV) Alumni State Senate Majority Leader Nevada [39]
Johnny Ford Beta Phi Former Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama [37]
Truman Gibson Iota Lawyer, Government advisor, and later influential boxing promoter who played a unique and unheralded role in the Civil Rights Movement, primarily as a member of the "Black Cabinet" of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S Truman. [37]
William F. Gibson (NAACP) Beta Rho Dentist, Civil Rights activist, and former chairman of the NAACP [37]
Wilson Goode Philadelphia (PA) Alumni First African-American Mayor of Philadelphia [40]
Anton Gunn Zeta Epsilon First African American from District 79; South Carolina House of Representatives member
Elihu Harris Gamma Alpha Mayor of Oakland, California [30]
Alcee Hastings Alpha Delta Representative from Florida; Federal Judge [37]
Alphonso R. Jackson Epsilon Eta 13th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) [37]
Benjamin Jealous Washington (DC) Alumni President and CEO of the NAACP
Hakeem Jeffries Mu Kappa Representative from New York [37]
Vernon Jones Alpha Kappa CEO of DeKalb County, Georgia; Senator from Georgia 2008 candidate [30]
Nathaniel J. McFadden Baltimore (MD) Alumni President Pro Tempore, Senate of Maryland
Joseph Neal Gamma Mu South Carolina House of Representatives member from District 70;
Carl Officer Gamma Upsilon Former Mayor of East St. Louis, IL [37]
Alvin Parks Pi Former Mayor of East St. Louis, IL [37]
Cecil A. Partee Alpha Theta First African-American to serve both as President of the Illinois State Senate and Cook County's State Attorney; Three-term treasurer for city of Chicago, IL.
Obie Patterson Gainesville (FL) Alumni Maryland House of Delegates; former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
James Perkins, Jr. Gamma Phi First African-American Mayor of Selma, Alabama [41]
Edward J. Perkins Alexandria-Fairfax (VA) Alumni US Ambassador to Liberia, South Africa, the United Nations, and Australia [42]
Brensil Rolle Bahamas Alumni Member of Parliament, the Bahamas [43]
Khaalis E Rolle Bahamas Alumni Minister of State for Investments in The Office of The Prime Minister
Kasim Reed Atlanta (GA) Alumni Mayor of Atlanta [44]
Julian Russell Epsilon Alpha Senator, the Bahamas [45]
Charles E. Samuels, Jr. Kappa Kappa 8th Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons; its first African-American director [46]
Carl B. Stokes Alpha Omega Mayor of Cleveland, first black mayor of a major US city [4]
Louis Stokes Alpha Omega First African-American Congressman from Ohio; civil rights lawyer [42]
John F. Street Philadelphia (PA) Alumni Mayor of Philadelphia [38]
Shawn Z. Tarrant Epsilon Zeta Maryland House of Delegates
Bennie Thompson Gamma Rho Representative from Mississippi; Chairman of House Homeland Security Committee [4]
Luska Twyman Alpha Upsilon Kentucky's first African American mayor in 1968 when Twyman became mayor of Glasgow, Kentucky. An appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights
Craig Watkins Zeta Beta First African-American district attorney in Texas, Dallas County; lawyer
Wellington Webb Denver (CO) Alumni Mayor of Denver [4]
Michael Weeks Bermuda Alumni Member of Parliament, Bermuda [47]
Jesse White Beta Zeta Secretary of State of Illinois [48]
Michael White Zeta Mayor of Cleveland
J. Ernest Wilkins, Sr. Beta Attorney; Undersecretary of Labor for International Labor Affairs; past Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi
Albert Wynn Beta Epsilon Representative from Maryland [37]
Sanford Bishop
William Clay
John Conyers
Adrian Fenty
Alcee Hastings
Charles E. Samuels, Jr.

