The History of Columbia MD Alumni Chapter
THE COLUMBIA (MD) ALUMNI CHAPTER MEMBERS
Seated from Left: *Donald M. Coleman, Ph.D.; Claude M. Ligon, Ph.D.; *James A. Dorsey;
*Walter S. Lewis; *William A. Ross, Sr.; *Thomas H. Briscoe; *George F. Woodland, DDS; *Arthur S. Rochee, Ph.D.; William D. Rogers; *Donal D. Hogan
Standing from Left: *Thomas W. Wallace; *LeeRoy Bronner, Ph.D.; *Richard F. Tyson, MD; *Llewellyn W. Woolford, Esq.; *Stewart A. Brooks; *Charles R. Kelly; Milton L. Richardson; John L. McAdoo, Ph.D.; *James Fenimore Cooper, MD; *Charles R. Price; *Mayfield K. Webb, Esq.; *Marion E. Guyton, Esq.
Not pictured: *Charles W. Andy; Arthur I. Boone; *Ernest J. Colvin, DDS; *Colonel Jesse W. Kensler
*Chapter Charter Members
On the evening of November 9, 1974, in the Kittamaquandi Room in Columbia, Maryland. The Kappas of Columbia drafted and proposed a Charter for the inception of the Columbia (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (E). This Charter would soon welcome a group of twenty-two alumni members to organize and begin to expand the purpose of this great and Noble Klan.
Historically, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (E) had its beginning one hundred five years ago. On January 5, 1911, Kappa Alpha Nu, the forerunner to Kappa Alpha Psi, became the first college fraternity to be incorporated by African-Americans as a national body. Kappa Alpha Nu—renamed to address racial stigma and to fully designate itself as a Black Greek lettered organization—was started by ten young men on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington, IN to offset the isolation experienced by African American students and the attitude of indifference maintained by the university's administration. These ten men, led by Elder Watson Diggs, established early that the fraternity would seek to raise the sights of African American youth and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than might otherwise be realized.
The Kappas in Columbia, forerunner to the Columbia (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (E), initially began as a group of twelve Kappa Men meeting on April 20, 1974 to discuss plans to establish an alumni chapter of the fraternity and to determine chapter’s priorities. It was determined that the new chapter would focus on community concerns, particularly the status of African American youth in Howard County.
The fundamental purpose of Kappa Alpha Psi is Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor. It is this creed that motivates members to set and accomplish meaningful goals that are supported by local and national programs and applied to local and national needs.
It was with great pride that the Kappas of Columbia accepted its chartering to be recognized Kappa-wide as the Columbia (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (E) over forty years ago. The presentation was made by Ernest H. Davenport CPA, Past Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Today, our illustrious chapter enjoys the reputation of being one of the most decorated chapters of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. within the Eastern Province and is highly regarded as a major contributor of community service to the citizens of Howard County.