General Office Announcements


Alpha Continues Tradition of Educating Youth

posted Oct 1, 2015, 4:24 PM by Salim Mayberry

Alpha Continues Tradition of Educating Youth

Fraternity Set to Receive $1 Million in Grant

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is receiving $1 million to continue their work with young men in target cities through their Go-To-High-School, Go-To-College® national program. The program concerns the 2015 Youth Mentoring Grant Opportunity that the fraternity has applied for through the United States Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The Go-To-High-School, Go-To-College® program is one that will be a United States Department of Justice “Category 2,” one-on-one and group-mentoring program for participants ages 6-17 years old in twenty-five (25) geographical locations across twenty-two (22) states and five regions of the country. The Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College® program, established in 1922, concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement.

Global Image Consulting assisted the fraternity with submitting the grant that "will focus on 6 goals: Reduce Juvenile Delinquency, Increase Graduation Rates, Develop Mobile Application, Promote Public Safety, Reduce Juvenile Victimization, and Provide Readiness Training,” explained Elvin Dowling, founding partner with Global Image Consulting and Alpha Phi Alpha Member. “The program will target 5 regions.” Dowling continued, “Some of the states included are: Maryland, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, and California.”

Recognized as the world’s oldest intercollegiate fraternity founded by African-American men, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University. Since its inception, the organization has truly established itself on leadership and service.

“We aim to engage at least 5,000 student participants with caring mentors who serve as advocates and role models for achieving greater successes in life. Just as importantly, this comprehensive truancy and juvenile delinquency prevention effort offers high school and college readiness training and common sense direction for program participants, providing them with the resources, skills and relationships they need to make positive decisions that help them to become productive members of society,” said Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity executive director and COO, William Douglass Lyle.

For more information on the many efforts Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity is currently leading and supporting, please visit http://www.apa1906.net or contact the International Headquarters at 2313 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218.

Alpha Men Stand with a Million Men

posted Sep 16, 2015, 12:48 PM by Salim Mayberry

Alpha Brothers to Join the 20th Anniversary Of The Million Man March

Alpha Men Marching for Justice
10.10.15



Brothers, we have been marching and advocating for justice for more than 108 years now. Let's continue to support those who will stand with us for justice and equality. As Alpha Men, we are asking you to represent on October 10, 2015, in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March.

March with your brothers to our nation's capital in solidarity with those asking for "Justice...or Else." Stand with your brothers for justice in America's legal, educational, political, and economic systems. Then, we will return to our homes and elevate our local communities through service and leadership, and making investments in the next generation of leaders. Logistics for a meeting time and location and will be forwarded to the brotherhood before the march.

We encourage you to:
  • Wear Alpha Attire (dark suit, white shirt, gold tie)
  • Let us know if you are hosting a local Justice or Else event via Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #JusticeorElse #APhiA
  • Bring your son(s) or mentee(s) as this is a teachable opportunity

Alpha to Receive Phoenix Award

posted Aug 28, 2015, 8:41 PM by Salim Mayberry

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Announces the 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Recipients

Winning awards by being mission focused


On Monday, August 24, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) announced the honorees for the Phoenix Awards Dinner, the culminating event of the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). Among the shortlist of honorees, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will be presented with the Phoenix Award at the foundations's black-tie dinner, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2015 at 6pm.

We are also proud to announce the 2015 Charlotte General Convention presidential citation recipient, Brother William Barber, II (Gamma Beta '82), will be honored with the CBC Chair's Award. As described by the CBCF, Brother Barber was instrumental in the release of the Wilmington Ten and has been a mainstay in the national grassroots movement for educational, economic and equal justice for more than 19 years. Brother Barber continues to lead the fight for voter rights in North Carolina and health care reform, labor and worker rights, protection of immigration rights, and reparation for women survivors of Eugenics.

The CBCF ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The ALC features more than 70 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, environmental concerns, civic engagement, and the Exhibit Showcase. Signature events include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized for a century of developing leaders, service and advocacy for our communities by such a prominent and august body such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation," said Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity General President Mark S. Tillman.

