On the evening of April 6, 1949, history was made. The Trenton Alumni Chapter was chartered at the Carver Branch Y.M.C.A, Trenton, New Jersey.
In the preceding months, eight determined Brothers, Calvin Anderson, James A. Floyd, Samuel J. Floyd, Carl Leftwich, Frank Murray, Richard W. Nevius, Arthur T. Shack, and Howard B. Waxwood, Jr met, monthly, as an unchartered chapter. As a group, they attended a Province Council meeting and subsequently petitioned the Grand Chapter to establish the Trenton Alumni Chapter as an official chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
The charter members were assisted by Brother William Howard, who worked diligently with the eight Brothers, from the Trenton area, in their quest for a chapter charter; Brother Enos S. Andrews, who was Polemarch of the Northeastern Province, at the time, and; Brother I. Theodore Donaldson, a member of the Grand Board of Directors, who represented the Grand Chapter – in conferring the charter.
Also present, were six Brothers from the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, who accompanied Brother Andrews to the charter presentation. They were there to lend their support to the Brothers from the Trenton area, and to congratulate them for their perseverance and determination.
It was because of the perseverance and determination that the Trenton Alumni Chapter was established. Since that time, the Trenton Alumni chapter has provided needed services to the community, including but not limited to charity walks/runs, volunteering at local nonprofits, clothing drives, national remembrance days, community health workshops, fundraising events, mentoring young people, clean up of local parks/playgrounds, voter registration drives, reading initiatives, adopting little league teams, and more. Moreover, through our 501(c)3 Non-Profit arm, The Trenton Kappa Foundation, we have awarded local students over $175,000 in scholarships and book awards.
Trenton Alumni made history in the Northeastern Province as an Award was named after our chapter Brother James M. Kidd of Trenton Alumni Chapter. Brother James M. Kidd was appointed the eighteenth Northeastern Province Polemarch. As a result of his demonstrated service and dedication to the fraternity, the James M. Kidd Distinguished Service Award was named in his honor and is considered the highest distinction awarded in the Northeastern Province. To be eligible for this award, an Alumni candidate must have been a member of Kappa Alpha Psi for not less than five years and must have been in good financial standing during all of those five consecutive years. The candidate shall have rendered outstanding service to Kappa Alpha Psi, either nationally, to the Province, or to the local chapter, of such a nature that lasting benefits are accrued to the fraternity as a whole or to the Northeastern Province.
No more than two James M. Kidd Distinguished Service Award may be given in one year.
James Floyd (Trenton Alumni Charter Member) and Dennis Golden were Trenton Alumni members that received the James M. Kidd Award for their service to the fraternity.