Happy Birthday Founder Edward Giles Irvin!
Edward G. Irvin, a civic and religious leader, journalist and entrepreneur, was born in Spencer, Indiana on August 13, 1893 and was the seventh of nine children and son to an AME Minister.
Founder Irvin graduated from Kokomo Indiana High School in 1910 and entered #IndianaUniversity the same year. After leaving school, he pursued a Journalistic career in various cities throughout the country until World War I. While serving the U.S. Army during the war, he was cited for bravery while performing his duties as a combat medic with the Expeditionary Forces in France. He also served on the Selective Service Board during World War II and the Korean War. He received the 2nd highest medal that is given by this country for valor. He also received two Distinguished Service Awards, from President Truman and Eisenhower respectively.
After the War, he moved to #Indianapolis where he was on the staff of the Indianapolis Freeman. Founder Irvin worked for a short time as an editor at the Gary Sun newspaper before becoming sports editor at the #Chicago Daily Bulletin newspaper. He also established the Indiana Shining Star weekly newspaper.
Aside from his success as a Journalist, Founder Irvin was a pioneer in promoting basketball and track athletics in the small town schools of Indiana. He was an active member of the #Methodist Church of Chicago and a member of the #Masonic and #OddFellows Lodges. He was a trustee of St. James A.M.E. Church in Chicago and founded and edited the lay newspaper, Voice of the A.M.E. Laymen.
He also organized and operated the Afro-American Manufacturing Company in Chicago, which produced novelties, candies, and specialties.
Founder Irvin was a long-time member of the Chicago Alumni Chapter. Over the years, he received many awards, but the one he cherished the most was the Laurel Wreath Award. The Fraternity named an award in his honor, the Edward G. Irvin Award.