A Brief History of Iota Delta Lambda

Iota Delta Lambda (IDL) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was chartered on May 1, 1968. Established during the Fraternity’s period of expansion under General President Walter Washington, IDL was Chicago’s second alumni chapter. As a young chapter, IDL struggled to establish itself in the Chicago community as an innovator in both the communal education and service arenas. After a few years the chapter fell into inactivity.

Since its reactivation in 1980, IDL has maintained and built upon the spirit of innovation that inspired its founding. In 1981, IDL started a youth development initiative addressing adolescent pregnancy prevention from the male perspective called Project Alpha.

Today, Project Alpha is the premier community service program for the entire Fraternity. It is co-sponsored annually with the national March of Dimes Foundation, which raises money to aid in the fight against birth defects in infants around the world.

Chapter Founders

Julian Valentine | Nelson Brown | Eugene Dipallo | Bernie Gresham | Lawrence Holloway | Richard Hooper | Tommy Jackson | Richard Kerr | Malcolm Lee

Chapter Presidents

2019

James Ramos | 2019 – Present

2017

Roosevelt Watkins Ill | 2017-2019

2015

Keith Wideman | 2015-2017

2013

Jeffrey Perkins | 2013-2015

2011

Theo Whittier II | 2011-2013

2009

Jarred Hugle |2009-2011

2007

Paul Murray | 2007-2009

2004

Jerald Knox | 2004-2007

2001

Keith Wilson | 2001-2004

1998

Markell Bridges | 1998-2001

1996

Walter Leverett | 1996-1998

1993

Marcus Payne | 1993-1996

1993

Waldo Johnson | 1990-1993

1988

Fred Coffey | 1988-1990

1983

Eddie Jones | 1983-1988

1981

Michael Price | 1981-1983

1980

Turan Brown | 1980-1981

1977

Julius Williams | 1977-1978