National History


Chapter History

ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC., the first Black Greek lettered organization was founded on December 4, 1906, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Seven aspiring Black men felt a pressing need to pull together and organize themselves into a brotherhood. These seven men also known as the SEVEN JEWELS: Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelly, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy, created the fraternity as a social, and literary organization because of segregation and other social problems facing Black students. Upon that, their literary organization developed into a fraternity. But, where as other fraternities traditionally resemble and take their ideas from the golden age of ancient Greece, Alpha Phi Alpha gains its heritage from Africa. Alpha Phi Alpha uses images and songs depicting the Sphinx, pharaohs, and other Egyptian heritage to depict their organization.

Due to the needs of the national Black community and the organizations commitment to positive social change, Alpha Phi Alpha began early on to involve itself deeply into social change and education. The "Go to High School-Go to College" campaigns of the 1920's and 30's established Alpha Phi Alpha as a scholarship oriented organization. The ongoing campaigns of "A Voteless People is a Hopeless People" help to illustrate the fraternity's involvement in civil and human rights. And, thru the able leadership and involvement of such brothers as W.E.B. Dubois, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Roberson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., the struggle for equality, levels of consciousness and mobility was heightened.


With a desire to establish Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated on the campus of Elon College, twelve young men persevered and chartered the Sigma Delta Chapter under the Beta Epsilon Chapter at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on September 29, 1991. Since then, the chapter has initiated over 40 brothers and has taken a leading role in student life and within the community. This includes serving and providing something for everyone.

Not to be outdone, the Sigma Delta Chapter has received recognition for its dedication to service having been awarded Philanthropy awards, Fraternity and Organization of the Year awards, Chapter of Excellence awards, and more. We foster projects in school/community partnership programs, post-secondary education awareness, health awareness, spiritual growth, and youth development. We also co-sponsor projects with various organizations on campus, serve to benefit the needy, tutor and mentor middle and high school students, and support the March of Dimes providing information on birth defects and raising money to benefit the birth of healthy babies amongst other national philanthropies.

We also enjoy participating in Homecoming, Spring, local, and statewide Step Competitions and sponsoring "Ice Cold Productions" to enhance the social life at Elon University.

Prominent Men of Alpha Phi Alpha


Chapter Achievements


Activist/Civic Leaders

W.E.B. DuBois
Social Activist Leader--First Black Harvard Graduate

Lester Granger
Executive Director of the National Urban League

Dick Gregory
Civil Rights Activist

Charles Hamilton Houston
NAACP Legal Counsel

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights Leader

Hugh B. Price
Executive Director of the National Urban League

Paul Robeson

Whitney M. Young Jr.
Former President of the National Urban League


O. Rudolph Aggrey
U.S. Ambassador to Romania

Daniel T. Blue, Jr.
Speaker of the House of Representatives of North Carolina

Edward W. Brooke
First Black U.S. Senator Massachusetts

Ronald Brown
Former Secretary of Commerce

Lee P. Brown
Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy

U.W. Clemon
Federal Judges, U.S. District Court

William Coleman
U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Christopher Darden

Ronald Dellums
Congressman, California 9th District

Julian Dixon
Congressman, California 32nd District

Harry Edwards
U.S. Court of Appeals

Harold Ford
U.S. House of Representatives

William H. Gray, III
President & CEO of United Negro College Fund, US House of Representatives

Earl Hilliard
Congressman Alabama 7th District

Hubert Humpries
Honorary Member, 38th U.S. President

James A. Joseph
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of S. Africa

Damon Keith
U.S. District Judge-Eastern District of Michigan

Thurgood Marshall
First Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Donald McHenry
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

Ralph Metcalfe
Congressman Illinois

Samuel Pierce
U.S. Secretary of HUD

Adam Clay Powell, Jr.
New York U.S. Representative

Charles Rangle
Congressman New York 15th District

Aubrey Robinson
U.S. District Court

Bennett Stewart
U.S. House of Representatives Illinois

Gerald Thomas
Ambassador to Kenya

Andrew Young
Mayor of Atlanta, First Black U.N. Ambassador
Local/State Government

Dennis Archer
Mayor of Detroit, Michigan

Richard Arrington
Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama

Thomas V. Barnes
Mayor of Gary, Indiana

Marion Barry
Mayor of Washington, DC

Theodore Berry
Mayor of Cincinnati, OH

Willie Brown
Speaker-California State Assembly of Representatives

David Dinkins
Mayor of New York, New York

Julian Dixon
Appt'd Chairman (President's Race Advisory Board), FBK, Noted Historian

