Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African-American men. Founded on December 4, 1906, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha has initiated over 175,000 men into its organization and has been open to men of all races since 1945.
Alpha Phi Alpha evolved into a primary service organization and provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World Wars, and the Civil Rights Movement. Our fraternity addresses social issues such as apartheid, AIDS, urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of color.
In addition, the fraternity partners with philanthropic programming initiatives to include March of Dimes, Head Start, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.
In the Pikes Peak Region, ten men with tenacious foresight and incredible resolve embraced the need for expanding the international borders of Alpha Phi Alpha. On December 22, 1969, the Iota Omicron Lambda Chapter of our fraternity was established and formally recognized in January 1970. Alpha Phi Alpha Iota Omicron Lambda Education Foundation is the non-profit 501 (c)3 charitable arm of the chapter and focuses on educational programs, training,
youth leadership development, and the awarding of several scholarships annually to deserving students. Moreover, the foundation has oversight for the planning and implementation of special projects, fundraising, and scholastic excellence activities.
There is something to be said for tenacity. And if we are to succeed, then tenacity is something we can ill afford to be without! The Seven Jewels proved to the world that determination, planning, teamwork, and superior execution of a plan would overcome adversity and equal success. Ten men with tenacious resolve saw a future for our organization in the Pikes Peak Region. Therefore, on December 22, 1969, Alpha Phi Alpha – Iota Omicron Lambda Chapter was established, and in January 1970 received official recognition as a chapter. As an organization of professional men, we have encouraged others to succeed. We have lead, as well as support, community accomplishments in the Pikes Peak Region.
Quality leadership starts with quality individuals who have chosen to take the steps necessary to climb that ladder we call success. Leaders such as our founders: Alton S. Arnold, Clinton Austen, Thomas J. Connage, Med D. Cullins, Danny P. Davis, Robert Dews, Melvin C. Hall, Bobby E. Lewis, Phillip L. Mallory, and Sylvester L. Shannon. These leaders shared a vision that we continue to benefit from today. To be an Alpha Man means a continuation of adherence to a code of values, dedication, self-discipline, and honor. It is because of determination, willingness to succeed, and efforts to venture forward to help build a stronger community by educating and mentoring our youth, that we have been so successful in our endeavors all these years.