Founders - Jackson Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. of Jackson, MS (2022)

Elder Watson Diggs

Founder Elder Watson Diggs, was quiet, polished, scholarly, a prolific writer and commonly referred to as ‘the Father of Kappa’. He was born in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, on December 23, 1883, and was the eldest son of three children. Diggs and his brother (William Ellis) and sister (Effie) were reared by their mother, Cornelia.

He received a one-room school education in Louisville, Kentucky, where he helped teach the younger children. Following graduation from Indiana State Normal School in the spring of 1908, Diggs enrolled at Howard University in 1909. While a student there, he developed a friendship with fellow Hoosier, Byron K. Armstrong.

During the summer of that year, Byron Armstrong visited his cousin, Irven Armstrong at Indiana University. Bryon was so impressed that he persuaded Diggs to enroll with him in the fall. Diggs enrolled at Indiana University in the fall of 1910 and was the first African-American to graduate with an A.B. degree from Indiana University’s School of Education in 1916. He subsequently earned his Master’s degree of Education from Howard University in 1944.

Diggs was an educator who held teaching positions and served as principal at public schools throughout Indiana. Diggs was married on three occasions (Clara Bell Smith, Elizabeth Byrd and Lyla P. Roberts). Clara Bell and Lyla were both teachers and Diggs assumed Clara Bell’s teaching responsibilities once they became married since female teachers were not permitted to teach in the state of Indiana at that time. Clara Bell and Elizabeth preceded Diggs in death and Lyla died less than 30 days after Diggs passed.

When the U.S. made its declaration in World War I against Germany, Diggs resigned as principal and entered the nation’s first Negroes Officers Training Camp at Fort Des Moines, Iowa and was commissioned a First Lieutenant. After serving in Europe with the 368th Infantry, he rose to the rank of Captain in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps. Diggs also was a past commander of the American Legion. Subsequent to the war, Diggs was instrumental in having the Indiana constitution amended to permit Negro enlistment in the Indiana National Guard.

Diggs was an active member of the First Baptist Church of North Indianapolis; a past commander of the Edward S. Gaillard Post of the American Legion; a member of the History Committee of the Indianapolis Public Schools; a member of the Leadership Training Committee, Boy Scouts of America; a worker in the YMCA; and during the late war served on the Executive Committee of the USO. Diggs was also a member of Central Lodge No. 1, Indianapolis, Indiana under the auspices of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Indiana.

Based on the hostile attitude and circumstances facing Blacks at Indiana University, Diggs decided to establish a fraternity on campus to give African-Americans support and sanctuary based on high Christian ideals and the purpose of achievement. Diggs assisted Byron & Irven Armstrong in designing the Coat of Arms, assumed responsibility for preparing the initiation ceremonial forms, completed the fraternity’s constitution and took a course in Greek heraldry and mythology to ensure the fraternity was rooted in authenticity. He was one of two Founders who pawned his watch to pay for the Fraternity’s incorporation fee.

Diggs wrote the lyrics to the Kappa Hymn. Additionally, he established the Kappa Alpha Nu Journal, the first periodical of any national Black college fraternity. He served as Grand Polemarch for the first six years of the fraternity’s existence. He also served as a Grand Board Member and as Grand Historian. He also established several of the initial undergraduate chapters in addition to the Indianapolis (IN) Alumni Chapter. Diggs was awarded the first Past Grand Polemarch’s medal and the first Laurel Wreath. He also assisted in writing The 1928 Handbook of Kappa Alpha Psi.

The Elder Watson Diggs Award, the second highest award available to celebrate a member’s achievements or service to the fraternity is dedicated in his name. The Elder W. Diggs Memorial at Indiana University was constructed in his honor in 1962. Diggs died November 8, 1947. Following his death, School #42 was named in his honor where he served as principal for 26 years. Diggs is laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Byron K. Armstrong

Founder Byron Kenneth Armstrong, affectionately known as “Boomski”, was a scholar, imaginative and outspoken.He was born in Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana, on April 8, 1892, was one of five children and was the cousin of 2ndGrand Polemarch, Irven Armstrong.

Armstrong enrolled at Howard University in 1909, met Elder W. Diggs and together, they transferred to Indiana University in the fall of 1910 where he studied philosophy, mathematics and sociology.He graduated from Indiana University with an A.B. degree in the fall of 1913.Armstrong subsequently earned a M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1914 and was decreed a Doctor of Philosophy degree by the University of Michigan in 1940.He held teaching positions as a professor at universities in Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland and Michigan and served as Dean in Maryland and Oklahoma.

