Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: A Centennial Celebration

Alpha Phi Alpha and the Great War

During the onset of WWI, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, particularly Beta Chapter (at Howard University, Washington, D. C.), played a critical role in convincing the government to create an officers’ training camp for black troops. The Training Camp at Fort Des Moines was the result of this advocacy. Alpha Phi Alpha had the greatest representation of any organization or club at the camp. Thirty-two Alpha men were granted commissions (four were made captains and ninety percent were first lieutenants).

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