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The Divine Nine stand outside the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.

stone monument to Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity

Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Kappa Alpha Psi was founded in 1911 at Indiana University. The Delta Omega chapter was chartered in 1961 at Mizzou and marked MU’s first black Greek‐letter fraternity and first minority organization.

The Statues

Erected in 2003, the statues representing the Divine Nine — the nine historically black Greek‐letter fraternities and sororities of the National Pan‐Hellenic Council — stand outside the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Virginia Avenue. All but one of them are active at MU. Nathan Stephens, senior coordinator of the center, says if Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority recolonizes, MU would be one of  19 universities to have all nine organizations active.

scroll artwork with greek lettersThe Date

Five men colonized the fraternity at MU: Roscoe H. Adams, BS EE ’62; Fred A. Fayne, MD ’64; David E. Goss; William S. Hardy and Kenneth H. Moppins, BA ’61. More than 250 men have been initiated into the chapter.

The Scroll

Brothers are also known as Nupes, a nickname that harks back to the original name of the fraternity, Kappa Alpha Nu.

The Coat of Arms

This represents the purpose of the fraternity: achievement in every field of human endeavor.