Nashville’s World Famous Kappa Tea Party: The History, The Event

An Urbaanite mission is to showcase the enormous contributions that black Nashville has made to city and the world. Often, we aren’t even aware of the greatness that lies within our reach.

Such was the case with the Kappa Tea Party. As a Nashville native, I was certainly not aware of the event but was curious to learn why black professionals from all over the world have made it a tradition.

I was directed to Deddrick Perry, who joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. in 2002 and who is still involved in the event’s production. Thankfully, he was willing to share the event’s rich history.

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According to Deddrick Perry, the Kappa Tea Party was started in 1992 by the Alpha Theta Chapter as a party for college students on the Tennessee State University campus. The goal was to raise funds for the chapter, and the event was originally part of the school’s Spring Greek Week.

Its popularity grew and attracted more and more alumni. Within two years, the alums outnumbered the college students and the event was moved to the fall to accommodate graduates as they returned for TSU Homecoming.

The fundraiser has expanded to benefit the organization as well as the Brian Collins Memorial Scholarship.

It’s been 20 years since it became a TSU Homecoming event. Today, the fundraiser benefits both the chapter and the Bryan Collins Memorial Scholarship. It’s popularity has grown and attracts a wide array of partygoers: including men and women, college students, and professional black graduates, all ranging from 20-50 years of age.

Deddrick was so gracious in granting my interview. As our chat ended, I had to ask: Is there tea? His reply: “Yes – All you can drink Long Island Iced Tea is served all day.”

If you are looking to get out and network with black professionals and soon-to be grads, this is a fun day-party to add to your weekend plans.

The Kappa Tea Party is Friday, September 26 from 1-6pm at Marathon Music Works. Visit KappaTeaParty.com for tickets or purchase at the door.

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