Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and the founders are collectively known as the "Seven Jewels". Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter organization established by African Americans.
The fraternity expanded when additional chapters were chartered at Howard University and Virginia Union University in 1907. From 1908, Alpha Phi Alpha became the prototype for other Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs). The fraternity has over 185,000 members and has been open to men of all races since 1940. Today there are over 680 active chapters in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Caribbean, and Asia.
Alpha Phi Alpha evolved into a primarily service organization and provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World Wars, and Civil Rights Movements, and addresses social issues such as apartheid, AIDS, urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of color. The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and World Policy Council are programs of Alpha Phi Alpha, and it jointly leads philanthropic programming initiatives with March of Dimes, Head Start, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Members of Alpha Phi Alpha include Jamaican Prime Minister Norman Manley, Nobel Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Olympian Jesse Owens, Justice Thurgood Marshall, United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, and Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. Numerous other American leaders are among the men who have adopted the fraternity’s principles—manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind.
The Epsilon Rho Chapter of Alpha was founded November 22, 1963 on the campus of Lamar University. It was the first African American Greek Lettered Organization on the Campus. It has produced a host of SGA presidents, innovators, and campus leaders.
Student Organization seeking registration renewal
College Chapter Membership
Any male student of an accredited college may be presented as a candidate for membership in a college chapter provided that he:
- Attends an institution where an active chapter is located;
- Has successfully completed one semester or two quarters of a regular year's
- Is a full-time student taking courses leading to his first academic degree;
- Is in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of not
less than 2.5 on a 4.0 grade point
scale; or equivalent except where the minimum grade required by the
college for graduation is greater, then the
minimum grade for graduation must be used for eligibility;
- Is of good character;
- Is registered to vote, if eligible and qualified
Must be a valid Lamar University email address
Please upload your current constitution in PDF or Word format. If you do not have a constitution, contact the Office of Student Organization Services for an example. If constitutions are amended, organizations must bring a copy of the new constitution to the Office of Organization Services located in Setzer Student Center, Room 260 for the files.