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OFFICIAL DIRECTORY GENERAL OFFICERS S. S. BOOKER, President, 1619 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, Md. RAYMOND P . ALEXANDER, First Vice-President, 69 Dana Street, Cambridge, Mass. RAYMOND W. CANNON, Second Vice-President, 3400 Oakland Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn. JAMES W. MCGREGOR, Third Vice-President, 1759 W. Thirty-fifth Street. Los Angeles, Cal. NORMAN L. McGHEE, Secretary, Howard University, Washington, D. C. H O M E R COOPER, Treasurer. 5059 S. State Street, Chicago, 111. OSCAR C. BROWN, Sphinx Editor, 37 Irwin Street, Atlanta, Ga. CHAPTERS ALPHA CHAPTER, Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. President, F. Leslie Thompson, 411 E. State Street. Secretary, Toseph Houchins. BETA CHAPTER, Howard University, Washington, D. C. President, William F. Nelson, 2447 Georgia Avenue, N. W. Corresponding Secretary, Arthur II. Simmons, 2117 Georgia Avenue, N. W. GAMMA CHAPTER, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. President, C. L. Franklin. Corresponding Secretary, W. E. Henry, Virginia Union University. DELTA CHAPTER, Montreal, Canada (inactive). E P S I L O N CHAPTER, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. President, L. B. Perry. Corresponding Secretary, E. L. Harris, 210 Glen Avenue. ZETA CHAPTER, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. President, A. J. Allison, 24 Dickerman Street. Secretarv, F . W. Wells, 101 Foote Street. E T A CHAPTER, New York City College, Columbia and New York Universities, New York City. President, James E. Fladger, 211 W. 139th Street. Secretary, Gradv Kirkland (Y. M. C. A.), 181 W. 135th Street. T H E T A CHAPTER, University of Chicago, University of Illinois and Northwestern University, Chicago, 111. President, Wm. Benson. Corresponding Secretary, Chas. M. Tarkington. 1101 Yincennes Avenue. I O T A CHAPTER, Syracuse University,"Syracuse, N. Y. President, Andrew Center, 302 Cedar Street. Secretary, Roscoe Robinson, 302 Cedar Street. KAPPA CHAPTER, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. President, Paul L. Lofton. Secretary, Geo. E. DeMar, 144 W. 9th Street. MU CHAPTER, University of Minnesota. President, M. W. Fields, 730 Sherburne Avenue, St. Paul, Minn. Secretarv, B. Snider, University of Minnesota. NU CHAPTER, Lincoln University. Pa. President, Frank T. Wilson, Lincoln University. Secretarv, Harold Branch, Lincoln University. XI CHAPTER, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio. President, R. I. McGee, Wilberforce University. Corresponding Secretary, T. D. Davis, III, Wilberforce University. OMICRON CHAPTER, Carnegie Institute of Technology and University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. President, Gerald E. Allen, 132 Fullerton Street. Secretary, Ira W. Cornelius, H I Dilworth Street. PI CHAPTER, Case School of Applied Science and Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. President, Elmer J. Cheeks, 10912 Quincy Heights. Corresponding Secretary. John D. Wilkerson, 2367 E. Fifty-ninth Street. RHO CHAPTER. Temple'University and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pa. President, W. F. Terrick. Secretary. Theodore R. Pennv, 1724 Christian Street. SIGMA CHAPTER, Boston University and Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Boston, Mass. President," J. E. Martin, Jr., 143 Highland Street. Corresponding Secretarv, Geo. T. Drummond. T A U CHAPTER, University of Illinois, Champaign, 111. President, A. E. Woodruff, 501 E. Vine Street. Secretary, W. R. Thornhill, Station A, Box 515.


THE SPHINX, APRIL 1923 THE

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Official Organ of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Published in February, April, June,

October and December, at 37 Irwin Street, Atlanta, Georgia. Subscription Price

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E n t e r e d a s second c l a s s m a t t e r F e b r u a r y 11, 1923, a t t h e p o s t office A t l a n t a , G e o r g i a , u n d e r the Act of M a r c h 3 , 1897. A c c e p t a n c e for m a i l n g a t s p e c i a l r a t e of p o s t a g e p r o vided for in section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, a u t h o r i z e d F e b r u a r y 23, 1923.

STAFF OF Editor-in-Chief "Who Is Who?" "Editorials" "Prat Fun" "History" Assistant

Editor and Advertising

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EDITORS OSCAR C. BROWN, 37 Irwin St., Atlanta, Ga. GEORGE B. K E L L Y , 1 113th Street, T r o y , N . W . E A R L ALEXANDER, 61 E. 11th St., Columbus, Ohio ELMER J. CHEEKS, 10012 Quincy Heights, Cleveland, O. j_, HANSBERRY, Howard University, Washington, D. C.

SYDNEY P. BROWN, 237J4 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. APRIL 1923

NUMBER TWO

CONTENTS Page In M e m o r i a m a. B r o t h e r J o s e p h E. J o n e s , G a m m a C h a p t e r 2 b. B r o t h e r S i d n e y J . R i c h a r d s , T a u C h a r t e r 2 P l a n s of D i r e c t o r of " G o - t o - H i g h S c h o o l , G o - t o - C o l l e g e " Movement.. . 3 Activities of C h a p t e r s : a. B e t a ' s B a s k e t b a l l C h a m p i o n s 5 b. B r o t h e r R o b e r t J . C r a f t . .^ 6 c. B r o t h e r C h a r l e s T. R u s s e l l 6 d. B r o t h e r J o h n H. Lewis 9 e. B r o t h e r L u c i u s L. McGee , 10 f. B r o t h e r G e o r g e W . H e n d e r s o n 14 g. B r o t h e r L o u i s L o r e n z o R e d d i n g 20 x. A d d r e s s t h a t won h i g h e s t h o n o r s in B r o w n U n i v e r s i t y . .21 h. B r o t h e r S a m u e l B . T a y l o r 27 i. B r o t h e r R a l p h E, B a n k s 27 j . B r o t h e r L. F . P a l m e r 29 k. E t a - L a m b d a F o o t b a l l C h a m p i o n s 31 1. B r o t h e r S y d n e y P h i l l i p B r o w n 33 F r a t e r n a l i s m and the Negro 34 B r o t h e r Wm. A. Warfield 35 a. F r e e d m e n ' s H o s p i t a l 35 Brother John W. Gregg 36 Brother Howard Hale Long 37 Brother William Sanders Scarborough 37 B r o t h e r Kelly M i l l e r 38 B r o t h e r T. R . D a v i s 3 Editorials: a. T h e " G o - t o - H i g h S c h o o l , G o - t o - C o l l e g e " Movement 40 b. The Sixteenth Annual Convention 41 c. A l p h a P h i A l p h a — D i s c r i m i n a t e d ? 41 d. B r o t h e r W i l l i a m L. H a n s b e r r y 41 B r o t h e r T h o m a s A. G r e e n e 42 The Stork and Cupid at W o r k 42

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In /Bbemoriam On Sunday, February twenty-fifth, in the Chapel at Virginia Union University, impressive memorial services were held by Gamma Chapter, for Exalted Honorary Brother Joseph E. Jones, who, a few months' ago, passed on into the "Great Somewhere." For Forty-seven years Brother Jones was a Professor in Virginia Union University. There he erected a perpetual monument of service as a counsellor and builder of men—a teacher, a Christian, a gentleman, a brother. As an humble expression of Alpha Phi Alpha's respect, appreciation, and gratitude for a full life of service in promoting E D U C A T I O N , T O B R O T H E R J O S E P H E. J O N E S , T H E 1923 E D U C A T I O N A L N U M B E R O F T H E S P H I N X IS SACREDLY D E D I C A T E D . W e regret that he has left us and, as we pause in reverent memory to him, we thank Qpd for his having been here; for the world is a little better because he passed this way.

Death, the eternal collector, took irreparable toll, when, on March 7. 1923, it "called time" on Brother Sidney J. Richards, of Tau Chapter, and bade him to pass into the "Great Beyond." He was a Junior in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, and in that institution, he was a member of the Art Club, the Architectural Club, and had been elected to the Architectural Society. Alpha Phi Alpha can say very little under the condition c.f such a loss; but our knowledge of Brother Richard's brilliant and clean life "Leads kindly light, amid encircling gloom."


THE SPHINX, APRIL 1923

PLANS OF DIRECTORS

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EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN T h e "Go-to-High-School and Go-to-College" movement will be launched April 39th-May <>. l!;2."i. T h e campaign will be conducted under the personal direction of the National General President, assisted by an organization of 250 men and supplemented by the entire membership of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, which numbers 2.700 hundred men located in every section of America. This drive will be the most complete attempt at arousing the general interest of the colored youth of the country. There is just one message for all: "Get an Education—STAY IN S C H O O L . " 10.000 college men will be requested to carry the message to the class room, to the homes and to the clubs and community centers. 10,000 gospel preachers will be urged to carry the message to the pulpits of America and set aside April 29th as "Educational Day" in their churches.

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Carl Murphy. Director

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Norman L. McGhee. Director

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Oscar C. Brown. Every Chapter will have a committee of F I V E to promote the campaign. T h e President of the Chapter will be in charge of local affairs.

April 2 . { — L E T T E R S to 5,000 ministers urging them to observe Educational Day. April 2 ! ) — E D U C A T I O N A L SUNDAY. Ministers of all denominations invited to cooperate.

100.000 children to carry the message to thehomes, to the parents.

April : ? 0 — C O N F E R E N C E D A Y . . Conference with principals, teachers, preachers and leaders.

500,000 tracts to be distributed to the Negro in every section of the country.

May

1 — L E T T E R - W R I T I N G D A Y . Letters to students, parents, senior classes.

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May

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SLOGAN: " R E A C H 100,000 H O M E S A.\ T D T O U C H 2.ooo.()()0 S T U D E N T S . "

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Bctivities of Chapters ALPHA CHAPTER Cornell U n i v e r s i t y , I t h a c a , N . Y. BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I

ALPHA,

Greetings: W e regret very much that our Chapter letter failed to reach the office for publication in the Convention Number of T H E SIMIINX, due to improper addressing. T h e Mother Chapter was eagerlv awaiting the report of Brother Cyril Bow, who represented us and we look with pride upon the achievements of the Fifteenth Annual Convention. No attempt will be made to say to what extent the Sixteenth Annual Convention will succeed; but being acquainted with Kappa Chapter and the brothers of the other Chapters throughout ( >hio and in W e s t Virginia, and. from the interest which is being shown by the sister Chapters, it is felt that the unprecedented success of the coming Convention is assured. While we are few in numbers here at Cornell. the interest manifested by the brothers in Alpha Chapter is of that liner quality which makes us feel that as Alpha Phi Alpha gams and prospers we do likewise; and as she suffers, we feel it is a personal loss. We pledge our staunchest support to those brothers who have been elected to guide the destiny of our grand organization and to hold the future course of Alpha Phi Alpha true to its ideals. T h e success of our fraternity in a measure rests in the hands of our General ( ifficers, but it rests mainly upon the several Chapters and in turn in the hands of the individual members. O u r General Officers can succeed only as we help them to succeed. Will not every brother realize this personal responsibility which is his and can't be shifted. T h e Mother Chapter will be somewhat handicap]ied in carrying out the educational p r o g r a m ; nevertheless, it will put forth some tangible effort to carry the gospel of Education to the colored populace of this community. The following brothers have been elected to lead Alpha Chapter for this y e a r : F. Leslie Thompson, '24, President; Richard L. H a r vey, '24, V i c e - P r e s i d e n t - T r e a s u r e r ; [oseph Houchins, '-25, Secretary; Maymes Malachi Pierce, '23, Editor to T H E S I M I I N X . Fraternally yours, ALPHA CHAPTER, JAYMES MALACHI

PIERCE,

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Editor.

BETA

CHAPTER

This year Beta Chapter is represented on the basketball court by one of the best teams that has ever been assembled under one management. Because most of the "fellows" are in the Medical School and practice and playing have been restricted on account of the time required for their work, the team has not played as many games as we desired. < )n its northern trip in December the team lost but one game, and that was to the Chicago Defenders, by a margin of two points. During these past three months the team has met and defeated most of the teams in and about the District of Columbia. A series was arranged with the Alpha Chapter of Omega I'si Phi. The best two out of three games were to determine. T h e first game was played Saturday afternoon, the 24th of February, in the M u r r a y Casino. T h e teams were very evenly matched. At the end of the first half the score was 14-12 in favor of the Omega Psi Phi, But the first half was only half of -the story. Brother Marcus Wheatland led the attack of Beta in the second half and showed himself to be the outstanding star of the game, which ended in our favor with the score 2?-2.'i. Between the halves the Beta team changed from maroon and white uniforms, in which they have been campaigning during the past year, to new black and gold uniforms. T h e second game was played Saturday afteroon, the 10th of March. It proved to be one of the hardest fought games ever witnessed by any person present. Thrilling passes and "impossible" field goals from every angle by both teams made the Casino fairly rock time after time. W h e n the final whistle blew, the house went into pandamonium. Beta had again hung up victory. T h e score, 37-35, indicates what the game was. Brother "Cliff," Clarkson played like a wild man in this game. Personnel of the t e a m : "Cliff" Clarkson, captain, guard, H o w a r d 'Varsity (2 y e a r s ) ; " E d d i e " Lowry. forward, St. Christopher's. N e w York City; Marcus Wheatland, center, Lincoln University 'Varsity (3 years); " D a s h , " forward. C. C. N . Y., Spartans ( N e w Y o r k ) ; " S h e p " Wright, guard. H o w a r d 'Varsity (4 years) ; George L. Johnson, forward H o w a r d 'Varsity (3 years) : Curtis Carr, forward, Lincoln 'Varsity; George J. Banks. guard, Wilborfcrce 'Varsity; E. Gaylord


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(Beta Chapter, Howard University, Wash ington, D. C.) Reading frem left to right, they a r e : Johnson, Ackiss, Dash, Lowry, Wheatland, Carr, Clarkson, Howell, and Banks. Howell, m a n a g e r ; Smalwood Ackiss, assistant manager. H o w a r d U n i v e r s i t y , W a s h i n g t o n , D . C. BROTHERS I N A L P H A

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Greetings: With the election of a roster of very capable men. Beta Chapter made a fine start in what promises to be the banner year of her existence. The officers chosen to hold office during 1923 were : Brother W . F . Nelson. President; Brother George L. Johnson, Vice-President; Brother I lusea Proffett, Recording Secretary; Brother A. Hugh Sim n o u s . Corresponding Secretary; Brother ('.. Linwood H e n r y , Financial Secretary ; Brother E. Shepard Wright, T r e a s u r e r ; Brother C. Glenn Carrington, Chaplain; Brother Llorace Scott, H i s t o r i a n ; Brother E. Gaylofd Howell, Chapter Editor. I'.n titer \\ hittier C. Atkinson was elected H o u s e Manager and Brother Nathaniel Dillard as Assistant House Manager will cooperate with him in the care of the. fraternity house. Brother Smallwood Ackiss, who has so successfully managed the Dining Department for the past year, was reelected as Steward and Clifford Gordon was named as . Assistant Steward. ()n Saturday, February 17th, Beta initiated into its folds the following men whom we are very proud to hail as b r o t h e r s :

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C. H . Tobias (Active Honorary ). Dr. M. < >â&#x20AC;˘ Dumas (Active H o n o r a r y ) , James Felton Brown, F . Lee Terry, E d w a r d B. Clark. George Pendleton, Shannon Jackson. George D. Curtis, Thomas J. Anderson, Edgar A. Long. During the local campaign for the Endowment Fund for H o w a r d University Medical School all of the brothers in the Medical School took a verv active part. On the H o n o r Roll of those who subscribed $1,000 we have the names of Brothers Dr. W . A. Warlield. Dr. E. D. Williston, Dr. M. O. Dumas, and Dr. S. L. Carson, fn addition to these large subscriptions all of the brothers subscribed various amounts such as they were able. At our Sunday morning prayer meetings we have had the following speakers: Miss Lucy D. Slowe, Dean of W o m e n . H o w ard University; Brother C. II. .Mills. Associate Professor in Romance Languages; Brother Charles E. Steward, Pastor of Metropolitan A. M. E . ; Brother E. C. Williams, Head of Depar menl of Romance Languages; Dean E. L. P a r k s , Dean of Men, H o w a r d Universitv; .Brother W . A. Joyner, of W i l b e n o u e University; . Brother J. N. Hill. Professor of English i.-i Baltimore High School.


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Dr. A. 1). Stone (Beta, Delta-Lambda), graduate of the Howard Dental School, in a recent Civil Service examination for Dental Examiner in the public schools of Baltimore, passed with the highest rating of any of the competitors. W e are planning to put over the "Go-toHigh-School, Go-to-College" movement with all our energy, and with Brother M . G. E d munds as the chairman, the following committee will have c h a r g e : Brothers A. Hugh Simmons, Frederick Robb, W i n . R. Adams,, Lloyd L. Burrell. Brother -Merrill Curtis has opened up new and spacious offices in the Curtis Building, U Street at 13th. Brother Leo Robinson has been appointed Assistant Medical E x a m i n e r in the Department of Physical Education and has b ; e n placed in charge of Track Athletics. Brother Robert J. Craft is captain of the track team. Because of the great interest exhibited by the brothers during the many thrilling tennis matches on the courts at the fraternity house. Brothers E. D, Downing and Victor R. Daly have donated a cup to be competed for by the brothers of Beta this spring. T h e basketball team which is m e n t i o n - ! on another page is having a very successful season a n d ' w e are justly proud because of the line playing of the brothers and their u'.ireproachabk conduct on and off the f l o o r s Fraternally yours. BETA C H A P T E R , E . GAYLORD H O W E L L ,

Chapter

Mditor.

( H o m e : Danville, V a . ) Brother Robert J. Craft is a graduate of the Westmoreland High School, '18. W a s valedictorian of class of 35 students, 80 points ahead of second man. In 191? he was a Government four-minute man. H e played leading parts in the high school dramatics. Entered H o w a r d Academy in September, 1918. W a s Journalist of the Academy Year Book in 1919. Graduate of H o w a r d Academy, 1919, Entered H o w a r d University in September, 1919. L e Secretaire d'une classe francaise, ' 2 0 ; Le President d'une classe francaise, '22 ; member of Varsity Track Team, '20, ' 2 1 , '22, ' 2 3 ; member of Relay Team which won Collegiate Championship at Penn Relays. April 29. 1921; member of Relay Team which r a n fifth in Class B, Collegiate Championship of America, at 1'enn Relays, in April. 1922: captain of Varsity Track Team, 1923; assistant manager, Varsity Football Team, ' 2 1 ; Secretary of Beta Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha, 1922. Maintaining a high scholastic standing in the University. Graduates in June, 1923. H a s written several articles of interest which have appeared in different publications. Pursuing a scientific course in the University. Doing reputable work in Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Mathematics, and French. Brother Craft is the ideal Alpha Phi Alpha man. l i e is respected and admired by all with whom he comes in contact. He is a scholar, an athlete, and a gentle r a n .

BROTHER CHARLES T.

RUSSELL,

Gamma Chapter, Virginia Union University, BROTHER

ROBERT J.

Beta Chapter

CRAFT,

Richmond, Va.


THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 Among the honored brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, who are now being registered in the field of great achievements, the "Gods of Hate" have invited Brother Professor Charles T. Russell to take his seat. W e wish only to remove the veil so that you may behold him in his glory. Brother Russell graduated from H a m p t o n Institute. Hampton, Va.. in L899. He was in charge of the building construction work at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, for eight years. He has been professor of industrial work and superintendent of grounds at Virginia Union University, Richmond. Va., for the past fifteen years. Brother Russell is the only Negro to pass the State Board in Virginia for architecture and engineering, and to receive a certified certificate therefrom. He is the first President of the National Negro Builders' Association, which was organized at Hampton Institute on J a n u a r y 3 1 . 1923. This association is composed of the leading builders of America. Brother Russell has been architect for more than $5,000,000 worth of buildings for Negroes alone in the State of Virginia, during the last ten years. We had an interview with Brother Professor Ru-sell as to the secret of his success. H e attributes it largely to the great spirit of Alpha Phi Alpha which has served as a stimulus to motivate him to attempt great things. His response to it has spelled for him success. H e says that from the time of Brothers McGhee and Booker here at Gamma, there has been one continued stream of inspiration flowing through the channel ol" the Alphi Phi Alpha Fraternity. And the brothers who compose it, have so touched his life, here and there as they passed, that he himself has become an inseparable part of this great stream which terminates only in the field of great achievements. Brother Russell with his wonderful personality and ability to "put the job over," as he often terms it, does not surprise us when we see him taking the lead in so many progressive movements-, and especially in his chosen profession. T h u s we number him among the honored brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha who have actually brought tilings to pass. GAMMA

CHAPTER

Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I AJLPHA,

(,'rciiiiit/s : "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?'' Such a question has recently been asked concerning Mississippi. Gamma proposes to answer this question. Far back in the "back woods" of Mississippi where the sun seldom shines, there was horn, a few years ago, a child who was destined to throw back the dark curtains of ignorance and superstition

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and let the intellectual rays, from the sunlight of hope, shine therein. Today this child, in the person of Brother C. L. Franklin, sits upon the presidential throne of Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Brother Franklin assures us that if the knocks and blows which he received while a country boy in the 'backwoods" of Mississippi will help him to put over a real program for Gamma this year, together with our support, the program shall go over; for he is 100 per cent "countrym a n " and none the less Alpha Phi Alpha. The brothers of Gamma are behind Brother Franklin to the man. We want Gamma to shine at Union this year, as never before in her history, so that the rays therefrom may light up the entire country, even the "backwoods" of Mississippi. Then "wise m e n " will turn their faces toward Gamma, and cry out with us, "surely something good can come out of Mississippi for her 'Son' is shining at Union." Brother Franklin is supported by a good corps of officers: Brother II. R. Young, VicePresident: Brother R. P . Daniel, Recording Secretary; Brother H . M. Rufhn. Financial Secretary: Brother W. E. Henry, Corresponding Secretary; Brother P . L. Henry, Treasurer : Brother P . W . Phillips, Chapter Editor ; Brother B. L. Taylor, Historian; Brother J. I\. Henderson, Chaplain. Brother J. R. I Ienderson, our delegate to the Convention, with his keen ability to observe an 1 most wonderful ability to speak, was able t(> give us an interesting and inspiring report. Brother Henderson waxed eloquent in the closing of his report as he told of the pilgrimage to Lovejoy. H e painted such a picture of that statue which stands yonder in Illinois, that as he spoke, the statue seemed to s;:?ak. as it were, in our midst! Then as we beheld the huge monument before us Brother Henderson mentioned the ideals and principles for which Lovejoy stood. H e then linked up these ideals with the great ideals of Alpha Phi Alpha and we pledged ourselves anew to live up to them. Memorial services in honor of Brother Dr. Joseph E. Jones were held by the Chapter in the University Chapel, February 25th. T h e speakers were Brother Rev. R. H . Johnson, B.D., the Rev. W . H . Stokes. Ph.D.. and Brother J. M. Gandy, Ph.D., President of the State Normal School. Brother Dr. Jones was a professor in this University for forty-seven years. Naturally the Chapel was filled with friends and admirers to witness these most impressive services. Brother Jones was indeed a friend and counsellor to us. May God give us another such brother! Brother R. H. Johnson, Jr., one of Gamma's faithful sons, has just begun his work at the Sharon Baptist Church, to which he was r e cently called as pastor. This is one of the


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leading churches in Richmond, Ya. T h u s we congratulate Brother Johnson and wish for him crowning success in this new field oi labor. Brother E. II. Adams lias been elected Captain of the University base ball team for this season. With the support of his men, under the leadership of our star coach. Professor H . D. Martin, we expjet Brother Adams to give us a championship team. As Alpha men, we shall be satisfied with nothing less. We are now making plan's for an intensive and extensive campaign for the "Go-tO-High School, Go-to-College" Movement. Committees are already active in the matter. Last year we reached more than ever before, but this year that record will be far surpassed. Brothers all over the State are to aid in pushing the campaign. We must reach no less than 100.000 in this vicinity. Besl wishes to all the b r o t h e r s ! Fraternally yours, GAMMA CHAPTER, PORTER W . P l l l U . i l ' S .

Chapter

Editor.

EPSILON CHAPTER University of M i c h i g a n , A n n Arbor, Mich. BROTHERS IN A L P H A I ' m

ALPHA,

Greetings: With all of the brothers still surviving after the crucial test of final examinations, Epsilon__ is ready once again to go forward with her work here in Ann Arbor. Following the welllaid plan of our Brother President L. C. Perry, we are intent on achieving big things in the next few months that we are to be together for this school term. We are now making preparations for an effective "Go-to-1 tigh-School, Go-to-College" Movement, along with plans for annual spring initiation and initiation banquet, and our entertainment committee promises us something novel in the form of a formal hop in the spring. W e are continually enchancing our housing fund and eagerly anticipate being together under one roof next year. Among the celebrities of our Chapter we feel very proud of our good Brother Belford V. Lawson, who has been elected Vice-Presi dent of the Ann Arhor branch of the N . A. A. C. P.. and. under his leadership in the absence of the President, the Branch is proving itself a big asset to the community life of our little town. Epsilon extends the best wishes to all of her sister Chapters. Fraternally yours, EPSILON CHAPTER. E.

L.

I [ARRIS, J R . ,

Corresponding

Secretary.

ETA CHAPTER N e w Y o r k City BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A ,

Greetings: Preparations are already underway for the most extensive 'Go-to-High-School, Go-toCollege" .Movement campaign in the history of the Chapter. T h e Chapter has elected a director for the City of New York in the person of Brother J. Garland Wood, who will have immediate charge of die movement in the metropolitan district. The committee for the drive consists of brothers experienced in educational and uplift movements, namely. Dr. Roberts, Dr. Anderson, Boyd, Wood, and President Fladger. T h e program this year calls for a week's intensive campaigning. During each of the week days brothers will hold interviews, and lecture before the many clubs and societies of the city. On Sunday morning the ministers will be appealed to to deliver an educational sermon. And in the afternoon Eta Chapter will hold its annual educational meeting, with some noted educator as the principal speaker. Eta Chapter's interest in the movement is evidenced by the educational activities of some of its members before the actual launching of the campaign. A number of the brothers have been speaking in the interest of this movement whenever the occasion presented itself. On last Sunday, March 4, Brother Arnette Lindsay spoke to a group of young hoys between the ages of (> and 20, setting forth clearly the advantages of continuing their education. On March the 18th this same brother will speak at one of the leading churches of this city on the subject, " W h a t Alpha Phi Alpha is doing to encourage Negro youth to acquire an education." Brothers Hubert and Allison, who incidentally have charge of the New York U r b a n League, hold conferences with boys and parents throughout the year, advising them of the advantages of education. W e need not mention the work of Brothers F . K. Jones. E. P . Roberts, J. E. Mooreland, and W. E . B. Dubois, whose public welfare activities are nationally known. COUSIN'S OF NO KIN

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THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 have run the memorable Alpha Phi Alpha gauntlet. Rest assured that the banner Chapter in Alpha Phi Alpha for 1922, selected the most promising material that is to be found iii New York and the reputable schools of the city. BROTHER WM. S. SCARBOROUGH

Brother William Sanders Scarborough, M.A., LL.D., Ph.D., former President of W i l berfi rce University, a n d presently connected with the United State., Department of Agriculture. delivered the principal address at the memorial services of his late friend, Colonel Charles Young, here last Sunday. T h e very impressive services were held under the joint auspices of the Colonel Y o u n g Post of the .American Legion and the Y. M. C. A. Brother Scarborough in his usual scholarly . manner. paid a very high tribute to the late Colonel, whose fighting career and untimely deatli touched the heart of every black man.

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way into the hearts of Xew -Yorkers. Brothers Gardner; Kirkland, a n d Calliman have no rivals in E t a Chapter as veritable heartbreaking "sheiks." Brother A. G. Bindsay announces his engagement to Miss Inabel Burns of Kansas City, Mo. I She is from the State that you have to show them first). Well, Brother Bindsay hasn't been studying salesmanship all these years for nothing. T h e authorities of Alpha have no jurisdiction over the sacred emblem he now wears, but it would be advisable if the Sorority concerned would advise him not to wear it on his tie, for he isn't responsible nowadays. Brother Boyd often needs the assistance o\ his brothers in his many entangling social engagements. H i s knowledge of mathematics and accountancy seem too limited to figure out these problems. One brother wdio enjoys quite a lucrative medical practice in New York, is both a doctor and a nurseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brother Dr. Godfrey Nurse.

P>n>ther Scarborough was the guest of honor at the Alpha Phi Alpha dinner held at Craigg's Brothers of E t a are waiting anxiously to immediately following the address. A m o n g see whether Brother Sheppard or Brother some of the brothers attending were the fol- Jackson will win the loveted seat near the lowing: Counselor T. B. D. Dyett, Toast- cashier in the Y. W . C. A. m a s t e r ; ! Dr. I',. P . Roberts. W . Calliman. F > We regretfully announce the death of a D. Gardner, Dr. Cummins, Paul Robeson, A. sister of Brother Dr. F. D. Williams. G. Lindsay, J. Carland Wood, Dr. Young, W . Fraternally yours, E. Jackson, C. A. Jackson. W . K. Hell, J. I I . ETA CHAPTER, Wn.IJAM GREENE, Eckles, Dr. Sullivan, W . T. A n d r e w s . X. P. Chapter Editor. A n d r e w s . R. Mizelle, A. J. Allison. H . Robinson, J. Iv Fladger, Rev. M. E . Sheppard, Dr. P. V. Anderson, W . Greene. It was a "corkBROTHER J O H N II. LEWISâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Zeta, in:;" good dinner, and ended in harmony with our time-honored tradition of singing. "Blest Among the Alpha Phi Alpha men of the country, few are meeting with greater success be the tie that binds." than Brother J o h n H . Bewis, as President oi Eta Chapter had the extreme pleasure of Morris Brown University. Brother Bewis was having as visitors. Brother Professor Joyner, graduated from Morris Brown College in L90S, formerly of Wilberforce, and Brother Profes- later received the degree of B.D., from Y'ale University and the A.M. degree from Chicago sor Caldwell. T h e brothers made a very enUniversity, l i e has taught and pastored with thusiastic talk at the last -meeting of this signal success in Missouri and California, it Chapter. was from the far West in 1920. that he was called to the Presidency of Morris Brown Brother C. B. Curley, who is now connected University. During his incumbency, the enwith the llari's ".> an 1 10 cents store, is con- rollment in the higher departments has been. ducting a well-developed sales campaign in the almost doubled because of Brother Lewis never ceasing efforts in urging his boys and interest of the store. girls to go on with education in the spirit of the Brother Dr. Rusty Nelson spoke recently at "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" Movethe Y. M. C. A. in the interest of belter health ment. Under Brother Bewis' presidency, modfor our boys and girls. l i e is winning Ins ern equipment and buildings have been added


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and the scholarship of the whole student body has been greatly improved.

BROTHER J O H N

Race Relations, appointed by ex-Governor F r a n k O. Lowden, as a special and technical investigator. A t the close of that work, his nomadic mind led him to the oil fields of Oklahoma, where the call of tutorship caught him and for die past two years he has been doing commendable work in the Douglas High .School of Oklahoma City. As a fraternity man. Brother McGee has been ever alert in advancing the work of the fraternity and in effecting an organization in Alpha Phi Alpha for fostering a program that will justify our fraternity's existence. He began his fraternal career while a student at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va., being a charter member of rehabilitated Gamma Chapter, in 19.12; was Vice-President and President of said Chapter. U p o n his graduation from Union, he entered the University of Chicago, where he affiliated with Theta Chapter, which he helped to rehabilitate. He has also held ranking offices in Theta.

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President. Morris Brown University, Atlanta, Ga. With Brother Lewis are Brother X. P. Barksdale, from Upsilon Chapter, head of the Department of English and French, atid^ Brother E d w a r d W . Brown, from Beta Chapter. head of the Commercial Department. Down in the Southland, where they are needed most, these brothers are cooperating with President Lewis in making Morris Brown University a great educational institution and a factor in building womanhood and manhood. Brother Lewis is a charter member of Zeta Chapter, Yale University, N e w H a v e n , Conn. BROTHER BROTHER

LUCIUS LEE

MCGEE—Theta

A brief review of Brother Lucius Lee McGee's biography will show that he completed his college training at Virginia University in 1913, receiving the B.A, degree t h e r e : also three years later the same institution gave him the D.B. degree. In 1917, after attending the University of Chicago, for one year, he received the M.A. degree. l i e remained at that institution for three years completing his residence work for his Doctorate, majoring in Philosophy and Religious Education. (Conference of degree pending thesis and final examination ) Por one year, after leaving the Midway University, Brother McGee was effectively associated with the Chicago Commission on

LUCIUS

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Head of the .Science Department. Douglas Fligh .School, Oklahoma City, Okla. Brother McGee's activities have not been limited to his local Chapter, for there are many things connected with our general organization which keep before us bis years of activity for the fraternity as a whole. H e was a delegate from Gamma Chapter to the Seventh Annual Convention, Chicago, 1914, at which time he was the originator of our present secret grip, and it should be remembered that. at t h e Eighth Annual Convention. Pittsburgh. 1915, he made another Ritual contribution in the form of our present " r a p s . " H e was also a member of the Eleventh Annual Convention, Cleveland, 1918, being the senior delegate from Theta Chapter. At that


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Convention he was elected General VicePresident, under whose administration the present extension work started. The following year, he was elected General President and "served for one term in that capacity. After his term of service as General President, the Thirteenth Annual Convention, Kansas City. 1930, elected him as one of the Regional Commissioners on General Affairs, m which position he served for two years. While General President, it was Brother McGefe's signal honor to be cue of the Convocation Speakers at Ohio State University under the auspices of Kappa Chapter. He is we.I remembered as the donor of " T h e McGee Cup." which was awarded at the Fifteenth Annual Convocation to Eta Chapter as the Chapter making the largest contribution to the advancement of the General Organization for the year 1922.

IOTA C A P T E R Syracuse U n i v e r s i t y , S y r a c u s e , N . Y. BROTHERS IN A L P H A I ' m

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Greetings: Since our last issue of T I I K S P H I N X , Iota has made many long and forward steps toward realms of idealism. ()ur ranks have been increased by the migration of Brother Richard L. Martin, of Alpha Beta Chapter, as he has registered in our College of Agriculture. It is our pleasure to announce that Messrs. H e n r y Robinson, Albert DeMond, and Hamilton Maloney made a very successful journey across the hot, siccative sands of the desert, and accepted the everlasting Sphinx bead as a guide, only to walk into the labyrinth of our ranks. Brother Graham Bun-ell, a member of our Chapter came in to pay us a visit while he was in the city on a very tristful occasion, to bury his daughter. Brother Dr. Richard G. Bondurant, one of the charter members of our Chapter, who served us two years in the capacity as President, announces that in the near future, he shall join in a hymnial celebration with Miss Mae Ester Bryant of Columbus, Ohio. Brother Bondurant is a Senior in our college of medicine, and we think that, in him, we send forth one of our most able men. Dr. Van Tuyl J. Levy of Eta Chapter, paid u s an informal visit and brought an enthusiastic message which so nobly characterized Alpha Phi Alpha spirit. T h e pleasure that we get from our meetings is remarkable, and it is characterized by each member's sitting wistfully at every meeting, when the President outlines the order of the evening.

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The "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" movement is prominent in our ranks again. and each committeeman plans the most prolific campaign in the history of our Chapter. We shall shine forth the flugent light from the hill in order to reach the boys and girls in the abyss of the city. W e realize that the day is always his who works in its serenity with great aims, and read with joy the auspicious signs of coming days, as they glimmer through the fruition of our various members. As wx plod on slowly, but surely, leaving vestiges as well as landmarks in our realm of accomplishment, we surprisingly find things near are no less beautiful and wondrous than things remote. However, the near explains the far, therefore we will walk on cur feet, work with our hands, speak with our minds, and exhaust our very capacity to make lota and .Alpha Phi Alpha such that her sublime work shall be a wall of defense and a wreath of joy for its officers and members. Fraternally yours, IOTA CHAPTER, T H O M A S G.

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KAPPA CHAPTER Ohio S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y , C o l u m b u s , Ohio BROTHERS IN A L P H A

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Greetings: Kappa is glad to again express her best wishes to her sister Chapters. T h e same good old Alpha Phi Alpha spirit is with us yet. May it ever prevail! ( in the 23d of February we were entertained by the " S p h i n x Club"â&#x20AC;&#x201D;our pledges, at an informal dance. This was quite a nifty affair of a general student social nature. O u r pledges are doing some good work. T h u s they are exemplifying pome good Alpha Phi Alpha material. T h e basketball team of which we spoke in our last letter acquitted itself well by making third place in the standing of the Association, composed of some 12 teams. Brother Andrew H . Callowav is turning his interest at present toward the organization of a baseball team. Kappa Chapter has pledged him its support. Kappa Chapter was honored by a visit at her last meeting of Brother E d w a r d s , exPresident of E t a Chapter, who gave a few very opportune remarks. Brother Dr. J. Aubrey Lane is the proud father of a bouncing baby girl, who was born Februarv 2 Ith. W e congratulate Dr. and Mrs. Lane. Brother Dr. N . Leroy Barnett informs us that be is enjoying a wonderful practice in Lo^an, W . Va. Kappa Chapter joins T a u and other sister Chapters in mourning the loss of our brother,


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Sidney J. Richards, who departed this life, after a lingering illness, Wednesday, March 7th. W e feel that the death of this promising young brother is an irreparable loss to Alpha P h i Alpha. Brother Richards was a member of T a u Chapter and a real Alpha Phi Alpha brother. The new S P H I N X was well received and enjoyed by all who received it. Sister Chapters, let us contribute more to it and thus prolong the good work. With best wishes and Godspeed, we are, Fraternally yours,

Grissom, Reginald Johnson, William Cassius, and Rev. David M. Jordan. Fraternally, MU CHAPTER. LAFAYETTE

