Happy Founders Day!

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

Happy Founders Day


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: