Kappa Alpha Psi celebrates 100 years of achievement
As the Gregorian calendar approaches January 5, 2011, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will launch its Centennial Celebration. In the history of African American Greek lettered organizations on college campuses, Kappa Alpha Psi is joining Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in the elite class that has served the universal community for one hundred years.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., is a predominantly African American organization whose fundamental purpose is achievement. It seeks to train its membership, especially undergraduates, for leadership roles in their respective communities and the attainment of a high degree of excellence in their academic pursuits. Undergraduate Chapters are located on more than 364 college and university campuses, and Alumni Chapters are arrayed in some 347 cities in the United States and five foreign countries. Since its founding on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, the fraternity has initiated over 120,000 college-trained men.
The mission of Kappa Alpha Psi as an international fraternal association, is to exemplify leadership and honorable achievement. It is dedicated to the enrichment of its membership and recognized as a positive force in the communities it serves.
During recent years, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity has aggressively moved to establish its brand at the national and international levels. It has increased its number of partnerships with national organizations and corporate entities. It has also increased its number of fraternity programs in order to embrace a larger number of communities and age groups of youth. According to Dwayne M. Murray, Esq., Grand Polemarch (CEO) of Kappa Alpha Psi; “Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is approaching its Centennial Celebration, confident that we have maintained the standard of achievement consistent with the vision of our Founders, and the best is yet to come.”
Kappa initiated a partnership with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where more than one million dollars was raised in less than three years, through the fraternity’s “Sunday of Hope” program, that elicited churches to hold a single offering on a designated Sunday with all proceeds going to St. Jude. This donation made Kappa the largest contributor among African American organizations to the hospital. The hospital has dedicated a mural to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on the wall outside the sickle cell research area.
During the present administration the CARE/GLAD Financial Literacy Programwas established. The two major programs in support of this are: Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) and Greeks Learning to Avoid Debt (GLAD). These programs are targeted towards high school and college level students to prepare them for the future. The fraternity has already reached over 100 schools with the program. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) has partnered with the fraternity in this effort.
iKARE (Haiti Relief Efforts). Led by its undergraduates, this program has provided support to the devastated regions of Haiti. Through a program called “Dining with Kappa,” funds have been raised from across the country. To date, over $40,000 has been donated to Haiti through the CARE and the American Red Cross.
Recognizing the significant achievements men of Kappa Alpha Psi has made over this century, its members in great numbers are preparing to hold its 80th Grand Chapter Meeting and its Centennial Celebration in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over 35,000 members, families and friends are expected to travel to Indianapolis, July 5-10. Under the theme, “Kappa Homecoming: Come Home to Kappa – 100 Years of Achievement,” the fraternity will celebrate its rich history and announce its goals for Second Century Kappa. Built on the concept of Achievement, the organization is planning to ensure that the next 100 years will exceed all expectations.