In the beginning, the idea of a chapter in the Annapolis, Maryland, area was the brainchild of Willie Q. McManus, a 1948 Alpha Nu initiate of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College Chapter in Greensboro, North Carolina (now North Carolina A&T State University). A teacher at Wiley Bates High School in Annapolis, he realized the need for an alumni chapter in the area since the closest ones were located in Baltimore and Washington.
Brother McManus began to ask other Kappas who also taught at Bates High School, as well as those who lived in the Annapolis area, of their interest in establishing a chapter. This group became known as the Kappa Men of Annapolis. In April 1965, McManus then contacted Charles G. Tildon, the Polemarch of the Eastern Province, to get information on establishing a chapter. Tildon informed H.H. Holloway, the Executive Secretary of Kappa Alpha Psi, of the interest in establishing a chapter in Annapolis, Maryland. It was noted at the time that there were three brothers who lived in Washington, DC, and another brother who lived in Baltimore. These brothers wanted to affiliate with the group from Annapolis since they were working together.
After several meetings and the collection of fees, a petition was signed on October 13, 1965, asking for the establishment of the Annapolis Alumni Chapter. The Grand Board of Directors later granted approval for the creation of the Chapter.
The chartering date was Sunday, December 5, 1965. The event took place at the Y.M.C.A. on West Street in Annapolis. Among the visiting brothers were Past Grand Polemarch W. Henry Greene, who facilitated the chartering ceremony, and Asst. Executive Secretary Earl A Morris, who conducted the installation of officers. The first Polemarch was Willie Q. McManus, the Vice-Polemarch was Henry Austin, and the Keeper of Records and Exchequer was Roscoe Parker.
From Our Polemarch
On behalf of the Brothers of the Annapolis (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our website. I am honored and privileged to serve as the 28th Polemarch of this great chapter. I am proud to lead the effort in continuing the work we do in the Annapolis/Anne Arundel County area. As the current Polemarch, I applaud all those outstanding leaders who have stood before me and contributed to the overall success of our Chapter. I would be remiss not to acknowledge the vision of our Charter members and Brothers’ steadfast commitment to the local community.
The Annapolis (MD) Alumni Chapter remains committed to community service, mentoring the community youth, as well as awarding scholarships. As we all adjust to the current economic, social, and health issues experienced by so many around the world, this Chapter will continue to strive for achievement and support our community.
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As always, we welcome all Brothers within the Bond who are looking to become more active within the Fraternity to attend our meetings, support upcoming events, and join the Chapter. Please connect with us via our Contact Us tab.
Ricky Cooksey Jr.