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Campus History: NPHC fraternities and sororities

Additional reporting by Kasim Hardaway

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded Jan. 13, 1913 at Howard University in Washington D.C.

Twenty women came together and saw an extreme need for change.

Because of their actions, Delta Sigma Theta has become one of the world’s largest organizations for Black women.

The five points that guide the Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta are: Educational and Economic Development, Political Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, International Awareness and Involvement.

In Kansas City, a citywide chapter of Delta Sigma Theta provides membership to students at UMKC, William Jewell, RockHurst University, Avila University, and Park University.

The Lambda Epsilon City-Wide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta was chartered March 16, 1974.

Eleven “tenacious” women founded this chapter with the goals to exemplify high culture, intellectual, and moral standards while upholding a commitment to public service and promoting high achievement in education.

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded Dec. 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Seven male students realized the need for a strong tie between African descendants in this country, which led to the creation of the Fraternity.

The founders of Alpha Phi Alpha are known as the Jewels of the Fraternity.

Historically, Alpha Phi Alpha began as a resource for minority students at Cornell who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially.

Alpha Phi Alpha chartered at UMKC in 1952.

The Original Headquarters for Alpha Phi Alpha resided in Chicago from 1948 to the 1980s.

The foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha is derived from the principals of scholarship, fellowship, good character and the uplifting of humanity.

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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded Jan. 5, 1911 at Indiana University.

In the early 1900s, African-American students were deterred from perusing receive a higher education.

Segregation was blatant. However, Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, and eight other students were outraged and formed the Fraternity, which according to Kappa Alpha Psi’s website, was the first Greek-letter organization on the Indiana University campus.

Kappa Alpha Psi chartered at UMKC in 1987.

The men of Kappa Alpha Psi are fashioned in achievement and through culture, patriotism, and honor they bond as on Fraternity.

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded Jan. 16, 1920 at Howard University.

Five Pearls envisioned the concept of the sorority: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pattie and Pearl Neal.

These five ladies chose to abandon customary associations for Black women and sought to partake in new traditions including the creation of Zeta Phi Beta, a Sorority based on the principals of scholarship, service, sisterly love, and finer womanhood.

Zeta Phi Beta was chartered at UMKC in 2006.

Zeta Phi Beta was the first Sorority: to charter in Africa in 1948, to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, to centralize operations in a national headquarters, and to be constitutionally bound to a Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded Jan. 9, 1914 at Howard University.

Three male students who wanted to establish a Greek-letter Fraternity that would that would truly exemplify ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service founded Phi Beta Sigma.

They envisioned the Fraternity as an organization that would not judge based on one’s background, skin color, ethnicity, or texture of hair but by the one’s ability and merit.

Phi Beta Sigma was chartered at UMKC in 1973.

The founders wanted to devote the brotherhood to the inclusive we rather than the exclusive we.

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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded Nov. 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind.

The founders Sigma Gamma Rho became mentors in a period when African-Americans could not easily obtain their education.

The founders believed self respect, knowledge, and discipline gained through study would help individuals recognize their duty and responsibility to society.

Sigma Gamma Rho was chartered at UMKC in 1982.

The seven young educators that founded Sigma Gamma Rho worked to create a sisterhood for women of various fields of study to come together as a public service organization.

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