Law[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
A. A. Birch, Jr. Epsilon First African American to serve as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court [2]
Johnnie Cochran Upsilon Defense attorney, best known for his role in the legal defense during the O. J. Simpson murder case [4]
Earl B. Dickerson Beta Prominent African-American attorney, community activist and business executive who successfully argued before the US Supreme Court in Hansberry v. Lee; past Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi
Robert Morton Duncan Zeta First African-American to serve as a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Andrew L. Carter, Jr. Iota Delta District Court Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; appointed by President Barack Obama
Gonzalo P. Curiel Alpha District Court Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of California; appointed by President Barack Obama [49]
George Edward Chalmer Hayes Washington, DC Alumni Civil rights attorney; Laurel Wreath awardee [2]
Richard Erwin Alpha Epsilon First African American to be elected to a statewide office in North Carolina; President Jimmy Carter appointed Erwin in 1980 as the first black federal judge in North Carolina
Wade Henderson Washington (DC) Alumni Attorney; President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Donald L. Hollowell Beta Lambda Civil rights attorney; attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [50]
Nathaniel R. Jones Beta Pi Former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As general counsel of the NAACP, he gained recognition for his legal efforts to end school segregation in the northern United States.
Wade H. McCree Alpha Delta First African American appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; second African-American US Solicitor General
William Robert Ming Iota Civil rights pioneer, attorney, law professor; best known as one of the architects of the legal strategy leading to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, working on the litigation team for that case and on a number of the important cases leading to Brown, including Shelley v. Kraemer, Sweatt v. Painter and McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents
Irvin Charles Mollison Iota First African American to serve on the United States Customs Court. [2]
Donald Gaines Murray Nu Tau Central figure in Murray v. Pearson (1935), which ruled that the University of Maryland School of Law's policy of racial segregation was unconstitutional [51]
James Benton Parsons Alpha Mu First African American to serve as a US Federal District Judge
Eugene K. Pettis Zeta Phi First African American to serve as president of the Florida Bar [52]
Scovel Richardson Beta Judge for the United States Court of International Trade appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Percy Sutton New York (NY) Alumni Attorney and civil rights activist; attorney for Malcolm X [2]
Johnnie Cochran

Literature[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Lerone Bennett, Jr. Pi Best selling author; Author of Before the Mayflower; editor of Ebony [50]
Sam Greenlee Beta Omicron Author of The Spook Who Sat by the Door; Illinois poet laureate in 1969
LeAlan Jones Theta Eta Author of Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago [30]

Military[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Andrew Chambers Xi Commanding general of the VII Corps and the United States Army Central;
Daniel James, Jr. Nashville (TN) Alumni First African-American four-star general [4]
James B. Knighten Beta Gamma Tuskegee Airmen; one of the first twelve African-Americans to become a pilot in the United States
Frederick C. Branch Alpha Epsilon First African-American officer in the United States Marine Corps [2]
Russell C. Davis Des Moines (IA) Alumni Lt. General in the United States Air Force
John R. Fox Delta First Lieutenant in World War II; posthumously received Medal of Honor in 1997
David Hall Xi Brigadier General in the United States Air Force
Aundre F. Piggee Gamma Sigma Lt. General in the United States Army
Robert W. Smith III Beta Epsilon Major General in the United States Army Reserve [53]
Clifford Stanley Alpha Lambda Major General in the United States Marine Corps
Dennis L. Via Alpha Phi Four-star General; 18th Commander of the United States Army Materiel Command [54]
Daniel James, Jr.
