The Story

Founded on the campus of Indiana University on January 5, 1911, it was determined at the outset that the Fraternity's fundamental purpose would be "achievement".

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a college fraternity with more than 100,000 members was founded on January 5, 1911 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. It is the crystallization of the dream of our revered Founders Elder Watson Diggs, John Milton Lee, Bryon K. Armstrong, Guy L. Grant, Ezra D. Alexander, Henry T. Asher, Marcus P. Blakemore, Paul W. Caine, Edward G. Irvin and George W. Edmonds. It is through the realization of this dream that has propelled Kappa Alpha Psi to the forefront of college greek-lettered organizations for the past 103 years.


Black-sponsored Greek letter organizations on the Indiana University campus might well have begun in 1903, but there were too few registrants to assure a continuing organization. In that year, a club was formed called Alpha Kappa Nu with the purpose of strengthening the Blacks' voice at the University and in the city of Bloomington. There is no record of any similar organization at Indiana until the chartering of Kappa Alpha Nu, a forerunner of Kappa Alpha Psi.

The International Headquarters (IHQ) of Kappa Alpha Psi is located in Philadelphia, PA. In the summer of 2011, Kappa Alpha Psi celebrated 100 years of achievement at its centennial in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about our fraternity and its rich history, visit our International Headquarters page.