Our History

The Academia Society, Inc. is one of the oldest non-Greek-lettered societies established by African American college-trained men. To trace its history is to tell a story of changing patterns of human relations in America in the 20th century. The small group of men who organized the Society were conscious of a privileged position as college-trained men of color, just one generation removed from the Civil Rights Movement. They were resolute that their college experiences should be as meaningful and productive as possible. The Academia Society was founded to apply that determination.

In light of the standards that were set by the six distinguished gentlemen on Wednesday March 20, 1974, a beloved brotherhood blossomed out of their friendship, scholarship and service on a historically black college and university campus in Tallahassee, Florida.   From a social connection of friends, the Subversive House of Alpha now known as the Alluring and Charming Alpha Chapter is now the flagship chapter.

Our history is a tribute to the spirit and imagination of 6 collegiate men in the seventies, the movement of several collegiate men in the eighties, the collective efforts of 9 collegiate men in the nineties and the courage of 20 Scholars who founded the organization on Sunday July 16, 2006, in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Academia Society is beneficiary of the rich tradition and heritage of those movements that have provided this nation with many outstanding collegiate, alumni and professional men who are productive socially, civically, spiritually, mentally and morally.

As the Society grows, it keeps in balance one important theme: the importance of Academic Ability and Scholarly Efforts yielding Professional Results. As the world became more complex, there was a need for associations which cut across racial, geographical, political, physical and social barriers. The Academia Society’s influence extends beyond campus quads and student interest. It has a legacy of service that deepens, rather than ends, with college graduation. The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers. Its efforts constitute a priceless part of the global experience in the 21st century.


 Established 1985


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