Parent Organization: Social Greek
Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African Americans. Founded on December 4, 1906, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as a social fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha has initiated over 175,000 men into the organization and has been open to men of all races since 1940. Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights through leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, Paul Robeson, and many others. Beginning in 1908, Alpha Phi Alpha became the prototype for other Black Greek Letter Organizations. Today, there are over 680 active Alpha chapters in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, the West Indies, and the Virgin Islands.
The eight charter members of the Xi Zeta Chapter were initiated into the fraternity on April 5, 1986 activating the charter granted by the national organization and beginning the leagacy at Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College. The Xi Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. not only observes the aims of the fraternity; manly deeds scholarship and love for all mankind, but holds high the objectives of fraternity; to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the cause of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood; and to aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic, and intellectual status.
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