by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Kappa Alpha Psi, a traditionally black fraternity, is celebrating 100 years! The red cane bearing fraternity was founded in 1911 at Indiana University located in Bloomington. The purpose for this organization was to serve as a support system of brothas for the small number of black men enrolled at Indian University. Of course now, the fraternity has grown into a national, reputable, and — for some — a favorite member of national black Greek society.
The Chicago Tribune reports that “about 30,000 members of Kappa Alpha Psi and their guests plan to celebrate 100 years of the fraternity’s existence in Indianapolis starting today.” Also according to the Chicago Tribune “the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association estimates that the Kappa Alpha Psi convention will increase visitor spending and generate a local economic impact of about $17 million.” Reportedly as a part of the agenda of activities, there will be 65 buses transporting attendees to visit places of historical importance to the Kappas.
This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.