As stated by the CBCF, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will receive the CBCF Chair's Award for its diligence in cementing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with a memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Alpha Phi Alpha, of which Dr. King was a member, is also being recognized for its national programs to mentor black children and mobilize minority voters.

"I encourage all brothers to join me," General President Tillman continued, "in registering for this year's 45th Annual Legislative Conference and purchasing tickets to the Phoenix Awards Dinner so that we can paint the event black and old gold."

CBCF ALC Photography

Click here to see the CBCF ALC photos from 2014 and 2013Register for the ALC today.

Director of Membership Services Position Announcement

posted Aug 18, 2015, 10:05 AM by Salim Mayberry

Make your passion your profession.

Corporate Opportunities + Leadership Opportunities = A Great Opportunity

Work where extraordinary happens.

Alpha employees are unique individuals whose varied talents and experiences bring value to the way members connect with their chapters, districts, regions, and national leadership. If you love working with men and women who make a difference every day, you’ll probably be a great fit at Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity because that’s what you’ll do as the director of membership services. With each member conversation you have, it becomes clear: You’re not just supporting the fraternity. You’re supporting our community.
 

It’s what we do together that sets us apart.

We’re perfectionists. Idealists. Change agents. Forever talking and moving with a brotherhood-first mindset. Whatever programs, processes, or people it takes, we are always on the lookout for better. Whether you come in the office one day or have to fly to another city to give a presentation the next, a job at Alpha will be demanding. But it also rewards bright, original thinking and hard work. And none of us here would have it any other way.
 

Being part of Alpha isn’t the only benefit.

All Alpha team members receive a robust benefits package. Also, we have all kinds of resources to promote your career development. And that’s helpful because the kind of work you’ll do in the future at Alpha continues to change from day to day, year to year.
 

Corporate Opportunities

With so many ways to contribute here, chances are good you’ll find a way to do what you love. We need the best of the best to create presentations and seminars and connect with our members. We expect nothing less from our members because they are the ones who market, support, and manage our programs, partnerships, and mission on a local level.
 

Leadership Opportunities

At Alpha, we know inspiring leaders come from every sort of background. What matters most is your ability to connect, provide innovative solutions, and create an environment where all can succeed.
Click here to become a part of the team.

Alpha Town Hall Meeting: An Update from #Baltimore

posted May 6, 2015, 10:14 AM by Salim Mayberry   [ updated May 6, 2015, 10:15 AM ]

with General President Tillman and Local Baltimore Leaders
#BaltimoreUprising #BlackLivesMatter

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
- Frederick Douglass

Please join General President Mark S. Tillman and local Baltimore brothers in leadership for an Alpha Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, May 6, 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT (5:00 PM – 6:00pm PDT). We will speak on what's happening on the ground in #Baltimore and General President Tillman will provide an update on what actions brothers can take. If you are unable to join us, the meeting will be recorded and posted on our website.
 
Town Hall Agenda
  • Remarks from the General President
  • Update from Baltimore
  • Alpha's Next Steps
  • Closing Statements
 
Register for the Alpha Town Hall Meeting

Brother Stuart Scott Omega Chapter Notice

posted Jan 5, 2015, 11:33 AM by Salim Mayberry

Brother Stuart Scott

Omega Chapter Notice

Brother Stuart Scott [Mu Zeta, '84], an anchor at ESPN and a cancer fighter, has transitioned into Omega Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha’s chapter of sweet rest at the age of 49.

Although he was born in Chicago, Brother Scott spent his formative years with his family in North Carolina. Later, he would attend the University of North Carolina, where he joined Alpha Phi Alpha and worked at the student radio station. After graduating with a degree in speech communication in 1987, Stuart was hired by a TV station in Florence, S.C., and eventually joined ESPN in 1993 to help launch ESPN2. In November 2007, Brother Scott was diagnosed with cancer and has since become a worldwide icon, showing people that you can live with cancer on your own terms. While accepting the ESPYS Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, Brother Scott summed up his battle against cancer with the same power and grace with which he used to fight it:

"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live."

Arrangements are pending.

