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ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, Inc. GENERAL OFFICERS G e n e r a l President: FRANK L. STANLEY, SR., Box 1558, Louisville Defender, Louisville 1. Ky. W e s t e r n Vice-President: SAMUEL P. DeBOSE, 2671 L a c u e s t a Drive, H o l l y w o o d 46. Calif. S o u t h w e s t Vice-President: J. S. CHANDLER, l l l ' / i South S e c o n d Street, M u s k o g e e . O k l a . M i d w e s t e r n Vice-President: C. ANDERSON DAVIS, 200 Jones Street, Bluefield. W e s t V i r g i n i a E a s t e r n Vice-President: J. RUPERT PICOTT, C l a y Street at Fourth, Richmond 19. Virginia. S o u t h e r n Vice-President: LEWIS O. SWINGLER, 546 Beale A v e n u e . M e m p h i s . T e n n e s s e e . G e n e r a l S e c r e t a r y : JAMES E. HUGER, 4432 South P a r k w a y , C h i c a g o 15. Illinois. G e n e r a l T r e a s u r e r : MEREDITH G. FERGUSON. 925 Eleventh A v e n u e , North, N a s h v i l l e 8. T e n n . Editor-in-Chief, THE SPHINX: W . BARTON BEATTY. JR., Box 352, P h o e b u s . Virginia. Director of E d u c a t i o n a l Activities: WILLIAM H. HALE, Clark College, A t l a n t a , G e o r g i a . G e n e r a l Counsel: BILLY JONES, 342A East B r o a d w a y , East St. Louis, Illinois. Historian: CHARLES H. WESLEY, Central State College, Wilberforce. O h i o . C h a i r m a n , Audit Committee: W . D. HAWKINS, JR., Fisk University, N a s h v i l l e , T e n n e s s e e . C h a i r m a n , Budget Committee: KERMIT J. HALL, 5000 W o o d l a n d A v e n u e , P h i l a d e l p h i a 4 3 . P a . ASSISTANT VICE-PRESIDENTS EASTERN—Frank DeCosta, Jr.. Cook Hall. H o w a r d University, W a s h i n g t o n . D. C. • WESTERN— J a m e s Johnson, 2532 Regent Street. Berkeley, California • SOUTHERN—Clarence E. Branch, Jr., East Dorm, T e n n e s s e e A. a n d I. University. N a s h v i l l e 8, T e n n e s s e e • MIDWESTERN— William A. Lester, Jr., 6918 S. Michigan, C h i c a g o 37, Illinois • SOUTHWESTERN—H. R u d o l p h Sims, Box 9414, S o u t h e r n University, Baton R o u g e , Louisiana. JEWELS H e n r y A. Callis, 2306 E. Street, N. E. W a s h ington, D. C ; G e o r g e B. Kelley, 1 - 1 1 3 t h Street, Troy, N. Y.; N a t h a n i e l A. M u r r a y , 2151 W e s t 21st Street, Los A n g e l e s 18, Calif. OMEGA: C h a r l e s H. C h a p m a n , Robert H. Ogle, Vertner W . T a n d y , E u g e n e Kinckle Jones. CHAIRMEN, STANDING COMMITTEES 50th ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION—Russell N. Service, 585 Michigan Ave.. Buffalo, N. Y. SCHOLARSHIP AND EDUCATION—Dr. William H. H a l e , Clark College, Atlanta, G a . BUDGET—Kermit J. Hall, 5000 W o o d l a n d Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa.

AUDITING—W. D. H a w k i n s , Fisk University N a s h v i l l e , Tenn. PUBLIC POLICY—Dr. C h a r l e s H. W e s l e y . C e n tral State College, Wilberforce. O h i o . GENERAL SECRETARY—Walter H. W i l l i a m s Sr., Box 1549, Jackson, Miss. RECOMMENDATIONS—Dr. Lloyd H. WUliams Sr., 119 N. G r e e n w o o d , Tulsa, O k l a . ELECTIONS—Henry Luke Dickason, Morris t o w n College, Morristown. T e n n . ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS—Tolly H a r ris. 326 North G r e e n w o o d , Tulsa, O k l a . STANDARDS AND EXTENSION—W. A l e x a n d e r Smith, 2537 M a d i s o n Street, G a r y , Ind H O U S I N G — O s c a r C. Brown. 4649 S. C o t t a g e G r o v e Ave., C h i c a g o , 111.

CHAPTER DIRECTORY INTERMEDIATE CHAPTERS 500. OMICRON LAMBDA ALPHA — Walter Doyle, Jr., Box 32, Howard University, Washington 1, D. C.

501. OMICRON LAMBDA BETA—Livy T. Wilson (P), 410 E. Church Street, Champaign, 111.

UNDERGRADUATE CHAPTERS 1. ALPHA—Edwin W. Johnson (P), 206 Linden Avenue, Ithaca, New York. 2. BETA—Samusl L. Banks, 271 Slowe Hall, 1919 3rd Street, Washington, D. C. 3. GAMMA—Claude L. Franklin, Jr., Virginia Union University, Richmond 20, Va. 4. DELTA—Allen R. Prosser, 1609 E. 9th Street, Austin, Tex. 5. EPSILON—Aloysius F. Jones (P), 1015 Catherine St., Ann Arbor, Mich. 6. ZETA—Hamilton D. Smith (S), 17 Ball Road, North Haven, Conn. 7. ETA—Leonard Dawson (S), 938 St. Nicholas Ave., New York 32, N. Y. 8. THETA—William A. Lester, Jr., 6918 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 111. 9. IOTA—Norris Long—1161 Avenue A, N., Atlanta, Ga. 10. KAPPA—Edward Sullivan, 68 East 11th St., Columbus 10, Ohio. MU—Arthur C. Hill (S), 650 Carroll Ave., St. Paul 4, Minn. 12. NU—Lewis Downing (P), Box 222, Lincoln Univ., Lincoln Univ., Penn. 13. XI—Robert L. Pruitt (P), Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio. 14. OMICRON—Robert P. Smith (P), 3046 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh 19, Pa. 15. PI—William Appling, 3014 East 83rd St., Cleveland 4, Ohio. 16. RHO—Turner C. Johnson, 1218 North 59th St., Philadelphia 19. Pa, 17. SIGMA—Leon L. Haley (CS), 76 Copeland St., Roxbury, Mass. 18. TAU—Warren I. Smith, Jr., 1301 W. Clark St., Urbana, 111. 19. UPSILON—Churby C Clowers (S), 1101 Mississippi St., Lawrence, Kans. 20. PHI—Sylvester Davis (P), Ohio University, Athens. Ohio. 21. CHI—T. Wendell Williams, 1222 Jefferson St., Nashville, Tenn. 22. PSI—James McCall (S), 136 Hartter St., Philadelphia 19. Pa. 23. ALPHA ALPHA—John R. Queen (S), 232 Hearne Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio. 24. ALPHA BETA—Mason Davis (P), Talladega College, Talladega, Ala.

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25. ALPHA GAMMA — (Inactive) Providence, R. I. 26. ALPHA DELTA—Alvis Andrews (S), 2116 ft Western Ave.. Los Angeles 18, Calif. 27. ALPHA EPSILON—Bobby Cooper (P), 1104 30th St., Oakland. Calif. 28. ALPHA ZETA—Malcolm Murphy, W. Va. State College, Institute, W. Va. 29. ALPHA ETA—Arthur L. Visor (S), 2615 Pendleton Ave.. St. Louis. Mo. 30. ALPHA THETA—(Inactive), Iowa City, la. 31 ALPHA IOTA—Glen C. Harris (P), 2717 Lafayette St., Denver 5, Colo. 31 ALPHA KAPPA—(Inactive) Springfield, Mass. ' ALPHA MU—Charles M. Smith (S), 2142 **• Dewey Ave., Evanston, 111. ALPHA NU—(Inactive) Dcs Moines, la. 34. ALPHA XI—Cleophus W. Miller, 531 26th 35. Ave., Seattle 22, Wash. 36. ALPHA OMICRON—Felix Bagby, Johnson C. Smith Univ., Charlotte 8, N. C. 37. ALPHA PI—Melvin E. Talbott (P), 522 E. Kentucky, Louisville, Ky. 38. ALPHA RHO—W. T. Barnes, Jr., Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. 39. ALPHA SIGMA—Lem Davis, Jr. (P), Wiley College, Marshall, Tex. 40. ALPHA TAU—E. Bruce Tate (S), 80 W. Center St., Akron 8, Ohio. 41. ALPHA UPSILON—Billy Patton, 5744 Iroquois, Detroit 13, Mich. 42. ALPHA PHI—Cornelius Henderson, Clark College, Atlanta, Ga. 43. ALPHA CHI—Richard ThorneU, Box 453, Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn. 44. ALPHA PSI—George W. Enslow (S), Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo. 45. BETA ALPHA—John Collins, Morgan State College, Baltimore 12, Md. 46. BETA BETA—Maurice L. Russell (S), 1971 S St., Lincoln, Neb. 47. BETA GAMMA—James L. Hall (S), Box 2105, Va. State College, Petersburg, Va. 48. BETA DELTA—Cleveland Smith, Box 248, State College, Orangeburg, S. C. 49. BETA EPSILON—Gilbert Caldwell (P), A. and T. College, Greensboro, N. C.

SPHINX STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF W . Barton Beatty. Jr. ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITORS J a m e s E. H u g e r , Leroy Jefferies Kermit Hall FUN EDITOR O . Wilson Winters EDITORIAL ASSISTANT—Milton S. J. W r i g h t . ASSISTANTS—Hugh M. Gloster. T h o m a s W . Y o u n g . W . W e s l e y Whetstone. J. S a u n d e r s Redding. F r a n k L. S t a n l e y . Robert F. Custis. STAFF EDITORS—Samusl P. DeBose. J. S. C h a n d l e r . J. Ruperl Picott. Lewis O . Swingler. C. A n d e r s o n D a v i s . John Hope Franklin, Alonzo G. Moron. R a m o n S c r u g g s , Theodore Tatum. S t e p h e n J. Wright. C h a r l e s V. Willie. CONTRIBUTING EDITORS—Archibald J. C a r e y , J. M. Ellison. Felton G. Clark. M les G r a h a m , F.ayford L o g a n , Belford L a w s o n . W a y m a n W a r d , Rufus A t w o o d . C h a r l e s F. L a n e . John Simm o n s . Robert J. A n t h o n y . O s c a r C. Brown, William H. H a l e .

50. BETA ZETA—Albert A. Greenlee (P), State Teachers College, Elizabeth, N. C. 51. BETA ETA—Douglas Kelly (S), 318 East Oak St., Carbondale, 111. 52. BETA THETA—Sylvester Rudder (P), Bluefi.-ld State College. Bluefield, W. Va. 53. BETA IOTA—Lawrence Hauser (P), Teachers College, Winston-Salem, N. C. 54. BETA KAPPA—Edward Sanders (S), P. O. Box 151, Langston U., Langston, Okla. 55. BETA MU—William M. Clark. Kentucky State College, Frankfort. Ky. 56. BETA NU—Samuel Washington (S), Fla. A. and M. University. Tallahassee, Fla. 57. BETA XI—William J. Hawkins, 344 W. Person Ave., Memphis, Tenn. 58. BETA OMICRON—Virgil V. McGee, Tenn. A. and I. State Univ., Nashville, Tenn. 59. BETA PI—Claude W. Malone, Box 26, Lane College, Jackson. Tenn. 60. BETA RHO—Johnnie E. Burke (S), Shaw University. Raleigh, N. C. 61. BETA SIGMA—Bruce Gill (P), Southern University, Baton Rouge, La. 62. BETA TAU—(Inactive) New Orleans. La. 63. BETA UPSILON—Herman C. Morris (S), Ala. State College, Montgomery, Ala. 64. BETA PHI—Louis H. Roberts (S), Dillard University, New Orleans. La. 65. BETA CHI—Herbert Thompson (S), Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark. 66. BETA PSI—(Inactive) Portland, Oregon. 67. GAMMA ALPHA—Louis D. Hicks, Texas College, Tyler, Tex. 68. GAMMA BETA—John Royster (S), N. C. College, Durham. N. C. 69. GAMMA GAMMA—Fred Talbot (P), Allen University, Columbia, S. C. 78. GAMMA NU—Leon Cooper (DP), Nittany P. O. Box 145. State College. Pa. 70. GAMMA DELTA—Vernon Webb, A. M. and N. College, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71. GAMMA EPSILON — (Inactive) Madison, Wis. 72. GAMMA ZETA—Robert C. Dixon (S), Ft. Valley State College, Ft. Valley, Ga. 73. GAMMA ETA—Odis Cargill (P), Box 198, MRC—Ind. Univ., Bloomington, Ind. 74. GAMMA THETA—John E. Moore (P), 1331 Swisher Ave., Dayton 8, Ohio. 75. GAMMA IOTA—William Moss, P. O. Box 63, Hampton Institute, Va. 76. GAMMA KAPPA—Robert A. Bethune (S), 308 Kappa Ave., Birmingham, Ala. 77. GAMMA MU—Smith Turner. Jr. (S), Livingston College, Salisbury. N. C. 79. GAMMA XI—William Johnson, 2116 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 80. GAMMA OMICRON—Charlie Williams (VP), Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn. 81. GAMMA PI—Darwin M. Johnson (S), Benedict College. Columbia, S. C. 82. GAMMA RHO—Donald D. Masse (CS), 35 North 25th St., Lafavette. Ind. 83. GAMMA SIGMA—Carroll A. Belt (S), Delaware State College, Dover, Del.

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GENERAL OFFICERS BROTHER FRANK L. STANLEY 3 * ~ General President, Louisville. Kentucky







Left to right: Brothers Samuel P. DeBose, Western Vice-President. Hollywood. California; J. S. Chandler. Southwest Vice-President, Muskogee, Oklahoma: C. Anderson Davis, Mid-West Vice-President, Bluefield. West Virginia; J. Rupert Picott, Eastern Vice-President, Richmond, Virginia; Lewis O. Swingler, Southern Vice-President. Memphis. Tennessee; James E. Huger, General Secretary, Chicago, 111.


WESLEY JONES HALE FERGUSON Left to right: Brothers Meredith G. Ferguson, General Treasu rer, Nashville. Tenn.; William H. Hale. Director, Office of Educational Activities, Nashville. Tenn.; Billy Jones. Gener al Counsel. East St. Louis, 111.; Charles H. Wesley, Past General President; Historian. Wilberforce, Ohio, and W. B arton Beatty, Editor of the Sphinx. Cleveland. Ohio.






Left to right: Brothers W. D. Hawkins. Jr., Chairman, Auditing Committee. Nashville, Tennessee; Kermit T. Hall. Chairman. Budget Committee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; James C. Johnson, Western Assistant Vice-President, Berkeley, California; H. Rudolph Sims, Southwest Assistant Vice-President, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; William A. Lester, Jr., Midw est Assistant Vice-President, Chicago, Illinois; Clarence Branch, Jr., Southern Assistant Vice-President, Nashville, Tennessee.









Incorporated NUMBER 3

AUGUST, 1956

Csditorial A L P H A P H I A L P H A 1905-1956: F I F T Y Y E A R S OF P R O G R E S S .CCORDING to a recent statement by Brother Horace G. Dawson, Jr. regarding our first fifty years, "When those seven Negroes got together at Cornell University back in 1906, they wanted only to provide for themselves the fellowship that the white organizations on the campus denied them. They had no idea of destiny. In fact, even some among them were anxious lest their motives be misunderstood. And they were aware of those who doubted the Negro's ability to sustain an organization whose principal aim was scholarship. Nevertheless, Henry A. Callis, George B. Kelley, Nathaniel A. Murray, Charles H. Chapman, Robert H. Ogle, Vertner W. Tandy and Eugene Kinckle Jones organized the first Greek letter fraternal organization among Negroes. That was fifty years ago this year." He further states, "In 1956, as the fraternal group celebrates its semi-centennial, Alpha Phi Alpha can look back over a half century of remarkable progress. In terms of numbers the group has increased from one chapter to more than 250 chapters on most of the major college campuses in the United States, from seven members to well over 16,000, from a strictly Negro organization to the first to extend its fellowship to all regardless of race. More than this, however, is the tremendous influence for good the Fraternity has made on Negro college and civic life. Wherever Alpha Phi Alpha has been established, standards of scholarship and purposeful performance have soared. And Alpha men have been from the beginning the symbol of the best that the race, that America itself, has to offer." Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has served as a beacon light to undergraduates in many colleges and universities over the land. The undergraduates contributions to the college campus life has been outstanding with scholarship as the guiding force. The influence of undergraduate brothers has kept alive the spirit of our noble Fraternity. As we look forward after the pilgrimage to the campus of Cornell University let us ever be mindful of the great need for leadership and participating citizens who will hold high our symbol during the next half century.

About Our Cover The August issue of the Sphinx Magazine is dedicated to the founders of our Fraternity. We honor particularly on this occasion our three living Jewels, Henry A. Callis, George B. Kelley, and Nathaniel A. Murray. Therefore a building on the campus of Cornell University where our first chapter "saw the light of d a y " symbolizes a relationship that has grown from seven brothers to approximately 16,000 brothers. We shall walk by this site on August 11 with our living Jewels guiding the way as they did in 1906.

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General Officers Editorial T h e Alpha Chronicle of 50 Years By Dr. Charles 11. II T h e Founders The Future Is Ours By Brother frank L. Stanley Jewel Brother Murray Speaks Jewel Brother George B. Kelev Speaks 'Eternal Vigilance' Called For by Jewel Henry A. Callis T h e Genera) Secretary's Office - After 50 Years By Brother James A. Huger Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Salutes Life Members rhc Presidency of Alpha Phi Alpha Through lis l-iisi l i l i \ Years By Brother Henry Lake Diikason How Sound Is the Alpha Phi Alpha Program? lly I)i. Howard Long Alpha Phi Alpha - After 50 Years By Brother Aaron Brown Norfolk Grad Chaptci Much Alive, 33 Strong Beta Upsilon Marks 20th Year Program — 50th Anniversary Celebration Tribute Paid Connecticut Brother By Brother Everett E. Lawrence M a n of Year' Honored By Brother Eirkus Bailes Fraternity Fun By Dr. O. Wilson Winters Greekdom — Retrospect and Prospect By George W. Gore, Jr. Arthur D. Shores 'Crusader Champion of Civil Rights".. By Brother W. Easley Whetstone Undergraduate Comments On Our First Half Century... By Brother Clarence E. Branch, Jr. The Future of the College Sorority and Fraternity By Brother Rayford Logan City Church Federation F.lects First Negro Leader Privately Endowed Colleges Important Bx Brother William S. Carlson T h e SPHINX — Our Fraternal Journal By Brother Raymond II'. Cannon

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Five Decades of Glorious Service March By In Glorious Succession — 1906-1956

THE ALPHA CHRONICLE OF 50 YEARS By DR. CHARLES H. WESLEY President, Central State College. Historian and Past General President PROLOGUE WILBERFORCE, O h i o - T h e organization of Greek Letter Fraternities among college men in the United States has been one of the inevitable results of the development of the extra-curricula activities of college life. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was an outgrowth of this historical background. With its origins at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, this fraternity has grown through fifty years into one of the largest and most comprehensive American Fraternities. There were college men at Cornell University in the dawn of the Twentieth Century, who were associated with the sources of American fraternity practices in this institution and were also isolated as a group from other American students. Accordingly, they were among the first to feel the pressing need of the close acquaintance, the companionship and the cooperation which other students seemed to receive from their fraternities. In response to this need, a fraternity was developed upon this historical foundation. While the founders of the organization were persons of color, who lived under proscription and racial difference, they also realized that there were other Americans who suffered from class, caste, and restriction. As a result of these backgrounds they endeavored to advance and to improve their status through organization and to place themselves in position to be of help to others. These students were also self-supporting and their resources were limited, and if membership in the university fraternal associations had been permissible, it is probable that advantage could have not been taken of the opportunity. Eight of these students were registered in the undergraduate schools of the university: Messrs. Henry A. Callis, Vertner W. Tandy, George B. Kelley, Charles Henry Chapman, Nathaniel A. Murray, Robert H. Ogle, Morgan T . Phillips and George Tompkins. Another, C. C. Poindexter, of more maturity than the others, was registered in the PAGE 4

• " r T ! College of Agriculture as a graduate student. Two motives were operating in the minds of these students at this period, and it is interesting to note that these motives, although at first thought to be antagonistic, have been present and active at subsequent periods in the history of the General Organization and of many individual chapters of the fraternity. These motives have struggled one against the other throughout the history of the fraternity. First the one and then the other gained the ascendency, and it is this experience which has brought about the historical situation in which the existence of both motives were completely realized within the same organization. One of these motives was the desire to establish a social and literary organization for group advancement. The other was to organize a fraternity, similar in type to some one of the other college fraternities. These motives were so mixed that one of this group looking back upon this period of uncertainty was led to comment briefly, "With our inexperienced minds and with no capital to draw on, we did not know which way to turn." This indecision was rapidly resolved and out of it there have come five major developments in significant periods in the history of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. There were overlappings and continuations of each program and no one of them was ever abandoned entirely nor superseded by the other. These developments were parallel but they were emphasized more completely in one period than in the other. However, as one river empties itself into another and blends its water with the other and it becomes difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins, so these programs have been intertwined and have been without termination. Organization The organization of the fraternity grew out of a Social Study Club in the autumn of the academic year, 1905-1906. T h e first meetings were called by C. C. Poindexter and led

to the formation of the Social Study Club at his lodging, 421 North Albany Street, Ithaca, New York. Other meetings were held during the year with the project for the formation of a fraternity dormant in the minds of the majority of the group while the idea of the social study club with education as its major purpose flourished. The program of studies dealt with the educational phases of American life and the restriction and the limitation placed upon minority groups. In the following year, 1906-1907, the organization of a fraternity took more: definite form and the developing fraternal sentiment was crystallized into action. A special meeting of the social study club was called on October 16, 1906, with C. C. Poindexter as President and H. A. Callis as Secretary, during which new members were considered and among those who were discussed for membership were Eugene Kinckle Jones and James H. Morton, although the latter was not registered in the university at the time. A second meeting on October 23, 1906 witnessed the selection of the name of the organization. H. A. Callis and Eugene Kinckle Jones who had been students of Greek worked out the proposal that the Greek letters, Alpha Phi Alpha be used as the name of the organization and Robert H. Ogle proposed the fraternity colors. The first initiation banquet was held on October 30, 1906, at the Masonic Hall and on December 4, 1906, with Mr. Callis as Secretary and Mr. Kelley as Chairman, letters of resignations were read from the former Chairman, C. C. Poindexter and George Tompkins. It was at this meeting that the decision was made to establish a fraternity and by majority vote the Social Study Club became a Fraternity. This was Founders Day for a Fraternity with a Social Purpose. This was not to be a fraternity of the traditional old line types with class clannishness and separateness as its superior claims. The original seven, the Seven THE SPHINX

"Jewels" of the Fraternity who were its founders were: George B. Kelley, Henry A. Callis, Charles H. Chapman, Nathaniel A. Murray, Vertner W. Tandy, Robert H. Ogle and Eugene Kinckle Jones. These men had no encouragement from others of fraternal mind who would recognize them as their "brothers", but on the contrary, they were misunderstood and discounted by many of their collegemates who opposed fraternities as a whole and who were not able to see in this early period in collegiate education any worthy place for a Greek-letter fraternity of this type. However, these Seven, through patience, sacrifice, brotherly love and unabating interest and loyalty continued their projects in the regular meetings of 1905, 1906 and 1907, during which the reports of the committees. individual plans and suggestions were consolidated into the permanent features of the present organization. The results of the efforts of these pioneers are noted today in the extensive national and international organization known widely as the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. I. Higher Education Higher education continued to be one of the topics of interest. For instance, at the Second Annual Banquet on October 26, 1907, such topics were presented by members of the Fraternity as "What Does College Life Mean?" and "The Possibilities of the College Man." At the same time, the meetings were occupied with the details of organization such as the constitution, the ritual pins, and shingles, and the incorporation of the fraternity which was recorded in the Office of the Secretary of the State of New York on January 29, 1908, also occupied much of the attention of the membership. Emphasis and recognition of the standards of higher education were continuously noted in the period of first expansion when new chapters were established. The founders were desirous of establishing chapters only in accredited institutions with recognized curricula. From Alpha Chapter at Cornell University there was the rapid development into chapters only at institutions recognized by accrediting bodies. This was an indication during the first two decades of trends not only of interest in the expansion of a college fraternity but also of emphasis and appreciation of standards of higher education. These trends were to continue through succeeding decades and the emphasis on education was continuous throughout this period. There were also historical mileAUGUST, 1956

stones in this period which have marked significance. There was the adoption of the Fraternity's Shield, designed by James A. Dunn in 1911; the incorporation of the fraternity under the laws of the District of Columbia in 1912; the first issue of the Sphinx in February, 1914; the beginning of the use of the slogan "Alpha Phi Alpha For Life" in 1916; and the activities of Alpha Men in the launching of the first Training Camp for Negro Officers at Fort DeMoines in 1917 and in World War I. This program was in operation through main project during the General Presidencies of Moses Melvin Morrison (Beta), 1909; Roscoe C. Giles (Alpha), 1910; Frederick Miller (Epsilon), 1911; Charles H. Garvin (Beta), 1912, 1913; Henry L. Dickason (Kappa), 1914; Henry A. Callis (Beta), 1915: Howard H. Long (Beta). 1916: W. A. Pollard (Beta), 1917 and 1918; and Daniel D. Fowler (Pi), 1919. II. Go-To-High School - GoTo-College The second period began in 1920 and was concerned with the development of the "Go-To-High School — Go-To-College" program. This was the first definite and constructive program with a specific objective. While this second period of the Fraternity's History, the Go-To-High School — Go-To-College movement was associated with the second decade of the Twentieth Century and subsequenl decadeh, its origins reached back into the first period. In 1911 Alpha Chapter requested one of its committees to present plans for "Inducing Students to Come to Higher Institutions of Learning" and in 1916 General President Howard H. Long recommended t h a t "Education" should be the leading aim of the Fraternity. However, it was at the 1919 General Convention in Chicago that this movement was approved and in 1920 the campaign known as Go-To-High School — Go-To-College Campaign was inaugurated.. Within a year the chapters were called upon to reach every high school, either by personal contact or with literature, in connection with this program and in 1923 General President S. S. Booker urged that one thousand homes should be reached with the message and one million youths should be inspired to stay in school. This message was greatly needed, for when the first survey of Negro Education was made under the authorization of the U. S. Bureau of Education in 1916, it was reported that, "in view of the frequency of the terms academy, and college, and even university in the

name of the private institution, it is important to note that only 13.7 per cent of the pupils are of secondary grade and less than 2 per cent are in college and professional subjects." At the same time, there were milestones marking the historical advance of the fraternity which included the adoption in 1921 of the Alpha Phi Alpha Hymn with words by A. L. Simpson and music by John R. Erby; the adoption of plans for the award of Scholarships and Fellowships in connection with the Go-To-High School—Go-To-College movement; a first gift of $100.00 to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1923; the announcement of the establishment of the 85th Chapter of the Fraternity in 1929; and of the publication of the Fraternity's History in its first edition of 294 pages in 1929; and in the same year the adoption of the designation of "Jewels" for the founders. T h e leadership in the General Presidency in this period included, S. S. Booker (Delta Lambda), 1921, 1922 and 1923; Ravmond W. Cannon (Mu), 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1927 and B. Andrew Rose, (Theta Lambda), 1928 and 1929. III. Education For Citizenship T h e third period witnessed the launching of the program of "Education For Citizenship." A campaign of education which would affect participation in citizenship was planned to be conducted so that larger numbers would become acquainted with their rights and their duties as citizens and acquire the determination to make use of them. This program was initiated at the 26th Convention at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1933. This was the period of the Depression and the leaders of the fraternity had decided that there must be "Advancement in spite of the Depression." It was proposed to make the people of the country who could be reached by the message into "The Citizen-Minded" just as the attempt had been made to make them "EducationMinded" by the earlier campaign. In the meantime, all three programs of education were to go forward under the organization of the Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation. The question had been repeatedly asked whether the fraternity had outgrown its first or its second movements. The points had been made that the schools and colleges were then crowded, and that the educational campaign had to be adjusted to this new condition. This reconstruction was to be carried on under the foundation which had a board of seven members, the Chair(Continued on Page 7) PAGE 5














The Alpha Chronicle (Continued from Page 5) man being the Director of Education. Thirty-seven brothers s u b s c r i b e d $100.00 each toward the beginning of the service of the Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation. The General President who was actively in the leadership during this period was Charles H. Wesley, (Mu Lambda), 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, and 1940. Significant historical accomplishments included the adoption of a Fraternity Prayer in which A. Wayman Ward was prominent; the approval of the establishment of a chapter in London, England; the establishment of a committee on Public Policy in order to provide a representative body which could voice the views of the General Organization on the issues of the national life in which the interests of Negro citizens were involved and the members of this commission included General President Charles H. Wesley, Howard H. Long, Rayford W. Logan, Charles H. Houston, B. Andrew Rose and Henry J. Richardson; the holding of the first Special Convention in August, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois; the approval of a Life Membership in the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History; and a contribution to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People which was to celebrate its 25th Anniversary: the report that by the close of 1935 the Fraternity had undertaken the purchase of $10,000.00 in government securities; the death of the first "Jewel" Founder, Charles Henry Chapman in 1934—the first break in the link of the chains which for more than two decades had kept together the founders of the Fraternity; the award of Fellowships for Research by the Alpha Phi Alpha Educational Foundation in 1934-1935; the publication of the reports of General President Wesley in a single volume; the recommendation and elimination in 1940 of the use of the word "Negro" in the membership clause of the Constitution. IV. The Unity of Peoples In A New World Order The fourth period began in 1941, with the program for the unity of peoples and particular peoples of color in the creation of a new world order. This program was undertaken in the 29th General Convention with the theme, "The Negro in the New World Order." It was prosecuted in various ways by the General Organization and the chapters and was AUGUST, 1956

aided by the currents leading to and growing out of World War II, the etablishment of the United Nations and the studies of the social scientists on race and color. The historical milestones in this period included: the initiation of the admission of Donald G. Murray, first Negro applicant to the University of Maryland; participation in the Lloyd Gaines Case in Missouri; the special investigation and publication of the results of the operations of New Deal Agencies in relation to the Negro population; the use of the slogan, "A Voteless People is a Hopeless People"; the incorporation of the Foundation Publishers as the publishing agency of the Fraternity; the inauguration of Life Memberships; the appointment of a Committee on Employment Opportunities for Negroes and a National Housing Commission; the adoption of a new convention election plan; participation in World War II; the processing and completion of the Henderson Case involving Dining Car segregation; the appointment of a committee on establishing the Office of the Executive Secretary; the initiation and address of Norman M. Manly of the Peoples Party, Jamaica, British West Indies: the adoption of a Student Loan Fund; the publication of Logan's Alpha Phi Alpha and the Post-War World—A Primer. These events occured during the General Presidency of Rayford W. Logan, (Mu Lambda), 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945. V. Militant Liberalism and Progressive Action The fifth period of the Fraternity's History was characterized by a militant liberalism and a progressive action which have continued through 1956. The program was announced in the Convention of 1946 with the slogans, "Life is Enriched by Couraeous Action and Scholarship" and "Forward With Alpha". It was under the leadership of these developments that the Fraternity continued its advancement. The significant events in this period embraced: emphasis upon World Brotherhood on the basis of action; an active struggle for Civil Rights and the extension of the suffrage; cooperation in activity with the NAACP in the Sweatt's Case in Texas; the continuation of the Henderson Case to a victorious conclusion; the organization and cooperation with the American Council on Human Rights; the second Tri-Convention in Kansas City, Missouri;

the planning for a Convention of six fraternities and sororities at Cleveland, Ohio; the re-study of the organizational structure of the fraternity; the plans for the 50th Anniversary at Cornell University; the creation of the Little Sphinx; the election of the General President by mailed ballot; emphasis upon human relations. racial integration and the publication of the brochure Next Steps In School Integration; the establishment of Convention Workshops; the Alpha Award of Honor and the Alpha Award of Merit; the election of James E. Huger as General Secretary; the purchase and establishment of the National Headquarters Building in Chicago; the determination of the Seventh Jewel Founder; the election of undergraduates as Assistant Vice-Presidents and the planning for the Golden Anniversary. These events occurred under the General Presidencies of Belford V. Lawson. Jr., (Mu Lambda), 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951; A. Maceo Smith, (Alpha Sigma Lambda), 1952, 1953, and 1954; and Frank L. Stanley, (Alpha Lambda), 1955 and 1956. Many names are not called who were heroes in the struggles to establish these programs of action. They were General Officers, Delegates to Conventions and Chapter Members. They are among the unnamed and the unsung in this chronological record of men and things, but their deeds live after them and go marching on in history. This fiftieth anniversary year is dedicated to the commemoration of all the works of courageous brothers, the founders and benefactors of the fraternity and the call to memory in gratitude of their unselfish service. Alpha Phi Alpha takes pride in its 50 years of the making of men and of the nation in these five decades of organized endeavor under accepted and adopted social programs. These programs were more than slogans of words. They were concepts but they were also challenges which pointed toward practical objectives. Without them, the meaning and value of their reality to the fraternity and to those it served would have been impossible. We salute the brothers who have contributed to this Fifty Year Period and these Eve projects of social challenge. and we urge all brothers to rededicate themselves to build even more worthily in the years ahead. Our historical chronicle is the foundation for the acceptance of the challenges ahead and the basis for the corrections of the weaknesses of the past. In this spirit, we face the future! PAGE 7






THE FUTURE IS OURS By B R O T H E R FRANK L. STANLEY President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

The occasion of a 50th Anniversary is one of endless inspiration when we recall the true spirit of our founders who had the courage to forge ahead and create reality out of their dreams. It is the time to hold dear in our memory the fact that in 1906 our founders banded themselves together to lay the fraternal foundation for a finer cultural life so that we, an underprivileged group, with complex problems might take our place in the vanguard of civilization. The ideals around which they built our great fraternity are as noble and inspiring today as they were fifty years ago. The continuing task is to give new meaning and life to the concept: First of all Servants of all We shall transcend all. And yet, as we pay reverent respect to the great tradition of our fraternity and pause to glance backward at our record, we are challenged as never before to meet our responsibilities of the future; to capitalize to an ever greater degree on the opportunities that lie ahead in the next half century, which

is destined to be the most momentous period in American democracy. R. S. McArthur reminds us that "men seldom die of hard work. Activity is God's medicine. The highest genius is willingness to do hard work." Walt Whitman once pictured the most serviceable Americans in these inspiring words: "The Genius of America is most evident in the common people. Their manners, their dress, their friendship —their deathless attachment to freedom; their aversion to anything indecorous or soft or mean; the fierceness of their roused resentment; their susceptibility to a slight and . . . their good temper and open handedness." I like to think that both McArthur and Whitman had Alpha men in mind when they wrote these immortal lines, If we would live up to these high qualifications, we will have to look beyond yesterday and tomorrow and see not alone what we are, but what we are meant to be. We must determine anew our role in the new world situations that are ours in this highly complex age of change. We live in one of the most swiftly moving centuries of all times •— one

that provides countless mighty mountain tops of human progress to be climbed. Never in history have opportunities for service been so vast. Never before have we been better prepared individually and collectively to create new and lasting frontiers and never has our future been so promising. Let us be forever reminded as we stand on the threshold of a new era full of promise for a more abundant life that this position has been achieved only through vision, courage, sacrifice and intelligent group action. One of the most important aspects of our brotherhood is there has always been a combination of historical continuity with the past and sense of pioneering in the new. This is our challenge today as we seek to project our next fifty years and justify our existence. History is insistent upon our meeting this challenge as college men who would be forever true to their rich heritage and who would make a lasting contribution to mankind. The renown George Bernard Shaw once said "Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." Brothers, seven candles were lighted for us at Ithaca fifty years ago. Keep them burning ever more brilliantly in the years ahead with noble deeds, high service and deep devotion to the cause of human dignity. In this our golden year, our finest hour, I implore you to make Alpha truly the light of the world.

Congratulations to Fiftieth Anniversary Leaders 1

BROTHER RUSSELL N. SERVICE Secretary. Rho Lambda Chapter, General Chairman. Fiftieth Anniversary Committee.


BROTHER G. ALEX GALVIN Chairman. Cornell Pilgrimage Committee

MRS. ALFRED D. PRICE President. Buffalo Alpha Wives Auxiliary

BROTHER S. CALVIN JOHNSON President of the Buffalo Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha


LOS ANGELES, Cal.-In the fall of 1905, the speaker registered as a special student in the College of Agriculture located at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Fourteen other students registered at the same time as follows: Four from Washington, D. C. including the speaker; two other males Robert H. Ogle, Fred Morgan Phillip, also two females from Washington, D. C , namely Fannie Holland and Flaxie Holcosbe, four males and one female came from New York State; namely, George B. Kelley, Arthur Callis, James Thomas, Gordon Jones and Paul Ray, one male Eugene K. Jones and other female, namely Mary Vassar, came from Virginia, one male Vertner Tandy from Kentucky and one male C. H. Chapman from Florida. These fifteen students formed the nucleus of the Social Study Club called together by Mr. C. C. Poindexter, a graduate student in Agriculture. His idea was to have some form of social contacts for these fifteen students so that they could enjoy being together and break the monotony of much study and having nothing in the form of a social gathering to look forward to. We met every two weeks, the first meeting taking place where Mr. Poindexter roomed, namely, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Newton of 421 North Albany Street, Ithaca, New York. We enjoyed very much these biweekly social gatherings. A few of us who waited tables for our board as student waiters at the several white fraternities began to think about organizing a Negro fraternity patterned after the fraternity where we worked. When Mr. Poindexter was told of our plans he said we had no background to follow and therefore used every form of argument he could think of to discourage the idea of a Negro fraternity. Finally after much dilly dallying, seven of the original twelve men who registered in 1905 met in Room 357, Cascadella Dormitory. This room which was occupied by J. A. Murray was part of a suite of rooms used by an emeritus teacher of Zoology, Dr. Bird G. Wade and his family. When your speaker called a meetAUGUST, 1956

ing of those interested in the founding of a Negro fraternity at Cornell to meet with him seven men responded. When I made a motion that we will decide tonight whether to continue as a Social Study Club under Mr. Poindexter's guidance or begin to organize a fraternity among ourselves, deceased Brother Robert H. Dale seconded my motion. The raised hands were counted we found seven men agreed unanimously to begin to organize among ourselves a Negro fraternity. When the news that the colored men at Cornell were planning to have a Negro fraternity the colored residents, particularly those who worked as janitors in the various white fraternities at Cornell offered to aid us financially to get a charter or in any way help was needed. That charter was finally obtained by Brother George B. Kelley, Decem-

ber 6, 1906, at a cost of $25.00 a figure that surprised us all. From December 4, 1906 the date of the issuance of the Charter every effort on the part of friends and sympathizers was put forward to have a real Negro fraternity. The name Alpha Phi Alpha was suggested by Brother H. A. Callis a former student of the Greek language. The pin design was the result of the manifold efforts of deceased Brother Vertner Tandy a student of Architecture. Thus we see that from a small nucleus of men, Alpha Phi Alpha besides being the First Negro Fraternity to organize among college men has grown by leaps and bounds to be the leading Negro College Fraternity with memberships throughout the world. The speaker feels highly honored to be able to return to his Alma Mater after an absence of 50 years.

HOTFL STATLER, BUFFALO. N. Y.—Headquarters for the 50th Anniversary Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha. August 7-11. 1956. All sessions of the convention will be held in the hotel along with many of the social events.


