At the start of the 20th century, black students at American universities were often excluded from associations enjoyed by the predominantly white student population in the form of fraternal organizations. During the 1905–06 school year, at Cornell, black students organized the first Greek letter fraternity for black students, by black students, with the aim to provide an opportunity for association and mutual support among African American students. At the outset, there was disagreement about the group’s purpose: some wanted a social and literary club where everyone could participate; others wanted a traditional fraternal organization. The society decided to work to provide a literary, study, social, and support group for all minority students who encountered social and academic racial prejudice


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March 14, 2020

My Brothers of Alpha,

Your health and the health of your families, as well as the communities we serve, is the top priority of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  The Fraternity, like the rest of the nation and the world, is faced with the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Fraternity’s Board of Directors met Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, 2020 and enacted several precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of the brotherhood, your families, and candidates.

Each Alpha region was represented by their Regional Vice President and Assistant Regional Vice President, along with elected general officers, appointed officials, and candidates for General President. Our actions also were informed by our Fraternity’s Medical Task Force, with whom we are in regular contact, and are consistent with those of government and public health agencies.

Below is a summary of the measures approved by the Board of Directors:

Chapters and Brothers are encouraged to be our Brothers’ Keepers now more than ever. Please check on the well-being and health status of our elderly Brothers as well as our Alpha widows. Those individuals 60 years old or older affected by pre-existing health conditions face the greatest threat from the coronavirus.

In addition, below are links to various websites where you can find additional information.

CDC Recommendations for People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19 (older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions)

CDC Recommendations for People Who Sick, Suspected to Be Sick, or Caring for Sick or Suspected Sick from COVID-19

World Health Organization Detailed Questions and Answers Concerning COVID-19

Thank you for your leadership during these challenging and unprecedented times. If you have any further questions, please contact your Regional Vice President.

Onward and Upward Always,

Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.
General President