Celebrating Kappa Alpha Psi’s Rich Legacy


January 5, 2024

Kappa Alpha Psi celebrates another year of brotherhood.

On January 5, 1911, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, a group of ten visionary men founded Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Their mission was to create a brotherhood that combined academic excellence, community service, and a commitment to uplift their members. More than a century later, Kappa Alpha Psi stands as a beacon of achievement, unity, and service. In celebration of this historic fraternity, we’re highlighting five notable members who have made a significant impact in various fields.

Marc Lamont Hill – Scholar and Activist

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A prominent voice in academia and activism, Marc Lamont Hill is a testament to the intellectual rigor instilled by Kappa Alpha Psi. As a scholar, television personality, and social justice advocate, Hill has used his platform to address issues of racial and social inequality. His commitment to education and advocacy reflects the fraternity’s principles of achievement and service.

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg – Pioneering Historian and Bibliophile

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, often referred to as a pioneer in African-American history, was a Kappa man whose passion for knowledge and preservation laid the foundation for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. Schomburg’s dedication to documenting and celebrating the rich history and contributions of Black people not only laid the foundation for storytellers like BOTWC, but also embodies Kappa Alpha Psi’s commitment to cultural enrichment

Alvin D. Loving – Acclaimed Visual Artist

Photo: University of Michigan

In the visual arts, Alvin D. Loving, left a notable mark with his vibrant and geometric abstract artworks. Loving’s work has been exhibited internationally. His contributions to the art world, marked by a commitment to creativity and originality, reflect the fraternity’s encouragement of excellence in diverse fields.

Robert L. Johnson: Media Mogul and Entrepreneur

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), is a trailblazing entrepreneur and media mogul. Johnson’s success in the media industry has not only broken barriers but has also created opportunities for African-American representation in the media landscape. Johnson’s success in the business world showcases the leadership and ambition fostered by Kappa Alpha Psi.

Bernard A. Harris, Jr.: Astronaut

Photo: NASA

Bernard A. Harris, Jr., a distinguished astronaut and physician, made history as the first African American to walk in space. His groundbreaking achievements in space exploration and dedication to advancing STEM education highlight the impact that Kappa Alpha Psi members can have in pushing boundaries and inspiring others to reach for the stars.

Cover Photo: Undergraduate members of Kappa Alpha Psi in 2002 / Photo Credit: The Zeta Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi


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