Please pray for the family of Brother Stuart Scott. It is because of brothers like him advocating for our communities that we are in fact the College of Friendship, the University of Brotherly Love and the School for the Better Making of Men. 

Brother Edward W. Brooke III Omega Chapter Notice

posted Jan 5, 2015, 11:32 AM by Salim Mayberry   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 12:08 PM ]

Brother Edward W. Brooke III

Omega Chapter Notice

Brother Edward W. Brooke III [Beta, ‘37], former Massachusetts senator (1967-1979) and author of Bridging the Divide: My Life, has transitioned into Omega Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha’s chapter of sweet rest.

In March 2014, an Alpha delegation led by General President Mark S. Tillman (fourth from right) joined Brother Edward W. Brooke III (center) and his wife Ann at their home in Coral Gables, Fla.

Born October 26, 1919, Brother Brooke graduated from Howard University in 1941 and Boston University Law School in 1948. He also served in WWII as a captain in the U.S. Army. The first African American to be elected to the Senate by popular vote in 1966, Brother Brooke solidified his place in American history by becoming a champion of school integration and fighting against two Supreme Court nominees who had a history of opposition to civil rights causes. In recognition of his service on behalf of a grateful country, Brother Brooke was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 23, 2004 and then the Congressional Gold Medal on July 1, 2008.

 Alpha Phi Alpha will hold a national Omega Service in honor of Brother Edward W. Brooke [Beta, ’37], former Massachusetts senator (1967-1979) and founding chair of the Alpha Phi Alpha World Policy Council, today, Monday, March 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. Brother Brooke transitioned into Omega Chapter on January 3, 2015. If you signed up to attend the Omega Service please be advised that seating is limited. Brothers who will be in attendance should plan to arrive no later than 3:00 pm. A reception is planned in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center immediately following the Omega Service.

Brother Brooke’s funeral services will be held at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:00 am. During the funeral services, a section has been reserved for Alpha brothers and seating is extremely limited. Brother Brooke will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at 3:00 pm. We are encouraging brothers in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and surrounding areas to make a strong showing of support for these events.

Brothers are expected to wear Alpha attire (dark suit, white shirt and Alpha tie) to both events. If you are unable to attend these services, please take the time to sign the official Omega Service Guest Booklet, which will be presented to the family of Brother Brooke on behalf of the fraternity. The link will be available until March 13, 2015.

Brother Brooke was a national treasure, and Alpha Phi Alpha will recognize his tremendous contributions to our country and the fraternity. It is because of brothers like him advocating on behalf of our communities that we are the College of Friendship, the University of Brotherly Love and the School for the Better Making of Men.

Happy Founders Day!

posted Dec 6, 2014, 11:44 AM by Salim Mayberry   [ updated Dec 6, 2014, 12:52 PM ]

Happy Founders Day

#FoundersDay


This Founders Day, as we celebrate 108 years of developing leaders, academic excellence and providing service and advocacy, let's take a moment to reflect on some of our accomplishments this past year.

Alpha has continued to move forward. Our A Voteless People is a Hopeless People national program has been hard at work. This year we began to track voter registration and created training tutorials for brothers and chapters to use during planning. During the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference we were able to host two forums on the official conference schedule. One of the panels, “Know Your Rights: Minorities Dealing with the Police and Issues of Police Brutality,” was broadcast live on C-SPAN. By hosting these panels, we have developed relationships and intend to continue to work with organizations like The Young Invincibles, National Association of Black Journalist, and The Dream Defenders.

