Notable Members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor”—that is the ideal that every member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.®  has aspired to since the fraternity began training for leadership on Jan. 5, 1911.

 

Whether in academia, the arts, business, government, law, letters, medicine, science or sports, Kappa Men have and will continue to strive for—and ultimately achieve—excellence in everything that we do.

 

This is only a partial list of notable Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.®  achievers. Click here for a more comprehensive list of notable Kappa brothers.



ACADEMICS

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

Horace Mann Bond

Ph.D; First African-American president of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania;first president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia

Dr. Calvin O. Butts

President of The State University of New York at Old Westbury and pastor at the Abyssinian Baptist Church

Elbert Frank Cox

First African American to earn a Ph.D. in pure mathematics, a field concerned with mathematical theory rather than with practice or application

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Professor, Columbia University, Author, Activist, Media Pundit

Samuel DeWitt Proctor

President of Virginia Union University and president of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

Historian and scholar of African-American culture

James E. Shepard

Ph.D, Founder and first President of North Carolina College at Durham which is currently known as North Carolina Central University

Francis Cecil Sumner

First African American to earn a Ph.D. in psychology, known as the Father of Black Psychology

Cleo Thomas

Rhodes Scholar; first black SGA president at the University of Alabama

Gregory H. Williams

President of University of Cincinnati, President of the City College of New York, author of award-winning and best-selling memoir "Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black"



ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

Bryan Burwell

Sportswriter and sports television personality

Joe Clair

Television host, best known for Host of BET's Rap City

Marc Lamont Hill

TV Political Commentator and Host of Our World with Black Enterprise

Lewis Johnson

Reporter for ESPN and Track Star at University of Cincinnati

Cedric 'The Entertainer' Kyles

Actor, comedian, television personality

Thomas Miles

Actor, writer,comedian, radio personality better known as "Nephew Tommy" on the syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show.

Marvin Sapp

Gospel Musician

John Singleton

Director, best known for Boyz n the Hood and Rosewood

Tavis Smiley

Talk show host, political commentator; author



BUSINESS

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

Robert Sengstacke Abbott

lawyer editor, and publisher of the Chicago Defender

John Edward Jacob

Vice President of Anheuser-Busch; former CEO, National Urban League (NUL)

Robert L. Johnson

Founder and CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET)

Reginald Lewis

Former CEO of TLC Beatrice International, first black-owned company to have more than $1 billion in annual sales

Kedar Massenburg

President and CEO of Motown Records

Guy Primus

COO, Overbrook Entertainment; Urban Influence Magazine's "Men of Influence 2009"

Charles Clinton Spaulding

Founded North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

A. Maceo Walker

African-American businessman who served as president of the Universal Life Insurance Company of Memphis, Tenn.



GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

George L. Brown

First Black Lieutenant Governor of Colorado; he and fellow Kappa Mervyn Dymally of California were the first black lieutenant-governors since Reconstruction and outside of any Southern state

Mervyn M. Dymally

First black Lieutenant Governor of California;Representative from California

Walter E. Fauntroy

Representative from Washington, D.C.; civil rights leader

Adrian Fenty

Former mayor of Washington, DC

Benjamin Jealous

President & CEO of the NAACP

Nathaniel J. McFadden

President Pro Tempore, Senate of Maryland

Obie Patterson

Maryland House of Delegates, former chairman Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

Shawn Z. Tarrant

Member of the Maryland House of Delegates

Rep. Bennie Thompson

Congressman from Mississippi; Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee

Jesse White

Secretary of State of Illinois



LAW

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

A. A. Birch, Jr.

First African-American to serve as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court

Johnnie Cochran

Defense attorney, best known for his role in the legal defense during the O. J. Simpson murder case

Robert Morton Duncan

First African-American to serve as a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court

George Edward Chalmer Hayes

Civil rights attorney

Wade Henderson

Attorney and President/CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Donald L. Hollowell

Civil rights attorney, attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wade H. McCree

The first African-American appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the second African-American Solicitor General in the history of the United States

Donald Gaines Murray

Central figure in Murray v. Pearson (1935), which ruled that the University of Maryland School of Law policy of racial segregation was unconstitutional.

