Happy Founders Day, Alpha Phi Alpha

On Dec. 4, 1906, seven men at Cornell University founded the first black intercollegiate fraternity. Many prominent African Americans have since become members of the organization. In honor of its 107th anniversary, here is a gallery of famous Alphas, past and present.

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    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.)

    Alpha Gamma Lambda chapter

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    Professor Cornel West

    Zeta Beta Lamba chapter

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    Musician Duke Ellington

    Alpha Zeta Lambda chapter

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    Abolitionist Frederick Douglass

    Honorary member

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    Actor Hill Harper

    Kappa Phi Lambda chapter

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    Judge Joe Brown

    Kappa Eta chapter

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    Comedian and Director Keenen Ivory Wayans

    Gamma Phi chapter

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    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

    Beta Nu chapter

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    Musician Lionel Richie

    Gamma Phi chapter

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    Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sigma chapter

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    Former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.)

    Beta Eta chapter

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    ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott

    Mu Zeta chapter

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    Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

    Nu chapter

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    Historian W.E.B. Du Bois

    Epsilon chapter