Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Early Expansion Of Kappa Alpha Psi: 1919 - 1921


On April 6, 1919, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. designated Chicago Alumni Chapter as its first alumni chapter. Unlike the undergraduate chapters, which were named with Greek letters, alumni chapters were designated by the city in which it was located.

Scrollers Club, Wilberforce University circa 1922
Between the years 1911 and 1919, the Fraternity expanded to include ten undergraduate chapters and one alumni chapter. From the very beginning, members were initiated into the organization by way of a pledge club. In 1919, after a sharp influx of new pledges, the Fraternity needed a more standardized orientation program. As a result, the Zeta Chapter introduced the Scroller Club.

As the Fraternity continued to grow, the membership realized a need for additional oversight. During the tenth Grand Chapter, which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from December 30, 1920 to January 1, 1921, legislation was adopted to divide the Fraternity into three districts. Each province was under the charge of an executive officer.

Image: Iowa Chapter Kappa Alpha Nu 1915

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