Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
was started on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
on December 4,1906. The fraternity as we know it today evolved from
a Social Study Club then into Alpha Phi Alpha Society and finally
into a fraternity. Although there are several men who had a hand
in organizing this meeting group for black men on college campuses
geared toward fostering scholarship and service, there are seven
individuals who had the foresight, tenacity, and dedication for
seeing the creation of such a fraternal organization for black people.
These men are known as the "Seven Jewels
of Alpha Phi Alpha" and are the following: Jewel Henry Arthur
Callis, Jewel Charles Henry Chapman, Jewel Eugene Kinkle Jones,
Jewel George Biddle Kelley, Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray, Jewel
Robert Harold Ogle, Jewel Vertner Woodson Tandy.
Without these men, the dynamic institution
known today as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. may have remained
a dream forever.