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Greetings: Enthusiasm at N u is very high again after EDGAR R. B E A C H , a pause in activities made necessary by the Chapter Editor. midyear examinations. All of the brothers were very successful in their examinations. and the high scholastic standing of Nu is still MU CHAPTER unchanged. Brothers R. S. Jason, E. L. Brookes, P . Nichols, and A. N . Gordon are University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. worthy of special praise for attaining the scholastic honors of " F i r s t G r o u p . " This is the BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I A L P H A , highest academic honor to which one may Greetings: point as a reward for efficiency in class work Since the last issue of T i n ; S P H I N X M U in the University. has been very busy laying plans for the rest After a very stringent process of observaof the year. First, we hope to work out and tion and analysis of character, scholarship, and follow a well systemized budget. Then still general ability, Nu has finally selected a group greater stress will be given to the "Go-to-High- of "Prospectives." These men have carried School and Go-to-College" campaign. A spe- themselves in such a creditable manner as to cial committee has been appointed to map out convince us that they will prove strong links plans that will make the campaign the most in the great A # A chain of Brotherhood. An effective and far-reaching of any such kind enthusiastic Sphinx Club has been formed, between the several institutions of learning in and the pledges are conducting themselves as the Twin Cities. true candidates for membership in our noble We will reach almost 1,000 bright and in- fraternity. telligent students with our slogan, " O n with T h e first issue of T H E S P H I N X under the Education," and we expect to greatly increase editorship of Brother Brown met with the the number who shall continue their education favorable approval of every brother of N u . in colleges. This first publication truly fulfilled all of the O n e of the social activities of Mu Chapter expectations relative to Brother Brown's jourwas a delightful party given in honor of the nalistic ability. W e regret to note the neglinewly organized Chapter of the Alpha Kat>_u gence of some of our oldest and strongest Alpha sorority which was set up by Mrs. Chapters in failing to send a Chapter letter Green, National Grand President of the in THE S P H I N X . W e , too, wish to ask, W h a t sororitv. was wrong with Beta. Gamma, Theta, and the M u also entertained its pledges with a party others? at the Y. W . C. A. center on February 81st,With a true conception of the great task at which twenty couples were present. remaining before us, let every noble son of Mn wishes to announce that Brother Attor- this great paragon of organizations rededicate ney- Hamilton, of Upsilon Chapter, is estab- himself to work for the fulfillment of Alpha lishing himself in St. Paul and' has success- Phi Alpha's mission on earth. T h e r e is a fully passed the Minnesota liar. sacred heritage which has been handed down Mu is represented in the University band in to us by the founders, who with consecrated the person of Brother II. B. Shepard, who is hearts, pure ideals, lofty principles, and noble characters laid the cornerstone of this mighty a drummer. . fraternal structure. May this heritage be Brother A. lames is again back m the I win Cities. H e plans to reenter the University cherished as the greatest of our possessions; this fall and continue with his course in elec- may it ever inspire, nourish, and guide all those who are united under the canopy of trical engineering. H e will be a junior. ( )n March 3rd the Gods visited us again Alpha Phi Alpha. With the approach of the time of our " G o and gave us four yearlings who had been most carefully considered and found to be the type t o - H i g h - S c h o o i Go-to-College" campaign the that will rapidly develop into Alpha I'hi Alpha plans'of our Chapter program are well under men of first quality. Th :ir names are : George


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way. Brother H . B. Sweet was appointed W e have been recently visited by the following Chairman of the Educational Committee, and b r o t h e r s : Clarence Cameron White, A. L. he is perfecting plans for the most intensive Simpson, one of the founders of this C h a p t e r ; and extensive series of meetings which N u L. C. Ridley, of X i ; B. S. Cassell, of X i ; E. F . Clarkson, of X i , en route to Orange, Chapter has ever launched. N u is putting forth special efforts to line N. J . ; Bros. H . H . Hull and M. G. Amos, of up all of the brothers of this Chapter who by Xi, who a r e now attending the University of graduation are located elsewhere. It is en- Cincinnati; A. L. Hall, of Alpha-Alpha, and couraging to read fervent and inspiring letters our own Dr. G. W . Henderson, who is a from brothers who are now laboring in the member of Phi Beta Kappa. The brothers of Xi are prominent in every distant Southland and other sections of the country. Among our brothers who still retain phase of the various collegiate activities. affiliation with N u are Brother H a r r y W a s h - Brother Webb, formerly Chapter editor, was ington Green, who is the Dean of Samuel elected editor-in-chief of the 1923 Annual; Brother C. F . McGee is captain of this year's Houston College, in Austin, T e x a s ; Brother Basketball T e a m ; and Brother Ferebee is capTimothy C. Meyers, who is teaching in the English Department of Tuskegee Institute; tain of the Track Team. Among those that Brother Miller W . Boyd, who is holding down are showing u p well on the Track Team are a professorship in Morristown College, T e n n . ; Brothers N. Redmond, L. Berry, F . Woodson. Brother R. O ' H a r a Lanier, w h o is teaching C. F . Ferebee, C. A. Smith, S. M. Smith, and in one of the High Schools of Winston Salem, O. A . Freeman. N. C , and also associate editor to one of the Brother Cecil Burch is Assistant Physics leading newspapers of that city. Instructor, and Bros. Chas. C. Fairfax and W e take this opportunity of announcing the Tilford Davis, I I I , are Assistants to the Secretransfer of Brother James O. Randolph to tary of the University. Eta Chapter and Brother Curtis G. Carr to Cupid has been active here and the followBel a. ing brothers have acknowledged their engageSince our last writing Brothers Wilson. ments : Brother Hutchison to Miss Isby, Brookes. Sweet, Logan, and Coles have been Brother Clarkson to Miss E. Mundv, Brotner on the sick list. Happily these brothers reV. S. Gordon to Miss B. Dix, Brother M. covered without long confinement and are now Amos to Miss M. Davis, and Brother S. about their duties with their customary punch. Brown to Miss E. Sweatt. W e regret that Brother George Cannon is A number of parties have been recently confined at his home in fersey City, N. J., due given at the Chapter house. T h e party for to his illness. W e are hopeful of his speedy ' t h e teachers of Springfield, Ohio, at which recovery and return to the University. Brother Hudson was host, was the sensation Fraternally yours, of the month. T h e house was artistically NU CHAPTER. decorated in the fraternity colors. T h e Simons OLIVER W . BROWN. University Girls' Basketball Team was entertained by Xi. and numerous other phases of social activities have been fostered by the XI C H A P T E R Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, O h i o brothers here. A personal history is being compiled of all BROTHERS I N A L P H A P H I A L P H A , the graduating brothers by Brother Z. W . Greetings: . . Webb. Another year of administrative lite t o r A t All efforts are being manifested to make Chapter has come and gone, and our new this year's "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" officers are eagerly pressing forward into the movement the greatest in the history of Xi. new year. O u r brightest hopes for it have With the coming of the National Conveneither been happily realized or like ashes blown tion at Columbus, Xi will be in the front line to the four winds. W h e t h e r we have wrought in helping to make this Convention the greatwell or ill, we must now turn our eyes to the est in the history of Alpha P h i Alpha. And rising sun and pray with Kipling: as we stand hesitatingly upon the threshold "Lord, God of Hosts, be with us yet, of this year, let us as Alpha Phi Alpha men, Lest we forget, lest we forget." in the name of o u r forefathers, whose prayers Eager as we a r e to press forward into the brought us out of the hell of our first bondyear, we cannot forego the temptation to cast age ; in the name of our immortal founders, a backward glance. a n d ' i n the name of our God, the Giver of all During the past months we have been fa- we have, resolutely march forward, detervored with a number of prominent visitors mined to write Alpha Phi Alpha on the face at Xi, among whom w e r e : Mr. C. H. Parish, of the sun. Omega Psi P h i ; the girls basketball team of Fraternallv yours, Simmons University; the teachers of SpringXI C H A P T E R . field, ( )hio. and many others. O T I S A. F R E E M A N , Editor to "TinSphinx." Xi is always glad to welcome her brothers.


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THE SPHINX, APRIL 1923 who has been elected Editor of T i n : S P H I N X . My mind goes back to Howard University, back to the years 1915, 1916, 1917, when little, bashful, rustic Oscar was finding himself among that cosmopolitan body of fifteen hundred students. Transported thence to sunny France, the former Mississippian became a proud American Army ' Hiiccr. And just last month in his first editorial pronunciamento, he hit his old pal. Tin-: S P H I N X representative for

Rho Chapter, when he rebuked them who failed to send reports of Chapter activities. I am very proud to greet my new literary chief and I pledge to him that no pains will be spared to make T i n ; Sim I NX the ideal emissary of fraternal influence that he desires. The report of the Convention activities by our delegate, Brother George Lyle, was so clear and complete the.', any member hearing the report could repeat in order every political maneuver, every social feature and every constructive program that characterized the meeting. !n main cases we know who seconded motions. And the general impression left upon us was that t i c 1922 Corrve'ntion was an epoch making event in the histi ry of Alphaism. T o us was borne the rejuvenated spirit of the old B R O T H E B GEORGE W . H E N D E R S O N , A.M., B.D., Alpha Chapter in the pioneer days at Cornell; D.D., Phi Beta Kappa Alumnus of Vermont, Iowa and Yale Univer- in us was born a new spirit, a new resolve t " watch, and strive and succeed. sities and of the University of Merlin T h e immediate effect of the elucidating reBrother George W. Henderson, Professor of Latin Language of Wilberforce University, port of Brother Lyle was the payment of a larger percentage of Grand T a x on the first if not in a class to himself, certainly doesn't miss it far. His preparation is the kind tha*- meeting night of the year than ever before. |ohn Milton had in mind when he said, " I The spirit of the Alpha fathers was much in care not when 1 enter upon life's work since evidence at the recent smoker and monthly I enter tit." With Vermont-Iowa-Yale-Berlin business meeting held at the palatial residence point of view. Brother Henderson is rendering of our President, Brother Dr. Walter Fitzinvaluable service to Wilberfoce University gerald Jerrick. and to the students who are privileged to sit Arrangements are being made to have the in his class room. A summary statement of annual fraternal sermon preached to the Chap Brother Henderson's activities is as follows: ter by Brother Rev. John Logan, of St. Simon B.A., State University of Iowa. L919; A.B., Church, Philadelphia, Pa. T h e "Go-t( -High-School, Go-to-College" University of Vermont, 1877; A.M., ibid., L880; D.D., ibid., 1896; B.D., Yale Divinity movement, under the guidance of Brother Lyle, principal of the mode! Logan School. School, 1883; honorary fellowship, Yale University, 1883-85; student, University of Berlin, bids fair to eclipse any demonstration of educational import ever attempted in this city. 1885; principal, Craftsbury Academy, Vermont. 1877-80, 1886-88; professor of theolBrother Lyle has very sound views on the ogy, Straight University, New Orleans, La., school question, especially as it applies to the L890-1904; professor of Theology, bisk Uni- Negro of this vicinity. He dees not stammer versity, 1904-09; present position since 1909. nor stutter in his propagation and defense o\ them. He is short on sentiment but long on facts, statistics and prophecies. When our political wings are stronger we propose to pu1 RHO CHAPTER Temple University and Philadelphia College him, along with Brother Dr. Burwell, on the city school board. of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pa. Among the batch of " u n c u t " gems to be \ U ' I I A I ' m A L P H A BROTHERS, "dressed" into Alpha Phi Alpha diamonds, Greetingss are such notables as Dr. Monroe II. Tunneli. Tbis is station R - H - O , Philadelphia, Pa., of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Dr. J. Barlow Lovell radio broadeastingl-y speaking. First oi all, and several grade A students at Temple Unigentlemen, 1 crave your indulgence for me versity. They have passed inspection and brief panegyrics over Brother Oscar Brown,


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THE SPHINX, APRIL 1923 await the banquet call io taste the -'ambrosia of Zeus.*' Brothers P . D. Bowser and R. \ T . Gordon have opened a special dental clinic at Frankfort, Pa. Both are well qualified to render good dental service, and also be of civic usefulness to the community. Brothers Morris, Wilson and Rogers are charter members of a new social club, which promises to be the most exclusive set in this vicinity. T h e Inkosa Club has drawn attention from the social circles of every city on the Eastern Coast. W e are dusting the genealogy of several Alpha men, pointing them for membership anow. . A new feature of our meetings is a lecture by some member well versed in some particular line of fraternal, social or business endeavor. Brother W m . Pollard our prominent attorney recently gave us a lecture on " T h e Principles of College Fraternalism." Brother Theodore Penny, for many years a probation (fiicer and a student of social psychology, is slated to lecture on "'Salvaging Souls." Brother Burwell will be slated to discuss "Segregation—a Blessing or C u r s e ? " Later, it may be months or years, but should Brother P. 1. Bowser acknowledge the passing of personal bachelorhood, we shall remember this paragraph and fathom the depths it is intended to convey. Brother Moore, our Chaplain, is the proud possessor of a bouncing—Buick sedan. Commenting on the issue of T I I H

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under the new dispensation we would say that the general appearance is better, the drafting by Brother Hilyard Robinson, of a new cover sheet is of much value to the paper. T h e letters seem snappier and the little infant Chapters much given to cheerful discountings. T h e energizing influence of Brother Oscar Brown is apparent on every page. Rho is not defunct; we are still broadcasting our share of stimulating Alpha Phi Alpha spirit of transcendency. Fraternally, RHO CHAPTER. O. W I L S O N

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SIGMA C H A P T E R Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass. BROTHERS I N A L P H A P H I A L P H A ,

Greetings: With the advent of the new year, Sigma has been endowed with a new spirit of action, and brotherly love. W e have been pleased with the many interesting reports that we have received concerning the past Convention. W e wish to congratulate the members of the Convention upon their very wise choice of

officers for this year. M a y their every act for the fraternity be crowned with success. ()ur own Brother W h a r t o n attended—in behalf of Sigma—the All-Eastern Alpha Phi Alpha conclave at the time of the Yale game. Brother W h a r t o n returned with a mighty interesting report. At our last regular meeting in November, five candidates were ushered into our midst. The initiation was most impressive and we do think that, with the addition of these valuable members, Sigma can do big things. At our regular meeting, during the early part of January, the officers for the year w e e installed as follows: President, J a y Erner.t M a r t i n ; Secretary, E d g a r G o r d o n ; Treasurer, Silas F . T a y l o r ; Assistant Secretary, C. R. Robinson; Corresponding Secretary, George T. D r u m m o n d , and Chaplain, Harold Amos. T h e Chapter h a s recently taken over the finest rooms available for the Chapter headquarters at 558 Massachusetts Avenue. Sigma wishes each and every Chapter a prosperous year. Yours fraternally, SIGMA C H A P T E R , GEORGE T .

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University of Illinois, Champaign, 111. BROTHERS I N A L P H A P H I A L P H A ,

Greetings: T o Brother Carl J. Murphy, the retiring Editor of T H E S P H I N X , we quote that part of the oft repeated verse of Longfellow: " A n d departing leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time." His five years of continued and praiseworthy execution of his duties as Editor of such an organ as T H E S P H I N X shall be an incentive to those who follow in his footprints. W e compliment the newly elected Editor, Brother ()scar Brown, upon his coming into office. T h e first issue of T H E S P H I N X under his editorship cannot but demand the approval of the fraternity; and, knowing his plans, it seems inevitable that T H E S P H I N X is to become the greatest organ of its kind anywhere. And we must pledge our support, for despite the numerous difficulties which may be set in our way, it is not granted us to perceive anyone except Alpha Phi Alpha demonstrably better than the rest. W e welcome the news of the establishment of a Chapter in Liberia! Let us hope that not many years hence, when the roll is called at the General Convention, delegates from every land which is trod by " S o n s of Ethiopia" will answer.


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T a n Chapter paid an informal visit to Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Jordan and Mr. and Mrs. W. Thomas on the afternoon of February 25th. These people are prominent citizens of the Twin Cities. They serve us in offering their assistance wherever it may be needed, either in advisory or material capacities. Seeing our eagerness to foster education and progress in our race, they have become imbued with a certain kind of pride for our fraternity and its ideals and they feel that they are morally obligated to offer their assistance whenever an occasion arises where such assistance will be beneficial to us. W e may well note here that their combined efforts in the preparation and On Sunday, February 11th, our initiation serving of our initiation banquet was one facbanquet, which was undoubtedly the finest in tor which made the occasion such a great the history of T a n Chapter, was held. After success. a relishing eight-course dinner, the following Brothers Earnest Hamilton, George Kyle, addresses were delivered: " T h e Support ot and Stewart T . A. Pickett are back home Each Round in the Ladder of Success," by with us at the beginning of the new semester. Brother Earnest Hamilton; "Alpha Phi It is hardly necessary for us to mention Alphaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Its Aims and Ideals," by Brother HarBrother ( " F l e e t " ) K y l e ; the country at large old I). W e s t ; " Y o u r Duty to Alpha Phi is soon to hear of him. Coach Gill of the Alpha," by Brother Walter R. Thornhill, and Illini Track Team says that sooner or later " Y o u r Duty to the Community," by Brother Brother Kyle is destined to break established E. William" Wood. Impromptu speeches by records in' the dashes. Brother Pickett has the new initiates concluded the program. returned to his "old home at T a u " from Iowa Upon each program was inscribed the mottos University. Due to his setting up a radio of the " S p h i n x " C l u b : "Dum vkrimus vivaoutfit i n ' t h e Chapter house, we have been mos" and "Ad fiiirm esta fidelis." officially recognized by several radio clubs. ( >n Sunday night, February 18th, the ChapT a u "does not stop even when the question ter rendered an educational program at the of politics arises. < >n the afternoon of FebA. M. E. Church here. T h e purpose of the ruary 1 8th a number of Negro citizens served occasion was to raise funds to be sent ta. tea at our ( h a u l e r house, at which time Wilberforce University to help in the con- Brothers William Wood and Earnest Hamilstruction of the new Shorter Hall. The pro- ton presented the theoretical side of the comg r a m consisted of I.Vminute speeches and mission and aldemanic forms of government. selections by members of the Chapter orches- The question was to lie voted upon during tra. The Chapter donated $25 to the cause. the following week in the Twin Cities. These In a letter to us, the officiating clergyman. people were so impressed by these talks that Rev. E d w a r d King, said: "1 am writing again they called unon Brother Wood on two other to thank you personally for the splendid serv- occasions to speak before meetings of Negro ice von rendered in the arrangement and voters. rendition of that excellent program which was In short. Tau is fighting to prove that her timely, inspiring, and which showed such un- statement in the last issue of T I I K S r i n x x to usual talent. I am. very grateful t o Tan the effect that she will fight harder this year Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha for their most than ever was not mere idle babble, but a generous financial support in the behalf of the sincere statement of her earnest intentions to lames A. Shorter H a l l ; and 1 wish to say do her share in promoting the ideals of Alpha that T a n Chapter has not even more magnified Phi Alpha. itself in my estimation but in the estimation Yours for the advancement of of all the progressive Negroes in the Twin Alpha Phi Alpha, Cities." TAU CHAPTER, HAROLD D. W K S T , In the Twin Cities, Champaign and Urbana. Corresponding Secretary mid Chapter the only successful means of reaching the Editor 'to "The Sphinx." majority of the Negro youth is through the churches. It is by this means that we usually present the annual "Go-to-1 Iigh-School, Go-toUPSILON CHAPTER College" drive. T h e clergy willingly allow us University of K a n s a s , L a w r e n c e , Kans. to advertise special mass meetings to be held BROTHERS I \ A L P H A P I N A L P H A , at their churches. In addition to our usual Greetings-: program, we shall send as many speakers to Hpsiion sends greetings and wishes for a as many nearby towns as possible. prosperous year of activity.