James Benton Parsons

First African-American to serve as a United States Federal District Judge

Percy Sutton

Attorney and civil rights activist, attorney for Malcolm X

LITERATURE

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

Lerone Bennett, Jr.

Author and editor of Ebony

LeAlan Jones

Author of Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago.

 



U.S. MILITARY

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

Daniel James, Jr.

First African-American Four Star General

Frederick C. Branch

First African American officer in the United States Marine Corps

Alfonza W. Davis

Tuskegee Airman, first African American aviator from North Omaha to be awarded his Aircrew Badge

Russell C. Davis

Lt. General in the United States Air Force

David Hall

Brigadier General in the United States Air Force

Robert W. Smith

Major General in the United States Army Reserve

Clifford Stanley

Major General in the United States Marine Corps



RELIGION

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

Ralph Abernathy

Civil Rights leader and former president of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

Calvin O. Butts

Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY

Leon Sullivan

Baptist minister; civil rights leader and social activist; pastor emeritus of Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA

Gardner C. Taylor

Pastor Emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY; awarded the 2000 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton



SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

Darren R. Cross

President of the National Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

John P. Eagan

Third Black Orthodontist; Tuskegee Airman, Congressional Gold Medal recipient

Henry Foster

Surgeon General nominee

Ralph A. Gardner

Ph.D. in chemistry; employed on classified plutonium research on The Manhattan Project; African-American scientist specialized in the development of hard plastics

Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

Astronaut, first African-American to walk in space

Samuel P. Massie

Chemistry professor; first African American to teach at the U.S. Naval Academy; worked on The Manhattan Project; past president of what was then North Carolina College at Durham

Moddie Taylor

Ph.D in Chemistry; Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Howard University, 1969-76; was a pioneer of the atomic age, having worked on The Manhattan Project during World War II

J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr.

African American mathematician; nuclear scientist; worked on The Manhattan Project; entered the University of Chicago at age 13,earned Ph.D at age 19



SPORTS

Brother’s Name

Notable Achievement(s)

Arthur Ashe

Winner of three Grand Slam tennis titles (Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open), and the first African-American ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team

Bernie Bickerstaff

General Manager of the Charlotte Bobcats, NBA Coach Seattle Super Sonics

Wilt Chamberlain

Former Los Angeles Lakers center; NBA Hall of Fame

John Chaney

Former basketball coach at Temple University

Penny Hardaway

4-Time NBA All Star, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist

Leonard Hamilton

Head basketball coach at Florida State University

Walt Hazzard

Former star player and NCAA champion (1964) and head coach at the University of Calilfornia-Los Angeles, 10-year NBA Player, NBA Coach, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist

K. C. Jones

Two-time NCAA basketball champion (University of San Francisco); 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist (basketball), NBA Player, head coach of 1984 and 1986 NBA Champion Boston Celtics; NBA Hall of Fame

Oscar Robertson

NBA Hall of Fame, 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist; twelve-time All-Star, eleven-time member of the All-NBA Team, and winner of the MVP award

Bill Russell

First African American inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist, awarded the 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama

Lem Barney

NFL Hall of Fame

Larry Brown

Super Bowl XXX MVP (Dallas Cowboys), Cornerback

Willie Davis

NFL Hall of Fame

Jamar Fletcher

Jim Thorpe Awardee, Cornerback Houston Texans

John Gilliam

NFL Hall of Fame

Willie Jeffries

First black head coach of a NCAA Division I-A football (Wichita State University; elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010

John Henry Johnson

NFL Hall of Fame, Member of 49ers Million Dollar Backfield

Ollie Matson

NFL Hall of Fame

Guy McIntyre

Pro Bowl Lineman and Superbowl Champion San Francisco 49ers

Myron Rolle

Tennessee Titans strong safety; Rhodes Scholar

Gale Sayers

Known as the “Kansas Comet,” he is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Chicago Bears) and the College Football Hall of Fame (Kansas Jayhawks)

Andre Tippett

NFL linebacker New England Patriots; Class of 2008 NFL Hall of Fame Inductee

Mike Tomlin

Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers that won Super Bowl XLIII in 2009