Dennis L. Via

Religion[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Ralph Abernathy Beta Zeta Civil rights leader; former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Jamal Harrison Bryant Baltimore (MD) Alumni Pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland; has appeared on BET's Meet the Faith, CNN, C-SPAN, and Politically Incorrect; served as a panelist on the national town hall meetings entitled "The State of Black America" and "The State of the Black Church"
Calvin O. Butts Pi Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York; President of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury; Chairman and founder of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, an engine for $500 million in housing and commercial development in Harlem
Eddie L. Long Alpha Kappa Late Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church
Leon Sullivan Tau Late Baptist minister; civil rights leader and social activist; pastor emeritus of Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gardner C. Taylor Alpha Omega Late Pastor Emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY; awarded the 2000 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton
Ralph Abernathy

Science[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Nathan L. Fletcher Alpha Iota President of the National Dental Association [55]
Henry Foster Pi Surgeon General of the United States nominee [4]
Bernard A. Harris, Jr. Eta Lambda Astronaut; first African American to walk in space [4]
Samuel P. Massie Alpha Delta Chemistry professor; first African American to teach at the US Naval Academy; worked on The Manhattan Project; was president of what was then North Carolina College at Durham
J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr. Iota African-American mathematician and nuclear scientist who worked on The Manhattan Project
Bernard Harris

Sports[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Emmett Ashford Upsilon First African American umpire in Major League Baseball [56]
Larry Bradford Gamma Kappa Former MLB pitcher with the Atlanta Braves [56]
Don Buford Beta Omega Former MLB player for the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles; former minor and major league coach [56]
Donn Clendenon Pi Former MLB first baseman; MVP in the 1969 World Series with the New York Mets [56]
Solly Drake Beta Tau Former MLB outfielder with several MLB teams in mid to late 1950s [56]
Kenny Lofton Delta Omicron Former MLB outfielder [56]
Lloyd McClendon Zeta Alpha Former MLB outfielder; former manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners [56]
Reggie Williams Alpha Sigma Former MLB player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians [56]
Harvey Branch Beta Zeta Former minor league pitcher and MLB player for the St. Louis Cardinals [56]
Lloyd McClendon

Basketball[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Bernie Bickerstaff Delta Epsilon Assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers; NBA coach and front office executive [4]
Rolando Blackman Beta Psi Former Dallas Mavericks guard; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2015; Assistant coach with Turkey national basketball team; one of only two former Maverick players to have his jersey retired by the team [10]
Walter Bond Psi Former NBA guard
Bill Bridges Mu Former NBA Forward; 1975 NBA Champion; 3 time NBA All Star
Bill Buntin Sigma Former NBA Forward;
Willie Burton Psi Former NBA Forward;
Mack Calvin Beta Omega Former ABA Guard;
Jason Capel Theta Omicron Head coach of Appalachian State University; former basketball player for the North Carolina Tar Heels
Wilt Chamberlain Mu Former NBA center; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1978; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006 [4]
John Chaney Gamma Theta Distinguished Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Temple University head coach; Basketball Hall of Fame 2001 [4]
Erick Dampier Eta Upsilon Former NBA center [4]
Harold Ellis Pi Former NBA Los Angeles Clippers Denver Nuggets forward; NBA team executive [4]
Alex English Zeta Epsilon Former NBA forward; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1997; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006, NBA assistant coach for Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings
Mike Evans Beta Psi Head coach of the Moncton Miracles of the NBL Canada; former NBA guard and assistant coach
Larry Finch Memphis (TN) Alumni Former head coach of University of Memphis
Caesar Felton Gayles Pi
(Charter Member)
Distinguished Langston University men's basketball head coach; College Basketball Hall of Fame 2014 [4]
