The Morrill Acts were federal land grants that guaranteed funds for colleges. The first federal land grant in 1862 did not apply to HBCUs. The only HBCU to be considered for a land grant is Alcorn University in Mississippi. The second Morrill Act of 1890 granted federal funds to HBCUs and provided 25,000 acres of land for collegiate development.
This fraternity was the first to be created at an HBCU. Educator Ernest Everett Just along with students Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman founded the fraternity on Nov. 17, 1911, at Howard University. It is still a major organization today with headquarters in Decatur, Georgia.