Today In Black History: Alpha Phi Alpha

On this date in 1906 Alpha Phi Alpha was founded on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It was created by seven men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the "Jewels" of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry ChAPman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy. Famous Alpha brothers include W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Fredrick Douglass, Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, Donny Hathaway, Lionel Richie, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jesse Owens, and Eddie Robinson.