Two founding members learned about fraternity rituals from other fraternal organizations: Henry A.Callis worked in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity House, and Kelly worked at Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. Without his serious and eager leadership, it is probable that the fraternal organization would have advanced more slowly.As Charles Wesley stated in the fraternity's history book, "C. He was the moving spirit in the literary organization which served as the predecessor of the fraternity.
"An Alpha Phi Alpha man's attitude should not be 'how much can I derive from the Fraternity' but 'how much can I do for the Fraternity?
' In proportion to what he does for his Chapter and for Alpha Phi Alpha will a member receive lasting benefits from the Fraternity to himself in the way of self development by duty well done, and the respect of the Brothers served. Prompt payment of all financial obligations, the prime requisite for successful fraternal life 2.
The first general convention assembled in December 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.
C., producing the first ritual and the election of the first General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, Moses A. The fraternity established its first alumni chapter Alpha Lambda in 1911 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The original fraternal founding members are now stated to be Henry A.
Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert H. The latter was replaced as a founder in 1952 by Eugene Kinckle Jones.
Garvin saw that it was vital that the Fraternity establish a mindful image and perception for future generations.
One of the most notable contributions made by Garvin was the national incorporation of the fraternity under the laws of Congress.
Chapters were chartered at Howard University and Virginia Union University in 1907.
The fraternity has over 290,000 members and has been open to men of all races since 1945.
Founders Eugene Kinckle Jones and Nathaniel Allison Murray chartered the second and third chapters, at Howard University and Virginia Union University, respectively, in December 1907.