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Edward Giles Irvin

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Edward Giles Irvin
BornAugust 13, 1893
Spencer, Indiana, U.S.
DiedNovember 4, 1982
OccupationFounder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; journalist

Edward Giles Irvin (August 13, 1893 – November 4, 1982) was a founder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.[1] He was a recipient of the Laurel Wreath, the highest recognition of achievement for the fraternity.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Irvin was born in Spencer, Indiana, on August 13, 1893.[1] He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1910.[2]

Founding of Kappa Alpha Psi[edit | edit source]

After graduating high school, Irvin enrolled at Indiana University.[2] He joined Elder Watson Diggs and other African American men in forming the fraternity of Kappa Alpha Psi, officially founded January 5, 1911. Irvin later became a member of the fraternity's first alumni chapter, the Chicago Alumni Chapter, established on April 6, 1919.[2]

Later life[edit | edit source]

Irvin left Indiana University in 1911 and pursued a career in journalism.[2] He served on the staff of the Indianapolis Freeman, the first black illustrated newspaper.[2][3] and in March 1922, established his own newspaper called The Shining Star in Anderson, Indiana.[2]

He was successful at expanding the paper from initially being a leaflet to an eight-page paper.[2] This success garnered the attention of management at the Gary Sun, who offered Irvin the job of editor.[2] Irvin accepted the offer, but later left to become sports editor for the Chicago Daily Bulletin.[2]

Irvin was a veteran of World War I, and served on the Selective Service Board during World War II and the Korean War.[2] He was a recipient of a Distinguished Service Medal from both President Harry S. Truman and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.[2]

Irvin died on November 4, 1982, having been the last surviving founder of Kappa Alpha Psi.[2] He was buried in Burr Oak Cemetery on November 12, 1982.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Founder: Edward Giles Irvin". Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Official Website. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Bryson, Ralph J. (2003). The Story of Kappa Alpha Psi: A History of the Beginning and Development of A College Greek Letter Organization 1911-1999. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  3. "Indiana Jim Crow". The History of Jim Crow. JimCrowHistory.org. Retrieved 2008-06-15.

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