()ur number, which has dwindled down noticeably since last year, was augmented by the initiation of four promising young Neophytes into the mysteries of Alpha Phi Alpha on F e b r u a r y 10th. Each one has cheerfully accepted his share of duly and maintains that he shall be the most active man in the Chapter. They a r e : Brothers Alpheus W . Hooker, of Washington, D. C . ; Horace Jordan, of Chicago, 111.; A. Crawford Wethington, of Evanstown, 111., and Russell W . Spears, . of Huntington, W . Va. 'Pan is justly proud of her choice in selecting the men who are to help carry on the work of Alpha Phi Alpha,


THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 Although several months have elapsed since we were last heard from. Upsilon is alive, and is becoming more and more so each day. In the last few months we have given one or two informal parties that have been spoken of as "real nifty." However, Upsilon's greatest activities have been in other fields. T h e r e is at K. U. an interfraternity rivalry for scholastic honors that is a great inducement to Study. O u r dreams came near being realized t h i s ' v e a r when, among the 16 social fraternities of the University, Upsilon received second place. T h e grades now being made by our brothers and pledgees reach such a high standard that we expect to see Upsilon on top next year. We are experimenting in basketball this season and have a nice little team. Although our first game was a sorrow to both spectators and the team, we have great faith in the ability of our laughing coach, Chauncey ( " T a - T a " ) Downs, to lead our boys through to victory. At the first meeting of this year, Upsilon elected the following men for her officers for 1923: Win. T. McKnight, President; DeNorval Unthank, Vice-President; Doxev A. Wilkerson, Secretary; T h o m a s Clark, Steward and T r e a s u r e r ; Powell Parker, Sergeant-atA r m s : Nelson Wcodley, Cheer Leader, and George Adams, Chaplain. T h e zeal with which these new officers have launched themselves into their respective duties causes us to expect a very successful 1923 for Upsilon. February 2i we initiated eight of our eleven pledgees. O u r new brothers are Clarence Bacote, John Bell, John Carter, Spencer Gillum, Victor C r a y , Beltron O r m e , T h o m a s Posten, and Dr. T . C. U n t h a n k (active honora r y ) . They are all around good fellows and quite capable of filling the places vacated this semester by four of our older b r o t h e r s : Vernon Wilkerson. James Havden, Albert Maddux, and Lloyd Isaacs. Upsilon is perfecting the plans for a Go-toHigh-School, Go-to-College campaign that will be more effective than any in preceding years. Its influence will be felt by Kansas in its entirety and by certain parts of Oklahoma. W e really expect to accomplish something this time. Brothers, Upsilon is in mourning and needs your sympathy. O u r energetic little airedale, Sphinx, has disappeared. Sphinx was a good <log. and, because of his friendliness, was the favorite of all the students. But he had one great weakness: he was too fond of fair young ladies, Wre do not doubt that his desertion was an outgrowth of this one fault. Our grief is very great, 'tis true, but we expect that it will soon be smothered by a flood of letters in the Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College movement. D O X E Y A.

WILKERSON,

Secretary.

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Ohio University, Athens, Ohio BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I

ALPHA,

Greetings from Phi Chapter: Since our last letter to T H E S P H I N X , Phi Chapter has been doing "big things.'' \\ e have had an initiation, a stag and a revival of spirit within our Chapter which was burning briskly with enthusiasm at the time of its rejuvenation. Phi Chapter has outlined its "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" program for the year, and we hope to make our campaign the most successful campaign of all the Chapters. T h e territory in which our activities will be centered embrace the state of West Virginia and southeastern Ohio. T h e attack will be carried on in the form of public meetings which will ie held in schoolhouses, churches, and other places. T h e brothers who are in charge of ' h e activities are Brothers I'ettress, President.; Warfield, Fairfax, Young, and Dandridge. W e take great pleasure in announcing to the brothers the initiation into the folds of Alpha Phi Alpha of Brotuers Laurence T. Young, of Wilmington, Del.; H e r m a n I. Holland, of Wilberforee, O h i o ; H a r r y R. Hazlewood, of l'arkersburg, W. Va., and Leonard R. Barnett, of Parkersburg, W . Va. These men, we were sure, before initiation, would make good material. Since that time they have entered into the spirit and activities of the Chapter with a zeal which has eclipsed our greatest expectations. W e hope that their spirit will not wane in the days to come and that they will ever cherish the precepts of Alpha Phi Alpha. Saturday. February 10th, we held our A n nual Initiation Stag for the new brothers This event was cited as the greatest event in the history of Phi Chapter. At 11 :IS0 p. m. the brothers assembled around a table which was covered with all of those niceties which are essential to a "real stag." Immediately after the repast the brothers sang the Alpha Phi Alpha hymn. Then the President, Brother Pettress, acting as toastmaster, called upon each brother to say a few words of greeting to the Chapter. As the old clock in the courthouse tower tolled the dismal hour of :?, the brothers formed "the link" around the table and sang, "Give Me T h a t Good Old Alpha Spirit," and then departed. Brother Charlie " P a t - I t " Warfield. who is a student of the Romance Languages in the College of Arts, was given the honor of delivering the welcome address, " A n Espanol," at the annual banquet of the Spanish Club of ( )hio University, which was held at the W i n d sor Cafe. Phi Chapter feels quite proud of Brother Warfield, as this distinction shown him reflects credit not only to him but to Phi Chapter and to Alpha Phi Alpha in general.

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We regret to announce that Brother Walker E. Simpson is at present quite ill at Preedman's Hospital, in Washington, D. C. The brothers in the neighboring vicinity are urged to call on him, as " D e a c " was one of the most active brothers at Phi. Although few in number, Phi Chapter is full of the zeal and pep of Alpha Phi Alpha. and urges all the sister Chapters to "watch our dust." Come on fellows, let's go. Cordially and fraternally, PHI CHAPTER. 1 [OBART W DANDRIDGE, Editor lo "The Sphinx:' CHI C H A P T E R Meharry Medical College, Nashville, T e n n . DEAR

BROTHERS,

Greetings from Chi: To be the most progressive, the most active. and the best known fraternity on the campus a! Meharry, and in time to he one of the very strongest Alpha I'hi Alpha Chapters in the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this is the hope and endeavor of every member of Chi Chapter. T o accomplish our goal we realize that loyally, ambition, ami the real Alpha Phi Alpha spirit will aid us the most. Therefore, we are endeavoring each day to do something to prove our loyalty to the fraternity. T h e older men in the Chapter are continually instilling into the minds of their brothers the spirit of ambition; ambition to make a name" for themselves and the fraternity upjon the campus, to make the name Alpha Phi Alpha stand out above all other fraternities in the minds of all Meharry students as the highest type of fraternity, and to make themselves looked upon by their fellow students as men of the most admirable character. And, most important of all. Chi Chapter has acquired the true spirit of Alpha Phi Alpha. Tin's spirit, we have learned, is a combination of loyalty to the fraternity ami to our brothers, the desire to help others, the realization of the greatness of our brotherhood, and the ideals of true gentle ven. It has com? to us through personal contact with brothers from oilier Chapters who have visited Chi Chapter, through observation of other Chapters, and through reading in T u t : S P H I N X of the ideals and aspirations of other Chapters. A Committee of Arrangements comprising Brothers X. C. King, C h a i r m a n ; C. N . Ford. \Y. S. Ellington, Jr.. 11. II. Wimbish, and \Y. 1). Brown has been appointed to draw up and arrange plans for putting across the most extensive "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College". drive Chi has ever attempted. The Chapter held an enthusiastic meeting Monday evening. February 26th, at the home of Brother Thomas R. Davis, formerly ri Beta Chapter, who was called from the Chan- ol Social Science and Economics at Philander

Smith College, Little Rock, Ark., to become President of Walden College. All the visiting brothers in the vicinity of Chi Chapter were present. Plans h a w been consummated for our annual formal ball to be given Friday, March 6th. This will undoubtedly be the most brilliant affair in the history of the Chapter. Brother R. Nathaniel Dett, of 1 lampion, Va.. noted musician and composer, rendered a piano recital at Fisk University on February 26th. Brother " L o u i s " and M r s L. B. Reese are the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy, who was born F e b r u a r y 2 i t h . Chi sends out hearty fraternal regards and best wishes to her sister Chapters in their various undertakings. Fraternally yours, CI II C H A P T E R , JAMES

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BYNES,

C 'orresponding PSI University

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Secretary.

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Pennsylvania,

Philadelphia,

Pa. BROTHERS IN A L P H A

PIN

AUMIA,

Greetings: It was with unalloyed pleasure that our entire Chapter received the new S P H I N X . We wish to congratulate the new Editor upon the energy that he has shown, and wish him all the success possible for the future. It is earnestly hoped that all of the Chapters support him" wholeheartedly to make our official organ the besl ever, Let's all get together, for in combination there is strength, and make it "peer to all, and second to none." T h e comments thai we have heard in re the new S i ' i l i x x have been many and withal mosl encouraging. It is hoped that there will In- no let-down in the style or personality o/ our "newer and better" S P H I N X . Psi Chapter is off to a big year, the biggest, brightest, and best in our history. T o realize this, ask any active member of this Chapter. .Members whose interest was only lukewarm in the past now attend meetings and join wholeheartedly in discussions as to ways and means of enhancing the value of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity to the community and to the students on the campus in particular. We talk, think and act Alpha Phi Alpha not only in meetings but "Every day in every way" on the campus in the Houston CUtb, or wherever we congregate in town. Discussions have at many times b :en healed, but thai is better, far better than apathy Anything is In tter than "slow death." Philadelphia has always been and is re nowned the world over as one of the leading centers of education, and it is only right that


THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity should initiate steps through and by its National Go-to-HighSchool, Go - to - College campaign to make Philadelphia a cynosure of all eyes for the education of the Negro. It is a well-known fact that help only comes to those who show the inclination to help themselves. If we can inculcate in the coming generations a spirit that is indefatigable in the pursuit of higher education, then we need have no fear that the future of our race will not he in the best hands obtainable. That is the purpose and the spirit of the Psi Chapter's educational campaign. The campaign has always occupied a big place in the plans of our Chapter, and this year we expect to make it more expansive than ever. What better example can the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity wish than for future generations to think of it synonymously with the "Go-toH i g h - School, Go - t o - College" movement. T h e r e is not the least doubt it is well worth the cost. Plans are now on foot for our Annual Initiation and Smoker. By the time this goes to press it will be history, but we expect to have so many innovations that the brothers will still be talking about it. O u r pledgees will have been solemnly and firmly impressed with the lofty ideals of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. T h e Annual Relay Dance, with Psi Chapter as host, will as usual be the place for all visiting athletes to ireet brothers resident in this vicinity for a social evening that each year becomes more and more brilliant and entertaining. W e have read with pleasure the letters of the various Chapters, and note with interest how each is striving to forge ahead to make Alpha Phi Alpha mean something more than a mere social club to the Negro college man. ( >rr aim is to be of some constructive service to humanity, for the great theme of Alpha Phi Alpha is, as you all know, "Salesmanship of Service.'' It is wonderful, it fills one with an enthusiasm to work, to put away selfish motives and strive to make this world a better place for our posterity Listen, brothers, we should not forget, when thinking of ourselves as the descendants of o u r ancestors, that we are the ancestors of our descendants. Brothers, it augurs well for the future. Cordially and fraternally, PSI CHAPTER, WALLACE W E B B CARNEY,

Editor

to "The

Sphinx."

ALPHA ALPHA CHAPTER Cincinnati, Ohio BROTHERS, Greetings: Alpha Alpha Chapter has been enjoying great prosperity since the last issue of T H E

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S P H I N X . T h e Chapter brought Brother Clarence Cameron White here in a Violin Recital on Friday, F e b r u a r y 10, 1923, and we are proud to say that the Recital was a success in every sense of the word. All Alpha Phi .Alpha men in the city turned out in full force and in gala attire, the hall was filled, the beauty of the town was behind, and Brother White was at his best. T h e recital was truly a success. Later in the evening (or earlier in the morning) we entertained Brother White with a smoker, which was also of true Alpha P h i Alpha calibre, and it will be a long time before the spirit developed there will begin to abate. We are making plans for our "Go-to-HighSchool, Go-to-College" Week, and a r e planning to make this the biggest educational movement in the history of our city. T h e brothers are bending every effort in the social line to make our Annual Dance a success. T h e dance is scheduled for the third week in April. W e have not as yet had a strictly formal fraternity dance, so you see that we are particularly zealous and anxious to put this one over. We are proud to say that the brothers here have been doing themselves and the fraternity great honor, Brothers Amos Goode, Joseph Courtney and Wilton Byrd, all headed their lists in different respects in the State Board Pharmacy examination. Dr. E . B. Stone, Beta, who has set up in our city, was second in the list in the State Medical examination. T h e brothers in the I'niversity have been doing record work and expect to he high on the list when the fraternity scholastic standings are computed and issued. We would like to congratulate our District Vice-President for the interest that he is taking in our Chapter, and for the consideration he has given us in all matters. W e feel that he is really on the job and that under him the Middle West will give a good account of itself at the next Convention. O u r s is a young Chapter, and we have much to learn and many things to improve. In the last year we have had a number of strong men to come to us from the other Chapters and we are becoming a wiser and better Chapter on account of their presence. Not in a boasting or vaunting spirit do we say this, far from it. but keep your eyes on Alpha Alpha Chapter. Xow that we have taken this position, we must he up and doing so that you will see something great in us and that we may continue to grow. Feel that we are with you a l l ; that what you do interests u s : and that like Paul writing to the Phillipians, " W e thank our God upon every remembrance of you." Yours in Alpha Phi Alpha, SILAS R H O D E S ,

Sphinx

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THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 ALPHA-GAMMA CHAPTER Providence, R. I.

BROTHERS IN A L P H A I ' m

ALPHA,

Greetings: Alpha-Gamma wishes first to congratulate Brother Oscar C. Brown for the notable improvement in T H E S n i i N x . as evidenced by the February issue. It is more nearly representative of the bigness and high purport of Alpha I'hi Alpha. Just at present, this Chapter and all of Providence are rejoicing over the recent surcess of our good Brother Louis L,. Redding, who has won the Gaston Medal "for excellence in oratory." In the final contest, Brother Redding defeated two of the best speakers in college, one being captain of the 'Varsity Debating Team. Brother Redding's subject was "Hooker T. Washington,' and so well did he develop his theme that, as regards thought, style and delivery, he stood bead and shoulders above his fellow competitors. By winning this high honor, Brother Redding is entitled to deliver an oration next June at Commencement. Alpha-Gamma takes this opportunity to publicly congratulate Brother Redding for his achievement, which has reflected credit and honor both on himself and bis race. At our election we chose the following brothers to lead Alpha-Gamma for the ensuing year: President, Brother J. F. S. C a r t e r ; VicePresident, Brother Dr. A. L. J a c k s o n ; Secretary, Brother R. L. Lewis; T r e a s u r e s , Brother II. K. Wharton. On Saturday. February 10th, a banquet was given in honor of the pledgees to AlphaGamma. Brothers Wilson. K n o x and Bland from Alpha-Eta, at Harvard University, were present at the affair and a jolly evening was spent in giving to the pledgees a glimpse of the good fellowship and spirit of Alpha Phi Alpha. On February 23d, the three pledgees, Dr. |. Gilbert, W. A. Marks, and II. S. Flemming, werr shown the light of Alpha Phi Alpha and duly impressed. Brother Dr. J. Gilbert, a leading physician of Providence, was taken in as an honorary member and the other two as active members. Immediately after the initiation the brothers sat down to the annual initiation banquet given by Alpha-Gamma, Brother II. Murphy, with his usual versatility acted as toastmaster. The installation of the new officers also took place at this time. T h e outgoing officers a r e : President, Brother L. L. Redding; Vice-President, Brother J. !.. Allen; Secretary, Brother S. B. Milton; Treasurer, Brother II. E. Wharton. On Saturday evening, February 24th, a very pretty dance was held at Odd Fellows Mall in honor of the initiates. Dainty demoiselles and debonaire cavaliers paid homage to king syncopation. while prettily shaded lights with

" A <ÂŁ A " shining out in gold letters from one side of the room gave the affair a delightfully charming atmosphere. Much credit is due to Brother R. L,. Lewis and J. C. Allen, who by their efforts made the evening a very enjoyable one. In the near future Alpha-Gamma will stage another play in Providence. The Chapter is also planning a reunion of all Negro graduates of Brown University this June during Commencement. During the month of March our basketball team will play a series of games with AlphaEta and Sigma Chapters, of Cambridge and Boston respectively. With the material at hand, Brother Coach Carter hopes to bring home the scalps of our sister Chapters. Fraternally yours, ALPHA-GAMMA CHAPTER, J.

BROTHER L o u i s

CHESTER

LORENZO

ALLEN.

REDDING

The triumph of Brother Louis Lorenzo Redding of Alpha-Gamma Chapter, in winning Brown University's highest honor for excellence in oratory, comes as one oi the outstanding achievements of any Alpha Phi Alpha man during the present school year. The Gaston Medal and purse of $100 won by Brother Redding, though a reward to lie treasured, fade into insignificance when compared with the history be wrote in being given a


THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 unanimous decision as the best speaker in one of America's great universities. The right to deliver an address at the 155th Annual Commencement exercises of Brown University is also Brother Reading's signal honor in having won the Gaston Medal. An account of this event is told m the "Tribune," Providence, R. I., an extract of which follows: "bonis Lorenzo Redding, a Brown Senior, speaking on the subject, 'Booker T. Washington,' won the Gaston Prize Medal contest in oratory at Manning Hall last evening by unanimous decision of the judges. The speaking contest was attended by a crowd that filled the hall Other contestants for the prize were John Andrew Wilson, whose topic was 'Theodore Roosevelt/ and David Alan Midgley on, 'The Kansas Court of Industrial Relations.' "Mr. Redding, in winning the Gaston Medal and purse of $100, is also entitled to be one of the speakers at the 155th annual commencement exercises of Brown, to be held June 20 in the First Baptist Meeting House." "Brother Redding, the rejoicing and congratulations of the thousands of your Alpha Phi Alpha brothers go out to you, and all bid you 'Onward and'Upward!'" (Editor's note: Read Alpha-Delta's letter. Brother [as. W. McGregor, won highest honor for oratorical excellence in University of Southern California.) The address delivered by Brother Redding is given in full below : The Significance of Booker T. Washington With the final abolition of American slavery in 1865, one more element was added to the diversity of the American nation. But it was an element unqualified by its primitiveness, by its ignorance, and by a long, menial association for competitive participation in a civilized community. It was, too, an element so large that its continued backwardness would have seriously harassed the advancement of the nation Any attempt to attribute responsibility for the condition of the freedmen is necessarily controversial, and is of no ultimate importance. A study of the theories and practices of the greatest single personality in the improvement of their common condition is important, because it affords precepts whose efficacy has been proved. Before the emancipation the slaves had received training designed to produce certain definite results for their overlords rather than to teach the workers the purposes and the significance of their labor; they had been taught to sow and pick cotton without learning of its economical value, or of the processes by which it was converted into cloth. ' Immediately after the emancipation, sincere and altrusistic Northern men and women went

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into the South, carrying to the freedmen that culture which had been '.he acquisition of centuries of civilization. They established colleges. with curricula modeled after the great universities, and taught the Negroes, hitherto denied even the knowledge of the alphabet, theology, the classics, and appreciation for the esthetic values. Formal industrial education was practically unknown in America, and insistent advocacy of it as the ideal training for Negroes had resulted in the establishment of only one school worthy of the name. The influence of the apostles from the North was necessarily restricted and the tremendous majority of the blacks remained steeped in abysmal ignorance. Their unfamiliarity with freedom, their poverty, and a still somnolent initiative combined to make their existence more abject than slavery. A perverted notion of political prerogatives had led not only to unintelligent and vicious exercise of political rights, but had been conductive to idleness. and parasitical and non-productive employments. Booker Washington saw what he considered the misdirection, and what was certainly the degradation, of the Negro and voiced his faith in industrial education as a corrective. With Washington there was not a question of the Negro's capacity for mental development, or of his susceptibieness to culture. Washington did not believe that his own Negro blood carried with it the stigma of mental inferiority, or that peculiar ethnic qualities fitted Negroes for only the menial tasks of life. Nor did he contend, as some, that the shadow of the freedmen's servitude would forever hover over them to thwart their higher yearnings and aspirations. With Washington it was the missionary's task: that of civilizing first, then educating. It was with him the problem of how Negroes could best adapt themselves to filling their own needs, and to satisfying the demands that the community rightly makes. The needs of these new citizens were those primal necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter; the demands of the community were intelligence, and a receptive attitude toward the institutions of government, and the degree in which these demands were to be met depended on the acquirement of the necessities of life. The contemporary anarchic history of Russia illustrates that there is little respect for law where men are perishing for lack of that which sustains life This truth Booker Washington clearly understood, and by his pragmatic doctrine of teaching Negroes to supply their own needs; to become farmers, tailors, carpenters, he developed that intelligence and respect for authority which are requisites to good citizenship. XT When asked if he believed that the Negro should be encouraged to prepare himself for

