Jewels: The Story of the Founding of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Hardbound)

For the first time, the entire Jewels novel series is in a hardbound edition. Every Alpha Brother should have this beautiful collector's item in their Alpha library. Over 500 pages! Over 50 Chapters!

Read the story of how the founders of the first fraternity for African American college men came into existence, expanded, and became one of the world's leading organizations for manly deeds, scholarship and love for all mankind.

In the book, JEWELS: THE TOWN HALL MEETING, the Seven Jewels are assembled in a room having a candid and open conversation with current brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha! How would you feel if you could attend a Town Hall Meeting with:

  • Jewel Henry Arthur Callis
  • Jewel Charles Henry Chapman
  • Jewel Eugene Kinckle Jones
  • Jewel George Biddle Kelley
  • Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray
  • Jewel Robert Harold Ogle
  • Jewel Vertner Woodson Tandy
The brothers they are discussing with are the following:
  • Brother Robert L. Harris (Alpha's National Historian)
  • Brother Julian Wilson (Grandson of Jewel Robert Harold Ogle)
  • Brother Darryl R. Matthews Sr. (32nd General President)
  • Brother Sean L. McCaskill (Past Eastern Region Vice President)
  • Brother Gregory Parks (Author and Law Professor)
  • Brother Denny N. Johnson (Alpha's Director of Membership Services)
  • Brother Sean Christopher Gayle (Past President of The Wall Street Alphas)
  • Brother Donald Ross (Alpha Historical Commission)
  • Brother Kagi Kananga (Western Region Assistant Vice President)
  • Brother Howard Kingphish Franklin (Past Seargent at Arms, Omicron Lambda Alpha Chapter)
Jewels: The Story of the Founding of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is a novel based on the founding of the first fraternity for African Americans. Seven young men met, dreamed, discussed, argued, fought, and founded Alpha Phi Alpha in 1906. This unique novel gives insight as to their thoughts, actions, words, and deeds. The book is written in first person from all seven of the founders.

This book also contains The Alpha Hashtag History Project. At the top of each page, there is a hashtag which you can search for on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The hashtags are facts about individual chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity that most people probably don't know. For example: ‪#‎alphapsi‬

Alpha Psi Chapter Brother Lionel Hodge Newsom became the 22nd General President of Alpha Phi Alpha. There is a building on the campus of Central State University in Ohio and a building on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina with Brother Newsom’s name on it.

Jewels: The Story of the Expansion of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity chronicles the decision to expand the newly formed Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the conversations between the Seven Jewels at Cornell University and the students at both Howard University (Beta Chapter) and Virginia Union University (Gamma Chapter) in 1907.

Jewels will also touch on the relationship between Beta chapter initiate George Lyle and AKA Founder Ethel Hedgemann. As high school sweethearts in St. Louis, their relationship continued throughout their years at Howard and on to their marriage after graduation. Hear what their conversations were like as the Beta chapter took form and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority soon followed.