Bill Garrett Alpha First African-American to play on the IU basketball team and also the first to regularly start on a Big Ten team; Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, 1974
James Green Lambda Pi
(Charter Member)
Head coach of Jacksonville State University
Penny Hardaway Kappa Beta Former Orlando Magic guard; 1996 Summer Olympics gold medalist [10]
Leonard Hamilton Zeta Kappa
(Charter Member)
Head coach of Florida State University; former head coach at Oklahoma State University, the University of Miami, and NBA's Washington Wizards
Marques Haynes Alpha Pi Former Harlem Globetrotter; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 1998 [10]
Walt Hazzard Upsilon Former NBA guard; former head coach of UCLA; led UCLA to its first NCAA Championship while going undefeated; 1964 Summer Olympics gold medalist
Alan Henderson Alpha Former NBA forward [4]
Bob Hopkins New Orleans (LA) Alumni Former NBA player, coach and scout. Interim head coach of Seattle SuperSonics 1977-1978;
Allan Houston Mu Rho Assistant general manager for the New York Knicks; former NBA guard; 2000 Summer Olympics gold medalist [4]
Wade Houston Alpha Omicron Former head basketball coach at University of Tennessee; first African-American head basketball coach in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) [4]
Phil Hubbard Sigma Former NBA forward and assistant coach; 1976 Summer Olympics gold medalist
Ben Jobe Alpha Delta Former collegiate basketball head coach; best known as the head coach of Southern University
Sam Jones Alpha Kappa Former Boston Celtics Guard; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1984; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006, ten-time NBA champion [4]
Kerry Kittles Delta Eta Former NBA forward;
McCoy McLemore Omega Former NBA guard; long time color analyst for Houston Rockets; <
Kennedy Meeks Theta Omicron Forward on the 2016-17 NCAA champion North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team;
Joe Meriweather Gamma Upsilon Former NBA center;
Johnny Newman Eta Xi Former NBA forward [4]
David Noel Theta Omicron Former NBA forward; played in Philippine Basketball Association and the French LNB Pro A
Sam Perkins Fort Worth (TX) Alumni Former NBA forward; 1984 Summer Olympics gold medalist; Member of 1982 NCAA mens basketball championship University of North Carolina Tar Heels
Elliot Perry Kappa Beta Former NBA guard; Memphis Grizzlies radio commentator
Oscar Robertson Beta Eta Former NBA guard; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1980; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006; FIBA Hall of Fame, 2009; 1960 Summer Olympics gold medalist; the Oscar Robertson Trophy was named in his honor [4]
Bill Russell Gamma Alpha Former NBA center; first African-American inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame; Basketball Hall of Fame, 1975; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006; FIBA Hall of Fame, 2007; 1956 Summer Olympics gold medalist; eleven-time NBA champion; awarded the 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom; the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award was named in his honor; 1956 Summer Olympics gold medalist [4]
Cazzie Russell Sigma Former NBA guard and forward; CBA coach; College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2011
Mark Tatum Iota Phi NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer (COO); first African-American Deputy Commissioner of the NBA [57]
Tom Thacker (basketball) Beta Eta Former NBA / ABA Forward; 1968 NBA Champion; 1971 ABA Champion
Darrell Walker Iota Tau Head basketball coach Clark Atlanta University former assistant coach for the New York Knicks; former head coach of NBA Toronto Raptors, former NBA guard [4]
Melvin Watkins Zeta Delta Former head coach of Texas A&M University
Milt Williams Alpha Mu Former NBA guard; New York Knicks
George Wilson Beta Eta Former NBA forward-center; 1964 Summer Olympics gold medalist
Lorenzen Wright Kappa Beta Former NBA forward
Wilt Chamberlain
Oscar Robertson
Bill Russell
Penny Hardaway

Football[edit]

Marty Carter- Chicago Bears safety- Eta Gamma

Name Original chapter Notability References
Willie Alexander Gamma Pi Former Houston Oilers cornerback;
Houston Antwine Gamma Upsilon Former AFL defensive tackle for Boston / New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles; 6 time AFL All Star
Nnamdi Asomugha Gamma Alpha Former Oakland Raiders All-Pro cornerback; philanthropist [58]
Chris Barclay Omicron Sigma Former NFL running back [2]
Lem Barney Delta Delta Former Detroit Lions All-Pro safety; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1992 [4]