Ernest Finney
Assoc. Justice, S. Carolina Supreme Court

Maynard Jackson
First Black Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

I.S. Leevey Johnson
President, S. Carolina Bar Association

John H. Johnson
President of Johnson Publishing Company (Jet & Ebony)

Harvey Johnson
1st Black Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi

Sidney A. Jones
Municipal Judge Circuit, Cooke County, Illinois

Ernest Morial
Former General Pres.-Alpha Phi Alpha, Mayor New Orleans


Cannonball Adderly
Jazz Musician

Gerald Albright
Jazz Musician

Darryl Bell
Actor, A Different World

Tony Brown
Journalist, Television Producer

Peabo Bryson

Countee Cullen

"Duke" Ellington
Bandleader, Composer, Pianist

Keith Garret
Executive Producer, Martin Network Television

Marc Gay
Singer, SHAI

Mal Goode
1st Black Network Producer for (ABC)

Lionel Hampton
Band Leader

Donny Hathaway
Singer, Musician

John H. Johnson
Publisher, Johnson Publications

Carl Martin
Singer, SHAI

Darnell Van Rensalier
Singer, SHAI

Lionel Richie
Singer, Songwriter

Stuart Scott
ESPN Sportscaster

Chuck Stone
Philadelphia Daily News

Keenan Ivory Wayans
Comedian, Producer

Sport Stars

Walt Bellamy
NBA Player

Junior Bridgeman
Pro Basketball, Milwaukee Bucks

John O. Brown
Dillard University Basketball Coach

Quinn Buckner
NBA Player, Coach, Sportscaster

Wes Chandler
NFL Player, San Diego Chargers

Greg Coleman
NFL's First Black Punter

Todd Day
NBA Player Boston Celtics

Wayne Embry
GM, NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers

Charles Haley
NFL Player, Dallas Cowboys

Michael Jackson
NFL Player, Baltimore Ravens

Carnell Lake
NFL Player Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Merriweather
NFL Player Pittsburgh Steelers

Chris Mills
Cleveland Cavaliers

Brig Owens
Former NFL Player Washington Redskins

Jesse Owens
1936 Olympic Gold Medalist/Track & Field

Fritz Pollard
1st Black All-American Football Player

Mike Powell
World Record Holder Long Jump/Track & Field

Jethro Pugh
Former NFL Player Dallas Cowboys

Ken Riley
Pro Football, Cincinnati Bengals

Paul Robeson
Football player, Phi Beta Kappa, Attorney, Opera Star

Eddie Robinson
Winningest Head Coach, Grambling State University

Art Shell
Former player and Head Coach of Oakland Raiders

Lemuel Stinson
Former NFL player Chicago Bears, Arena - Football Grand Rapids

Eddie Tolan
1932 Olympic Gold Medalist/Track & Field

Wes Unseld
Former player, head coach Washington Bullets, GM Washington Wizards

Gene Upshaw
Executive Director NFL's Player's Association

Lenny Wilkins
1996 USA Olympic Basketball Coach, NBA All-Time Winningest Coach

John "Hot Rod" Williams
NBA Player, Phoenix Suns

Reggie Williams
NFL Cincinnati Bengals Player

Eric Wright
NFL Player San Francisco 49ers


Calvin Burnett
President of Coppin State

Julius Chamber
President of North Carolina Central University

James Cheek
Howard University

Thomas W. Cole, Jr.
President of Clark-Atlanta University

James Costen
President of Interdenominational Theological Center

William B. Delauder
President of Delaware State University

James Douglas
President of Texas-
Southern University

John Hope Franklin
Author, Historian

Norman Francis
President of Xavier University

E. Franklin Frazier

Cornelius Henderson
Gammon Theological Seminary

Earnest Holloway
President of Langston University

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
President of University of Maryland

Fredrick Humphries
President of Florida A&M University

Thomas F. Law
President of St. Paul's College

Joseph T. McMillan, Jr.
President of Houston-Tillotson College

Fredrick Patterson
Founder, UNCF

Benjamin Payton
President of Tuskegee University

Henry Ponder
President of Fisk University, NAFEO

Earl Richardson
President of Morgan State University

Walter Washington
President of Alcorn State University

Charles H. Wesley
Historian, President of Central Ohio State College


General Roscoe "Rock" Cartwright
Third Black General, U.S. Army

Brig. General Fred A. Gorden
Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. Army