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any station in life that any other race fills, Booker Washington replied. "Yes, but the surest way for the Negro to reach the highest positions is by preparing himself to fill well the basic occupations." By adherence to this counsel Negroes have not only supplied â&#x20AC;˘ the multitude of laborers and artisans which constitutes the mainstay of the industrial activity of the South, but have evolved a professional class, which by virtue of open competition with white professionals has been forced to high qualifications in order, to survive. T h e great and humble builder of Tuskegec had extreme confidence in the eventual fairness of the South. 1 le asserted that his people would be "treated with justice, would be given protection of the law, and recognition in a large measure when their usefulness and ability war-ranted it." But today, now twenty years after this trust was expressed when it cannol he denied that many Negroes have aspired to attained, and manifested that usefulness and ability which Washington hoped for. is the South justifying the faith of its great black son? Is it treating Negroes with justice as In- affirmed it would, or is the virulence of its studied injustice slitting them, embittering them? Does the South accord the descendants of its servitors protection of the law as \ \ ashington asserted it would, or does it legitimize monocracy against them? Is the recognition Washington prophesied merely the negative recognition of discriminatory and prohibitive practices and statutes? If the South would keep faith with this man, nurtured at Tts bosom, and sympathetic to its highest ideals, it must not suppress and antagonize those millions whom he guided and to whom his lite is an immortal inspiration; but must allow them to develop, and to enjoy the fullest possibilities of American citizenship. There were those who deprecated W a s h ington's insistence upon specific industrial training as a traitorous concession to the prevalent belief among white men in the South that the Negro should be educated as an instrumentality and not as a personality. Education no matter what its form, is not an end in itself. It should have as its basis the mature of man and the needs of the social order. It is not a complete product,,, but leads to the fulfillment of ulterior aims. A cultural education establishes acquaintance with the eternal. but abstract, universal verities. Certainly any comparison by a large number of the freednicn of the first and second generation, of the abstract with sordid reality would have resulted in widespread disillusionment and discontentment. and would have thereby delayed thai foundation of material substantiality upon which all progress, all happiness, indeed, all culture are built. Absorption in classicism or abstruse philosophy would have ill-prepared the Ireedmen to build homes, to cultivate the

soil, or to conduct businesses. T h e impoverished and devastated condition of the South demanded fullest economic utilization of resources and energy. In a country at least nominally democratic, where no traditions ot class lix upon son the occupation of father, where each man is free to choose his own vocation, where all accomplishment, all effort and gain are dependent upon individual initiative and volition Hooker Washington's guidance of the education of Negroes in practical, serviceable paths was beneficial to the Negroes themselves, to the South and to the Nation. Hooker Washington's rationalism concerning the political activity of the Negro harmonizes with his conservative educational doctrine. The amendment conferring suffrage upon the Negro, was added to the Federal Constitution at a time of revolution and of great national perrurbance. It could not have been otherwise. Dispassionate and deliberate legislators could have forseen the evils, that would arise from the misuse of the ballot, tool of civilization, by men only partially civilized, and totally ignorant of, political institutions. Yet, withal, the right of suffrage for the blacks was not incompatible with the spirit of the Declaration of Independence: It was a direct corollary to the sophism: "that all men are created equal." Washington recognized the danger of the ballot in ignorant hands, fie was keenly sensitive to the menace to the South and to the nation contained in the mass of illiterate, propertyless black voters. And he was equally sensitive to the menace to the Negroes, and to the nation in a suffrage entirely in the hands of the 1 aggrieved, prejudiced, and largely ignorant whites of the South. l i e did not advocate a general revocation of the privilege by the State, nor did he urge surrender of it by the Negro. H e said, "I believe the permanent cure for our evils will come through a property and educational test for voting that shall apply honestly and fairly to both races." lie believed that the impartial application of restrictions by the State would result in positive efforts by those affected: men denied the ballot because of their ignorance, or because of their failure to own property would be stimulated to qualify and thus raise the economic and educational level of the community. T o day the unjustly privileged voting class of the South, of whom Washington was apprehensive, forces disfranchised black debtors into a semi-slavery; it possesses a voting strength in the national assembly, hugely disproportionate to its enfranchised population ; through its representatives in the Senate, it prevents the passage of a humanitarian measure designed to make secure the lives of citizens against the whi !-s of mobsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the. apprehensions of Booker Washington are fully justified. T h e man was too conscientious to deny or "to unreasonably excuse the deficiencies of his


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The retiring officers served faithfully and guided Alpha-Delta well through difficulties that would have dampened the courage of less efficient men. The retiring President, Brother Bert McDonald, A.B., a candidate for the degree of LL.B., was presented with a beautiful gift, as a token of gratitude for his service^, from the Chapter brothers. In the ranks of Alpha-Delta are found men who are making history for their university, their community and the race! Brother Clifford Cordon, now a medical student at Howard University, has the honor of being the first Negro student to win a 'Varsity letter in football at U. S. C. Brother Riddle has won a freshman numeral in track, a 'Varsity sweater in baseball, and is one of the best backfield players on the 'Varsity eleven. Brother Ivan Johnson and Pledge Ed. Shaw are me nbers of the world's record-holding eight-man relay team, and were t w o of the four men that broke the Pacific Coast record for the four-man mile relay. Pledge Shaw is national inter-scholastic champion in the high j u m p and quarter-mile dash. Pledge William Stoard holds the city high school record for the 100-yard dash. Men who have distinguished themselves in the literary field are Brother McGregor and Brother Danley. Brother McGregor enjoys ALPHA-DELTA CHAPTER the distinction of having won the Bowan Silver University of Southern California, Los Cup, an annual award, carrying with it the highest honors in oratorical endeavor at the L c s A n g e l e s , Calif. University of Southern California. Besides BROTHERS I N A L P H A P i n A L P H A , his other achievements. Brother McGregor Greetings: . â&#x20AC;˘ ., captured the annual oratorical contest tor the \lpha-Delta Chapter sleepeth n o t ! University scholarship, and is a member of W e are justly proud of having been repre- the leading literary society of U. S. C. Brother sented in the Fifteenth Annual Convention at. Danley is prominent in literary affairs on the St I ouis by two able delegates. Brother James campus and makes his presence felt in the W McGregor and Brother J. Vhilhp Brawley community as well. W e feel honored bv the fact that the General O u r active-honorary member. Dr. Leonard Organization so recognized the merits of our Stovall, is one of the city's leading physicians, delegates as to elect Brother McGregor to the and Drs. T. A. Greene, W m . Pillow, and Hayoffice of Third Vice-President and to place ward Thompson are prominent in the dental Brother Brawley on the I n t e r - h r a t e r m t y profession. Council Committee. Some showing for a Eight pledgees are nervously awaiting the l, y i' iiispSri'ng'\vas the report by Brother Mc- "night of nights" when they shall be initiated Gregor on the Convention that the IS active into full membership of Alpha Phi Alpha. members caught the vision, and a new enthu- T h e y a r e : Hon. Frederick M. Roberts, first siasm is prevalent among them. It is well, Negro member of the California State Legislature and Editor of the " N e w Age-Dispatch" ; f o r w i t n the coming of a new administration Mpha-Delta Chapter, ever facing the light. Rev. W . T . Cleghorn, Rector of St. Phillips treads with increased determination toward a Episcopal C h u r c h ; Edward Shaw. William goal of bigger undertakings, broader under- Stoard. William Prince, John Taylor, Christopher Scott, and Mack Thornton. standing, and righteous leadership. T h e Chapter is now preparing elaborately T h e ' n e w l y elected officers a r e : Brother lames \Y McGregor, President; Brother Mal- for the Educational Campaign and hope to colm II Patton. First Vice-President; Brother make it second to none. O n the whole, we Arthur Prince. Second Vice-President; are looking.forward to making this year stand Brother Samuel B. Danley, Secretary; Brother as a memorial upon which future brothers [)r T A Greene, T r e a s u r e r ; Brother Dr. might look for inspiration. It is regretable that mention cannot be made William M. Pillow. Critic-Historian, and of all of the Chapter activities or of the Brother John Riddle, Sergeant-at-Arms.

race, l i e believed that exposition and condemnation of its deficiencies was far better than excessive praise of its virtues. I le recognized thai because of ignorance and pauperism the potentiality to crime was increased and he sought to diminish crime by removing the causes. I le plead not for special tolerance for the Negro criminal because of bis ignorance, but for adequate educational facilities to combat that ignorance. It is a remarkable demonstration ol persona] ereatness that this man. born without patrimony or name, should leave a vast heritage, the content of which is not diminished, but magnified bv being shared among thousands. [â&#x20AC;&#x17E; proportion to the growth ot tins heritage, will the advancement of the Negro in America be marked And the advancement of any element in the nation is reflected in the nation itself T h e encouragement of the nation to the heirs is an evidence of appreciation for the author of the heritage. Conversely, any unnatural suppression of the heirs is a d e p r e c a tion of the heritage by the nation ami indicates a complacency in their backwardness. Rut onlv as the nation does manifest this appreciation, can the Negro be expected to develop the fullest possibilities of citizenship.

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THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 achievements of all of the brothers, but time and space do not permit. Alpha-Delta Chapter extends her best wishes to her sister Chapters. Fraternally and cordially yours, ALPHA-DELTA CHAPTER, MALCOLM H. PATTON,

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ALPHA EPSILON CHAPTER University of California, Berkeley, Calif. BROTHERS IN ALPHA P H I ALPHA,

Greetings: The college year 1922-23 opened for AlphaEpsilon in August, 1922. Many new faces were seen on the campus and a few brothers from our Chapter were missing, among whom are Brother William Johnson, who is now with the Beta boys at Howard University; Brother Howard Deloss Ingram, who is in Chicago, and Brother Ellis Knox, who may be found as Professor of Mathematics and Historv at Phoenix, Ariz. During the winter months, the Delta Sigma Thetas gave an evening dance, while the Alpha Kappa Alphas ushered in their "cruel" dinner dance. Both events were successful and were well attended by the members of this Chapter. Seeing other organizations successful, AlphaEpsilon gave a "Dansant," which proved disastrous to her members' pocketbooks. It so happened that the California Babes were playing Stanford the afternoon of the dansant and, as two of the Alpha men were on the squad, many of the men were found on the bleachers rooting. Other attractions thinned the crowd so as to make the affair just break even. Alpha-Epsilon wishes to inform her sister Chapters that Alpha-Delta is at the University of Southern California ("U. S. C " ) , Los Angeles, while Alpha-Epsilon is at the University of California ("U. C " ) , Berkeley, in the northern portion of the State. Through financial difficulties, we were unable to send a delegate to the Fifteenth Annual Convention in St. Louis; but we will send one to Colum-bus, or "Bust?" for the Sixteenth Annual gathering. Look for us, we will be there. Alpha-Epsilon is well pleased to learn that Brother James W. McGregor, of U. S. C , upheld the laurels and traditions of the West. In November, Brothers Griffin, Edward Davis, and John Bussey were initiated into the fraternity. A group of the men together with the Sorors journeyed to Los Angeles with several thousand other Californians to witness the Bear-Trojan football game. After the game the U. S. C. men held an open house for the visiting brothers. The home of Brother Howard Allen formed the setting for the

affair. Many pretty co-eds from Los Angeles, U. S. C. and the Southern branch of U. C. were there. Dancing was the popular pastime. With a growl and snarl that told of terror, Golden Bear opened its football season with a decisive victory over St. Mary's College. There were no brothers on the Varsity, but Alpha Epsilon was glad to have its first president sit on the players bench game after game with head Coach Andy-Smith, as his assistant line coach. Gordon developed such men as "Brick" Mueller, Dan McMillan, all-American selections, and Line Coach San Barnes of this year's Frosh "II." ()n the babe squad were "Smoke" Francis, an Alpha pledgee. Brothers Bussey and Davis. Francis opened and plugged holes in the line at right tackle; Bussey covered down second string end, while Davis had to be content with halfback on the third string. An injury early in season slowed up the sandy topped lad. As both Bussey and Davis were members ,of Goldie Griffith's 1919-1920 state champs from Bakersfield, it is said that both boys will be seen on Andy's L923 'Varsity. During the second semester, Track and Boxing have brothers as competitors. In Track we shall see Coleman ("Smoke'') Francis heave the platter for Christies Babes Bussey will trod the mile; while Davis is training hard for the double quarter. Up in the 'Varsity room will be found Mel Johnson, last year's 175 pound inte,rclass champion, punching away at the sand bags preparatory to eight inter-collegiate bouts. Brother E. A. Jones will bid for honors in the light weight division. He was runner-up last year for inter-class champ. Our plans have been drawn for the "Goto-High School, Go-to-College" Campaign, and we hope to be able to do sone effective work in the West. < )ur Annual Banquet will be held in San Francisco, the time of which will be announced later. We extend our fraternal love to our Brothers in the East. North and South and wherever they may be found, pledging to them to ever uphold and forge ahead with the ideals and program of Alpha Phi Alpha. Fraternally yours, ALPHA EPSILON CHAPTER, E. A. JONES, '2:5.

ALPHA-ZETA CHAPTER West Virginia Collegiate Institute, Institute, W. Va. To THE BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I ALPHA.

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fackson ( E n g ' g School). President; Bertram over the sea of hardships into the folds of Alpha Phi Alpha. In the choice of these Bland (25 College), Vice-President; W m . C. new brothers, Alpha-Zeta feels that she has Matney (2 Grad. B u s . ) , Secretary; F . Dougmade a wise decision in each case, for, as you las Wnite (I Special). Recording Secretary; will observe, the majority of these new crafts- S. Revels Redmond (1923 Coll.), Treasurer, men have already attained scholastic distinc- and Edw. Orval Gourdin (192] A.B.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;2 tion, besides being men of sterling character. L a w ) , S P H I N X . < )i the above officers. Brother Matney is The newlv initiates a r e : Brothers Alonzo S. H a r d e n . Sophomore of the college depart- the only one re-elected from last year. T h e following H a r v a r d students were inment of ibis institution; Clarence 1). Hubbard. Assistant Bookkeeper of this institution; ducted into this Chapter with appropriate formalities: Henry II. Davis, instructor in Garnett High William ]. Knox, of New Bedford, who is School, Charleston; J. F. J. Clark. Principal, Garnetl High School, Charleston ; M. C. Clark, a second-year man in the College of Arts and State Agent, Supreme Life and Casuahty Sciences. Brother K n o x is also an aspirant Company, Charleston; John F . Matheus, Head for track and basketball honors. Charles Williams, of Hampton Institute and of Romance Languages, West Virginia ColSpringfield Y. M. C. A. College. Brother legiate Institute; Austin W. Curtis, Director of Agriculture, West Virginia Collegiate Insti- Williams is President of the Students Union, tute and E. L. James. Wholesale Merchant, a Greater Boston club of college students which was organized by Brother Ned Gourdin. Charleston, West Virginia. After an imBertram C. Bland. Orange, N. J., second pressive initiation on February 23rd, the new brothers were entertained by their eighteen year college. Bland is a member of the frai Tiiily basketball squad as well as the college older brethren, assisted by the Department of track squad. Brother Bland is President of Home Economics of this Institution. Brother Theodore Nash, of Charleston, both the Fraternity and the I harvard Nile West Virginia, who is home from Howard Club. Lrichett Klugh, of Boston, is the student University on account of illness in his family, among the new men. Alpha-Eta insists on was a visitor here during the week end of February 23-25. Brother Guerney Ferguson, good scholastic ability as a prerequisite to elecproprietor of the Ferguson I [otel of Charleston tion to the fraternity. Euclid Ghee, 23, of New Jersey, was elected was also a caller at the same time. from the senior class. Ghee will graduate Alpha-Zeta gloats over the fact that although she is small, she is being felt throughout the cum laude and enter Harvard Medical School. Stale of West Virginia. This Chapter is inJas. H . H u n t of the junior class is a C a n tending that her influence be broadened by the bridge boy who ranks with the brilliant stupublication of the O J O , the first annual of dents, being the master of several dialects of this institution, which issue is being promoted Spanish, French, and Portuguese. H u n t is by this organization. Definite plans are now Secretary of the Harvard Nile Club. under way for its issuance. E d w a r d W a r e Wilson, 25, of the ButlerNot forgetful of the "Go-to-High School, Wilson family of Boston, rounds out the list. Go-to-College Campaign," work is also under Wilson is runner-up in the University Billiards way for this movement. Although situated inTournament. conviently, this Chapter carried on an extenLrother Nathan Goodloe and Ned Gourdin sive campaign throughout the State last year are the New England Champions in tennis by correspondence with Brothers located at doubles. Brother Gourdin is the singles chamstrategic points. The same plan may be used pion. Brother Gourdin is again the national this year. Representatives, however, may be champion in the Pentathlon or all-around athsent to more cities than at the previous date. letics. Day by day, in every way, we are growing T h e Chapter has organized a basketball team bigger and bigger. which will meet Sigma and the local Chapter W e W I L L be at Columbus STR( )NG. Will of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Gourdin is manager of the team which boasts such you r Fraternally yours, players as Earl Brown, the pitcher on the ALPHA-ZETA CHAPTER, V a r s i t y n i n e ; Major T. Earl Morris, M. V. ALEXANDER W A S H I N G T O N , M. Guard on the H a r v a r d A^arsity Basketball Editor to "Sphinx." Team in 1921 ; Charles Williams, of the championship Springfield Y. M. C. A. t e a m s ; Raymond Alexander. National Vice-President of ALPHA ETA CHAPTER the B. U. of Pennsylvania teams, and Bland, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. K n o x , Jackson. 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N e w Y o r k ; Allen is in the Medical School; Brother Charles Houston, w h o finished the Law School last year, is doing graduate work in law, Brother Houston, w h o is Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of t h e H a r v a r d Law Review, is one of the most brilliant N e gro student's ever to attend the University. Alpha E t a is proud of its illustrious member, Raymond Pace Alexander, National VicePresident, who made such a strong bid for the leadership of the organization. Brother William C. Matney has forsaken the ranks of the bachelors, and those who a r e so happy as to have seen the cause can in no wise blame the fortunate brother. Alpha E t a extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family of the late Bishop Tanner, grandfather of Brother Benj. T a n n e r Johnson, o u r retiring president. Brother Edwin Bush Jourdain, our first president, is engaged in newspaper work with the N e w Bedford " S t a n d a r d . " Brother J o u r dain has been quite ill, but was able to pay us a flying visit this week. Brother Edw. Orval Gourdin is again taking part in active competition. Both he and In-other Dewey Rodgers, of Pennsylvania, won their races at the Millrose g a m e ^ j n impressive fashion. T h e following brothers a r e visiting at Cambridge : Pat Murphy, B r o w n ; Atwater, Wilberforce, and H a r r y Floyd Lofton, Howard and Illinois. \\ ith the beginning of the new year we a r e headed for a bigger and better organization - . W e extend congratulations to the newly chosen officers, especially to Brother Booker for his undying loyalty to Alphaphiaphaism, and to the retiring officers for their faithful services. Fraternally yours, ALPHA-ETA CHAPTER, E D W A R D ORVAL

Some brothers a r e not with us this semester who were here the last, and Alpha-Theta feels a loss of these Alpha Phi Alpha men. because in each case the brother was of some vital good to the Chapter. However, we feel a s sured that between Alpha Phi Alpha and (>ld Gold they will resume their places with us next fall. Brother Clifford V. Smith, our delegate to the Fifteenth Annual Convention, has r e turned to his home in Kansas City, M o . Brother Smith at the t i n e of his leaving was in Section Q in the College of Engineering. It is from this section that all men for the I [onorary Engineering Fraternity, T a u Beta Pi, are selected. This is the first time that a man of color in the history of the University of Iowa has attained such a level. Brother Smith is at present teaching school in Kansas City, Mo. All of o u r wishes a r e that he will return to us again as our most worthy President. Brother J. A. Blaine Dejoie 'has returned to his home in New Orleans, La., and likewise Brother M. C. Colvin is in Paris, Texas. Brother Steward T . A . Pickett is now at T a u in Champaign 111. Brother K. II. 1 larris is still with us. Prother Irving V. Muse has been elected Acting President in the absence of Brother Smith. Though we a r e few in numbers, we trust that as a response to Brother Booker's appeal in his issues on "(io-to-1 ligh-School, Go-tOCollege," o u r work along this line will be commendable and successful. Alpha-Theta extends best wishes to the other Chapters in this same work. Fraternally yours, ALPHA-THETA CHAPTER. J. A. B L A I N E l),:jnn;.

