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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was established at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in 1906, as the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity for African American college students. Due to the prejudices of the time, seven visionary founders organized the first unit of this national fraternity called "Alpha Chapter." These men succeeded in laying a firm foundation and remained steadfast in their goals, which were the espousing of good character, sound scholarship, fellowship, and the uplifting of humanity.

The fraternity has grown steadily in it's influence throughout the years with a membership over 150,000 since it's founding on December 4, 1906. There are now over 700 college chapters, and alumni chapters in local communities. These chapters are located in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the Caribbeans, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the West Indes. Through both the individual and collective effort of Alphamen worldwide, we have contributed to the financial and organizational successes of such organizations as the NAACP, the Urban League, the Boy Scouts of America, the Head Start Program, the United Negro College Fund, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and many other well rooted causes.