During the centennial conclaves you will witness a host of celebratory activities including elaborate public programs, step shows, galas, boat rides, comedy shows and displays. But, what you will not see is an agenda of round tables, lectures or presentations pertaining to “what next.” After 100 years of pounding our chest about the great men and programs we have produced, little is being discussed about the dire situation of young black men in America.
These are the young black men that are entering Kappa, Omega, Alpha and Sigma every day.
Many argue that, outside of the national organization, grand chapters and some graduate chapters, the image of black fraternities has become the complete antithesis of what their founders and early members were seeking to create. Born out of adversity, these organizations were created to fight against injustice, racism and ostracism.
Alpha Phi Alpha’s inception took place on an Ivy League campus (Cornell University) not long after the seminal work of W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903) and the creation of the Niagara Movement (1905).
When one of the founders of Kappa Alpha Psi discovered that some bigoted whites referred to the Kappas as the Kappa Alpha “Nigs” the fraternity took a bold move in 1914 to officially change its name from Kappa Alpha Nu to Kappa Alpha Psi in 1915.