Jewel Brother George B. Kelley Speaks TROY, N. Y.-In 1956, fifty years after the founding of Alpha Phi Alpha at Cornell, many are saying what type of men were the Jewels. These seven young men who founded the fraternity were like other young men in college. Perhaps they had a deeper feeling of their obligation to God, family and race because of existing conditions than seven other youths would have had under the same conditions. They had come to Cornell for higher learning and were eager to obtain this preparation for the future not as young Negroes set apart, but as seven of a group which wished to prepare for a fuller life and also to uphold the dignity of the race as to scholarship and behavior. These were very necessary at a University the size of Cornell in 1906. Prior to 1905 it was the custom of many Negro boys who entered Cornell to bust out after the first or second semester. T\i'u was &ae 'laigeYy to the difficulty of young Negroes to adjust themselves to study at a large University and to enter into other activities of college life such as were opened to them. The year 1906 was only 43 years removed from the freedom of our ancestors. No doubt this feeling of do or die was the binding influence which was in our thoughts in the autumn of 1905 when several of us gathered one afternoon to talk and become acquainted under a large elm tree on the campus. Three of our group, Jewels Chapman, Murray and Ogle were students in the College of Agriculture; Jewel Tandy was a student in the college of Architecture, Jewel E. K. Jones started in the school of Civil engineering, and after one successful year, shifted to studies for his Masters Degree in liberal arts. Jewel Callis was a student in the college of Liberal Arts and Jewel Kelley was matriculated in the school of Civil EngineerFrom that campus meeting late in September there sprang a feeling of comradeship which surrounded the Jewels all during their college life. If one had an asset needed by another Jewel, it was always freely loaned to him. The writer of this article rememPAGE 10

bers feelingly how this spirit worked to his benefit. After his graduation he was employed as an Engineer with the State of N. Y. and was located in Little Falls, N. Y. He had made an engagement for a matinee one Saturday afternoon with a young lady of that small city. The matinee was in Utica, about 20 miles distant. He had engaged his tickets to be held at the Box Office. As the day drew nearer for the matinee he realized that he was out of money due to a hold up in the State Pay Roll. Two days before the matinee he telegraphed to one of his Jewel brothers, still at Cornell and the next day his needed money was sent by telegraph. That was the feeling that prevailed among the Jewels. It might be well to know how the Jewels used their training at Cornell to combat the world. Jewels Charles Chapman and Nathaniel Murray became teachers in the Field oi Agriculture". jewel Chapman taught many years in Florida and was a teacher at the Florida A. and M. College at the time of his death. Jewel Murray taught in sev eral of our Negro schools and later be

came a teacher in one of the high schools of Washington, D. C. He is now retired after many years of teaching in Agriculture. Jewel Robert Ogle turned to politics and was for many years confidential clerk for a western U. S. Senator. He was also a National Officer in the B.P.O.E. Jewel Vertner Tandy located in New York city after leaving Cornell. He successfully practiced his profession of Architecture and maintained his own office. Among the large structures supervised by him was St. Philips P. E. Church. He also built two large residences for the late Madame Walker and many other structures in and around New York City. Jewel Henry Callis after his graduation from Cornell went farther in the field of learning and become an M.D. He is now a very successful and well known heart specialist in Washington, D. C. Jewel Kinckle Jones after receiving his Masters Degree became a teacher in the high school in Louisville, Ky. Then he became interested in the (Continued on Page 59)

'Eternal Vigilance' Called For By Jewel Henry A. Callis Our Fiftieth Anniversary celebra' tion loses its significance unless, like Janus, we look both backward and forward. T o cover a half century in a few minutes requires the insight of a genius. In 1906 three thousand lynchings had occurred in a quarter-century. Disfranchisement was law in onethird of the states. Separate but unequal had become entrenched practice throughout the Nation. T h e Niagara Manifesto, demanding full manhood rights under the Constitution for all Americans, was heresy. Today, we stand on the threshold of a new democracy. Many unsung souls have sacrificed themselves in the unrelenting struggle which Frederick Douglass foresaw when he said,

"Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will." What are the dangers ahead in the next half-century? They are not new. Success and prosperity breed selfishness and indifference. These vices undermine the free society that spawns them. Eternal vigilance remains still the price of liberty. Freedom for one's self cannot be divorced from responsibility for one's fellows. Nor is freedom divisible. There is not one freedom for thought, another for speaking, another for reading, another for association and yet another for travel. As citizens our obligation is to guard jealously, complete freedom for all Americans. Only this vigilance will keep America strong and keep us free. THE SPHINX




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CHICAGO, I l l . - T h e office of General Secretary was established at the first General Convention in 1908 with Brother S. S. Booker of Gamma Chapter being elected and serving for four years, 1909-1910-1918. Brother Charles H. Garvin served 1911; Brother Joseph R. Fergett, 1912; Brother H. L. Dickason, 1913; Brother Roscoe W. Ross, 1914; Brother Howard N. Long, 1915; Brother George P. Hinton, 1916-1917; Brother Numa P. G. Adams, 1919; Brother Norman L. McGhee 1920-1925; Brother Joseph H. B. Evans, 1926-1945. He was General Secretary longer than any other brother. Brother Burt A. Mayberry 1946-1947. 1948 was the turning point in the history of the Office of General Secretary for at the 33rd General Convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma Brother Bennie D. Brown was elected the first full time Secretary with headquarters at 3456 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois. Brother Brown served from 1948 to 1951 at the 37th General Convention in Berkeley, California at which time Brother James E. Huger was elected. With the advent of the full time General Secretary more and more of the details of operation were centered in the office. In 1954 the National organization purchased a building at 4432 South Parkway for use as its National Headquarters. The Suite of Offices used as the Office of the General Secretary is well appointed and represents a segment of the progress of Alpha Phi Alpha during the last 50 years. Many services are now directed out of the Office of General Secretary: Employment, Scholarship referrals, along with the routine operation of shingles, pass cards, histories, pins and general information to active brothers. The national office is also serving as an archives for all records and other information of historical value. I consider it a distinct honor to be serving as General Secretary of our beloved Alpha Phi Alpha on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. After reading the history and talking with many of the brothers who have brought Alpha safely through the years we cannot but reflect on the "nerve center" of the fraternity. From a membership of 7 active brothers in 1906 to more than 6,000 AUGUST, 1956

active brothers in 1956 we can envision our growth for the coming 50 years. The contributions of Alpha Phi Alpha are too numerous to comment on here but our history is known to each of you. Education,

Citizenship, Civil Rights and other local projects plus the individual contributions of outstanding brothers have made the name of Alpha Phi Alpha a symbol of progress and forward thinking. In the years to come the effectiveness of the office of General Secretary will truly be felt for as we move into the next half century we move with confidence and efficiency that will most certainly make this office the "nerve center" of the Fraternity.

The Last Word... From Sec'y Huger's Desk Brothers in Alpha: In exactly thirty-eight (38) days more than a thousand (1,000) brothers and their families will gather in Buffalo to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. All commitments at the Statler Hotel are taken, therefore we are listing additional hotel space for your convenience. Richford Hotel — 210 Delaware Avenue — IVi blocks from Statler Hotel Touraine — 274 Delaware Avenue — 3 blocks from Statler Hotel Lafayette—Washington & Clinton Sts.—4 blocks from Statler Hotel Buffalo — Washington & Swan Sts. — 8 blocks from Statler Sheraton Hotel — 715 Delaware Avenue — 8 blocks from Statler Mohawk Manor Motel—Main & Michigan Ave.—3 miles from Statler Brothers should write directly to the hotel of their choice for reservation immediately requesting written confirmation. 50th Anniversary Convention Special Activities Monday, August 6th at 10:00 a. m. a golf tournament will get underway. There will be a number of 50th Anniversary trophies along with a 19th Hole Oasis sponsored by Brother Frankie Dee. All sessions of the convention are open to the guests of Alphas except: First Session — Tuesday, August 7th at 1:30 p. m. Final Session — Friday, August 10th at 10:00 a. m. Activities planned for the ladies during these sessions are: Tuesday, August 7th, 2:00 p. m.-5:00 p. in.. Alpha Wives Reception — Albright Art Gallery Friday, August 10th, 12:30 p. m.-5:00 p. m., Alpha Wives Luncheon and Bradge Party — Hotel Statler Registration Fee The $20.00 registration fee includes train transportation to Ithaca, Luncheon at Ithaca and the Formal Banquet. Brothers taking guests to Banquet and on the Pilgrimage to Ithaca, will pay the following amounts for each ticket: Banquet — $6.00 Cornell Transportation — $6.35 Cornell Luncheon — $2.50 Registration will begin Monday, August 6th at 9:00 a. m. on the mezzanine floor — Hotel Statler, at which time brothers will be required to register for their guests. Additional H o u s i n g Rooms will be available in the New Dormitory at the University of Buffalo at rate of $3.00 per day per person — double. Registration at the Dormitory is $2.00. The University of Buffalo is 25 minutes from the Statler Hotel — transportation direct. 50th A n n i v e r s a r y Choir All brothers participating in the 50th Anniversary Choir should arrive no later than Saturday, August 4th. Room accommodations will be provided. Upon arrival report immediately to James E. Huger, Statler Hotel, for instructions.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Salutes Life Members BROTHER CHARLES H. WESLEY Life member, Past General President, historian of Alpha Phi Alpha. World famous as educator, historian, author and speaker; president of Ohio's Central State College since 1947; active among college administrators of the state; noted graduate of Fisk, Yale and Harvard, with B.A., M.A. and Ph.D., respectively. Honorary doctorates: Wilberforce, Virginia State, Allen, Morris Brown. Among his several books is The History of Alpha Phi Alpha — a Development in Negro College Life.



BROTHER HENRY GREEN PARKS, JR. Initiated at Kappa Chapter, Ohio State University, 20 years ago and financial every year since then. One of the outstanding young businessmen; president, H. G. Parks, Inc., Baltimore, Md., makers of Park's Sausage and Park's Famous Flavor Meat Specialties—a business that has a wide interracial clientele that covers the eastern seaboard, with offices in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Richmond. BROTHER A. J. LEWIS Educator and civic leader. Principal, Thomas Heathe Slater School, Atlanta, Ga.; life member, National Education Ass'n and American Teachers Ass'n; member, H. L. Butler Lodge, No. 23, F. & A.M., Masons; 33rd degree Mason; special officer, Police Dept., Atlanta; Silver Beaver, Boy Scouts of America; member, President's White House Conference on Education; trustee, City of Atlanta Employees Pension and Group Insurance; member, Central Baptist Church; chairman, Credential and Rules Committee, Alpha Phi Alpha.

LEWIS JONES BROTHER SIDNEY A. JONES Member, City Council of Chicago, 111., having been elected from Sixth Ward in April, 1955. Practicing lawyer since 1933;


Life Membership Roll O. Wilson Winters Norristown, Pa. Henry A. Boyd Nashville, Tenn. Meredith G. Ferguson....Nashville, Tenn. Charles H. Wesley Wilberforce, Ohio Rayford W. Logan ..Washington, D. C. Isaiah L. Mcore Nashville, Tenn. Leroy P. Morris Atlantic City, N. J. Frederick E. Murray. Atlantic City, N. J. Granthan Simpson. Charlotte, N. C. Robert P. Daniel Petersburg, Va. Walter G. Daniel Washington, D. C. C. Morris Cain Atlantic City, N. J. John C. Harlan Institute, W. Va. S. S. Booker Youngstown, Ohio Burt A. Mayberry Kansas City, Mo. I.ion.-I Newsom Baton Rouge, La. Edward L. James Institute, W. Va. Sidney A. Jones Chicago, III. E. Shepard Wright.Winston-Salem, N . C . Calvin McKissack Nashville, Tenn. John C. Rawls Prairie View, Texas Harold D. Taylor Philadelphia, Pa. A. M. Townsend Nashville, Tenn. Lewis Burrell Buffalo, N. Y. Jesse S. Chandler Muskogee, Okla. Wesley Hicks Buffalo, N. Y. Rogers E. Randall Baton Rouge, La. Aaron L. Allen Nashville, Tenn. St. Elmo Brady, Sr Tougaloo, Miss. Frankie A. Dee....New York City, N. Y. J. Garrick Hardy Montgomery, Ala. Charles L. Shepard Pine Bluff, Ark. Frank L. Stanley, Sr. Louisville, Ky. Homer L. Chavis Champaign, 111. G. Lamar Harrison Langston, Okla. Billy Jones E. St. Louis, 111. Andrew J. Lewis, II Atlanta, Ga. James H. McGee Dayton, Ohio Henry G. Parks, Jr Baltimore, Md. William N. Thomas Toledo, Ohio Frank Veney Baltimore, Md. Lloyd H. Williams, Jr. Tulsa, Okla. Lewis L. Wayne Washington, D. C. James C. Hairston Brooklyn, N. Y. Grover D. Lange Detroit, Mich. S. Calvin Johnson Buffalo, N. Y. Leo Lucas Dayton, Ohio Milton S. J. Wright...Wilberforce, Ohio John D. Buckner St. Louis, Mo. Glenn V. Sampson Buffalo, N. Y. Wayne C. Chandler Boley, Okla. J. B. Walker Canton, Ohio James V. Gibbs Petersburg, Va. William H. Young Dayton, Ohio Joseph L. Brewer.... Canton, Ohio H. P. Saundle St. Louis, Mo. William Byron Rumford.Berkeley3,Cal. James A. Wright Hartford, Conn. graduate of Northwestern University Law School, after earlier training at Atlanta University. Member, Order of Coif, highest honorary scholastic law fraternity. For seven years attorney, U. S. Dept. of Labor; former president, Cook County Bar Ass'n; member, Chicago Bar Ass'n, Illinois Bar Ass'n, and Chicago Law Institute; life member, Northwestern University Alumni Ass'n; president, Parkway Community House. BROTHER LIONEL H. NEWSOM Educator and sociologist. Presently on leave from Southern University to serve as

sociologist and community services director of the St. Louis Housing Authority. Active with several chapters since his initiation into Alpha Psi at Lincoln University, where he earned A.B. degree; other degrees: M.A., Michigan; Ph.D., Washington. During war served as lieutenant, Military Police, in the USA, India and Assam.

NEWSOM CAIN BROTHER C. MORRIS CAIN Founder of Nu Chapter, Lincoln University (Penna.); outstanding as civic leader and worker in Atlantic City. Member, Masons, Elks, and church and welfare organizations.

BROTHER S. S. BOOKER Only brother to fill three major national offices: Delegate to first convention, 1906; elected first national secretary, 1906; elected national treasurer, 1915; served as national president, 1921-22. Graduate of Virginia Union University, 1910, and awarded its honorary doctorate of divinity, 1949; YMCA secretary from 1910-45, and builder of two buildings in four cities. Presently pastor, Third Baptist Church, Youngstown, Ohio; membership 940.

BOOKER DEE BROTHER FRANK A. DEE Pioneer merchandiser. Joined sales promotion staff of Schenley Distillers Co., 1940; now national sales representative, responsible for 32 states; travels extensively and member of United Airlines One Million Mile Club. Member, Schenley "Men of Merit" Club; also holds membership in Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Radio Artists, Negro Actors Guild, Market Developers of America, Research Institute of America, Golden "O" Varsity Club (Langston University); grand traveling deputy of Elks. Graduate of Langston University, 1937, with M.A. in retail merchandising from New York University, 1939.




Educator, lecturer, author. Professor of economics and political science, Wilberforce University; onetime visiting lecturer of the American Friends Service Committee, teaching at a number of colleges, under the auspices of that well known Quaker organization. Recently the AFSC sent out the following on Brother Wright: "Dr. Wright was one of the lecturers in the Special Lectureship sponsored by the Race Relations Committee of the American Friends Service Committee. Dr. Wright is not only well trained, but he will be found to be a most stimulating and wellinformed teacher and lecturer and a most interesting person. He is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg (Germany). His many experiences in Europe and America as student, teacher, traveler, and lecturer: his temperament, and his delivery make him as acceptable to service clubs as to students; and they make him a most worthy ambassador of inter-cultural good-will."

Oldest son of the late Dr. Richard Henry and Harriett Albertine Boyd. Born in Grimes County, Texas, reared in Palestine, Texas, where he attended school, later moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he was married to Miss Lula Smith, to whom one child was born (Mrs. Kathryn Boyd-Roach). He succeeded his father as secretary of the National Baptist Publishing Board in 1922, and also as president of the Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, the oldest Negro bank in the United States. He is a director of the Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company, Chicago, 111.: trustee, Meharry Medical College, and Fisk University. Holds honorary degrees from Conroe Normal and Industrial College, Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College and Union Baptist Theological Seminary. One of the oldest members of the National Council of Churches of Christ in America.



BROTHER JESSE S. CHANDLER Medical practitioner and major, Army Medical Corps; discharged from latter, 1946, after 22 months in South Pacific; has practiced in Muskogee, Okla., since. Graduate, Howard University, 1934, and Meharry Medical College, 1939. Past president, Oklahoma State Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Ass'n; president, Muskogee County Medical Society. First physician to be admitted into integrated county medical society. Presently SW vice-president, Alpha Phi Alpha. Member, Masons, 33 rd degree. BROTHER GLENN V. SAMPSON Vice-president of Rho Lambda Chapter, Buffalo, but initiated at Kappa Chapter, Ohio State University, 1931; holds B.S. degree in pharmacy; presently clerk, Buffalo Post Office, and operator of a coin business, specializing in USA coins.



BROTHER WESLEY L. HICKS Practicing dentist in host city, Graduate. Lincoln University, 1939; Meharry Medical College, 1944; Doctor National Board, 1944. and father of a son and daughter.

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Buffalo. D.D.S., D.N.B., Married


BROTHER J. GARRICK HARDY A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for more than two decades. Initiated into Alpha Nu Chapter at Iowa State College, 1932, at which time he was working for his master's degree. Did his undergraduate work at Alabama State College. Received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Sociology. In Montgomery he has been chairman and director of the Y. M. C. A. membership drive; chairman of the Red Feather and Community Chest Drive; chairman of the March of Dimes campaign for eight years and a member of the Pattern Gifts Committee for the YMCA to raise a quota of $50,000 to build a $1,000,000 "Y" and recreation building. This committee was headed by Brother H. C. Trenholm; the drive was over-subscribed to the tune of $20,000 . . . Presently dean of the Freshman College at Alabama State College, and executive secretary of the Alabama State Teachers Association.

BROTHER RAYFORD W. LOGAN Director of Educational Activities, 19321941; General President, 1941-1945 . . . A.B.. Williams College (Phi Beta Kappa), 1917; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1936 . . . Professor of History, Virginia Union University, 1925-1930; Atlanta University, 1933-1938; Howard University, since 1938 (head of the department since 1942) . . . Author of The Diplomatic Relations of the United States with Haiti, 1776-1891; The African Mandates in World Politics; The Negro in American Life and Thought; The Nadir, 1877-1901, and other books . . . Editor of What the Negro Wants and Memoirs of a Monticello Slave . . . His latest book, The Negro in the United States, will be published at the end of this year . . . Holder of Fulbright Research Fellowship in France 1951-52; State Department Travel Grant for trip to West Africa, summer, 1953 . . . Member, Board of Editors, Hispanic American Historical Review, 1949-1955; Member, United States National Commis-

sion for UNESCO, 1947-1950; Commandeur of National Order of Honor and Merit of Haiti.



BROTHER JAMES V. GIBBS Instructor of bacteriology, Virginia State College. Member, Nu Lambda Chapter. BROTHER OLIVER WILSON WINTERS First life member. Famed in Alphadom for "Fraternity Fun." Awarded life membership in 1937; national parliamentarian since 1940; frat fun editor since 1929; chairman, Credentials Committee, 1935-48, committee member, 1935-present; member, Revised Election Procedure Commission, 1941. Banquet speaker, 27th General Convention. Berkeley, Calif., 1951. Hobby: Coaching in oratory and forensics: four of his trainees have won scholarships and are presently attending Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania State University, Bennett College and Howard University . . . A leading dental practitioner in the Philadelphia area, with offices in Norristown.



BROTHER G. LAMAR HARRISON President, Langston University, since 1940. Noted son of three universities: Howard University (A.B.), Cincinnati (M.A.), Ohio State (Ph.D.); awarded doctor of Civil Laws, University of Liberia and knighted by Liberian government, 1955. Member, executive committee, Southern Regional Educational Board; member, Beta Eta Lambda Chapter.



BROTHER AARON L. ALLEN Veteran attender at General Conventions; has not missed single meeting since his (Continued on Page 18)


The Presidency of Alpha Phi Alpha Throu First Fifty Years BROTHER HENRY LAKE DICKASON President, Morristown College

MORRISTOWN, T e n n . - T h e subject of this article is both significant and reflective. Significant, because it is positive evidence that Father Fime hath spoken to this "Byline" brother. Reflective because of the seeming satisfaction that comes to one who has seen, for so many moons, "the bright green leaves of spring unfold, and turn to autumn's red and gold." Then, too, a reflection over a period of participation in the affairs of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity as an undergraduate member of Kappa Chapter, General Secretary, and later, General President and now a member of Alpha Zeta Lambda. The grandest reflection and perhaps the greatest satisfaction comes to one who is privileged to still serve "Alpha" in anyway possible and especially one who can well understand by reason of years the Prayer of Moses as David reminds us in Psalm 90:10. This review covers a fifty year period, when in 1906 Brothers Henry A. Callis, Gerald Chapman, Eugene Kinckle James (for James H. Morton, with whom I was in school in West

Virginia before he went to Ithaca) George B. Kelley, Nathaniel Murray, Robert H. Ogle and Vertner W. Tandy, all known to us as Jewels, founded Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. I knew all of these brothers personally as we came down a pleasant span of association together. Without boasting, but I am stating facts, when I say that I have known personally each General President of Alpha Phi Alpha from Brother Moses Morrison, our first beloved General President, to Brother Frank Stanley, our present honored leader. Then too, down through the ages I have attended 27 General Conventions since my first one (1912) that was the fifth at that time. This review is certainly not to be construed as history as I do not wish to encroach on the great work of our National Historian Brother Charles H. Wesley. Not having a history at hand as mine is in my farm home some 250 miles away and another copy for which I wrote has not reached me (and the Editor set a deadline), so I apoligize in advance

for any errors of reference as to individual presidents, time and sequence. As I view the efforts in the early or pioneer days of four National Presidents and Founders, I am reminded of a poem by Gallagher: "Song of the Pioneers" that our founders and early presidents could quote realistically and partially: "A song for the free and gladsome life In those early days we led, With a teeming soil beneath our feet, And a smiling heaven overhead! O the waves of life danced merrily. And had a joyous flow, In the days when we were pioneers, Fifty Years Ago! Quoting Gallagher further it seems that his last stanza is significant, contemplative and a reminder in these lines that some of us now may well appropriate: "But now our course of life is short And as, from day to day, We're walking on with halting step, And fainting by the way, Another land brighter than this, T o our dim sight appears, And on our way to it, we'll soon Again be pioneers! Yet while we linger, we may all A backward glance still throw T o the days when we were pioneers, Fifty Years Ago!" The objectives that actuated the brothers at Cornell to broaden and si lengthen fraternal bonds not only in college but out in life among the highways and hedges are challenging. It is no wonder, then, that they conceived a broader organizational plan thus a General or National Organization. The vision that inspired them no doubt was divine, for they realized that if the few conscientious brothers assembled under the banner of brotherly love, the way for greater achievements would be opened to them and their posterity. Fifty years hence we are reaping the fruit of their labors, fifty years hence we are fully cognizant of the



soundness of the traditions that have come as a result of their foresight a n d thinking. W h a t e v e r is our streamline or modernistic t h o u g h t there ha"s come down to us, from them, certain basic ideals a n d objectives dear to o u r hearts a n d from which we should not part, a n d fifty years hence there is satisfaction in reminiscence. Our General Presidents Brother Moses A. Morrison, the first General President of Alpha P h i Alpha Fraternity, did m u c h to lay the g r o u n d work for expansion. As I knew him, he was a n d still is affable, business like a n d perhaps one of his most notable addresses was his Alumni Address at the Fifth General Convention in Columbus, O h i o in 1913. Brother Roscoe Giles was a gogetter—a follow-upper a n d an inspirer, thus strengthening the foundation on which a great organization has been built. Brother Frederick Miller, affectionately called " T h e C o t t o n King", sought as I recall to promote the idea of "stately mansions" for a degree of permanency, thus the housing objectives were lanuched. Brother Charles H . Garvin, who was the epitomy of his "esprit de t r a t e r n i t e " a n d his administration, will be known as the period of definite expansion a n d growth in so many ways. W h o of us oldsters can forget the urgent a n d impassioned appeal at the Filth General Convention by Bro. President Garvin for something near a n d dear to his heart—a fraternity journal. H e n r y Lake Dickason, if my m i n d is clear o n him, was a letter writing president in an effort to create fraternal ideals by a self e x a m i n i n g procedure. I n one of his letters he said in substance: " T h i n k . . . talk . . . a n d promote Alpha Phi Alpha a n d labor lor the b r o a d principles of Alpha's ideals." T h e Sphinx m a d e its deb u t about this time. Brother H e n r y A. Callis, "a Jewell," started his a d m i n i s t r a t i o n in high gear—with one of the most challenging letters a p a r t of which as I recall it said in p a r t : "Each A l p h a Phi Alpha man must press his face toward newer a n d greater achievements. T h e Sphinx Magazine is o u r greatest ins t r u m e n t for power." Every brother seemed to envision the "Mighty Sphinx in Egypt standing," the symbol of Peace a n d Right. Brother H o w a r d H . L o n g b r o u g h t prestige a n d progress t h r o u g h vision in p r o m o t i n g the Sphinx a n d app o i n t i n g a brother, I think, as o u r first historian thus laying the foundation on which the fraternity empire A U G U S T , 1956

has been built a n d the n a t i o n a l slogan "Alpha Phi . A l p h a For Life" became the watchword. T h e writer of this article recalls Brother Long's impassioned plea for an A l u m n i Organization of Alpha Phi Alpha. P a r a p h r a s i n g language of bishops: " I t was d o n e . " Brother William A. Pollard the wartime president was certainly equal to the occasion. Patriotism a n d fraternal bonds were his watchword a n d his activities did m u c h to lay the foundation for the t r a i n i n g of hundreds of men as commissioned officers during W o r l d W a r I. Brother Daniel D. Fowler was a real h u m a n d y n a m o with brains to conceive a n d energy to accomplish a n d if memory is to be relied on— Brother Fowler's administration was one of chapter expansion a n d a consolidation of fraternal bonds. Brother Lucius L. M c G h e e exemplified vision and was alert as he continued the program of chapter expansion a n d reflected the fundamental principles of fraternities. H e kept the chapters a n d brothers o n their toes, so to speak, in his letters projecting " G o T o H i g h School, G o to College Movement." Brother S. S. Booker inspired the brothers spiritually a n d as he "lifted u p " so many challenging ideals he drew so m a n y of us to h i m . We kept him as our guide for several years, if my memory is clear—just because he was accomplishing so much. Brother R a y m o n d W. C a n n o n can best be described as Mr. " S p h i n x " , Mr. " G o to H i g h School, Go to College," or Mr. "Educational Director" and best of all Mr. " A l p h a P h i Alpha." Need I say more, I think not.

Brother B. Andrew Rose was not the "Last Rose of S u m m e r " , b u t a " R o s e " whose personality coupled with his leadership ability was the fragrance that endeared h i m to all brothers in season a n d o u t of season, because of his ability to achieve. Brother Charles H . Wesley, the educator, might be called H e r o d o t u s , as a n historian, Socrates or Plato, as a philosopher, Demosthenes, as a n orator a n d a Joshua, as a leader-together with his keen sense of real a n d intrinsic values, placed h i m in the front ranks of Alpha Phi A l p h a leadership. W h o , a m o n g those present can forget Brother Wesley's significant addresses at one of o u r conventions in Chicago, a n d particularly, at the s u m m e r convention i n N e w York. Brother Rayford Logan, a realist, a d i p l o m a t a n d a challenger of hum a n rights inspired b o t h A l p h a brothers a n d others to fight for first class citizenship. Dynamic a n d convincing, he pressed for a bigger a n d better Alpha P h i Alpha. Brother Bel ford Lawson, because of his legal stature could be likened to the great Lycurgus in his legal knowledge or a Webster. H e projected the Alpha Phi Alpha spirit into the hearts a n d minds of his brothers, I n t e r - fraternal - Councils—and these Councils rallied to h|is leadership because of his convincing a n d sane discussions and broad concepts of "manly deeds". Did you hear him at the Public Meeting in California? You missed a treat, if you were not there. Brother A. Maceo Smith reflected (Continued on Page 19)

BROTHERS OF DELTA BETA LAMBDA CHAPTER OF HAMPTON. VIRGINIA Reading left to right, first row: Brother Judson H. Furlow. Secretary; Brother Walter T. Jones, President; Brother E. Frederic Morrow, guest speaker during Educational Program. Brother Morrow is Administrative Assistant for Special Projects Group, in the Executive Office of the President of the United States; Brother (Dr.) Alonzo G. Moron. President of Hampton Institute. Brother (Dr.) W. S. Hart, prominent city dentist, and Treasurer of the Chapter. Second row. left to right: Brother Frank Jackson. President of Zeta Lambda Chapter; Brother Thomas E. Leigh. Major in the U. S. Artillery. Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Hampton Institute; Brothers Isaiah B. Perry, faculty. Hampton Institute; George W. Clarke. Postal Service; third row: Brothers Sylvius Moore, faculty. Hampton Institute; Roscoe Lewis, faculty. Hampton Institute; Charles C. Williams. President of the New Bayshore Corporation; Brother (Dr.) Fowlkes of Zeta Lambda; Brother Henry B. Richardson. Brother G. A. Cooke; fourth row: Brother Thomas Duckenfield. President of Gamma Iota; Brother Nathan Carter. Brother A. D. Manning of Zeta Lambda; Brothers William Sykes and Kelley Porter of Gamma Iota.





Alpha Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was organized in 1928. It includes brothers from Huntington, Charleston, Logan, London and Institute, West Virginia. On behalf of Iota Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, I am happy to greet our many brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha on this, the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of our great fraternity. As we review the progress made during the first half century of our existence, we can but conclude that the future can be indeed be bright if we continue in our role of servants of all. Congratulations and best wishes. G. HOWARD MITCHELL, President Alpha Iota Lambda Chapter























The following named b r o t h e r s whose pictures do not appear are members of the chapter in good standing: BROTHER (DR.) ROBERT ANGLIN BROTHER E. R. ARMSTEAD BROTHER (DR.) A. L. HARRIS BROTHER JOSEPH GRIDER BROTHER ROBERT JEFFRIES Z MOTHER (REV.) MOSES NEWSOME BROTHER FRED PAGE


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How Sound Is the Alpha Phi Alpha Program? By DR. HOWARD LONG Past General President

WILBERFORCE, Ohio - How sound Alpha's program is must be judged not only by its past long-range record nor by the current program in the light of its present effectiveness, rather an evaluation of soundness comprehends the past, present, and the forseeable future. T h e first thing about the past that commands attention is the slowness with which changes have taken place within the organization. A very pertinent question is whether the changes were forced upon us or whether from adequate grasp of situations and inner motivation, we envisaged and planned the outcomes. If we have relied too heavily upon fortune, as seems the case with the change from "Go T o High School, Go T o College" to the "Citizenship Program", we may count ours a followership instead of a leadership. Successes in this circumstance may be neither ground for self-satisfaction nor assurance for the future. It is presumptuous to gage the program with definitiveness because both the program itself and the circumstances in which it is enmeshed are disconcertingly complex. The touchstone of our concern is that, as much as anything else, we are lacking in the methods of keeping our program abreast of the times and giving it anticipatory orientations. There is need of more knowlege of our constituency: of what they find effective and ineffective in the program; what they suggest to maintain and improve the effective elements, and perhaps most of all, how to overcome the ineffective ones. Our short-coming may lie dominantly in the general area of communication. Do our minutes communicate fully enough the spirit and actions of conventions? How can the rank-and-file of brothers be encouraged to express their attitudes and points of view? What concepts does the average member have of the General Organization? Is the social distance so great that he feels that his national fees are drafted as an unavoidable tax which he must remit in PAGE IS

order to enjoy the local functions of his chapter? If any or all of the answers negate the best interests of the Fraternity, would we not have better bases for further study and programming? There is no question but the Fraternity is being thrust into a set of changing circumstances that require changes in turn; and whether we survive or perish absolutely or in

part depends upon how we conceptualize the total situation and how well we operate within the configural pattern. Both of these are functions of our attitudes and motivations. We can deceive ourselves into a null status or, taking thought, transform in many instances, handicaps into stepping stones to higher achievements. Which way?

Life Members

An Assistant Vice President Makes A First For Alpha H. Rudolph Sims, Assistant VicePresident of the Southwest Region and a member of Beta Sigma Chapter located at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. has made his mark on the list of individual achievements by Alpha men. Brother Sims is the winner of an all expense scholarship to a Seminar convening for nine weeks ihis summer in Poona, India. The seminar is being sponsored by the World University Service; an international organization designed to encourage and support all efforts on the part of students, teachers and others to meet the basic needs of universities and centers of higher learning and their members life, to make them true communities through giving economic aid, intellectual sharing and experiences and through bringing together diverse cultures regardless of race, nationality, political and religious conviction and social and economic background in order to develop a spirit of international solidarity and a concern for mutual assistance and service. Brother Sims was selected from an extensive list of applicants along with eleven other Americans on the basis of his scholarship, mature personality and individual achievement. By ELIJAMES MEQUILLON

(Continued from Page 13) initiation into fraternity over 25 years ago. Graduate of Fisk: A.B., 1931; M.A., 1933; fellow in Dept. of Chemistry, 1931-33. Originator of the first Negro jewelry sales organization. Presently owner and director of the A. L. Allen Agency. Member, American Institute of Management, board of directors, Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, Nashville. BROTHER ROBERT P. DANIEL President of Virginia State College, Petersburg, Va., and a staunch "servant of Alpha" for 36 years since he was initiated in 1920 into Gamma Chapter at Virginia Union University. Elected third vice-president of the Fraternity in 1927 and second vice-president in 1928 and 1929. Has served on the Executive Council, and for fourteen years, from 1935 to 1949, was chairman of the Budget Committee . . . President of Shaw University for fourteen years before he assumed his present post. Graduate of Virginia Union University, with A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. Holds the honorary degree of doctor of laws from Virginia Union and Morris Brown. BROTHER I. L. MOORE Practicing dentist of Nashville, Tenn., Commissioner, Nashville Housing Authority. Member, Tau Lambda Chapter.

BROTHER FRANK L. STANLEY Publisher of the Louisville Defender and v i c e-president of the Defender Publ i c a t i o n s was elected g e n e r a l president of Alpha P h i Alpha Fraternity, Inc., during the 40th Annual National Convention at Miami, December 19 5 4 . Native of Chicago. Was one of the founders of the National Press AsSTANLEY sociation. In civic life Brother Stanley serves many organizations.


Last Year's Host Still Limp - But Eyes Buffalo By BROTHER WALTER GREEN

CHICAGO, 111.—Still recuperating from the effects of the 41st General Convention, which Theta is proud to have co-sponsored, we send greetings to all Alphadom as we move closer to what promises to be the greatest and most significant event in our glorious history—the 50th Anniversary celebration in Buffalo. The work in preparing for and cleaning up after this past convention having occupied so much of our time, Theta has had little opportunity to carry on other activities. Plans are in the making for a big event in June, however, and the annual Xi Lambda Spring Formal takes place in May. We have an active and successful Pledge Group of some fifteen hard working Sphinxmen, all a potential credit to Alpha. If one Brother in Theta were to be singled out for achievement, the honor would go to Brother William A. Lester, Jr. Brother Lester serves Alpha as Midwestern Assistant VicePresident and Corresponding Secretary of Theta. He is Captain of the

University of Chicago's Basketball squad, and in three years has set or tied most of the school's scoring records. He is a scholarship holder and a member of The Iron Mask Club, UC's honor society. Theta looks forward to the coming 1956-57 school year in the hope that ii will prove even more successful than the presently dying one. Our officers to lead us toward the light will be: Brothers Walter Greene, President; John Washington, VicePresident; Douglas Black, Recording Secretary; Therison Bradshaw, Corresponding Secretary; James Brooks, Financial Secretary; Scott Tyler, Treasurer; Edmond Steele, Parliamentarian; George Cole, Chaplain; Paul Wilson, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Ronald Warren, Associate Editor to the Sphinx. We wish them and the outgoing administration, headed by Brother Malcolm Lee, the best of luck; and wish to express once more the fervent hope that all Alpha will find the next fifty years as glorious as the first. See you in Buffalo!

Medical History Made in Delta Brilliant young Brother (Dr.) Oswald G. Smith of Clarksdale, Miss. became the first Negro to be admitted to membership in the local chapter of the American Medical Association. Recognition given Dr. Smith came as the result of his distinctive achievement in the field of medicine and public service "beyond the call of his professional duty." A l p h a P h i A l p h a Fraternity, through its chapter in the Delta, Epsilon Xi Lambda, sponsored a public program honoring Brother Smith. The city-wide tribute was carried out at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Clarksdale, and a capacity audience was present. Attorney A. A. Latting, prominent Memphis lawyer, gave the main address. He was presented by another Memphian, Brother L. O. Swingler, Vice-President of Alpha Phi Alpha, who set up the local chapter at Mound Bayou to serve the Delta five years ago through authorization of the General Organization. Chapter President Brother B. T . J o h n s o n , supervisor o f County Schools, DeSoto County, Miss., presented a bronze plaque to Brother (Dr.) Smith to climax the program.

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1955-56 Malcolm Lee John Washington Walker Greene William Lester James Brooks William Wethers Edmond Steele John Prowell Milton Blake Douglas Black

AUGUST, 1956

OFFICERS President Vice-President Recording Secretary Corresponding Secretary Financial Secretary Treasurer Parliamentarian Sergeant-at-Arms Chaplain Asso. Ed. to Sphinx

1956-57 Walter Greene John Washington Douglas Black Therison Bradshaw James Brooks Scott Tyler Edmond Steele Paul Wilson George Cole Ronald Warren

(Continued from Page 15) "p" to the fourth power—peaceful, progressive, parliamentarian and pacificator. With dignity and calmness he led us on to greater achievements, basically because he understands men and measures. Our National headquarters is an indication of one of his objectives. Brother Frank M. Stanley has evidenced a keen sense of values both human and spiritual. He is at home whether on the platform or in a sanctuary. Our challenge is to help him complete a successful administration through cooperative attitudes.

A 10-year-old, under the guidance of his grandmother, is becoming something of a Bible student. The other evening he floored the family with this question: "Which virgin was Christ's mother — the Virgin Mary or the King James Virgin?" —Capper's Weekly PAGE 19

Beta Nu—Chapter of the Year—1955 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Beta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha was established on the campus of Florida A. and M. University on April 23, 1932. It was the first undergraduate chapter of any Greek-letter organization in the state of Florida. In that year, a social club on the campus (known by the name Club Britton), was seeking membership in Alpha for the second time. The presence of Jewel Charles H. Chapman aided the group greatly and he was instrumental in helping them to secure a charter. Brothers A. L. Kidd (Associate dean of Arts and Sciences), E. E. Ware (Professor of Biology), and Gilbert L. Porter (Executive Secretary of the Florida State Teachers Association) were also present when the charter was granted. Dr. J. R. E. Lee, Sr. (President of the College) was also helpful in securing the charter. The following students were charter members: Douglas Warren Greene (President), Noah Harold Bennett (Vice-President), Frank E. Pinder (Secretary), Jerome Matthews, Jubye B. Bragg, Jr., William M. DuBose, William W. Weatherpool, James Pinkney, Samuel O'Tanner Cohen, John W. Williams, and Lincoln B. Childes. Since then, Beta Nu has sent many brothers out to make their contributions to American democracy. T h e brotherhood of Beta Nu is an out-

standing example of successful fraternal life. The chapter is recognized as one of the Southern Region's most outstanding and was voted Chapter of the Year in 1955. Brother Richard B. McGriff, now holding a teaching assistantship at California Institute of Technology, was Alpha's Undergraduate Brother of the Year in 1955. Extra-Curricular Activities of the Brothers Among the students of FAMU, Beta Nu's members stand out as leaders and scholars. Each of the fortysix brothers is an active member of at least three organizations and many of them are outstanding in extra-curricular activities. Brother Brodes Hartley, President of the chapter, was the assistant Vice-President of the Southern Region last year. He is the President of the Student Body at FAMU and is listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Brother Hartley also holds office in Scabbard and Blade Military Society, ROTC Officers Club, the Pre-Legal Society, and the PreMedics Club. He is a senior. Brother Earl Vann Farrow, VicePresident of Beta Nu, is President of both the YMCA and the Christian Federation. He serves also as Parliamentarian for the Men's Senate. Brother Lawrence C. Moman, Recording Secretary, is the President of

MEMBERS OF BETA NU CHAPTER Standing, left to right: Brothers Edward Nolan, Senior, Miami; Willie Roberts. Baldwin; William Johnson. Junior, Winter Garden; Howard Aaron. Junior. Fort Meade; McLain Garrett. Port Arthur, Texas; Robert Caroll. Sophomore. Bartow; Eugene Cromartie. Junior, Wabasso: James Cash. Junior, Miami; Willie A. Biddle. Junior, Orlando; Frederick Humphries. Junior. Appalachicola; David Staples. Junior. Deland; Charles Lassiter. Sophomore. Miami; Levi Johnson. Junior. Wheaton. Illinois; Theodore Payne, Sophomore, Miami; Sylvester Houston. Sophomore. Jacksonville: Benjamin Wilson. Senior. Union Springs. Alabama; Leonardy Anderson. Junior, Sanford; William H. Gibbs, Junior, Cocoa: Jacob Maxwell, Junior, Jacksonville; Monroe Mack, Senior. Marianna; and Rayford Dudley. Junior, Winter Garden. Seated, left to right: Edwin Demeritte. Junior, Miami; Carl Kirksey. Junior. West Palm Beach; Earl Allen. Junior. Miami; Roger McLeod. Junior, Palatka; Carl Evans, Sophomore, Orlando; Andre Streaty, Sophomore, Anderson. Indiana; Clarence Griffin. Junior. Pensacola; Brodes Hartley. Senior, Jacksonville; George Allen, Sophomore, Sanford; Vernon Lee. Senior. Fort Pierce: Earl McCrary, Senior. Daytona Beach; Charles Maxwell. Senior. Jacksonville; Lawrence Moman. Senior. Jacksonville; Ralph Flowers. Junior. Palatka; and Wilbur Donald Williams, Junior. Plainfleld. N. J.