Click the image to see the “Know Your Rights: Minorities Dealing with the Police and Issues of Police Brutality” session of the 44th Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, held in the Washington Convention Center. 
2014 was also the centennial celebration of The Sphinx magazine, which we have totally revamped and re-branded. Our social media activity, especially our presence on Facebook and Twitter, is continuously rising in efforts to keep the brotherhood and our communities engaged. We even launched our new Alpha App in response to the growing need to connect with brothers wherever they are in the world. In just 24 hours, we received over 3,000 downloads! So far, 100% of the responses to our Alpha App feedback form indicates that the user would recommend the Alpha App to a friend. If you have any feedback on the Alpha App, please go into the app and submit your ideas and opinions. Your responses help make the Alpha App more user-friendly and readily available to the community.
Currently, we are working with several organizations to address the issues of racial discrimination, police brutality, and unequal justice of the laws and systems currently in place in our communities. We will continue to ask others to sign the NAACP’s petition urging the Department of Justice to complete their federal, criminal civil rights investigation into Michael Brown's slaying. It is still Alpha Phi Alpha's hope that America will have a deeper conversation about race and discriminatory policies that continue to impact black and brown men and women.

Again, we must remain personally engaged by:

Beyond the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

posted Dec 2, 2014, 12:17 PM by Salim Mayberry

A Joint Statement from the
Presidents of the National Pan-Hellenic Council



By now we learned that the Grand Jury chose to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. As members of the Divine Nine, organizations founded by African-American men and women, we unfortunately know that deaths like the death of Michael Brown—and the legal proceedings that follow—are too common.
 
Since the death of Michael Brown, we have seen the deaths of too many other people of color at the hands of police officers. On November 12, the Spirit House Project held a day of remembrance, at which time they read the names of 1000 black and brown victims of police or other state-sanctioned killings since 2007. As the Spirit House Project continues their research into deaths of people of color at the hands of police officers, there is no doubt more instances will be uncovered.

What we are dealing with goes beyond Ferguson!

These systemic issues will only be tackled by organized collaborative efforts of nonviolent protest as well as policy implementation. Our police forces should be spending less time militarizing and more time with cultural competency training. Bills such as the Universal Respect Act, are aimed at limiting racial profiling. Additionally, we have heard the call from Michael Brown’s family requesting mandatory use of body cameras by all police departments across the nation.

We will continue to raise our voices and urge our members and others to do so, against the rising militarization of law enforcement. We find it repulsive when illegal acts of looting, arson and attacks on others are done in the name of ‘justice for Michael Brown’. It is equally offensive when some hijack peaceful protest for their own criminal agenda. In both instances, those people should be held accountable.

Many members of the Divine Nine have participated in nonviolent protests in Ferguson and in other communities around the United States. We support the exercise of their Constitutional right to free speech. We do not condone acts of violence—by protesters or police—in the furtherance of the change that has to take place.

As one organization representing nine fraternities and sororities, our hearts and prayers go out to all those suffering because of Michael Brown’s death.
 
Each of us is invested in our communities as we have been throughout the years. As advocates of and for our communities, we will continue to fight to provide equal justice for black and brown people in America. We will work to change the narrative that perpetuates the stereotype that black and brown people are dangerous and threatening. We are continuing to work together to ensure that equal justice truly prevails.

Follow Up: Alpha Town Hall Meeting

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Alpha Candidates

posted Dec 2, 2014, 12:11 PM by Salim Mayberry   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 12:12 PM ]

ALPHA CANDIDATES
Standing Committee on Elections



December 1, 2014

Brother,

The following brothers are certified to be candidates for the nomination and election as 35th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.:
 
James L. Crumel Sr. [Omicron Upsilon Lambda, '88]
Aaron Crutison Sr. [Alpha Epsilon, '83]
Ralph Johnson [Kappa Alpha, '79]
Sean L. McCaskill Sr. [Xi Sigma, '90]
Darren Morton [Xi Psi, '87]
Steven Sims [Delta Alpha Lambda, '89]
Everett B. Ward [Pi Lambda, '85]
 
The following brother is certified to be a candidate for the nomination and election as Comptroller of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.:

Donald E. Jackson [Xi Kappa Lambda, '85]

These brothers are certified in accordance with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Constitution and By-Laws, and the and the Protocol and Procedure For The Certification, Nomination and Election of General Officers.

The candidates may campaign at individual chapters, districts and regions.

However under NO circumstances will a chapter, district or brother host an activity identified or described as a “candidate forum or debate.” Forums and debates of the campaign will be conducted at the Regional Conventions and the General Convention only.

Fraternally,

Mark S. Tillman
General President
 
 

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