J. J. Birden Delta Alpha Former NFL wide receiver [2]
Jim Braxton Beta Epsilon
(Charter Member of Epsilon Chi)
Former Buffalo Bills fullback; blocking back for OJ Simpson;
Johnny Bright Omega Former CFL running back, College Football Hall of Fame, 1984, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1970, Three time Grey Cup Champion [2]
Marlin Briscoe Alpha Eta Former AFL quarterback and AFL/NFL wide receiver; 2-time Super Bowl Champion as a wide receiver on Miami Dolphins, the first African-American to start at quarterback for a major professional football league game with the 1968 AFL Denver Broncos
Bob Brown Eta Former Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, and Oakland Raiders offensive tackle; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2004 and College Football Hall of Fame, 1993
Larry Brown Kappa Epsilon Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback; Super Bowl XXX MVP
Steve Brown Delta Alpha Former Houston Oilers cornerback; NFL secondary coach [58]
Brandon Brooks Houston (TX) Alumni Philadelphia Eagles Guard
Earnest Byner Eta Psi Former NFL Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens running back, NFL running back coach [2]
Jim Caldwell Gamma Head coach of the Detroit Lions; former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Wake Forest Demon Deacons; former offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens [59]
D. J. Campbell Gamma Alpha Miami Dolphins safety
Chris Canty New York (NY) Alumni Former NFL defensive lineman Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Member of the 2011 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants,
Drew Carter Zeta Former Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders wide receiver [2]
Maurice Carthon Theta Mu Assistant head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs; Former fullback for New York Giants and USFL New Jersey Generals; Two-time Super Bowl champion [60]
Marino Casem Jackson (MS) Alumni Served as the head coach at Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, and Southern University; inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003
Greg Childs Iota Tau Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver [4]
Dextor Clinkscale Alpha Lambda Former NFL Dallas Cowboys defensive back; [58]
Corey Coleman Xi Sigma NFL wide receiver Cleveland Browns [2]
Reggie Corner Xi Xi Former Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars safety
Neal Craig Alpha Delta Former Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns safety
B. J. Daniels Zeta Chi Seattle Seahawks quarterback [61]
Theophilus Danzy Natchez (MS) Alumni Former head football coach at Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Prairie View A&M University, and Stillman College [4]
Eric Davis Eta Mu Former All-Pro San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers cornerback; current NFL Network analyst [4]
Willie Davis Gamma Psi Former All-Pro Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers defensive end; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1981; member of the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors [2]
Ron Dickerson Lambda Former head coach of Temple University and Alabama State University [4]
Willie Drewrey Epsilon Chi Former NFL Houston Oilers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver
Chuck Ealey Beta Xi Former CFL All-Pro quarterback; Led University of Toledo to 35 consecutive wins in a three-year span from 1969–1971, finished eighth in 1971 Heisman Trophy ballot [58]
Earl Faison Alpha Former AFL defensive tackle for Los Angeles / San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins; Member of 1963 AFL Champion San Diego Chargers; 1961 AFL Rookie of the Year
Donnie Fletcher Chi Former NFL cornerback [2]
Jamar Fletcher Beta Omicron Former NFL cornerback; recipient of Jim Thorpe Award and Jack Tatum Trophy [58]
Wallace Francis Gamma Sigma Former NFL wide receiver with the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills
John Gilliam Atlanta (GA) Alumni Former NFL wide receiver
Marquise Goodwin Iota Delta Buffalo Bills wide receiver; 2012 Summer Olympic long jumper
Jason Goss Kappa Epsilon Former NFL/CFL cornerback [58]
Bobby Grier Beta Epsilon First African American football player to break the color barrier of the collegiate Sugar Bowl game when his Pittsburgh Panthers played in the 1956 Sugar Bowl held in New Orleans, LA against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets [2]
Chris Gragg Iota Tau Buffalo Bills tight end [62]
David Grant Epsilon Chi Former NFL defensive lineman [2]
DeJuan Groce Eta Former NFL cornerback [2]