Andre Streaty, Anderson, Indiana — Varsity member of the starting five.

the Newman Club, Vice-President of the Pre-Medics Club, Chairman of the Student Loan Fund Committee and Reporter for the Student Government Association. Brother Clarence M. Griffin, Dean of Pledgees, is President of both the Non-Commissioned Officers Club, and the Chemistry Club. Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity also lists him on its roster. Brother Wilbur Donald Williams, Parliamentarian for the chapter, serves in the same capacity for the YMCA, NAACP, Junior Class and FISGA-FIPA. He is Vice-President of the Men's Senate and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. In the Student Government Association, he is the Chairman of the Awards Committee and is the State Vice-President for an interracial Press Organization. Brother Eugene Cromartie serves as Vice-President of the Student Government Association, has been President of his class for three years and was recently elected to serve a fourth term. He is an Alpha Kappa Mu member, a charter member of the local chapter of Kappa Delta Pi Education Society and a member of t h e YMCA, NAACP, and Non-Commissioned Officers Club. Brother Cromartie is a Key Upperclassman. Brother Edwin Demeritte, Executive Editor of the school yearbook, is also a member of the University Public Relations Committee and served as Director of the Florida Interscholastic Press Workshop for 1956. Brother Monroe Mack, President of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society and a pharmacy student, is the past-president of the NAACP, Scabbard and Blade, THE SPHINX

Mortar and Pestle and past parliamentarian for the Student Government Association. As another indication of just what Beta Nu's men are doing on campus, here is a brief run down of the major organizations and the Alphas in them. STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION—Brodes Hartley, President; Eugene Cromartie, Vice-President; Lawrence Moman, Reporter; Norman Carey, Justice, Honor Court; Wilbur Donald Williams, Chairman,

Awards Committee; Edwin Demeritte, Charles Maxwell, Jacob Maxwell, Monroe Mack, McLain Garrett, Frederick Humphries, Earl Vann Farrow, Edward Nolan, Vernon Lee, Willie A. Biddle. MEN'S SENATE — Wilbur Donald Williams, Vice-President; Lawrence Moman, Chairman, Loan Fund Committee; Jacob Maxwell, Corre-

ALPHA'S CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM—1955-56. Standing, left to right: Brothers William Johnson, Eugene Cromartie, Robert Carroll, Frederick Humphries. Leonardy Anderson. Andre Streaty, Coach. Kneeling, left to right: Levi Johnson, Theodore Payne, Benjamin Groomes, and James Cash, Captain. Not shown on the group picture are: Brothers Earl Vann Farrow, senior. Pensacola; Theodore Bowers, Sophomore. Bascom; Maxie Bragg. Sophomore, Moultrie, Ga.; Earl Brooks, Senior, Gainesville; Norman Carey. Sophomore. Miami; Callivan Gladden, Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio; Benjamin Groomes. Sophomore. Jacksonville; James Holloway, Junior, Jacksonville; Andrew Knight, Junior, Fort Pierce; Andrew Greene, Sophomore. St. Petersburg; Edward Williams, Senior, Tallahassee.

AUGUST, 1956

FRATERNITY ROOM Reading left to right: Brothers Edwin Demeritte, Brodes Hartley, Eugene Cromartie, and Monroe Mack.

sponding Secretary; Earl Farrow, Parliamentarian; Charles Maxwell, Edwin Demeritte. ALPHA KAPPA MU HONOR SOCIETY—Monroe Mack, Frederick Humphries, Willie A. Biddle, Carl Kirksey, Vernon Lee, Eugene Cromartie. BETA KAPPA CHI SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY — Monroe Mack, President; Carl Kirksey, Frederick Humphries. SCABBARD AND BLADE MILITARY SOCIETY — Brodes Hartley, McLain Garrett, Callivan Gladden, Edward Nolan, Levi Johnson, Frederick Humphries, Roger McLeod, Monroe Mack, Clarence Griffin. OFFICERS CLUB — Brodes Hartley, Edward Nolan, Callivan Gladden, McLain Garrett. NON-COMMISSIONED O F F I CERS CLUB — Clarence Griffin, President; Willie A. Biddle, Frederick Humphries, Edwin Demeritte, Roger McLeod, Ralph Flowers, Carl Kirksey, Eugene Cromartie, Levi Johnson. YMCA — Earl Farrow, President; Jacob Maxwell, Corresponding Secretary; Wilbur Donald Williams, Parliamentarian; Charles Maxwell, VicePresident. NAACP—Theodore Payne, Treasurer; Wilbur Donald Williams, Parlia(Continued on Page 49) PAGE 21

Much Accomplished As Eastern Region Faces 'New Horizons' By B R O T H E R J. R U P E R T P I C O T T Eastern Vice-President

NEWARK, N. J . - T h e Eastern Regional Convention of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., convened in Newark, New Jersey on April 27, 28 and 29, 1956 at the Rutgers Room, Military Park Hotel in downtown Newark. In the midst of this imm e n s e 1 y productive, highly-profit making, aggressively mechandizing city, the delegates and visitors gathered to exchange ideas and formulate plans of the Eastern Region program and activities of our organization. The host chapter, Alpha Alpha Lamb-

da, graciously entertained the convention delegates and visitors in the style of true brotherhood and fellowship. The general theme of the convention was "Facing the New Horizons." The Host Committee consisted of Brothers J. Thomas Flagg, President, Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter; Paul Cooper and Hugh Hill, Convention Chairmen; James Eastman, Registration; Jerry Martin, Publicity; James Abrams, Housing; Hubert Crawford, Program Booklet;

ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. 1956-1957 Educational Award Winners HIGH SCHOOL Richard E. Anderson 138 East 120th Street Cleveland, Ohio

Richard A. Taylor 2508 Deep Creek Blvd. Portsmouth, Virginia

George W. Jordan 2903 Morgan Avenue Chattanooga, Tennessee

Wendell F. White 1085 Harwell Street Boston, Mass.

UNDERGRADUATES Ralph K. Frasier 2111 Duncan Street Durham, N. C.

Lionel B. McPherson Wilberforce University Wilberforce, Ohio

Vernon M. Lee 1204 Avenue K Fort Pierce, Florida

Warren L. Taylor 32 River Street Avon, New York GRADUATES

Joseph J. Farris 2514 - 17th Place, South Seattle, Washington

Louis W. Sullivan 344 N. Church Street Biakely, Georgia

Samuel L. Kountz General Delivery Lexa, Arkansas

Julius W. Twyne 132 Forest Home Drive Ithaca, New York

SUMMER GRADUATE STUDY A. Russell Brooks 802 Mound Street Madison, Wisconsin


Dr. William H. Hale Director of Educational Activities

Oliver Brown, Entertainment; E. E. Goodall, Dance; George Younger, Escort; Ernest Stevenson, Workshop; Philip Hoggard, Treasurer; Arthur Williams, Financial Secretary and the forty-six active brothers of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter. Once again, with confidence, we can say that the host chapter gave the Eastern Region one of the greatesi conventions in the history of Alpha Phi Alpha. Convention Program On Friday, April 27, registration started at 3:00 P. M. at the Rutgers Room, Military Park Hotel. Brothers coming from great distances north and south were unable to attend the 8:00 P. M. open meeting with the Atlantic Region, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Newark State Teachers College. However, those who attended witnessed a well planned and inspiring program. As the hours passed, more and more delegates poured into the city. The "Get Acquainted Dance," at King Hiram Craftsman Hall was just the thing for a brother in a strange city. The atmosphere was friendly, warm and informal. The dance lasted until the early hours of the morning. The Eastern Vice-President called for the report of the Convention Secretary. The report was given by Brother Harvey O. Freeman, of Richmond, Virginia. He gave a brief statement of follow-up of the last year's Regional Convention, and urged the brothers to follow through on recommendations on the local level in program and activities as suggested at the Regional Convention. The report was received and approved by the Convention. Brother Billy Jones, General Counsel of the National Organization, was requested by the Eastern Vice-President to give a few comments on the activities of the brothers in Mississippi. Brother Jones related the outstanding activities of the brothers in Mississippi and requested the support of every brother, financially, in helping to continue the fight for freedom in the southland. The report was received and adopted. As evidence of the Eastern Regional Vice-President's wide contacts with the chapters of the Eastern Region, he called for reports from the various Drive-in Conferences held during the year. Brother J. Avery Smith reported of activities of the Drive-in Conference at New York City, New York; Brother William Jackson of Newport News, reported for Drive-in Conference in Tidewater, Virginia; Brother Edward Dedmond reported for activities in Baltimore, Maryland; Brother C. A. Turner for activities THE SPHINX

in Plainficld, N e w Jersey; a n d Brother Roger G o r d a n of Zeta O m i c r o n L a m b d a told the history leading to the establishment of t h e g r a d u a t e chapter in Philadelphia, a n d stated the basic purpose of t h e graduate chapter is Reclamation, since there are over 1,000 inactive brothers in Philadelphia. Brother Robert Vance, newly elected President of Psi Chapter. informed the convention that Psi Chapter would work with Zeta Omicron L a m b d a in the development of programs a n d projects of t h e C h a p t e r with the true spirit of the fraternity. It was moved by Brother Jackson a n d seconded by Brother Smith t h a t this convention go o n record a p p r o v i n g the establishment of a graduate chapter in Philadelphia a n d wishing the C h a p t e r God's speed. T h e motion was carried by u n a n i m o u s vote. General Secretary Reports T h e Eastern Vice-President presented to t h e Convention, t h e General Secretary of Alpha P h i A l p h a Fraternity, Brother James H u g e r , w h o addressed the Convention o n " R e p o r t lor the Fraternity." In his usual m a n n e r of ease, poise a n d preciseIK'SS he r e l a t e d

the outstanding

R e c o m m e n d a t i o n s a n d suggestions were raised from t h e floor. These were accepted by t h e C o n v e n t i o n a n d passed to t h e r e c o m m e n d a t i o n committee for study. As a part of t h e agenda for t h e business session, the installation ceremonies for t h e newest g r a d u a t e chapter in the fraternity was performed. Officers a n d members of Zeta N u L a m b d a C h a p t e r came to t h e front of the meeting. Brother S. E. Broadus, impressively read t h e charter for the establishment of t h e chapter at t h e seat of Plainfield, N e w Jersey; Brother J. R u p e r t Picott, Eastern Vice-President, installed t h e officers on t h e behalf of the General President; Brother Miles Paige, candidate for the office of t h e General President, extended congratulations to the newly organized chapter; a n d Brother J o h n S. Miller, the charter president of Zeta N u L a m b d a C h a p t e r gave a response. H e pledged o n behalf of the chapter members to c o n t i n u e the great program of t h e A l p h a P h i Alpha Fraternity. Brother Cooper made room assignments for t h e workshops a n d an-

nouncements of other activities. T h e first business session was adjourned at 12:15 P . M. T h e brothers immediately gathered o n t h e lawn of t h e Military Park Square, directly across t h e street from Military Park H o t e l for t h e official Convention P h o t o g r a p h . Convention Luncheon Brother Jerry L. M a r t i n was toastmaster for the luncheon which was held in the Seton H a l l R o o m of the Military Park Hotel. Vocal selections were rendered by Brother James Hall, Concert Artist of Alpha G a m m a L a m b d a Chapter, New York City. T h e luncheon address was delivered by o u r most able, dynamic General President, Brother F r a n k L. Stanley, Sr. T h e topic of his address was "Alpha's Golden Year." H e brought great laughter to t h e delegation with his very timely jokes at t h e beginning of his talk. I n his discourse, h e gave his first hand in fori nation from scenes in the southland, especially, t h e fight for freedom, u n d e r the leadership of Brother M. L. King; review of the p l a n n i n g for the Buffalo Convention,


tional activities of t h e fraternity. H e evaluated the Chicago Convention; discussed features of t h e coming 50th Anniversary Convention in Buffalo; raised the question of t h e decline of the m e m b e r s h i p of t h e fraternity a n d emphasis of t h e Reclamation programs o n t h e local level; a n d the accomplishments of Alpha P h i Alpha, in o u r present society of changing concepts, such as the committee o n the study of N e g r o problems, which recently m e t in Washington, D . C ; and t h e accomplishments in t h e area of Civil Rights, especially t h e recent efforts of Brothers King a n d Shores in Montgomery, Alabama. A r o u n d of applause was given to the General Secretary by the Convention delegates for this informative report t o the Convention. At this point, Brother Picott recognized the presence of Brother R . L. H o l l a n d of Buffalo, New York a n d requested h i m to make a few comments on the Buffalo Convention. Brother H o l l a n d stated that plans were completed for t h e convention; a n d urged the brothers to a t t e n d this convention a n d b r i n g their wives a n d children. U p o n t h e m o t i o n of Brother Colem a n a n d second by Brother Broaddus, the Convention voted to urge every b r o t h e r in t h e C h a p t e r including wives a n d children to a t t e n d the Buffalo Convention a n d that t h e official chapter delegation should consist of a t least six persons. A U G U S T , 1956

MISSISSIPPI BROTHERS FORM STATE CONFERENCE OF ALPHA CHAPTERS Brother Williams. President of Security Lifa Insurance Co., is shown (right, ioreground) receiving the well wishes of Brother Lewis O. Swingler. Memphis. Tenn., who succeeded him as Southern Vice-President. Brother Swingler gave the principal message prior to formation of the Mississippi State Conference of Alpha Phi Alpha Chapters on the campus of Tougaloo College. Mississippi. Alpha Phi Alpha men of Tougaloo, Mississippi, formed the second state-wide organization in the Southern Jurisdiction, and under leadership of Brother Walter Washington, newly elected president, expect to foster an aggressive social action program based on the traditions, tenets, and ideals of their beloved fraternity. Chapters represented here include Gamma Upsilon. Tougaloo College, official host to the conference; Delta Kappa. Alcorn State College; Delta Phi, Jackson State College; Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Jackson, Miss.; and Epsilon Xi Lambda. Mound Bayou. Clarksdale. Mississippi . . . One of the first major actions taken by the State Conference of Alpha Phi Alpha Chapters after its formation was to study ways and means to combat economic, political, and social pressure by reactionary forces. Brothers of Alcorn State College made a report of the status of their chapter, now under political scrutiny of the White Citizens Council.


social features of the program and speakers who are planning to participate; the effort of the National Office to reclaim 10,000 active brothers by the time of the Buffalo Convention; and the final challenge to the delegation. He challenged the brothers to "put the fraternity first in your personal life and in our golden year may we take the path of our founders." Brother Stanley was given a great ovation by the delegation for the heart warming report, as well as his address which laid the ground work for the Workshop Sessions which followed immediately after the luncheon. Report of Workshops Workshop Iâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Undergraduate Problems, Relations and Participation. Leader, Brother George Hughes, President Eta Chapter, New York City. The members discussed the decline of undergraduate membership emphasizing the following points: 1. Not due primarily to program alone. 2. Negative public opinion. 3. Increasing competition of white fraternities. 4. Financial support from graduate chapters. 5. Study of undergraduate potential membership. 6. I n c r e a s e d relations between graduate a n d undergraduate chapters. Workshop II. Social Action for Integration. Leader, Brother Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., Beta Chapter, Washington, D. C.

Brother Robinson reported for Workshop II. He reported the group thinking in terms of: I. Objectives of integration, where are we going? II. Means to achieve objectives: a. Relating goals to individual community problem. b. Power structures, political, economic, religion, vote and ballot. c. Responsibility of Alpha men. d. Affect upon Negro business. e. More emphasis on racial identity. III. Summary 1. Alpha must be socially active, the future demands it of us. 2. Alpha men have responsibility to be socially aware, socially alert; stimulating and organizing social action programs. 3. We believe, Alpha men are in action; we are in the fore-front and full citizenship demands social activityThe report was received by unanimous vote of the convention.

every chapter to make a concerted effort to promote and follow some phase of this program to an ultimate and productive conclusion. 1. In our education for citizenship, let Alpha take the lead and hold the lead in preparing the uninitiated persons for their roles in a full and total citizenship. 2. Initiate Big Brother Movements. Let every member of a chapter work with some younger person, regardless of his fraternal inclinations, so that the young person becomes a worthy citizen. 3. Periodically, each chapter should sponsor a speaker or lecturer to bring to the chapter or the community a message or information on the events of the day. 1. Pet Alpha educate the public on the role played by the NAACP, National Urban League and like organizations, to the end, that the purposes of these organizations would be fully understood by the public. T h e report was received by unanimous vote of the convention.

Report of Convention Committees

The Report of the Recommendations and Resolutions Committee was given by the Chairman, Brother R. Maurice Moss, Gamma Iota Lambda Chapter, Brooklyn, New York. The Committee reported the following recommendations and resolutions for the convention consideration: 1. That a committee, on the Regional Basis, be appointed and charged with making a detailed study of the problems involved in enlarging Alpha's membership, and with considering and making recommendations on the various proposals submitted by the brothers for ways of accomplishing the desired end: a larger Alpha membership. Approved by Convention. 2. That the Committee considered the problem posed by the suggestion for setting up a series of awards on a regional basis. While recognizing the values inherent in these incentive awards the Committee was also conscious of the dangers involved. The Committee therefore recommended that a special committee be established and charged with a full study of this entire question with their recommendations to be submitted to the body authorized to establish or initiate such awards. Approved by Convention. 3. The Committee took note of the need expressed at the Chicago Convention for a definitive study of

Citizenship Committee: The Report of the Citizenship Committee was given by Brother Robert H. Levister, Stamford, Connecticut. The committee recognizes the dire need for a present, definite and active program by which we can look to growth and posterity. The committee offers the following suggestions for Alpha's program and we sincerely urge that we in the East challenge

CHARTER PRESENTATION Officers of the newly founded Zeta Omicron Lambda Chapter of Philadelphia view their Charter held by General President Frank L. Stanley, left, and Robert E. Moose, Chapter President. Eastern Vice-President. Dr. I. Rupert Picott (not shown) presented the Charter during a banquet honoring the occasion on April 26. Looking on from left to right are: Edward Wilkins, Treasurer; Kermit J. Hall. Parliamentarian and Chairman of the National Budget Committee; Russell L. Brown. Corresponding Secretary and Editor to Sphinx; Emery Utterbeck. Sergeant-at-Arms; Brother Stanley; Robert Smith, Toastmaster: Roger Gordon. VicePresident; Brother Moose; Frank Smith, Financial Secretary; David Warrington, Chaplain and Hugo Marcos, Secretary.


Recommendations and Resolutions Committees


the whole process of collecting charity, and other funds and the method of choosing beneficiaries thereof. The Committee recommended that the Eastern Regional Convention go on record as urging that the study authorized at Chicago be given priority on the Executive Council's agenda for an early determination and direction to the Fraternity. Approved by Convention. 4. The Committee rejected that idea of appointing Regional Chaplains. Instead, it called attention to the inclusion of the Alpha Funeral Ritual in the newly issued manuel and recommended that the obligation be laid on each chapter's Chaplain to see that deceased Alpha Brothers are conducted into Omega Chapter in the proper Alpha manner. Approved by the Convention. 5. The Committee recommended endorsement of the suggestion that each Greek letter organization (Alpha and non-Alpha) afford the opportunity at every formal affair given under their auspices to contribute to the Fight for Freedom Fund. Approved by Convention. 6. The Committee recommended endorsement of the provisions of funds to the Montgomery Improvement Association by the various chapters but suggested that the efforts of individual groups be geared in with the proposals made, and to be made, by the National President. Approved by Convention. The Committee made note of the initiation of a liasion committee representative of all chapters in the New York area and of some other efforts along this same line. The Committee recommended that these efforts be applauded and encouraged, where two or more chapters exist side-by side. Approved by Convention. 8. The Committee recommended rejection of the suggestion that the office of the National Secretary be instructed to secure the necessary cuts and produce a standardized stationary to be sold to the chapters. The Committee believes the idea to be impractical and to place an undue burden on the office of the General Secretary; hence its rejection. The rejection was approved by the Convention but with opposition. 9. The Committee took note of statements that the rules regarding transfers from one chapter to another, particularly in the case of certain suspended brothers, have been violated, and recommended that the Convention go on record as urging the strengthening and strict application of the rules in this regard. Approved by Convention. AUGUST, 1956

10. The Committee recommended that, in addition to other actions relating to Brother M. L. King of Montgomery, Alabama taken by this Convention, that the presiding officer, (Bro. Picott) be authorized to communicate by telegram to Brother King the feeling of the deep appreciation of his Brothers in Alpha gathered in Newark for the fine leadership he has given in a most difficult situation. Approved by Convention. 11. While the Committee made no formal resolution on the subject, it authorized its Chairman (Brother Moss) to include in his report words of appreciation to the New Jersey Alphas and to everyone that had a share in any manner in the success of the convention. Approved by the convention. Observations and comments were made by Brother Philip Hoggard of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter concerning attendance and procedure to be followed in future conventions. He suggested that a survey be made to determine procedures and desires of the brothers. The suggestion was received and Brother Picott stated that the suggestion was timely and would be taken under advisement. The General President, Brother Frank L. Stanley, was presented to the Convention for a few words. Brother

Stanley expressed appreciation for the opportunity to appear before the Eastern Regional Convention and to share in the great fellowship of the Eastern Region. He expressed concern with Alpha Brothers' sons becoming Alpha men. He was sorry that he could not remain for the Sunday morning service because he had an early flight scheduled to Illinois. The final note of the session was a lucid statement, "As We Go From Here," by Brother L. A. Fowlkes of Newport News, Virginia. The business session was adjourned with prayer by the Convention Chaplain, Brother Reverend Charles Taylor. The climax of this great convention was witnessed on Sunday morning, at the public worship at St. James A. M. E. Church when Brother E. Frederick Morrow, Administrative Office for the Special Projects Group in the Executive Office of the President, The White House, Washington, D. C , delivered his dynamic, inspiring address to this audience. A gold plaque was presented to Brother Morrow, for his distinguished service by the Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter. The presentation was made by Brother J. Thomas Flagg, Jr., President of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter, Newark, New Jersey.

THE SPHINX CLUB OF DELTA XI CHAPTER OF WILBERFORCE. OHIO Kneeling, left to right: Curtis Washington and John Mason. Standing, first row: Lawrence Jones, Monroe Freeman. Freeman, Nathaniel Green. Green, Alfred Hicks. William Smith, Jr.. and Charles Mitchell. Second row: Richard Weaver, Taylor Perry. Wilmer Smith, Ronald Boyd, Lee Donaldson, Raymond Swan. Third row: Clady Hubbard. Hubbard, George Alexander, Ray Hicks. lames James R. Anderson, Jr., Jewel T. Bates. Brother Tom Hunter. Not pictured: Tom Brown and Kenneth Green.


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MISS CAROLYN FRAZIER Charming Sweetheart of Gamma Delta Chapter.

MISS BEVERLY BLOOD Former Sweetheart of Gamma Delta Chapter. now reigns as Miss Arkansas State.

BROTHER RUFUS D. BROWN Vice-President-elect. Student Government. 1956-57. Arkansas State A. M. & N.

Undergraduate Chapter Contributes To Intellectual Atmosphere "Build thee O more stately mansions O my soul, as the swift seasons roll" . . . The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes. PINE B L U F F , Ark.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gamma Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., wishes to greet you on our Golden Anniversary. The years of our existence on the campus of Arkansas A. M. and N . College have been fruitful in many ways. We, as Alpha men, have contributed immeasurably to the social and intellectual atmosphere. Monetary remuneration has been at a minimum while services rendered have been at the maximum. Through pictorial representation that follows we shall "spotlight" some of the many things that Gamma Delta has done to maintain the highest standards of Alphadom.



G a m m a Delta In Leadership G a m m a Delta is proud to report that within the six years that we have had the Student Government organization on our campus four of the presidents have been Alpha men. Other Alpha men in leadership, (for the school year 1955-56) are: Vice-President of Student Government Ralph Jacques, Treasurer of Student Government, Charles McClinton, Editor of the Yearbook, Leroy Terrell. The Alpha men elected for the school year 1956-57 are Vice-President Little Brother Rufus Brown, Editor of the Arkansawyer, (the school paper) Charles Walker, and Editor of the yearbook, George Walker. Alpha is also highly represented in other organizations on our campus. Brother Ray


BROTHER McKINLEY NASH Co-captain. Football Team. Works hard Gamma Delta Chapter.

BROTHER EDDIE BURNS An outstanding Sphinxman, captain. Gamma Delta Chapter Basketball team.

SPHINXMAN JOSEPH NAPOLEON Star quarterback of Golden Lions Football Squad. Winner of 1955 Gamma Delta Scholarship.

Harold O'Neal, Vice-President of the Junior Class, President of Alpha Psi Omega Dramatics Fraternity, Brother Grover Lewis, President of the Science Club, President of Beta Kappa Chi (Science Honor Society), Vice-President of Men's Dormitory III, Business Manager of the Yearbook Staff. Brother Walker, Secretary of the Agriculture Club for two years, Secretary of Gamma Delta for two years, Parliamentarian of the Junior Class, Editor of the Arkansawyer (school paper). Brother Carlton Veazey, President of the College Choir, Vice-President of Gamma Delta, VicePresident of the Sociology Club. G a m m a Delta in Sports During the last five years Gamma Delta has represented Alpha well in the college Intramural Association. We have won four championships in basketball and lost only two games within the last five years. In football the last four co-captains were Alphas. Gamma Delta In Social Life

1955-56 GAMMA DELTA'S INTRAMURAL CHAMPIONS Winner of Semi-Professional State-Wide Tournament

This might be rather hard to believe but Brother Samuel Benson and Brother William Hendrix were the first Negro disc jockeys to appear on the local broadcasting station here in Pine Bluff. Brother Charles Piller was named actor of the year by the Department of Dramatics. Brothers Herbert Carter, Ray O'Neal and Lewis Lassiter were recently initiated into Alpha Psi Omega Dramatic Fraternity. Brother Lassiter is also President of Woodraft Art Guild, and is an Artist of great promise. G a m m a Delta's Float won first place over all other Greek-letter organizations and second place in the Homecoming Parade. G a m m a Delta in Scholarship Gamma Delta Chapter has retired the scholarship trophy twice within the last four years, since the Pan-Hellenic Council started giving it four years ago. During the last school year one third of the persons selected as Who's Who Among College Students, were Alpha men. They were: Brothers Herbert Carter, Ralph Jacques, Charles McClinton, Vernon Webb, Grover Lewis, and McKinley Nash.

AUGUST, 1956



'Best Planned' Regional Convened in Durham DURHAM, N. C—One of the best planned and executed conferences held in the South goes to the credit of brothers of Beta Theta Lambda, the graduate chapter; and Gamma Beta, undergraduate chapter on the campus of North Carolina State College. Spearheading the conference as to arrangements were Brothers N. H. Bennett, regional director for North Carolina, who served as chairman of the Steering Committee; and L. B. Frazier, chapter president of Beta Theta Lambda, general chairman. The Public Program . . . featuring the appearance of His Honor, Mayor E. J. Evans, who personally appeared to give the Welcome Address. The presence of Brother Frank L. Stanley, General President, who came from Louisville, Ky. to make the key address. The presentation of a Citation to Miss Roberta Church, Consultant for Minority Groups, U. S. Department of Labor, Washington, D. C , for working so closely with Alpha Phi Alpha during the past year in the promotion of its vocational guidance program, and Education for Citizenship Campaign. During the public session, the Southern Vice-President made an appeal to the congregation for a contribution to aid leaders of the Mont-

gomery, Alabama Bus Boycott. More than $100.00 were contr.buted in the matter of moments, and started what was likely to become a "chain reaction" toward this end. Several local leaders in Durham promised to follow Alpha's lead and continue the fundraising campaign on behalf of our hard-pressed people in Montgomery. Conducted Tour and Dinner, given through the courtesy of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. No trip to Durham is ever complete without the inspiring experience of a visit to the home office of North Carolina . . . largest business in the world under Negro ownership. It was Alpha's rare fortune to have had the personal interest and participation of top company officials, including President Kennedy, in the sponsorship of the tour and dinner that followed. President Kennedy extended a cordial greeting to the delegates and visiting Alpha brothers, and later attended our public program. He was presented by Brother William (Billy) Clement, who cut short a business mission to Richmond, Va. to be back in time for the Regional Conference. Brother Clement is also one of the prominent young officials of North Carolina Mutual Life. Three Noteworthy Panels . . . All

three of the panels, stressing various aspects of the conference theme, "New Challenges in Education for Citizenship," projected some of the finest minds in Alphadom, and gave the delegates a wealth of information to take back to their respective chapters and communities. It is significant to note also that not a single brother scheduled for participation on a panel was absent. The three panels and discussants included: • New Careers and Vocations . . . featuring Brothers Hobart Jarrett, Bennett College; W. H. Robinson, Professor of Physics, North Carolina College; Dr. A. Elder, President of North Carolina College; and W. H. Williams, former Vice-President of the Southern Jurisdiction, and president of Security Life Insurance Company, Jackson, Mississippi. • New Challenges in Social and Cultural Life . . . Brothers E. E. Frank, Jr., Morehouse College; Otie L. West, Shaw University; Brodes Hartley, Florida A. and M. University; Lavonne Chambers, North Carolina College; and Clarence Branch, Assistant Vice-President, A. and I. State University, Nashville, who served as moderator. • New Challenges in Politics and Public Administration . . . Brothers A. H. Anderson, Principal, Park School, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Jacob R. Henderson, former Vice-President of the Southern Jurisdiction, Atlanta, Ga.; J. T. Taylor, North Carolina College. Closed Banquet . . . featured a (Continuedon Page 57)

REGIONAL CONFERENCE AT DURHAM, N. C. REFLECTS PROGRESS IN SOUTHERN JURISDICTION Conference theme was "New Challenges in Education for Citizenship." Presiding over the conference as vice-president of the Southern Jurisdiction was Brother Lewis O. Swingler, of Memphis, Tennessee. The Vice-President is shown front row with General President Frank L. Stanley General Secretary, James E. Huger; Director of Education, Dr. William H. Hale; Regional Directors Cecil Boston, Walter H. Washington Wilson Hubert. Robert Jacox. Noah H. Bennett, Wesley Whetstone, former Southern Vice-President William H. (Duke) Williams, former Southern Vice-President J. R. Henderson, and Dr. Jimmie Green; and Assistant Vice-President Clarence Branch, A. and I. State University, Nashville, who had charge of the undergraduate session.



Gamma Iota Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Some of the present officers. Seated left to right: Brothers I. Avery Smith, president; Frank L. Hailstolk, vice-president. Standing, left to right: Brothers Isadore Liddie. financial secretary; Albert A. Edwards, associate editor to the Sphinx. Martin L. Arrington, treasurer. Not in the picture are the following officers: Brothers Thomas E. Mason, recording secretary; Gerald L. Norman, parliamentarian; Emerson Jones, sergeant-at-arms; Claude L. Franklin, Henry Hucles, III, Sandy F. Ray. Grant Shockley, chaplains; Cecil C. Gloster. Joseph H. Mahood, Jr., R. Maurice Moss. members of the executive committee. Past Presidents: B-others Herbert T. Miller. Franklin H. Williams. William H. Hurst, Jr., Joseph H. Mahood. Jr., William G. Holly and Maurice Moss.

C h a r t e r e d May 15, 1945. with 17 m e m b e r s P r e s e n t active m e m b e r s h i p 42 H o m e c h a p t e r of t h e late J e w e l E u g e n e Kinckle J o n e s H o m e c h a p t e r of P r e s i d e n t i a l C a n d i d a t e , B r o t h e r J u d g e Myles A. Paige R e p r e s e n t e d at every G e n e r a l C o n v e n t i o n a n d every Eastern R e g i o n a l C o n v e n t i o n since its organization Co-sponsored the E u g e n e Kinckle J o n e s T e s t i m o n i a l L u n c h e o n a n d t h e Myles Page T e s t i m o n i a l D i n n e r A w a r d s college scholarships to deserving h i g h school g r a d u a t e s from the local c o m m u n i t y P r e s e n t m e m b e r s h i p d r a w n from the following fields: Business Martin L. Arrington, William E. Jackson, Joseph T. Johnson, Paul McFall, Thomas E. Mason, Alvin Steele. Chemical Engineering William G. Holly. Medicine Cecil C. Gloster, A. B. Lee, John W. Parker, Jr., Fred Richards, Joseph Thomas, C. E. Terry. Medical Therapy Cecil R. Forster. Dentistry Harry Boston, Hortenius Chennault, AUGUST, 1956

Joseph A. Johnson, Chauncey F. Levy, Frank W. McCoy, C. J. Valdez. Education Aaron Brown, Albert Smith. Housing Management Frank L. Hailstolk. Judiciary Myles A. Paige. Labor Law J. Avery Smith. Law William H. Hurst, Jr., Isadore Liddie, Gerald L. Norman, William Staves.

. . . 1954 a w a r d e d to B r o t h e r J o h n E d w a r d Lowry a special p l a q u e as o u r A l p h a M a n of the Year w h e n h e b e c a m e t h e first m a n of color to b e P r e s i d e n t of t h e Q u e e n s Medical Society a n d a T r u s t e e of t h e Q u e e n s b o r o L i b r a r y Board. Ministry Claude L. Franklin, Henry Hucles, III, Sandy F. Ray, Grant S. Shockley. Mortician Joseph H. Mahood, Jr. Music Lyndon Caldwell Pharmacy Robert Baker, Reginald Taylor. Sanitation Engineering Joseph Hackett. Social Work Albert A. Edwards, Emerson James, R. Maurice Moss, Harold Taylor. PAGE 29


PL -Atpka -.After 50 IJearS By BROTHER AARON BROWN Gamma Iota Lambda

NEW YORK, N. Y. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; What will follow in this brief evaluative statement has four major limitations: (1) it concerns primarily the undergraduate chapters; (2) it points up, for purposes of challenge, the non-glorious aspects of our Fraternity actions; (3) it is governed by those restrictions which aie implied by the fact that the Sphinx is not read by members only; and (4) it is based upon one man's appraisal. Many brothers may ask by what right have I to dish out unsolicited criticisms and suggestions. I believe a justification can be given by enumerating my qualification in this matter. I have been a member of the organization for thirty-one years, having been initiated as a freshman, in 1925 by Alpha Beta Chapter. I was president of my undergraduate chapter and served two graduate chapters as president. I was for three years a national vice-president. I have more than twenty years of experience in school work as a college teacher, registrar, dean and president. In my present position I am working with three universities and sixteen colleges located in five states and the District of Columbia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; twenty undergraduate chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha are in these institutions. Couple with this background my genuine love for the Fraternity and you have justification for what I am to say. Fraternities are as old as our nation for Phi Beta Kappa was organized on December 5, 1776, at William and Mary College, Virginia. However, Kappa Alpha Society, organized on November 26, 1825, is about the oldest in point of continuous life. During the one hundred and eighty years since Phi Beta Kappa literally hundreds of fraternities have sprung up all over the country. The salient point, as far as this article is concerned, is that these organizations were usually founded on college campuses. The so-called "Negro" fraternities were all started on college campuses. Alpha Phi Alpha (no longer a "Negro" fraternity) is the oldest having been



founded five years before Omega Psi Phi. The latter was founded at Howard University in 1911, Kappa Alpha Psi at the University of Indiana in 1911 and Phi Beta Sigma at Howard University in 1914. Alph Phi Alpha set the standards for those which followed. We paved the way for other fraternities. They did not face the problems such as faculty and administrative opposition which our organization faced. Alpha Phi Alpha can be justly proud of its fifty years of leadership and constructive accomplishments. Its records of outstanding achievement are legion. The "Negro" fraternities had fewer college men to draw from in the early years yet they were more highly selected. There were only 2,624 Negroes in institutions of higher learning in 1900. By 1950 the number had grown to 71,000 or twenty-eight (28) times the 1900 figure. It is estimated that today there are well in excess of 100,000 Negroes attending colleges and universities. More than half of this number are men. Incidentally, the percentage of Negroes attending predominantly Negro colleges is rapidly decreasing. More and more Ne-

groes are attending the integrated institutions. This trend will accelerate. A recent issue of the Sphinx, Vol. XLI, No. 3, October, 1955, p. 35, carried a membership analysis of the Fraternity. It is observed that from 1949 to 1956 the undergraduates decreased from 3,034 to 1,862 during the six year period. Such a trend is not reflected in the graduate figures. The sharp decline in undergraduates should be of grave concern to the organization. I ought point out here that I secured membership figures from Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma which also reveal a drop in undergraduates. But, in two cases the decline was in no way as sharp as ours. I am aware of college enrollment figures. I am also aware of the fact that our total membership growth is largely in the graduate chapters. This, to me, is not a healthy sign because we are mainly a college organization. If we stop growing in undergraduate membership then the future is fatalistic. It is serious that we have fewer undergraduate chapters than graduate chapters. The implication becomes more serious when we consider the fact that the average size of the undergraduate chapter is six less than the average size for graduate chapters. During the time I served as a national officer I conducted a rather careful survey of chapter activities. One outcome of the investigation, which is very pertinent here, was the revelation that the most able and active members of graduate chapters were those brothers who had been in undergraduate chapters. Our most urgent need is to find ways to stimulate growth both in quantity and quality of undergraduate chapters. The following non-glorious actions and results need our serious attention. They should disturb us to the point of constructive action. They are what I consider the major reasons for the decline in our undergraduate membership: 1. Too little emphasis has been placed upon the basic objectives and purTHE SPHINX

poses of the organization. We have not capitalized on our "Go-to-High School — Go-to-College" campaign. Too few have been touched by our "A Voteless People is a Hopeless People." Likewise, we have not put over where most needed our efforts for "scholarship," "manly deeds," a n d "citizenship." 2. In many colleges, I have observed, the fraternity is too expensive. Too much is being spent on "frolic" and "frills." I recall that one undergraduate chapter at a time taxed its members $25.00 each for a formal when half of these Brothers were having difficulty paying their college fees for board and room. The results of the feeling to "keep up with the Jonses" can be disastrous. 3. We have been responsible, along with other Greek-letter organizations, for permitting college men over whom we had influence to become sloven in their scholarship and slipshod in study habits. I have heard Alpha men extol the "virtue" of the manly "C." In some cases more emphasis has been placed on the "average" grade than some others placed on the honor grades. 4. We have in a variety of ways allowed many people to gain the impression that Alpha Phi Alpha men are snobs. At the 1,000 attendance dinner given a few months ago for Brother Myles Page in Brooklyn, this point was alluded to by a most influential person. 5. We have not been as diligent as we should have been during the last fifty years in acquiring property for fraternity houses. I recall several opportunities which we have missed to secure houses which could have been useful and self-liquidating. Such facilities on or near college campuses would bear most pleasing fruit. 6. We have not given adequate attention to the implications of a rapidly approaching integrated public school system. Much groundwork should have been already laid to secure benefits for membership growth rather than permit this new social pattern to decrease our numbers. 7. Closely allied with No. 6 above, is a trend toward an increasing number of Negroes attending large Eastern and Mid-Western colleges and universities. Alhough the trend has been in operation for some time, very little has been done constructively to compete with other Greek-letter organizations on these campuses for high quality candidates. 8. Fraternity membership does not AUGUST, 1956

T . B. Patient Makes Appeal Sunshine Hospital 700 Fuller Avenue, N . E. Grand Rapids, Michigan Dear Friend. John Ruskin said, "This is the help above all others, find out how to make people useful and let them earn their money instead of asking for it." As patients here in the hospital convalescing from tuberculosis, we do some work to help maintain ourselves and our families. We make and sell many kinds of handiwork in leather, wool, cotton, and nylon, under the supervision of the Michigan State Rehabilitation Service. The finest materials and workmanship go into these articles — many take weeks to complete. We are featuring the following: 1. LUXURY NYLON STOLE — 100 per cent easy-care nylon, with soft homemade tassels of washable metallic thread tracing throughout. They are ideal for gifts, birthdays, graduation, etc., and usable the year around. Extra wide — 20" x 70" — knitted to perfection. $2.00 with order, balance — C. O. D . 2. LADIES S H O U L D E R BAGS — Hand carved leather, laced with full South American motif carved on flap, front, and back. Inside complete. Very large — 10" x 8" x 3 " (tan or natural). $10.00 each — $2.00 with order, balance C.O.D. (Would sell for $18.00 anywhere) 3. L E A T H E R BILLFOLD — Finest laced leather, with your first name, last name, or initials carved in leather. We can carve your fraternal emblem on billfold if you wish . . . Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma. Alpha Psi Phi, I. B. P. O. E. of W., A.F. & A . M . etc. $6.00 each — any color. Specify (MEN) or (WOMEN) 4. KEY RINGS, COIN PURSES — $1.00 each. 5. ANY ARTICLE YOU W A N T IN L E A T H E R OR K N I T G O O D S . If you, your friends or fraternal members, would like to assist with an order, we would greatly appreciate it. It would help a lot. 1 was associated with the law office of Brother Shores of Birmingham for five years. Member of Elks, Masons, Omicron Lambda and National Bar Association. Very sincerely yours, FRED CURTIS

seem to have the prestige now which it formerly had. Therefore, most of the Greek-letter organizations are alert to ways of attracting outstanding applicants. I have recently observed some rather startling techniques in this regard. Alpha Phi Alpha on many campuses has not explored the variety of procedures employed by our competitors. A better selling job must be done if we are to continue to attract the highest caliber of college men. In

Dr. Alfred McClung Lee's recent book, Fraternities Without Brotherhood, can be found much material to challenge in this important matter of recruitment. (The book can be secured from the Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street, Boston 8, Massachusetts for $1.95). 9. We are receiving keener competition from other fraternities which we ought meet on the campus. One example comes to mind — a report from a leading Southern college reveals that most of the academic and extra-class activities honors were won by fraternity men who were not Alpha men. To me, coming from Alpha Beta where the Balfour Cup was consistently won, this is most disturbing. Alpha Phi Alpha must not take second place but should set the standard. 10. Many college presidents who are Alpha Phi Alpha men do not encourage their undergraduate chapters as much as the presidents who are members of other fraternities. I feel quite certain about this belief which is based upon many years of careful observation. We must find ways, governed by high professional ideals, to promote the welfare of our own fraternity at the undergraduate level. 11. The decline in undergraduate membership is occasioned by many other factors. Not the least among them are: military service; transferring to institutions where no Alpha chapters exist; dropping out before developing a real attachment to the Fraternity; and poor scholarship. The Fraternity has not met these problems on most campuses. 12. We have made some rather regretful judgments regarding applicants. Without too much effort, one could make a rather formidable list of distinguished men who tried to become Alpha men but we were "too selective." I am not advocating "an open door" policy but I do think we ought give more careful attention to the men on our campuses who want to be Alpha Phi Alpha men. Now that I have pointed up some negative implications, I want to list a few ways by which the situation can be greatly improved. 1. Place more emphasis upon the basic purposes of the Fraternity. Substitute "Help Week" for "Hell Week." Institute a tutelage system on the campus. Set up a guidance and counselling service. 2. We must develop more concern for the undergraduate. The Fraternity is making much progress in this regard but the trend must be accelerated and there should be more variety. The (Continued on Page 59) PAGE 31

*iツ・i&t&Uf OF DELTA EPSILON LAMBDA CHAPTER EAST. ST. LOUIS, 111.窶認or many years prior to 1947, Brothers in East St. Louis, Illinois, which is on the eastern side of the Mississippi River, had always been active members of Epsilon Lambda Chapter in St. Louis, Missouri. On December 4, 1947, Brother William Lovelace of Cincinnati, Ohio, the then Vice-President of the Midwestern Region, came to East St. Louis and established a Chapter for the Brothers on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, namely: Delta Epsilon Lambda. There are now 18 active Brothers. The Chapter sponsors an Annual Spring Formal, Picnic in conjunction with the Wives Auxiliary, and an Annual Founder's Day Banquet program which is given each year in honor of the athletes of the local high school. A scholarship is given to the ranking male student of the Dunbar High School's June and January graduating classes annually. Among the members of the Chapter are leaders in various fields of activity in the city of East St. Louis. Brother Billy Jones, the General Counsel of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is the President and one of the founders of the chapter.

