THE HISTORY OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
ETA ZETA LAMBDA CHAPTER - WESTCHESTER ALPHAS
The Eta Zeta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was chartered on November 12, 1958 by Brothers Arnold Baker, Richard L. Baltimore, Charles E. Dallas, Vester G. Fowlkes, Nelson C. Jackson, Hudson J. Oliver, Jr., Frederick W. Pierce, and Fred Smith. Since then, the "Westchester Alphas" has worked tirelessly to support Westchester communities through its philanthropic efforts. The “Westchester Alphas” annually facilitate several programs as part of its commitment to the fraternity’s national programs: A Hopeless People is a Voteless People (voter education and awareness), Go To High School, Go To College (educational initiative focusing on high school completion), and Project Alpha (sexual health and responsibility initiative). The Westchester Alphas partners and participates in other local programs, organizations, initiatives and events and provides scholarships for high school men of color seeking post-secondary education.
The Eta Zeta Lambda chapter meets every 2nd Saturday of the month.