Honoring the Divine Nine: The Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc.

This Black History Month, the A&T Registry will recognize Divine 9 Greek organizations on our campus. These organizations are a staple of the black community and will continue to be loved in HBCUs around the world.

On April 14, 1933, Vincent A. Burgess, William W. Capehart, James E. Charlton, Curl C, Griffin, Robert L. Harbison, Luther A. Kaiser, HB Short, and John T. Speller brought the traditions of Kappa Alpha Psi , Fraternity Inc. on the campus of NC A&T.

Kappa Alpha Psi BrotherhoodInc. was founded on the campus of Indiana University on January 5, 1911. Indiana University is a predominantly white institution that leaves very little room for African American students to congregate and foster change.

Because African-American men did not fit the social landscape of Indiana University, their minds began to ponder the idea of ​​founding a black Greek-letter fraternity.

Watson Diggs and Byron Kenneth Armstrong first began their pursuit of higher education at Howard University. While at Howard, they were introduced to the idea of ​​black Greek-letter fraternities. This introduction led them to team up with eight other intuitive individuals to plant the roots of what would soon become Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

From their small beginnings in Bloomington, Indiana, the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. have made their presence known in all parts of the world. From Penny Hardaway and Colin Kaepernick dominating the sports social justice scene to Cedric The Entertainer and Marc Lamont Hill making the voice of African Americans in entertainment, the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hold on to their values ​​after their undergraduate studies. mandate.

Antonio Rivers Jr. is a proud graduate of NC A&T’s College of Engineering. Rivers Jr. was introduced to the Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. in the spring of 2018. He also served as Chapter President and now runs Royal Crown Collections LLC.

“The biggest thing I took away from it was constantly being around people who were excelling in life,” Rivers Jr. said. “It was a motivation for me to push and be a better person, whether it’s in business or success in general. It’s also helped me with my corporate life, my networking and how to be more of a man. One of the most important things we say is to be strong. It’s a reminder to push forward and see things through to the end. This standard really resonates with Alpha Nu to be the best you can be in whatever you do.

The Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. won the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Medium/Large Chapter of the Year, the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Guide Law Chapter of the Year and the L 2020-2021 undergraduate album. On April 14, 2022, the Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will celebrate 89 years of accomplishment.

Myles Greer was initiated into the Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in the spring of 2020. While a civil engineering student, Greer is also the current vice president of the chapter.

“One of my proudest times as a member was last year,” Greer said. “We won the chapter of the year, which is a pretty big achievement, of course, and even in a pandemic. We were still able to achieve the goals set for ourselves, the community and the class. We have been recognized by our fellowship for our accomplishments. The second moment I’m proudest of was doing the step show because it was something I never thought I would do. It really took me out of my comfort zone. »

Over the years, the chapter has acquired the name “Beast of the Middle East”. This phrase is more than a nickname. He embodies how the men of the chapter go beyond what is expected of them.

Devon Woods graduated from NC A&T in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Woods was initiated into the Alpha Nu chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in the spring of 2018.

“I think the standard is not good enough,” Woods said. “The status quo is not enough. To be the “Beast of the Middle East” for me and the people around me means wanting more. Earning rewards on campus is not enough. Winning the chapter of the year is not enough. These are all things we recognize and celebrate in the moment, but there is always a next step to take.

The current President of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is a Spring 2020 Insider and Senior Biology Pre-Medic Student Correggio Peagler. While balancing his rigorous scientific studies, he ensures that he is a resource for his brothers and the community of Greensboro, North Carolina.

“The chapter pushed me to realize and question what I perceive as normal,” Peagler said. “The Chapter constantly challenges me to think about how I can give 100% every day,” People who have gone through the Alpha Nu Chapter have had an impact on the NC A&T community and beyond. Henry Frye was the first African-American Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. There are great things the Alpha Nu Chapter is doing.

Black History Month is a month to reflect on the trials and tribulations of African Americans, but it’s also a time for people to rejoice in the persistence of race. Divine Nine organizations play a vital role in the advancement of African Americans. Woods believes that if it weren’t for some of the members of these organizations, key moments in black history would not exist.

“I feel like it’s important because it’s part of black history as a whole,” Woods said. “You have Howard University which is home to many Alpha Chapters and through their processes of starting and sustaining their organizations they have been able to take those assets and really build a foundation and careers. These movements have even played a central role for those who are not members of Divine Nine organizations, as they continue to have families and be part of the community by upholding these same core values.

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