IN OUR DEAR ALPHA PHI ALPHA . . . Brothers join in Hymn at the close of the 1955 Founder's Day Banquet.



FOUNDER'S DAY SPEAKER Brother loseph Taylor. Proiessor oi History at Dillard University, who gave the address at the 1955 Founder's Day Banquet.

Brother William Williams presents plaque to Mrs. A. M. Jackson in honor of her late husband's services as coach at Lincoln High School. East St. Louis. Illinois.

ALPHA PRINCIPALS WITH PRESIDENT OF CHAPTER Leit to right: Elijah Langiord. Principal oi Carver and Garfield Schools; R. M. Miller. Principal oi Lincoln High School; Billy Jones, President oi East St. Louis Chapter and General Counsel; Thomas Fagen, Principal oi Garrison School. Not shown in the picture are John T. Caldwell. Principal of Denverside School, and Everett Singleton, Principal, Goode School. CoUinsville. Illinois. All but one of the principals in the East St. Louis area who are fraternity men. are Alphas.

WIDOW PRESENTS PLAQUE Coach Jackson's widow presents plaque in honor of her late husband to Brother R. M. Miller. Principal oi Lincoln High School.

GROUP OF BROTHERS DISCUSS THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION Sealed, left to right: Elijah Langiord, Principal oi Carver and Garfield Schools; R. M. Miller. Principal of Lincoln High School; Billy Jones. President oi the Chapter and General Counsel oi the Fraternity; Thomas M. Fagen. Principal oi Garrison School. Standing: William Williams, Supervisor, Illinois Youth Commission; Joseph O. Perry. Supervisor. Recreation, School District 189; R. Levelle Sykes. Druggist; Harold A. Thomas, Athletic Director and Corresponding Secretary oi Chapter; and Booker T. Blackwell. Manager oi Unity Mutual Liie Insurance Company and Vice-President of East St. Louis Chapter.

AUGUST, 1956

MEMBERS OF DELTA EPSILON LAMBDA CHAPTER OF EAST ST. LOUIS. ILLINOIS First row: Elliot McKinney, Recording Secretary: Booker T. Blackwell, Vice-President; Billy Jones. President; Joseph Perry, Financial Secretary; and Harold Thomas, Corresponding Secretary. Second row: Thomas M. Fagen, Thomas Wooten, Julius Higgins, Elijah Langiord. Back row: Levelle Sykes. Theodore Savage, R. M. Miller. David Kimball. William Williams. Not shown in the picture: Frank Lyerson, Everett Singleton. Edgar Green, and James Loveless.


Norfolk Grad Chapter Much Alive, 33 Strong NORFOLK, Va. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In answer to the call to present a brief history of the year's activities of the brothers in Alphadom in this our 50th Anniversary Edition, the Alpha Phi Lambda Graduate Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha returns to the Sphinx with its first report in several years. Currently composed of 33 active brothers, Alpha Phi Lambda, despite its absence, has, nevertheless, clung steadfast to the tradition of "service for all." Within the past year, Alpha Phi Lambda has not only carried out its Educational and Citizenship program but increased its ranks with the addition of four new brothers. Initiated into Alpha Phi Lambda during the year were Calvin M. Jacox, sports editor of the Norfolk Journal and Guide; Leroy Porter, assistant football coach at Norfolk's Booker Washington High School; The Rev. James C. Chambers, pastor of Norfolk's Covenant Presbyterian Church; and G. W. C. Brown, Jr., electrical engineer, Norfolk Navy Yard. The foursome joined such distinguished brothers as J. J. Ballou, instructor on the staff of Norfolk State


College; Dr. J. H. Boyd, Lyman B. Brooks, director of Norfolk State College; G. W. C. Brown, Sr., director Norfolk State College Evening College; Russell Chavious, Dr. S. F. Coppage, William Craig, instructor on the staff of Norfolk State College; Dan Douglas, Dr. A. C. Fentress, T. R. Green, The Rev. J. B. Henderson, pastor, Bank Street Baptist Church; Welton Henderson, principal of Lott Carey School; H. Hewitt, Reginald Hughes, Jerome Jones, A. W. Jordan, J. W. Jordan, Richard B. Martin, rector of Grace Episcopal Church; Andrew Arthur Neal, Arthur Sears, Jr., Dr. J. S. Selden, H. S. Tilden, Dr. A. J. Wells, Leo V. Williams, Lloyd Williams, John Wood, Clement Wortham, P. B. Young, Jr. and Thomas W. Young. Throughout the year these brothers made personal and chapter contributions to the community and Alpha Phi Alpha. Brother Brooks and his students moved into Norfolk State's new million dollar building on the new campus located on Corprew Avenue; Brother T. W. Young was among the Negro publishers who met with VicePresident Richard Nixon and Attorney General Brownell to discuss the





ALPHA PHI LAMBDA CHAPTER WORSHIPS Members of Norfolk's Alpha Phi Lambda Graduate Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity attended Covenant Presbyterian Church. In the above photo the Rev. James C. Chambers. the pastor, is shown welcoming his fraternity brothers. He is shaking hands with chapter president Leo V. Williams . . . Looking on in the background from left to right are: Brothers John Wood. Theodore R. Green, Lloyd Williams. Dr. lames H. Boyd, Calvin M. Jacox, George W. C. Brown, Jr., Dr. A. J. Wells, Daniel Douglas (face partially hidden by Rev. Mr. Chambers' shoulder), William Craig and Dr. John S. Selden, Jr. In the left foreground is Dr. S. F. Coppage . . . Also attending the services at the new church, which was completed last November, were Clement Wortham (behind Mr. Wood at the left) and Thomas W. Young who was behind the camera.


Civil Rights problem; Brother J. B. Henderson was named Vice-President of the 1955-56 Lott Carey Convention and in addition was a vigorous foe of Virginia's attitude toward the school integration problem via a wellwritten column in the Norfolk Journal and Guide; Brother Martin was elected 1955-56 president of the Norfolk Clericus, an organization of Episcopal ministers in the Tidewater area and Brother P. B. Young, Jr., was the recipient of the Gold Key prize for services to the nation's schools. Thirtynine other persons, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, received the award at the 28th annual convention of the American Association of School Administrators in Atlantic City, N. J. During the year, the awarding of annual scholarships to deserving high school and junior college students was continued. The annual banquet for high school graduates was held; the second installment of the payment on a life membership in the NAACP was made and Education and Citizenship projects were conducted. Highlighting the social side of the chapter's activities for the year was the joining of the brothers of Alpha Phi Lambda; Epsilon Nu Lambda, Portsmouth and Epsilon Iota Lambda, Suffolk in presentation of the Sphinx Ball in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha. More than 60 brothers from the three chapters participated in making this an event to be remembered in the Tidewater area. Officers of the chapter this year are Leo V. Williams, president; Art Sears, Jr., vice-president; Calvin M. Jacox, Editor to Sphinx; T. R. Green, assistant secretary-treasurer; James C. Chambers, sergeant-at-arms; and Thomas W. Young, secretary-treasurer. Under President Williams, the chapter has inaugurated a dynamic program that is designed to increase the chapter's community activities. Alpha Phi Lambda brothers were active in local campaigns to increase the voting strength of Negroes in Virginia and Brothers Lyman B. Brooks and S. F. Coppage were among 51 persons honored by the Progressive Club of St. Paul's AME Church for service to the community as a civic leader and in the field of education. The chapter is currently in the midst of an extensive drive to reclaim inactive brothers; to assist in the community's fight to provide better housing facilities for Negroes in undeveloped areas of the city; to evaluate prospects for possible membership in the chapter; and to aid other organizations in the never ending struggle for (Continued on Page 57) THE SPHINX

CONGRATULATIONS!! CENTRAL STATE COLLEGE with its excellent program of Higher Education and cultural advancement, extends congratulations to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on its Fiftieth Anniversary. We join with you in this year of your anniversary in extending not only congratulations but also all good wishes for a more serviceable future. Negro Americans are challenged as never before in the areas of education, citizenship and culture. There is need for all of our institutional and organizational life to be continuously active in the years ahead as in the years now past. In the above spirit Central State College greets you and reminds you of its facilities for cooperation in education through: FULL STATE, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL ACCREDITATION Curricular Divisions: Arts and Sciences Business Agriculture Education Health and Physical Education

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CENTRAL STATE COLLEGE HAS A SOLUTION Faculty and students of Central State College enjoy working together. Here faculty and students of the Fine Arts Division design and construct miniature sets and costumes as they prepare for the presentation of the Greek classic "Oedipus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The King."

AUGUST, 1956


Gamma Mu Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The Gamma Mu Lambda Chapter was established on March 4, 1946 at Tallahassee, Florida with Bro. Dr. Wm. H. Gray, Jr., Southern Vice-President, presiding. The following named brothers are the Charter Members: M. G. Miles, President; Clifton R. Jones, Vice-President; Richard H. Dunn, Secretary; Dr. L. H. B. Foote, Treasurer; A. W. Wright, Parliamentarian; William A. Morris, Dr. W. H. Baker, E. E. Ware, Sr., R. V. Moore, L. A. Marshall, S. J. Washington, Dr. W. H. Gray, R. P. Griffin, J. H. Thomas, Dr. Jerome Matthews, James D. Browne, Jr., Thomas A. Harris. Since the chapter's inception, it has upheld strongly "Manly Deeds, Scholarship, And Love For All Mankind." From 1946 through the past general convention, Gamma Mu Lambda has sent one or more delegates to each Regional and National convention. At this convention there will be more than 25 Brothers ot Gamma Mu Lambda and their families to fellowship in the observance of fifty years of progress of our great Fraternity. The chapter has given $1500 in scholarship awards to students at The Florida A and M University. Three awards of $50.00 each is given during the observance of Alpha's Educational Week to the three young men in the freshmen class who have the highest scholastic averages. To date 30 young men have received such awards. Of this number 24 are Brothers who are holding up the name in various endeavors of life throughout the world while the 1956 recipients are in the Sphinx Club preparing to cross the Burning Sands someday. Gamma Mu Lambda's Roster for 1956 John W. Riley, Head of Dept. of History FAMU, President; A. J. Polk, Prof, of


Secondary Education FAMU, Vice-President; Dr. Emmett W. Bashful, Head Department Political Science, Secretary; Dr. Theodore B. Cooper, Professor of Education and Director Audio Visual Aids, Head Department of Secondary Education, Assistant Secretary; Dr. L. H. B. Foote, FAMU Medical Director, Treasurer; A. W. Wright, Sr., Professor of Education FAMU, Parliamentarian; Ernest D. Fears, Sr., Head of Carpentry FAMU, Chaplain; M. G. Miles, Director Student Activities FAMU, Associate Editor to Sphinx. Brothers of Tallahassee and Vicinity Dr. W. H. Baker, Physician; James H. Blow, Sr., Insurance Agent; Willie L. Bryant, Mail Carrier; W. E. Combs, State Coordinator of Secondary Education. Samuel Howell, Manager of Atlanta Life Insurance Co.; Marshall Jenkins, Principal McBride Junior High School; David Johnson, Principal Mayhow High School, Blountstown; James Neal, Physical Educational Instructor and Assistant Coach, Carter-Parramore High School, Quincy. Harry N. Nims, Basket Ball Coach and Instructor, Lincoln High School; T. Jan Perry, Sr., Administrator, Griffin Memorial Hospital, Bainbridge, Georgia; Dr. G. L. Porter, Executive Secretary, Florida State Teachers Association; Roy Rolle, Band Director, Lincoln High School; S. Tanner Stafford, Real Estateman; J. Harrison Thomas, Music Studio Operator; Willie Williams, Principal Gadsen County School. Of Florida A and M. University A. A. Abraham, Professor of Education; Walter M. Austin, Head Department Economics and Adviser to Beta Nu Chapter; James H. Blow, Jr., Instructor Mathematics; Thomas W. Bonds, Assistant Pro-

fessor Political Science; James F. Condell, Director Test Service Bureau; William E. Dandy, Instructor FAMU Demonstration School; Edward H. Debose, Director Housing in Men's Department; Willie Epps, Graduate Student; Dr. William P. Foster, Head Department of Music and Band Director; Dr. George W. Gore, Jr., President of the University; Robert Pete Griffin, Head Line Coach; Charles Hodges, Bookkeeper Business Office; Gerald Hooper, Assistant Professor Art. Dr. James Hudson, Head Department Philosophy and Religion, and Chaplain; Edward D. Irons, Director Auxilliary Funds; Miller H. Johnson, Medical Social Worker Hospital; Dr. Walter H. Johnson, Professor School of Agriculture; A. L. Kidd, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, College; Howard E. Lewis, Instructor Art; Paul G. Lewis, Assistant Analyst, Business Office; L. A. Marshall, State Itinerant Teacher Trainer; John Moland, Instructor of Sociology; Roy Partridge, Director Food Services; Reginald Pasteur, Graduate Student. Frank Pierce, Instructor, FAMU Demonstration School; Dr. M. C. Rhaney, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Harvey L. Robinson, Technician, Printing Department; Samuel Russell, Coordinator, Department of Industrial Education; Dr. L. J. Shaw, Professor of Education; Dr. Charles U. Smith, Head, Department of Sociology; Dr. Charles J. Stanley, Professor of Education; Edwin M. Thorpe, Registrar; E. E. Ware, Sr., Associate Professor of Biology; Macon Williams, Assistant Professor of Physical Education; A. W. Wright, Sr., Associate Professor of Secondary Education; Vernon Williams, Instructor of Mathematics: Joseph Jones, Assistant Professor of History.


GAMMA LAMBDA CHAPTER, ALPHA PHI ALPHA, FLORIDA A. AND M. UNIVERSITY. TALLAHASSEE. FLORIDA Reading, left to right (lower insert) Brothers Hodges. Fears. M. Johnson, (upper insert) (Dr.) Foote. Dr. Gore. E. M. Thorpe. Group picture. first row: Brothers Riley. Polk, (Dr.) Bashlul. (Dr.) Cooper, Howell; second row. Brothers Hooper. Bonds. (Dr.) Stanley. Lewis. Jones. (Dr.) Hud son, Moland. Blow. Williams, Wright; third row. Brothers Robinson, (Dr.) W. Johnson. (Dr.) Shaw, Epps, Pierce. Russell; fourth row. Brothers (Dr.) Foster. Rev. Miles, and (Dr.) Smith.

AUGUST, 1956


Beta Upsilon Marks 20th Year By B R O T H E R ALPHONSO POWE Assistant Editor to SPHINX

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Among the years that stand out in the illustrious history of the Alabama State College is the year 1936. For on April 15, 1936, twelve young men were initiated into the fraternal bond of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and b e c a m e t h e first undergraduate Greek-letter organization to be formed on this campus. The twelve young men, Charles Battle, George S. Bell, Douglas Bethune, Agustus Dickerson, William D. Graham, Elisha James, James E. McCorvey, Eddie L. Mitchell, Edward W. Morris, Alpheus C. Perry, Thomas Jan Perry, and Clarence T. Smiley were granted a charter to function under the chapter name of Beta Upsilon. Eager to learn of Alpha and to become a part of Alpha, these young men were chosen by faculty members

of the Graduate Chapter, Alpha Upsilon Lambda, and exemplified the traits characteristic of Alpha menâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is, brotherhood or friendship, leadership, scholarship, and service. Leaders in the move to have the chapter organized were Dr. J. Garrick Hardy and Dr. Cohen Simpson, members of the faculty. Speaking of their efforts, Brother Elisha James, one of the Charter Members, said, "Dr. Hardy and Dr. Simpson carried us through and we were quite impressed by all that they said and did." Other faculty members, equally as impressive, were Brothers G. L. Lockhart and C. J. Dunn. Challenged by the ideals which Alpha proclaimed, these young men immediately set out in quest of these ideals and kindled the torch that since has lighted the way toward Al-

pha for hundreds of men. Through succeeding years men of Beta Upsilon have met this challenge and in doing so, have distinguished themselves. They have been outstanding as student leaders, scholars, musicians, athletes, and in many other phases of student activity. As a result of their efforts, Beta Upsilon enjoys the distinction of being the most active undergraduate chapter at Alabama State College. After leaving Beta Upsilon its members have continued in the way of Alpha Phi Alpha. They are serving their communities in all walks of life and continue to bring honor and glory to their beloved Fraternity. Thus it is significant that we pause now, on the Fiftieth Anniversary of our Fraternity, to reflect upon our past achievements and to pay tribute TmrnmrnKMemmmemsmemmmaumanasm

BETA UPSILON MARKS 20 YEARS OF SERVICE Shown above are members of Beta Upsilon iollowing the observance of its 20th Year Anniversary. They are. first row, left to right: Brothers McDonald Comer. John Fields, Ira Avery. T. Jan Perry. Charter Member and speaker for the occasion; C. T. Smiley, Charter Member: Elisha lames. Charter Member; and Richard Jordon. Second row, they are. left to right: Brothers Harold Carter, Eugene Sawyer, lames Carter. Alfred Young. John Foster, Sam F. Grace, John Leonard, Morris Berry, Albert Van Bens, Dr. V. E. Daniels, advisor, and Dr. Archie Lacy, advisor. Third row. they are, left to right: Brothers Frank Williams, Samuel Winston; Caroll Allen, Alfonso Powe, Frank Brown, Thomas Gaston, Charles Bowling, Herman Morris, and Lewie Ramsey.



to the Jewels and our Charter Members. God grant that the "Twenty Years of Service" which we have already rendered to our college, its community, and to all mankind, may help us to strive ever upward toward the true light of Alphaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that ultimately we might attain "manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind." Brothers of Beta Upsilon returned to school last Fall with the determination to make this 50th year anniversary of our Fraternity a success, and under the dynamic leadership of its President, Brother Herman C. Morris, Beta Upsilon Chapter enjoyed one of its most successful years of operation and paved the way for the other Greek letter organizations here at Alabama State College. The first highlight of this year was the presentation of Brother Frank Stanley, General President, in conjunction with the graduate chapter, Alpha Upsilon Lambda. In a stirring address, Brother Stanley challenged us "to go all the way in our fight for liberty, justice, and brotherhood." Also introduced to the public was Beta Upsilon's Men of Harmony, "The Alphaires". This group is composed of Brothers Harold Carter, Eugene Sawyer, Charles Bowling, Thomas Gaston, John Foster, John Fields and Frank Williams. Continuing in our efforts we presented our lovely Sweetheart, Miss Mada Carol Meyers, graduating senior and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, at the Sunday noon meal. We were also represented by Miss Meyers in our Homecoming Parade. Everyone who saw her was impressed by her beauty and charm. Another impressive program was our "Founder's Day Observance." Principal speaker on this occasion was Brother (Dr.) Archie Lacy, science instructor at Alabama State College. Brother Lacy noted the challenges that face Greek organizations in our changing society and challenged us to take the lead in meeting them, just as our Jewels had done. Our service contribution to the school and community consisted of soliciting money for the March of Dimes. Through street and movie solicitation, and street toll bridges, we succeeded in raising over a hundred dollars for this campaign. The chapter is also proud of Brother Harold Carter who chose to enter the ministry this year. Brother Carter delivered his first sermon, January 15, 1956, at Saint Paul Methodist Church. An active member of the College Choir and the Debate team, he plans to enter Crozer Theological AUGUST, 1956

Seminary following graduation. Highlighting our winter activities was a very impressive probation, which was the talk of the campus for some time. Newly initiated into the fraternal bonds of Alpha Phi Alpha were Brothers Caroll Allen, Willie Armstrong, Ira Avery, Albert Van Bens, Jesse Clay, Fredrick Gayle, Richard Jordan, James Lee, Bobby Miller, and William Winston. These Brothers, along with the return from the armed services of Brothers Sherry Porter, Louie Ramsey Jr., and Alfred Young swelled our ranks to thirty eight Brothers. We were also fortunate to have visits from Brother Stanley, General President, and Brother Huger, General Secretary. Brother Huger first visited us as part of his Southern tour. Later, he and Brother Stanley, along with Brother Swingler, Southern Region Vice-President, visited Brothers in the Montgomery area to attend the trials of Brothers and other Negroes indicted for participating in the bus boycott of Montgomery City Lines buses. Other events on our calendar for this year will be our "20th Anniversary Celebration; the sponsoring, in conjunction with Alpha Upsilon Lambda, of musical talent from both chapters of a program, "Musical

Extravaganza; our annual Alphaka's Ball" with our sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; and election and installation of officers. The 20th Anniversary Celebration marks the 20th year of the existence of Beta Upsilon. Brother Thomas Jan Perry, Charter member of Beta Upsilon and Administrator of Griffin Hospital and Clinic, Bainbridge, Georgia, will be our principal speaker for this occasion. Also planned is a Fellowship-Reunion Smoker for all our returning Brothers. As is our custom, Brothers of Beta Upsilon will visit the public high schools of Montgomery during "Education for Citizenship Week" to deliver speeches. Brother Thomas Gaston, Alfred Young, Louis Ramsey, and Charles Bowling are to speak on the various programs this year. Graduating Brothers of Beta Upsilon this spring are Grady Anderson, Percy Bullard, Robert Cummings, Alexander Davis, Harold Carter, John Fields, Frederick Gayle, Leonard Hall, Charles Harbert, Enorvis Harvey, Herman Morris, Donald Mosley, Alphonso Powe, and Frank Williams. In spite of the absence of so many brothers, Beta Upsilon, nevertheless, looks forward to an even greater year next year.

BETA GAMMA LAMBDA CHAPTER ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY OBSERVES FOUNDERS DAY AT RICHMOND. VIRGINIA The members of Beta Gamma Lambda Chapter gathered in a body to worship at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church to observe Founder's Day. Brother (Dr.) E. D. McCreary, Jr.. minister of the church delivered the sermon. In the picture, left to right front row: Brothers Herman T. Benn, Mitchell Beverly, William Thornton. lames W. Gray. Sidney S. Parker, president of the chapter. Dr. E. D. McCreary, Jr., speaker, H. O. Freeman, Franklin Crawford. Joseph Ransome. Roland D. Ealey, David A. Graves, and K. C. Manning. Second row: John L. Nixon, Garfield Childs, W. A. Green. Murrell Winfree, Milton F. Hill. Francis Brinkley, S. C. Madden, James A. Brinkley, Jr., and Herman Carter, Gamma Chapter. Third row: Allen Boone. Lenard Chappelle. Allison Phillips. Gamma Chapter, Curtis Crocker, William Ballard, G. Edward Ellis. L. A. Johnson. U. L. Oliver. Sterling Clarke. Gamma Chapter, and Fred Black, Jr.


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Alpha Upsilon Lambda Holds Veterans MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, was chartered December 29, 1934. Of the original nine charter members, Brothers H. Council] Trenholm, C. Johnson Dunn, J. Garrick Hardy, Albert E. Fews, G. Hubert Lockhart and Rufus A. Lewis are still active members of the Chapter. Brother J. Garrick is currently the Chapter President. These brothers have distinguished themselves as true Alpha men through their service to mankind. Biot her Trenholm. the illustrous President of Alabama State College, sets the pace in leadership and educa-

tional statesmanship. He is a leading force in the State Teachers Association, serving for many years as its Research Secretary. His leadership as Exeutive Secretary of the American Teachers Association is resulting in many benefits to our people in educational circles on the national scene. His work in civic and fraternal areas such as Masons, Elks, etc. is a model for other brothers in Alpha. His contributions to Alpha have been many during his years as National Director of Educational activities and member of the Executive Council. Brother Dunn has distinguished himself as the Dean of Students and

Athletic Director at Alabama State College and as an outstanding basketball coach in the Southern Conference. Associated with B r o t h e r Dunn is Brother G. H. Lockhart, Chairman of the Physical Education Department and baseball coach at Alabama State College and known affectionately to all as "Prof." Brother Fews is most active in Church and community work. He is the long time Superintendent of the St. John Sunday School, in the Postal Service and a veteran football official in the Southern Conference. Brother Hardy, Dean of the Freshman College at Alabama State Col-

ALPHA UPSILON LAMBDA CHAPTER. ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY. INC. Kneeling. Brother A. E. Fews. Standing, first row (left to right): Brothers J. G. Hardy. Norman W. Walton. Grover Dixon. W. H. Coston. V. E. Daniel, George W. Jones. R. B. DeWitt. and E. B. Campbell. Second row: Brothers George Mathews. Lister Franklin. Nathaniel Stephens, R. D. Crockett, and G. H. Lockhart. Third row: Brothers Melvin Lowe, C. Johnson Dunn. Theodore Smiley, A. L. Campbell. Lucious Smiley, William Thompson, Fred Burkes and W. E. Anderson.



lege, our Chapter President, is known as the man who gets the job done. He is Executive Secretary of the Alabama State Teachers Association, active in all civic, fraternal, and social life in the community. He is the dynamic force behind the annual March of Dimes Campaign yearly. Brother Hardy, for many years, always had ALPHA pass card number 1, today he is in that special circle of Alpha men who are LIFE MEMBERS of our beloved fraternity. As a charter member of the chapter, he is a leader for Alpha. Brother Rufus A. Lewis, ex-Coach at Alabama State College and now a prominent business man in the city, is outstanding as a civic leader. He leads the fight for registration and voting. Brother Lewis is the noted Director of the "Car Pool" for the Montgomery, Alabama " P r o t e s t" Movement. Thus, these Charter Members of our Chapter set the pace for the other members of our Chapter. The present membership of our chapter includes the following ministers: Brother M. L. King, Jr., President of the Montgomery Improvement Association, whose record of leadership is known the world over, and Brother B. J. Simms, who is very active in the Montgomery Protest Movement, one of the indicated ministers. There is one lawyer in the Chapter, he is Brother Charles D. Langford, legal counsel for the Montgomery Protest Movement. There is one physician in the Chapter, Brother Dr. Moses W. Jones, who is not only an outstanding Physician and Surgeon, but also active in the Montgomery Improvement Association. The three Dentists in the Chapter are Brothers D. V. Jemison, E. L. Smiley and L. C. Thomas; the two Dental Technicians are Brothers E. L. Harris and Richmond Smiley. Brother H. Councill Trenholm is the College President in the Chapter, having served Alabama State College since 1925, while the following brothers served as Deans: V. E. Daniel, F. A. DeCosta, C. J. Dunn, George W. Jones, J. Garrick Hardy and T . J. Mayberry, Jr. College professors or instructors in the Chapter include Brothers W. E. Alexander, W. E. Anderson, R. D. Crockett, S. A. Frazier, G. H. Lockhart, Archie L. Lacey, Robert Williams, R. P. Player and Norman Walton. School principals include Brothers L. L. Franklin, C. T. Smiley, Nathaniel Stephens, W. E. Thompson, George W. Matthews, W. E. Morton, R. A. Dobbins and W. H. Coston. AUGUST, 1956

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also contributes its share to the cultural, social and civic life of the community. Brother Archibald J. Carey was presented to our community within the past year as the featured speaker for our operation 5,000 program. In addition, National President Brother Frank L. Stanley was our featured speaker for our fall program. Our General Secretary, Brother James E. Huger, has been a visitor to our Chapter on two occasions during the year. Social activities included Ladies' Night for Alpha wives and Sweethearts, and our annual dances. â&#x20AC;˘ Stop Sign Two guys wandered into a bar. The first took four straight shots of whiskey and fell flat on his face on the floor. The second said to the bartender: "That's what I like about Joe. He knows when to stop."

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50th Anniversary Celebration Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity INCORPORATED



On The Past . . . To Face The Challenges of The

AUGUST 7-11, 1956 — Headquarters, Hotel Statler, Buffalo, New York MONDAY, AUGUST 6th

Introduction of Guest Speaker — Brother Jesse Owens Guest Speaker — Mr. Branch Rickey Presentation of Founders' Award — Brother Walter N . Scott Alpha Hymn and Adjournment

9:00 A.M.—Registration — The Mezzanine — Hotel Statler

10:30 P.M.—Get Acquainted Host — Hotel Statler

2:00 P.M.—Registration — The Mezzanine — Hotel Statler Golf Tournament — "Audobon"

12:00 Midnight — Moonlight Boat Ride

6:00 P.M.—Executive Council Dinner Meeting — Los Angeles Room — Hotel Statler

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7th 9:00 A.M.—Registration — Mezzanine — Hotel Statler 1:30 P.M.—First Session — Grand Ballroom — Hotel Statler Processional — Jewels. President and Past General Officers Presiding — Brother Russell N . Service. General Chairman Invocation — Brother A. Wayman Ward, National Chaplain Welcome Addresses on behalf of the host chapters Graduate: Brother S. Calvin Johnson, President, Rho Lambda Chapter Undergraduate: Brother Raymond Green, President, Delta Epsilon Chapter Music — The Alpha Glee Club Response to Welcome — Brother Raymond W. Cannon, Past General President Introduction of General President — Brother J. Rupert Picott, Eastern Vice-President Remarks — General President Frank L. Stanley, Sr. Presentation of Gold Gavel to General President — Brother Moss Kendrix Introduction of Jewels. Present and Past General Officers Report of the Rules and Credentials Committee — Brother Andrew J. Lewis, II Introduction of Guest Speaker — Brother Francis Kornegay Guest Speaker — Mr. John D. Leary, Vice-President, Chrysler Corporation Presentation of Alpha Choir and Directors Announcements — Brother Walter B. Holland, Chairman, Social Committee Alpha Hymn and Adjournment 8:00 P.M.—Evening Program — The Grand Ballroom — Hotel Statler (Open to Alphas and their guests) Presiding — Brother Felton G. Clark, President, Southern University Invocation — Brother S. S. Booker, Past General President Statement of Occasion — Brother A. Maceo Smith, Past General President Music — Bass Solo — Brother James Hall Introduction of Jewels, Present and Past General Officers Music — The Alpha Glee Club Presentation of General President Frank L. Stanley Address — General President Frank L. Stanley Music — The Alpha Glee Club



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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8th 12:00 Noon — Convention Picture 1:00 P.M.—Third Session — Grand Ballroom — Hotel Statler Vice-President Samuel P. DeBose, Western Region, Presiding (I) Memorial Service to Departed Brothers — Brother A. Wayman Ward Introduction of Guest Speaker — Brother Blyden Jackson Guest Speaker — Brother Bishop Frank M. Reid Music — The Alpha Glee Club Introduction of Guest Speaker — Brother Charles W. Anderson Guest Speaker — Ambassador John Sherman Cooper (India) Presentation of Founders' Award — Brother Joseph A. Clark Alpha Hymn and Adjournment 8:30 P.M.—The Alphacade (Musical Concert) Memorial Auditorium — Brother Maceo Hill. M. C. Piny _ The Birth of Alpha Phi Alpha — Florida A. & M. University Brothers under the direction of Brother M. G. Miles. Musical Concert — Orchestra under the direction of Brother Duke Ellington Narrator — Brother Dowdal H. Davis Alpha Chorus — Medley of Alpha Songs — Chorus under the direction of Brothers Eddie T. Goins. Tenn. State U., Fred Hall. Southern U., and Otis D. Simmons, Philander Smith College. 11:00 P.M.—Dance — Rho Lambda Chapter

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9th 11:00 A.M.—Fourth Session Brother J. S. Chandler, Southwestern Vice-President, Presiding Invocation — Brother C. Anderson Davis Music — The Alpha Glee Club Introduction of Guest Speaker — Brother Walter H. Williams, Sr. Guest Speaker — Brother Arthur D. Shores Music — The Alpha Glee Club Introduction of Guest Speaker — Brother Herbert T. Miller Guest Speaker — Mr. Robert Schnering, President, Curtis Candy Company Alpha Hymn and Adjournment 1:30 P.M.-2:25 P.M.—Lunch


2:30 P.M.—Fifth Session Brother Lewis O. Swingler. Southern Vice-President. Presiding Invocation — Brother S. S. Booker, Past General President Music — The Alpha Glee Club Introduction of Mistress of Ceremonies Mistress of Ceremonies •— Musical Selection — Mrs. Charlotte Wesley Holoman Introduction of Guest Speaker Guest Speaker — Mrs. Autherine Lucy Foster Presentation of Founders' Awards — Brother C. Morris Cain Music — The Alpha Glee Club Introduction of Mother Singleton — Brother Myles A. Paige Introduction of Guest Speaker — Brother M. Lafayette Harris, President. Philander Smith College Guest Speaker — Dr. Phillip Davidson, President, The University of Louisville Presentation of Founders' Award — Brother James C. Evans Alpha Hymn and Adjournment 8:00 P.M.—Public Meeting — Main Auditorium — Kleinhum Music Hall General President Frank L. Stanley, Presiding Star Spangled Banner — Mrs. Eugene Pinkard, Soloist Greetings: The Mayor of Buffalo Greek-letter Organizations _ Response — Brother Charles H. Wesley, President, Central State College Music — The Alpha Glee Club Presentation of Jewels, Present and Past General Officers Music — The Johnson Male Chorus of Buffalo Introduction of Guest Speaker — Councilman Earl Brown of New York City Guest Speaker — Governor Averell Harriman, New York Presentation of Founders' Award — Brother Felton G. Clark Medley of Greek Hymns Adjournment 11:00 P.M.—All Greek Dance — Memorial Auditorium

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10th 11:00 A.M.—Final Business Session Brother J. Rupert Picott, Eastern Vice-President Presiding Invocation — Brother A. Wayman Ward Music — The Alpha Glee Club Introduction of Undergraduate Speaker — Brother Frank Kent Undergraduate Address — Brother Donald Masse Music — The Alpha Glee Club Report of Committees The Budget Committee — Brother Kermit J. Hall The Recommendations Committee — Brother Lloyd H . Williams, Sr. Other reports as called for by the Convention Brother Howard H. Long. Presiding Nominations for General President to be voted on in May. 1957 Alpha Hymn and Adjournment 1:00-1:55 P.M.—Lunch 2:00 P.M.—Seventh Session — Grand Ballroom — Hotel Statler Brother C. Anderson Davis, Midwestern Vice-President, Presiding Invocation — Brother A. Wayman Ward Music — The Alpha Glee Club Undergraduate Round Table Discussion — "The Undergraduate and the Fraternity" — Assistant Vice-Presidents Participants: Southwest, H. Rudolph Sims; Southern. Clarence E. Branch, Jr.; Eastern, Frank DeCosta, Jr.; Western, James Johnson; Midwestern, William A. Lester, Jr. Moderator, Brother Aaron Brown.

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Music — The Alpha Glee Club Introduction of Guest Speaker — Brother H. J. Belton Hamilton Guest Speaker — Brother Thurgood Marshall Presentation of Founders' Award — Brother Tolly Harris Alpha Hymna and Adjournment 10:30 P.M.—Entertainment — Grover Cleveland Country Club 1:00 A.M.—Entertainment — Glen Casino — Dutch Treat

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th 8:00 A.M.—Train leaves Lehigh Valley Railroad Station for Ithaca — Tour Cornell University — Visit Birthplace of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Memorial Luncheon Program — Statler Inn •— Cornell University Brother G. Alex. Galvin, Presiding Invocation — Brother A. Wayman Ward Musical Selection — The Alpha Glee Club LUNCHEON Welcome Address — The Mayor of Ithaca Presentation of Jewels — Brother Roscoe Giles. Past General President Addresses: Jewel Henry A. Callis Jewel George B. Kelley Jewel Nathaniel A. Murray Musical Selection — The Alpha Glee Club Recommendation of Scholarship Fund to General President — Brother William H. Hale Presentation of Memorial Scholarship to Cornell — President Frank L. Stanley Acceptance of Memorial Scholarship for Cornell — President Deane W. Malott Presentation of 50th Anniversary Medallions to the Jewels and to the families of the deceased Jewels — Brother Edwin Johnson, President. Alpha Chapter Fraternal Hymn — Adjournment 7:30 P.M.—Formal Banquet and Closed Dance — Grand Ballroom — Hotel Statler BANQUET PROGRAM Brother Raymond Pace Alexander, Toastmaster Invocation — Brother A. Wayman Ward Music — The Alpha Glee Club Introduction of Undergraduate Speaker — Brother Frank L. Stanley, Jr. Undergraduate Address — Brother Rubin Perry Presentation of Jewels, Present and Past General Officers Presentation of Awards to Past General Officers and 25 year Alpha men —• General Secretary James E. Huger Music — Brother Nelson Woodley, Soloist, Theta Chapter. Chicago, III. Introduction of Guest Speaker — Brother R. Maurice Moss Guest Speaker — Brother Martin Luther King. Jr. Presentation of Awards — Brother Tolly W. Harris Remarks — General President Frank L. Stanley Alpha Hymn Adjournment — Brother S. S. Booker 10:30 P.M.—Formal Closed Dance — Grand Ballroom — Hotel Statler WOMEN'S


All Sessions Opened to Guests Except: First Session — Tuesday, August 7th at 1:30 P. M. Final Business Session—Friday, August 10th at 11:00 A.M. Activities for the Ladies: Tuesday, August 7th — 2:00 P. M. - 5:00 P. M. Alpha Wives Reception — Albright Gallery Friday, August 10th — 12:30-5:00 P. M. Alpha Wives' Luncheon and Bridge Party — Hotel Statler


'Bigger and Better' Frat is Aim Of Alphas in Southwest Georgia By BROTHER JOSEPH D. DARDEN, JR. Associate Editor to the SPHINX

ALBANY, Georgia — In this, our fiftieth year, the brothers of Gamma Omicron Lambda salute the Jewels, the officers and the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. and look forward to aiding in the task of building a bigger and better fraternity. In looking over our past half century, we find m a n y outstanding achievements and "firsts." Since Alpha Phi Alpha represents the achievements and abilities of all the brothers, Gamma Omicron Lambda reflects with pride in the accomplishments of our chapter members here in Southwest Georgia. The brothers are deeply intrenched in the civic and social life of the area and especially in the area of Education. A list of Who's Who in Southwest Georgia would certainly include the following brothers: Brother (Reverend) M. F. Adams, Pastor of C. K. Smith Presbyterian Church and Chaplain of the chapter Brother George Bragg, Principal of Coachman Park Elementary School, Albany Brother Hodge King, Principal of Eureka High School, Ashburn

Brother F. V. Rollins, Principal of Madison Street Elementary School, Vice-President of chapter Brother L. M. Taylor, Principal of River Road Elementary School, President of the chapter Brother Jasper French, Postal Clerk Brother Edgar Martin, Postal Clerk Brother George Sadler, Vocational Agriculture Director, Sylvester and Sgt.-at-Arms of chapter Brother Ernest Adams, Insurance Agent, Valdosta. Brother (Dr.) J. L. Shirley, One of Albany's two Negro physicians Brother Ozell Kelley, Instructor, Carver Junior High School, Albany Brother Elvin Hubbard, Instructor, Monroe High School, Albany Brother Cornelius Blount, Instructor, Monroe High School, Albany Brother Horace Austin, Instructor, Washington High School, Blakely Brother James Williams, Band Director, Douglas High School, Thomasville Brother Leon Johnson, Band Director,

ZETA NU LAMBDA CHAPTER INSTALLED At the close of the Saturday morning business session of the Eastern Regional Convention in Newark, New Jersey, April 27, 28. and 29, Eastern Vice-President J. Rupert Picott installed the new chapter Zeta Nu Lambda of Plainfield, New Jersey. In the picture, left to right, standing: Brothers James M. Turner, Thomas W. Barnett. Milton I. Stills. Dr. James H. Reid. Walter B. Armour, Forrester A. Lee, John S. Miller. Jr. and Eastern Vice-President Brother J. Rupert Picott. Brothers seated are not identified. Zeta Nu Lambda has eleven charter members and a potential of about twenty-five. Members of the new chapter are: Brothers Thomas W. Barnett. (Dr.) Junius T. Langston, James M. Turner, (Dr.) James S. Wales, Jr., President, John S. Miller, Jr.; Vice-President, Walter B. Armour: Secretary, Forrester A. Lee: Treasurer. (Dr.) Aston L. Thompson; Parliamentarian, (Dr.) James H. Reid; Chaplain, Charles T. Carter; and Editor to Sphinx. Milton I. Stills. Brother Miles Page also participated in the installation.


