If you’ve been on Twitter today, you may have stumbled upon hashtags about J5 and people wishing a happy Founder’s Day to Kappa Alpha Psi, a US college fraternity. But what is J5 Kappa Alpha Psi exactly?
What is J5 Kappa Alpha Psi?
Kappa Alpha Psi is a college fraternity established by ten black college students at Indiana University in 1911. J5 refers to the day the fraternity was founded – 5 January.
And today, 5 January 2021, Kappa Alpha Psi are celebrating their 110th anniversary.
When the fraternity was established, its founders were part of a small number of black students at a white majority university, due to the Jim Crow laws of the era. The history section of Kappa Alpha Psi’s website describes the fraternity’s formation: “The number of places where they might assemble was limited.
“Realising that they had no part in the social life of the university and drawn together by common interests, they decided that a Greek-letter fraternity would do much to fill the missing link in their college existence.”
The ethos behind the fraternity was to “raise the sights of Black youths and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than might otherwise be realised or even imagined.”
Kappa Alpha Psi now has chapters all across the US. They also have international chapters in Nigeria, South Africa, and Korea – to name but a few!
Famous members of Kappa Alpha Psi include NFL star Colin Kaepernick.
Twitter wishes a happy Founder’s Day to Kappa Alpha Psi
Twitter users have been rushing today to wish a happy J5 (or Founder’s Day!) to Kappa Alpha Psi.
Many of those celebrating the 110th anniversary are members of different chapters of the fraternity.