Alpha Phi Alpha was founded as the first African-American, inter-collegiate Greek-lettered fraternity 109 years ago. The oldest of the college Black fraternities, its ranks are a virtual who’s who of great men in business, sports, entertainment and more.
Established December 4, 1906 at Cornell University, by seven founders its members refer to as “Jewels,” the organization continues to live up to its motto: First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All. For example, in 2014 the frat paid the funeral costs of murdered Ferguson teen Mike Brown.
In honor of the organization’s Founders Day, we present 15 famous members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity on the following pages. Some you may know, others may surprise you.