The Beta Lambda Educational Institute (BLEI) is pleased to announce the 20th Annual College Tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).  Over the past 19 years, we have exposed more than 1,100 Kansas City area high school students to HBCUs across the country.  Last year’s college tour resulted in more than $800,000 in scholarships offered to seniors attending the tour with 3 of the students accepting full academic scholarships to schools visited on the tour and 3 other students accepting partial scholarships to schools visited on the tour.                                                        This year, we are pleased to announce that the HBCU tour will take us to the following institutions:

  • Paul Quinn College, Dallas, TX
  • Texas College, Tyler, TX
  • Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX
  • University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX
  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
  • Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
  • Wiley College, Marshall, TX
  • Grambling State University, Grambling, LA
  • Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
  • Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
  • Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO
  • Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO


For more information and to register for the 2017 tour, please visit the links below to download information.  Please also enjoy a video (produced by our students) sharing the magnificent experiences of the 2016 tour.


Video from the 2015 Debonair Grand finale

​​A great thank you to all that came out in support of our boys and the 2016 Debonair Affair program.  We appreciate your support! 

2017: 20TH ANNUAL B.L.E.I. HBCU college tour

Alpha Phi Alpha's "A Voteless People is a Hopeless People" national program was initiated during the 1930s, when many African-Americans were prevented from voting because of poll taxes, threats of reprisal, and lack of education about the voting process. Even now, in the 21st Century, voter education and registration remain a dominant focus of this vital activity.     Learn more about the fraternity's efforts to protect and promote voting rights.

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a​lpha phi alpha FRATERNITY INC.

 beta lambda chapter, est. January 19, 1919                   kansas city, missouri

Greetings, from the men of historic Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Our chapter, chartered in Kansas City in January 1919, was the second Alumni Chapter established by Alpha Phi Alpha and is the Fraternity's oldest Alumni Chapter west  of the Mississippi River. Welcome to Kansas City, and we invite you to join us for our Centennial Celebration in 1919!

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In the spirit of continued support of the educational needs of the Greater Kansas City community, The Beta Lambda Educational Institute (BLEI) an affiliate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted the 3rd Annual A Debonair Affair program.

The purpose of the program was to provide a forum for young men ages 7 to 12 to develop foundational skills and talents needed to become responsible community servants and leaders.  It also provided opportunities for young men to display their talents to the community while competing for scholarships to fund their post-secondary educational endeavors.
We held a series of mentoring programs utilizing community partners, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Like most of our programs, these mentoring programs were intended to expose young men to successful, college educated African American men so as to provide role models and a view of positive images to which they can aspire.  

first of all, we vote

2016 Debonair Affair

BL100 Centennial Campaign

For more information: or call 913.526.8000 or 913.832.4041