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Black Voices: Meet the Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.


Founded on Dec. 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the first historically African American intercollegiate greek-lettered fraternity. The fraternity's Alpha Chapter is at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

The oldest and coldest Black fraternity known to man was founded by seven distinguished African American brothers, who we have the opportunity to call our Jewels: Henry Authur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle and Vertner Woodson Tandy.

These men came together originally as a support group for minorities who faced racial injustices both socially and educationally at Cornell, then eventually turned into a prestigious fraternity.

These distinguished men went on to be pioneers in their fields and were at the forefront of fighting social injustices. 

The Gamma Eta chapter of the fraternity was founded March 29, 1947 at IU.

IU is home to the 73rd undergraduate chapter of Alpha, which was the first undergraduate chapter in Indiana.

The seven men who chartered IU's chapter of the Fraternity saw the same vision of our Jewels. Our charters members are Roswell Bibb, William Bradley, Garrett Cope, Henry George, Bert Larke, James Perry and Charles Williams. 

In 2020, the Gamma Eta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha is held by 10 active members who crossed in fall 2018 or their recent inductees spring 2020. Those members are Brendan Berry, Moses Baryoh, Aahron Revell, Morphing Koné, Deontae Bolden, Joshua Pack, Olufolabomu Odekunle, Jordan Lloyd, Christopher Alexander Jr. and David Harrison.

These men uphold the light of Alpha on IU's campus. They program and work deeply in the communities of Bloomington and serve the campus community as leaders and mentors.

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