Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Historical Overview Of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


Thanks to my sister and a subsequent conversation with Dr. Osler, I have decided to pick up my original plan and explore the indoctrination process of new members into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The idea, as originally outlined in a post last year, was to understand why some people, after joining the organization, stayed committed when others did not.

In an effort to push through chapter two of my extremely overdue dissertation proposal, I'm going to follow my plan and begin with a historical overview of Kappa Alpha Psi.

What is Kappa Alpha Psi?
Kappa Alpha Psi is a college Greek letter fraternity that was founded on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana on January 5, 1911. Interestingly, the fraternity was originally known as Kappa Alpha Nu until April 15, 1915 when the Grand Polemarch issued a proclamation that officially changed the organization's name to Kappa Alpha Psi.

Who Founded Kappa Alpha Psi?
The organization had ten revered founders:

  • Elder Watson Diggs
  • Byron Kenneth Armstrong
  • Ezra Dee Alexander
  • Henry Tourner Asher
  • Marcus Peter Blakemore
  • Paul Waymond Caine
  • George Wesley Edmonds
  • Guy Levis Grant
  • Edward Giles Irvin
  • John Milton Lee
Over the course of the coming week, I would like to continue exploring the fraternity's rich history, describe its organizational structure, and discuss the indoctrination process.

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