On This Day February 3, 1929: The First Ever Greek Community Meeting with the President of the United States


It was a blustery day in the nation’s capital as representatives of the recently-formed American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Ahepa) visited the White House to meet President Calvin Coolidge. February 3, 1929 was the first time a Greek organization in America had a sitting meeting with a U.S. President.

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It was only seven years since the organization was founded in Atlanta as a direct response to the racist anti-Greek activities of the Ku Klux Klan. Ahepa officials have visited all U.S. Presidents in the White House since meeting first with President Calvin Coolidge in 1929.

Did you know: Three presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Gerald Ford all became Ahepa members.