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During World War I, he was an investigator for the Department of Labor.He subsequently worked as Personnel Director for Chrysler Motors for 22 years.

Armstrong was one of the primary potent forces behind the founding of Kappa Alpha Nu.He created the motto, assisted Diggs in preparing the Coat of Arms and produced the fraternity badge.He suggested the Fraternity should reward members’ outstanding achievements with a Laurel Wreath.He served the fraternity as the 1stGrand Strategus, 5thGrand Historian and as a Grand Board Member.He also established the Beta, Theta, Xi, Alpha Pi, Gamma Xi, Chicago (IL), Langston (OK) and Tulsa (OK) Alumni Chapters.Armstrong assisted in the writing of the “1928 Handbook of Kappa Alpha Psi”.He also authoredCrossing the Jordan and Beyond” and served as Editor of the Journal.

Armstrong was awarded the 6thLaurel Wreath.The Byron K. Armstrong Scholars Award, the only Grand Chapter award available to fraternity undergraduate members for outstanding achievement, is named in his honor.Armstrong died June 28, 1980 and is buried at Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California.

Ezra Dee Alexander

Founder Ezra Dee Alexander, an outgoing and dedicated worker, fondly known as “Dee”, was born in Monroe County, Bloomington, Indiana on July 18, 1891 and was the second eldest of seven children.

Alexander graduated from Bloomington High School in 1910.He matriculated to Indiana University in the fall of 1910 and graduated from Indiana University in 1917 with an A.B. degree.Prior to graduation, he held positions as a teacher and principal at Indiana public schools.He received his M.D. degree from the Medical School of Indiana University in 1919.Alexander served an internship at Provident Hospital in Chicago in 1920.Alexander served in the Army Medical Corps during WWI and as a medical examiner during WWII. He practiced medicine in Indianapolis for nearly 50 years.

In 1920, he was married to Mary Hunter, a teacher in the Indianapolis Public School system.They had a son, Ezra D. Alexander Jr. and daughter, Dorothy Alexander.He later married Leota Snorden in 1961.

Alexander served 22 years as a non-voting member of the Grand Board of Directors to fulfill a requirement of the Constitution and Statutes that at least one of the directors was an Indiana resident.Alexander presented and dedicated the new KAΨ flag at the 47thGrand Chapter Meeting (1957).He was also one of two Founders who helped establish the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter and one of three Founders who helped establish the Indianapolis (IN) Alumni Chapter.His affiliation with the Indianapolis Alumni Chapter lasted until his death, September 29, 1971.He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Henry T. Asher

Founder Henry Tourner Asher, an unassuming, dependable supporter of Negro youth, equal rights, higher education and religious affairs and son of a Baptist Minister, was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 30, 1890 and was the eldest of seven children.

He moved to Bloomington, Indiana, attended public schools and graduated from the Bloomington High School in 1910.He enrolled at Indiana University in 1910, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1914.He became an instructor at Lincoln Institute at Jefferson City, Missouri from 1914-1915.In 1915, he enrolled in a graduate program at Wisconsin and subsequently at the University of Illinois, but transferred to the University of Minnesota, where he earned his MA degree in 1917.He received the degree of LL.B. at the Detroit College of Law in 1928.Asher subsequently married Celia Craig in 1936 and later met and married his second wife Bessie.

Asher served a year overseas in France during World War I and attained the rank of corporal.He was assigned to the 809thPioneer Infantry unit of the U.S. Army.Upon completion of his service in 1919, he chose to give up a possible teaching career at Wilberforce University for one in real estate.He subsequently ended up in Detroit, where he decided to enter the postal service.

Asher, along with Founders Edmonds and Blakemore were the first three freshman initiates of the Alpha of Kappa Alpha Nu.Although not a charter member of the Detroit (MI) Alumni Chapter, he was among the first to affiliate with the chapter in 1920.

Asher was an active member of several organizations including the NAACP, the Elks and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.He spent the remainder of his life in Detroit, Michigan, where he died March 5, 1963.He is buried at Detroit Memorial Park (East) in Warren, Michigan.

