Chapter History

Under the leadership of B. E. Squires of Seattle, WA the Alpha Xi Chapter  was organized and re-chartered at the University of Washington on December 31, 1939 (originally Marquette University, 1923) and began the Greek Letter movement among college-trained African American men in the Pacific Northwest. This single chapter contained both undergraduates and alumni from Oregon and Washington.  In 1950 Epsilon Zeta Lambda alumni chapter in Portland, OR was chartered. 

Alpha's presence in Washington continued to grow, prompting the formulation of a second chapter in Washington state. Zeta Pi Lambda chapter was founded on October 12, 1956 in Seattle, Washington.  Zeta Pi Lambda has a proud history of implementing the National Programs of the Fraternity at the local level, providing service and advocacy to the Greater Seattle community, promoting leadership of Brothers in vital community institutions including numerous Public and Civic endeavors, and partnering with various community organizations by advancing their missions and objectives with frontline volunteers, financial support, and intellectual capital.

The charter members of Zeta Pi Lambda are:

 John BrowningCharles V. JohnsonDr. Roland Patterson*
 George CarrollLee Lewis* Alfred Petty*
 Jerry Crowder Odell Lewis* Charles Taylor
 Hascal Humes Gordon McHenry, Sr.*   Calvin Wallace, Sr.
  Cleophus W. Miller 

In addition to the fraternity’s National Programs - Project Alpha, Go to High School, Go to College and Voter Registration, Zeta Pi Lambda chapter has been deeply involved in the Seattle community through other programs such as the Guiding Light mentorship program, Big Brothers, the C.P Johnson scholarship fund, the Herbert Starke Scholarship fund, and the Karl Holifield Scholarship fund, where we have awarded 10’s of thousands of dollars to deserving high school students. Many of the mentees and scholarship recipients have gone on to become Alpha Men and college graduates. The chapter provided clothing, food, school supplies and mentorship over a 5 year period by Adopting Aki Kurose Middle school.  The chapter is currently endeavoring to establish a new, comprehensive mentorship program, the Jr. Gents Mentorship Program for young men ages 12 - 18, with the goal to launch the program in Fall, 2015.

We have also recognized outstanding community involvement at our annual Black and Gold Ball. The brothers of Zeta Pi lambda are very proud of our 59 years service to the community and to Alpha Phi Alpha.