Eternal Brotherhood “Bonded For Life” Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

fra·ter·ni·ty  [ fr? túrn?tee ] 

society for college men: a social society for men who are students at a college or university, with a name consisting of individually pronounced Greek letters.

brotherly love: feelings of friendship and mutual support between people

Brickhouse Talk sincerely thanks  Mr.Taurus Freeman for an informative review of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Mr. Freeman speaks about the profound history of this elite fraternity and his brotherhood experience. He credits this union for many of his life achievements and strongly believes it recommends young men entering college to consider pledging to establish not only educational opportunities that could lead to phenomenal success but it will establish brotherhood for LIFE on a BRICKHOUSE foundation.

 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. was founded on the campus of Indiana University on January 5, 1911. Originally chartered and incorporated Kappa Alpha Nu on April 15, 1911, the name was officially changed to Kappa Alpha Psi on April 15, 1915.

The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise the sights of black collegians stimulating them to reach accomplishments higher than they had imagined. With achievement as its purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity. Subsequently, chapters spread in succession to University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, and Wilberforce University campuses. By 1919, the Kappa Alpha Psi experience had generated serious interest among black college degree holders to form Alumni Chapters.
The Fraternity is predominantly African-American whose fundamental purpose is achievement. Kappa Alpha Psi seeks to train its membership, particularly undergraduates, for leadership roles in their respective communities and the attainment of a high degree of excellence in their academic pursuits.

 

Taurus Freeman’s Life Experience As A Kappa Alpha Psi

Taurus Freeman

 

I joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. during the spring semester in 1999, at the Lambda Kappa chapter of Southern Arkansas University . I never intended to join a Greek organization, but there was something about this fraternity that I wanted to be a part of. It took me a while to put my finger on it, but it is something that I have found in common in all of my brothers as well. We all come from different walks of life, have different backgrounds, and different ambitions, but there is that something within all of us.

Though I became a member late in collegiate career, it did not stop me from recognizing the full benefits of being a member. It was so much more than just belonging to a student organization, and I did not hesitate to become an active contributor.
Kappa Alpha Psi made me realize my full potential as a leader and as a person. It has challenged me in ways I never thought possible and fostered life long friendships.
Upon graduation in the summer of 1999, I took my membership even further by becoming a member of a graduate chapter at the Beaumont Alumni Chapter.
During my tenure as a member, I put my knowledge and love for the fraternity to further heights by becoming an even more active member and being named as an Undergraduate Advisor for Stephen F. Austin State University. Under my leadership, the Mu Sigma Chapter was recognized as one of the best chapters in the Southwestern Province, and one member achieved the highest honor bestowed on an undergraduate, the Guy Levis Grant award, a prestigious decoration given to four members of undergraduate chapters who have accomplished significant achievements.
Kappa Alpha Psi is a fraternity that emphasizes personal achievement. This is evident as our founders accomplished feats no African-Americans had accomplished at the time. Of our ten founders there was three doctors, a dentist, a military leader, an educator with a school named in his honor, and several entrepreneurs. To this day the members still achieve in every field of human endeavors. This is evident as 12% of Ebony magazines “100 Most Influential Black Americans” are members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
It was my love that encompassed me and pervaded my heart that gave me the courage and the motivation to strive to be the man I have always wanted to be. I suppose that’s what attracted me to Kappa in the first place.
That something makes us stand a little taller, hold our heads a little higher, and our steps a little lighter. It’s an essence. It’s a spirit that is fun and compassionate; encouraging and uplifting!
I have seen it in all of my brothers since I began, and it is a quality that makes me proud to be their brother. And like the lark, it’s their music that makes me soar.
It’s the support of my brothers that gives me strength. It’s their warmth that gives me joy. It’s their trust that gives me faith. It’s their grace that makes me proud. It’s their loyalty that puts my mind at ease for I know that I have true friends wherever I go. And it is their love that makes me whole.
I think that being a Kappa man has really helped me grow and expand my horizons. Not only has it opened doors, but it has given me the confidence I needed to take advantage of wonderful opportunities.
All of these experiences have contributed heavily to my professional development. I was the youngest Community Development Director in Georgia, at the age of 28, for a city over 15,000 in population; and at 35, for a city over 25,000. I manage eight divisions for municipal government, in the field of Planning and Zoning, Airport, Building Inspections, Code Enforcement, Economic Development, Licensing, Permits and Main Street Program.
Since its establishment, Kappa men, also known as NUPES, have left their mark in an extensive array of industries. Some noteworthy names include, Arthur Ashe Johnny Cochran, Lorenzo Wright, Robert Johnson, Tavis Smiley, Percy Sutton, Cedric the Entertainer among others.
Personally, I cannot envision my life experience without Kappa Alpha Psi; if you’re looking for a learning experience unparalleled to others surrounded by the most ambitious people on campus, then Kappa Alpha Psi is looking for you.

