Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Phi Alpha

About Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, 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 Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially. 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.

The brothers of Epsilon Mu Chapter have served the community and have demonstrated the leadership qualities set for the by the founding members of Alpha. Alpha Phi Alpha is the only fraternity that since chartered on campus has had an active brother present on campus. Currently, the chapter is continuing the legacy of Alpha and continues to stress academic excellence among its members, the brothers also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African-Americans.


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Chapter Information

  • Designation: Epsilon Mu Chapter
  • President: Joziah Mallett
  • Websites: National
  • SJSU Founding: March 6, 1962
  • National Founding: December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca NY
  • Scholarship: Fall 2016 - 2.59, Spring 2016–1.83, Fall 2015 - 1.37
  • Colors: Black and Old Gold
  • Flower: Yellow Rose
  • Symbol: Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Motto: "First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All"
  • Nickname: Alphas
  • Famous Alumni: Willie Brown (former San Francisco mayor), Thurgood Marshall (former Spreme Court Justice), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate), Duke Ellington (composer, actor), Lionel Richie (singer), Keenen Ivory Wayans (actor, comedian), Jesse Owens (1936 Olympic athlete), W.E.B. Dubois, Ron Dellums (former Oakland Mayor and Congressman (CA))
  • Annual Events: A Voteless People are a Hopeless People, Go to High School Go to College, and Brother's Keeper