December 4, 1906
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the first Greek letter college fraternity founded by and for African American men. The seven remarkable men who founded the Fraternity on December 4, 1906, were scholars at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The term “Jewels” has been adopted by the Fraternity as its official designation for its founders. While several of the Jewel – founders were members of this elite group by consensus from the earliest days of the fraternity, some discussion and debate ensued into the middle of the 20th century as to filling out this elite group. Above are portraits and names of these revered Alpha men, all of whom are now deceased having entered into our Omega Chapter. Additional information on the history of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is available at the Fraternity’s National Website or from the book The History of Alpha Phi Alpha, A Development in College Life, by Brother Charles H. Wesley, and published by the Foundation Publishers, Baltimore, Maryland. Additional history regarding Iota Lambda Chapter is available via the Chapter History Page.