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Marcus Peter Blakemore

Founder Marcus Peter Blakemore, affectionately known as “Blakie”, a man of deep religious convictions and quiet confidence, contributed greatly to education, his community, his church, hospitals and his Fraternity, was born in Franklin, Indiana on January 3, 1889, and was the eldest of four children.

Blakemore moved with his family to Anderson, Indiana where he attended public schools and graduated from high school in 1909.He entered Indiana University the following year.After leaving Indiana University in the spring term of 1912, he organized the Electric Engineering Company, which he operated until he enlisted with the U.S. Army in World War I.Blakemore served in the U.S. Army as the rank of Private with the 30thCompany, 154thDepot Brigade.He was honorably discharged in August of 1918 and married Azalea Hall the following month.They had one daughter, Elizabeth.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated from its Dental School with the DDS degree in 1923.In 1949, Blakemore became the first Black to receive the MS degree in Prosthetic Dentistry from the University of Pittsburgh Dental School.

Blakemore was a member of national and local Dental Societies and a staunch member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, having served as a trustee and a clarinet soloist.

Blakemore was a roommate of Byron K. Armstrong in the rooming house of Molly Spaulding.He was one of the two Founders who pawned his watch to help raise the Fraternity’s incorporation fee.Blakemore was one of the first three freshmen initiates of Kappa Alpha Nu.He wired the first Fraternity house for electricity, the first Negro home ever wired for electricity in Bloomington.He was a charter member of the Pittsburgh (PA) Alumni Chapter and was instrumental in the establishment of the Beta Epsilon Chapter.

Blakemore maintained his practice of dentistry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 35 years until his death, October 9, 1959 and is buried at Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Paul Waymond Caine

Founder Paul Waymond Caine, the consummate entrepreneur, chef before his time, always friendly and displaying a pleasant disposition, was born in Greencastle, Indiana on May 17, 1890. He was long thought to be an only-child, but now known to have a half-brother.

Caine attended Greencastle public schools and enrolled at Indiana University sometime between 1909 and 1910 as a business major. He was adept at cooking and he honed those skills while working at DePauw University, where he worked as a cook in the sorority houses prior to enrolling at Indiana University. He was a fine caterer and was in demand by the White fraternities on campus and kept many of the Founding Brothers from hunger.

Because of a disastrous fire in the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity house in which he was employed, he lost all of his personal belongings during his freshman year. Caine persevered, but was eventually was forced to withdraw from school during his Sophomore year, the winter quarter of 1911. He subsequently set up the Caine Catering Company in his hometown, and continued his catering business in various cities including: Gary, Indiana, Peoria, Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. Caine opened a restaurant and bakery while residing in Peoria, Illinois. He also published a catering book, Artistic Dishes copyrighted in 1919 by the Hurst Publishing Company. He became well known in the culinary circles and was well sought after to teach and conduct lectures.

While residing in Gary, Indiana, Caine took up work at the Gary Steel Mill as a laborer and married Jeanette E. Wilson in 1921. While residing in Chicago in the early-mid 1920’s, Caine assisted to organize and furnish the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter’s new ‘Kappa Kastle’.

Caine helped the other Founders in organizing Kappa Alpha Nu. He was among the first to be initiated into the Fraternity. He was also instrumental in setting up the Beta, Gamma, Delta, Zeta and Theta Chapters.

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He later acquired a 2ndhand goods clothing store and dry-cleaner business in Rockford, Illinois. He was burned during an explosion of gaseous materials as he worked in his dry cleaning business. Caine subsequently died of pneumonia on April 15, 1931 from injuries sustained from the fire. During Conclave, the highest Grand Chapter award available to alumni chapters for outstanding achievement, the Paul W. Caine Award, is named in his honor. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford, Illinois.

George Edmonds

Founder George Wesley Edmonds,witty in nature and an enigma to most in the Fraternity was born in Knight Township, Vanderburgh County, Indiana on August 13, 1890, as the eldest of two sons.

He attended the Carver Elementary School and Clark High School in nearby Evansville, Indiana and enrolled at Indiana University in the fall of 1910. He joined nine other students in founding Kappa Alpha Nu Fraternity. Founder Edmonds was listed as the Corresponding Secretary in the articles of incorporation of the Grand Chapter of Kappa Alpha Nu. He was one of the three freshmen, along with Asher and Blakemore, who were the first initiates of the Alpha of Kappa Alpha Nu.

