Despite drizzling precipitation, brothers of the Kansas Epsilon Chapter at Emporia State University raked leaves from the grounds of Red Rocks State Historic Site for the sixth consecutive year. The quarter block compound was the home of Famous Phi William Allen White. Brother White was the 49-year editor of the Emporia Gazette and a prolific author nationally known as the progressive voice of the heartland. 2014 marks the 90th anniversary of White’s independent run for Kansas governor on an anti Ku Klux Klan platform which yielded his first TIME magazine cover. The year before in 1923, Brother White earned his first Pulitzer Prize for his editorial defending the First Amendment.
William Allen White was a founding charter member of the Emporia Phi Delta Theta Alumni Club in 1909. It continues today as the oldest alumni club in the state of Kansas.
The Kansas Epsilon Chapter supports the legacy of this Kansas Alpha Phi annually working in conjunction with the White Community Partnership, Inc. The chapter rakes leaves and helps with various programs at the historic house including the “Sundays at the Site” and “Sundays on the Porch” series along with season grand opening events. Kansas Epsilon is a brotherhood working for the common good as it celebrates a hometown Famous Phi.