Current Chapter History
It began a few years ago when a few individuals entered into the chapter and brought with them a T.E.S.T.I.M.O.N.Y. to uphold the light. Time progressed and saw this Brotherhood S.I.N.G.L.E.D. O.U.T compared to other chapters. Gamma Eta would see yet another resurgence of energy and initiative after having its storehouse R.E.L.O.A.D.E.D. Strategically making moves and laying plans, Gamma Eta acquired a sense: T.H.E. 6 S.E.N.S.E. But over time the Chapter has gone through a significant E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.! As with any evolution, the fittest survive and the lesser become obsolete–well, the obvious died and the need for the S.U.B.L.I.M.I.N.A.L. arose in its place. Gamma Eta’s destiny for fruition has yet been more evident than with the birth of P.R.O.P.H.E.C.Y. Out of the night, the chapter proved that the light of Alpha is R.E.S.1.L.1.E.N.T., shining even in the darkest of times.
Gamma Eta was founded on September 11, 1947 by seven men who shared the vision of the Jewels: Bro. Rosewell Bibb, Bro. William Bradley, Bro.Garrett Cope, Bro. Henry George, Bro. Bert Larke, Bro. James Perry and Bro. Charles Williams at the residential campus of Indiana University. Gamma Eta occupies key number 73, one of the two most important numbers in Alpha (number 1 is the other) and is the oldest undergraduate chapter in the state of Indiana. Alpha Phi Alpha arrived in Bloomington along with two other predominately black Greek lettered organizations: Delta Sigma Theta (Gamma Nu), and Omega Psi Phi. By the close of the year, there were five black greek lettered organizations on campus, including Kappa Alpha Psi, who were founded on the campus, and our sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Too Tuff Tau Chapter.
From the beginning of its founding, Gamma Eta was a strong chapter in Alpha land. By the end of the early fifties, Gamma Eta had about 30 active brothers. Gamma Eta quickly established itself in the community with numerous social programs, a diverse and active brotherhood, and by having one of the highest G.P.A.s of all Greeks. Gamma Eta also made headlines by becoming the first black organization to participate in the school’s biggest event: a bicycle race called The Little 500. Gamma Eta brothers fielded three cycling teams in the early 60s.
By the end of the 60s, for reasons unknown (however, some speculate that the heavy involvement of African American men in the Vietnam War led to the decline of black male enrollment at Indiana University, which affected the selection quality of Gamma Eta), Gamma Eta experienced a period of inactivity. However, the seventies brought renewed energy to Gamma Eta. In 1972, Gamma Eta inducted its largest line The 22 Disciples of Sin. It was during this decade, where we see signs of the modern day step show. In 1978, Gamma Eta crossed the 16 Commandments and shortly after that 50 Alpha Angels joined the Alpha Family. By the close of the decade, Gamma Eta had 45-50 active brothers who upheld the goals of this great fraternity with tenacity.
The chapter in the eighties and early nineties continued to produce quality brothers who were dedicated to serving Indiana University’s campus and abroad. Alphas at Indiana University have proudly built upon the great legacy of Alpha Phi Alpha by regularly providing brothers who strive for academic achievement and to uplift the community.
Today, Alpha Phi Alpha, Gamma Eta chapter continues to be a positive institution upon the Indiana University, Bloomington campus. The chapter has a reputation of producing hardworking, persevering, educationally focused and enlightened brothers who will continue to add to the legacy of the greatest fraternity ever established. Therefore, we call ourselves the Golden Horizon (Gamma Eta)…
The road to Alpha might be long and hard, and many have failed, but if you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowances for their doubting too;
if you can wait and not be tired by waiting, or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, and yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise
Then you may be invited to earn the right to see the light…