After Edmonds returned home for the summer of 1911, he never returned to school. Instead, he worked in the coal mines and railroad of Vanderburgh County for many years. Edmonds also lived in Lake County, Indiana (1917-18) and Warwick County, Indiana (1942).

Edmonds married Willa Mae Forte and settled in Stevenson, Indiana. They became the parents of one son, Noel. Founder Edmonds died on June 13, 1962.

Unfortunately, little more is known of Edmonds because of his premature withdrawal from school. The Fraternity had attempted to locate Edmonds for several years. These efforts were hampered by several factors. The circumstances of his life prevented him from moving in the circles of higher education. Edmonds’ lack of contact with college colleagues prevented him from knowing the organization he assisted to found. In 1915, the Fraternity changed its name from Kappa Alpha Nu to Kappa Alpha Psi. Attempts to locate him were also hindered due to his last name been misspelled in the Fraternity’s records. For these reasons, Edmonds’ location was unknown to the Fraternity for sixty-seven years. In 1975, Founder Edward G. Irvin urged Brothers to intensify their search for Edmonds. Edmonds’ burial site was finally confirmed in 1978. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville, Indiana.

Guy L. Grant

Founder Guy Levis Grant, small in stature, but a giant in charitable endeavors and preserver of history, was born in New Albany, Indiana on April 9, 1891 and was the third of thirteen children, five of which became members of the Fraternity.When his father died, he became head of household and assumed responsibility for educating himself and his siblings.

Grant attended public schools in his home town, and graduated from Scribner High School in 1909, and later entered Indiana University.While there, he majored in chemistry, graduating with the A.B. degree in 1915.In 1920, he received the D.D.S. degree from Indiana Dental School, then a part of Indiana University; he practiced dentistry in Indianapolis for over 50 years.

In 1929, he married Laura Hammons.He was a veteran of World War I, was the Founder and President of Recorder Charities, and active in several civic, professional and business organizations.He was also a member of the Second Baptist Church in Indianapolis.

Grant helped to establish the Beta Chapter and joined Founders Diggs and Alexander to help establish the Indianapolis (IN) Alumni Chapter in 1920 and was its first Polemarch.He served several terms as a non-voting member of the Grand Board of Directors and as Grand Historian.For years, Grant gathered bits and pieces of Kappa history to accumulate a recorded history for posterity.This archive collection became the factual supportive base for the written account of the Fraternity’s history.

The 2ndEdition of the Story of Kappa Alpha Psi was dedicated to him.Following 16 years of dedicated service as the Grand Historian, the Fraternity conferred the title of Grand Historian Emeritus upon him at the 54thGrand Chapter Meeting in 1967.The Guy Levis Grant Award is named in his honor to undergraduate members of the fraternity who exhibit extra meritorious contributions to the Fraternity’s advancement.Grant died on November 11, 1973 and is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Edward Giles Irvin

Founder Edward Giles Irvin, a civic and religious leader, journalist and entrepreneur,was born August 13, 1893, in Spencer, IN and was the seventh of nine children of an African Methodist Episcopal minister.Following graduation from Kokomo Indiana High School in 1910, he enrolled at Indiana University the same year. While attending Indiana University, at only 17 years of age, Irvin was the youngest one of ten Black students who assisted to found Kappa Alpha Psi®Fraternity, Inc., in which Irvin served on the fraternity’s Incorporation Committee.

Irvin and the other Founders endured and persevered acts of racial hatred and hostility as students, then organized this fraternity dedicated to the principles of achievement and to alleviate the isolation and raise the sights of Black undergraduates. Irvin left the University following the spring term of 1911.

After leaving the University, Irvin pursued a career in journalism until World War I.While serving the U.S. Army during the War, he was a Combat Medic and was cited for bravery for his actions with the Expeditionary Forces in France.He served on the Selective Service Board during WWII and the Korean War.He received the 2ndhighest medal that is given by this country for valor.He also received two Distinguished Service Awards, from President Truman and Eisenhower respectively.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army he met Maywilla, who became his wife.He subsequently moved to Indianapolis and was on the staff of the Indianapolis Freeman, thefirstNegro newspaper in the nation with pictures.In 1922, he established theShining Star, a weekly newspaper based in Anderson, IN.He subsequently moved to Gary, IN in 1923, to become the editor of theGary Sunnewspaper.Irvin moved to Chicago, IL, in 1928, to work as the sports editor for theChicago Daily Bulletinnewspaper. After it collapsed, he worked at the U.S. Post Office and became the owner and operator of theAfro-American Manufacturing Companya distributor of candy, novelties and specialty items.Irvin was a long-time member of the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter.

