January 5, 1911, Indiana University Bloomington
April 16, 1971
Crimson & Cream
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded January 5, 1911 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The fraternity’s fundamental purpose, “Achievement in every field of human endeavor,” continues today and was best demonstrated best by their fraternity’s ten prestigious founders, who, for the majority, obtained degrees and went on to be successful in their fields. Today, the fraternity holds over 150,000 members with 700 undergraduate and alumni chapters in each state. Kappa Alpha Psi sponsors programs providing community service, social welfare and academic scholarship through the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation.
There are five (5) core objectives of Kappa Alpha Psi:
To unite college men of culture, patriotism, and honor, in a bond of fraternity.
Encourage honorable Achievement in every field of human endeavor.
To promote spiritual, social, intellectual, and moral welfare of its members.
To assist in the aims and purposes of colleges and universities.
To inspire service in the public interest.
From these objectives we perceive that Kappa Alpha Psi is not just another social fraternity. The fundamental purpose of Kappa Alpha Psi as envisioned and verbalized by the founding fathers gives this organization its unique and distinguished aspects. They sought to “shape a group personality unique in the annals of College Greek letter organizations around the ideal of achievement.”
60 years, 3 months, and 12 days after the founding of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and its Alpha Chapter, Brother Walter R. Allen, Sr. organized sixteen young black men at the University of Georgia led by William Kennedy to form the first interest group of prospective Kappa’s. On April 16, 1971 Province Polemarch Joseph Johnson and the Athens Alumni Chapter chartered the Zeta Iota Chapter at the University of Georgia. Those charter members were Regero Sampson, Ric Gilmore, Henry Childs, JuDonn Adams, Donald Perry, James Harvey, Joe Ripley, Vernon Neely, Charles Benton, Joe Tate, Ralph Bryant, Levert Hood, Sam Smiley, William Kennedy, Jackie Davis, and Jeff Brooks. The chapter has developed and trained young for leadership since its inception. Zeta Iota is fully engaged on the campus of the University of Georgia and active within the Athens community. The Zeta Iota chapter has attained some of the highest achievements throughout the Southeastern Province and Grand Chapter levels of Kappa Alpha Psi. Grand Junior Vice Polemarch, four Southeastern Province Junior Vice Polemarchs, and four Guy L. Grant awardees are just some of the distinctions that have been bestowed upon the members of the chapter. With a strong belief in excelling academically, athletically, socially, and through service, members of the Zeta Iota Chapter precisely display what it means to achieve in every field of human endeavor. Members of the Zeta Iota Chapter have graduated from the University to become doctors, lawyers, politicians, financial consultants, real estate agents, CPAs, and even Pro football and basketball players.