Chapter History

In the year of 1973, there was a brother on grounds by the name of Brother Linwood Jacobs [Richmond (VA) Alumni Chapter], who was serving as an Associate Professor of Education and Associate Dean of Students responsible for facilitating the establishment of chapters of the Pan Hellenic Council members at the University. He began his search for noble men to join this Fraternity in the Fall of 1973. With the assistance of Brother Clarence F. Nelson, Jr. [Polemarch, Richmond (VA) Alumni Chapter], Brother Jacobs was able to prepare all of the administrative documents that were to be submitted to the Province Polemarch in hopes of establishing a chapter at the University of Virginia. The Richmond (VA) Alumni Chapter initiated the charter members in April 1974 at the Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. The eight charter members are as follows:

William Anderson
Dennis Blackwell
Jerome Brown
Robert Davidson
Harrison Davis
Kent Merritt
Robert Milner
Alex Strawn

These brothers DEFINED achievement. In 1970, the University of Virginia integrated their football team in signing four African-American players, two of them being Eta Sigma charter members!

Although the charter members came into the bond in April, the chapter did not receive designation as the University of Virginia Chapter, the Eta Sigma of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. until December 7, 1974.

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