South Central Province Chapter of the Year 1963 & 1985.

Founders of Kappa Alpha Psi

 

Elder Watson Diggs

Elder Watson Diggs (1883 - 1947) born in Christian County, Kentucky. He was a graduate of Indiana State Normal which is now Indiana State Teachers College. In 1909 transferred from Howard University to Indiana University the birth place of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

 

An educator by profession he taught in the public schools of Indianapolis, Indiana. He was elevated to principalship but later resigned his principalship to enter the Nations 1st Officers Training Camp during World War I. He was commissioned a lieutenant and later became a captain in the Reserve Officers Training Corps. Diggs was instrumental in having the Indian Constitution amended to permit negro enlistment in the Indian National Guard.

 

After his death November 8th 1947 the school where he taught was later changed to the Elder Diggs School.

John Milton Lee

John Milton Lee (1890 - 1958) "The Dreamer" was born September the 9th 1890 in Danville, Indiana. In 1910 he entered the University of Indiana and completed 3 years of pre-medial work. Later he became a student at Temple University in 1915. because of death in the family he was compelled to leave school. In 1918 he enlisted in the 349th Field Artillery and served overseas as a sergeant and gunner.

 

He helped organize and for several years served as president of the Fairview Golf Club, the 1st Negro Golf Club in Pennsylvania.

 

Engaged in several enterprises, for 8 years owned and operated a successful catering business in Philadelphia. He organized and served as Vice-President and Secretary of the Mutual Emergency Union a mutual aid company. He was also a member of the Board of Managers of the Columbia Community Branch of the Y.M.C.A.

 

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