The Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha

Service is the key to success

Chapter History

Current Chapter History

The sumptuous history that is, Gamma Eta, began over a decade ago when a few individuals entered the chapter with a T.E.S.T.I.M.O.N.Y. to uphold the Light. As time progressed, the Brotherhood seemed S.I.N.G.L.E.D. O.U.T compared to other chapters. As a result, Gamma Eta reverted back to the drawing board and returned locked and R.E.L.O.A.D.E.D. As the chapter continued to flourish, Gamma Eta acquired T.H.E. 6 S.E.N.S.E., which allowed them to provide the campus with a remarkable E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N.! As with any evolution, the fittest survive and the lesser were no longer able to thrive. This S.U.B.L.I.M.I.N.A.L., yet commanding take over pressed full steam ahead. Then, the fruits of Gamma Eta’s labor become more evident with the birth of P.R.O.P.H.E.C.Y. proving the Light of Alpha is R.E.S.1.L.1.E.N.T. And out of the night came, T.H.E. 7 I.M.M.O.R.T.A.L.S. who made R.E.L.E.N.7.L.E.S.S. efforts to uphold the GHlory.

Extended Chapter History

Gamma Eta was founded on September 11, 1947 by seven men who shared the vision of our beloved 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 renowned campus of Indiana University. Gamma Eta occupies key number 73, one of the two most important numbers in Alpha. Gamma Eta reigns as the oldest undergraduate chapter in the state of Indiana. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated arrived in Bloomington along with two other predominately black Greek-lettered organizations: Delta Sigma Theta (Gamma Nu), and Omega Psi Phi (Zeta Epsilon). By the close of the year, there existed five black Greek-lettered organizations on campus, including Kappa Alpha Psi and our esteemed Sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Too Tuff Tau Chapter.

Since its founding, Gamma Eta was a strong chapter in Alpha land and by the end of the early fifties, Gamma Eta had approximately 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 Greek organizations. Gamma Eta also made headlines by becoming the first black organization to participate in the university’s biggest event: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 opportunity of quality selection for Gamma Eta). As a result, 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 tenaciously upheld the goals of this great fraternity.

In the eighties and early nineties, the chapter 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 Fraternity, Incorporated by regularly producing brothers who strived for academic achievement and community uplift.

Today, the Gamma Eta chapter continues to be a positive institution on the Indiana University, Bloomington campus. The chapter has a reputation of producing hardworking, persevering, educationally focused and enlightened brothers who will continue to contribute to the legacy of the greatest fraternity ever established. Therefore, we call ourselves the Golden Horizon (Gamma Eta).

The road to Alpha is 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, and only then, may you be invited to earn the right to see the Light…