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History of Alpha Southwest

We in Alpha Southwest are committed to fulfill the mission of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. The brothers in our region from the great states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas are proud to carry out the aims of Alpha–“Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind.”

The Founding Jewels of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. were no ordinary achievers. Given racial attitudes in 1906, their accomplishments were monumental. As founder Henry Arthur Callis euphemistically stated—because the half-dozen African American students at Cornell University during the school year 1904-05 did not return to campus the following year, the incoming students in 1905-06, in founding Alpha Phi Alpha, were determined to bind themselves together to ensure that each would survive in the racially hostile environment. In coming together with this simple act, they preceded by decades the emergence of such on-campus programs as Affirmative Action and Upward Bound. The students set outstanding examples of Scholarship, Leadership and Tenacity —preceding the efforts even of the NAACP and similar civil rights organizations.

The Southwestern Region is home to Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The first regional convention in the fraternity’s history was held March 6-7, 1931 at Samuel Houston College in Austin, Texas. It was hosted by Beta Zeta Chapter, which was at that time part of the Southern Region. At the first National Convention hosted by this region in 1937, Bro. O. Wilson Winters officially became Life Member #1 and Bro. Walter F. Jerrick became Life Member #2.

The Southwestern Region assembles 116 Chapters both college and alumni.