Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the first intercollegiate African-American Greek-Letter Fraternity, was founded December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.


The seven founders, known as the "Jewels of Alpha" are:

  • Henry Author Callis

  • Charles Henry Chapman

  • Eugene Kinckle Jones

  • George Biddle Kelley

  • Nathaniel Allison Murray

  • Robert Harold Ogle

  • Vertner Woodson Tandy

Initially constituted as a study and support group for African American students at Cornell. Alpha Phi Alpha has remained true to the founding mandates of fellowship, good character, scholarship, manly deeds and love for all mankind.