Mike Harden Sigma Former NFL Denver Broncos safety
Willie Harper Eta Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker; Member of 1981 Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers [58]
Bobby Harris Lambda Pi Former NFL/CFL offensive tackle [2]
Chick Harris Gamma Iota Long time NFL assistant coach [4]
Corey Harris Nu Rho Former NFL safety [2]
Nic Harris Zeta Omega Former Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers linebacker
Joe Haynes Gamma Pi Former long time NFL referee
Kahlil Hill Gamma Former NFL/CFL wide receiver [58]
Randy Hilliard Theta Lambda Former NFL defensive back; [58]
Jessie Hester Theta Eta Former NFL wide receiver [2]
Earl Holmes Alpha Xi Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker [2]
Brett Hundley Upsilon Green Bay Packers quarterback
Larron Jackson Delta Omega Former NFL Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman
Willie Jackson Zeta Phi Former NFL wide receiver [58]
Willie Jeffries Alpha Lambda First African American head coach of a NCAA Division I-A football program at Wichita State University; elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010
John Henry Johnson Gamma Iota Pro Football Hall of Fame 1987; member of 49ers Million Dollar Backfield [4]
Marquis Johnson Eta Chi Former NFL cornerback
Kevin Jones Theta Psi Former Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears running back [30][58]
William Judson Alpha Lambda Former NFL Miami Dolphins cornerback; [58]
EJ Junior Eta Chi Former St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals and Miami Dolphins linebacker; two-time Pro Bowler [58]
Colin Kaepernick Xi Phi Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback [63]
Shaun King St. Petersburg (FL) Alumni Former quarterback, Tampa Bay; AFL anchor [30]
Roland Lakes Delta Upsilon Former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman
Jerry Latin Epsilon Omicron Former NFL St. Louis Cardinals (football) running back [2]
Steve Lawson (American football) Mu Former NFL offensive lineman <
Charles Lee Lambda Omega Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
Cleo Lemon Theta Mu Former NFL/CFL quarterback [64]
Keenan Lewis Iota Iota New Orleans Saints cornerback [2]
Leo Lewis Alpha Mu Former CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back, College Football Hall of Fame, 2005, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1973, Four time Grey Cup Champion [2]
Greg Lloyd Gamma Zeta Former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker [2]
Andre Lott Mu Rho Former NFL safety [2]
Lenny Lyles Alpha Omicron Former Baltimore Colts cornerback, Member of the 1958 NFL Champions [58]
Brandon Marshall Lambda Omega Chicago Bears All-Pro wide receiver; 2012 NFL Pro Bowl MVP; most receptions in a game in NFL history (21) [58]
Brandon Marshall Xi Phi Denver Broncos linebacker [58]
Harvey Martin Eta Phi
(Charter Member)
Defensive end with the Dallas Cowboys; Super Bowl XII MVP; NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1977
Ollie Matson Gamma Alpha Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1972; College Football Hall of Fame, 1976; won bronze medal in the 400-meter run and a silver medal as part of the US 4x400-meter relay team in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland; member of the undefeated 1951 University of San Francisco football team [4]
Jordan Matthews Nu Rho Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, #81; drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft
Michael Matthews Lambda Delta Former New York Giants tight end, Super Bowl Champion [33]
Aaron Maybin Delta Theta Toronto Argonauts linebacker; former NFL player for Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Cincinnati Bengals
Curtis McClinton Mu Former AFL player for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs; Member of the 1969 Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs; 1962 AFL Rookie of the Year
Guy McIntyre Zeta Iota Former San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl guard; three-time Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers [58]
Reggie McKenzie Sigma Former Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks guard; College Football Hall of Fame, 2002
Bennie McRae Sigma Former Chicago Bears cornerback; Member of the 1963 NFL Champion Chicago Bears [2]
Ron Meeks Theta Mu Defensive backs coach for San Diego Chargers; former Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator
John Merritt Alpha Upsilon Head football coach at Jackson State University and Tennessee State University; inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994
