Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc in Jacksonville, Florida was suggested by Brother Charles H. Wesley, the Fraternity's historian. Brother Wesley was serving as a guest lecturer at Edward waters College during the spring of 1925. One of the men attending those lectures was Brother Robert W. Butler, then a local pharmacist and graduate of Howard University (Beta Chapter) Washington, D.C. Brother Butler responded to Brother Wesley's idea by calling a meeting of local Alphas at his home to discuss the formation of a local graduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Jacksonville, Florida. Others who attended the seminar at Edward Waters College and were receptive to the idea were:
Brother R.P. Crawford
Brother A. St. George Richardson
Brother L.A. McGee
Brother Rudolph Gordon
Brother Robert Lymon
Brother T.E. Morris
All of the mentioned Brothers later became the charter members of the Upsilon Lambda Chapter.
Upsilon Lambda Chapter was installed at Jacksonville on December 30, 1925 (Making it Florida's first Alpha Chapter), permission having been granted at the 18th Annual Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity held in Detroit, Michigan, December 27-31, 1925. Brother C. Weymond Reeves, acting for Brother Charles W. Green, Southern Vice President, who had been detained at the Convention, conducted the installation.
From the time of its inception, Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has been an integral part of the on-going programs of its national organization while pursuing creative local and state deeds for mankind. As a result of this service, Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has received private and public acclaim for participating in Pan-Hellenic affairs, juvenile delinquency programs focusing on drug and crime prevention, scholarship awareness, civil rights, voter registration, teenage pregnancy, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Young Men Leadership Training, United Negro College Fund Drive, Urban League, NAACP, and the Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project.
Past Chapter Presidents:
1925 - 29 Dr. Robert W. Butler
1930 - 34 Charles Long
1935 - 39 J. Leonard Lewis
1940 - 44 Capers G. Bradham
1945 - 47 Eugene J. Butler
1947 - 48 Dr. William Tony
1952 - 53 Dr. Theodore M. Christopher, DDS
1954 - 57 Charles E. Simmons, Jr.
1957 - 58 William T. Harper
1959 - 63 Dr. Wendell P. Holmes, Jr.
1964 - 65 Dr. H. James Greene*
1966 - 68 Dr. Jean C. Downing, DDS.
1968 - 69 Dr. Hunter Satterwhite, DDS.
1969 - 71 Dr. Richard D. Hunter, MD
1971 - 76 Louie Jenkins
1976 - 77 Dr. Earl T. Cullins, MD
1977 - 79 Dr. Ezekiel W. Bryant
1979 - 80 Benny Moore, Sr.
1980 - 82 Dr. Orrin Mitchell, DDS
1982 - 84 Ernest T. Williams
1984- 87 Dr. Nathaniel L. Davis
1987 - 89 Calvin L. Burney
1989 - 91 Dr. Frederick Newton, DDS
1991 - 93 Johnnie Williams, Jr.
1993 - 96 Dr. George C. Maxwell, DDS
1996 - 98 Burney Bivens, Esquire
1998 - 00 Lenox L. Godfrey, MBA**
2000 - 02 Lemar Graham, Jr.
2003 Pernell Jordan
2003 - 04 Lorenzo Williams, Jr.
2004 - 06 Michael R. Arbery
2006 - 08 Michael Raynard Mayberry
2008 - 2010 Charlie J. Gillette, Jr., Esquire
2010 - 2012 Jerome Ballard
2012 - 2014 Rev. Roger L. D. Williams, Esquire
2014 - 2016 Benjamen Parker, CFP
2016 - 2018 James Kelly
2018 - Present Avery Cohen
*Dr. H. James Greene Past State Director