The History of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s impact upon Louisville is a story that needs to be shared. Many of the names are familiar: Lyman T. Johnson, J.O. Blanton, Frank L. Stanley and Ed Hamilton are just a few Alpha Brothers who made (continue to make) their mark in Louisville. This story highlights two specific Brothers worthy of such notation: Dr. Coleman Milton Young Jr. and Dr. Coleman Young III.
Brother C. Milton Young Jr. (1899-1984) was initiated into the House of Alpha at the Alpha Chi Chapter (Fisk University). Brother Young, Jr. interned at the Homber G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and began his general medical practice in Louisville in 1928. In 1936, he was appointed physician to the Louisville Municipal College (Now Simmons University), which was the African American extension of the University of Louisville. Brother Young, Jr. was an active member of Alpha Lambda serving as Treasurer during the same time that Brother Lyman T. Johnson and Brother Frank L. Stanley served as President and Vice President, respectively, and later as Chapter President. Additionally, Brother Young Jr. served as the Chief of the Red Cross Hospital and was an active practitioner at Jewish Hospital towards the end of his medical career. He retired in 1978.
Brother C. Milton Young, III (1930 - ) was the first African American to enroll at the University of Louisville in 1950. Earning his medical degree from Meharry Medical College, Brother Young, III also became the first African American intern at Louisville General Hospital, now University Hospital. Brother Young, III practiced Rheumatology and Arthritis in Louisville until his recent retirement. Not only was Brother Young, III a member of the Fraternity of Firsts, his mother Hortense Houston Young, was the first African American woman admitted to the University of Louisville’s Law School in 1951.
Submitted by: Brother Charles A. Dixon, Jr, Chapter Historian
Louisville Medicine: Greater Louisville Medical Society Vol. 61 NO. September 4, 2013 (Page 15)
Notable Kentucky African Americans Database: http://nkaa.uky.edu/record.php?note_id=2264
Notable Kentucky African Americans Database: http://nkaa.uky.edu/record.php?note_id=1541