Glyn Milburn Lambda Nu Former NFL special teams specialist [58]
Damontre Moore Nu Alpha New York Giants defensive end
Zeke Moore Alpha Mu Former Houston Oilers defensive back
Emery Moorehead Beta Theta Former New York Giants, Chicago Bears tight end / wide receiver, Member of 1985 NFL Champions [2]
Derrick Morgan Lambda Delta Tennessee Titans defensive end
Kirk Morrison Delta Epsilon Former NFL linebacker [58]
Pellom McDaniels III Iota Iota Former Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons defensive end [2]
Anthony McFarland St. Petersburg (FL) Alumni Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle [2]
Ace Mumford Delta Born Arnett W. Mumford; inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001; coached Southern University Jaguars to five national championships in football; coached Southern University to the 1941 national championship in basketball by taking the National Invitational Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament
Al Nelson Beta Eta Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback
Jamar Newsome Lambda Omega Dallas Cowboys wide receiver
Cliff Odom Iota Alpha Former NFL Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins linebacker [58]
Chris Oldham Delta Alpha Former NFL cornerback [58]
Bill Olds Eta Former NFL Baltimore Colts running back
Jim Pace Sigma Former NFL and CFL running back; eighth pick in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers
Tony Paige Theta Psi Former NFL running back [2]
Preston Pearson Beta Former Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys running back; Two-time Super Bowl Champion [2]
Ricky Price Zeta Theta Former Kansas City Chiefs safety [2]
Stanley Pritchett Zeta Epsilon Former NFL fullback [2]
Mickey Pruitt Beta Theta Former NFL Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys linebacker, Member of 1992 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys [2]
Gerald Riggs Gamma Iota Former NFL Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins running back [2]
Keenan Robinson Iota Delta Washington Redskins linebacker
Al Roberts Gamma Eta Long time NFL assistant coach [4]
Andre Roberts Omicron Mu Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
Johnny Roland Delta Omega Former St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants running back; long time NFL running back coach; College Football Hall of Fame, 1998
Myron Rolle Theta Eta Former Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers safety; Rhodes Scholar
John B. Sample, Jr. Gamma Xi Defensive back; played in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts (1958–1960), Pittsburgh Steelers (1961–1962), and Washington Redskins (1963–1965), and in the American Football League for the New York Jets (1966–1968)
Weslye Saunders Zeta Epsilon Indianapolis Colts tight end
Gale Sayers Mu Former Chicago Bears running back; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1977 College Football Hall of Fame, 1977 [4]
Ron Sayers Alpha Eta Former San Diego Chargers running back; Younger brother of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers [4]
Hurles Scales Zeta Upsilon
(Charter Member)
Former NFL St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers defensive back
Darren Sharper Xi Theta Former NFL All-Pro safety
Travis Shelton Lambda Former NFL wide receiver
Rod Shoate Zeta Omega Former NFL New England Patriots linebacker, USFL linebacker, College Football Hall of Fame, 2013 [58]
Duke Slater Gamma Former NFL offensive tackle; College Football Hall of Fame, 1951 [2]
Clifton Smith Pi Beta Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers return specialist; Pro Bowl
Kolby Smith Independence (MO) Alumni Former NFL Kansas City Chiefs running back
Rick Smith Nu General Manager of NFL Houston Texans [2]
Rod Smith Mu Epsilon Former wide receiver with the Denver Broncos [2]
Tre' Stallings Lambda Pi Former Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens offensive guard [2]
Reggie Swinton Eta Beta Former NFL/CFL wide receiver and return specialist [2]
Veryl Switzer Beta Psi Fourth pick of the first round of the 1954 NFL Draft by Green Bay Packers; Played halfback and return specialist in the Canadian Football League;
George Taliaferro Alpha First African American drafted by an NFL team, College Football Hall of Fame, 1981 [58]
David Tate Beta Theta Former NFL Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts safety [58]
Dontarrious Thomas Theta Delta Former NFL linebacker [58]
Earl Thomas Iota Delta Seattle Seahawks All-Pro safety; member of Seahawks' Legion of Boom, which led the team to its first Super Bowl win in franchise history
