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This Day In History: American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Founded

Mother Lodge members and chapter delegates get their photo taken at the first AHEPA Supreme Convention, which was held in Atlanta October 14-17, 1923.
Mother Lodge members and chapter delegates get their photo taken at the first AHEPA Supreme Convention, which was held in Atlanta October 14-17, 1923.
Credit Courtesy of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

A conversation with Dr. Clifford Kuhn

If we were to turn Atlanta’s clock back 93 years from this past Sunday to 1922, we’d witness the creation of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association by a group of citizens of Greek descent. 

As Georgia State University associate professor of history Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, AHEPA, as it came to be known, was founded in reaction to the widespread xenophobia sweeping the South and the nation following World War I.