Kappa Alpha Psi is the First African American Fraternity founded on a "White Collegiate/University Campus" and the Second African American Greek Letter Fraternity for Collegiate men. The fraternity was founded as Kappa Alpha Nu on the night of January 5, 1911 by ten African-American college students.
The decision upon the name Kappa Alpha Nu may have been to honor the Alpha Kappa Nu club which began in 1903 on the Indiana University campus, but there were too few registrants to assure continuing organization.
Some believe the Greek letters Kappa Alpha Nu were chosen as a tribute to Alpha Kappa Nu, but the name became an ethnic slur among racist factions. Founder Elder Watson Diggs, while observing a young initiate compete in a track meet, overheard fans referring to the member as a "Kappa Alpha Nig". After this occurrence a campaign to rename the fraternity ensued. The resolution to rename the group was adopted in December 1914 and the fraternity stated, "The name acquired a distinctive Greek letter symbol and Kappa Alpha PSI thereby became a Greek letter Fraternity in every sense of the designation." Kappa Alpha Psi has been the official name since April 15, 1915.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc has more than 150,000 members with over 700 Undergraduate and Alumni chapters in every state of the United States. The Fraternity also has international chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea, Japan, the Caribbean, Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Kappa Alpha Psi has several outstanding National Programs:
Student of the Year
The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation
Congratulations on 100 Years of Achievement to your Noble Klan and the world. May you all continue to uphold the vision of your founders. Here is too another. .100 Years!!