Burl Toler Gamma Alpha First African-American referee in the NFL; first African-American official of any professional sport when he was hired in 1965; member of the undefeated 1951 University of San Francisco football team [65]
Mike Tomlin Xi Theta; initiated through Eta Omega Chapter Head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers; youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory in 2009 [2]
Jason Tucker Kappa Epsilon Former Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver; two-time Grey Cup Champion; current receivers coach for Saskatchewan Roughriders [2]
Courtney Van Buren Gamma Sigma Former San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions offensive tackle [2]
Carl Ward Sigma Former Cleveland Browns return specialist <
Tavares Washington Zeta Phi Former NFL/UFL offensive guard
Bernard Whittington Alpha Former NFL Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman
Solomon Wilcots Beta Theta Former NFL defensive back; NFL commentator and analyst for NFL Network and CBS
Aeneas Williams Alpha Sigma Former All Pro St. Louis Rams defensive back; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2014 [4]
Bill Willis Zeta One of the first African-American football players to play professional football in the modern era; Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1977 and College Football Hall of Fame, 1971 [4]
Donovan Woods Zeta Theta Former NFL linebacker [58]
Tony Wyllie Beta Upsilon; initiated through Mu Sigma Senior Vice President for the Washington Redskins
Colin Kaepernick
Nnamdi Asomugha
Earl Thomas
Gale Sayers
Mike Tomlin

Track and field[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Jerome Biffle Beta Theta 1952 Olympics gold medalist, long jump
Larry Black Alpha Kappa Gold medalist in the 4 x 100 m relay and silver medalist in the 200 m at the 1972 Summer Olympics
Henry Carr Gamma Iota Gold medalist in the 200 meters, and also when he anchored the 4 x 400 meter relay team to a world record 3:00.7 at the 1964 Summer Olympics
Cletus Clark Eta Lambda Pan American Games gold medalist hurdler
Hollis Conway Theta Nu 1988 Olympic silver medalist and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist in the high jump [4]
Ivory Crockett Gamma Upsilon Broke the world record in 1974 for the 100-yard dash and held the distinction of being the world's fastest man at his distance
Jon Drummond Kappa Epsilon 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 4X100 relay [4]
Ron Freeman Gamma Iota Winner of the gold medal in the 4x400 m relay and bronze medal in 400 m at the 1968 Summer Olympics
Ed Gordon Gamma Won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1932 Summer Olympics
Charles Greene Eta Winner of the gold medal in 4x100 m relay and bronze medal in 100 m at the 1968 Summer Olympics
Joe Greene Kappa Rho Hurdler
Vincent Henderson Iota Tau Sprinter [2]
Thomas L. Hill Des Moines Alumni Chapter (IA) Won a bronze medal in the men's 110 m hurdles event in the 1972 Summer Olympics
Hayes Jones Delta Nu 1964 Olympic gold medalist in the high hurdles; 1960 Olympic bronze medalist in the high hurdles
James LuValle Upsilon Won the bronze medal in the 400 m at the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin; graduated Phi Beta Kappa in chemistry and earned his PhD
Sean Maye Las Vegas (NV) Alumni 1997 World Indoor Championships 4x400 gold medalist [2]
Antonio Pettigrew Gamma Omicron 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the men's 4x400 meter relay for the US; won the gold medal at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo
Tyrone Smith Iota Omega Long jumper
Erick Walder Iota Tau Long and triple jumper [2]

Other athletics[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Arthur Ashe Upsilon Tennis legend, social activist [4]
Kenny Bayless Gamma Alpha Noted championship boxing referee [4]
Richard Hudlin Iota Famed tennis coach, tennis mentor to Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, Helped desegregation public tennis facilities in St. Louis, MO [4]
Franklin Forbes Pi Former Morehouse College Athletic Director and basketball coach; The 6,000 seat on-campus arena, Forbes Arena, is named after him which hosted basketball preliminaries during the 1996 Summer Olympics and was the home arena to the Atlanta Glory; [4]
Wilbert McClure Beta Xi 1960 Olympics gold medalist in boxing, light middle-weight division; only boxing gold medalist in the history of the Olympics to earn a Ph.D
Dasan Robinson Iota Mu MLS player [2]
Dante Washington Theta Psi MLS player; 1992 Olympian [66][67]
Darryl Washington Beta Epsilon World-class swimmer; multiple Big East Conference Champion [4]

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