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FOUNDERS DAY: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

December 4, 2022

Greek Letters: ΑΦΑ
Founding Year: 1911
University: Cornell University – Ithaca, NY
Colors: Black and Old Gold
Mascot: Sphinx

Motto: First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All.

Brief History
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΑΦΑ) is the oldest intercollegiate historically African American fraternity. It was initially a literary and social studies club organized in the 1905–1906 school year at Cornell University but later evolved into a fraternity with a founding date of December 4, 1906. It employs an icon from Ancient Egypt, the Great Sphinx of Giza, as its symbol. Its aims are “Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love For All Mankind,” and its motto is “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All.” Its archives are preserved at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.

Henry Arthur Callis
Charles Henry Chapman
Eugene Kinckle Jones
George Biddle Kelley
Nathaniel Allison Murray
Robert Harold Ogle
Vertner Woodson Tandy


December 4, 2022
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