3 of the original founders "Jewels" of Alpha Phi Alpha (1906) at the 1927 General Convention in Chicago, IL Left to Right: Jewel Brother George Biddle Kelley, Jewel Brother Nathaniel Allison Murray and Jewel Brother Henry Arthur Callis
Eugene Kinkle Jones was one of the seven founders or Jewels of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Executive Director of the National Urban League during its early formative period. Jones was born in 1885 in Richmond, Virginia. His father, Joseph was a former slave but his mother, Rosa was born free. Eugene Kinkle Jones died at his home in Queens, New York in 1954.
Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) is the first Inter-Collegiate Black Greek Letter fraternity. It was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Its founders are known as the "Seven Jewels". Alpha Phi Alpha developed a model that was used by the many Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) that soon followed in its footsteps. It employs an icon from Ancient Egypt, the Great Sphinx of Giza as its symbol, and its aims are "manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind,"…
Today In History, July 30, 2012: "Eugene Kinckle Jones", the first Executive Secretary of the National Urban League, was born in Richmond, VA, on this date July 30, 1885. He was one of the seven founders (commonly referred to as Jewels) of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. Jones became Alpha chapter’s second President and co-authored the Fraternity name with Henry Callis.’ (photo: Eugene Kinckle Jones) - CARTER Magazine
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc George Biddle Kelley became the first African American engineer registered in the state of New York. Not only was he the strongest proponent of the Fraternity idea among the organization’s founders, the civil engineering student also became Alpha Chapter’s first President. In addition, he served on committees that worked out the handshake and ritual. Kelley was popular with the Brotherhood. . He died in 1963.
"The story of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha is a 'love-knot' story rooted in a personal relationship between Ethel Hedgeman and George Lyle," sweethearts in high school and college, who were married on June 21, 1911.