Marcus Peter Blakemore
|Marcus Peter Blakemore|
|Born||January 3, 1889
Franklin, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||October 9, 1959
|Occupation||Founder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; Dentist|
Marcus Peter Blakemore (January 3, 1889 - October 9, 1959) was a founder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. In The Story of Kappa Alpha Psi, the primary book of history for the fraternity, Blakemore is said to have been an active contributor to educational, community, religious institutions, and an inspiration to members of his fraternity.
Founding of Kappa Alpha Psi
In the fall of 1910, Blakemore enrolled in Indiana University, rooming with Byron Kenneth Armstrong. Blakemore, Armstrong, and other African-American men at Indiana University sought a solution to the problems faced by African-American students on the campus. To this end, they met to organize a fraternity, officially founding Kappa Alpha Psi on January 5, 1911.
The founders of Kappa Alpha Psi filed an application for incorporation as a national fraternity on April 11, 1911. To help pay the twenty-five dollar incorporation fee, Blakemore pawned his watch and donated the money towards the incorporation. The fraternity became incorporated on May 15, 1911.
Blakemore left Indiana University later in 1911. He started the Electric Engineering Company, a company which he operated until enlisting in the military during World War I. Later, Blakemore enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 1923, and subsequently taking a career as a dentist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- "Founder: Marcus Peter Blakemore". Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Official Website. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
- Bryson, Ralph J. (2003). The Story of Kappa Alpha Psi: A History of the Beginning and Development of A College Greek Letter Organization 1911-1999. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.