1949-konklave-small-file-300x174Brother’s The Founders’ Day celebration hosted by the Los Angeles Alumni, Upsilon, & Beta Omega Chapters will be held on January 18, 2014 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles.

 

Ticket sales have closThe chapter has been active in the Los Angeles community spanning back years before its chartering in 1938.  From 1923 to 1938 brothers who attended UCLA and remained in the Los Angeles area meet regularly with the desire to continue a formal association with the fraternity at a time when they were no longer undergraduates.  A petition was sent to the Grand Chapter to establish the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  As recorded in the archives of the Grand Chapter, the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter was duly adopted, on December 27, 1937 by the Grand Board of Directors of Kappa Alpha Psi.  The charter was presented to the chapter on August 8, 1938.  The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter is the first alumni chapter charted in the territory now known as the Western Province.

 

Although there are no documents in the archives at International Headquarters that show the names of the brothers designated as chartering members of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter, there are official documents and correspondence from Los Angeles Alumni to Brother J. Ernest Wilkins during the 1930’s which contain the names of the following brothers: Edgar J. Johnson, Dr. A.A. Foster, Garner V. Grayson, Jefferson M. Brown, Ernest Mitchell, Dr. Jerome M. Hatcher, and Dr. W.E. Bailey.

 

The Los Angeles Alumni chapter continued to induct brothers through the Upsilon Chapter at both Undergraduate and Alumni levels until the fraternity adopted a policy in 1940 prohibiting alumni members from affiliating with Greek letter chapters in cities where alumni chapters where located.  The first members initiate through the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter occurred in 1947.

 

World War II (1939-1945) interrupted much of the activities of fraternity life because many brothers were serving in the military forces. Upon returning from the military,1949-konklave-small-file brothers began to increase the membership of the chapter and establish community service programs. During the early years, the brothers established a major goal of purchasing property to dedicate a Kappa House in Los Angeles, a place that would serve as a social center for brothers and community members.

 

1286-300x147That goal was first realized on July 22, 1951 with the purchase of property located at 2104 South Harvard Boulevard. The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter dedicated the property as the ‘Kappa Kastle’ and it was one of Kappa Alpha Psi most beautiful Fraternity homes.  Brother Robert F. Green was the chapter Polemarch during the dedication.  In 1957, when Interstate 10 Highway began construction, the Kastle was sold under eminent domain to make way for the new Highway.  A new property was purchased at 1846 Crenshaw Boulevard; which is the current location.  The Kappa Kastle is named in honor of Past Los Angeles Alumni Polemarch, Robert F. Green.

 

The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter boast members from all corners of the City of Los Angeles which spans north to the neighborhoods of San Fernando Valley and Hollywood, west to the beach neighborhoods of Pacific Palisades, Venice and the Marina Peninsula down to the southern boundary neighborhoods of San Pedro and throughout the historic neighborhoods central to Downtown Los Angeles.

 

The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter has benefited from the leadership of brothers that have been honored with the highest awards bestowed to members in the fraternity; and members that have risen to the highest offices within and outside of the fraternity.

 


 

The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter has produced:

  •  Eight Western Province Polemarchs; John W. Brewer (1941-1945), Frank LaVigne (1946-1947), Thomas Bradley (1947-1957), Robert F. Green(1958-1959, 1964-1967), Randall C. Bacon (1967-1973), Edgar H. Bishop (1988-1992), Kevin D. Kinsey (1995-2001) and Gilbert D. Brown, III (2014-Present)
  • Two Grand Polemarchs; 18th Grand Polemarch Thomas Bradley (1964-1967) and Randall C. Bacon (1985-1988).
  • Two Laurel Wreath Awardees; 22th Thomas Bradley and the 45th Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
  • Two Elder Watson Diggs Awardees; 33rd Edgar H. Bishop and the 45th Dr. Peter Butler.
  • Hosted three Grand Chapter Meetings; 37th in 1947, 47th in 1957 and the 69th in 1989.
  • Several high ranking City of Los Angeles officials including Mayor Tom Bradley (1973-1993)

 


 

In 1994 at the 47th Western Province Council in Seattle, Washington, the membership voted to rename nine awards after brothers who had served the fraternity in various capacities, displaying true manliness and fidelity.  Four of which were named after members of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter:

  • Western Province Outstanding Alumni Award was renamed the “Randall C. Bacon Outstanding Alumni Award”
  • The Outstanding Undergraduate Chapter Achievement Award was renamed: “The Dr. Peter Butler Jr. Undergraduate Chapter Achievement Award”
  • The Alumni Chapter Membership Award was renamed: “The John W. Redfud Alumni Membership Award”
  • The Community Service & Distinguished Citizen Award was renamed: “The Tom Bradley Community Service & Distinguished Citizen Award”

 


Under the chairmanship of brother Mel Davis and with the very able assistance of Brother Edgar H. Bishop, the Los Angeles Alumni Social Action/Guide Right Program took the form of a training activity for young men of the Alain Le Roy Locke High School in the late 1960’s called the Kappa Instructional Leadership League (Kappa League), it was designed to help young men in high school to grow and to develop their leadership talents in every phase of human development. Brothers Davis and Bishop presented the Kappa League Program at the 56th Grand Chapter Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1970 for adoption for all chapters.

 

In 1996 brothers in the chapter voluntarily made financial donations, which were used to purchase additional property; a house at 1852 Crenshaw Boulevard, immediately south of the Kappa Kastle. This house was used to house  undergraduate brothers and or/other brothers who desire to become tenants, or for other purposes the membership determines.

 

Today the chapter continues to thrive with over 100+ active and financial brothers who continue to make Los Angeles Alumni the Jewel of the Western Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.t directly to Brother Lawrence Reney: (213) 386-4748 or LRTrojanDad@aol.com.