Monroe and Carver High Schools, Albany and at Albany State College Brother J. W. Holley, President Emeritus of Albany State College Brother W. H. Dennis, President, Albany State College Brother Richard Allen, Chairman of Arts Department Brother J. R. Crawford, Assistant Professor, Social Science Department Brother James Cross, Superintendent, Building and Grounds Brother Joseph S. Darden, Jr., Assistant Professor, Science Department, Editor to Sphinx and Advisor to undergraduate chapter, Albany State College. Brother Ben Hampton, Records Clerk, Albany State College and Secretary of the chapter Brother Willie Hampton, Director of Student Union Building Brother Rochelle Harris, Purchasing Agent and Dean of Pledgees Brother F. L. Kirkpatrick, Dean of Men and Treasurer of chapter Brother Ralph Pruitt, Chairman of Mathematics Department Brother (Reverend) Dr. Thomas J. Pugh, Assistant Professor of Religion and Chaplain of college Brother R. H. Simmons, Dean of Instruction Brothers (Reverend) M. F. Adams and Dean F. L. Kirkpatrick have been members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for over twenty-five years. As guest speaker for our Education for Citizenship Week speaker, the brothers were proud to present our national president, Brother Frank L. Stanley. Both the graduate and undergraduate brothers and their wives and sweethearts were able to personally meet and greet the national president at an informal reception held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Montgomery on the Saturday evening preceding Sunday's presentation of our national president to the citizens of Albany. At the annual Honors Day at Albany State College, the brothers were pleased and proud that their annual scholarship award to the highest freshman student went to a potential brother—Clarence Barnes, a member of the pledge club of Delta Delta Chapter— Albany State College. In this our fiftieth year, the brothers of Gamma Omicron Lambda again salute Alpha men everywhere and wish for all—continued success and happiness. We are looking forward to seeing you in Buffalo. THE SPHINX

Boston is Optimistic For Florida Alphas

Beta Nu, Chapter Of the Year, 1955

By B R O T H E R CECIL W. BOSTON Regional Director

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Sports The FAM-U Rattlers had another good year on the gridiron and Callivan E. Gladden, All-American tackle, was right in there doing his share. "Iron Man," as Gladden is more commonly called, has played on the Rattler squad for four full years, not having missed a single game. Always in top physical shape, he was chosen the most physically-fit cadet at ROTC summer camp in 1955. "Iron Man" is also a star on the track team, hurling the javelin and putting the shot. Football, however, is only one of the major sports and it had to give way to basketball. This time, two Alpha men, one of them on the starting five, were there to help the Rattler cage squad. Andre Streaty, a sophomore from Anderson, Indiana, was one of the Rattlers mainstays and always good for twenty points. Carl Evans, also a sophomore, was a part of Florida's strong bench. In intramural sports, Beta Nu stood out over all other Greeks, first taking the intramural touch football championship with only one defeat to mar a near perfect record. Brothers Robert Carroll and James Cash were the chapter's outstanding players. Once again, basketball came into power and, again, Beta Nu led the way, going through the entire season without a defeat. In the annual intramural track meet, Beta Nu compiled a score that was second only to the Physical Education Majors and the brothers garnered in several first places.

Regional Director. Stale of Florida; President. Slate Conference of Florida Chapters. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

each student organization enters a float in the big parade with hopes of winning a trophy for the best-decora ed float. For the second consecutive year, Beta Nu won the trophy wi h a breath-takingly beautiful float, colorfully adorned with the chosen colors of old gold and black. The Sweetheart of the chapter, Miss Rebecca Mack, an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman, alorg with her three attendants, rode on the float. This past year saw men of Beta Nu present at three conventions of Alpha. The State Executive Committee of Florida has Brothers Wilbur Donald Williams and Robert Carroll on its roster and they met during October, 1955. Four brothers, Brodes Hartley, Earl Vann Farrow, Clarence Griffin, and Levi A. Johnson were present at the National Convention in Chicago. Brothers Charles Lassiter, Lawrence Moman and Brodes Hartley attended the Southern Regional Conference in Durham, North Carolina during the Easter Holidays. To foster education and in compliance with Alpha's National Education Chapter Activities Week, each year Beta Nu gives five For a number of years, Beta Nu awards to persons not belonging to has given its annual rush party (called the frat for outstanding achievement in the Freshman Smoker) in the fall. scholarship, manly deeds and love for Usually, the president of the chapter all mankind. The three highest-avand the advisor to the chapter speak eraged freshmen are given awards of to the freshmen, telling them of the fifty dollars each for their scholarship. aims, objectives, and accomplishments The chapter also gives a monetary of Alpha. This is not a period of in- award to the most well-rounded male doctrination, but rather, it is a time senior, and to the upperclassman who when the future leaders of FAMU are has demonstrated both scholastic and given an opportunity to see the men leadership qualities. â&#x20AC;˘ who are presently leading them and Chanels: The trail left by interto encourage them to see the light. During Homecoming festivities, office memos. AUGUST, 1956

ORLANDO, Fla. - It is a pleasure again to have this opportunity to bring you greetings from the "Sunshine State" of Florida. We pointed out in our report last year that every effort would be made to reclaim as many of the brothers out of the fold as possible. I am happy to state that we are well on the way with this project. A survey of the majority of the chapters in our state shows that the) are in accord with the request for making a contribution to our National Heaquarters Fund as requested at the 41st General Convention in Chicago and pledged by the Southern Regional Vice-President. Our undergraduate brothers hold most of the important offices of student organizations on the two college campuses, viz: Florida A. and M. University, Bethune-Cookman College, and our entire organization for no less in leadership can be expected from members of our great fraternity. Eight state chapters sent delegates to the 41st General Convention in Chicago, seven graduate chapters and one undergrauate chapter. Our goal is to have representatives from each of the thirteen chapters at the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration in Buffalo and Ithaca. Initial plans are now under way to charter a plane for the trip. In conclusion permit me, on behalf of the Florida Unit, to express our sincere appreciation to our Southern Regional Vice-President, B r o t h e r Swingler and our General Secretary, Brother Huger, lor their fine cooperation with the Florida State Unit of chapters during the past year. â&#x20AC;˘ Two to One

A veteran of the Civil War was being interviewed by the press. "You and two others are the only survivors of the Confederacy," one newspaperman told him. "And there's only one Union soldier still alive." The centenarian struggled to his feet and emitted the old Rebel yell. "Now's the time to attack!" he cried. "We got 'em outnumbered at last!" PAGE 49


Lambda Chapter

was established on February 14, 1925 by Brother Charles W. Green, Fourth Vice-President.

The following officers were

elected: A. D. Stone, President; G. Norman Adamson, VicePresident; George W. Reeves, Secretary; U. S. Mason, Treasurer; W. J. Dowdell, Chaplain; Jackson C. Davis, Reporter to the Sphinx; C. N. Wood, Sergeant-at-Arms; and M. G. McCall, Director of Educational Activities.

Many of the leading business

and professional men of Alabama were among the first members of this Chapter. From this rich setting Omicron Lambda has grown in the hearts of its members, in the affairs of the community and in the ever widening influence of the Alpha circle.

The educa-

tional stimulation we have given to youth, the financial aid we have given to charities, and the civic influence we have projected are among our proudest memories. Twice through the years we have had the pleasure of being host to the Southern Regional Convention and two of our Brothers, the late H. L. Mosely and W. W. Whetstone, have held office as Regional Directors.

Whatever our accomplish-

ments have been, Omicron Lambda has been ever mindful of and zealous for the "Aims of Alpha."



BROTHERS OF OMICRON LAMBDA CHAPTER, BIRMINGHAM. ALABAMA C H A P T E R ROSTER Abrams, J. S. Barnes, Samuel Bethune, Robert A. Branch, W. Dewey Brown, Major A. Burgess, Dwight Butler, Philander Campbell, C. F. Catlin, Oscar J. Clayborne, H. G. Cole, Tilford J. Dickinson, A. C. Dowdell, W. J. Hall, John B.

Lamar, Aaron L... Jr. Lewis, Jesse L. Matlvrson, Wayman C. McCain, John H. Mitchell, Clarence Moore, E. N. Morton, Leo C , Jr. Parker. John S. Patt-n, R. M. Pegues. H. U. Pharris, James Pinson, Walter E. Prince, Moses, Jr. Reeves, Clarence L. Richardson, Avery

Hall, Peter A. Hall. L. R. Harris. Bennie Hill, Elmore Hill, Thomas J. Hint^n. Johnnie M. Hollins. Wilbur H. Hood, David H. Howze, C. A. Jon~s. Jesse S. Jones, Marion Jones. Paul R. Jones, W. Richard Jordan. J. Arthur Ki-g, William P.. Jr. PRESIDENTIAL

A. D. Stone George W. Reeves G. Norman Adamson W. E. Shortridge

OMEGA Anderson, B. J., Sr. Cassell, Burns, Sr.

AUGUST, 1956

SUCCESSION H. L. Mosely Cleophus Haygood G. C. Bell W. C. Matherson

W. W. Harris A. D. Shores P. A. Hall R. L. Jackson

Sharkey, Leo Sh-'ehy, Roscoe Shores. A. D. Shortridge, W. E. Shuttlesworth, Eugene Smoot, Charles T. Ward, Cleothers R. Wesley, Claude A. Whetstone, W. W. White, R. O. Wi'hite, John A. Wi'liams, Clarence D. Williams, Iva Wills, N. E., Sr.

N . E. Wills, Sr. Isaac Graves C. A. Howze H. U. Peques W. W. Whetstone


Collins. Atkins Davis. J. Mason, Sr. Mlosely, H. L.

Gibson, Rev. Harry B. Haygood, C. H.


^Jribute f aid Connecticut



HARTFORD, Conn. - In commemoration of his forty years of service to the people of Hartford in religious, social, and cultural roles, Brother James A. Wright, D. D. was the guest of honor at a testimonial dinner sponsored by Beta Sigma Lambda Chapter held at Faith Congregational Church. Brother Bel ford V. Lawson, past General President of Alpha Phi Alpha and prominent attorney of Washington, D. C. was the principal speaker. He cited the many accomplishments of Doctor Wright, and on behalf of Beta Sigma Lambda Chapter, presented him a life membership in Alpha Phi Alpha amidst the applause of some 300 guests. Brother Dr. Joseph M. Bullock was the Master of Ceremonies. Among the many prominent guests

who were present to honor Brother Wright were the Honorable John C. Clark, Councilman of the City of Hartford; Mr. Arnold Martin, of Faith Congregational Church; Reverend F. D. Oates, President of the Hartford Ministerial Alliance; Mr. William Harris and Rabbi Abraham Fcldman, representing the Community; and Dr. James F. English, President of the Congregational Churches of Connecticut. Mrs. Harry Rocker, well known vocalist of Boston, and niece of Dr. Wright, rendered several delightful selections with accompaniment by Mrs. Geraldine Jones. Dinner music was furnished by the Clifford Gunn Trio. Brother Wright was born and educated in the public schools of Baltimore, Md. After receiving his early college training at Howard Universi-

BROTHER (DOCTOR) JAMES A. WRIGHT HONORED BY BETA SIGMA LAMBDA CHAPTER Brother James A. Wright. D. D. (second from right) accepts congratulations from Brother Belford V. Lawson when he was made a Life Member in Alpha Phi Alpha. Presentation took place at a dinner in his honor at Faith Congregational Church in Hartford. Connecticut. March 10, 1956, as Brother President Daniel B. Crosby (left) and Brother (Doctor) Joseph M. Bullock, M. C. look on.


ty, he later earned degrees from Andover Newton Theological Seminary and Harvard University. Though active in extra-curricular activities at Howard, he was graduated cum laude, and holds the unusual distinction of being presented with earned degrees from the Seminary and Harvard within the same week. "Since coming to Hartford in 1916 he has served and prospered the Hartford Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers, the Congregational Club of Connecticut, the Ministers and Rabbis Club of Hartford, and was a charter member of the Hartford Ministers Alliance. As the founder of the Howard University Club of Hartford, a charter member of Beta Chapter and Beta Sigma Lambda as well as a Grand Juror, a Justice of the Peace, by appointment of the Mayor a member of the Juvenile Commission, and Veteran Servicemen Commission, he has touched the lives of many people and has been a credit to Alpha Phi Alpha. And he is today still active, and the dynamic pastor of the Faith Congregational Church. Brother Doctor Willard Coleman, Chairman of the Committee on Arrangements, was assisted by Brothers Dr. Jos. M. Bullock, President, Daniel B. Crosby, Lemuel R. Custis, Vice-President James Henderson, Secretary William A. Jones, Associate Editor Everett R. Lawrence, Financial Secretary William DeLoach, James Lee, Dr. James Peters, and Frank Simpson. Members of the Dinner Committee included the following Brothers: Jarvis Arms, Chaplain Rev. E. S. Branch, Walter Freeman, Atty. William D. Graham, Edward Hall, Frederick Hatchett, Parliamentarian Milas Hatchett, William Johnson, William S. Jones, John Newman, Rev. William Philpot, Clarence Shelton, Charles Stone, Sr., George Thomas, and Arthur Wilson." â&#x20AC;˘ "Well, nurse, how is the patient?" "I gave him the figs you ordered. doctor, but he keeps asking for dates". THE SPHINX


a$a BROTHER T. W. COLE President, sponsor of Alpha Sigma, Wiley College; initiated 1933. Is dean of instruction, Wi'ey College; chairman, Board of World Peace, the Texas Conference, Methodist Church; first Negro to earn the degree of Ed. at University of Texas; other degrees from Wiley College, University of Wisconsin.

The following named brothers have held membership in the fraternity for twenty-five years or more: Price T. Young, Noland Anderson, Henry Clark, Fred T. Long, G. U. Jamison and George Thompson.

BROTHER PRICE T. YOUNG Vice-President of Chapter. Initiated 1927. Principal of Dogan Elementary School. B. A. Degree, Wiley College; M. D. Degree, Columbia University,

BROTHER HENRY CLARK Treasurer of Chapter. Initiated 1927 at Wiley College. Received Silver Beaver Award, BSA. Educational Degrees from Straight College, N.O.L.A. and B.A., 1917. Retired U. S. Government Employee.

BROTHER I. J. LAMOTHE Corresponding Secretary, initiated 1942 at Xavier University. Is physician. Has B.S. from Xavier and M.D. from Howard University. Is President, Harrison County Negro Chamber of Commerce.

BROTHER IAMES REAUX Editor to the Sphinx; Initiated 1950, Delta Theta Chapter; Romance Language Teacher; president of the Marshall City Teachers Circle; B A., Texas Southern Univ. Graduate Student, Univ. of Texas.

BROTHER ROBERT STEWART Chairman of Scholarship Committee. In:tiated in Alpha Sigma Chapter 1947. Holds A.B. Degree from Wiley College, 1948. Teacher.

BROTHER R. I.. PERKINS Initiated in Alpha Rho Chapter, 1934. Physician, pract-cinq in Paris, Tex. Holds B.S., Morehouse College; M.S., University of Iowa; M.D., Meharry Medical College.

BROTHER F. W. ARMSTRONG Initiated May, 1921. Secretary, Harrison County Negro Chamber of Commerce; Teacher of Agriculture; Holds B.S., Prairie View A. and M., and M.A., Texas Southern Univ.

BROTHER JOSEPH JONES Initiated August 29, 1952. Principal, Burnett High School, Terrell. Texas. Holds B.A.. Bishop Col'ege; M.A., Rutgers University.


BROTHER F. T. LONG Initiated 1926 in Alpha Sigma Chapter. Director of Athletics, Wiley College. Holds A.B., Millikin; M.A., University o! Michigan.

AUGUST, 1956

BROTHER JAMES H. McCALLUM Initiated 1946, Alpha Phi Chapter. College Minister, Wiley College; A.B., Clark College; B.D., Gammon Theological Seminary; S. T. M. Boston University.

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BROTHER N. H. ANDERSON Initiated 1928 in Alpha Sigma Chapter. Physician. Member of Interracial Committee, Marshall, Texas. B.S., Wiley College; M.S., University of Michigan; M.D., Meharry Medical College.

BROTHER GEORGE GAMBLE Initiated 1949 in Delta Theta Chapter; Owns Drug Store; B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Pharmacy, Texas Southern University.



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C O L U M B U S , G a . - G r e e t i n g s fellow brothers from the members of Delta Iota L a m b d a ol ihe Chattahoochee Valley which is comprised of members from Columbus, Ga., Hamilton, Ga., a n d Phenix City, Ala. W e here at Delta Iota L a m b d a are unusually p r o u d to relate the news to you that Brother (Dr.) R. AI. Haskins, President of o u r chapter has been chosen as M A N O F T H E YEAR of Columbus, Georgia. T h e M a n of the Year is selected each year by the Young Men's Progressive Club—of which one of o u r


own—Brother Lorenzo R. Manns, is president. T h e club sets u p approximately 20 criteria or areas in which the candidates for the title must excel in order to be chosen. Each Greek-letter organization a n d other recognized organizations of the city submit a name of a prospective "Man of the Year." The Man of the Year is selected only on the basis of how well he qualifies according to the most rigid standards that are stipulated by the club. T o o u r greatest satisfaction, o u r good Brother Dr. Haskins was tops in all respects. Permit us

MAN OF THE YEAR HONORED On behalf of the Young Men's Progressive Club which selected him as the Man of the Year for 1955. Dr. Rosalie Reddick Miller (dentist), presented Dr. Richard Melvin Haskins. Jr.. with the trophy at the Friendship Baptist Church. She made the presentation in the absence of her husband. Dr. Earl Vonnidore Miller, the 1954 recipient, who was in Washington.— Enquirer photo by John Wangle.



to give you excerpts from articles appearing in the Newspapers concerning him: "A 6-foot 5 inch, 231-pound, Columbus-adopted Negro leader was presented a trophy by the Young Men's Progressive C l u b which h a d selected him as the Negro M a n of the Year . . . Dr. Richard Melvin Haskins, Jr. was presented the award by Dr. Rosalie Reddick Miller (dentist) in the absence of her h u s b a n d , Dr. Earl Vonnidore Miller, recipient, of the 1954 award, who was in Washington. Dr. Haskins was born in T h u r b e r , Texas, a s u b u r b of Fort W o r t h . Community work a n d interests of Dr. Haskins since coming to C o l u m b u s include the Negro Boys' C l u b , March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, and the N a t i o n a l Tuberculosis Association. H e has served as chairman of the board of m a n a g e m e n t of the Fifth Avenue A r m e d Services YMCA, being the first Negro chairman of a mixed board of the U S O in this area; YMCA work . . . m e m b e r of physical committee, N i n t h St. Branch . . . instrumental in organizing the Y's Men's Club; recipient of YMCA award for service in 1955. H e served as president of the C o l u m b u s Coaches' a n d Officials' Association and was a leader in the m o v e m e n t for bigger a n d better sports for Negroes in this area. . . . Dr. Haskins is a m e m b e r of the Executive C o m m i t t e e of U n i t e d Givers; a leader in the fight for first class citizenship in this community a n d for all rights a n d privileges thereto. Dr. Haskins' non-local interests include: president, J o h n A. Andrew Clinic, Tuskegec Institute, Tuskegee, Ala.; president, Southeastern Medical, Dental a n d Pharmaceutical Society; member, executive board, Georgia State Association of Physicians and Pharmacists; only Negro member, executive committee, Southern Area Physical Education Congress; Chairm a n , advisory committee, N a t i o n a l T e n n i s Association; worked in the Muscular Dystrophy Drive, Polio T H E SPHINX

Drive, and the cancer program; member, Executive Committee, Columbus Area Tuberculosis Association." Brother (Dr.) Haskins' Statement: "I firmly believe that the foundation of the community must be built solidly in order for the progress that is justly due us may have a basis on which to stand. I am very grateful for the help and aid and the strength that you, my friends, have given me. I assure you that anything I might have done has not been done with any hope of personal gain." Delta Iota Lambda Entertains Noted Actor—Brother Dick Campbell Brother Dick Campbell and his charming wife—Muriel Rahn and the entire cast in "Hi-Lights of the Broadway Carmen Jones" were entertained by the Alphas following their performance here at the Spencer Senior High School on March 10. It was a "royal" affair. Alphas, their wives, and Alpha sweethearts were on hand to entertain the guests at the swank 837 Club. Brother (Dr.) E. B. Coffee Honored By the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Brother Dr. E. B. Coffee, prominent druggist of Columbus, Georgia and owner and proprietor of the Coffee Building and Drugstore was honored at the Southern Regional Convention of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority for having been a successful businessman in the city of Columbus for more than 25 years.

Best Planned Regional (Continued from Page 28) noteworthy, scholarly address by Brother Attorney Harry H. Groves, City Councilman of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Too much credit cannot be given to our Regional Directors who have been working intimately with chapters in their immediate area. Conference reports were made by Brothers Wilson Hubert, Walter Washington, Cecil Boston, N. H. Bennett, Andrew J. Lewis, Robert Jacox, Wesley Whetstone, and Henry W. Webber, newly appointed Regional Director from South Carolina. Rounding out the social calender were brilliant affairs sponsored by Iota Phi Beta Lambda, a business sorority; AKA's, Omegas, Kappas, and Deltas. The North Carolina Times, a leading weekly race publication at Durham, as well as the daily press were generous in the space allotted for publicity. AUGUST, 1956

Mid-West Roundup Marks 'Fiftieth' On Ohio State Campus BLUEFIELD, W. Va.-Because the Midwest Regional Convention will not be held until December 27th-29th the vice-president, Brother C. Anderson Davis called the Midwest, Region Round-up which was held at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, May 19. Kappa and Alpha Rho Lambda chapters were host to the meeting. The meeting had a fourfold purpose as slated by the vicepresident: 1. T o plan for the Midwest Regional Convention. 2. T o report on the Program of Reclamation. 3. To receive funds and reports for the Montgomery Freedom Funds. 4. T o m;i' e recommendations to the General Convention and to carry on any other necessary business. Brother James E. Huger, General Secretary, was presented and reminded the brothers of the many responsibilities and opportunities that we have before us. He gave information relative to the 50th Anniversary Convention and pleaded for a full representation in Buffalo. Brother Billy Jones, General Counsellor, addressed the Brothers concerning the general welfare of the fraternity. Many suggestions were given relative to the Regional Convention, and plans were put into effect that will make the Regional Convention a most meaningful and eventful affair. Two main topics will run through the entire convention: Chapter Housing and Local Chapter Program. Awards will be given at the Regional Convention — 1. For outstanding achievement. 2. T o the chapter which has excelled in the Program of Re-

clamation, Scholarship, Educational and Citizenship activities, Financial Stability, and Social Program. 3. T o the Brother who has rendered outstanding service to his local chapter. The Brothers suggested several recommendations and constitutional amendments to be considered at the Buffalo Convention. In the closing statement the vicepresident, Broher Davis, asked that each local chapter work toward a program that will be functional and have meaning for the local brothers and the local community. T o work toward making the Fraternity a real brotherhood with a true spirit of the Fraternity and cooperation. He urged each brother to work toward having chapter representation at the 50th Anniversary Convention and asked that each chapter of the Midwest Region cooperate in full with the program. Fifty-one b r o t h e r s representing eighteen chapters were present. The meeting was closed by singing the Alpha hymn and prayer. The brothers of Kappa and Alpha Rho Chapters sponsored a most enjoyable evening of fun and entertainment for the Brothers and their friends.

Norfolk Grad Chapter (Continued from Page 34) equal rights and educational facilities within the state of Virginia. Alpha Phi Lambda is proud to have made this report. Its activities will, in the future, be a part of the Sphinx. With the addition of new brothers and the prospects for more, its overall program has taken on new life and it is girding itself for the years ahead when its contributions to its community and society in general will have helped to contribute to a better world in the true spirit of Alphadom.

NEOPHYTES OF ALPHA CHI, FISK UNIVERSITY The Neophytes ol Alpha Chi, initiated during the college year, 1955-56, from left to right: James Parrish, Larkin Teasley. Eugene Sturrup. Harper Brewer. William Nowlin, Clarence Reeves, Arnold Leonard. Samuel Graham, Leonard Davis, Riley Gordon, Irvin Henderson, Phillip Jackson. Major Heath, Laurence Ogletree, John Williams and Mason Nail.


The Oklahoma Conference of Alpha Phi Alpha President Brother Wayne C. Chandler Vice-President Brother Edward Brown



OFFICERS Secretary-Treasurer Brother Vernon L. Foshee Southwest Vice-President Brother Jesse S. Chandler



The Oklahoma Conference is composed of the following chapters: Beta Kappa Langston University Beta Epsilon Lambda Boley, Oklahoma Alpha Tau Lambda Tulsa, Oklahoma Zeta Gamma Lambda Langston. Oklahoma Beta Chi Lambda Muskogee, Oklahoma 1. Sponsors annual Guidance Clinic for Junior and Senior High School students adjudged to be the best in the country. 2. Sponsors yearly Formal Prom in different cities, seat of chapter. 3. Established a Student I^oan Fund at Langston University and is known as the Father Brown Loan Fund.

HISTORY OF BETA KAPPA CHAPTER Set up 1932, Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma. First Greek-letter organization in Oklahoma. Fourteen charter members . . . present officers are: President, Brother J. Runion Northington; Vice-President, Brother Charles E. Dillahunty; Secretary, Brother Harold Tolliver; Treasurer, Brother Leon Gordon; Dean of Pledges, Brother L. Edward Sanders; Sergeant-at-Arms, Brother Van T. Jefferson; Chaplain, Brother Robert Shelton. Of the 14 charter members of Beta Kappa Chapter, two are charter members of Zeta Gamma Lambda Chapter.

History of Zeta Gamma Lambda Chapter Zeta Gamma Lambda of Langston, Oklahoma was established by Alpha Phi Alpha National Headquarters December 22, 1954. The Chapter was set up January 23, 1955 at the home of Brother Jimmie L. White. The following are charter members and 1956 officers: Richard D. Jones, President, Principal, Langston City High School, Langston, Oklahoma. Lee A. Ward, Vice-President, Principal, Washington High School, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Luther W. Elliott, Principal, Booker T. Washington High School, Enid, Oklahoma. Oscar B. Berry, Assistant Secretary. Instructor and coach, Watonga High School, Watonga, Oklahoma. Jackie Jordan, Secretary, Professor of Art, Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma. Johnie McCray, Jr., Instructor, Booker T. Washington High School, Enid, Oklahoma. Lewis Binton, Historian, Principal, Chandler Elementary School, Chandler, Oklahoma. Jimmie L. White, Treasurer, Professor of Dairying, Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma. Robert S. Waugh, Instructor, Tulsa City Schools, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hollis D. Stearns, Supervisor, National Farm Housing Administration. J. Roderick Swain, Parliamentarian, Principal, Page Elementary School, Guthrie, Oklahoma. *F. R. Tillman, Instructor, Page Elementary School, Guthrie, Oklahoma. *James Eury, Chaplain, Instructor in Band, Favor High School, Guthrie, Oklahoma. * Later Brothers added.

BETA ETA LAMBDA CHAPTER . . . OKLAHOMA CITY. OKLAHOMA . . . ESTABLISHED 1938 Reading left to right, front row: Brothers Searcy Bailey, John E. Green. Parliamentarian: Stephen R. Parker. Chaplain; Bervis McBride, Jr., Vice-President; Hugh Sharp. Sergeant-at-Arms; Clarence E. Bell. Corresponding Secretary; J. Morton Littlepage; Carl D. Gibson, Secretary; Frank B. Cox; B. Robert Boyd; Meredith Matthews, Financial Secretary. Second row. J. M. Jenkins. Associate Editor to Sphinx; Asa D. Herring. Paul L. Strong. President; Otis A. Freeman; Kenneth Hudson. Charles Wood. L. B. Nutter, Robert A. Swain and Walter E. Seward. Jr. Chapter Roster also includes Brothers Inman E. Breaux. William F. Buckner. Virgil R. Chandler. John Dungee. G. E. Finley. Marshall E. Gamble. Ira D. Hall. G. LaMarr Harrison. Allen H. Hancock, William Johnson, E. C. Moon. Treasurer; F. D. Moon, R. E. Oliver. E. A. Owens. John M. Phillips. Sidney Sanders. C. S. Stripling. William Tolliver . . . Beta Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Inc. was established in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma in the year 1938. During the war years the chapter was kept active by a few faithful members who remained on the home front. Beta Eta Lambda has grown slowly but steadily and now has an active membership totaling 34 members. The year 1956 has seen the organization of an active Alpha Wives Auxiliary.



BETA CHI LAMBDA CHAPTER OF MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ESTABLISHED DECEMBER. 1940 Seated (left to right): Brothers E. H. Jennings, T. B. Lockridge, Financial Secretary; C. A. Adams. President; H. M. Hodges. Secretary; J. S. Chandler, Treasurer (and Southwestern Vice-President). Standing (left to right): Brothers V. L. Foshee, H. E. Duncan. T. A. Owen. W. E. Kennedy. Associate Editor to Sphinx; J. J. Simmons, III; W. T. Wells; R. E. Lee: E. E. Weaver; L. R. Kirkpatrick. and I. G. Morgan. Brothers belonging to Chapter but absent for picture include: C. H. Barnes, W. I. Boulware (Armed Forces). A. N. Brown. R. F. Davis. D. W. Foshee (Armed Forces), A. R. Marshall, and K. O. Tucker.

After 50 Years (Continued from Page 31) Sphinx should carry more pictures and news from the undergraduate chapters. This can be done by eliminating some of the expense involved. 3. Present more and better public programs by undergraduate chapters. This will strengthen our public relations effort. In many communities the public sees only the frivolities or "fun and frolic" angles of the organization. 4. Institute a campaign to build more undergraduate chapter houses. This can be done by getting graduate Brothers of means to invest in such properties on a self-liquidating basis. One house can serve more than one chapter, for example, in Atlanta the chapters at Clark, Morris Brown and Morehouse are in the same vicinity. Nashville is another such possibility. 5. Start the actual selection of candidates with the Sphinx Club and not with the Interest Group. This is a failing on most campuses. The Pledge Club should be given much more attention than it now receives. 6. Send copies of the Sphinx to the libraries of all regionally accredited AUGUST, 1956

high schools in the South and to many in the other sections of the country. This may necessitate a quarterly edition of such distribution while other editions will go to the members of the organization only. 7. Explore the possibility of establishing more chapters on campuses. The Fraternity would be welcomed at many more institutions than 110. 8. Increase the affiliation with other strong and allied organizations such as American Council on Human Rights and The National Interfraternky Conference. I am glad to note that at the last General Convention favorable action was taken regarding membership in The National Interfraternity Conference. We were once a member of ACHR. 9. We should not be too hesitant to suspend undergraduate chapters which fall low in quality of action and program. This will challenge other chapters and it will keep the level of excellence high, where it should be always. 10. We must encourage creative techniques for undergraduate membership growth. This can be done without sacrificing any of our honor or prestige.

All we need to lick the undergraduate problems which I have outlined are positive actions based upon thoughtful consideration and the Good Old Alpha Phi Alpha Spirit. â&#x20AC;˘

Brother Kelley Speaks (Continued from Page 10) Urban League which was then being formed. It is needless to explain what success Bro. Jones realized in enlarging the influence of the Urban League to its present high standard. The Negro would be greatly weakened in his progress were it not for the helpfulness of this agency. Jewel Kelley after graduation was engaged by a contracting company and later joined the N. Y. State Engineering Department and did much work in the construction of the Barge Canal. In 1920 he became associated with the N. Y. State Tax Department where he served until 1952. He now conducts a tax consulting practice in his home in Troy, N. Y. These were the men who in 1906 were the founders of Alpha Phi Alpha as viewed by one of them. PAGE 59

President W . T. Harper congratulates Brother Raf-rd Brown, Brother (Dr.) E. H. Washington and Brother

Brother (Dr.) J. E. Bush receives from

(Dr.) J. l i z a r d upon their induction into Alpha.



H. Burney a plaque for

being selected as

JACKSONVILLE, BRIEF H I S T O R Y O F UPSILON LAMBDA CHAPTER JACKSONVILLE, Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;In the summer of 1926, seven brothers residing within the greater Jacksonville area came together with the purpose of organizing and applying for a charter to begin a chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha within the Jacksonville area. These seven men were Dr. Robert W. Butler, Prof. Robert Lynon, Dr. R. N. Gordon, Major W. E. Morris, Rev. John N. McGee, A. St. Geo. Richardson, Jr. The application for charter was approved by the 1926 General Conven-

Dentists Brother Brother Brother Brother

(Dr.) J. C. Downing, D.D.S. (Dr.) R. N. Gordon, D.D.S. H. H. Satterwhite, D.D.S. (Dr.) J. E. Bush, D.D.S.

Pharmacists Brother (Dr.) J. Izzard, Ph.C. Brother (Dr.) T. M. Christopher, Ph.C. PAGE 60

reside in St.

presents to Brother A. Richardson an award for 3 0 years of service to

tion and Brother Charles W. Green, then Regional Vice-President, Region 7, was sent down to set up the chapter and install the first officers. Robert W. Butler was installed as the first president of Upsilon Lambda. This small group immediately embarked upon its first project, that of helping to initiate the first Orange Blossom Classic, which is now one of the major football classics. As the chapter reaches its 30th ANNIVERSARY we fondly look backwards to the wonderful principles and heritage placed in our hands by these founding brothers. We look forward to holding ever aloft this fine heritage and making sure that Alpha's ideals and aims will continue to resound within the Greater Jacksonville Community and the hearts of men.

Donation of Equipment to Brewster Hospital Cash Prizes, Local Students with High Academic Rating Annual Christmas Charity to the Crippled and Handicapped Contributions to Community Chest Agencies Annual Banquet, Summer Outing with Ladies Auxiliary and Cocktail Party

A<I>A Above are some of the Brothers of Upsilon Lambda who were in attendance at the Annual Cocktail


on ulour 50th

Chapter, Party.

President W . T. Harper presides over a special committee meeting. Seated, left to right are: Brothers W. B. Stewart, (Dr.) N . W . Sp;uld:ng, J. K. Sattlewhite, N. Davis, Eugene Butler, W . T. Harper. Standing: C. E. Simmons, (Dr.) J. l i z a r d , (Dr.) J. C. Downing, Phillip Waring, E. W . Bryant, and (Dr.) H. H. Sattlewhite.


Afro-American Life [Insurance Company Contributing to the economic development of our ethnic group and to the entire Southeastern United States FOR FIFTY-FIVE YEARS HOME


Mrs. Richardson looks on approvingly at her husband w h o is a charter member of the Chapter.



A#A Physicians Brother (Dr.) N.W.V. Spaulding, M.D. Brother (Dr.) E. H. Washington, M.D. Brother (Dr.) L. B. Child's, M.D.

Brother J. Genwright Lambda.


A f e w strong Brothers of Upsilon Lambda, w h o Augustine, Florida.


Lambda's " M a n of the Year."






