From September 4th through 14th, 2012, the Kappa Tau Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated conducted its “A Voteless People Is a Hopeless People” national program. Going into the program, the chapter had set a goal to register no less than 500 students of Kansas State University to vote in the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential elections. While the goal was to be met at the end of the second and final week of the program, the Kappa Tau chapter boasted an outstanding 540 voter registrations by the end of the first week. Having met its initial goal a week ahead of schedule, the chapter regrouped and set a new goal of 800 registrations to be met by the conclusion of the program. The road from 500 to 800 was harder than the road from 0 to 500, but the brotherhood persevered, giving all their available time towards voter registration when not in class or work. The result: 804 students of Kansas State University registered to vote and the Kappa Tau Chapter overshooting its initial goal by over 60%.
The chapter planned its voter registration drive for over 2 months before commencement. All the reservations for facilities needed to conduct the drive had to be run by the appropriate campus officials. A promotional video for the program was shot and premiered with cameo appearances from popular Kansas State figureheads such as Dr. Pat Bosco, Vice-President of Student Life, and Dr. Myra Gordon, Associate Provost for Diversity. Brothers also took the program to social media such as Facebook and Twitter in order to insure adequate publicity. Representatives of the KSU College Republicans also provided assistance voter registration. The Kappa Tau Chapter conducted research on absentee voting in order to educate themselves before educating others. Brothers handed out literature, bumper stickers, and additional paraphernalia of both Republican and Democratic candidates for presidential, vice-presidential, and senatorial positions as the chapter chose to remain politically neutral over the course of the drive. The result of these efforts yielded an unparalleled success in voter registration. However, the true measure of the brotherhood’s success will quantified by the number of people out of the 804 people newly registered to vote showing up to the polls on November 6th, 2012.
Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country.