This book by Brother Lateef Saffore, Ph.D. expertly fills the gaps about the early history of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and its founding at Cornell University in 1906. It explains where the early Black students came from, how they entered Cornell, what they studied, where they lived in Ithaca, N.Y., and their lives after Cornell. Bro. Charles H. Wesley in 1956 identified the Alpha Motif as “the theme, the central feature, the dominant element, the motivating idea” behind the founding of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, which has remained faithful to this dynamic force now for more than a century. From the Foreword by General Historian Robert L. Harris, Jr. Ph.D.