 

Kapp Alpha PSi Achievements

Posted: January 4, 2012 by Matt Whitener of CSP in
Nnamdi Asomugha, Mike Tomlin, Brandon Marshall, Greg Lloyd, Penny Hardaway, KC Jones, Lloyd McClendon, Allan Houston, Jim Caldwell, Bill Willis, Darren Sharper, Antonio Pettigrew. It could go on and on, and the list wouldn’t get any weaker. What’s the connection here of all these names? Well they are all combined in excellence, and all combined as Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Featuring a ranks that has spawned Senators, Congressmen, mayors, civil rights leaders, prominent military figures and academics, there is no shortage of ACHIEVEMENT in the annuals of Kappa. I myself being a member since the spring of 2005 via the Delta Omega at the University of Missouri, and this being a sports site as you can see, decided to bring together two parts of my world and dedicate a special entry in the LINEUP series dedicated to the top 10 athletes to ever come from the fraternity.
From basketball Hall of Famers to Olympic Gold Medalists to Grand Slam Tennis champions, there are some potent offerings from the 10 men (fitting) that are to listed below. Enjoy, and YO to the Nupes.
10. Alex English: The top scorer of the 1980’s in the NBA kicks things off here. English became the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in eight straight seasons . Averaged better than 24 points a night for nine consecutive, with the Denver Nuggets making the playoffs each year as well. Became a Hall of Famer in 1997. (Zeta Epsilon, U. of South Carolina)
9. Kenny Lofton: In a 17 year career, most remembered during his stretch as a Cleveland Indian, Lofton was one of baseball’s most thrilling players in the ‘90s. A six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner & five-time stolen base champion. He finished with 622 base swipes and a .299 career batting average. Lofton’s 622 stolen bases sit as the 15th best total in MLB history. (Delta Omicron, U. of Arizona)
8. Jon Drummond: Two-time Olympic Medalist in the 4×100 meter relay, taking the Silver in 1996 before closing in the Gold in 2000 in the Sydney games. Also he won Gold in the 1993 and 1999 World Championships, and now coaches Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay as well. (Kappa Epsilon, TCU)
7. John Chaney: The fiery sideline general of the Temple Owls won over 70% of his games coached, and finished with 741 total victories. As a credit to his five Elite Eight appearances and six Atlantic Ten Conference titles, he was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. Chaney won 200 division II games & an additional 500 after taking over Temple in 1982. (Gamma Theta, Bethune Cookman)
6. Sam Jones: If you asked who’s won the second most NBA Championships of all-time, it may take a while to get around to the right answer, but Sam Jones earned that distinction by being a constant scoring threat for the Boston Celtics of the 1960’s. He brought home ten NBA championships, averaging 17 points per game. He was honored on both the 25th & 50th NBA All-Time Teams and joined the Hall of Fame in 1984. (Alpha Kappa, North Carolina Central)
5. Gayle Sayers: It didn’t take Sayers long to make his impact. He had 22 touchdowns as a rookie for the Chicago Bears.  The six he scored in a single game are tied for the best day in league history. And although injuries stopped his career after only seven seasons, they couldn’t stop him from becoming a Hall of Famer in 1977. (Mu, U. of Kansas)
4. Oscar Robertson: A one of a kind force on the basketball court, the Big O still stands as the only player to average a triple double for a season. For his career, his 181 triple double performances are far and away the best mark in league history. He had five seasons of averaging at least both 30 points and 10 assists. Off the court, he challenged to the NBA’s contract structure lead to the beginning of open market free agency as well. (Beta Eta, U. of Cincinnati)
3. Arthur Ashe: As much a champion off the tennis court as he was on it. He won three Grand Slam titles and became the only African-American winner of Wimbledon, the French Open or the Australian Open. During this time he was an advocate of social causes and lead protests for Haitian & South African causes. After contracting the HIV virus due a blood transfusion, he used the last days of his life to raise much-needed awareness to the disease in its early public days. (Upsilon, UCLA)
2. Wilt Chamberlain: The most prolific scorer in NBA history. His 100 point game, 50 point average season average, 27 rebound per game year & incalculable amount of blocks all stand as testaments of his dominance under the rim. He even led the league in assists once. All in all, the Big Dipper owns 72 different on court records, and one particularly infamous off-court number that is safe as well. (Mu, U. of Kansas)
1. Bill Russell: Simply put, the greatest winner in professional sports history. A two-time NCAA Champion & 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist, it was his status as the centerpiece of the Boston Celtics dynasty that made him immortal. In 13 seasons, he won 11 titles, five MVP’s & made 12 All-Star games. In Game 7’s, his record was a perfect 10-0. He is widely considered the greatest defensive presence in league history, and never averaged lower than 19 rebounds a game.
Russell also was the first African-American coach in North American pro sports history, as well as the first to win a title, which he did as a player-coach in 1968 & 1969. In 2010, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his career & Civil Rights achievements. (Gamma Alpha, U. of San Francisco)


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Comments

  1. avatar Mitzi Garrett says:

    Soooooooooo proud of this man from my small home town in Lufkin, TX. We always ask a question. Can any thing good come from Lufkin. I say yes. Not all of our men grow to be drugdealers and not taking good opportunities in life. Lufkin has birth some of the greatest men around. Wonderful to stumble upon this article.

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