The history of Raleigh Alumni is one steeped in tradition, high ideals, and achievement. William Capehart, Thomas Conway, Sr., Dr. Cecil Haliburton, Leonard B. Hardie, Harry Gil-Smythe, Glenwood Jones, W.M. Perry, William T. “Buddy” Stroud, Dr. M. Watts, and L.L. Woods came together to form the Raleigh Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. On April 6, 1948, these 10 men obtained the charter from the Grand Chapter in order to form the Raleigh Alumni Chapter. These 10 men, who themselves were professionals, eduacators, businessmen, and community leaders, helped carry on a great concept which manifests itself in the …”idea that if we are going to be brothers, let us be brothers on the best terms that we know; if we are going to bind ourselves together, let it be around something that is strong enough to hold us; if we are going to sing, let us sing about something that will have a lasting refrain; if we drink a toast, let it be of something beyond the trivial and the vulgar; let us exalt the theme of achievement.
Reliance would be placed upon high Christian ideals and the purpose of honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor. The Fraternity would seek to raise the sights of young black youths and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than might otherwise not be realized or even imagined…” It is this historical concept, dating back to the Founders at Indiana University, that helped lay the foundation that Raleigh Alumni continues to build upon to this day.
Under the national theme of “Training for Leadership”, the Raleigh Alumni Chapter expresses a genuine concern for human development towards Achievement in every field of human endeavor. By creating and contributing to scholarship funds and community projects like the Beautillion Militaire Leadership Training and Scholarship Program, and through traditional programs such as Kappa Grants and Kappa Scholars, the Raleigh Alumni Chapter has accepted its responsibility to the community by assisting in the training and developement of our members, our community, and our youth.
It is the desire of the Raleigh Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to stand true to our history, and to live up to the idea that “whatever is done must be done well and in accordance with the highest possible standards.” In the true spirit of Phi Nu Pi, it has been, and continues to be, the desire or our chapter to prove itself to be an outstanding chapter of a superior Fraternity whose members strive for and inspire the true spirit of achievement.