GOURDIN,

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Bdttor.

ALPHA-THETA CHAPTER S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y of I o w a , I o w a City, I o w a

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ALPHA-KAPPA CHAPTER P h i Alpha Fraternity, Springfield, Mass.

BROTHERS I.\ A L P H A

PHI ALPHA,

Greetings: The launching of the annual "Go-to-HighBROTHERS I \ A L P H A I ' m A L P H A . School, Go-to-College" campaign is foremost Greetings: in the minds of all Alpha Phi Alpha at present. Alpha-Theta Chapter is planning a program Alpha-Kappa expects to have no small part for carrying out the "Go-to-l ligh-School, G o - m helping to "slip off the ways" in true Alpha to-College" movement which is, as they plan, fashion. T h e following named brothers have to reach as many vicinities in the State of been chosen as the committee to direct' t h e Iowa as possible. W i t h the assistance of local activities for our C h a p t e r : Brothers Alpha-Nu at Des Moines, and the morale of William H . Mitchell ( P r e s i d e n t ) , C h a i r m a n ; fellow students and citizens, there is no reason J o h n H . Burr, Charles S. Stone, Millard S. why the State of Iowa should not respond Duncan, and Otis E. Finley. 100 per cent to the call of the great drive. Alpha-Kappa is so situated as to be assured Alpha-Theta has chosen the following brothers of success in this campaign because of the to sponsor the work for our group, as per strategic positions held by 'its members in the President Booker's request: Brothers Irving churches of the city. F o r instance, o u r ViceV. Muse, Chairman ; Eugene F . Bailey, Secre- 1 'resident, Brother John H . Burr, has held the tary ; J . I. Jones, Byron McDaniels, and C. L. position of Superintendent of St. lohn's ConMorris. gregational Church for the past four years.


THE SPHINX. APRIL, 1923 Brother Burr has also been director of the Boy's Club of St. John's Institutional Activities for the same length of time. In like manner do other members of our Chapter hold key positions in the religious and social organizations of Springfield. In passing il might be of interest to know that we have included the city of Hartford, Conn., in our drive. Saturday, February 25th, was a momentous day for Aloha-Kappa when we initiated into the fold Brother Clarence W . Davis. It was Brother Davis who began correspondence with former General Vice-President Hilburn last year, which resulted in the establishment of cur Chapter. Brother Davis was called to Slater Normal School in Winston-Salem, N. C . to a position as Physical Director before the inception of Alpha-Kappa into the fra-

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ternity. As lie returns to the "Twin Cities" to continue in his work, made possible by a year's leave of absence, we wish him every degree of success and hope that Alpha Phi Alpha will be 10 him an incentive for greater achievements. Brother Davis has our deepest sympathy in the death of his mother, which sad occasion called him from his work. On April 19th Alpha-Kappa is planning to give its initial "Spring Promenade." The plans are elaborate and the committees are sparing nothing !o make it " N e w England's best." Yours for a bigger and better Alpha Phi Alpha, ALPHA-KAPPA ROLAND

CHAPTER, 11. ( C B L E N I S ,

"Editor

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TAYLOR,

Alpha-Mu Chapter. " S t a r " End on Northwestern's 1922 Eleven. Brother " S a m " Taylor of Alpha-Nu Chapter was the only colored player on the N o r t h western Football Team last season. His playing won him praise in all the papers of Evanston and Chicago. He received special credit in the [owa-N6rthwestern game, when his brilliant playing kept Iowa from smashing through his end and so kepi them from having a walk-away. Brother Taylor is of a kind, genial disposition and is popular not only with the team to a man, but generally by the students of Northwestern.

BROTHER

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of Alpha-Mu Chapter, attending Northwestern University, is making a brilliant success as a baritone soloist. As Harvey B. (iaul. musical critic of the Pittsburgh Post, puts it, " H i s voice is of a lovely quality and possesses ample volume and exceptional range. He should develop into a remarkably line singer." All who have heard Brother llank^ in recital are impressed with the richness of his voice and the intelligence with which he interprets his selections. Concerning his singing at Geneva College, the Beaver Falls Tribune said: " M r . Banks completely won his audience," and Julia I'.. Jones, critic, writing in the Pittsburgh Courier,


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added: "Several times have I heard Ralph Banks, our very splendid young baritone, sing, but never to better advantage than the other evening. His voice vibrates with feeling and harmony. His tones are round, clear and full measured ; his enunciation good and his personality most pleasing. Such a magnificent voice in one so young is unusual; a brilliant future lies before him." By Robert A. Lewis, Manager, Concerts and Recitals, Pittsburgh, Pa., we are told: "He," referring to Brother Banks, "is the possessor of a rich baritone voice of exceptional beauty, volume and range. His diction is good and he interprets with rare intelligence. Being of a studious disposition, Mr. Banks should develop into one of the race's best singers."

Six of the members of our Chapter are physicians, three are dentists, four are high school professors, one the Executive Secretary of the local Urban League, one Pastor of the A. M E. Church, one pharmacist, and one principal of a commercial school. We have a volley ball team in this city, some of the most prominent members of which are Alpha men. The Alpha-Lambda Chapter at its next meeting expects to take out a membership in the N. A. A. C. P. Professor Kean, a member of AlphaLambda Chapter, is the coach of the Paducah basketball team. His team recently defeated Central High School, Louisville,' Simmons I niyersity, Louisville; Alpha-Omega Club, Louisville, and also the Lexington team. One of the busiest men in Louisville is our Secretary. He is teacher in New Albany ALPHA MU CHAPTER I tigh School and Pastor of a local church. Northwestern University, Evanston, 111. (>ur regular monthly meetings are held at the homes of the members; after the regular BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I ALPHA, program lunch is usually served. We are exGreetings: We have just entered upon our second se- pecting to initiate some new members very mester. The passing of the first has left noth- soon. A few of our brothers who are members of ing that would cause us to be ashamed of our the local volley ball team recently journeyed record. The Chapter unanimously congratulates the to Cincinnati, where they defeated the Ohio office of Tin: S P H I N X for the very commend- team. The Cincinnati Chapter, our brothers able issue of February and hopes that the m the most loyal way, received us most coroffice will get the necessary co-operation which dially. In the next issue of T H E SPHINX we hope is needed for continued success. 'We have planned our "Go-to-High-School," to publish our Chapter picture. Fraternally, Go-to-College" movement and are ready to ALPHA-LAMBA CHAPTER, carry out our program. Our report, we hope, LEE L. BÂť>WN, will be represefitative of Alpha Phi Alpha. Editor to -The Sphinx." We are few in number, but we keep in mind that Alpha Phi Alpha expects every man to do his duty. Alpha Mu calls upon her sister Chapters GAMMA LAMBDA CHAPTER to wave their banners high and to strive to Detroit, Mich. make this the greatest "Go-to-1 Iigh-School. Go-to-College" movement in the history of the BROTHERS I.\ ALPHA I'm ALPHA, movement. Greetings to All: With cordial good wishes and fraternal lust a line or two from Gamma Lambda greetings to all Alpha Phi Alpha, we are, Chapter to remind you that we are still in the Fraternally yours, light, and intend to make this year a greater A L P H A MU CHAPTER, success than the last. ERNEST DYETT. On January i;i, i 9 2 3 j t h e f 0 n o w i l l g o f f i c e r s were elected for.the ensuing year: President John C. Dancy; Vice-President, Dr. F P ALPHA-LAMBDA CHAPTER W o r d ; Secretary, P. R. P i p e r ; Corresponding Secretary, Dr. II. D. Shaw; Treasurer, ])r Louisville, Ky. J. W. Ames; Historian, F. W. Penn; Editor BROTHERS IN A L P H A P H I ALPHA, G. D. Lange, and Chaplain, Rev. M. ThompGreetings: son. With this group of brothers at the head Under the Presidency of Brother Wm. Pick- of affairs we are assured of success. ett, the Alpha-Lambda Chapter has taken on On Saturday evening, March 27th, the new life. Brother Frank M. Reid, formerly brothers of this Chapter will journey to Ann of the Student' Chapter of Wilberforce Uni- Arbor, Mich., to the seat of Epsilon Chapter versity, is our new Secretary. Brother Reid aiKl there join them in their annual banquet, is active, enthusiastic and a real Alpha brother. which we hope will be a great success.


THE SPHINX, APRIL 1923 W e have already started the ball a-rolling in our annual "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" campaign. From the present outlook we will have tremendous success with same. Sincerely wishing that all Chapters and all brothers will co-operate and work hard in the interest of Alpha Phi Alpha, thereby making this a banner year, we are, Yours in the bonds of Alpha Phi Alpha. GAMMA LAMBDA CHAPTER,

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Alpha Phi Alpha man. Brother Evans left S ! . P o n s . March 3, to take up his abode in Aflan'.a, Ga. Epsilon Lambda will feel keenly the loss of Brother Evans, but we wish for him every success in his new field. O u r sincere petitions for all Chapters shall be for a most successful year. Fraternally yours, E P S I L O N LAM I',DA, PRATHER

GROVER 1). I,\XGE,

Chapter

J.

HAUSER,

Secretary.

Editor.

EPSILON LAMBDA CHAPTER St. Louis, Mo. BROTHERS IN A X P H A

I'm

ALPHA,

Greetings: Epsilon Lambda Chapter deeply regrets that her letter did not appear in the first issue of 'I'III-; S P H I N X for this year. The failure, thus to be represented, does not at all mean that the brothers are less interested in affairs of Alpha Phi Alpha since the great convention. ( )n the other hand, the vision, inspiration, enthusiasm, and interest received from the Convention have been whetted to the keen edge and we have resolved upon more comprehensive endeavors for the good of our community. Epsilon Lambda certainly feels proud of the fact that she was able to entertain the great concourse of college men representing Alpha , I'hi Alpha throughout this great country in last Convention assembled. Certainly, too, the appreciation of our brothers as was shown by their expressions while in our city and also bv the main- warm letters expressing sincere thanks which have been received in the meantime, make us more than happy, We shall lie glad to entertain the Convention again when our turn comes. W e believe the Convention served well and did much to enhance the work in all the Chapters and ere long you will hear from all the world that Alpha Phi Alpha is helping forward in some way or other life's good work. T h e following brothers have been elected as officers to steer the old ship of Epsilon Lambda through the days of 1!)2.'5: President, David D. J o n e s ; Vice-President, James A. Scott; Secretary, Prather J. H a u s e r ; Treasurer, Maurice A. G r a n t ; Historian, George W. Buckner, and Joseph 11. B. Evans, Sergeantat-Arms. Already these officers have worked <oil a large program of constructive work for the coming year. Thursday. February 15, the brothers entertained at a formal luncheon in honor of I'.rother Joseph H. B. Evans at the Y, M. C. A. At this meeting a splendid program was rendered as a testimonial to the good and faithful work of Brother Evans as a loyal 100 per cent

PROFESSOR

L.

F.

PALMER,

Principal of i lunlington High School. Newport News, \'a.. President of Zeta-Lainbda Chapter, Brother Lutrelle Fleming Palmer is a native of the State of Alabama. When he was fifteen years of age he left that State and went to ()hio in search of better educational facilities. l i e secured his high school education in the high school department of Wilberforce University, and immediately thereafter entered the College of Liberal Arts of that institution, graduating in the year 1011 as the honor man of his class, l i e then entered the University of Michigan and secured his second degree in the class of [912. Brother Palmer has been Instructor in Latin and Greek at Paul Quinn College. Waco, T e x a s ; Professor of History at Wilberforce University, and Principal of the Wilberforce Academy, lie is now Principal of the Huntington High School, Newport News, Va. In 19B0, when Professor Palmer became Principal, this school was a three-teacher insti-


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tution, with 92 pupils. It is now an eight-/ room building with an enrollment of 326. T h r o u g h the untiring efforts of its energetic Principal a modern twenty-room high school building is now in course of erection in the city of Newport N e w s ; and when the school year of 1923-3 1 begins, the Huntington JuniorSenior High School will open its doors to 700 pupils and 20 teachers. This is believed to be the most rapid growth of any high school in the State of Virginia. A big element in the success that has attended Brother Palmer's efforts is his rare faculty of securing the united support of his community. This is largely due to his outstanding personality, his absolute fearlessness, and his Christian character. Brother Palmer is thirty-four years of age, has a charming wife, and is the father of a daughter and two fine sons. He says he is training his boys to become loyal members of dear old Alpha Phi Alpha.

ZETA-LAMBDA

CHAPTER

Norfolk, Va. BROTHERS I N A L P H A P H I

ALPHA,

Greetings: If yoirhad been listening in on Zeta Lambda vim would probably agree that "things do not happen in this worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they are brought about!** T h e brothers of Zeta Lambda are bringing things about. At our first meeting in F e b r u a r y at Brother Coppage's appartment in Norfolk the committee on scholarship brought in a report on the awarding of our annual scholarship. The report was favorably received. Plans for the "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" movement were also formulated. At our last meeting at the residence of Brother Palmer in Newport News, our Secretary, Brother A. D. Manning, secured the services of Brother H e n d e r son, of Gamma, who gave us a comprehensive report of the Convention. A luncheon was served at this meeting. T h e Chapter has definite plans to bring the Hampton Glee Club, under the direction of Brother R. Nathaniel Dett, director of music at H a m p t o n Institute, to the Norfolk Auditorium. Zeta Lambda wishes to commend the last issue of T H E S P H I N X and help in any way it can to make it a greater and better fraternity organ. Fraternally yours, ZETA LAMBDA CHAPTER, T.

ROGER

THOMPSON,

Chapter

Editor.

THETA-LAMBDA CHAPTER D a y t o n , Ohio To

B R O T H E R S IN A L P H A P H I

ALPHA,

Greetings: First of all, the T h e t a Lambda Chapter wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Brother Oscar C. Brown on the start he has made to make T H E S P H I N X bigger a n d better. T h e last issue of T H E S P H I N X was indeed a credit to the fraternity and we feel that the entire membership should be unanimous in their praise to Brother Brown, thus encouraging him to continue the good work. W e are expecting to have a big "Go-toHigh-School, Go-to-College" campaign this year. Brothers James Dunn, f. 11. SamuelsBelboder, C. P.'Keller, J. K. Bush, and R u s sell Swayne will be in charge of the campaign. Brother Dunn is chairman of a CityW i d e Educational Committee and will be able to marshal] all of the educational forces of the city to take part in our campaign. Brothers Kelly and Swayne will conduct a campaign in Springfield. Ohio. On account of the stand taken by Brother Kelly in the recent Springfield case, he will be in a position to do a big job in that city. W e are looking forward to the Dunbar Pilgrimage with great interest. This pilgrimage should be especially interesting on account ot the mother of Paul Laurence Dunbar, who is still living and will be able to give first hand information concerning his life. Brothers Stokes, Rose and Swayne are making plans to give Alpha Phi Alpha the greatest treat of its life. W e hope to have definite plans to announce in the J u n e issue of T H E S P H I N X Fraternally yours, T H E T A LAMBA CHAPTER. i

O. O.

MORRIS,

President.

ETA-LAMBDA CHAPTER Atlanta, Ga. B R O T H E R S IX A L P H A P H I

ALPHA,

Greetings: E t a - L a m b d a extends to you her heartiest greetings and best wishes for success in your coming "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" drive. W e are planning to make this our biggest year and plans are being considered as to the means whereby we may make such possible. W e were fortunate in having as our guest Brother Thomas of Alpha Chapter now engaged in teaching scientific agriculture at T u s kegee, and Brother Nathaniel Dett. Brother Dett appeared in a recital at Morehouse College. W e listened to several good talks from Brother Thomas, and as the Editor of


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T H K S P H I N X was present, you might look forward to hearing something interesting of the founders of Alpha Phi Alpha, as Brother Thomas informed him as to where he might get the necessary data. Alpha Phi Alpha has been represented well around Atlanta University, and Morehouse College in school activities so far this year. At Atlanta University four Alpha Phi Alpha men received varsity letters from football, and two other brothers (Cohen and P e r r y ) received varsity letters from basketball. Brother L a n g is manager of 1923 baseball team and is captain-elect of the 1923 football team, while your humble servant is manager of the 1924 basketball team. Besides these activities already mentioned Alpha Phi Alpha was honored when Brother Pierce won second prize in the Alumni Prize Debating Contest, the first prize being by a non-fraternity man. Brother Pierce also received a numeral for service on the gridiron. Alpha Phi Alpha stands out at Morehouse in all branches. Brother Lay is manager of 1923 baseball team while Brother Harris is to manage the affairs of the 1923 football eleven. One could hardly think of the Morehouse Glee Club and Orchestra without having in mind Brothers Valentine and James. Both men are members of the College quartet besides being artists in the orchestra. The Morehouse College ('.lee Club and Orchestra are about to make their annual tour, which will include^ some of the Middle-Western cities and these* two brothers will show that they are Alpha Phi Alpha material. Brother James is noted as a violinist, while Brother Valentine performs at the piano. Brothers McGraw, Pang, Reeves and Thomas were our representatives on the 1923 championship eleven of Atlanta University. Just a word about these b r o t h e r s : Brother B. T . McGraw, fullback, "the old man," as we call him, who leaves us this year, has well served Alpha Phi Alpha and his Alma Mater. T h e readiness to lend a hand w h e n ever needed gained for him still another title " E v e r Faithful." Brother McGraw plans to enter one of the professional schools in the fall, which means a gain for a sister Chapter. Brother H e n r y Lang, end. Red is his campus name. A demon at quarter he was. but injuries handicapped him early in the season. Still he came back (after wearing his foot in a plaster paris cast for weeks) not in the backfield. but on the line, and played the position like a regular. Brother Lang, besides his job as manager of the 1923 baseball team is captain-elect of the 1923 football team. Brother George W. Reeves, tackle. " S o o , " is what he is k n o w n by around the campus, this title being given to him since he spends all of his summers on the " S o o " Line. H e is

an Alpha Phi Alpha man with the Alpha Phi Alpha spirit. Xot a quitter, and he showed it when he came back to the game in spite of having received a broken leg during the 1922 football season, besides receiving a broken collar bone during his prep days. H e was a big asset to his team during the past year, and he promises to be even better next season. Brother W. C. Thomas, fullback. "Chollie," is the name the fellows gave him. He came to us from Kpsilon, where he spent his Freshman days, but his prep days were spent here. "Chollie" was the man who did the passing in the Atlanta-Fisk game, when the Atlanta team completed "i out of 9 passes. Besides being an excellent passer, he possesses an educated toe, which averaged him 45 yards in the same game. Whenever the yards were needed through the line. Brother "Chollie" was the man. Brothers A. E. Malone and D. D. Jones were in our city during March en route to Greensboro, N. C , to visit Brother Jones' mother, who was ill in that city. Brothers C. H. Tobias, Secretary of the International Committee, V. M. C. A., and H. PI. Long, Dean of Paine College, were in Atlanta on March 12th and 13th. Brother Tobias was making a tour visiting College Y. M. C. A.s and he and Brother Pong attended the meeting of a Special Joint Commission on Permanent Location of Paine College. Eta-Lambda is exceedingly glad to have Brother Joseph PI. B. Evans, Epsilon-Lambda. Phi Beta Kappa from Michigan, to take up permanent abode in Atlanta. He is in charge of The Citizens' Company of Atlanta, a corporation connected with the Standard Life Insurance Company, the Citizens T r u s t Company and the Service Company interests. Upon being greeted, Brother Evans said. "Delighted to find a Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha in .Atlanta. I am at the service of Alpha I'hi Alpha wherever I may be." With best wishes for the continued progress of the sister Chapters, Fraternally yours, ETA-LAMBDA. F R E D A.