Schools Florida Normal Ind. & Mem. College Brother R. W. Puryear, President Edward Waters College Brother W. B. Stewart, President Matthew W. Gilbert High School Brother Eugene J. Butler, Principal Isaiah Blocker Junior High School Brother William T. Harper, Principal S. P. Livingston Elementary School Brother (Dr.) H. James Green, Principal Jacksonville Urban League Brother A. Philip Waring, Exec. Sec'y PAGE 61


'ptatefMtttf 'pun DR. O. WILSON WINTERS, Editor

Jersey Governor Renames Parker To Education Board

Dr. O. Wilson Winters RED BANK, New Jersey — It is 28 Curren Arcade with much brotherly pride that the Norristown, Pa. brothers of Zeta Epsilon Lambda, Dear Brother Winters: newly organized chapter of Monmouth We are planning the Golden Jubilee issue of the Sphinx Magazine which County, New Jersey point out the outstanding achievements of Brother (Dr.) will be off the press August 1. I would like for you to complete "Frat Fun" and have it into this office James W. Parker, Sr. Brother Parker was recently reappointed to the State by June 25. Board of Education by Governor For the Golden Jubilee issue I would like to suggest that you devote Meyner of New Jersey. He was origthe entire space to "Fun" that can be inally appointed in 1952 and reapbuilt around the Fraternity or indipointed in 1953 by Governor Driscoll. vidual brothers during the past 50 He is the only one of his race having years. the honor to serve in this capacity. Fraternally and sincerely yours, Brother Parker believes our concern W. Barton Beatty, Jr. is not alone with the life of the mind, Editor-in-chief or society in the abstract or man in the Fifty years of Frat Fun — around absolute. He believes our concern is the Fraternity or individual brothers— the everlasting growth of the human So you, like many others, think I have intellect and the unfettered freedom of been writing this stuff for fifty years, the peoples of the world; and as long eh? I want you to know I only beas discriminating inequalities exist in gan editing in 1929, succeeding grand American life there is work to be done. old Elmer J. Cheeks, who established A crowning achievement befitting his Gamma Lambda at Detroit in 1919, long years of devotion and sincerity Theta Lambda at Dayton, and was a to duty and service occurred June, former General Vice-President in 1952 when he was appointed to the 1920. Here was Elmer's prize joke: State Board of Education of New Jer"I guess I've lost another pupil," said sey by the Governor. He has done a the college professor when his glass credible job in this capacity. The new eye rolled down the kitchen sink. honor was just another in a long list * * * of achievements by Dr. Parker, Sr. Now, about myself, regardless of Brother Parker's membership in Alhow I have posed at former convenDR. O. WILSON WINTERS pha extends back to his college days. tions, at this one, the Golden Jubilee, my wife and fourteen year old son will be along. I told you about my son Initiated into Alpha by one of the in the Educational Number of the Sphinx, May 1942. The article appeared most outstanding undergraduate chapthusly: "The Winters Production Company announces the O. Wilson II an- ters, Beta, at Howard University, niversary model, released January 22, 1942. Billy Winters designer and chief en- Washington, D. C. in the year of 1910, gineer. Esther J. Winters, production manager. Dr. Stephen R. Stanford, he has never ceased to maintain intechnician. Special features include: 21 inch wheel base, seven and one-half terest in his fraternity. He has had pound frame, vacumatic exhaust, standard type piston, streamline body, suc- a phenomenal rise in the field of tion feed, changeable seat covers. Present model will be constantly improved medicine, but his development in this respect has been matched by his and refined." growth in Alpha. He has also been I will show you that model at Buffalo; it is now a Deisel type jaggernaut, identified with Alpha Alpha Lambda 162 pound frame and a pain-in-the-neck to handle. No other models have Chapter, Newark, New Jersey. since been produced by the company. Referred to as "Pete" by those who * * » hold him in high esteem, Dr. Parker, Frat Fun really started at Mother Singleton's home in Ithaca, New York, Sr., is a very energetic and humane the meeting place of the Social Study Club and the birthplace of Alpha Phi man, with a dynamic personality. Alpha. Mother Singleton kept a well stocked ice box and Jewel Murray and A devoted family man, Dr. Parker, the other diadems could hardly wait for the meeting to close before the course Sr., is able to salvage enough time for in applied advanced mathematics began. One favorite problem concerned home life. He married his college sweetspace and measurements: how many pork chops will a refrigerator, measuring heart, the former Miss Marie Holmes four cubic feet, hold after fourteen fraternal hands are inserted therein and of Winchester, Kentucky. They have forthwith removed full handed. And it didn't take Mother "S" long to find two children, a son, Dr. James W. out that left over pie "could not long endure." To tell the truth if it hadn't Parker, Jr. engaged in the general been for Jewel Callis, the only diadem who knew Greek, we would have been practice of medicine in Red Bank, named the Beta Eta Pi Fraternity because Uncle Archie Singleton kept saying New Jersey; and a daughter, Mrs. Wilto Mother "S,": "Ma, I betcha they ate all that pie you left in the box." liam Goodman, music teacher in Rich(Continued on Page 63) mond, Virginia. PAGE 62


F R A T E R N I T Y FUN (Continued from Page 62)


A firm believer that all work and no play make "Pete" a dull boy, Dr. Parker, Sr. loves nothing better than music, music and more music. In the sports world he enjoys trap shooting, baseball and is an ardent boxing fan, usually going as many rounds and motions as the fighters in the ring from the front seat. Brother (Dr.) Parker, Sr. was born in Aiken, South Carolina, and w a s educated in the elementary and high schools, Jacksonville, Florida; A. B., Howard University, 1911; and M. D., Howard, 1915. He is engaged in the general practice of medicine in Red Bank, New Jersey. He has been active in civic, religious and social affairs for years. A member of the A. M. E. Zion Methodist Church, Red Bank, New Jersey, Dr. Parker holds membership in the Monmouth County Medical Society; New Jersey State Medical Society; National Medical Association; American Medical Association; Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Masonic (32nd degree) and Elk Lodge. He is a member of the Monmouth County Welfare Board; Monmouth County Organization for Social Service; and the Board of the Red Bank Community YMCA. He is Director, Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company, Chicago, Illinois; and a Trustee of Howard University, and is now Vice-President of Zeta Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. A GI returned to camp exhausted after a week end of Wine, Women, and Song. On the bunk that held his recumbent form, his buddies hung a sign: "Temporarily Out of Ardor." AUGUST, 1956

When in 1939 at the convention in New York, Brother Judge Myles A. Paige proudly introduced his aunt, the entire assembly stood and applauded for several minutes. Mrs. Anna C. Singleton wept. Perhaps it was emotion, perhaps not; perhaps it was a glance at the sleek appearance of the Jewels present and the thought of how well off she would have been if she had prevented those nocturnal scroungings in her ice box in the formative years of Alpha Phi Alpha. * * * Jewel Ogle had a good job and handled more mazuma than the other boys so he selected the frat colors, old gold and black. That was appropriate, wasn't it? Jewels Kelly and Chapman devised the initiation. Chapman wanted a mystic oriental type of formality with the candidate dressed in heavy bespangled robes "borrowed from the Masonic chest after each meeting." Kelly said: "Hell no, away with them robes and the oriental incantations, let's get down to the meat of the initiation." Brothers, they've been getting down to the meat ever since. My opinion of frat fun may not coincide with yours but in Chapter one of the Alpha history Brother Historian Wesley tells us that Mr. Chapman, in preparing for the first initiation for Tuesday, October 30, 1906, spent $1.50, (yes, the man said, one dollar and fifty cents) to secure a hall. Perhaps the fun would be more appreciated if we gave Brother Service $150 and sent him to get Kleinhams Hall for the Golden Jubilee public meeting. Not funny? Well let's stretch it to fifteen dollars. By the way, Brother Service, how close does that come to it? * * * Fifty years of fun! Not all that fun can be recorded in this limited column nor could we scratch the surface of the funny episodes and the personalities that contributed toward it. There are many risibilistic moments lingering in my memory. To this day I can not refrain from smiling when I remember Brother Felton Clark in a great speech exhorting us to eschew false piide and inflated conceptions of our fraternal greatness. In a moment of perorative forensics he said: "Don't forget that the M.D. behind your name, to the common man may signify that you are moderately dumb, while the D.D. may mean that you are divinely dumb, and the Ph.D. will attest that you are phenomenally dumb,â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a tarn phool." * * * And it was not Henry Clay who said: "I'd rather be right than president," they tell me it was Brother (Dr.) Milton J. S. Wright. So the bishops of the A. M. E Church made Brother Leander Hill president of Wilberforce and retained Brother Wright, right where he is, Dean of Menâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and boys. * * * It was not Calvin Coolidge who originated the phrase, "I do not choose to run." It was in that hectic election in Berkeley, California 1951, Brother Raymond Cannon rejected the importunities of a large section of the ballot wielding brothers and declined to let Maceo massacre him. * * * Students of political history will never forget the famous "Cross of Gold" speech of William Jennings Bryan, who, in his espousal of a Free Silver Monetary Standard, exclaimed in climactic oratory: "You cannot crucify me on a cross of gold." He won for himself the nomination for president of the United States. No Alpha brother will forget the Emory B. Smith nomination of Belford V. Lawson at Chicago in 1945. Never before and never again will B. V. be portrayed so mundanely angelic as he was in that Smithonian transmogrification. Ahem! * * * Devotees of terpsichorean perfection at New Orleans in 1936 will always remember among their Plutonian torments the sight of Brother Marshall L. Shepard at Xavier auditorium, dancing with Miss Etta Moten. She was doing (Continued on Page 106) PAGE 63

WE S A L U T E . . .

on its 50th Anniversary F L I N T . Michigan窶認lint Alphas added another page to Alpha Phi Alpha history. In this post war era, with the surge of an expanding economy and an overall trend toward equal opportunity for all, Flint, like many other American cities has grown immensely, and with this growth has become heir to many worthy business and professional men of stature.

Of this

group many of them as usual we found were Alpha men. O n March 24, 1953 eight Brothers met and formed the beginning of a new graduate chapter. 15, 1953 Brother W. Alexander Smith

By August (Mid-Western

Vice-President) met with and presented a charter to Epsilon Upsilon L a m b d a Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the second graduate chapter in Michigan.


Vice-President BROTHER (DR.) L. A. BARNES

Secretary BROTHER (DR.) W. B. HARRIS

T h i s chapter has done much, in a short period of time to improve the social, economic, and cultural structure of the community.

T w o pledgees have been initiat-

ed and now the fraternity has over 20 members of character and fraternal spirit second to none in the Alpha Phi Alpha famliy.

Treasurer BROTHER (DR.) J. D. WILSON

Corresponding Secretary BROTHER FRED S. WALLER


W e join in this our 50th Year Celebration of Alpha Phi Alpha. THE SPHINX

FLINT'S EPSILON UPSILON LAMBDA CHAPTER Left to right, back row: Brothers R. H. Dunning. (Dr.) W. B. Harris, Melvyn Brannon. J. R. Johnson. (Atty.) Oscar Baker. Darwin Davis, Mem A. Wright, (Dr.) W. P. Moore. (Dr.) J. D. Wilson. Front row, left to right: Brothers (Atty.) J. W. Baker. Frederick S. Waller, Bennie Johnson. (Atty.) H. G. Marsh. (Dr.) C. B. Kimbrough. R. L. Oden. (Atty.) Ralph I. Selby. Wm. Haithco. (Dr.) LeRoy Barnes.


AUGUST, 1956




of Morris County. The affair was attended by more than two hundred guests at the Old Mill Town House, Monday evening, February 20, 1956. Richard B. Rogers, assistant executive director of the Morris County Community Chest and Council, was guest speaker at the affair and spoke encourage Negro youth to enter the on the interest in promoting the conHeld ol engineering. As director of cept of the brotherhood of man in our technical education at W. Va. State College in 1939 he organized the first community and to bring into practice civilian aviation course for Negro col- the "equality of opportunity for all." Among the many guests who joined lege youth. Brother Evans has been a member in paying tribute to Brother Stevenof Alpha Phi Alpha for 33 years and son were. Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey Robwas the speaker at the Atlantic City inson of Madison, New Jersey; Dr. Convention. He is now vice-presi- and Mrs. Fouis Baxter of Bernardsdent of the Afro-American Fife In- ville, New Jersey; Mrs. Susan Gradsurance Company of Jacksonville, dick, member of the Morristown F l.i- He and his wife, Mrs. Rosaline School board; and Dr. Goldsboro, M. Evans, and their children, Michael Morristown veterinarian. and Evangeline, live in Washington, During the program, a monoD. C. grammed briefcase was presented to Brother Stevenson from Alpha Alpha Fambda Chapter of Newark, by Jerry F. Martin, Vice-President of the chapter, for his outstanding leadership in the fraternity. A former college professor of chemistry at Sam Houston College, Austin, Texas, St. Phillips Junior College, San Antonio, Texas, and the Associated Colleges of Upper New York, ChamMORRISTOWN, N. J.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Mor- plain College, Plattsburg, New York, ris County branch of the NAACP and Brother Stevenson is at present an the citizens of Morristown, New Jer- electrochemist at Picatinny Arsenal, sey, honored Brother Ernest Steven- Dover, New Jersey, a position he has son with a testimonial dinner sponsor- held since July 1950. ed by the civic and professional groups An ardent civic and community

Defense Dept. Cites James C. Evans - He's Outstanding W \ S H F \ G T O \ , I). C.-Dr. James G Evans, Civilian Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Personnel and Reserve), recently received a citation for "his outstanding contribution to the Dc partment of Defense" together with. ;i ,|3()0.00 award from Assistant Secre tary Carter L. Burgess at the Pentagon. Washington, D. C. Brother Evans is credited with coo r d i n a t i n g the program which brought about total racial integration within the United States Military Establishment in less than one decade. Rate relations experts log this as one of the most successful social changes in the history of the Republic. He is a veteran of World War 1 and has been in Federal service continuously since 1911. \ graduate of M. I. T., he received the Harmon Award in Science based on his technical research in electronics in 1926. He received the Doric Miller Foundation Award in 1953 for his work in improving the morale and performance of Negro citizens serving in the Aimed Forces. lot many years secretary of the N a t i o n a l Technical Association, Brother Evans lead the campaign to

Ernest Stevenson Honored For Many Deeds in New Jersey

BROTHER JAMES C. EVANS HONORED Pictured in pholo. left to right: John L. Fallon. Executive Officer; Stephen S. Jackson. Assistant General Counsel: Major General John B. Murphy, USA. Deputy Assistant Secretary; Honorable Carter L. Burgess Assistant Secretary of Defense; Dr. James C. Evans; Rear Admiral J. M. Will, USN. Director of Personnel Policy; and John Fanning, Director of Domestic Programs.



tinguished himself by exemplifying outstanding participation and leadership in civic, educational, and cultural affairs. This was the second successive year in which Brother McCoy has received the chapter's honored award. Brother McCoy, a well-known dentist and successful businessman is especially outstanding in the field of human rights. He is the past president of the State organization of the NAACP in Mississippi and active in

civic affairs generally. After graduating at Tougaloo College, he entered Meharry Medical College and graduated there in 1927. The wife of Brother McCoy is the former Miss Rose Embly; they and their young daughter reside in Jackson. Brother McCoy's courage, humility, and unselfishness — particularly in endeavors involving social action — more than doubly qualify him as a brother of which Alpha is proud.

New Officers at Beta Phi Lambda BROTHER ERNEST STEVENSON

worker in Morristown where he resides, Brother Stevenson is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA, the Board of Directors of the City Urban League, the World Service Committee of the YMCA and also President of the North Jersey Investment Group. He served two terms as president of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter, and at present is chairman of the Education Committee of the chapter and supervises the allocation of scholarships to worthy candidates. He is truly an Alpha man. He exemplifies and practices the true Alpha spirit, living up to its traditions, customs and philosophy. A good husband, father and churchman, Brother Stevenson is the kind of man that Alpha would like to plant in every community. Brother Stevenson married the former Henrietta E. Roberts, of San Antonio, Texas.

SAVANNAH, Ga.-Ai the February meeting of Beta Phi Lambda Chapter, the newly elected and installed officers assumed administrative duties of the chapter. Headed by Brother (Dr.) R. Grann Lloyd as President, the new cabinet is composed of the following Brothers: Clifford Hardwick, Vice-President; Lawrence D. Perry, Treasurer; Robert C. Long, Si., Recording Secretary; Wade Simmons, Corresponding Secretary; Benjamin F. Lewis, financial Secretary; A. E. Peacock, Chaplain; Nathaniel Harris, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Thomas Saunders, Contributing Editor to the SPHINX. The membership of Beta Phi Lambda comprises approximately fifty business and professional nun ol the Savannah area. Among the objectives of his administration cited by Brother President Lloyd were the growth of the

local chapter through a reclamation project, active participation of all brothers in chapter affairs, and enh a n ce m e n i of the organization through community service. Brother Dr. Lloyd is chairman of the Department of Economics at Savannah State College. The out-going administration of Brother Joseph Greene submitted final reports of the Scholarship Dance and the Presentation Ball which were staged during September and November, respectively. Reports of the General Program and Budget Committees were considered at the February and March meetings ol the chapter. Plans are going Eorward for such activities as Founder's Day Observance, Chapter Worship at a local church, and representation at the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Dentist Is Honored As 'Man of Year' By BROTHER B. W. HARRIS Editor to SPHINX

JACKSON, Miss. — Brother A. H. McCoy was presented the Alpha Man of the Year Award by Alpha Epsilon Lambda Chapter on April 22, 1956 at Tougaloo Southern Christian College. The occasion was a public program in observance of Education for Citizenship Week. The award is presented annually to a member of the chapter who has disAUGUST, 1956

AWARD WINNER Brother A. H. McCoy receives Alpha Epsilon Lambda's Alpha Man of the Year Award. Brother St. Elmo Brady, a life member of Alpha, presented the award.



NEW ORLEANS, La.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The more than 20 years Sigma Lambda Chapter has existed have found it faced with problems common to all organizations. However, in spite of the years of depression, immediately following the "Roaring Twenties" when the Charleston and the Blackbottom were the dance rage, Sigma Lambda has survived and is now in this Atomic Age, clustered with acts of integration and desegregation and promised-land

of FULL FREEDOM in view, taking leadership in the front-line for full implementation of the decisions of the United States Supreme Court of 1954 and 1955. To this end Sigma Lambda declared open "war" on the things of life we can do without, cancelled its Annual Spring Formal and was the first to contribute a life membership of $500.00 to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The donation

The brothers of Sigma Lambda Chapter pictured are: Brothers (Dr.) W. R. Adams. Vice-President; Walter E. Morial, Secretary; Marcus Neustadter, Jr.. President; Edgar L. Taplin. Sr.. Assistant Secretary; Rene J. Rousseve. Treasurer; Robert Harrison, Chaplain; (Dr.) Andrew J. Young, Sr., (Dr.) C. C. Haydel, a Chapter Jewel; Whitney M. Haydel, Director of Alpha-Bettes; (Dr.) Leonard L. Burns, Sgt.-at-Arms; Osceola A. Blanchet. a Chapter Jewel; Henry Thomas; (Dr.) Joseph T. Taylor; (Dr.) Samuel L. Gandy; (Dr.) Wesley N. Segre. Dean of Pledgees; Maurice Martinez. Jr., Walter King, Jr., Attorney P. J. F. Dejoie. Jr.. J. F. Matheus, Alvin S. Bynum, C. C. Thornhill. Dr. George B. Talbert. Jesse O. Richards, Jr.. a Chapter Jewel; Belmont Haydel. Jr.. Leroy Rhodes, Herwald Price, (Dr.) A. J. Smith, a Chapter Jewel; (Dr.) George G. Thomas, Armstead A. Pierro. Henri DuMouil. W. D. Gibbs. and (Dr.) Karl Douglas.



Pictured are Alphas and Alpha-Bettes attending a lawn party at the chapter's "unofficial home." the residence of Vice-President Adams. The speaker for this occasion was Brother Samuel L. Gandy. Dean of the Chapel of Dillard University.

was made on the eve of a ban placed on the Association to function in the State of Louisiana. Foremost in this fight for justice and civil liberties stands Brother Attorney A. P. Tureaud, who is called "Mr. Civil Rights" here in Louisiana and New Orleans, the City of Mardi Gras. The membership of Sigma Lambda individually and collectively takes leadership position in community affairsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Young Men's and Young Women's Christian Association, The United Negro College Fund, The Boy Scouts, The Business League, The Medical and Dental Societies, The NAACPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wherever there is a movement dedicated to the betterment of the race and community, Alpha can be found!! A vital segment of our fraternal life here is found in close association with the family unit. Sigma Lambda has promoted during the past two years, an organization which was born during the General Convention held in New Orleans, namely, "The Alpha-Bettes." This arm of our chapter is composed of the wives and sweethearts of the brothers and are included in all affairs not of ritual nature. Mrs. Lois Taplin is now president of the group.

AUGUST, 1956

The present officers are: Brothers Marcus Neustadter, Jr., President; William R. Adams, Vice-President; Walter E. Morial, Secretary; Rene J. Rousseve, Treasurer; Edgar L. Taplin, Sr., Assistant Secretary; C. C. Dejoie, Editor to Sphinx; Robert Harrison, Sergeant-atArms; L. L. Burns, Chaplain; and Whitney M. Haydel, Coordinator of Alpha-Bette affairs. Brother Belmont Haydel, Jr., serves as Coordinator of Undergraduate Activities. The chapter has been active through the years on the local and national scenes. When founded in 1925 it marked the beginning of Greekdom in Louisiana and one of its illustrious members was a vice-president of the fraternity, in the person of Brother Ferdinand L. Rousseve. The chapter president is now director of Public Relations for the Southwest Jurisdiction and a member of the National PR Committee, as is Brother C. C. Dejoie, Jr. Brother Edgar L. Taplin, Sr., holds the position of State Director of Louisiana; and Brother Leonard L. Burns is a member of the Nominating Committee. Sigma Lambda is an active chapter and salutes our Fraternity on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary!!


Gamma Iota's Many-Sided Program Tops at Hampton H A M P T O N , V a . - A s Alpha Phi Alpha approaches its Golden Anniversary, one in its fold cannot b u t sense the w a r m t h of the flame of brotherhood which is still aglow. T h e Brothers at G a m m a Iota are very sensitive and aware of this w a r m t h which has e n d u r e d for fifty years. Because of this sensitiveness, G a m m a Iota has striven to make the fraternity's principles a n d ideals an integrated and functional force in the lives of each brother therein. Unequivocally, the philosophy pertaining to service, survival a n d puissance is quite evident in A l p h a d o m . T h r o u g h o u t the year G a m m a Iota has hoisted the Alpha Banner of service and progress above mediocrity.

D u r i n g the year Brother Clark served as President of the Student Council. Brother Duckenfield was elected to succeed him. In addition Brother Sykes served as T r e a s u r e r of the Council a n d President of the Senior Class. Scholastic-wise Brother Sykes held the C h a i r m a n s h i p of the Men's T u torial Staff which is primarily concerned with the advancement a n d promotion of scholarship. T h e Brothers here at H a m p t o n Institute have a proclivity to delve into state of abstraction which frequently leads to a great degree of uniqueness in terms of programs and projects. O u t of their m o m e n t s of abstract contemplation emerged this year a skit entitled " T h e Challenge"

Gamma Iota is proud to acknowledge and welcome into the fold its "Newblood"â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Front row. left to right: Norman Home, Rocky Mount. North Carolina; Reuben Walker, Winston-Salem. North Carolina. Second row: Archie Pritchett. Danville. Virginia. Third row: John Scott, Spotsylvania, Virginia, and fourth row: Lamar Stroud. Phoebus. Virginia. Because of their tremendous ingenuity and fortitude, the chapter envisions a more dynamic and auspicious program.



which was co-authored by Brothers McClain, Sykes, Davis a n d Jones. This ingenious skit, which centered a r o u n d a conflict between planetary societies-Earth a n d Mars, captivated and s p e l l b o u n d the audience at the Delta's Jabberwock. " T h e Challenge" won first place for the chapter. Continually the Brothers engaged in many activities which again exhibited a n d enhanced the true spirit of Alpha Phi Alpha. Brothers Cornish. Sykes, Clark, Carter and Duckenfield were listed in W h o ' s W h o in American Colleges and Universities. Moreox er, Brothers McClain, Sykes, Cornish and Moorer were designated as Distinguished M i l i t a r y Students. Brother Duckenfield was recently inducted into Alpha Kappa Mil and Beta Kappa Chi in which Brothers Sykes and Cornish served as treasurers respectively. Perhaps one should mention that Brothers Bowling, Sykes, Carter and Duckenfield were jurors on the newly established Student Court. It is altogether a p p r o p r i a t e to add that G a m m a Iota like other chapters has become more aware of the stupendous task that Alpha Phi Alpha has to u n d e r t a k e in terms of man's relationship to manâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;local, national and worldwide. T h i s basic concept has been manifested by the chapter through the promotion of Education for Citizenship Week; contributions to the N.A.A.C.P. a n d U.N.C.F. a n d sponsorship of the Bloodmobile. Such programs were m a d e possible t h r o u g h the joint a n d cooperative efforts of Brothers Booker, Porter, McDaniel, Jones, Allen, Parker, Fleming, Woody, Boyd, Bennett, Cross, Sandifer, Oliver a n d those previously noted. T h e year was climaxed with a Spring Formal which set the level for all social affairs. (,annua Iota takes this opportunity to pay homage to the Seven Jewel* whose foresight, courage, initiative and perseverance pro-created a fellowship and fraternal spirit which have touched on a n d projected themselves in every area of h u m a n endeav or. Brothers here express concern a n d hope for even a more outreaching, vigorous a n d eminent program in the next fifty years to come. Finally, the chapter salutes its " M o t h e r Chapter", Zeta L a m b d a and its sponsor, Brother Alfred Bailey, who has served assiduously. Because of his guidance a n d efforts G a m m a Iota has been able to forge ahead successfully. T h e Brothers also extend their best wishes to Brother W. Barton Beatty. His guidance a n d inspiration will be greatly missed here at H a m p t o n Institute. THE


Gains in Membership Foreseen for Midwest By BROTHER C. ANDERSON DAVIS Mid-Western Vice-President

Please accept my sincere thanks for the fine cooperation that you have given the Midwest Vice-President to date. May I report that from all indications our Region will gain in membership this year, and overcome the loss which we suffered last year. We should like to have a full report for our Buffalo Convention. Let's continue to cooperate as Alpha men that our efforts may prove to be of vital service in each community where we are located. Montgomery, Alabama Again may I call your attention to the campaign which has been instituted by our General President, Brother Frank L. Stanley, to raise $5,000.00 for our people of Montgomery, Alabama. Those people, as you know, are putting up a courageous fight against the City Bus Company, and are making many sacrifices. Brothers, this is also our fight; if they win, we win; if they lose, we lose. The Midwest Region has been requested to raise $1,000.00. I am suggesting that each chapter be responsible for collecting this money. Each chapter should send in to our National Headquarters an amount equivalent to $ 1.00 for every member of your chapter. Inactive Members Pretty soon I will be sending correspondence to all of the inactive members of the Region. Several of the chapters have sent in a list of names of inactive brothers in their particular communities as requested. If you have not sent the Vice-President and the General Secretary a list of your inactive members, please do so immediately. I should like to get all of the inactive Brothers in one mailing. You will please send the addresses along with the names. Visitation Week I trust that every chapter has planned for Visitation Week by this time. The Committee on Reclamation should see to it that each inactive brother is assigned to a team and that AUGUST, 1956

the Visitation Week is observed. Full details of this plan was in the March 29th communication which 1 sent to each chapter and to all of the Reclamation Committee chairman that are on the mailing list. The Visitation project has a very useful psychological effect. Our insurance companies have learned that a visit by two persons is more effective than by one. Jesus Christ, himself, instituted this method 2000 years ago when he sent the famous 70 out on a program of Evangelism. It can be effective in the Alpha Fraternity, if each brother will use it courageously. A team of two should have an assignment of not more than three inactive brothers. The team should visit the home of the brother, and not seek to contact him on the street or some other type of meeting. A very sincere approach should be used when the brother is contacted. Please do not approach the brother as if you are apologizing for what you are doing, but approach the brother as if you, yourself, feel and mean what you are doing, and that you are sincere and believe that Alpha has something worthwhile to offer. The teams of each chapter should hold a meeting and make plans before they start on the visitation program.

suggest that the local budget be lowered as a part of our reclamation program. Since most of the activities for the year are about finished, many inactive brothers may feel that to pay the full budget is not fair. Consequently, if the local budget were lowered by one-third or one-fourth, it may help in the reclamation program. This has nothing to do with the General organization taxes, it pertains only to the local budget. One chapter has lowered its budget to $15.00 which means that the local chapter would receive only $3.50 as its share. You may take this into consideration and any chapter that wants to follow the suggestion may feel free to do so. Good Suggestions A very good suggestion has come in from Brother Henry Williams, Chairman of the Reclamation Committee of Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter, Cleveland, Ohio. He gives an example of what was done in Cleveland: A cabaret party was given for all brothers at a cost of $4.00 each which covered the cost of a band and a floor show. Brother Williams suggested that each chapter put on some type of social activity before the year is gone as a part of the Reclamation program.

Victory Day Victory Day will climax the Visitation Week. I am asking each Reclamation Chairman to call or telegram to the Vice-President, a report of the number of brothers reclaimed during the year and during Victory Week. (The Reverend C. Anderson Davis, 200 Jones Street, Bluefield, West Virginia, Telephone Davenport 5-8777.) I am recommending that the brothers be assembled in a special meeting on this evening for a special program centered around reclamation. Our Program of Budget Very soon the fiscal year for most of the chapters will be ended. I would

BROTHER LUTHER S. PECK. V.M.D. Rho. Philadelphia: Theta. Chicago; Xi Lambda, Chicago and a charter member oi the Theta Xi Lambda Foundation. Chicago. Brother Peck helped to set up the first chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity west of the Missisippi river. He was initiated into Rho Chapter, Philadelphia in 1915. while a student at the University oi Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1917. working in Kansas City as a United States Veterinarian, he went with the late former national president, Brother Lucious McGhee and the late Brother (Dr.) Norwood to the University of Kansas at Lawrence. Kansas, and set up Upsilon Chapter. Upsilon was the first of the campus chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha to buy a fraternity house. Throughout the years Upsilon has been active and a strong influence in the House of Alpha.


Gamma Epsilon Lambda Chapter, Hopkinsville, Kentucky was organized in 1942, by Stinson E. Broaddus, Kentucky State Director of Alpha. The Chapter disbanded during World War II, and was reorganized at the end of the war. The charter members were: Brothers Robert Banks. John W. Baker, F. E. Whitney, Thomas A. West, P. C. Brooks. H. L. Brooks, Omega Chapter; and Dan Kenner, Omega Chapter. Brother George Stewart now a California Dentist, took a picture of this meeting.


BROOKS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND HOME Brooks Mcmoiial Hospital end Home; 30 beds. Completed 1944.

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BROTHER (DR.) P. C. BROOKS Physician and Surgeon, Chapter Treasurer. A native Hopkinsvillean. Initiated. Howard University. Beta Chapter. 1925.


FRAZIER'S HOSPITAL Brother (Dr.) lames W. Frazier. and Hospital—eight beds. Located here 1954. Initiated, Chi Chapter. 1950. Joined Gamma Epsilon Lambda Chapter in 1954. Native of Richmond, Kentucky. Physician and Surgeon.


BROTHER G. H. BROOKS. Ph.C. Owner of Brooks Brothers Pharmacy. Initiated, Gamma Epsilon Lambda Chapter in 1947.


Gamma Epsilon Lambda Chapter, Hopkinsville, Kentucky

BROTHER J. H. BRONAUGH, Pres. Principal, Attucks High School. Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Initiated. Gamma Epsilon Lambda, 1947.

BROTHER F. B. SIMPSON Principal. Todd County Training School. Initiated. Beta Mu. 1942.

BROTHER G. W. BROOKS Principal, Burt High, Clarksville, Tenn. Initiated, Gamma Epsilon Lambda. 1950. Vice-President.

BROTHER (DR.) A. W. MORTON D.D.S., Paducah, Kentucky. Initiated. Alpha Phi Chapter, 1941.

BROTHER WILLIAM N. SNORTON City Councilman. Agriculture Teacher, Attucks High School, Owner, Bar-B-Q Inn. Initiated. Local Chapter, 1948. Secretary.

BROTHER F. E. WHITNEY City Councilman, Real Estate Broker, Tax Accountant. Initiated. Beta Mu. 1934.

BROTHER R. L. BANKS Postal Service. Initiated. Beta Mu, 1938.

Âť4v BROTHER M. L. BROOKS Agriculture Teacher, Lincoln High School. Franklin, Kentucky. Initiated, Local Chapter, 1948.

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BROTHER F. L. ROBERSON Teacher. Lincoln High School. Paducah, Kentucky. Bondsman. Initiated. Psi Chapter, 1932.

BROTHER I. W. BAKER Head of Mathematics Department. Lincoln High, Evansville. Indiana. Initiated. Alpha Chi Chapter. 1933.




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By GEORGE W. GORE, JR. — President, Florida Agricultural

EDITORS NOTE This address was given by Brother Gore at Tennessee A. and I. University, Nashville dining a special college-wide program in commemoration 11} the Fiftieth Anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Brother Gore for many years was Dean of the college before going to the presiilt in x of the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical I niversity. In the opinion of the editor this address is timely as it relates to the celebration "I fifty years of Alxphadom. The significance 11I the address lies in the fart that President Gore believes firmly in the contributions that fraternal groups tan make to the lives ol college youths. lor that reason alone it is our hope that undergraduates, graduates and college administrators everywhere will profit by the opinion expressed hx this noted educator.

I covet the honor and privilege of addressing this august assembly of college men and women on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. As a Tennesseean and a native son of the Athens of the South. I especially appreciate the opportunity to return to join with my brothers and friends assembled at the instituion where 1 labored for so many

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years. I take pardonable pride in the fact that I had a small part in establishment of three of the four Nashville chapters and have had a close fraternal relationship with the fourth and senior chapter. Personally, I have been a charter member of two chapters of our fraternity. My affiliation goes back for many of the fifty years of our history. Currently I bring you greetings and felicitations from the Sunshine State of Florida, from Florida A. and M. University, where the memory of one of our Jewels is perpetuated by a building named in his honor, and from Beta Nu and Gamma Mu Lambda— our local undergraduate and graduate chapters. With such personal orientation, it is obvious that I am genuinely glad to he here and that I am one of those college administrators who happens to believe in fraternities and sororities. I think that there is something to be gained from the experience of members in a good fraternity or sorority that cannot be gained any other way.

ACHIEVEMENT CUP WINNERS OF BETA OMICRON CHAPTER, TENNESSEE A. & I. STATE UNIVERSITY, NASHVILLE. TENN. Seated left to right: Brothers Lawrence Purnell, Virgil V. McGee, Roland Carey, Clarence Branch. Reuben Davis, Robert Howse. Booker T. Poe. Robert Wells. Joseph Ervin. Standing, left to right: Brothers James Hull, Logan Mitchell. Wendell Collins. Robert Jackson, Clarence Bass. Bennie Crawford. Edward Vincent, James Armstrong. Robert Williams. Bryon Williams. John Tyus, William Montague. Edward Merriweather, Alexander Conley, Paris Bransford. James Isabel. Hollis Porter. William Moore. Second row: Brothers Melvin Beard, William Lathon. Hoke Glover, Claude Newsom, James Henderson, Thomas Toran. Cornelius Drake. Morris Goddard, William Cage, Charles Raine. Donald Perry. William Mason, James E. Smith, Samuel Irby. Brothers not shown are Ronald Davis. Joseph Williams and Theophilus Boyd.


I think it was indeed quite fortunate that the college Greek-letter movement was started by Phi Beta Kappa at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, December 5, 1776. Altho today Phi Beta Kappa is no longer a social fraternity, but has become an honor society, it laid the foundations for the present day social college fraternity and sorority. It began the practice of the charm and mystery of secrecy, the ritual, the oath of fidelity, the gTip, the motto, the pin or badge, the background of high idealism, the strong tie of friendship and comradeship, an urge for sharing its values through nationwide expansion. The original emphasis was on social and literary purposes, with regular and frequent meetings. Other early societies used Greek mottoes to express their ideals. Many college faculties encouraged them. They were given prominent places in college catalogs, their worth being suggested by a quotation from one of these p u b l i cations: "Each of these societies has thus far been fully equal to a professorship; and the manner in which mind comes into contact with mind in these voluntary democratic associations is admirably well adapted for the development of every natural talent with which any young man may be endowed." From Phi Beta Kappa has come the preference for three Greek-letters, each of which represents an ideal. The letters Phi Beta Kappa are the first three Greek letters of the motto, "Love of Wisdom, the guide of life" and they are now regarded as symbolizing the ambition of young scholars—friendship, morality and learning. The seven young men at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, who founded Alpha Phi Alpha, definitely sought to identify themselves with the classical background and traditions of these earliest college Greek-letter organizations. In his history of our Fraternity, Dr. Charles H. Wesley writes of this group as follows: "As Negro students in a large American University, they were cut off from the many opportunities for mutual helpfulness which come to THE SPHINX

groups of students through personal acquaintance and close association. As individuals there were personal contacts of value with other members of the student body, but as a group they were proscribed in their association. The racial cleavage, characteristic of this period, had laid the basis for the division of the races even in college life. Many of these students were selfsupporting and their resources were limited, and if membership in the university fraternal associations had been permissable, it is probable that advantage could not have been taken of the opportunity. Confronted by the social proscriptions of race common to American institutions of this era, hampered by limited means with the attendant circumstances of the average "poor" student, these students faced the future and boldly endeavored to find a way out of their difficulties, scarcely realizing, however, the import of their action on subsequent generations of college students. "Two motives were operating in the minds of these students at this period, and it is interesting to note that these motives, although at first thought to be antagonistic, have been present and active in many individual chapters of the fraternity at subsequent periods. These motives have struggled one against the other throughout our history as a fraternal group. First the one and then the other gained the ascendency, and it is this experience which has brought about the present situation in which the existence of both motives are completely realized within the same organization. "One of these motives was the desire to organize a social and literary organization in which all the members could participate at the regular periods of meeting. Another was to organize a fraternity, similar in type to some one of the college fraternities, in which several of these students were working in order to support themselves while pursuing their collegiate studies." What these seven Jewels resolved to do in 1906 has now become significant in the history of American higher education. They began a new and distinctive addition to the saga of American college groups. The past fifty years have recorded a steady succession of events in which other of our racial groups have joined Alpha Phi Alpha in making the Greek-letter organization available to thousands of Negro students throughout America in both white and Negro institutions. While the major emphasis of the pioneer fraternity and those that came immediately after was for many years upon fellowship and social prestige, as AUGUST, 1956

they reached maturity they began to 'es more and more identify themselves with the needs of their people as is 1â&#x20AC;&#x201D; indicated by the Go-to-High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; de Go-to-Collegc Movement, the Guide reRight Program, the Negro Achievend ment Week, Finer Womanhood and iEducation for Citizenship Programs. ng With greater solidarity and strong :re national organizations, here and there :ufraternity houses became a reality, stu:adent loans and scholarships were featured. Militant liberalism began to us assert itself in cooperative programs elsponsored by the National Pan-Helinlenic Council and the American Counmcil on Human Rights. Several nationtly al organizations now boast excellently icappointed national headquarters. Pracks tically no worthy cause today lacks art some cooperative effort on the part ter of one or more of our Greek letter groups. leThe past fifty years have been deha voted to maturing. Alpha Phi Alpha ps, together with other national groups, ith has evolved a program in keeping with ed present day needs. It has broadened tes its program to admit men of like tastes of and ideals regardless of race. Much of en the juvenility of the past has given tee way to constructive work. In place ng of "hell week" we are sponsoring ss"help week" programs. We are stressing scholarship and racial solidarity. FuFor the present and immediate [1) future we must continue to stress: (1) :aguidance for youth (2) social educaof tion (3) group loyalty (4) quality inof performance and (5) leadership training. te Today as never before there is the ire need to assist our students to prepare lgfor and to adjust to a rapidly chang-

ing civilization. We must assist our younger sisters and brothers to enter into a society and economic o r d e r more challenging than any we have ever before entered. We literally must enable them to do that which many of us have never done ourselves. We must live adequately in more than one social frame of reference. For the present and immediate future we must readjust socially, emotionally, and economically to the full impact of American life. Greek-letter organizations can assist greatly in helping the student in feeling at home in a somewhat alien or even hostile environment. The guidance needed should aid the fraternity man or sorority woman to work closely with others, regardless of race, and help them to accept challenge and criticism. The organizations can have a friendly, restraining, but not binding, influence when the student tries his wings. Of course, many learn these things without a fraternity, but the fraternity can teach them more quickly and with fewer devastating scars. When college days are over, the lessons and the friends carry through one's entire life, giving incentive and help. He has a ready made channel for helping those behind him to recognize the responsibilities entailed by the privilege of fraternity membership. The disparity between the demand for a college education and the number of places open is so great, that every man who is accepted represents from one to ten who are rejected. Now that situation places on every educational institution the awful responsibility of developing every man it enrolls to his highest potentialities. But

WESTERN LIGHTS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; GAMMA CHI LAMBDA AND GAMMA PHI LAMBDA Pictured above at a recent Alpha Semi-Formal held in Oakland. California. Left to right: Mrs. Helen C. Cooper. Basileus of San Francisco Chapter. A.K.A.; Brother William H. Pryor. Secretary of Gamma Chi Lambda. San Francisco; Mrs. Vallie Waddill of Washington. D. G; Brother and Mrs. Byron Rumford. Brother Rumford is a member of Gamma Phi Lambda and one of the two race members of the California House of Representatives and Mr. John S. Cousins of St. Louis. Missouri.


can college student. The college curricula cannot give all that was needed. Even today the social graces are still important. We must still know how to act as ladies and gentlemen. At another state institution last week the students participated in a program called PAM week. The accent was upon personality, appearance and manners. The college fraternity is perhaps, the best single agency for teaching these principles. The "teachers" are their age contemporaries and the real models for the learners; hence there are the maximum possibilities for rapport. The college student and the college graduate should and must be cultured men and women with well developed personality, well groomed appearance and excellent manners. Such are necessary ingredients for success in life. Today as never before we stand at the crossroads in American life. How we behave, how we look, how well we are able to adapt ourselves unobtrusively to the total society will greatly determine whether or not we will bs easily accepted and integrated. I like to express to college youth the parallel of the present social situation and that of seeking to gain admission to a college fraternity or college sorority. Despite the U. S. Supreme Court's decision we are still in "the pledge club" of American society. Is it not true that pledgees are required to perform almost superhuman tasks, to achieve feats of memory, to endure hardships which the members do not themselves endure? Are not pledgees refused admittance to full membership for not measuring up to standards far above those currently being met by the membership? In short, when one is in the pledge club Because of the great inequalities in he is put through his paces. He must our social heritage, the youth that stand "tip toe" to prove that he deconies from a disadvantaged family serves full membership. Today as a needed much social education â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more social group we are in the pledge club. than that given to the average Ameri-

on the fraternity rests an even greater obligation, because it enjoys opportunities and facilities for bringing out in the man, assets of character and ability which the curriculum alone cannot do. Each of you, therefore, is in somewhat the position of a man who has been selected for the varsity team, but with this difference â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there are no substitutes. They have been left at home. On the fraternity, and on the fraternity alone, rests the responsibility for victory. The founding of other fraternities and sororities after the beginning of Alpha Phi Alpha was a definite contribution to the program of advancement in college life for Negro students both on integrated campuses and campuses primarily for Negro students. In the evolution of our participation in American higher education the Greek-letter organization has played many unusual roles. In the first three or four decades of the twentieth century, on many campuses, Negro men and women were isolated groups without any common bond. The establishment of fraternity and sorority chapters gave meaning and direction to their way of life. Altho there were few chapter houses, the fraternal bonds were so strong that they held the group together despite their scattered places of residence. A new respect for each other grew with the spread of local groups to other campuses. National conventions did much to give group status. The pin became the symbol of belonging. It acquired a place in our social life equal to that of the baccalaureate degree. The holder of both was regarded as distinctively superior.

