Established on the campus of Cornell University in the fall of 1905, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity began as an organization to meet the needs of a handful of male African American college students. Founded with ideals of civic action and community uplift, Alpha Phi Alpha was established almost 40 years after the end of the Civil War and just a few years after the end of The Nadir-the period when institutional racism was worse than at any other post-bellum period. Exemplified by its founders, known.
About the Author
Gregory S. Parks, assistant professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law, is coeditor of African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision and editor of Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun. Stefan M. Bradley, associate professor of history and African American studies at Saint Louis University, is the author of Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s.