A fraternity is a group of people — typically men — who want to attain a common goal. For my fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., it was civil liberties for every hue of Americans.
It was striving for achievement without faltering to our doubts. It was making a lifetime commitment to community service through meaningful action. The chapter of KAY on our campus is a distinct one from the others in which we were the first black Greek organization on a predominantly white campus in the South.
We do not choose these barriers. We chose to challenge to break these barriers. We rose to the occasion to happen to have the first black student body president at USC (Harry Walker). The only professional sport hall of famer at USC (Alex English). The first black mayor of Columbia (Steve Benjamin). The list of accomplishments go on.
This undergraduate chapter (Zeta Epsilon) of Kappa Alpha Psi may have arguably the most prominent cultural achievements ever made by a Greek organization on the campus of the University of South Carolina, the flagship university of our state.
Yet, we still have the resolve to bestow the humility that permeates through the legacy of this fraternity. We still take heed that our achievements may stand out on paper, but we are just as every man. Making us filled not with nonsense — nothing but common sense.
As a result of all of this, we are a fine example of what a Greek organization should be from my vantage point.
Jordan Thomas Cooper is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is the first African-American to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office as an aide in South Carolina and has worked on several Republican candidates’ national campaigns.