Irvin enjoyed sporting events and sponsored basketball and track events at small schools in Indiana. Deeply rooted in the community, he was also an active member of the Masonic order, the Odd Fellows, and the St. James African Methodist Church.He was also a trustee of St. James A.M.E. Church in Chicago and founded and edited the lay newspaper, Voice of the A.M.E. Laymen.

Over the years, he received many awards, but the one he cherished the most was the Laurel Wreath Award, the highest award available to a member of Kappa Alpha Psi®Fraternity, Inc. for meritorious achievement.It was bestowed upon him in 1976 at the 60thGrand Chapter Meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi®Fraternity, Inc.Irvin was the 24thLaurel Wreath Laureate and the third Founder to receive this coveted Fraternity award.The Fraternity named the Undergraduate Chapter of the Year Award in his honor, theEdward Giles Irvin Award of Kappa Alpha Psi®.It is bestowed upon the most outstanding Undergraduate Chapter.

The Fraternity’s last living Founder died on November 4, 1982 and is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Manyweather.He is buried at Burr Oak Cemetery, in Alsip, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois.

John Milton Lee

Founder John Milton Lee, a scholar, loyal and tireless worker for the growth of the Fraternity and because of his idealist character was commonly referred to as ‘a dreamer’, was born in Danville, Indiana on September 7, 1890 and was the third of four children.

He attended public schools in Danville and enrolled at Indiana University in 1910. He completed three years of pre-medical work before leaving the university. In 1914, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania but withdrew for health reasons. In 1915, he became a student at Temple University but was compelled to leave due to a death in the family.

Lee enlisted in the Army in 1917. He was a non-commissioned officer assigned to Battery F, 349th Field Artillery Regiment, 167th Field Artillery Brigade of the 92nd Division.The Division organized at Fort Dix (New Jersey) in November 1917. The Field Artillery component was the first Negro Artillery Regiment in the history of the military.Lee subsequently served overseas as a Sergeant First Class and Gunner. His battery enjoys the unique distinction of having been the first Battery of Negro Artillerymen ever to open fire upon an enemy. He was an associate editor ofModern Artillerymen, the official record of Battery F.

Lee helped organize, and for several years was president of the Fairview Golf Club, the first Negro Golf Club in Pennsylvania. For two years, he was the editor of The Golfer, the monthly publication of the Fairview Golf Club. In 1931, he was married to Mary Walker Robinson.

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Vocationally, he was engaged in several enterprises. For eight years, Lee conducted a successful catering business in Philadelphia; he organized and served as Vice-President and Secretary of the Mutual Emergency Union, a mutual aid company in Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Board of Managers of the Columbia Community Branch of the YMCA.

Lee was a close confidant of Founder Diggs and was a source of comfort when Diggs lost his first wife.He contributed greatly to vision and development to the fraternity in its early years.The articles of incorporation listed Lee as the Secretary of Kappa Alpha Nu. He assisted in the development of the emblems of Kappa Alpha Nu. Lee helped to establish the Epsilon, the Lambda and the Philadelphia (PA) Alumni Chapters. He served as interim Polemarch, until the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter members elected its first Polemarch.

At the time of his death, January 3, 1958, he was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is the only Founder to be cremated and his ashes are preserved in an urn located at International Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

FAQs

Who are the 10 founders of Kappa Alpha Psi? ›

The ten founders of Kappa Alpha Psi were Elder Watson Diggs, Ezra D. Alexander, Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Henry Tourner Asher, Marcus Peter Blakemore, Paul Waymond Caine, George Wesley Edmonds, Guy Levis Grant, Edward Giles Irvin, and John Milton Lee.

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National Dues

$150 per man, per year. (half in the spring if joining in the fall). These help keep the Order running.

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"On April 15, 1915 the name of the Fraternity was changed from Kappa Alpha Nu to Kappa Alpha Psi. This was done by resolution because the abbreviation K.A.N. of our Fraternity was confused with that of K.A.N., University of Kansas. Also we wanted at least one distinct Greek character in our name.

