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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Founded: Cornell University, 1906
Chapter Founding: Upsilon Alpha, 2009
Symbols: Sphinx
Colors: Black & Old Gold
Nickname(s): Alpha
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Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world. Alpha Phi Alpha was the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. The organization was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.

The Fraternity’s National Programs and special projects are community outreach mentoring initiatives that have been adopted by the organization’s governing body and mandated for implementation by all of its chapters.