Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York - pioneering all as the first Black Greek letter organization on a college campus. Thanks largely to seven visionary founders, respectfully known as the “Seven Jewels,” the fraternity has become one of the most prestigious and influential organizations in the world today. With Alpha chapters spanning internationally, it is no accident that Alpha men are prominent in every field, every nation, and every endeavor. Notable men who have pledged the Black and Gold include: Dr. Martin Luther King, W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Duke Ellington, Andrew Young, Maynard Jackson, Jesse Owens, and Keenan Ivory Wayans.M
Nationally, Alpha Phi Alpha continues to make its mark on the United States by adopting several national projects designed to inspire our youth to aim for the highest levels of achievement. Through programs and partnerships with Head Start, Boy Scouts of America, the March of Dimes, the Big Brother/Big Sister of America, the fraternity is helping to ensure the success of future generations.
Founded in 1969, with seven chapter founders referred to as “The Pearls,” over 200 men have entered the Zeta Pi Chapter. As the first black organization on the University’s campus, Zeta Pi chapter has thirty-six continuous years of brotherhood, scholarship, and service to the University of Georgia and the Athens community.
The chapter sponsors many social and educational programs. Such programs include the annual Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant and the annual Black and Gold Ball where the chapter awards the Larry Leroy Golden Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given in memory of a deceased brother and is presented to an outstanding freshman male each year. Likewise, the chapter hosts an annual program titled “In His Memory” which honors the memory of Brother Hamilton E. Holmes, Sr., the first African American male student at the University. Finally, the chapter sponsors one of the largest parties in the southeast–the Annual Pajama Jam–a fundraiser for the March of Dimes.