JACKSON,

Editor. IOTA LAMBDA

CHAPTER

Indianapclis, Ind. BROTIII:KS IN A L P H A

PHI

ALPHA,

Greetings: Iota Lambda wishes to express its entire satisfaction with the appearance of the recent issue of TtiK S J H I N X . W e are the prouder because Brother Oscar Brown is "our own." O u r congratulations go out to him, for he has


THE SPHINX, APRIL 1923 made a commendable advance in his program for a bigger and better S P H I N X . Since our last writing we have been favored with visits from the following b r o t h e r s : Brothers Dr. Cordon Jackson. T h e t a ; Chas. \\ . Sedwick, X i ; Josef Clarke. James Robinson and Wilton Jackson. T a n : and Dr. R. G. Smith, at present an interne in City Hospital No. 2, St. Louis, Mo. Brother Smith was in the city from February 'M to March I. One of the local papers said that he was visiting his fraternity brothers. " O , what burdens we must b e a r ! " Brother Dr. W . E . B. DuBois addressed the " Y " Monster Meeting. Sunday, February 18, on "The-1!ack-to-Africa'' movement. After the meeting he was the guest of the Chapter at the beautiful home of Brother Dr. and Mrs. S. A. Furniss on North West Street. Mr. W . K. Grubbs, a principal of one of the local schools and Dr. C. A. Toles, Deputy Coroner. were guests. The serving was ably managed by Mrs. Furniss, who was assisted by Mrs. C. B. Burbridge and the Misses Dora C. Atkins, Consuella K. Street, and Phyllis Waters. W e are now making plans for an extensive "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" movement. Brother Attorney Sydney 1'. Brown has been appointed chairman of the committee. H e promises to see that the message is carried to fifty thousand children and parents in the State of Indiana. Brother C. B. Burbridge left on February |i: Ear Wilmington, Del. Brother Burbridge is one of the "reliables" in the Chapter and we anxiously await his return. Brother Oscar C. Brown has gone to A t lanta for an indefinite, but temporary stay. Ik' is at present connected with one of the subsidiaries of the Standard Life Insurance Company. Brother Brown's counsel and consistent work are missed, but since Eta-Lambda Chapter is strengthened thereby, we do nut complain, for after all he is the property of Alpha Phi Alpha. Fraternally yours, IOTA-LAMBDA CHAPTER, By Corresponding Secretary, A N E W COVER DESIGN FOR THE SPHINX If we can find a cover design for T H E Sim i \ x that will be more satisfactory than the one now in use, we shall not hesitate in making a change. ' Suggestions and drawings will be gladly received and will be presented for consideration at the Sixteenth Annual Convention. This matter will be handled in the Editor's office. Chapters and individuals are urged to give this phase of T H E S P H I N X some thought, as our official organ must in every particular be the product of the best talent that Alpha I'hi Alpha can afford.

BROTHER

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SYDNEY

Pun.UP

BROWN,

Iota-Lambda Chapter, Assistant Editor and Advertising Manager of THE

SPHINX.

Brother Sydney Phillip Brown, senior member of the law firm and other enterprises of Brown and Brown, Indianapolis, Ind., is Assistant Editor and Advertising Manager of THE

S P H I N X : and,

if

THE

SPHINX

will

be

successful under its present administration, a large portion of the credit will be due him. H e is in charge of the "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" movement for Iota-Lambda Chapter and he promises, with the cooperation and assistance of the Brothers of IotaLambdaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; who are every ready to cooperate in putting over the plans of Alpha Phi Alphaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; that the message of "on with education." will be carried the length and breadth of the 11 uo>ier State. Brother Brown has worked incessantly for Alpha Phi Alpha during his six years as a member, and it is felt, by those who know him, that his a r m y commanding officer spoke conscientiously when he said: " D u r i n g my army career, I have had under my command thousands of men. both white and colored. It has been my good fortune to have many men of unusual ability. Sergeant Major Brown has proved himself to be the equal of any and the superior of most of them."


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FRATERNALISM AND THE B Y B R O T H E R C. T H U R S T O N ,

NEGRO '23,

Xi Chapter, Wilberforce University. From remote antiquity to the very present, man lias found himself confronted with problems, assuming, according to the clime and culture, proportions of various natures. T a k ing this into account, we may find it traditionary, especially in the case of our race, that the tribe, the clan and the cult were protective as well as ethical and propagative in their natures. These groups were more or less of very close relation and embodied the principle of brotherhood, in a primitive sort of way. Notwithstanding this, the teleological significance of it all was service and aid to a weaker clansman, or the women of the group. T h e age of chivalry dawned upon the world and in a much higher degree was the cause of the weak and oppressed pursued. But all this time the natives of Africa were plunged into the deepest thought of fetishism and idolatry. But today " T h e Light of the W o r l d " is on its way to these oppressed racial relatives. W e may stand in the desert sands of Egypt, where the handiwork of Ethiopians 300 centuries past looks down upon us, and admire their skill, and view with awe the Sphinx and Pyramids. ' T h a t day of negroid culture has passed and the centuries have witnessed the fall of Ethiopia's heirs, but as all races and nations must fall before the power and evil designs of other crafty and avaricious ones, we see the reason. Nature takes its course, and history repeats itself. T h e natural tendency of man is to dominate, and after reaching the zenith begins to crumble. Babylon and Assyria had their day. Greece and Rome had theirs. France had hers, also Prussia. Ethiopia suffered likewise. Now we come to another age, and find our particular negroid type about to take another lead, persuasion has played an important part in hindering us. because of the fear inflicted by opposite races, through the methods of subjugation, and absence of learning. Making individuals feel themselves inferior, impressed them to the extent that the offsprings are more easily subdued. T h e individual's minusentity is left dominant, therefore he believes himself inferior. T h u s it happened when our forefathers were delivered to the shores of the ''Land of the F r e e . " However, there were a few who escaped, and benefited by the free association and privileges of life. Being cognizant of these facts, the apparent " N e g r o P r o b l e m ? " resolves itself into a sphere all its own. W e are passing through

the natural stage, which is the " H o u r Before Dawn." This ultimate hour is left to the virility of culture and refinement of the race. All races bear a relation in the levels of society, the whites and reds, and yellows and browns are of the same physical organization as we. T h e reactions are in proportion to the amount of racial intelligence. Race pride and race consciousness should make us aware of this. In whose hands and to whose action is the salvation of the race? This can be individually answered, and summing up from the logical ends, we find it to be in the power of College Men. Mul better still, all college men are not leaders : this task then devolves upon the N e g r o Cohere Fraternity Men, who are supposed to be judged as the best and most capable. There is where the Xegro fraternity stands out above some of the other fraternities of other racial groups. Considering this to be the important issue, we can trace the fraternity's position with respect to the racial groups and let its men assert themselves to brine about the worldwide recoenition of the Negro as a man among men. W e cannot afford to live upon the merits of past laurels, but must strive to attain more and better ones, due to the fact that changes are continually going on. and dial laurels of yesterday are but passive things

.today. T o the inter-fraternal council this is important. Instead of bein<r a "melting pot" of fraternahsm. be a "distillery" for t l v ourifaction of th째 race and its ethical, racial and political standard. "Don't bring us too much philosophy, though philosophy is good, but tangible working mediums, and action is what we n e e d ! " Then let everv brother of tHs noHle fraternity exert and give freedom to his nlusentity so that its action will be conducive to progress. Have no fear, for "ft is fear which deporleth a man's soul from IT'S body -md rendereth it a thing to be despised." Further: we cannot afford to submit: it is adverse to the plus-entity of man, for "to submit in silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men." Then to institute a Racial Slogan for development is next. Alpha Phi Alpha has her p a r t to play, and we must begin; we may be alone in our thoughts, but Henrik Isben says, " T h e strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone." But on three occasions in this life man is absolutely alone. lie comes into the world alone, not knowing from whence he comes, goes and not knowing whither he g o e s ; and he is really alone when he thinks.


THE SPHINX. APRIL 1923

BROTHER

WILLIAM

A.

W'AKI'II:I.I>.

Surgeon-in-Chief, Freedmen's Washington, D. C. Alpha Phi Alpha Brother Dr. William he received honorary ternity, the fraternity him become a part of

M.D.,

Hospital,

points with pride to A. Warfield, for, when membership in our frawas honored by having it.

FREEDMEN'S

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Brother Warfield was born November 17, L866, at llyattstown, Montgomery County, Maryland, and attended the public schools of that county. He worked on the farm until he reached the age of eighteen, when he went to Washington, D. C. There he worked as a bellboy in a hovel until September, 1886, at which time he entered Morgan College, Baltimore, Maryland, and re named there until he graduated in 1891. lie then entered the Medical College of Howard University and was graduated therefrom in 1894. ()n the 1st of < Jctober, 1894, he received his first appointment as an interne in the Freedmen's Hospital. The following year he was made Second .Assistant Surgeon, and was promoted to First Assistant Surgeon in 1896. On the 1st of October, L901, he reached the top of the ladder. ( )n that date he became Surgeon-in-Chief of the Freedmen's Hospital, and this position he has held ever since. During his incumbency the New Freedmen's Hospital has been constructed at a cost of $600,000, while the medical and surgical facilities of the hospital have been made available to the medical students of H o w a r d University as never before. A s the head of this institution and as Professor in the Howard University Medical School, Brother Warfield has rendered a great service to humanity and has won for himself the gratitude of his fellowmen.

1 IOSPITAL;

W a s h i n g t o n , D. Câ&#x20AC;&#x17E; W h e r e Brother William A. Warfield has been Surgeon-in-Chief for many years.


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BROTHER J O H N A.

GREGG, A.M.,

I'resident of Wilberforce University, Three hundred and sixty-five days in a year Brother John A. Gregg labors in the interest of a "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" movenent. Because of the successful work he is doing as President of Wilberforce, he occupies a prominent place in the educational life of the Negro youth of America. I le was born in Eureka, Kans., February 18, i s ; ; , l i e is the second son of Alexander and Eliza I''. Gregg, the other son. Professor G. A. Gregg, being Executive Secretary of the Paceo " Y " in Kansas City.

D.D.,

VVilberforce, Ohio.

there two years, after which he was appointed by Bishop Grant to the pastorate of the A. M. E. Church of St. Joseph, .Mo., and remained there live years, when he answered the call to come to Edward Waters College. Jacksonville. Fla., as its President. After seven years of service at Edward Waters College. in tfiÂŁ spring of L920, Brother Gregg was elected President of Wilberforce University.

Brother Gregg attended the public schools of his native city, graduating from the Eureka High School in 1896. l i e spent one year at the Southern Kansas Academy fitting himself tor entrance to the University of Kansas, where he matriculated in L897. After finishing his freshman year in 1898, at the outbreak of the SpanishAmerican W a r , he enlisted in the T w e n t y - T h i r d K a n sas Volunteers and served as Quartermaster Sergeant with his regiment in Cuba. l i e reached the rank of Second Lieutenant and was discharged as such in April, 1899. Re-entering school, he finished with honor in tlie Class '02, receiving the degree of A.B. Brother Gregg taught school at Askaloosa. Kans.; was pastor a part of the year at Emporia. Kans., and went as a missionary to South Africa in the fall of 1!)():!, where he was head of Bethel Institute, under the auspices of the A. M. E. Church. Returning to America in 1 !>()(>, he was assigned as pastor of Bethel A. M. E. Church, Leavenworth. Kans. H e seised ALPHA PHI ALPHA SONG BOOK It is hoped that serious consideration will be given to the compilation of an Alpha Phi Alpha Song Rook. Brother William J. Powell, under whose direction this work is being carried on, will make a final report to the Sixteenth Annual Convention. At that time

songs will be presented for adoption. Chapters and individuals are requested to send m any songs they think desirable, with music to same, or if songs are to some familiar tun:', so state. Also indicate author, etc. All correspondence relative to this matter should be addressed to Brother William |. Powell, 55] K. Kith Street. Chicago. 111.


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as its Dean, where he has remained up to the present time. Brother Long has also taken an important part in laying the foundation of Alpha I'hi Alpha. He was successively National Treasurer. National Secretary and National I'resident of Alpha Phi Alpha during 1914, 19-15 and l!)l(i. He was always active at Beta, where he served in all major offices of that Chapter.

BROTHER

1 EOWARD HAI.K

LONG,

Dean, Paine College, Augusta. Ga. Without question one of the strongest men in Alpha Phi Alpha is Brother Howard Hale Long] Dean of Paine College, Augusta, Ga.â&#x20AC;&#x17E; Like Brother T. R. Davis, an aceoun) oi whom was given in the February issue of T H E S P H I N X , Brother Long is a young m a n ; but that in no way hampers his influence and service in making Paine College forge ahead. Brother Long spent three years as a student in Tuskegee; the first two years being in night school, as he had to work during the day. Leaving Tuskegee, he went to Virginia Union University and remained there until he completed his college preparatory course. The following year he entered the College of Arts and Sciences of H o w a r d University, from which he graduated with the B.S. degree in 1915. On the basis of merit as a student, he was awarded a scholarship in Clark University, .Massachusetts. l i e was graduated from Clark University with the M.A. degree in Experimental Psychology in 1916. He served as an instructor in Howard University until the spring of L917, when he volunteered to attend the ( )flicers' Training Camp, Des Moines, Iowa, at which he was commissioned a First Lieutenant. Brother Long's entire commissioned service was spent with the 368th Infantry and it is with that regiment he saw the "glories" of the Vosges, the Argonne Forrest and in the sector that had Metz as its object when the Armistice went into i-ftvci. In 1919 he was called to Paine College

BROTHER

WILLIAM

SANDERS

SCARBOROUGH,

M.A., LL.D., I'h.I)., Assistant in F a r m Studies, United Department' of Agriculture.

States

Brother William Sanders Scarborough, M.A.. LL.D., Ph.D., former President of \Vilberforce University, is a graduate of Oberlin College. H e is the author of a Creek text hook, the first and only Creek book ever written by a Negro. This book was widely used in both white and colored schools of the country, and especially in the N o r t h . It was pub-i lished by A. S. Barnes & Co., New York. H e has also written a treatise entitled. " T h e Birds of Aristophanesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;A Theory of Interpretation," aside from numerous tracts and pamphlets, covering a variety of subjects, classical, archaeological, socialogical and racial. I le has written many papers for various societies to which he belongs, especially the Philological Society. Brother Dr. Scarborough has long been a contributor to the press of his country, including the leading magazines. He has been


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for many years the exegetical editor of the A. M. E . Church Sunday School publications. H e is a member of a number of learned societies: American Philological, American Dialect, American Social Science. Archaeological Institute of America, American Spelling Reform, American Folk-lore, American Modern Language, American Political and Social Science, the Egyptian Exploration Fund Association, National Geographical Society, American Negro Academy. T h e American Japan Society, New York Academy of Science and Affiliated Societies, the Society for the E n couragement of Arts-Manufactures and Commerce, London, England, a Society founded over two hundred years ago. H e has several times been one of the invited orators at the Lincoln League Banquet of the State of Ohio. l i e was appointed by the Governor of Ohio a delegate to the National Conference in St. Louis in the interest of Negro Education. H e was the only Negro representative on the Board of the Lincoln Memorial Association of ( >hio, which is presided over by the Governor. l i e is a member of the League to Enforce Peace of which Chief Justice Taft is President. During the war he was a member of the Pood Commission for the State of ( )hio and was also appointed by the Governor of the State as a me nber of tjie National Council of Defense. He also assisted in looking after Colored Labor in Ohio to the end of aiding in W a r Movements, l i e was a member of the Republican Advisory Committee of Ohior appointed at the suggestion of Senator, now I'resident, Harding. As W a r President of Wilberforce University, he obtained the Students' A r m y Training Corps for the University, sustained by the U. S. Government, and later secured the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the University, which institution sent large contingents of students to the training camps and overseas. lie was a delegate to the Ecumenical Methodist Conference held in London, in 1901, representing the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and was in attendance upon the Universal Race Congress in London (Oil), representing Wilberforce University, of which he was President. He was appointed delegate to the Ecumenical Conference which was held in London, England, September 2-1 <>, 1921. l i e also attended the meeting of the International Classical Association at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, August 2-5, 1921, as one of the representatives of the American Philological Association. While abroad Professor Scarborough traveled extensively. H e visited the battlefields of France and of Belgium and the spot that marks the battle of Waterloo. Many other places of interest were visited, such as London, Paris,

Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Milan. Geneva', Switzerland, Cambridge] Oxford. Edinburgh, Glasgow, the haunts of Shakespeare. Stratford-on-Avon, and many famous spots of Europe. Brother Dr. Scarborough has spent three summers in Europe and is well known there. One entire summer was spent on the Rhine in ( iermanv. lie is now the Assistant in Farm Studies, Un'ted States Department of .Agriculture, being appointed by President Harding.

BROTHER KELLY M IU.KR

Brother Kelly Miller was born in W'innshoro, S. C , and received his early training in the country schools of that State. Later he attended Howard University, graduating from that institution in 1886. With a view to equipping himself with the broadest possible education, he entered the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., and pursued post graduate work in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy. In 1889 he was appointed teacher of Mathematics in the Washington High School. H i e following year he returned to his Alma Mater as Professor of Mathematics and later was selected to serve as I )ean of the College of Arts and Sciences, from which position he was transferred to the Deanship of the Junior College upon reorganization. Professor Miller is the greatest pa nphleteer of the Negro race, basing circulated over three millions, including his latest number, " I s Race Diffe rence Fundamental; Eternal and Inescapable?" in reply to President Harding's Birmingham address. W e point with pride to his open letter, " T h e Disgrace of Democracy." directed to then President W o o d r o w Wilson, which has been proclaimed one of the


THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 masterpieces produced during the World War. Administrative and class-room duties have occupied a large part of Brother Miller's time and energy, yet his contribution to race literature numbers many hooks, reviews, pamphlets, magazine and newspaper articles. "1)111 of the House of Bondage" and "Race Adjustment" are his most widely known volumes. "An Appeal to Conscience'â&#x20AC;˘' is a more recent issue. He has lectured throughout the length and breadth of the land. He recently completed a summer itinerary of more than ten thousand miles covering the Pacific Coast. Individuals and groups from both races eagerly and constantly seek the services of Brother Miller, both as a lecturer and counsellor. He is termed the "Sociologist of the Race," and is regarded in all sections of the country as our most capable leader. Following this suggestion, a "Negro Sanhedrin" is now being assembled for the purpose of considering the "state of the race." Out' of this all-race conference Professor Miller is hoping that there will evolve an effective remedy for the many present-day tangles. Dean of the Junior College of Howard University, Mathematician, Author, Lecturer, Publicist, Material Contributor to Human Progress, long live our Brother, Kelly Miller.

