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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NORTHERN PROVINCE OF KAPPA ALPHA PSI FRATERNITY

Ten years after the founding of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Grand Polemarch George F. David, II (Delta Chapter-1915), third Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi (who had been Grand Lieutenant Strategus, Editor of the Journal, Grand Vice Polemarch) and the first Grand Polemarch who had not been nurtured by the Alpha Chapter under the influence of the Founders, proposed dividing the Fraternity into supervisory districts.

 

The idea originated with his father who was a Presiding Elder of the A.M.E. Church and also member of Kappa Alpha Psi. Grand Polemarch David, II implemented the division of the Fraternity into three districts. Past Grand Polemarch Irven Armstrong was assigned the first; Harrison R. Duke, the second; and Harold M. Tyler, the third district. The three districts grew into four "regions".

Of interesting note, Brother Duke was the father of Harrison R. Duke, Jr., a former member of the Detroit Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and the grandfather of Harrison R. Duke, III, a Detroit educator and currently a member of the Fraternity.

Grand Polemarch Earl B. Dickerson changed the designation of "Region" to "Province" and "Regional Director" to "Province Polemarch" at the 15th Grand Chapter Meeting in 1925. Dr. Edward A. Carter was appointed Province Polemarch of the Great Lakes .

 

The Northern Province has produced three Grand Polemarchs: Ernest H. Davenport (1967-1970), Robert L. Gordon (1982-1985), and Ronald R. Young (1995-1999), four Laurel Wreath awardees, five Elder Watson Diggs awardees, one Guy L. Grant awardee and 23 Province Polemarchs.

Province Polemarch

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Michael L Kinloch 

  • Current member of the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni Chapter

  • President of the Diamond Achievement Foundation for the Norther Province

  • Initiated at South Carolina State University 1978

  • Hailing from Charleston South Carolina, he earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Master's of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Eastern Michigan University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy

  • Married to his college sweetheart M. Elaine Kinloch and together they have 2 sons, both of which are members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity inc. 

  • Brother Kinloch serves on the board of the NAACP-Ypsilanti Branch, the Wayne Westland Youth Association and SCSU Advisory Council