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.


The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had two siblings but thousands of brothers. The preacher, scholar and civil rights leader became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, the first and oldest collegiate fraternity for African American men, on June 22nd 1952.

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.  


A Bowie State University student is suing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. According to a lawsuit by Kevin Hayes, he was hazed while pledging the historically African-American frat and is seeking $3 million in damages. 

The first Black, inter-collegiate Greek-lettered fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., has offered to pay the funeral costs of slain teen Michael Brown. The 18-year-old was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9 in Ferguson, and the incident has led to protests and unrest in the Missouri town ever since. 

The first intercollegiate Greek-letter organization established by African Americans is speaking out against the controversial Arizona immigration law. As previously reported, governor Jan Brewer signed a bill set to take effect this summer that permits law enforcement to question people’s immigration status at their discretion. The controversial concept has sparked outrage particularly in the Hispanic community who […]

The nation’s oldest Black fraternity has decided to suspend membership intake nationwide amidst allegations of hazing. The general President of the organization, Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., announced the news to members through a letter. According to Mason Jr., the decision was made due to “the failure of some of our members to behave honorably and […]