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Tolliver's archive includes extensive coverage of the Black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha™, of which he was also a member. Images in the archive document both formal and informal interactions, whether an induction ceremony and dinner, a "Pro Show," or images of members simply hanging out together.
According to the national organization's website, Alpha Phi Alpha™ was "...the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men." Founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, it emphasizes brotherhood, dignity of the individual, and social justice, among other values. The Kent State chapter was established in January 1958, in part through the efforts and advocacy of Dr. Oscar W. Ritchie, the first African American faculty member appointed at Kent State University.
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