In the Convention Number of Tin'. S P H I N X an account was given of the appointment of Brother T. R. Davis to the Presidency of Walden College. Since that time the staff of editors of T H E S P H I N X has learned some

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other interesting facts concerning Brother Davis. These facts are convincing enough to satisfy us that Brother Davis possesses those qualities of character, energy, intelligence and determination that make success of men regardless of handicaps and barriers. H e spent eight years at H o w a r d University, four of which were in the Academy and four in the College of Arts and Sciences. Pike a large number of girls and hoys who have struggled and are still struggling for an education, Brother Davis had to work in and out ot school season in order to make ends meet. During the school terms he worked as laborer, "waiter" in the dining hall, cup and glass washer, "bread cutter." janitor in classrooms and office of Dean Kelly Miller, and finally student assistant in the library. Notwithstanding the necessity for his working to make his board and a few nickels here and there while in college, Brother Davis participated in many of the worthy student activities. He was the first class President of the Class ' I 1 ; on f resin man football t e a m ; Vice-President, Y. M. C. A., 'II ; Associate Editor, H o w a r d University Journal, ' 1 2 ; 'Varsity Debating, ' 1 2 ; VicePresident, Y. M. C. A , 1 3 ; Associate Editor, Howard University |our:ial, 1 3 ; Treasurer, Y M. C. A.. 1 4 , anil Editor-in-Chief, H o w ard University Journal, 1 4 . After graduation from college, Brother Davis spent one year in the Graduate School. University of Chicago, receiving the M. A. Degree in Sociology; one year in the Army of the United States as company clerk; live years as teacher of Sociology and Economics. Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark.. and elected President of Walden College J u n e at). 1922. There are many girls and boys who occupy the same position that Brother Davis occupied in 1906, with many obstacles in the way of ;.:i education. W e must show the bovs and girls that the way that he made it is 'simply through determination and hard work.

W H A T IS T H E T R O U B L E ? Zeta. Theta. Omicron, Pi, Alpha-Iota, Alpha-Nu, Beta-Lambda and Delta-Lambda, what is the trouble?

BROTHER T.

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DAVIS,

!'resident. Walden College, Nashville. Tenn.


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EDITORIALS T H E "GO-TO-HIGH SCHOOL, GO-TOCOLLEGE" MOVEMENT. T h i s "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" movement was begun by Alpha Phi Alpha in 1920 ; but, since that time, it has been "thrown to the four winds." In view of the fact, everybody is urged to help send girls and boys to school. ( >ur own Brother Kelly Miller, writing in the Pittsburgh Courier for May (i, 1922, spoke the feeling of the fraternity when he said, " T h e underlying idea," speaking of the movement, "is to urge every colored youth to take advantage of the fullest educational opportunity that lies within the reach or grasp. T h e importance of attending the high school, college, the university is urged upon the attention during this intensive campaign of one week's duration. It is. indeed, a drive nol (for 'the collection of dollars, but for the inculcation of ideals." F r o m the pulpit, from the theatrical stage, from the schoolroom, from the movie screen, and from everywhere Alpha Phi Alpha will Irv to send the message of "on with education" to millions of our people. " T h e program of Alpha Phi Alpha is not for Alpha I'hi Alpha alone," said Brother Dr. E. P. Roberts, at the Public Session of the Fifteenth Annual Convention, in setting forth the ideals of our fraternity. " T h e program is sufficiently sound and workable," he went on to say, "as to enable the best minds of our race to work together in harmony, dealing with measures and principles, rather than with individuals." Quoting from "Visual Education" for J a n u ary. I923j we find "that of the twenty-two million boys and girls going to our schools, 85 per cent will never attend school after they leave the eighth grade." This does not include the millions who are not in school. "As a matter of record," this magazine continues, "eighth-grade graduates who enter business and industrial worlds are a drag on the community until they have learned, through experience and hard knocks, to make a place for themselves." Civilization has advanced too far and is advancing too rapidly for the community to pay for well-meaning ignorant men and women to get a little experience. M o r e enlightened churches, better schools, better homes, more banks and other businesses, operated intelligently and successfully, depend directly upon education, and in advocating education there is no greater service that the fraternity can do. Giving fraternity join witit they say, letters of

due regard to the social side of our life, which is indispensable, we must the brothers at Psi Chapter when " W e have read with pleasure the the various Chapters, and note with

interest how each is striving to forge ahead to make Alpha Phi Alpha mean something more than a mere social club to the Negro College Man. O u r aim is to be of some constructive service to humanity." Though there be an intensive "Go-to-HighSchool, Go-to-College" week, our duty goes beyond that week's duration. As â&#x20AC;˘'Salesmen of Service," we must keep the good work going throughout the year. We note with pride the way the graduate Chapters are fostering the program. Theta-Lambda Chapter outlines the policy of other Chapters when that Chapter says, " W e do not confine our educational services to one week a year, hut keep in close contact with the students as advisors throughout the year. During the fall of L921 we began our 'Go-to-1 ligh-School. Go-to-College' campaign by making a survey of the Negro children in and out of school, and by securing the classification and grades of Negro high school students. In June, 1922, every social worker and fraternity brother were supplied with a list containing the names and addresses of all students qualified to enter high school and those who graduated. With the names available, we had the opportunity to come in personal contact with the students from |une until .September." This kind of work will surely prove to be a great help to every community and should be continued in every community where an Alpha Phi Alpha man resides. President Harding didn't miss the point when he said, concerning this educational campaign, " T h e need for effective work to reduce illiteracy among the colored people is very great and manifestly it can be accomplished chiefly through the equipment of members of the colored race to do educational work among their own people." T h e I'resident's communication concluded by saying, "You may be sure ot my earncsi sympathy and good will." Brother Kelly Miller speaks for us again when he says. " T h e higher education of' the Negro is in need of a new stress of emphasis. " T h e old instruments have grown dull and need newness of edge and keenness of blade. The ancient appeal has lost much of its wonted response and reaction. W e t nursing and paternal guardianship of the bygone day must give way to the initiative, enterprise and independence of spirit. T h e Negro himself must perpetuate and carry forward the impulse imparted to him by alien benefactors a generation or so ago. The seed sown by the New England philanthropists has borne good fruit in the first and second generation. The final test is whether it is self-perpetuating. A ship that cannot navigate under its own steam will


THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 hardly make but one trip. W e are sure that Ihe doctrine has taken lodgment when the beneficiary becomes missionary. •'This *Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College' week is merely suggestive of the wide field of activity in which such organizations might well engage. * * * " T h e appeal, therefore, which is being made by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity should meet with a ready and spontaneous response from every Negro' youth who would serve his day and generation on the high levels of human endeavor. ••There is no invidious comparison or propaganda in this appeal. N o particular school or college is advocated. "Every Negro household in the land is interested in this appeal." THE SIXTEENTH

ANNUAL

CONVENTION Three months have expired since the Fifteenth Annual Convention adjourned. By this lime all Chapters should have their plans completed to carry out the program of the General Organization and should have renewed energy and determination to forge ahead with those plans, as well as with their own local program. '•Straight ahead, at full speed!" is the command. W e make port at Columbus in a little less than nine months, and then, not because we will have ended the voyage, but because we will need to re-supply and adjust sails lor further travel. T h e bulk of our cargo is "Service" and it must reach the millions of our needy and less fortunate people. T h e Sixteenth Annual Convention must record greater progress than any previous Convention has recorded. Every Chapter present at the Fifteenth should determine to be present at the Sixteenth. The unrepresented Chapters at the last Convention must, by all means, have representation at the next one. All must be there to give an account of their stewardship for another year, and take part in what, according to indications, will be the biggest Convention in the history of our fraternity. N o w is the time to get busy and prepare to have representation at the Sixteenth Animal Convention. T h e doing of worthy deeds during the intervening months is a part of our preparation. W e must use our opportunities when thev are present. ()n tomorrow we can never come back to today, for— " T h e moving finger w r i t e s ; and, having writ, Moves o n : nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a line. N o r all vour Tears wash out a W o r d of it."

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"SYRACUSE S T U D E N T S BAR NEGRO FRATERNITY FROM ASSOCIATION" This was the caption given to a news item published in the New York Tribune, March 7, l!)2-'5, which went on to say: "Syracuse, March (i.—Alpha Phi Alpha, a Negro fraternity at Syracuse University, has been denied admission to the inter-fraternity conference of the university. T h e conference composed of eleven members, voted ten to one against admitting the Negroes. T h e vote was taken Monday night, after a delay of two years, and news of it has become known here. " M e m b e r s of the Alpha Phi Alpha are indignant at the exclusion. They characterized it tonight as the second case of racial discrimination shown by Syracuse, coupling it with the request of the senior council of the University last week that Jewish students be barred from Syracuse. At the same time, however, the inter-fraternity conference approved an application for membership from a Jewish fraternity. "Students generally here tonight take the action of the secret society's general assembly as an attempt to discourage the existence of Negro fraternities. "Chancellor William P. Graham, of Syracuse, said tonight that Alpha Phi Alpha had been officially recognized by the administration as a Syracuse fraternity, and will be accorded the same privileges as similar groups at the University. It was pointed out, h o w ever, that the student conference was a s<dfgoverning body and could admit or expel members a t its discretion." In the Convention number of T H E S P H I N X the Chapter letter from Iota Chapter included the following statement: "Iota is now looking forward to having a representative on the inter-fraternity council of Syracuse University. Having served our term of probation, the next logical step is representation on the council. This will be a big step for Iota and for Alpha here at Syracuse.'' No word has been received from Iota Chapter since the action of the inter-fraternity council at Syracuse. Wre shall not venture io discuss the matter, therefore, without authentic information from our Chapter. Yet, whatever the case is, we can sav that if anybody thinks that such acts o f ' e x c l u s i o n will discourage Negro fraternities he has another saner thought coming, for with us discouragement will never happen. B R O T H E R W I L L I A M L. H A N S B E R R Y Brother William L. Hansberry occupies a unique place in the educational life of America. and though a "youngster," is already an authority on archaeological subjects pertaining to the life and culture of Negro peoples.


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An editorial in â&#x20AC;˘'The Nation" ( N e w Y o r k ) for J a n u a r y 3, 11)2:5, has to s a y : ^ " N e x t to going to Egypt to see the tomb of T u t a n k h a m e n - a n d it makes our heart beat faster to think of the man who, after thirtyone years of digging, finally discovered the last undiscovered tomb of one of the great Pharaohsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we should like to enroll at H o w ard University under Mr. \V. L. Hansberry for the courses known as History 12, 13, and 14. T h e announcements have something of the same mysterious fascination as marks the reports from Egypt. * * *" " F o r most of us such courses would be real voyages of discovery. W e should like to provide scholarships for some of the Kleagles of the Klan and some of the pseudo-scientific apostles of Nordicism." In the next issue of T H E S P H I N X , appearing June 1st, Brother Hansberry, a member of T h e Staff of Editors of T H E S P H I N X , will have an article entitled, " T u t a n k h a m e n : His N e g r o Ancestors and Their .African Neighbors." Everybody ought to read it.

pride and admiration. E n t e r i n g the University of southern California i n ' t h e fall term of 191 I, our worthy brother spent two years of successful work in the college department of Liberal Arts from which center he proceeded, in 191?, to the College of Dentistry While in the latter college Dr. Greene maintained a splendid average and frequently received high commendations from the Dean and professors for the skill and excellence which he brought to bear on his work. Dr. Greene was an active " s p o r t " at baseball while attending the College of Liberal A r t s and possesses a class numeral which he captured as a reward for his efforts along this line. He was the first Secretary of Alpha Delta Chapter, is now its trusted Treasurer, and is one of the most faithful and effective workers for the uplift of Alpha Phi Alpha in the West. I lis consulting offices in the city carry a large clientele each day, a fact which testifies to his skill and ability as a dental practitioner as well as to his very high and excellent moral character. With Alpha Delta Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha as a whole is proud of such a worthy brother.

T H E STORK A N D CUPID AT

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T h e Stork " H u r r a h , it's a boy!" exclaimed Brother Wilbur Clifford Douglass, on the 15th of February. when Wilbur Clifford, Jr., came to Brother and Mrs. Douglass of Pittsburgh. Brother Douglass is practicing law in Pittsburgh. lie is a member of Omicron Chapter and a former President of that Chapter. Mrs. Douglass, before her marriage into the fraternity, was Miss Kathleen B. Brown of I lolhdaysburg, La. She is a graduate of the Emerson College of Oratory, Boston Mass., and is a member of Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

B R O T H E R T H O M A S A.

GREENE,

D.D.S.,

Los Angeles, California. Hailing from one of the best families in Los Angeles is Brother T h o m a s A. Greene, one of the fifteen charter members of Alpha' Delta Chapter of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. T h e career of Dr. Greene is to the members of Alpha Delta Chapter one of great

On the twenty-second of February, Miss Jean Elizabeth, weighing C,y4 pounds, took up permanent quarters at the love nest of Brother and Mrs. J. Aubrey Lane. Brother Lane is a Doctor oi Veterinary Medicine and is serving at \\ ilberforce University. H e saw the lieht at Kappa Chapter. Oil the 27th of February, Brother " L o u i s " and Airs. L. B. Reese became the happy parents of a prospect for the army. Brother and Mrs Reese reside in Nashville and he is a member of Chi Chapter. , W e are glad to welcome these new arrivals >nto our rugged world and we greet them with the slogan, "Go-to-High-School, Go-toCollege.


THE SPHINX, APRIL, 1923 " I t takes two to make a bargain, T h a t ' s a married life: A good considerate husband And a truly loving w i f e ; But three will bind the bargain And settle all disputes, W h e n between her slippers and his shoes Come two of baby's boots."

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"Brother C. Matney, Alpha-Eta Chapter, has forsaken the ranks of the bachelors. Having seen the reason, no one can blame him. A fortunate brother he is." and

Alpha Phi Alpha extends sineerest good wishes to these brothers and their families and wishes for them some more success.

Cupid's C o r n e r Cupid s a y s : "Miss Ruth Brown Prince, of Pasadena. Calif., is the enthusiastic wearer of a beautiful fraternity pin, the property of Brother James W . McGregor, of the University of Southern California and Western Vice-President of the Fraternity. A Prince-ss, too, she is. It's all right, Brother McGregor, 'we know how ' t i s ' : " and â&#x20AC;˘"Brother Richard G. Bondurant, charter member and former of Iota Chapter, shall soon join in hymnal celebrati on with Miss May Ester Bryant of Columbus, Ohio," and

"Miss Thelma Whataker, of Atlanta, Ga., wears the pin of Brother A. J. Allison, retiring President of Zeta, Yale University, and she admits, without reservation, that Cupid is the thirty party ;" and "Spring time is the time for loving at Xi. Wilberforce University, and the work has been hard for Cupid, who engaged the following and said that such was inevitable: Brother Hutchinson to Miss Isbv, Brother Clarkson to Miss E. Munday. Brother V. S. Gordon to Miss B. Dix, Brother M. Amos to Miss M. Davis, and Brother S. Brown to Miss E. S w e a t t ; " and "Brother Arnett Grant Lindsay, Eta, NewYork City, started the last stage of romantic courtship when he celebrated the birthday of Miss Inabel Frances Burns, of St. Joseph, Mo.', in the form of admitting that she had considered him a good prospect with whom to take it for better or for w o r s e ; " and "Love gives pain without hurting," and, F u r t h e r , Cupid sayetlr not.

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CHAPTERS (Continued) UPSILON CHAPTER, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans. President, Win. T. McKnight, 1101 Mississippi Street. Corresponding Secretary, Doxie A. Wilkerson, 1101 Mississippi Street. P H I CHAPTER, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. President, J. Elbert Pettruss, G5 W. Washington Street. Secretary, Laurence T. Young, 19 South Lancaster Street. CHI CHAPTER, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn. President, N. C. King, Meharry Medical College. Secretary, James M. Bynes, Meharry Medical College. P S I CHAPTER, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. President, Clarence F. Scarborough, Houston Hall, University of Penna. Secretary, Wallace W. Carney, 2131 Master Street. A L P H A - A L P H A CHAPTER, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. President, Herbert Miller, 636 E. 9th Street. Secretary, Ivan McLeod, Care Silas Rhodes, 836 Clinton Street. ALPHA-BETA CHAPTER, Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama. Secretary, E. A. Lanier, Talladega College. ALPHA-GAMMA CHAPTER, Providence, R. I. President, Joseph F. S. Carter, 37 Hope College, Brown University. Secretary, Roscoe E. Lewis, 2 Hope College, Brown University. ALPHA-DELTA CHAPTER, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, President, James W. McGregor, 1735 W. Thirty-fifth Street, Los Angeles, Secretary, Samuel B. Danley, Jr., 502 Garfield Street, Pasadena, Cal. ALPHA-EPSILON CHAPTER, University of California, Oakland, Cal. President, Errol D. Jones, 820 Linden Street, Oakland, Cal. Corresponding Secretarv, David E. Haskell, 1206 Haskell Street, Berkeley, ALPHA-ZETA CHAPTER', West Virginia Collegiate Institute, Institute, W. Va. President, H. Smith Jones, Institute, W. Va. Corresponding Secretary, Alexander Washington, Institute, W. Va. ALPHA-ETA CHAPTER, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. President, Raymond S. Jackson, 69 Dana Street. Secretary, Wm. Matnev, 415 Broadway. A L P H A - T H E T A CHAPTER, State University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. President, Clifford V. Smith, 609 So. Madison Street. Secretary, Eugene F. Bailey, 609 So. Madison Street. ALPHA-IOTA CHAPTER, University of Colorado and Denver University. President, James D. Hines, 608 S. Weber Street, Colorado Springs, Colo. Secretary, Aristide G. Chapman, 2423 Gilpin Street, Denver, Colo. ALPHA-KAPPA CHAPTER, Springfield, Mass. Secretary, Charles S. Stones, 35 Collins Street. ALPHA-MU CHAPTER, Northwestern University, Evanston, 111. President, A. D. Price. Secretary, Fred D. Tordon, P. O. Box 80, Evanston, 111. ALPHA-NU-CHAPTER, State College of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. President, R. B. Atwood. Secretary, Chas. P. Howard, 204 Watrous Block. ALPHA-LAMBDA CHAPTER, Louisville, Ky. President, W. H. Pickett. Secretarv, Rev. Frank Reid. Care L. Lee Brown, 1006 W. Chestnut Street, BETA-LAMBDA CHAPTER, Kansas City, Mo. President, O. D. Pyles, 1201 E. Eighteenth Street, Kansas City, Mo. Secretarv. I. F. Bradlev. 400 Haskell Avenue, Kansas City, Kans. GAMMA-LAMBDA CHAPTER (Detroit College of Law), Detroit, Mich. President, Tohn C. Dancy, 1911 St. Antoine Street. Secretary, H. D. Shaw. 611 E. Columbia Street. DELTA-LAMBDA CHAPTER, Baltimore, Md. President, S. B. Hughes, 1413 Druid Hill Avenue. EPSILON-LAMBDA CHAPTER, St. Louis, Mo. President, David D. Tones, 2846 Pine Street. Secretarv, P. }. Hauser, 2846 Pine Street. ZETA-LAMBDA CHAPTER, Norfolk, Va. President, L. F. Palmer. Secretary, A. D. Manning, 553 Twenty-fifth Street, Newport News, Va. THETA-LAMBDA CHAPTER, Dayton, Ohio. President, O. O. Morris, 430 West Street. Secretary, A. L. Dooley, 818 W. 5th Street. ETA-LAMBDA C H A P T E R (Atlanta University and Morehouse College), Atlanta, Ga. President, Chas. Greene, 315 Fraser Street. Secretary, Jesse P. Gomillion, 275 Magnolia Street. IOTA-LAMBDA CHAPTER (Indiana, Purdue and DePauw Universities and Butler College). â&#x20AC;˘ President, Morris R. Taylor, 450 N. Senate Avenue. Secretary, Oley A. Johnson, 426 Blackford Street.


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