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Kappa Alpha Psi

KAPPA ALPHA PSI FRATERNITY, INC. was founded on the campus of Indiana University on January 5, 1911. The Fraternity's fundamental purpose is achievement.

Early in the 20th century, African-American students were actively dissuaded from attending college. Formidable obstacles were erected to prevent the few who were enrolled from assimilating into co-curricular campus life. This ostracism characterized Indiana University in 1911, thus causing Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, and eight other black students to form Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Founded as an undergraduate fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, now comprised of functioning Undergraduate and Alumni Chapters on major campuses and in cities throughout the country, is the crystallization of a dream. It is the beautiful realization of a vision shared commonly by the late Revered Founders: Elder Watson Diggs, "The Dreamer", John Milton Lee, Byron K. Armstrong, Guy Levis Grant; Ezra D. Alexander, Henry T. Asher, Marcus P. Blakemore, Paul Caine, Edward G. Irvin and George W. Edmonds.

The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise the sights of black collegians and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than they might have imagined. Fashioning achievement as its purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity. Chapters spread in succession to the University of Illinois.

As chapters multiplied, the fraternity began it's national social out-reach program-Guide Right. Today, National Guide Right programs provide programming, role models, and mentors for the young "at risk" population in communities throughout out International organization.