Boston Metro's Kappa Alpha Psi Chapter Celebrates 90 Years

Anniversary Reunites Hundreds of Fraternity Members

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"As Chi Chapter celebrates its 90 years of service, the brothers ... honor them for their contributions to the fraternity, and their devoted service to the Boston community, the nation and the world."

Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 23, 2014

For nearly a century, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. has been deeply rooted in Boston and in the city’s many academic institutions. Today, the Fraternity’s Boston-Metro affiliate, Chi Chapter, concludes Kappa Week 2014 – Monday, February 17, 2014 through Sunday, February 23, 2014 – which has featured programming to commemorate nearly one century of the chapter serving the Boston community.

"As Chi Chapter celebrates its 90 years of service, the brothers throughout the many chapters throughout America and beyond, honor them for their contributions to the fraternity, and their devoted service to the Boston community, the nation and the world," said Kappa Alpha Psi’s Grand Polemarch, William "Randy" Bates Jr., Esq. "I’m honored and excited to participate in the celebration of Chi Chapter’s 90 years of achievement. The chapter has created an amazing legacy of preparing young men for life after college and I’m proud to be a beneficiary of that legacy."

Kappa Week 2014 Events
Monday, February 17:
"Brothers and Sisters Can We Talk about Justice?" an interactive discussion led by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, CNN Political Analyst and BET News Correspondent.

Tuesday, February 18:
"Honoring a Woman’s Worth"

Wednesday, February 19:
"Who Has the Answers", hosted with Sisters United, an organization dedicated to assembling the distinct voices of Boston University’s undergraduate women.

Thursday, February 20:
"Teach Me How to Shimmy"

Friday, February 21:
Chi 90th Bowling

Saturday, February 22:
"A Chance in the World", an interactive discussion led by Steve Pemberton, motivational speaker and Chief Diversity Officer/Divisional Vice-President for Walgreens

Saturday, February 22:
"Through the Decades" 90th Anniversary Banquet & Gala, featuring Chi Chapter's award of Diamond Scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The funds are intended to aid in the students’ quest for academic achievement.

During the 1920s, racial prejudice and discrimination kept many African American students from attending colleges and universities in the nation’s northeast. Among students who did enroll, local members of Kappa Alpha Psi sought to have an active chapter of their Fraternity in Boston. Recognizing the need to bring their fraternal commitment "to achieve in every field of human endeavor" within their academic community, a group of local members began the Fraternity’s Chi Chapter. At its inception, Chi Chapter included members from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University.

Today, Chi Chapter is a city-wide charter that covers Boston and Cambridge area institutions, including several undergraduate members from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. Fraternity members play an active role in the Boston community, by way of the Boston Kappa League, a local youth development program that promotes honorable achievement among high school aged young men of color. Chi Chapter maintains a local installation of the Fraternity’s National Service Program Guide Right, created for the educational and occupational guidance of youth, primarily inspirational and informational in character. The program serves local high schools and college students. Chi Chapter also partners with the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development (PRI) to tutor Boston's high school students each week in areas of mathematics, science, English and social studies.

"The Chi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. has stood the test of time over the last ninety years. In keeping with the purpose of the fraternity, ‘to achieve in every field of human endeavor,’ Chi Chapter has initiated men who have been exemplary members, as well as major contributors to the well-being of the Boston area and the community-at-large," Bates said.

Visit http://www.chi1924.com/chi90th for more information on the 90th anniversary celebration of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s Chi Chapter.

About Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is an international organization founded on the campus of Indiana University on January 5, 1911. Since its inception, it has trained more than 150,000 men, particularly undergraduates, for leadership roles in their communities and the attainment of a high degree of excellence in their academic pursuits. The International Headquarters is located in Philadelphia, PA.

About Chi Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
The Chi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on February 15, 1924 on the campus of Boston University. Chi Chapter is a city-wide charter currently covering Boston and Cambridge area institutions, including several undergraduate members from Northeastern University, Harvard University, Boston College and Boston University.

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