Next January the African American Fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi will be traveling to Bloomington where it was founded almost 100 years ago.
At a time when segregation touched all corners of the country, the small town of Bloomington, Indiana, was making very big strides towards equality. Almost a century ago, the black Greek letter organization Kappa Alpha Psi was founded at a predominantly white institution. While most other African American fraternities at historically black colleges and universities, Kappa Alpha Psi was unique.
Cameron Harris “The history that Kappa Alpha Psi has here on campus is very important. Because those members worked to create a sense of community for black students who were largely unwelcomed in public spaces on campus,” said organization member Cameron Harris.
During the 1940′s Kappa alumni worked closely with Herman B. Wells to desegregate the student union and from 1963 to 1995 the fraternity had its own house, the letters still vaguely visible, it has since become a national landmark. Kappas from all over the country will travel to the Midwest next winter to celebrate its 100-year anniversary.
“I am absolutely so proud to be a part of such a great organization, and extra extra proud and just honored to be at IU where we were founded 100 years later,” said director of diversity education at IU Eric Love.
The events will begin in Indianapolis and members are encouraged to make what they are calling the pilgrimage back to Bloomington.
“Get involved in the celebration, we want people on campus whether black, white, male, female, we want everybody to be involved in our celebration. It’s not only Kappa Alpha Psi history, but its IU’s history, its Bloomington’s history.”