Admiral Samuel Gravely
Admiral, U.S. Navy

Rear Admiral Benjamin Hacker
Rear Admiral U.S. Navy

Major General Edward Honor
Major General, U.S. Army

Major General James McCall
Chief, Pentagon Budget Office

Commissioner Winston Scott
NASA Astronaut

James Comer

Lasalle Lefall
1st Black President of American Cancer Society

Garrett Morgan
Inventor of the Traffic Signal

Louis Sullivan
President of Morehouse Medical School

Levi Watkins
Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, John Hopkins Hospital


Henry Brown
Vice President of Marketing Affairs & Dev./Anheuser-Busch

W. Melvin Brown
American Development Corporation

Thomas J. Burrell
CEO, Burrell Advertising

John Bustamante
First National Bank Association

Darwin Davis
Equitable Life Insurance

Nathaniel Goldston
CEO & Founder, Gourmet Services, Inc.

Eugene Jackson
CEO, World African Network

Charles James, III
CEO, James Produce

Delano Lewis
President of National Public Radio

Henry Parks
Founder, Parks Sausage, Inc.

Thomas Shropshire
Philip Morris, Inc.

Donald Simmons
Simmons Oil Company

Joshua Smith
CEO, Maxima Corporation

Wayman Smith


Bishop John Hurst Adams
President of Congress of Black Churches

Tyrone L. Cryder
National Executive Director of Operation P.U.S.H.

Harold Davis
President of American Baptist Churches

T.J. Jemison
President of National Baptist Convention, America

Wyatt Tee Walker
Executive Assistance M.L. King Jr., President of SCLC



Homecoming Step Show Champions
'92, '93, '94, '95, '97 '98, '02, '04

Spring Step Show Champions

National Pan Hellenic Council Leadership

NPHC Vice President
Keadrick Peters - '08-'09

NPHC President
James Williams - '07-'08

NPHC Treasurer
James Williams - '06-'07

NPHC Vice President
Chris Woods - '03-'04, '04-'05

NPHC Treasurer
Raphael Garcia – '03-'04, '04-'05

NPHC President
Terrell Tillman – '99'’00

NPHC Secretary
Kenneth Brown – '99-'00

NPHC President
Maurice Gardner – '98-'99

NPHC Secretary
Maurice Gardner – '97-'98

Inter-Fraternity Council Leadership

IFC Secretary
Marcus Ford – '92-'93



Chapter of the Year - 2009
Outstanding Community Service - 2009
Collaboration of the Year - 2009
Excellence in Philanthropy - 2009
Excellence in New Member Education - 2009
Excellence in Risk Management Award - 2009

Greek Man of the Year
Ife Balogun - '09
David Morrow - '07

SGA Organization of the Year - 2007
Outstanding Facility of the Year - 2007
Progress Award of the Year - 2007
Excellence in Risk Management Award - 2007

Outstanding Community Service Award - 2006
Men's Facility of the Year - 2006

Outstanding Greek Achiever
David Morrow - '06

Elon University Organization of the Year 2005

Outstanding Chapter Award 2005

Outstanding Chapter President of the Year
Raphael Garcia - '05

Greek Emerging Leader
David Morrow - '05

Student Ambassador of the Year
David Morrow - '05

Most Improved G.P.A. Award 2005

Outstanding Community Service Award 2005

Spring 2003 Highest New Member 2004

Most Improved Chapter 2004

Greek Man of the Year
Maurice Gardner - '99

Organization of the Year 1999

SGA Campus Involvement Award 1998 & 1999

Fraternity of the Year 1998 & 1999

SGA Campus Involvement Award 1997 & 1998

Chapter of Excellence 1997 & 1998

Greek Man of the Year
Michael Stamps - '97

Association of North Carolina Alpha Men Quiz Bowl Champions 1997

Most Involved Fraternity 1996 & 1997

Chapter of Excellence 1996 & 1997

Highest GPA Under 20 Members 1993

Student Government Association

Executive Vice President of the Student Body
David Morrow – '06-'07

Damon Ogburn – '06-'07
Lebron Saulter – '06-'07
David Morrow – '04-'05
Maurice Gardner – '96-'97, '98-'99, '99-'00
Maurice Williams – '96-'97, '98-'99, '99-'00
Patrick Payne – '91-'93
Barry McDougald – '91-'93

