Black Greek letter organizations on Indiana University campus might well have begun in 1903, but there were too few registrants to assure continuing organization. In that year, a club was formed called Alpha Kappa Nu with the purpose of strengthening the Blacks’ voice at the University and in the city of Bloomington. There is no record of any similar organization at Indiana until the chartering of Kappa Alpha Nu, a forerunner of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, in 1911.
The Ten Illustrious Founders gave birth to a great concept, the idea that if we are going to be brothers, let us be brothers on the best terms that we know. If we are going to bind ourselves together, let it be around something that is strong enough to hold us; if we are going to sing, let us sing about something that will have a lasting refrain; if we drink a toast, let it be of something beyond the trivial and the vulgar; let us exalt the theme of achievement. Reliance would be placed upon high Christian ideals and the purpose of honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor.
The Fraternity would seek to raise the sights of young black youths and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than might
otherwise not be realized or even imagined. With achievement as its purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity. Subsequently, chapters spread in succession to the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, and Wilberforce University campuses. By 1919, the Kappa Alpha Psi experience had generated serious interest among black college degree holders to form Alumni Chapters.
Today, under the theme “Training for Leadership,” Kappa Alpha Psi promotes a style of intellectual and aesthetic evaluation for more than 100,000 members, both undergraduate and alumni, located throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Korea, Japan, Germany, and the Bahamas.
The bright beacon of light which is Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. began illuminating the Greater Houston area in 1928. It was not until 2009 when 13 members of this Noble Klan, Todd Armelin, Cedric Bryant, Leonard Cummings, Jr., Aaron Cain-Edwards, Ulysses Goree, Jonathan Guice, Pattrone Jones, Eric Lathan, Herbert Lewis, Jr., Deon Samuel, Todd Smith, John Thomas and Jonathan Ward, took the
fraternity’s purpose of achievement to the northern section of the Greater Houston area, chartering the Spring-The Woodlands-Huntsville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. on July 18, 2009.
Although this moment is a time for celebration, our journey is just beginning. Since our chartering, the Spring/The Woodlands/Huntsville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi has become a pillar in the Tri-City / North Houston area. The vision exemplified by our fraternal founders nearly 100 years ago and our current charter members is being actualized into an organization truly dedicated to Achievement and Service.
Building upon the principle of achievement of our revered founders, Spring, The Woodlands, Huntsville Alumni Chapter has, in a short time, amassed a reputation of excellence in many fields of endeavor that serve to enrich our community. Our members are men whose lives exemplify the high ideals of service, integrity, and honor. Looking at our history closely, you will find members of this great chapter who have been and continue to be recognized for their accomplishments and contributions.
If you are a brother of this Noble Klan or one just seeking information about this Grand Fraternity, we invite you to explore what’s going on in the North Houston Area. One of our goals for our chapter is “Reclamation,” reconnecting with the brothers that have been lost from our Bond of Brotherhood. Let us return to the standard of excellence and honor that is the expectation by redefining our roots and prestige with the community, and finally reclaiming the Five Objectives of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Our membership continues to grow as the Spring/The Woodlands/Huntsville Alumni Chapter emerges as one of the Premier Chapters in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area. We know that you will enjoy all that the SWH Alumni has to offer. In the spirit of Kappa, we extend our thanks to you for your support of this great fraternity. It is an honor and exciting time to be a “Kappa Man.” We humbly solicit your help in joining us on our unique quest to achieve in every field of human endeavor. It is our sincere desire to continue representing the fraternity in a way that reflects distinction and brilliance. If we can be of service to you, please don’t hesitate to let us know! We will continue our efforts to serve mankind in a way that propels excellence and fosters growth.