Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
The History of Alpha Phi Alpha
In 1906, at Cornell University, seven black students saw the need for a tool of leadership
among blacks. The heart and strength of these seven dynamic men turned this
organization into one of the most important and influential in history. Considering the
time and place one can see that these seven men:
Henry A. Callis, Charles H. Chapman, Eugene K. Jones, George
B. Kelly, Nathaniel A. Murray, Robert H. Ogle, and Vertner W.
Tandy, known as The 7 Jewels, had to possess a unique quality that was
uncommon at that time. Scholarship, leadership, and the love of all mankind, these are
the ideals upon which they have founded Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. These ideals are
instilled in the hearts of Alphas today.
There are Alphas throughout the world meeting the challenge of leadership. The list is
long and distinguished. These men have been in the circle of Alpha brotherhood.
Though many try to duplicate our bond, it is essential that a concept, noble in spirit,
cannot be copied.
Our motto: "First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All" is the basis of the goals and ideals being exhibited by Alphas today. From each local chapter to chapters
worldwide, we look back on our beginning, and the teachings of our seven Jewels, as we continue to strive for excellence.
A-Phi-A.................The School for the Better Making of Men!
- The objectives of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the cause of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood; and to aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic, and intellectual status. The first two objectives- (1) to stimulate the ambition of its members and (2) to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the cause of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual-serve as the basis for the establishment of Alpha University.
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