We must strive to meet the highest possible standards to achieve full recognition. It will not be enough to be just as good as the poorest of those who already enjoy full membership. Our college Greek-letter organizations must help us to raise our cultural levels. There is the further need of close association and group stimulation. The Greek-letter organizations must prescribe and practice group loyalty and they must expand their concept of the group. There are times when we must work and act in unison. In a democracy the voice of the individual is weak if not impotent. In unity there is strength. The use of the ballot is invaluable. Our fraternity has said "a voteless people is a hopeless people." A leading college fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, sends a letter to the parents of each pledge. It reads in part: "The basic idea of our Fraternity is to furnish wholesome companionship for congenial men of serious purpose under conditions which will best further the objectives of the college, and, therefore, create in our chapter houses an atmosphere of intellectual alertness and of moral healthfulness which will promote in our members a virile character and more consistent development than they would be likely to attain singly, without the stimulating support of the group." This positive result our organizations must strive to achieve. Especially do I desire to stress the current need for emphasis on quality of performance. To get by is not enough. Today no college man or woman can dare to do less than his or her best. There are three kinds of people: the Fits, Misfits, and Counterfeits. Fits are those who naturally fit themselves into the scheme of things. Misfits are

NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ANNUAL BANQUET Pittsburgh was the seat of the NNPA convention. Seated, left to right are Frank L. Stanley. Dr. Armistead S. Pride. C. C. Dejoie. retiring president of the association and Lester Granger. J. C. Jervay, extreme right, is president-elect of the NNPA. Interestingly enough the Negro males seated at the speaker's table are all Alpha men. The only woman at the speaker's table is the widow of an Alpha man, Mrs. Vann of the Pittsburgh Courier. The last seven presidents of NNPA have been Alpha men. They are as follows: Frank L. Stanley. Thomas W. Young. Dowdal H. Davis, Louis E. Martin. Carl Murphy. C. C. Dejoie. Jr.. and I. C. Jervay.



square pegs in round holes. And Counterfeits are those who imagine they fool the world simply because they fool themselves. We must strive to be the fit. We must pay the price. We cannot all be scholars in the strict sense but we can do what we do with a spirit of excellence. The fraternity should stress self-pride — a spirit of expressing oneself at his best by the way that one performs. In life we all are striving for recognition and prestige. We too often have our eyes on the "payoff." Too many college students desire only to achieve symbols — a Greek-letter society badge, a college degree, a Cadillac and a mink coat. These things are too transitory and will not give us the needed stature to maintain ourselves in the Promised Land when the Iron Curtain has been completely lifted. Let us choose instead the payoffs that give satisfaction based upon, giving the best we have to whatever task we attempt. It has been said that the two important factors that add up to superior performance are ability plus motivation. If a person has the ability and the right motivation, he will turn in a top-flight job. Vaughan S. Garrison, Manager of Training and Employee Information, Ford Division of the Ford Motor Company in The Tomahawk of Alpha Sigma Phi writes: "We are looking for young men whose campus records indicate a well-rounded development of interests. Scholastic records are important, not only because they indicate a good foundation in some specialized field, but because they indicate that you have learned to apply yourself to your job . . . We are looking for young men whose records indicate potential for leadership . . . Surely the fraternity presents one of the finest opportunities for a man to grow, socially and in leadership." It is generally agreed that leadership grows out of a fortuitous combination of personal character traits such as intelligence, originality, energy and enthusiasm, initiative, and perhaps a sense of humor. To manifest itself, leadership must be a social relationship; the leader must have followers who accept his role because they have confidence in his ability to lead them . . . So long as society provides a favorable climate for leadership deriving from the people themselves, just so long will we as individuals and as a group move forward in the traditional American way. We have witnessed a dramatic fifty years of growth in college fraternities and sororities since Alpha Phi Alpha pioneered in 1906. They have been golden years. We now face the secAUGUST, 1956

ond half-century. The problems, the climate, the social order is in flux. What will the next fifty years bring forth? Will our organizations be able to survive or should they survive and be active in 2006? Times have changed. True standards have not. Are friendship, loyalty, character, integrity, responsibility important today? They are not only important — they are imperative. Is the search for truth outmoded? It was never more important. Fraternities today are challenged as never before. We are fortunate because we have had opportunities of education and influences which make us appreciate the importance of ideals in a world of chaos. For a half-century Alpha Phi Alpha has set a pace. The other, and younger Greek-letter fraternities and sororities have pushed forward and made it a real race. The rivalries have been keen and friendly and wholesome. In the final appraisal it appears that all groups have scored some victories and all have at times shared "the winners circle." As the pioneer, Alpha Phi Alpha has viewed the contest with pardonable pride for imitation in the sincerest form of flattery. May I in closing recite The House of Alpha by Brother Sydney P. Brown of Xi Lambda: "GOODWILL is the monarch of this house. Men, unacquainted, enter, shake hands, exchange greetings and depart friends. Cordiality exists among all who abide within.

"HERE IS the eminent expression of friendship. Character and temperament change under its dominant power. Lives once touched within become tuned and are thereafter amiable, kindly, fraternal. The musician is inspired to play noble sentiments and the chemist is helped to convert ungenerous personalities into individuals of great worth. Ignoble impulses are destroyed and, in her stead, are born exalted principles which make for common brotherhood whose impulses resound in all communities and princely men are thereby recognized. "EDUCATION, health, m u s i c , laughter, encouragement, sympathy — all of these are species of interest given on self-invested capital. Tired moments find it a delightful retreat; hours of sorrow, a shrine of understanding. At all times it is faithful to the creed of companionship. "TO A FEW, this is a castle of dreams — ambitious, hopeful, successful dreams. To many, it is a poetic palace where human feeling is rhymed to celestial motives. To a great majority, it is a treasury of good fellowship. "THE SCHOOL of friendship; the college of brotherly love; the university of the better making of the man, This Is Alpha Phi Alpha!" Today we pause to take stock, to rededicate ourselves to the basic principles of the Immortal Seven, and to continue to be "First of all, servants of all, we shall transcend all."

EPSILON DELTA LAMBDA CHAPTER . . . TALLADEGA. ALABAMA Seated, left to right: Brothers Arthur D. Gray. President of Talladega College; Cohen T. Simpson, Dean of Talladega College and President of chapter; E. H. Jones, local physician; Robert E. Lawson, Principal, East Highland High School and Treasurer of chapter; and James Davis, Instructor, East Highland High School. Standing, left to right: Timothy Hosea. high school instructor; William L. Cokely, high school instructor; William F. Brown, Talladega College Professor and Educational Director for chapter; William A. Twyman. Talladega College Union Building Director and Editor to the Sphinx; Arthur B. Fox, Jr., high school instructor and Corresponding Secretary; S. Haynes Wilkerson. Elementary School Principal; and Robert L. Duncan, high school instructor. Not shown: Brothers Monty Banks, James Dunn, James O. Hopson and Sterling Morris.


Brief History of Alpha Tau Lambda Chapter TULSA, Oklahoma—Alpha Tau Lambda Chapter was founded on March 17, 1934. Brother Lucius L. McGee* set up the chapter. Charter members were Brothers T. W. Harris (who is now chapter president), S. D. McCree*, L. H. Williams, Sr., F. M. Payne, H. D. Landrum, C. A. Lythcott* and D. A. French.* Brother Williams, a past national vice-president, is still an active member of the chapter. Alpha Tau Lambda and the McGee Cup One of the Fraternity's Distinguished Service Awards, the McGee Cup, has been won by Alpha Tau Lambda Chapter three times consecutively. The Cup was first awarded the Tulsa Chapter in 1941 at Louisville. It was awarded the Tulsa Alphas on two other occasions, one of which was the 1945 convention at Chicago. Since that time it was returned to the national organization. Brothers Williams and Harris Are Leaders Brother L. H. Williams served the Fraternity as Southwestern Vice-President from 1951 to 1954. He was regional director for the Southwestern jurisdiction from 1945 to 1951. At present Williams is national chairman of the Committee on Recommendations. Brother T. W. Harris, present chapter president, is national chairman of the Committee on Awards and Achievements.

Chapter Roster—Alpha T. W. Harris, President Initiated, 1925—Chi Chapter; Charter Member, Alpha Tau Lambda; General Chairman, 1947 National Convention; National Chairman, Committee on Awards and Achievements, Regular in attendance to Regional and National Conventions; Pharmacist, Harris Prescription Shop, Tulsa. Dr. Charles E. Christopher, Vice-President Initiated—Kappa Chapter, Ohio State, 1948; Parliamentarian at Kappa Chapter; Delegate to Chicago Convention, 1955; Optometrist, Christopher and Christopher, Tulsa. Eddie L. Madison, Jr., Secretary Initiated—Alpha Psi Chapter, Lincoln University (Mo.), 1949; President of Alpha Psi, 1951-52; Vice-President, 1950-51; Editor to Sphinx, 1950; Delegate to Kansas City Convention, 1950; Editor and General Manager of the Oklahoma Eagle, Tulsa. Franklin W. Thomas, Financial Secretary Initiated—Alpha Beta, 1943; Executive Secretary, Hutcherson Branch YMCA, Tulsa. Booker Brown, Treasurer Charter Member—Beta Kappa Chapter; Past Secretary and Treasurer of Alpha Tau Lambda; Principal, Dunbar Elementary School, Tulsa. Rev. Cecil H. Cowan, Chaplain Initiated—Alpha Phi Chapter, 1937, Clark College, Atlanta, Ga.; Rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Tulsa. PAGE 78

Both Brothers Harris and Williams are regular in attendance to national and regional conventions. Chapter Emphasizes Education Alpha Tau Lambda places a great deal of emphasis on the Fraternity's educational program. For the past three years the chapter has participated in a statewide guidance clinic, conducted at various Oklahoma high schools to encourage young people to further their education. State Association of Alphas Brothers in Oklahoma formed eight years ago at Boley, Oklahoma, what is called the Oklahoma State Association of Alpha. The Tulsa Chapter, of course, is active with the state body. Brother Wayne Chandler, of Oklahoma City, is president of the Association. Each year Brothers in the state give a dance in a major Oklahoma city. In the three years that the state dance has been sponsored, dances have been held at Muskogee (1953), Tulsa (1954), and Oklahoma City (1935). Tulsa Hosts National Convention Alpha Tau Lambda was host to the General Convention at Tulsa in 1947. Alphas across the nation are still talking about the hospitality they received and the fond memories of the 1947 meeting in the "Oil Capital of the World." * Brothers in Omega Chapter.



Robert Henry Wilkerson, Sergeant-at-Arms Initiated—Alpha Mu Chapter, 1941, Northwestern University, Evanston, 111.; Past Vice-President, Alpha Tau Lambda; Vice-President, State Association of Alphas; Member of Education Committee, Alpha Tau Lambda, Okmulgee, Okla. L. H. Williams, Sr. Charter Member, Beta Beta, University of Nebraska, 1927; President of Beta Beta; Charter Member, Alpha Tau Lambda, Tulsa, 1934; Secretary and Treasurer, 1934-40; Southwestern Vice-President, 1951-54; Regional Director for Southwestern Jurisdiction, 1945-51; Co-Chairman, 1947 General Convention; National Chairman, Committee on Recommendations; Past President, Alpha Tau Lambda; Attended First Convention at Cleveland in 1927; Has Attended National Conventions regularly since 1945, totaling 18 conventions; Owner, Williams Drug Company, Pharmacist, Tulsa. C. D. Vaughn Initiated—Beta Chi, 1947; Elementary School Principal, Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Irving Gray Initiated—Alpha Tau Lambda, Tulsa, 1955; Case Worker, Sapulpa, Oklahoma. J. L. Raleigh Initiated—Alpha Tau Lambda, 1947; Past Financial Secretary, Alpha Tau Lambda; Attended Tulsa Convention, 1947; Teacher, Dunbar Elementary School, TulsaTHE SPHINX

Earl J. Nedd Initiated—Beta Kappa, 1946; Treasurer, Alpha Psi Chapter, Lincoln University (Mo.) 1952-53; Teacher, Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Wilbur L. Northington Initiated—Beta Kappa, 1951; Instructor of Music, Tulsa. J. T. A. West Initiated—Alpha Tau Lambda, 1935; Retired Teacher, Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa; Administrator, Moton Memorial Hospital, Tulsa. .loe R. Burns Initiated—Beta Tau, Xavier University, New Orleans, La., 1938; Past President, Alpha Tau Lambda, 1953; Mail Clerk, U. S. Post Office, Tulsa. Dr. R. B. Taylor, Sr. Charter Member—Chi Chapter, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn., 1919; First Treasurer of Chi Chapter; First Secretary of Alpha State Conference, 1947; Dentist, Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Dr. R. B. Taylor, Jr. Initiated—-Alpha Chi Chapter, Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., 1946; Former Member of Beta Beta Chapter, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., and Chi Chapter, Meharry Medical College; Dentist, Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Porter M. Davis Initiated—Delta Theta Chapter, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, 1951; Youth Director, Hutcherson Branch YMCA, Tulsa. Howard Lawson Initiated—Xi Chapter, Wilberforce, Ohio; Mail Clerk, U. S. Post Office, Tulsa. Bedford Vaughn Initiated—Alpha Tau Lambda, Tulsa, 1955; Businessman, Tulsa.

Edward D. Brown Initiated—1937; Teacher, Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Dr. W. N. Coots Initiated—Chi; Physician, Tulsa. Thomas W. Harvey Case Worker, Tulsa. Theodore Hall Adam N. Logan Science Teacher, Booker T. Washington High School, Tulsa. Pleasant Mann Initiated—Alpha Tau Lambda, Tulsa, 1954; Businessman, Mann Brothers Grocery, Tulsa. .Rev. Calvin K. Stalnaker Initiated—Alpha Tau Lambda, 1947; Minister, First Baptist Church, North Tulsa. Marion M. Taylor Executive Director, Urban League of Tulsa. Primus C. Wade Attorney at Law, Tulsa Isaac Woods Teacher, Carver Junior High School, Tulsa. Raymond F. Gray Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Dr. Anthony M. Stephens Physician, Okmulgee, Oklahoma. H. F. V. Wilson Chi — Ardmore, Oklahoma. Rev. Ben H. Hill Xi — Minister, Vernon AME Church, Tulsa. A. L. Morgan Principal, Carver Junior High School, Tulsa. A. Charles Haston Administrator, Nowata Public Schools R. W. English Lenapha, Oklahoma.

ALPHA TAU LAMBDA CHAPTER, TULSA, OKLAHOMA Seated, left to right: Brothers L. H. Williams, Sr., National Chairman. Committee on Recommendations; Booker Brown, Corresponding Secretary; (Dr.) Charles E. Christopher, Vice-President; T. W. Harris, President; E. L. Madison, Jr., Secretary; Father Cecil H. Cowan, Chaplain; loe R. Burns; and Robert H. Wilkerson. Standing, left to right. Brothers Earl J. Nedd, (Dr.) R. B. Taylor, Sr., Porter M. Davis, (Dr.) E. L. Hairston, Adam N. Logan, J. L. Raleigh. J. T. A. West, J. Tyler Smith, C. D. Vaughn, Wilbur L. Northington, Howard Lawson, (Dr.) R. B. Taylor, Jr., Irving Gray, Rev. Calvin K. Stalnaker, and Franklin W. Thomas/ Financial Secretary.

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Alpha Lambda's History Consistent With Alpha's Growth eration of the matter, however, it was concluded at the Fourth Annual Convention that this infant group would be Lambda Chapter since eight undergraduate chapters were in existence at that time. The Fifth General Convention and First Alumni Reunion convened on December 26, 1912, with Kappa Chapter, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Lambda Chapter was ably represented by delegates Brother A. S. Brock and Brother J. T. Clark. A recommendation was presented by Brother Brock that all graduate chapters be designated similar to the undergraduate chapters, but with Lambda as a final letter. The recommendation was adopted by a motion of Jewel Kelly, seconded by Brother On April 11, 1911, Brother Rich- Dunn. Alpha Lambda celebrates its 45th ard Hill, a graduate of Fisk University, came from the University of Michigan Anniversary this year. Many diswhere he was studying law, and with tinguished brothers have served as its the assistance of Jewel Jones set up president: Jewel Brother Eugene Kincthe first graduate chapter of Alpha kle Jones, (Dr.) Wilson Ballard, John Phi Alpha" The decision to establish Blanton, (Dr.) William H. Pickett, a graduate chapter was met by oppo- (Dr.) P. O. Sweeney, Attorney Charles sition from the National Body. The Anderson, Lyman Johnson, National opinion of the Brothers at that time President, Frank L. Stanley, Sr.; Stewwas that the Fraternity was for under- ard Pickett, (Dr.) J. H. Walls, (Dr.) graduates only. After careful consid- C. Milton Young, Stenson E. Broad-

LOUISVILLE, Ky.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Alpha Lambda, first graduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, had its inception in Louisville, Kentucky, as an outgrowth of the University Club which met at the Western Branch Library, Louisville, Kentucky to discuss current topics of the day. Jewel Eugene Kinckle Jones, then engaged as a teacher in the city schools of Louisville, was instrumental in persuading the following members of the University Club to become affiliated with Alpha Phi Alpha: Messrs. J. O. Blanton, A. S. Brock, W. T. Peyton, J. H. Hubert, W. Welch, F. Johnson, C. A. Powell, J. T. Clark, W. Ballard, and D. L. Lawson. It is significant to note that these men were not members of Alpha Phi Alpha at this time.


dus, Arthur P. Evans, Jr., J. W. Hackett, John Eanks, and Jerome Hutchinson. Alpha Lambda was host to the historic twenty-ninth General Convention of 1941 which established, among other things, the present election system of the fraternity. In 1943 along with co-hosts Alpha Pi, Alpha Beta Lambda, Be:a Mu and Gamma Beta, Alpha Lambda entertained the Midwestern regional. Brother General President Frank L. Stanley, Sr. was elected at Miami in 1954 and re-elected at Chicago in 1955. The six Alpha Chapters of Kentucky honored Brother Stanley with a testimonial banquet on February 26, 1955. Over 250 brothers and their guests representing seven states, attended. Alpha Lambda has produced seven father and son combinations in Alpha: Arthur P. Evans, Sr. and Arthur P. Evans, Jr., Dr. William H. Pickett and Steward Pickett, John O. Blanton and John William Blanton, Dr. J. F. Laine and J. F. Laine, Jr., Claude A. Orton, Sr. and Claude A. Orton, Jr. and William Orton, Dr. C. Milton Young and C. Milton Young THE SPHINX

Officers of Alpha Lambda Chapter

MEMBERS, ALPHA LAMBDA CHAPTER Seated, left to right: Brothers R. Richards, R. T. Downs, S. E. Broaddus, F. L. Stanley, Sr., J. Hutchinson, J. Coleman, Dr. J. Williams. Standing. first row: R. Kilgore, J. Swafford, S. Pickett, R. Willis, Dr. O. Ballard, D. W. Beard. Dr. R. Smith. Dr. C. M. Young. Dr. M. Rabb. Second row: N. Hale. M. Sanders, F. T. Foley. C. Gilliam, T. Roberson. Third row: Dr. J. H. Walls. I. Banks. L. T. Johnson. Dr. T. R. Spillman. W. Johnson. C. Orton. Sr.. W. Braxton. Dr. J. A. Gay. M. Park?.

Ill; Brother Frank L. Stanley, Sr. and Frank L. Stanley, Jr. Also seven brother combinations consisting of: Julius and Henry Swafford; Claude Jr. and William Orton; Robert A. and Herbert H. Willis, Stenson E. and Charles A. Broaddus, John and Robert Banks, James B. and AUGUST, 1956

Harold Smith, Leslie and Melvin Talbot. Other outstanding Kentucky Alphas are Jewel Vertner B. Tandy, Past General President and current Historian Charles H. Wesley, co-composer of the Alpha Hymn, Abraham Simpson, Bishop Frank Madison Reid.

Brothers Lee Brown, Dr. William H. Pickett, (Dr.) Wilson Ballard, (Dr.) G. H. Reid, Elmer Reid, H. E. Hall, John Clark, Fenton Johnson, C. Watter Sedwick, William Davis, (Dr.) A. H. Dibble, and (Dr.) T. C. Brock have transferred from Alpha Lambda to Omega Chapter. PAGE 83


BROTHER J. F. LAINE, SR., M.D. 31 years in Alpha. Graduate, Meharry Medical School, 1906. One son, J. F. Laine, Jr., an Alpha man.

BROTHER J. A. C. LATTIMORE, M.D. 32 years in Alpha. Former president, National Medical Association. Member, NAACP, Urban League, Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Pythian, Board of Trustees, Broadway Temple Methodist Church, Louisville, Kentucky.

BROTHER J. H. WALLS, M.D. 34 years in Alpha. Graduate, Meharry Medical School, 1917. Member, National Medical Association, American Medical Association, Surgical Staff, Red Cross Hospital, Louisville, Ky. President, Alpha Lambda chapter, 1940-42.

BROTHER O. L. BALLARD, M.D. Senior Resident, Waverly Hills Sanitorium, Waverly Hills, Ky. Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Louisville Medical School, Staff Member, Red Cross Hospital, Louisville General Hospital a n d Central Louisville Health Center, Louisville, Ky.

BROTHER J. A. GAY, Q.D.S29 years in Alpha. Graduate, Meharry Medical School, 1928. Postgraduate work in Oral Surgery, Ohio State University. Served two and one haJf years Chief of Oral Surgery, U. ; S. Army Dental Corps. Member, LOU Dville Dental Society and Program Director, The John Andrew Dental ;Congress, Tuskegee, Ala., and Pres dent 1956, NAACP, and Plymouth Congregational Church, Louisville, Ky.

BROTHER C. M. YOUNG. M.D. Graduate, Fisk University and Meharry Medical School, Nashville, Tenn. M.P.H., University of Minnesota. Former Ass ; stant Health Director, Lou : sville, Ky. Former president, F a ^ s City Medical Society, Alpha Lambda Chapter, Louisville, Ky. Member, Kentucky Medical Association, Amer'can Medical Association, National Med-ca! Association, NAACP, A.D.A. and Plymouth Congregational Church, Lou : -ville Ky. One son C. M. Young, III, an Alpha man, Meharry Medical School, Nashville, Tenn.

BROTHER M. F. RABB, M.D. 31 years in Alpha. Graduate, Meharry Medical School. Charter member, Gamma Beta Lambda, Frankfort, Ky. Member of the staffs of Jewish Hospital, Louisville General, St. Joseph's Infirmary, a n d Consultant in Anesthesiology at the Louisville U. S. Veterans Facility. Member, Kappa Pi Honorary Medical Fraternity. President-elect, John A. Andrew Clinical Society.

BROTHER T. R. SPILLMAN, D.D.S. 30 years in Alpha. Graduate, Meharry Dental School 1927. Member, National Dental Association, Beta Kappa Chi, National Honorary Scientific Society. First Negro Appointee, Dental Examiner, State of Kentucky by Veterans Administration, 1932. Organized Young Men's Civic League, 1939. Also member, Frontiers Club of America. Member, Board of Trustees and Church Treasurer, Metropolitan Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky.

BROTHER W. R. WILLIAMS, M.D. Graduate of Clark University and Meharry Medical School. Initiated at Alp h a Phi. Member, National Medical Association. Member of Staff, Red Cross Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.

BROTHER R. E. SMITH. D.D.S. 11 years in Alpha. Graduate, Howard University Dental School, 1923. Has practiced Dentistry in Louisville for 31 years.

BROTHER B. E. KEMP, D.D.S. years in Alpha. Initiated into Alpha Lambda Chapter.

BROTHER G. HART, M.D. 14 years in Alpha. Graduate, Johnson C. Smith University, 1943, Meharry Medical School, 1946. Has practiced Medicine in Louisville snce 1948.




BROTHER C. W. ANDERSON, Atty. 29 years in Alpha. Graduate, Wilberforce University and Howard University Law School. Member of National Bar Association and past-president, Tau Delta Sigma Legal Fraternity, NAACP National Legal Committee, American Academy of Political Science, Executive Committee of the Louisville and Jefferson County Republican Organization. Was a w a r d e d an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, Wilberforce University, 1936. Served in the legislative assembly. State of Kentucky. Also a member of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, Louisville, Kentucky.

BROTHER R. H. RICHARDS, Atty. 16 years in Alpha. Graduate, Kentucky State College, 1942. Howard University Law School, 1951. Member, Louisville and Kentucky State Bar Associations Executive Board Louisville Branch NAACP. Serving in second year a s Financial Secretary Alpha Lambda Chapter.

BROTHER W. C. FLEMING, Atty. 7 years in Alpha. Graduate, Fisk University, 1951. University of Louisville Law School, 1954. Member, NAACP and Kentucky State Bar Association.

BROTHER S. T. A. PICKETT, Scout Exec. 34 years in Alpha. Initiated, Tau Chapter, University of Illinois 1922. Attended University of Wisconsin. Serving in his 20th year as District Scout Executive, Old Kentucky Home Council, Boy Scouts of America. Member, YMCA, Louisville Urban League, Family Service Organization, Health and Welfare Council, Louisville Community Chest. Also member of 5th Street Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky.

BROTHER E. E. PRUITT, Housing Mgr. 18 years in Alpha. Graduate, Simmons University and Central Law School, Louisville, Kentucky. Became Manager of Beecher Terrace Housing Project, Municipal Housing Commission 1940. Member, Board of Regents, Kentucky State College and Lincoln Institute, 1953. President, Louisville Chapter, Frontiers Service Club of America, 1954-55. Awarded honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, Monrovia College, Liberia, Africa, 1956.

BRO. S. E. BROADDUS, Housing Mgr. 28 years in Alpha. Graduate, Michigan State University, 1935. Member, NAACP, and National Housing Redevelopment Association. Past president, Alpha Lambda Chapter. Regional Director, State of Kentucky, 1940-56.

BRO. D. W. BEARD, Housing Mgr. 23 years in Alpha. Attended Louisville Municipal College and the University of Louisville. Bourgard School of Music, University of Hawaii. Manager in Public Housing since 1938. Member, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, District Vice-Chairman, Advancement Committee Boy Scouts of America, Board Member, Family Service Organization, YMCA, and Frontiers Club of America.

BRO. W. B. JOHNSON, Hosp. Adm. Graduate of Hampton Institute and Columbia University. Initiated, Gamma Iota Chapter. Administrator of Red Cross Hospital, Louisville, Ky.

BROTHER R. A. WILLIS, Housing Inspt. 7 years in Alpha. Graduate, Kentucky State College, 1950. Member, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Member, Lay Council* 1950, Regional Director, State of Kentucky, 1951. Presently in second year with Department of Buildings and Housing Inspection, City of Louisville. Also president. Yearlings Club, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky.

BRO. J. P. WARDERS, Real Est. Brk. Graduate, Indiana University, 1952. Initiated Gamma Eta 1952. Member, Executive Board, Louisville Branch NAACP. President, Louisville Real Estate Brokers Association, Incorporated.' President, Warders Realty Co.

BROTHER A. EDWARDS, Asst. Prin. Initiated, Alpha Lambda, 1953. Assistant Principal, Cotter Elementary and Du Valle Junior High School, Louisville, Kentucky. Former teacher. Social Studies and English, Jackson High School, Louisville, Kentucky, former Principal, Million High School, Earlington, Ky., Former Assistant Principal and Coach, Community High School, Drakesboro, Ky.

BROTHER A. P. EVANS, JR., Photog. *1 years in Alpha. Graduate, Wilberlorce University, 1937. Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute 1942. Member, Board ol Directors, Red Cross Hospital, Louisv*J e ' ^ v " B o a r d 째* Management, *MCA, and National Association of Photographers. Past president. Alpha Lambda, 1946-49.

Beta Sigma Moves Forward at Southern BATON ROUGE, La. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Beta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity since her conception, has long been concerned with dedicating her life to the high moral standards of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Indeed her sons have gone forth to achieve in every walk of life, in every area of service to humanity. She has always sought to demonstrate those principles on her home ground and through the years, she has given to the community, to the Southern University Family and to the nation, a bulk of manly deeds, a wealth of scholarships and a life of charity. She has her social aspects too, but for the most part, she has always been concerned with doing her part towards the betterment of man. But let us pause for a moment and give a survey of Beta Sigma today. Beta Sigma has 57 brothers active financially and scholastically. Fifteen of her sons are numbered in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities. She holds such campus offices as the presidency and vicepresidency of the General Board, presidency of the junior and senior classes, editorship of the "56" yearbook and the Cadence Call, captainship of the track, football, basketball and baseball teams. In her folds are found two All-Americans; one a brother, the other a Sphinxman. Last semester 33 of her kind made the honor roll. Below you see for yourself the individuals who acclaim these honors. Pictured above are the brothers of Beta Sigma. Among them is found the principle leadership in the campus community. Starting on the front row left to right: Brothers Bruce Gill, Chapter President, President of GamPAGE 86

ma Theta Upsilon, president of the Social Science Club, member of Alpha Kappa Mu, football squad first team guard, executive officer, second Battalion First ROTC Regiment, and also listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities; James Joseph, president of the Senior Class, president of the Baptist Club, recording secretary of Beta Sigma Chapter, listed in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, operations officer, First Battalion, vice-president of FTA; Turner Nelson, vice-president-elect of Beta Sigma Chapter, prexy of the French Club and Foreign Languages Club; Grady Poulard, president-elect of the General Board, vice-president of the Debate Team and Baptist Club, listed in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, president of the Spanish Club, member of the Digest staff, managing editor of the Yearbook staff; Leonard Wilmer, Alpha Kappa Mu; Attorney Belford V. Lawson, guest speaker at Beta Sigma Chapter's first annual public meeting; Ernie Scott, secretary of the YMCA; Donald Parks, first string tackle football team, Social. Administrator of the Social Science Club, Commander, Company " B " ROTC Regiment, a distinguished military graduateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;regular Army Commission; Vincent Jones, first Negro District Chairman, Southern Regional National Student Association, president of the General Board '56, Editor-inchief '56 Yearbook, corresponding secretary of Beta Sigma, president of Alpha Phi Omega, listed in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities; Dickie Carter, Southern University marching "100"; David Hall, parliamentarian, General Board,

dean of the College Student Government Day, Cadence Call Staff, Yearbook Staff, YMCA, ROTC, Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities; H. Rudolph Sims, assistant vice-president, S. W. Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, vicepresident of the Debate Team '54, Riverbend Players and Men's Glee Club, script editor, Yearbook, Cadence Call Staff, editor to the Sphinx, Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, Adjutant, First Battalion. Second row: Charley Dinkins, president, Physical Education Club; Walter White, ROTC sergeant; William Woodruff, second string halfback, football team; Rodney Smith, custodian, Beta Sigma Chapter, Track Team; George Clark, ROTC, University Choir; James Crawford, president, Mathematics Club; Aros Mouton; Voris Peters, co-captain, basketball team; Napoleon Carter, treasurer, Beta Sigma Chapter, Student Loan and the Pan Hellenic Council, business manager, Yearbook staff, Junior Business League, Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, Cum Laude; Willie Jackson, ROTC. Third row: Dr. Lucius Barker, associate professor, Political Science, Chapter sponsor; Charles Gordon, chaplain of Beta Sigma Chapter, president of the Riverbend Players; Costelle Walker, vice-president, Beta Sigma Chapter, vice commander, Drill Team; Caldwell Flood, vice-president, Math Club, ROTC; Jonathan Roberts, president, Junior Class; Clarence Cryer, president, Debate Team; Nathan Jones, historian, Beta Sigma Chapter, ROTC; W. Haywood Johnson, vicepresident, Diamond and Disc Club, THE SPHINX

executive officer, First Battalion, ROTC; Robert L. Dinkins, captain, Football Team, All American fullback '54-'55, All Southwest Football Squad '54-'55, Second Battalion Commander, ROTC, Distinguished Military Student, Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities; Eliajames McQuillion, Junior Business League, ROTC, editor-elect to the Sphinx. Fourth row: Lamar Proctor, associate editor '56 Yearbook, corresponding secretary, Beta Sigma Chapter, business manager, Senior Class; Monroe Green, platoon leader, Company ' C ROTC; Newman Crews, dean of pledge-elect, Social Science Club; Eldridge Mitchell, first string quarterback, football team, physical education club; Rudolph Harris, dean of Pledge, Beta Sigma Chapter, president, Dormitory Council, president, Eta Chi Sigma, Cum Laude; Robert Gray, historian, Beta Sigma Chapter, co-captain, basketball team; All American Basketball Team, Platoon leader, Company "A," ROTC; Clyde Ray Bennett, General Board; (not pictured) Brothers Ray O. Wright; Cabbot Ballard, Captain Track Team; Paul Poydras, Adjutant, Second Battalion, ROTC; Theodore Poydras, First Battalion Commander; Thomas Earl Smith; Percy Johnson; Johnny Davis; Thonius Robinson, Regimental Commander, ROTC; Harold Gardon, Captain, Tennis Team; David Jones, Company "E," Commander, ROTC, president, YMCA; James P. Phillips, vice-president-elect, general board; Calvin Brown; Coley Bellamy; S. U. Marching 100; Louis Greenups, Art Editor, '56 Yearbook; James Ina, football squad, first string end; Louis B. Levy, vice-president, Eta Chi Sigma, Platoon Leader, Company C, ROTC; Henry Scott; C. O. Peoples, Dormitory Council, Treasurer-elect B. E. Chapter, University Choir.

Harold R. Sims, India as a part Indian student Region. Seeing

BROTHER LEAVES FOR INDIA Beta Sigma Chapter, at Southern University, leaves for a nine-weeks trip to of a seminar of American and Indian students which will discuss Americanproblems. Brother Sims is Assistant Vice-President of the Southwestern him of! is Brother Martin L. Harvey, Dean, of Students at Southern University.

These achievements by the individual brothers of Beta Sigma give valid acclaim to their consistent acceleration of the Alpha ideal. For through these actions they are keeping the torch of Alpha high in the threshold of Louisiana State. Their yearly program justifies also their dedication to a lifetime of service for in addition to an annual dance and two annual banquets, they sponsored this year a "CARE" project designed to raise money for the underprivileged Europeans and Asiatics, a Christmas party for the children of the deaf school, two initiation banquets for newly made brothers, and "All Greek Sing" program in order to bring about a greater unity between the Greeks. They brought Brother Belford V. Lawson from Washington, D. C. to kick

off their initial Public Meeting Program; they led all the fraternities in scholarship last semester. They gave $25.00 to the M.I.A. in response to Brother Stanley's request. They gave a farewell banquet for the graduating seniors and their parents. All in all, a year at Beta Sigma is a century in the spirit of Alpha. Here one can see for himself that Alpha Phi Alpha will never die as long as she can proclaim the names of men such as these. Years may dim your recollection, Time its change may bring Still thy name in fond affection Ever more we'll sing. Beta Sigma, Beta Sigma Forward, fair and true Grateful sons with love unfailing All thy vows renew.

The Atlanta Life Insurance Company founded by A. F. Herndon in 1905, salutes Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., with felicitations from the Alpha Men who work and serve in the forces of Atlanta Life. The Company is proud to dedicate this Greeting, on your 50th Anniversary, to the Alpha Pioneers who planted the first Greek letter fraternity in the deep South when they organized on July 15, 1919, in Alanta, The Delta Lambda Chapter, namely: Brothers Wendell Cunningham, L. E. Grogman, F. Connor, J. L. Barnum, L. E. Graves, D. J. Grimes, Frank Hutchins, Roderick Harris, Charles Stuart, Ralph Mizell and A. T. Walden. Atlanta Life wishes for the 25,000 Men of Alpha, God speed towards the Century Mark. AUGUST, 1956


Rho Chapter, One of Alpha's Greats!! "We, the members of Rho Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity have a heritage. It is not given to us as a permanent gift, bat placed in trust. We must work with it vigorously in order to advance"—J. OTIS SMITH,


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Every brother in Alpha knows that the year 1910 was a beacon light in the expansion of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. This was a period of great change, and some of the brothers thought that the fraternity was not measuring up to its possibilities. In the meantime, Philadelphia was a growing city. A few brothers were coming here from New York and Washington to begin life anew, to study, or examine the city's resources. The General Convention was held here in order to stamp its impression on the city. Three years swept by. Graduates from Columbia, Cornell, and Howard thought that the time was ripe to form a new chapter. Brother (Dr.) Kirksey L. Curd, who had come from Alpha Chapter, along with other brothers from Beta and Eta chapters

talked to the young Philadelphians about the spirit of brotherhood, and its effects on humanity. Thus, in the midst of this, on November 3, 1914, Rho Chapter was born with Brother K. L. Curd as the first president. Rho Chapter grew and made itself felt in the fraternity. In 1916—one of the most dynamic personalities in the fraternity, Brother (Dr.) Walter F. Jerrick was elected president of the chapter. Under his leadership, the Tenth General C o n v e n t i o n was brought to the city in 1917. At this convention, our first president, Brother (Dr.) Kirksey L. Curd was elected General Vice-President. Rho Chapter continued its expansion. Every new brother who came to the city sought out its members, and joined the ranks of those who were helping to make the fraternity stronger. The Twentyfirst General Convention returned to Philadelphia eleven years later, 1928. It found Brother Jerrick still the dynamic president. At Xavier University, December 27,

ALPHA PHI ALPHA, RHO CHAPTER PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER OFFICERS AND ROSTER Mr. J. Otis Smith President Dr. Charles A. Broaddus Vice-President Mr. William Ross, Jr Recording Secretary Mr. Oscar W. Gibbs Corresponding Secretary Dr. Percy 1. Bowser.. Financial Secretary Dr. Robert Henry, Sr Treasurer Dr. Leslie Hayling... Associate Sphinx Editor Rev. John R. Logan, Jr.. Chaplain Rev. Roscoe Williams Assistant Chaplain Dr. O. Wilson Winters... Parliamentarian Mr. Irving Anderson.. Sergeant-at-Arms Dr. N. W. Atkinson Dr. George Carter Dr. W. C. Atkinson Dr. Thomas Chew Dr. Felix Anderson Dr. Allan Durrant Mr. Landis Brown Mr. Edward Davenport Mr. Warren Burton Mr. Prince Edwards Mr. Thomas Burke Dr. Frank Eaverly Dr. Leon Berry Dr. William Fearance Mr. B. Ira Bird Dr. L. P. Fleming Dr. Stansberry Carter Mr. Fred Freeman Dr. Frank Christmas Dr. Leroy Gates Dr. William B. Carter Dr. Thomas Georges, Sr. Mr. Raymond Cox Dr. Thomas W. Georges, Jr. PAGE 88

1937, two Rho Chapter members, Brother (Dr.) O. Wilson Winters, and Brother (Dr.) Walter F. Jerrick became the first life members in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. At that time, Brother Jerrick had been President of Rho Chapter for 21 years. Years passed. Rho was still one of the leading chapters in the Fraternity. Brother (Dr.) Larney E. Hardy, VicePresident, and a prominent dentist in Chester was organizing the West Branch Y.M.C.A. in that city, and gaining recognition for giving unselfish service in the field of social welfare. Brother John R. Logan, Sr. was one of Philadelphia's leaders in the field of religion. Brother (Dr.) Thomas W. Georges, Sr. became one of our greatest leaders in the field of Public Health. Brother R. Allan Durrant became indispensable at the General Convention. Brother (Dr.) Charles A. Broaddus, present Vice-President, attended all conventions, and could always be depended upon for his excellent reports on the social aspects. Brother (Dr.) John H. Brodhead, a

Mr. Walter Gordon Dr. Cornelius Gaither Mr. Cornelius Garlick Mr Oscar Gibbs Dr. Larney Hardy Dr. Custis Howard Dr. Esquire Hawkins Dr. William Gray Dr. E. D. Harris Dr. Charles Harris Dr. Robert Henry, Jr. Mr Joseph Hunt Mr J. Otis Jones Dr. Turner Johnson Dr. Sylvester Johnson Rev. John Logan, Jr. Rev. Thomas Logan Dr. J. B. Lovell Dr. J. L. Martin Mr. Lewis Mentess Dr. A. S. Mason Dr. Edward McDowell Mr. Hervert Nelson Mr. Harold Nelson Mr. Austin Norris Mr. Charles Polk

Mr. James Patterson Dr. Edmund Pressley Mr. Wilbert Purdy Dr. Emile E. Raven Dr. Raymond Rogers Dr. Howard Stratton Dr. W. E. Smith Dr. J. S. Smith Dr. H. L. Small Dr. Harold Taylor Mr. Elbert Wisner Mr. Lloyd Wolf Mr. Robert Williams Dr. Harrison E. Meekins Dr. Steven Simpson Mr. Edwin Richardson Mr. Josiah Robinson Mr. Randolph Rodreques Dr. C. Arthus Scott Dr. J. W. Shirley Dr. S. B. Smith Mr. Postelle Vaughn Rev. Roscoe Williams Dr. U. S. Wiggins Mr. Eugene Woodson Dr. Stephen Stanford Mr. Warren Vann


leader in the field of education, rose to National prominence as Director of Educational Activities. Brother (Dr.) U. S. Wiggins became a leader and high official in the NAACP. Brother (Dr.) W. C. Atkinson became one of the leading medical men in the east. Brother (Dr.) Robert W. Henry, Brother (Dr.) Percy I. Bowser, and Brother (Dr.) Leroy Gates held the offices of Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and Recording Secretary of Rho Chapter for 32, 34, and 15 years respectively. Brother (Dr.) W. E. Smith, Brother Joseph Hunt, and Brother (Dr.) E. E. Raven, a charter member of Rho Chapter, came through rain and snow to attend and be active in all meetings. Brother (Dr.) Leon Berry, Brother (Dr.) Howard H. Stratton, Brother (Dr.) Edmund P r e s s 1 e y , Brother (Dr.) Harold Taylor, and Brother Josiah Robinson, distinguished themselves in the major avenues of their work and civic life.

RHO CHAPTER ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP Left to right: Brother (Dr.) Howard Stratton, observes. Mr. George McNeil, student. University of Fennsylvania. winner for the 1956 award, with Brother (Dr.) Turner Johnson. Chairman of Scholarship and Education Commitlee of Rho Chapter receive from Brother I. Otis Smith, President of Rho, scholarship checks.

On October 6, 1952, Brother Jerrick resigned the office that he had held for thirty-five years because of ill health. He had held this post continuously except for one year when Brother George Lyle served as president. Brother Larney Hardy, who had held the post of Vice-President for so many years became active president until elections were held. On January 5, 1953, Brother J. Otis Smith became the Fourth President of Rho. Under his leadership, Rho reclaimed over twenty-three brothers, set up an annual scholarship fund, and continued to be the leading organization among college men in Philadelphia. On our roster will be found 28 medical doctors, 13 dentists, 4 lawyers, 5 ministers, 11 educators, 19 government workers, and 2 pharmacists. Philadelphia is still growing, and so is Rho. Within the last two years, we have initiated over 15 brothers, and have all come in on the graduate level. Under the leadership of Brother Wilbert Purdy, Dean of Pledgees, these men have the Alpha spirit from the beginning. Yesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we have a heritage that was placed in trust â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our record over the past 42 years has spoken for itself. AUGUST, 1956

OFFICERS OF PHO CHAPTER Seated: Brother J. Otis Smith, Presiden'; left. Brother (Dr.) Charles A. Broaddus, Vice-President; right. Brother (Dr.) Robert Henry, Sr., Treasurer; standing. Brother William Ross. Jr.. Recording Secretary; Brother (Dr.) Leslie Hayling, Associate Editor to the Sphinx; and Brother (Dr.) O. Wilson Winters, Parliamentarian.