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Although unintentional in its inception, this occurrence soon became an unofficial tradition of Kappa Men, as Kappas have always strove to be noble and productive members of the community. The cane, being the symbol of a Gentleman who exhibits such characteristics, was then proudly adorned by members of the Fraternity.

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For 145 years, Sigma Kappa Sorority has been uniting women in lifelong friendship.

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#MondayMantra by Denzel Washington, an Omega Psi Phi from Fordham University!

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Although most of his teammates on the football team were members of the Theta Chi fraternity, Biden never joined. He would go to fraternity parties to socialize, as he has always loved to do, but he never smoked or drank.

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Beta Delta Kappa

She even wore the Greek letters on her yellow sweatshirt.

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To be considered for membership, a candidate must have at least a 2.5 gpa on a 4.0 scale. For consideration into Kappa Alpha Psi on the alumni level, one must possess at least a bachelor's degree or the equivalent of such a degree from an accredited college or university.

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noun. Nu·​pe ˈnü-(ˌ)pā plural Nupe or Nupes. : a member of a people of west central Nigeria.

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Kappa is the shortened name of the fraternity that was formed by all black students in January 1911 on the campus of Indian University to work to create conditions of equality for Black Africans and Americans in American college campuses. Nupe is the name reserved for all pledged members of the fraternity.

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Documented procedures of greeting Kappas have been established in other Fraternity publications. There is need to re-emphasize their appropriateness. The acceptable greeting is Brother (followed by name last). Communication is something that must be done at all levels of the Fraternity.

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The Nupe (traditionally called the Nupawa by the Hausas and Tapa by the neighbouring Yoruba) are an ethnic group native to the Middle Belt of Nigeria. They are the dominant ethnic group in Niger State and a minority in Kwara State. The Nupe are also present in Kogi State and The Federal Capital Territory.

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Kappa are obsessed with politeness, so if a person makes a deep bow, it will return the gesture. This results in the kappa spilling the water held in the "dish" (sara) on its head, rendering it unable to leave the bowing position until the plate is refilled with water from the river in which it lives.

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The kappa has a couple of weaknesses you can use against it: one, it loses its power if the water bowl on its head is dry, and two, it's very polite. So if you bow to it, it is compelled to bow back, and there's the trick.

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While initially gold, Kappa's scales are seen to turn blue, pink, and purple in Extra Episode 4, and change to red during Season 2. The author has confirmed this is because he changes color based on the environment he's in.

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Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to be honored with the Cecil B.

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Kate Spade is the co-founder of the fashion brand Kate Spade New York. At Arizona State University, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

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The Kappa is a magical being who lives in the lake on Mother's Hill. He will appear after you throw a Cucumber into the water. Kappa doesn't talk much, but he'll accept your offering and then return underwater.

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Gates served in the US Army for three years during World War II. He subsequently attended the University of Washington under the G.I. Bill, earning a B.A. in 1949 and a J.D. degree in 1950. While at UW, he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity.

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Though Brad Pitt only attended the University of Missouri for two years, he was a part of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

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Bill Cosby, Comedian - Fraternity: Omega Psi Phi.

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Comedian Seth Rogen is now a brother of Pi Kappa Apha fraternity. USA Today reported that the actor had joined the Lambda Delta Chapter at the University of Vermont as an honorary member. Rogen shared the news by tweeting a photo with his brothers Monday.

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Kutcher studied biochemical engineering and was a member of Delta Chi at the University of Iowa.

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Real Keeping Up With the Kardashians fans know that Kourtney Kardashian was a partier back in her heyday. While studying as a business major at the University of Arizona, the Poosh.com founder pledged to the sorority Alpha Phi. The University of Arizona's Beta Epsilon Chapter welcomed Kourtney, who graduated in 2002.

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With more than 336,000 lifetime members, Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the largest fraternity in the country.

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Steven Spielberg

Spielberg studied English at California State University, Long Beach, and joined the Theta Chi fraternity during this time. Today, Theta Chi has more than 151 chapters in North America, and it does philanthropic work for organizations like the Children's Miracle Network.

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In 1865, the group took the name The Soronian Society, and according to the sorority's website, they adopted the Greek letters Iota Kappa Omicron in 1868. While the sorority is not a member of the National Panhellenic Conference, the sorority today is still known as Soronian and remains exclusively at Olivet College.

