Edward Giles Irvin
was a founder of Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi is a collegiate Greek-letter fraternity with a predominantly African American membership. Since the fraternity's founding on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University Bloomington, the fraternity has never limited membership based on color, creed or national origin...
Fraternity, Incorporated. He was a recipient of the Laurel Wreath, the highest recognition of achievement for the fraternity.
Irvin was born in Spencer, Indiana
Spencer is a town in Washington Township, Owen County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,217 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Owen County.Spencer is part of the Bloomington, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:...
on August 13, 1893. He graduated from Kokomo High School
Kokomo High SchoolPrincipalMr. RemalyFounded1872School typePublic school Religious affiliationNoneLocationKokomo, Indiana, United StatesEnrollment2,137 studentsCampus surroundingsSuburbsMascotWildkatSchool colors...
Founding of Kappa Alpha Psi
After graduating high school, Irvin enrolled at Indiana University
Indiana University is a multi-campus public university system in the state of Indiana, United States. Indiana University has a combined student body of more than 100,000 students, including approximately 42,000 students enrolled at the Indiana University Bloomington campus and approximately 37,000...
. He joined Elder Watson Diggs
Elder Watson Diggs was a principal founder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He was the fraternity's first Polemarch , and received the Laurel Wreath, the highest recognition of achievement bestowed by Kappa Alpha Psi.-Early life:Diggs was born in Madisonville, Kentucky, on December 23,...
and other African-American men in forming the fraternity of Kappa Alpha Psi, officially founded January 5, 1911. Irvin later became a member of the fraternity's first alumni chapter, the Chicago Alumni Chapter, established on April 6, 1919.
Irvin left Indiana University in 1911 and pursued a career in journalism. He served on the staff of the Indianapolis Freeman
, the first black illustrated newspaper. and in March 1922, established his own newspaper called The Shining Star
in Anderson, Indiana.
Irvin was successful at expanding the paper from initially being a leaflet to an eight-page paper. This success garnered the attention of management at the Gary Sun
, who offered Irvin the job of editor. Irvin accepted the offer, but later left to become sports editor for the Chicago Daily Bulletin
Irvin was a veteran of World War I, and served on the Selective Service Board during World War II and the Korean War. He was a recipient of a Distinguished Service Medal
The Distinguished Service Medal is the highest non-valorous military and civilian decoration of the United States military which is issued for exceptionally meritorious service to the government of the United States in either a senior government service position or as a senior officer of the United...
from both President Harry S. Truman
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and President Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Irvin died on November 4, 1982, having been the last surviving founder of Kappa Alpha Psi. He was buried in Burr Oak Cemetery on November 12, 1982.