Founded: January 15, 1911

Number of Founders: 10

Official Colors: Crimson and Cream

Motto: Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor

Flower: Red Carnation

Symbol: Diamond

Type: Social

Headquarters: 2322-24 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Kappa Kane:

In the 1950s, amidst the emergence of black Greek-letter organizations and their consequential cultural contributions, the tradition of step shows gained momentum. Notably, within fraternity circles, the practice of “cane stepping” became emblematic. During this era, the kappa canes, symbolic of prestige and tradition, boasted remarkable lengths, reflective of the zeitgeist.

Transitioning into the early 1960s, a pivotal shift occurred as fraternity members began adorning these canes with the distinct colors of their respective organizations. This subtle yet significant alteration served to further imbue the act of cane stepping with a sense of identity and communal pride.

By the advent of the 1970s, a period synonymous with cultural dynamism and artistic innovation, modifications to the kappa canes ensued. Their lengths were curtailed to facilitate intricate choreography, allowing fraternity brothers to execute maneuvers with heightened agility and finesse. Notably, this era saw the integration of twirling and tapping techniques into the performance repertoire, adding layers of complexity and skill to the tradition.

Moreover, the meticulous process of “wrapping” the canes in fraternal colors emerged as a hallmark of dedication and reverence. Serving as a visual testament to the fraternity’s ethos and heritage, this practice underscored the significance of preserving and perpetuating cultural traditions within the African American community.