The Forty-Second Laurel Wreath Wearer [1985]

William L. Crump [Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter] was the seventh Elder Watson Diggs awardee. Born in Enid [OK] on July 21, 1920, he was reared in Wewoka [OK]. His academic excellence earned him a scholarship to Lincoln University [MO]. Crump graduated with honors from Lincoln [1942], and earned MS and PhD degrees from Northwestern University in 1946 and 1949. Crump began his career as a teacher at Lincoln University [1942]. He entered the United States Army [1943] and received an honorable discharge [1945]. He resumed his career and was a Professor at Maryland State College, Kentucky State College, and Tennessee State University before coming to Washington [DC] as chairman of the Department of Business at Federal City College. When that institution merged with two other schools to become the University of the District of Columbia, he became Dean of the School of Business.

During the 1950s, Crump was involved in several outside activities. He was a program advisor to the President of the National Business League and one of several national advisors to Emma Lancaster, the first Negro to hold a position of prominence within the Department of Commerce. He was a member of an advisory council to Mary McLeod Bethune during her tenure as an Adviser on Negro Affairs to the Department of Labor, and a consultant to the Eastman Kodak Company. During the 1960s, Crump was a board member of the Small Business Development Center in Dayton [OH], and a consultant to - the Xenia [OH] Chamber of Commerce on Community and Business Development, and Kentucky State College. During the 1970s, he expanded his consultancies and served as a board member of several community based social action organizations. His exemplary achievements in the field of education earned him a Ford Foundation Fellowship.

Crump, a 1941 initiate of the Alpha Mu, helped reactivate the Theta at Northwestern University and was the inspiration for the Maryland State College Chapter, the Gamma Xi of Kappa Alpha Psi in 1949. In 1950, Grand Polemarch Wilkins appointed him the third editor of the Kappa Alpha Psi Journal. He built upon the foundation of his predecessors and took the Journal to an even higher level of excellence. For nearly 25 years, the Kappa Journal and Crump were synonymous. Following his retirement [1975], he remained indirectly involved with the Journal as a member of the Publicity and Publications Commission.

In 1960, Grand Polemarch Wilson appointed Crump the Chairman of the Golden Anniversary Committee - the committee responsible for planning the 50th anniversary celebration of the Fraternity. He was also a member of the Diamond Jubilee Planning Committee - responsible for planning and managing the 75th anniversary celebration.

In 1964, Grand Polemarch Bradley appointed Crump to assist C. Rodger Wilson, the 16th Grand Polemarch, with the Story of Knppn Alpha Psi. Following the death of Grand Polemarch Wilson [1979], Crump published the third and fourth editions of the Story in 1982 and 1992 respectively. Upon the retirement of Founder Guy Levis Grant as Grand Historian, the delegates at the 54th Grand Chapter meeting [1967] elected Crump Grand Historian. He held that office without opposition and retired from office at the 73rd Grand Chapter meeting [1997].

In 1991, the Grand Board of Directors established the William L. Crump History Award to honor his memory and contributions towards developing and promoting the history of Kappa Alpha Psi. His extra meritorious contributions to the Fraternity earned him the 42nd Laurel Wreath.