Speaker Pro-Tempore
David Morrow - '05-'06

Press Secretary
David Morrow - '05-'06

Junior Class Secretary
David Morrow - '05-'06

Organizational Council Liaison
Maurice Gardner - '99-'00

General Organizations

Multicultural Student Council Student Programming Coordinator
Keadrick Peters - '09-'10

BCS Vice President
Carl Hairston - '09-'10

BCS Treasurer
Peyton Hairston - '07-'08

Resident Area Coordinator
Keadrick Peters - '08-'09

Residence Assistant
Carl Hairston - '08-'08, '09-'10
DJ Marshall - '08-'09
Keadrick Peters - '07-'08
Alex King - '06-'07

Mr Elon University
Kamal Jobe - ’05-’06

Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society
Ife Balogun
- '07-'09
Damon Ogburn - '06-'07

Student Ambassador
Maurice Whitfield - ’05-’06
David Morrow - ’04-’05, ’05-’06
Lebron Saulter - ’04-’05
Austin-Drake James - ’01-’02, ’02-’03
Maurice Gardner - ’97-’98, ’98-’99, ’99-’00

S.M.A.R.T. Mentor
Carl Hairston - '09-'10
Brandon McGee - '09-'10
Evan Glover - '09-'10
fe Balogun - '08-'09
Carl Hairston - '08-'09
James Williams - '07-'08
Raphael Garcia - '05-'06
Damon Ogburn - '05-'06
David Morrow - '04-'05, '05-'06
Austin-Drake James - '01-'02, '02-'03
Maurice Williams - '98-'99, '99-'00
Maurice Gardner - '98-'99, '99-'00

Public Relations Student Society of American President
Kamal Jobe - '05-'06

D.E.E.P. Student Programming Coordinator
Christopher Woods - '05-'06

D.E.E.P. Treasurer
Evan Glover - '09-'10

Drum Major of Elon University Marching Band
David Morrow (First African American) '05 & '06
Colin Harden - '08

Orientation Leader
Lebron Saulter – '05-'06

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
Evan Glover - '08-'12
Keadrick Peters - '07-'10
David Morrow - '04-'07

Mr Black Cultural Society
Brandon McGee - '09-'10
Lebron Saulter - '04-'05
Chris Woods - '02-'03
Michael Stamps - '97-'98
Michael Smith - '95-'96
David Bynes - '93-'94

Leisure Sports Management Society
President Jason Nephew - '04-'05

B.C.S. President
David Bynes - '93-'94

B.C.S. Vice President
Justen Baskerville - '01-'02, '02-'03

Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority Sweetheart
Maurice Gardner - '99-'00

Gospel Choir President
Maurice Gardner - '98-'99, '99-'00

Homecoming King
Michael Stamps - '97-'98
Michael Smith - '95-'96
David Bynes (Elon’s First King) - '93-'94


Elon Presidential Scholar
Evan Glover - '08-'10
Carl Hairston - '07-'10
DJ Marshall - '07-'10
James Williams - ’05-’09
Damon Ogburn - ’03-’07
Jason Nephew - ’01-’05
David Morrow - ’03-’07
Chris Woods - ’02-’05

Watson Scholar
Colin Harden - ’05-'09
Raphael Garcia - ’02-’05
Maurice Whitfield - ’03-’05

Music Scholarship
Colin Harden - ’05-’09

Honors Fellow
Jason Nephew - ’01-'05

Order of Omega Leadership Society
Jason Nephew - ’05-’06

Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Academic Society
Jason Nephew - ’05-’06
Christopher Woods - ’05-’06

Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
Damon Ogburn - '07

Elon College Science Fellow
Damon Ogburn - ’05-’06

Elon College Fellow
Damon Ogburn - ’03-’04, ’04-’05

Isabella Cannon Leadership Scholar
Maurice Gardner - ’97-’00

Black Excellence Award
Peyton Hairston - '09
Evan Glover - '09
Maurice Whitfield
Damon Ogburn
Raphael Garcia
Lebron Saulter
David Morrow
Kamal Jobe
Chris Woods
Maurice Gardner
Michael Stamps


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