Kappa Alpha Psi Milesontes

 

May 19-21, 1911

The Fraternity held its first activity on May 19-21, 1911 at the home of the Proffett family with Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Emma DuValle as chaperones for the social activities.

 

September 22, 1914

The first real Chapter House was opened about September 22, 1914, at 721 Hunter Avenue.

 

April 15, 1915

Grand Polemarch Diggs issued a proclamation that the fraternity shall henceforth be known and designated as Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity.

 

1918

Grand Polemarch Armstrong, while serving in France with the 351st Field Artillery Regiment, issued a call for brothers to assemble in LeMans, France for a meeting, 25 brothers responded. Although this was an unoffical meeting, the call piqued the imagination of Kappamen in every theater of operations.

 

October 1919

William J. Madison, a 1918 Zeta initiate, helped Elias Tuggle and Maynard Dicerson form a pledge club at The Ohio State University, which they named the Scrollers Club. Madison became the first Dean of Pledges, and Tuggle Dickerson the first president and secretary respectively. Tuggle inspired by the scroll on the badge of the Fraternity, proposed the name Scrollers, which the group accepted.

 

1924

The Kappa Alpha Psi Journal was introduced.

 

1927

John K. Sutton of the Omega earned the first scholarship award of the Fraternity while a graduate student in chemistry.

 

1930

The Fraternity added the Southwestern Province, which included the state of Texas, which had been a part of the original Southern Province.

 

1936

Arthur Mitchell (D-IL), the first African American elected to the House of Representatives as a Democrate.

 

December 1942

December 11-12, 1942 The Grand Polemarch called together the grand Board of Directors and other key national figures to meet in Chicago, IL. The organization was so affected by the war that it was thought inadvisable to attempt to hold the 32nd Grand Chapter Meeting that was originally planned to be in Columbus, OH.

 

1944

John Robert Fox was a 1939 Delta initiate. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army, and assigned to the all Negro 366th infantry Division. In December 1944, First Lieutenant Fox was serving as a Forward Observer for an artillery unit in Italy when his position was overrun by German infantry. He called down fire on his own position to stop the Germans, and turned the tide of the battle. On January 13, 1997, President Clinton prsented his posthumously awarded Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest medal for valor in combat, to his widow in a White House ceremony.

 

1948

First Black Marine Officer in 170 years was Kappaman Frederick C. Branch.

 

1951

Andrew Brimmer, a 1948 Gamma Eta charter initiate, was the first Negro at the University of Washington to receive a Fullbright Scholarship.

 

1952

Byron LaBeach, a 1951 Alpha Iota initiate, lowered the 100-meter dash world record to 10.4 seconds during a meet in Sweden.

 

1965

Gale Sayers, a 1963 Mu initiate, was the NFL Rookie of the Year and a member of the NFL All Star team.

 

November 7, 1967

Carl Burton Stokes was an American politician of the Democratic party who served as the 51st mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Elected on November 7, 1967, but took office on January 1, 1968, he was the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city.

 

1975

Clifford C. Baker was an Assistant State School Superintendent, and was the first black to head a major division of the Alabama State Board of Education.

 

1979

Alcee L. Hastings was appointed a federal judge for the Southern District of Florida.

 

1983

Laurel Wreath Wearer G. James Fleming received the prestigious Yvonne Motley McCabe Award.

 

1989

Andre Rice, a 1979 Guy Levis Grant Awardee, formed the Mavrice Limited Partnership, a venture capital fund that invests in the medical and health care fields.

 

1995

US District Court Judge Jack Sherman was the 102nd president of the Cincinnati Bar Association.

 

1999

May 14-15, 1999, the Grand Board of Directors enters into two major initiatives: Collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and Census 2000.

 

2001

Robert L. Johnson is best known for being the founder of television network Black Entertainment Television (BET), and is also its former chairman and CEO. In 2001 Johnson became the first African American billionaire, and the first black person to be listed on any Forbes world's rich list.

 

2004

In 1992 Arthur Ashe was the first ever Sports Illustrated cover featured on a stamp.

 

2009

Kappa Alpha Psi charters chapters in South Africa.

 

2010

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. achieved a milestone benchmark of raising one million dollars in its historic Sunday of Hope Initiative partnership with churches and the community in a multi-layer effort to support the work of the St. Jude Childeren's Research Hospital.