My Name is Howard J. Brantley and it is my pleasure to serve as the Polemarch of the Seattle Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. On behalf of the Seattle Alumni Chapter, it is my esteemed honor to welcome you to our virtual home.
We are committed to upholding our fraternity motto, “Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor”. Our ten illustrious founders believed the key to success was not only through high academic performance across college and university campuses, but also achievement in all aspects of life, to include personal, social, and community. Our mission is to make an impact in the Seattle community, inspire youth development, and train young men for leadership, while fostering an environment of achievement among our members and community.
Additionally, we proactively seek to recruit, reclaim, and retain Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In order to maintain the continued progress of the chapter, we invite any brother in the Seattle area to join us at our monthly chapter meetings.
We encourage all visitors to explore our website to find out more about our organization. We are thankful for your interest and ask for your support of our philanthropic and community efforts. We sincerely hope you will be partner with our dynamic organization- whether as a member, a project collaborator, a corporate sponsor, or a friend of our organization. Thank you in advance!
Howard J. Brantley, MBA
A BRIEF HISTORY
The stories of Kappa Alpha Psi’s “birth,” and its founders, are well known to all Kappa men; however, the Fraternity’s beginning in Seattle and the Puget Sound region is less known.
Noble “milestones” in Seattle Kappa Alpha Psi history are:
- In September of 1948, a proud and enthusiastic contingent of Seattle Kappa men traveled to Oakland, California to attend the first Western Province Council Meeting.
- February 13, 1954, marked the establishment of the Seattle Alumni Chapter.
Brother Ira Jones was the first Polemarch.
- On March 7, 1963, the Seattle Chapter acquired Incorporated status from the State of Washington (This process was repeated on April 29, 1980.)
- In February of 1968, Kappa Alpha Psi suffered a great loss in the death of its beloved Brother William “Czar” Meredith. He willed his home, located at 516 – 22nd Avenue East, to the Fraternity. In his memory, the house is now named the William “Czar” Meredith Memorial Kappa House.
From its birth in Seattle, Kappa Alpha Psi has continued to spread in the State of Washington. In January of 1980 KAPPA PI Chapter was chartered at Washington State University. The TACOMA ALUMNI Chapter was chartered in July of 1985; and the BELLEVUE ALUMNI Chapter was soon to follow in February of 1987.