By: Tony McCray
On March 4th, the Pensacola Branch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity celebrated its 70th Anniversary of its founding at the Kappa Fraternity House at 1401 West Gonzalez Street. The ‘frat house’ as it is called, was recently renovated and was filled with a standing room only crowd that evening. With a dinner menu fit for royalty the local chapter welcomed their Senior Province Vice Polemarch, Chauncy E. Haynes from Tallahassee who claims Pensacola as the city where he was born and is the son of Dr. Sarah Haynes.
The reins of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity leadership for this anniversary celebration have fallen upon the 2017 officers of this African-American Greek letter organization. The officers are Kelsey D. Powell as Polemarch or President, Michael J. Powell and Vice Polemarch or Vice-President, Price H. Wilson, III as Keeper of the Records or Secretary, Dr. Kevin Bailey as Keeper of Exchequer or Treasurer, Larry Stallworth as Strategus and Dr. Samuel Bolden as Historian. The Pensacola Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was chartered on March 8, 1947. The local chapter is the seventh oldest in the Southeastern Province. Charter members are: Willie R. Brown, Dr. H.D. Goode, H. Hicks, H. Matthews, Clifford McQueen, Dr. E.J. Sunday, George P. Watkins and Emory D. Williams.
The chapter’s mission is to promote achievement in every field of human endeavor through initiation, reclamation and retention of local brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi. The mission is to be financially connected to and actively engaged in the community through volunteer service, various social events and the Guide Right program, in addition to contributing toward the national business and social affairs of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Chauncy Haynes, as the evening’s guest speaker, asked the question, “If every Kappa was just like me, what kind of frat would we have today?” He stated, “With the rich history of Kappas like Dr. Donald D. Spence, former Pensacola City Councilman, Escambia County School Board Member, and founder of the Ambassador Club; Elvin McCorvey, ECUA Board of Directors and educator; and Cecil Hunter, former Pensacola City Council Member; Pensacola needs Kappa more than ever!”
Fraternity Polemarch, Kelsey D. Powell commented to the Voice that Haynes comments on the rich history and the role that Kappa can play in Pensacola’s future direction is significant and timely with the 70th Anniversary Capital Campaign in gear, the recent and ongoing renovation of the Kappa House, and the opening of the frat house for public events and community meetings. Powell told the Voice, “We are open for community organizations and businesses to rent and utilize our facility for civic events! As the Polemarch, anyone interested in renting our frat house can reach me at (850) 748-4098”.
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