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What GPA do you need to join AKA? Undergraduates wishing to join Alpha Kappa Alpha must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during the semester in which application is made. The student also must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

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For undergraduate membership, you must at least have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale to be considered for membership - Academic Eligibility: Per the Constitution & Statutes - The cumulative GPA of a candidate must be at least the equivalent of a 2.5/4.0 or in accordance with the requirements of the school, whichever is higher ...

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Join us January 4th, 2022 for this special celebration and fundraiser. # j5 #nupes The J5 Kappathon is the virtual fundraiser for the friends, family, corporate sponsors, and members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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The head of the state is the Etsu Nupe, considered the leader of the Nupe people.

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Common greetings in Nupe Culture. Good morning - Kube lazhin. Good afternoon - Kube yigidi e. Good evening - Kube lozun e.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious frats, has accounted for "nine deaths related to drinking, drugs and hazing since 2006, more than any other Greek organization," according to a new investigation by Bloomberg's John Hechinger and David Glovin.

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Fraternity membership sank final GPAs by . 25 points, the researchers found. On the other hand, their income was an impressive 36% higher compared to those who didn't join Greek life.

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UT fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi suspended for 5 years for hazing and alcohol violations. The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville has been suspended for "hazing and alcohol violations," according to the university.

Are Kappas smart? ›

kappa, plural Kappa, in Japanese folklore, a type of vampirelike lecherous creature that is more intelligent than the devilish oni (q.v.) and less malevolent toward men. Kappa are credited with having taught the art of bonesetting to humans.

What colors do Kappas wear? ›

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Nickname: Kappa, Kappa Man, Kappa Fellow, Nupe.
  • Colors: Crimson and Creme. Flower: Red Carnation.
  • Chapter: Theta Beta Chapter.
  • Nationally Founded: January 5, 1911 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
  • Founded Locally: May 25, 1975.

How long do Kappas live for? ›

A kappa could live up to a hundred years.

What is the Kappa Alpha Order motto? ›

God and women. Our motto is “Dieu et Les Dames” and reminds each of us that there is a Higher Being in our lives. Just as our founders were in 1865, we are called together to demonstrate our Reverence for God and to cultivate our moral faculties.

What are Nupes known for? ›

The Nupe are noted throughout Nigeria for glass beads, fine leather and mat work, brass trays, and fine cloth. The Nupe live in villages or towns ranging in size from a few families to several thousand people.

What is a Nupe stool? ›

Nupe Stool - This is a large fabulous Hand Carved Wood Stool from the Nupe Tribe of Nigeria. These stools are hand carved from of a single piece of wood with an intricate patterns and colors.

Why is aka called 20 pearls? ›

Harris wore Christopher John Rogers and pearls by Wilfredo Rosado. AKA was the first African-American Greek-letter sorority, and its founders are referred to as the “Twenty Pearls.” Pearls have long been the emblem of the sorority, and every new member is given a badge with 20 pearls.

Who is the lost founder of Kappa Alpha Psi? ›

Who is the "lost founder"? Fredrick Mitchell left Indiana University right before the organization began. He was at the original Alpha Omega meeting, but had transferred institutions prior to any official business. He is therefore referred to as the "lost founder".

How do you get invited to AKA grad chapter? ›

Membership—Graduate and Undergraduate—can only be obtained by completing the Sorority's official Membership Experience (ME). Contact with current, suspended, or expelled members and/or activities outside of the official ME process are strictly prohibited.

Why do AKAs wear 20 pearls? ›

Pearls are a symbol of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and she wears them as a symbol of solidarity with her sisters. “Family is my beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha,” she has said. That reference to her AKA sisters underscores the sorority's lasting influence on the California Senator's life and leadership style.

Why did Delta leave AKA? ›

The twenty-two Delta Sigma Theta (DST) founders were not pleased at the lack of progress of Alpha Kappa Alpha to move beyond organizing the affairs of campus society at Howard and wanted to reorganize the sorority to address topics like public service and women's advancement.

What are Kappa Alpha Psi known for? ›

The fraternity has many notable members recognized as leaders in the arts, athletics, business, Civil Rights, education, government, and science sectors at the local, national and international level. The Kappa Alpha Psi Journal has been the official magazine of the fraternity since 1914.

How many Kappa Alpha Psi members are there? ›

The fraternity has over 150,000 members with 721 undergraduate and alumni chapters in every state of the United States, and international chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea, Japan, United States Virgin Islands, Nigeria, and South Africa.

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