Sixty buses from Indianapolis shuttled thousands of former and current members of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity to Bloomington Thursday for the centennial of the organization’s founding on the IU campus.
“This is where it started. You’ve got to show deference, got to show respect,” said Kevin Jackson, a Kappa Alpha Psi member from California State-Long Beach.
Respect for the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and its 10 founding members who met for the first time a century ago in a building that once stood next to Nick’s English Hut.
“Panda Express isn’t where they met, but that’s the sight of our house, so that’s what we’re doing right now. They’re just taking historical pictures. I mean this is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” Jackson said.
IU Diversity Education Director Eric Love helped organize the day’s events including the Kappa Trail, a tour through Bloomington featuring sights of historical significance to the fraternity.
“I think we were instrumental in pushing the campus a little bit faster than other parts of the country,” Love said.
“It became integrated and we’ve had great Kappas coming through IU ever since.”
Following Thursday’s pilgrimage, fraternity members returned to Indianapolis to attend the group’s national convention.