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Kappa Alpha Psi


Founded 1911,

Indiana University

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (ΚΑΨ) is a historically African-American intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity.


Since the fraternity's founding on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University Bloomington. The fraternity was founded as Kappa Alpha Nu, by ten African-American college students. The decision upon the name Kappa Alpha Nu may have been to honor the Alpha Kappa Nu club which began in 1903 on the Indiana University campus but had too few registrants to effect continued operation.


The organization known today as Kappa Alpha Psi was nationally incorporated under the name of Kappa Alpha Nu on May 15, 1911. The name of the organization was changed to its current name in 1915, shortly after its creation. During this time there were very few African-American students at the majority white campus at Bloomington, Indiana and they were a small minority due to the era of the Jim Crow laws.

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