History of Rock Hill Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

The Rock Hill Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was chartered on September 17, 1965 under the leadership of Brother D.C. McDuffie, Polemarch, and Brother Richard F. Boulware, Keeper of Records.  This meeting of illustrious men was headed by Dr. Cecil Augustus Ivory, a loyal Kappa Man and pastor of Hermon Presbyterian Church.  Other charter members of the Alumni Chapter are Harvey Walker, Jr., Shepherd S. Johnson, Larry Strawn, Theodore Pearson, David Bratton, David Gardner, and Isaiah Boyd, Sr.  The church parsonage of Hermon Presbyterian served as the original meeting place to discuss organizing an alumni chapter in the area.

Past Polemarchs of the Chapter are Cecil Augustus Ivory, D.C. McDuffie, Shepherd Johnson, Richard F. Boulware, Harvey Walker, W. Thomas “Dub” Massey, Willie Ware, Grover Smith, James F. Wells, Byron McClure, Ronald W. Gray, LaJuan Johnson, and Spencer Truesdale.   The Rock Hill Alumni Chapter met at its original founding location until 2012. The Chapter oversees Lambda Gamma, the undergraduate chapter at Winthrop University.  In addition, the Chapter has hosted the Rock Hill Alumni Kappa Foundation Golf Tournament since 2013. The proceeds of this tournament go toward the Richard F. Boulware Scholarship. This award was originally started by the family of the late Brother Boulware to help recognize achievement in deserving African American males who are furthering their education in a four-year college or university.