During the winter months of the 1903-1904 academic year at New York University, the idea of starting a business fraternity was first brought up. Tremaine was to be invited, but he was not in attendance at the meeting, as he later stated that the invitation had never reached him.
One of the founding members later suggested that it was Frederic R. Bergen, came to be known as the "Brooklyn Four." These four men grew to be close friends while attending night classes, and they walked home together each night over the Brooklyn Bridge, hence their nickname. The nine men in attendance were all strongly in favor of forming a fraternity, and many points worthy of being incorporated into a constitution were suggested.
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It is a fact of which KAPPA ALPHA PSI is justly proud that the Constitution has never contained any clause which either excluded or suggested the exclusion of a man from membership merely because of his color, creed, or national origin.
It was the vision of these astute men that enabled them in the school year 1910 - 11, more specifically the night of January 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, to sow the seed of a fraternal tree whose fruit is available to, and now enjoyed by, college men everywhere, regardless of their color, religion or national origin.
Alpha Kappa Psi became an international fraternity on Saturday, April 18, 1931 when the Beta Kappa Chapter was installed at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. At the 1950 Alpha Kappa Psi Convention in Minnesota, delegates voted 66-44 in favor of dropping the restrictive membership clause from the national constitution.
The ceremony was held at the Hotel London, and it was conducted by Grand President O. In June 1972, Title IX of the "Education Amendments Act of 1972" was passed, and it brought the beginning of the most significant change in the history of Alpha Kappa Psi.
Panhellenic Association (PHA) Sororities: The Panhellenic Council currently consists of 6 National Panhellenic Conference sororities (Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Tau Alpha).
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By the end of the first year, working together, Diggs and Armstrong had completed the ritual and had commenced work on the coat of arms.