August 16, 1995
They ate, they drank, they partied hard. But the 5,000 members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity left the city more than the estimated $1.6 million they spent during their national convention last week. They also left their backing for a $6.5 million conference/meeting center project in the heart of North Philadelphia. The proposed Pan-Hellenic Conference Center, in the works since 1992, will be funded primarily by the local chapters of the eight historically black Greek-letter organizations, including Kappa Alpha Psi. The center will include off-street parking, a banquet hall and office space.
June 28, 2001 |
Julian Frederick King, 70, a former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge and family-law attorney, died Saturday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Hahnemann University Hospital. Mr. King, a Philadelphia native, attended Central High School, Lincoln University, and Temple University Law School. After being admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1959, he worked as an assistant Philadelphia district attorney, then entered private practice. In 1974, he began a two-year term on Common Pleas Court, and in 1976, he was granted a 10-year term.
August 14, 1995 |
Yo, baby, yo, baby, yo. That was the chant as more than 2,000 members of Kappa Alpha Psi - one of the nation's oldest and most popular black fraternities - descended on the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Philadelphia Marriott last week and this weekend for their national conclave, which takes place every two years. Members packed the hotel lobby Saturday night, turning it into a sea of Kappa red and white (or crimson and cream, for those in the know). Some dressed head to toe in frat paraphernalia.
July 12, 1990 |
Anthony L. Eason, 21, who is entering his junior year at Lincoln University, saw one of his dreams come true last semester. The Westbury, N.Y., native became a member of Omega Psi Phi, the predominantly black fraternity that admitted his father more than 20 years ago. Eason and 19 other Lincoln students went through a military-style induction period for the fraternity, called pledging. They were required to wear the same outfits for four weeks - gray sweat shirts, jeans, black skullcaps - and to march lock-step in single file, bark like dogs, and to speak only when spoken to by Omega fraternity members and to greet them with a salute and a booming "Greeting, big brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. " That was just in public.
May 2, 2014 |
WILLIAM "FOX" Jones had enough occupations to keep several normal people busy for a lifetime, including newspaper reporter, salesman, quality-control analyst in the pharmaceutical industry, police officer and sheriff's deputy. But the job he liked best was dignitary protection in the police department. In this role, he was assigned to protect visiting figures of international prominence, government leaders, politicians, entertainers and anyone else who might have felt safe having a tough cop nearby while in the city.
July 13, 1986 |
For eight years, Kevin Battle had heard about Philadelphia's Greek Picnic in Fairmount Park. He was there yesterday to see it for himself. All it took was a mere 12 hours' drive from Indianapolis, he informed Smyrna Melvin, a physical education teacher who had driven up for the event from Austin, Texas. "I've traveled all the way here in my 450 SL Mercedes to meet pretty ladies - like you," said Battle, 27. "Yeah, but I'm not impressed," shrugged Melvin. "I want to tell you that I'm a member of Kappa Alpha Psi," continued Battle.
October 15, 2012
THE KAPPA ALPHA PSI gay-wedding video causing a stir online isn't a Kappa Alpha Psi gay wedding after all. On Thursday, one of the grooms called into the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" to say that there was absolutely no affiliation to the predominantly black Greek organization headquartered on North Broad Street. Nathanael Gay , yes, that's really his name, is a member of the venerable fraternity founded in 1911, but his husband, whose name wasn't mentioned, is not. "I was really calling today to clear the air. " said Gay, an electrical engineer based in New York City.
July 9, 1988 |
Gwen Holston is partial to Greeks - those of the Alpha-Delta-Kappa-Omega- Beta-Sigma-Zeta-AKA persuasion, that is. In fact, those Greeks - blacks who belong to Greek-letter sororities and fraternities - have brought Holston so much business that she converted one of her two monogramming shops into a place that caters exclusively to their craving for sweaters, jackets, hats, T-shirts, license-plate holders, keychains and other paraphernalia bearing...
July 12, 1993 |
The intricate dancing done by African-American Greek fraternal organizations and known as "stepping" started out as marching that promoted unity, discipline and bonding among fraternity brothers. Fans these days can sing, "You're not in the army now. " At Saturday's Greek Picnic Step Show at the Civic Center, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sauntered onto the stage to the throb of blaring hip-hop music. They wore black, clingy, sleeveless, bell-bottomed jumpsuits, vests with dangling fringes and high-heeled platform shoes.
October 31, 2009 |
In the late 1960s, "there was a lot of racial tension at Olney High School," Thomas G. Lynch IV said yesterday. Once, when a fight broke out in the cafeteria, a teacher - his father, Thomas G. III - "stood on a table and separated the racial groups, preventing it from escalating. " His father, Lynch said, told him that "he took a big risk. He could have lost his job. " Instead, "the principal at the time thought he did a tremendous thing and promoted him to vice principal.