Edward Giles Irvin
|Edward Giles Irvin|
|Born||August 13, 1893|
Spencer, Indiana, U.S.
|November 4, 1982November 4, 1982|
Founder 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. He was a recipient of the Laurel Wreath, the highest recognition of achievement for the fraternity.
Founding of Kappa Alpha Psi
After graduating high school, Irvin enrolled at Indiana University. 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.
Irvin left Indiana University in 1911 and pursued a career in journalism. He served on the staff of the Indianapolis Freeman, the first black illustrated newspaper. and in March 1922, established his own newspaper called The Shining Star in Anderson, Indiana.
He was successful at expanding the paper from initially being a leaflet to an eight-page paper. This success garnered the attention of management at the Gary Sun, who offered Irvin the job of editor. Irvin accepted the offer, but later left to become sports editor for the Chicago Daily Bulletin.
Irvin was a veteran of World War I, and served on the Selective Service Board during World War II and the Korean War. He was a recipient of a Distinguished Service Medal from both President Harry S. Truman and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- "Founder: Edward Giles Irvin". Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Official Website. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
- 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. Search this book on
- "Indiana Jim Crow". The History of Jim Crow. JimCrowHistory.org. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
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