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Gamma Rho Lambda Makes Progress GARY, Indiana—It has been said that since many while fraternal organizations on college and university campuses are o p e n i n g their doors to students regardless of race, color or creed, Alpha Phi Alpha will soon go out of existence unless it promotes a dynamic program more attractive to these y o u n g college men than o u r present one now is. T h e s e words have been whispered in the ears of many of o u r brothers and are being further echoed throughout the land. But the brothers of G a m m a R h o L a m b d a C h a p t e r of Gary, Indiana, like many others, being cognizant of the situation answer back by saying that Aloha Phi Alpha shall never die. This seems q u i t e evident bv virtue ol tinmany tasks so freouently taken by them to promote thai kind of program that we all have in view. Being totally aware of the changes in social progress toward integration, these courageous and determined brothers are d o u b l i n g their efforts to perpetuate the Go to H i g h School, Go to College Campaign. With that in m i n d this chapter is constantly trying to seek ways and means to increase its bank account so that it can give scholarship aid to deserving students who are in need of financial assistance. As a result, this chapter is known to be in constant search for resources which lend themselves to a money m a k i n g project. Brother W . Alexander Smith usually takes the lead in this direction. Therefore the brothers of G a m m a R h o L a m b d a C h a p t e r are all agreed that as long as Brother Smith, who feels he has the strength of an old iron hoe, is in the fore front, all possible resources will be explored with hopes that they will aid in the promotion a n d expansion of other projects of a monetary nature. O n June 8, 1956 the brothers in this C h a p t e r sponsored Gary's first D e b u t a n t e Cotillion in the M a r q u e t t e Park Pavilion with twenty-one y o u n g women making their bows to society amid a setting of regal splendor. T h e pageantry was directed by Brother G a r r e t t Cope. T h e event was projected and proposed by Brother Smith. T h e young women honored by the fraternity included Miss Rosemary Anderson, Miss Eleanor Baker, Miss Charlcne Banks, Miss Eleanor Barnes, Miss Carlita Brundidge, Miss T h e l m a Comer, Miss Alva Curtis, Miss JacA U G U S T , 1956

queline Dixion, Miss Barbara Dority, Miss Dorothy Gibson, Miss Janice Grafton, Miss Geraline Hassell, Miss Barbara Hawkins. Miss Audrey Hegwood. Miss Betty Jackson, Miss loan Lacy, Miss Magdalene N u n n , Miss Dorothy Pickett, Miss Fave Wall. Miss Patricia Williams and Miss Phvllis Yocum. Miss Anderson was valedictorian at Roosevelt H i g h School and plans to study journalism. Miss Baker, who was an honor student at Froebel, plans a career in nurs'ng. Miss Banks was active in music groups at Emerson and plans a teaching career. Miss Barnes was salutatorian ol Froebel and she too plans to teach. Miss Blindage was an honor stiide-t at Roosevelt a n d she expects to study primary education. Miss Comer plans to enter Indiana University in the fall. Miss Curtis was an honor student at Roosevelt and plans to attend Indiana University Extension. Miss Dixon was salutatorian at Roosevelt a n d she hopes lor a career as medical technologist, studying this fall at Indiana University. Miss Dority, an honor graduate at Roosevelt. Stitching at Indiana University Extension th's fall will be Miss Gibson, a Roosevelt graduate. Miss Grafton is an accomplished pianist. T h e Roosevelt a l u m n a plans a teaching career. Also p l a n n i n g to teach is Miss Hassell. Attending the University of Chicago in the fall will be Miss Hawkins. T h e Washington School graduate plans to study psychology. Miss Hegwood was president of the Student Council at Roosevelt. She plans to teach. Miss Jackson was an h o n o r student at Froebel. Miss Joan Lacy is interested in social work. She is a Froebel graduate. Miss N u n n is an h o n o r graduate from Roosevelt and is interested in elementary education. Miss Pickett r a n k e d fourth in the Tolleston g r a d u a t i n g class. She plans to study at I n d i a n a University Extension. Miss Wall was graduated from Bishop Noll H i g h School a n d she plans a career in accounting. The president of the National H o n o r Society at Roosevelt, Miss Williams, plans to study at I n d i a n a University in the fall in preparation for a career in social work. Miss Yocum was an honor graduate at Washington School and she plans to enter Gregg Division of Northwestern University in the fall. Escorts for the young women were Joseph C. C h a p m a n , Jr., Lindsey

Mollis, R a n d o l p h Williams, William Benford, Bert Morgan, Henry Johnson, Carter Comer. James Weils, Larry W e b b , Maurice Burns, James Gentry, Percy Flowers, Dean Gearing, Melvin Davis. William OShields, Lucius Bowen, T i m o t h y Harris, Suvada Lindsey, Shedrick Owens, Madison Harris Jr. and Alton Pearce. Brother Jasper Sxkcs was master of ceremonies for the program which included the introduction of patents, procession of fraternit) members, procession of Alpha Auxiliary members, the s u m m o n i n g ol debutantes, procession of escorts, the Alpha Cotillion, the coronation by Bro. Joseph C. C h a p m a n , president of the chapter, the Alpha "Sweetheart Song", promenade of .Alpha Phi Alpha court a n d the receiving line of debutantes. Members ol the cotillion committee included Brothels C h a p m a n , Smith, Aaron Bromley. Julius Slratton and Wilhert Morgan. •

Gamma Rho Lambda Observes National Education Week GARY, Indiana—An over flow crowd filled every available space in the Douglas School a u d i t o r i u m , Gary, Indiana for the purpose of joining with the local Alphas in observance of the National Education Week. Keynote speaker lor the ocasion was G a m m a R h o Lambda's very own Brother Doctor W a l t e r E. Wiley, principal of Carver School. Brother Wiley spoke on the subject, " T h e P T A . . . An I n s t r u m e n t for Educational Service." Keeping in m i n d that m o r e women t h a n men a t t e n d P T A meetings, the speaker paid a special tribute to them for the o u t s t a n d i n g role they have played toward the establishment of good schools not only in Gary, Indiana but in all America. D u r i n g the program the brothers honored all local P T A groups of the various schools. Music for the occasion was rendered by the Girls Glee C l u b of Roosevelt H i g h School u n d e r the direction of Mis. Leota Semmes. T h e program was arranged u n d e r the direction of Brother Joseph C. Chapm a n , President a n d Brother W. Alexander Smith, C h a i r m a n of the Program Committee. Brother H a r r y Schell presided. PAGE



An Historical Sketch of Beta Delta Lambda Chapter (1937-1956) The glory and honor of pioneering the idea of establishing a graduate chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity here in Daytona Beach, Florida, goes to Brother Abram L. Simpson.

First row, left to right: Loretta Wright. Winona M. Brown. Joyce Engram. Second row, left to right: Dorothy M. Hill. Beauford Moore. Larry Hyde. This group is in the process of being organized to provide assistance to all endeavors of Beta Delta Lambda Chapter.

The general organization pursuant to and by virtue of its authority, established a graduate chapter (Beta Delta Lambda) in this city on the 27th of December, 1937. Bearing the distinction of being the charter members were: Brother Brother Brother Brother Brother Brother Brother Brother

Abram L. Simpson Dr. James L. Colston Harold White McCoo Dr. J. Seth Hills H. E. Bartley Charles Greene Ernest Dyett Preston Peterson

The setting up of this chapter, Beta Delta Lambda, became the third Alpha graduate chapter to be established in the State of Florida. The chapter at Jacksonville and Miami being first and second in the order listed. PAGE 92

Chapter Achievements 1. Awarded Scholarships 2. Initiated two new members 3. Reclaimed four brothers 4. Aided in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. MRS. JOHNNIE B. ROBINSON Wife of Chapter President


Beta Delta Lambda Chapter Daytona Beach, Florida

AS>A BROTHEHS IN BETA DELTA LAMBDA CHAPTER Front row, left to right: Richard W. Robinson. Horace Hill, George Engram, Ernest Cook. Second row: Thurman Stanback, Earl N. Brown, Robert K. Wright. Third row: Nathaniel McGill. Paul L. Hyde, Richard V. Moore. Brothers absent: John T. Stockings, Walter Floyd. T. A. Adams. S. T. E. Pinkney, Robert Strachan.


Chapter Where Made

Year Degree

Colleges Attended



Adams, Texas A.

Beta Delta Lambda




M. E.

Educational Institutional Work

Cook, Ernest C.

Delta Beta





Brown, Earl N.

Beta Delta Lambda



BethuneCookman Meharry

M. E.


Engram, George

Beta N u





Floyd, W. J.

Alpha Rho


B.S. M.A.



Hyde, Paul L.

Beta Delta Lambda Beta Delta Lambda


B.S. M.B.A. B.S. LL.D.

Fla. A. & M. Tuskegee Morehouse Atlanta U . N . Y. U . Morehouse Atlanta U. BethuneCookman Howard U .


Golf and Fishing

A. M. E.


Beta Delta Lambda Alpha Omicron



Howard U.





Johnson C. Smith West V. St.

A. M. E.

Building and Fishing

Beta Nu


B.A. M.A. LL.D.

M. E.


Pinkney, S. T. E.

Beta Delta Lambda


B.S. M.S.

Knoxville Atlanta U . N . Y. U . Fla. A.& M. Tenn. A. & I.

A. M. E.

Sports and Fishing

Robinson, R. W.

Beta Delta Lambda Beta Delta Lambda


B.A. M.A.



1955 A.B. A.M. Ph.D.

Paine N . Y. U . Va. Union Columbia Cornell


Record Collecting Photography

Stockings, John T.

Beta Delta Lambda

1948 M . D .


Strachan, Robert N .

Beta N u


B.S. M.A.

Fla. A. & .M.



Wright, Robert K.

Beta N u



Fla. A. & M.



Hill, Horace E.

Hills, J. Seth McGill, Nathaniel

Moore, Richard V.

Stanback, Thurman

AUGUST, 1956





Award Winner Doing Well At Institute of Technology TALLAHASSEE, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brother Richard B. McGriff, 1955's Most Outstanding Undergraduate Alpha, recently completed his first year as a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology. After graduating at the top of his class from Florida A. and M. University, he entered the college to pursue studies in chemistry leading toward the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Brother McGriff was financially supported by a Graduate Tuition Scholarship and a Teaching Assistantship. As a graduate Teaching Assistant during his first year Brother McGriff was lecture assistant to Dr. Linus Pauling, Nobel Laureate and Chairman of the Chemistry Department. His duties as lecture assistant consisted of preparing demonstrations for lectures and setting up the experiments in the freshman laboratory. The 1955 FAMU Honor Graduate's main interest is in the field of Organic Chemistry. He is a member of a research group studying the mode of enzyme catalyzed reactions under the supervision of Dr. Carl Niemann, who is an internationally known authority in the field. By some coinci-

dence, he is working with an enzyme called alpha â&#x20AC;&#x201D; chymotrypsin! At Florida A. and M. University, Brother McGriff, called "Rick" by his friends, excelled scholastically in the true Alpha tradition. Beta Nu chapter, into which Rick was initiated in 1952, scored a double triumph at the Fortieth General Convention by winning the Chapter Achievement Award and having one of its members receive the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award. As a freshman he received an award from Gamma Mu Lambda, the Tallahassee graduate chapter, for being one of the three highest average freshmen, and as a senior Beta Nu's award was the highest average senior. Brother McGriff was Southeastern Student representative to the National Council of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society and president of Kappa Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. During his college career, Rick was also active in extra-curricular activities. He was president of the Chemistry Club, Associate Editor of the Famcean, student newspaper, Sport Editor of the Rattler, University yearbook, Dean of Pledges of Beta Nu,

and a member of the Student Government Association and NAACP. As a Senior, Rick served as University President on Student Government Day. In recognition of his many achievements, he received the 1955 Award as the Most Outstanding Alpha in Collegiate Activities and was included in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Brother McGriff, who is from St. Petersburg, Florida, is even amazed himself when he enumerates all the activities in which he participated, and graduated with a 2.76 average. The pressure of graduate work has kept him from participating actively in the West Coast fraternal circles. Brother McGriff's scholarship and assistantship have been renewed for the 19561957 school year, and this summer he is continuing his research at Caltech on a DuPont Research Fellowship.

Herb Miller... Man of Many Parts CLEVELAND, O h i o - I n all probability no man in Alpha Phi Alpha has had a richer experience in life than Herbert T . Miller, Associate Secretary of the Cleveland Church Federation. Reared in Cincinnati, he is a product of the Cincinnati School System and the University of Cincinnati. He has also pursued work at Springfield College and Boston University. He has served as an Executive with the Young Men's Christian Association in Toledo, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York and is the first Negro to serve in an executive capacity with a Metropolitan Church Federation. In January 1944, he was named by Judge Samuel S. Leibowitz as the Foreman of the Kings County Grand Jury of New York State, thus becoming the first Negro in America to serve as a foreman of a County Grand


TOP STUDENT IN CHEMISTRY Brother Richard B. McGriff, graduate student at the California Institute of Technology. Pasadena. California, prepares to check the purity of a compound he has synthesized.


For six months during 1947 he traveled throughout the United States for the International Committee of the YMCA in the interest of the World Youth Fund and its $8,000,000 Rehabilitation Campaign. By a popular vote conducted by the Amsterdam Newspaper of New York City, he was consecutively voted Brooklyn's "Most Valuable Citizen" for the years 1947 and 1948. THE SPHINX


In 1948 he was the recipient of a bronze plaque which is awarded annually by the Kings County, New York Council of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States "To that Brooklynite who in the broadest possible sense of the term has contributed the most toward better understanding among the various groups that make up the Brooklyn population."

In September 1949 he was invited by the National Baptist Convention of the USA, Inc. to come to its National Convention in Los Angeles, at which time he was named "America's Outstanding Layman," and was presented with a bronze plaque by the Laymen's Section of the Convention. In 1950 he was invited by Sherwood Eddy to become a member of the American Seminar, which was composed of 50 distinguished Americans who toured Europe during that summer. The Seminar visited England, Holland, Berlin, West Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. He was the only Negro member of the group. At various times he has conducted Financial Campaigns for civic, religious and social work agencies throughout the country. Mr. Miller maintains a close friendship with Mr. Branch Rickey, baseball leader and was instrumental in helping to properly integrate Jackie Robinson in to that national pastime. Before coming to Cleveland in June, 1954, Herb, as he is known, served as the Associate Secretary of the Protestant Council of the City of New York. Into whatever situation he has gone, one of his first contacts has been


with the Brothers of Alpha. He prides himself at never having been unfinancial in Alpha Phi Alpha. He holds annual membership cards from 1921 through 1956. He is a charter member of Chapters in Cincinnati, Toledo, and Brooklyn. He has been happily married since 1928 to the former Willie Belle Harper of Houston, Texas. Herb and Belle spend their summers in Blenheim, Ontario, Canada where they maintain a summer home on Rondeau Bay. • Real


The old lady was taking her first train ride, and as night fell the porter came through the coach with pillows. "How much are they?" Granny wanted to know. "Twenty-five cents, ma'am," the porter said. "I'll take six," decided the old lady, digging into her purse. The porter looked dazed, and merely stood still; whereupon Granny cheerfully volunteered, "I never could get them that cheap in a department store, you know."


EBONY . TAN • JET • HUE World's Largest Circulated Negro



AUGUST, 1956


"THY BANNER SHALL BE RAISED" By BROTHER C. E. MORRIS, JR. GREENSBORO, N. C. — First in North Carolina — first in prominence — first in service — first in the hearts and lives of many good Alpha men. The history of Kappa Lambda Chapter is synonymous with the position of the alphabet, Alpha. The first graduate chapter to be organized in North Carolina, Kappa Lambda was established in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 9, 1923. In its early years, chapter membership embraced a large territory which included Winston-Salem, C h a r l o t t e , High Point, and Danville, Virginia. Chapter members were Brothers F. L. Merry, President; F. D. Bluford, VicePresident; J. B. Matthews, Secretary; D. K. Cherry, Chaplain; and Brothers C. W. Davis, H. D. Giles, R. O. La-

nier, J. D. Nicholas, A. H. Johnson. Most of the early brothers were transient educators. This fact and the occurrence of the depression were primary reasons for a period of inactivity during the years 1932-1940. Accomplishments and the contributions since reactivation in 1941 have atoned, if possible, for the inactivity of a leading organization during the lean years. A prominent factor towards the success of a chapter is the individual success of its members. A unique factor towards success of Kappa Lambda has been the outstanding contributions of a great many of its members, on a local, National, and International scale. A complete list would not be attempted. A few names follow: Passed into Omega Chapter: Brothers R. Nathaniel Dett; F. D. Bluford, and D. D. Jones, the late presidents of A. and T.

College and Bennett College, respectively. Others who have held or are holding present membership a r e : Brother H. Liston, President, Johnson C. Smith University; James Colston, President, Knoxville College; W. E. Henry, President, Bowie Teachers College; D. K. Cherry, former President, Kittrell College; H. L. Trigg, former President, Elizabeth City State Teachers College and Saint Augustine College; and R. O. Lanier, former President, Texas Southern University. Through the years, Kappa Lambda has brought to Greensboro and surrounding communities, a spirit of scholarly attainment, a program of civic betterment, and a high type of esthetic entertainment. The outstanding program of earlier years centered around the general fraternity theme, "Go to High School — Go to College." In recent years, the chapter sponsored an annual talent show. Proceeds from this program were used to promote good public relations; to contribute to a scholarship fund which annually gives financial assistance to a worthy high school graduate. Kap-

KAPPA LAMBDA CHAPTER ROSTER — 1955-56 Seated. left to right: Brothers P. E. Sandiler. G. I. Foster. E. B. T. Carraway. Chaplain: I. G. Simpson. President; H. R. Alexander. Treasurer; C. A. Grant, Secretary, and J. S. Leary. Standing, left to right: J. W. Greenlee, A. E. Fairfax, W. J. Furcron, O. M. Robinson. H. Liston, Jr., C. E. Morris. A. W. Solomon. J. R. Logan, W. C. Shanks, W. P. Malone. O. F. Hudson, S. E. Burford, C. L. Bradley, O. H. Hinnant. H. F. larrett and F. E. Davis. Not present for picture: Brothers B. W. Barnes, V. H. Chavis, H. H. Creft, G. H. Evans, P. P. Little, I. E. Rowell. W. A. Streat, W. M. Spigener, C. Gill, G. F. Rankin. C. C. Wallace, G. H. Windsor. C. L. Davis, N. L. Gregg, T. Brewer. Deceased Brother: M. R. Zachary.



KAPPA LAMBDA CHAPTER INITIATES 1955 Neophytes receiving their shingles. Left to right: William A. Streat, Professor of Architectural Engineering, A. and T. College; Chester L. Bradley. Instructor in Biology and Head Football Coach, Dudley High School; Hardy Liston. Jr., Instructor in Electrical Engineering, A. and T. College.

KAPPA LAMBDA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; SERVANTS OF ALL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; IN CIVIC AND COMMUNITY LIFE Seated, left to right: Brothers G. H. Evans. M.D.. Member, Housing Authority; B. W. Barnes, D.D.S., Library and Hospital Boards; F. E. Davis, M.D., Recreation Commission. Standing, left to right: Brothers J. M. Marteena. Planning and Zoning Commission; N. L. Gregg. Public Utilities Commission; V. H. Chavis. Urban Redevelopment Commission; J. S. Leary. Board of Domestic Relations Court.

pa Lambda has given financial aid to numerous community projects, and others. Kappa Lambda has been instrumental, with other organizations, in civic efforts to obtain better voting facilities and fair respectable newspaper recognition for all citizens, and promotions to local civil service positions such as, policemen and post office clerks for Negroes. At the National Convention in 1945, Kappa Lambda was awarded the Balfour Cup for chapter achievement. Various outstanding e d u c a t o r s , speakers, and concert artists have been brought to the Piedmont area of North Carolina through the efforts of Kappa Lambda. A New Year's Eve dance and spring formal or summer picnic are annual functions. Chapter presidents who have been competent leaders throughout the years are: Brothers A. W. Ferguson, E. W. Beavers, Jr., Warner Lawson, Vance Chavis, S. E. Burford, G. H. Evans, Robert Haith, H. S. Jarrett, and F. E. Davis. Officers for the year 1955-56 are: Brothers I. G. Simpson, President; the late M. L. Zachary (who passed in Omega Chapter, March, AUGUST, 1956

1956) Vice-President; C. A. Grant, Secretary; H. Alexander, Treasurer; and W. B. T. Carraway, Chaplain. Kappa Lambda ever strives to better its own record. In November, the first of two installments for life membership in the NAACP was presented to Brother N. L. Gregg, a state officer of the NAACP. Positions on civic boards and committees are gradually opening to Negroes of Greensboro. Alpha brothers have received a majority of these appointments. They are: G. H. Evans, Housing Authority; B. W. Barnes, Library and Hospital Boards; J. M. Marteena, Planning and Zoning Commission; V. H. Chavis, Interracial Committee and Urban Redevelopment Commission; J. S. Leary, Hospital Board and Domestic Relations Court; N. L. Gregg, Public Utilities Commission. The latest additions to Kappa Lambda Chapter crossed the burning sands in November and are as follows: Brothers Hardy Liston, Jr., William Streat, Orlando F. Hudson, and Chester L. Bradley. This record ever inspires men of Kappa Lambda to continue ONWARD AND UPWARD.

MAN OF THE YEAR Brother Hobert Jarrett (right) congratulating Brother B. W. Barnes, Kappa Lambda Man of the Year 1955-56.

KAPPA LAMBDA CHAPTER BEGINS PURCHASE OF NAACP LIFE MEMBERSHIP Brother I. G. Simpson (left) presenting to Brother N. L. Gregg, Treasurer of State NAACP, check for $250.00 toward NAACP Life Membership.


Arthur D. Shores "Crusader Champion of Civil Rights" By B R O T H E R W. WESLEY W H E T S T O N E C o n t r i b u t i n g Editor

B I R M I N G H A M , A l a . - F r o m the earliest history of m a n k i n d there has always been one o u t s t a n d i n g m a n in each community who was known as a leader. H e did not achieve this title by inheritance or a p p o i n t m e n t nor even by p o p u l a r election. It was the results of the type of service he rendered the members of his community. Today, A r t h u r D. Shores epitomizes the " L e a d e r " in any comm u n i t y because his services, perseverance, courage, forthright action a n d superb interpretation of the constitutional laws of o u r land, has m a d e him "a man set a p a n . " He has become the key to many locked doors where the civil rights of Negroes have or had been denied. T h e fight for the civil rights of Negroes has been the thing uppermost in the mind of A r t h u r D. Shores at all times. Even from his boyhood days he bad the b u r n i n g desire and zeal to become a lawyer for the sole purpose of helping his fcllowman. H e never gave u p on this goal a n d after many years of study his dream became a reality. Since becoming a lawyer A r t h u r D. Shores has become renowned by the constant legal battles that have been waged lor Negro rights so t h a t they may rise from the inconveniences of second class citizenship. His firs) venture into this type of litigation came in 1945 w h e n h e successfully fought the zoning laws of B i r m i n g h a m , Alabama. T h e winning of this case made it possible for Negroes to buy property a n d live wherever they pleased a n d this right could not be breached because of race, creed or color. As a result, today, Negroes live in some of the most attractive sites in B i r m i n g h a m and own some of the most attractive homes in the city. Following this case Brother Shores won a similar one for the Negro citizens of H u n t s ville, Alabama. In the multiple instances where Negroes have been denied the "right to vote", Attorney A r t h u r D. Shores has m a d e their registration possible by his forthright action. T i m e after PAGE


time the Board of Registrars have used various types of circumventing tactics to prevent Negroes their basic civil right—the right to vote—but

BROTHER W. WESLEY WHETSTONE Sphinx Convention Representative Brother Whetstone completed his college work as Valedictorian of his class, receiving from Miles College. Birmingham. Alabama, the A. B. degree in 1935. He earned the B. S. degree in Education from Alabama Teachers State College. Montgomery. Alabama in 1941 •with honors. Brother Whetstone taught science and mathematics in the Birmingham public schools for sixteen years. He was elected Principal of Brunetta C. Hill Elementary School on May, 1951 . . . Brother Whetstone was initiated into the Omicron Lambda Chapter. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Inc. in 1944. He served the chapter as secretary for eight years. During this period Brother Whetstone served on the Sphinx staff as contributing editor. He was elected president of the Omicron Lambda Chapter in 1954 and is still serving in that capacity. He was appointed Regional Director of Alabama in 1952. Brother Whetstone was appointed to the Election Commission and the Vocational Education Commission by General President Brother Frank Stanley in 1955 and 1956. Brother Whetstone serves as Chairman of the Board of Management of the Eighteenth Street Branch Young Men's Christian Association. Chairman of the Central Council Jefferson County Boy Scouts of America, Vice-Chairman of the Children's Aid Society, and Director of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Choir for eighteen years . . . Watch for his column in the next issue of the Sphinx magazine.

these types of denials have become fewer year by year. W h e n U n i t e d States Senator Glen H. T a y l o r was arrested in Birmingham lor a t t e n d i n g a non-segregated meeting Brother Attorney A r t h u r D. Shores was retained as one of his defending attorneys. T w o of the most recent acts of his significant achievements were his militant lighting of the court case for two young Negro women w h o h a d applied lor entrance to the University of Alabama, a n d the heading of the legal stall in the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott. In the case against the University of Alabama, not only did he win the case, b u t the decision rendered was a "class decision" making it possible for qualified Negroes to attend the I'niversity of Alabama in the future. It is also of importance to know that (he United States Supreme Couri set aside a postponement action of the A l a b a m a Circuit Court a n d m a d e the entrance of the qualified w o m a n immediate d u r i n g the Fall term of 1955. T h u s t h r o u g h legal action by Brother Shores, the segregation policy in higher education in Alabama was broken down for the first time in the history of Alabama. You are all aware of the events that transpired after Miss Lucy's entrance at Alabama University. Although the incidents relative to her entrance a n d subsequent expulsion are unfavorable, we arc now in a position to nave qualified Negroes apply a n d be accepted by Alabama University or any other Alabama institution of higher learning because of the "class action" decision. In the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Brother Attorney Shores along with four other Negro lawyers are fighting the constitutionality of segregation on public conveyances in intra-state commerce. A three panel court of federal judges has alreay r u l e d by a 2 to 1 majority that segregation of this type is totally unconstitutional. T h i s m o m e n t o u s decision was another milestone in the prolific fight waged for civil rights by Brother Attorney Shores a n d his colleagues. At present the lawyers are awaiting the results of an appeal filed by the Attorney General of A l a b a m a against the decision rendered in the bus case. But, we must a d m i t that the walls of segregation are slowly b u t surely falling and it is a m a t t e r of a short time before they have been completely demolished. Surely these decisions, as itemized above, are the results of constant a n d militant legal action by Brother Attorney Shores a n d others like h i m w h o have not r u n to the n o r t h where they could r e a p manifold monetary gains b u t have THE


remained in the thick of the fight where the bulwark of segregation conlinually rears up its ugly head. All of these things have been achieved by Brother Shores because he had a vision and prepared himself for the job. The information which follows gives an indication of his depth of preparation and service to his fellowman. He was born in JefI a son County, Alabama and attended the public schools graduating from the nationally known Industrial High School (now Parker High School). He received his A.B. degree from Talladega College and his LL.B. degree from the University of Kansas. He has also served in the following capacities: former principal of Dunbar High School, former secretary, Alabama State Teachers Association, former vice-president, N a t i o n a l Teachers Association, member of Alabama Bar Association, member of Bar of the United States Supreme Court, practiced Law since 1937, member of National Legal Committee of N.A.A.C.P, Regional Counsel, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Trustee of Talladega College, member of First Congregational Church; president, Alabama Democratic Association and candidate for Alabama State Legislature, 1954. From the foregoing information and summation of facts concerning the preparation, services, and militancy of Brother Attorney Arthur D. Shores, it is understandable how he

THE JEWELS IN THE MID-WEST VISIT CHICAGO Shown above seated left to right: Jewel Nathaniel E. Murray and Jewel George B. Kelly. Standing: Brother William Lester. Assistant to the Mid-Western Vice-President; Brother J. Herbert King, Regional Director of Illinois and Brother Frank V. Plummer. who was among the first initiates at Cornell University. Brother Lester is Captain of the University of Chicago Varsity basketball team. Brother King is on the faculty at McKinley School in Chicago, Representative of Chicago Teachers Union, life member of National Education Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Council Boy Scouts of America.

has merited one of the most precious treasures that Alpha can bestow upon a Brother—The Alpha Award of Honor for the year 1956. And in his

own inimitable fashion Brother Shores shall continue to do services for mankind that are worthy and meritorious. This is a profile of a Crusader— A Champion of Civil Rights.

Epsilon Phi Lambda Takes Two Across

GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL Brothers attending the Premier Cocktail Party at Ocala, Fla.. Epsilon Pi Lambda Chapter, Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Front row, left to right: Brothers N. Hankerson. J. Harper. Jones. G. T. Cook. Middle row, left to right: Brothers (Dr.) E. DeBose. B. F. Miller, Jackson, R. McGee and C. W. Norton. Back row, left to right: Brothers L. Watts. Jones. (Dr.) L. R. Hampton. J. C. Rawls and N. H. Nelson.

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Alpha O. H. W. E. A. Q.

OCALA, Florida—The Epsilon Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. of Ocala and Gainesville, closed the season out this year with a Premier Cocktail Party given in the Rainbow Room of Club Bali in Ocala, Florida. May 18, 1956. The fourteen brothers and about one hundred guests enjoyed a most wonderful evening at Club Bali. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served. The evening was highlighted with the singing of the Alpha's Hymn. Brother William E. Jackson, president, is happy to announce that two new Brothers crossed the burning sand during the year. They are: Brother Nathaniel Hankerson of Archie, Florida, and Brother (Dr.) Edward DuBose of Gainesville, Florida. Epsilon Pi Lambda Chapter is looking forward to a bigger and more successful year in 1956-57. PAGE 99




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Mu Lambda A Tower Of Strength... WASHINGTON, D. C—Graduate brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha prior to October 1923 maintained contact by meeting with Beta Chapter in the Old Chapter House on Georgia Avenue. As the number of graduates grew the need for a graduate chapter became apparent. Pursuant to this need, an application was filed and on October 1, 1923 a charter was granted for establishing Mu Lambda Chapter. Charter members of the Mu Lambda are: 1. Arthur Curtis, M.D.* 2. Merrill Curtis, M D . 3. Victor R. Daly, First Secretary 4. Eugene F. C. Davidson 5. Arnold Donawa 6. Walter Garvin, D.D.S. 7. William Leo Hansberry 8. Edward W. Howard 9. R. Frank Jones, M.D. 10. Joseph R. Jones, M.D.* 11. John Edward Lowry, M.D. The Washington Chapter House is the pride and joy of Beta Mu Lambda. Brothers, you are welcome enroute home from the 50th Anniversary Convention.

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12. Clarence Mills* THE SPHINX

13. N. A. Murray 14. Norman H. McGhee 15. Louis H. Russell 16. James N. Saunders 17. Emory B. Smith* 18. Harold C Stratton, M.D.* First President 19. H. N. Waring 20. Charles H. Wesley * Now in Omega Chapter. The meetings in the early days were held in the homes of the brothers with a different group of three brothers serving as hosts. The programs of the meetings consisted of routine business and interesting talks by members dealing with varied topics mostly concerned with the professions or vocations in which they were engaged. In those days "The-Go-to-HighSchool â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Go-to-College Movement" was an annual activity in which the members participated. Preparation for annual conventions and reports from the returning delegates always brought out large numbers of the brothers. The meeting at the brothers' homes were always exciting and are a most pleasant recollection of the early days of Mu Lambda. Beta Mu Lambda Corporation was formed in 1925, to maintain housing for undergraduate brothers at Howard University. In 1928, Beta Mu Lambda Corporation purchased a fraternity house at Third and "U" Streets, Northwest. The Go-to-High-Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Go-to-College program continued to be held in high esteem of Alpha Phi Alpha and Mu Lambda chapter. While the individual members throughout the years were translating the ideals of the fraternity into serviceable deeds, the chapter focused its interest upon an intensive educational campaign. The chapter distributed literature, furnished speakers for public assemblies, schools, and churches. Scholarship aids were offered by the chapter to deserving students. After the sale of the Third Street AUGUST, 1956

house to the government, the Beta Mu Lambda Corporation purchased the house on New Hampshire Avenue. Mu Lambda has an eminent record. Its roster consists of Jewels Murray, Callis and Olge. It has produced four general presidents: Brothers Howard Long, Charles Wesley, Rayford Logan, and Belford V. Lawson, one general secretary, Brother Joseph H. B. Evans. Brother Walter Booker, Eastern Vice-President, Arnett Lindsay, Editor of the Sphinx, and Warrich Cardoza, Mid-Western VicePresident. In 1949 Mu Lambda chapter was host to the Eastern Regional Convention. Among the outstanding members of Mu Lambda chapter who have contributed to society are brothers: Emory B. Smith, Judge Cobb, Law; Walter Booker, pharmacologist; Rayford W. Logan, historian; William Leo Hansberry, historian; Eugene Holmes, philosopher; Frank Jones, Urologist; Charles Wesley, historian; Dean Robert Jason, medicine; John Hope Franklin, historian; E. Franklin Frazier, sociologist; James Porter, art; Herman Branson, physics; Newman Adams, medicine; Charles Thompson, educator; Charles Houston, civil rights; George Johnson, Dean, Howard University Law School; Dean Warner Lawson, Music, Howard University; Saint Clair Price. Dean of Liberal Arts, Howard Universitv: Dean Russell Dixon, Dentistry, Howard University; Dean Downing, Engineering, Architecture, Howard University; Dean Hill, Dean of Chapel, Howard University; D e a n Wilson, School of Religion, Howard University; Dean Chauncey Cooper, Pharmacy, Howard University.

EXAMPLE OF GOOD CHAPTER PLANNING Mu Lambda is active in social betterment oi the Washington community a s depicted in the top picture, also active in fraternal life a s it relates to visiting brothers and national officers. and finally the chapter takes seriously the operation of their o w n fraternal life a s s e e n in the lower picture.

Mu Lambda's record in the Washington area speaks for itself. Brothers are well integrated into the cultural, political and social life of this capital of the world. At a recent meeting, it fostered a timely debate between Brother William Dawson, Democrat of Illinois, Val Washington and Grant Reynolds for the Republicans. Mu Lambda is proud of its past, but its eyes are on the future. PAGE 101

Undergraduate Comments On Our First Half Century By BROTHER CLARENCE E. BRANCH, JR. Southern Assistant Vice-President

NASHVILLE. Tenn.-During the past six months as Southern Regional Assistant Vice-President, I have heard numerous comments from undergraduates concerning the past fifty years existence of Alpha Phi Alpha. These comments have been as diverse as the people who made them. Although considering the human being and his manner of expression, I conclude that most of the comments were mack in the light of true appraisal of their interest and sincere feeling toward a great organization's growth. Some have said that they were proud to be a part of the first and greatest organization of its kind in the world, not only because of being

first with respect to time, but first in the realm of service to all mankind. One stated in "typical" Alpha terminology, that it filled him with paradisiacal joy and a great sense of humility to expound upon the paramount task which his fraternity had undertaken and completed. Still another poetically stated his view of the past fifty years, by saying that there was a tide in the affairs of seven men which was taken at the flood and led on to fame and good fortune, if omitted, it would have left them in darkness and misery. More thought provoking were the statements made by a group of undergraduates at an Alpha "bull-ses-

sion" at Tennessee State University, my Alma Mater. It was brought out that Alpha has existed through an almost completely segregated fifty years and the next fifty would be more difficult because of the increasing fall of color bars among Caucasian Greek-letter organizations. This is more alarming than we may have realized. In addition it was stated that what began as a college social (.reek-letter organization has become a graduate pressure group. This to me is somewhat an exaggeration or misrepresentation of facts in that the purpose for the generous donations of Alpha to worthy groups is

BETA EPSILON LAMBDA CHAPTER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; BOLSY. OKLAHOMA. CHARTERED DECEMBER 23, 1937 Front row seated, from left to right: Brothers Wilbur Stevenson, James Foy Johnson, L. G. Ashley (Secretary), William F. Parker (President), Charles O. Bullock. S. L. Combs (Treasurer). Second row, from left to right: Brothers Fobrrt Johnson. Thomas E. English. Clemon D. Ashley. E. M. Watson, Jr., William Campbell. Third row. from left to right: Brothers Ernest L. Holloway. William H. Franklin, Hollis D. Stearns, Wayne C. Chandler (life member), Q. T. Williams. (Absent brothers) T. T. Busby, (Dr.) Huey Battle, Julius H. Hughes, Jeff W. Irons, William A. Marshall, Henry Ponder, and George O. Word. BRIEFING ON EACH BROTHER Wilbur Stevenson. Civil Service Employee and Mortician; James Roy Johnson, Voc. Agri. Inst.: L. G. Ashley, Voc. Agri. Inst.: William F. Parker. Ind. Art Inst.: C. O. Bullock, H. S. Principal; S. L. Combs. Social Sciences; Robert Johnson. H. S. Principal; T. E. English, Voc. Agri. Inst.: C. D. Ashley. County Farm Agent; E. M. Watson. Jr.. Coach and Social Science; William Campbell. Band Inst.: E. L. Holloway. Physical and Biological Sciences; William H. Franklin. History; H. D. Stearns. F.H.A. Employee; W. C. Chandler. Fields Enterprises Employee; Q. T. Williams. G. S. Principal; E. T. Busby. H. S. Principal; Huey Battle, Head, Agri. Dept.. L. U.; J. H. Hughes. Dean of Men. Ed. Dept.. L.U.: Jeff W. Irons. Commerce Teacher; William A. Marshall. Voc. Agri. Inst.; Henry Ponder. Graduate Student; G. O. Word, H. S. Principal.

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done to better the place in which 99 per cent of its members live. The question in the minds of most undergraduates is how can we possibly hold high the standards of our great Alpha for the next fifty years. For we stand and sing the praises of our renowned Alpha Phi Alpha, whose leadership has been recognized not only by us but by the entire nation. For it has been through this leadership that Alpha helped to emancipate its people from the sins of discrimination. Through fifty years of unselfish devotion to the causes of equality and fraternity, Alpha has raised its members from the pledge club of society to a status of first class citizenship. Through this devotion and participation with the NAACP, Urban League and ACHR, the first fifty years have been fruitful not only to the over twenty

thousand brothers, but to over fifteen million black people. The undergraduates of Alpha feel as I do about the rich heritage which is ours to perpetuate. We are proud to be a part of this rich heritage and stand along-side the Alpha greats, and make a toast to those seven men whose dreams have become a phenominal living reality, a toast which symbolizes fifty years of progress and achievements which have made the country take note. For Alpha has been from its origin, dedicated to the uplifting of mankind and service. We say in a loud voice filled with hope for the future years of progress: Sail on old ship of state. Sail on old Alpha strong and great. Twenty thousand souls, with all their fears, with all their hopes of future years arc hanging breathlessly on thy fate.


WASHINGTON, D. C . - T h e future of college sororities and fraternities will probably be determined by the extent of desegregation in Northern and Southern public schools and in Southern institutions of higher learning. This desegregation, in turn, will depend in large measure upon desegregation in the community, especially in housing. Residential segregation, resulting from ecological factors in many Northern cities, particularly those with sizeable Negro populations, usually produces inferior Negro schools and hence inferior Negro high school graduates. The new flight of Negroes from the South is likely to aggravate this situation. A modified college entrance examination, prepared in 1953-1954 by the Educational Testing Service at Princeton, disclosed that only three out of every hundred colored students from segregated high schools in Southern cities were qualified to enter a good interracial college. The expected upsurge of the number of students seeking to enter institutions of higher learning in the North will make it increasingly difficult for the "average" Negro to qualify for admission. Thus, even if more sororities and fraternities abolish their provisions denyAUGUST, 1956

ing membership to Negroes, it is not likely that there will be a considerable increase in the number of Negroes

pledged by those Greek letter organizations. Two-thirds of all Negroes in the United States still live in the South. Despite some improvements, most Southern public schools for Negroes are still inferior to those for whites. Desegregation in public schools is proceeding very slowly. Hence, the adoption of provisions limiting admission to white state universities to the highest ranking high school graduates would exclude most Negroes. The states with the highest number of Negroes, Mississippi, South Carolina. Georgia and Alabama, have not yet admitted a single Negro to state institutions of higher learning. It is unlikely that Negroes will soon be pledged to sororities and fraternities in either these or private institutions of higher learning. Above all, the resistance to the Supreme Court decisions has broken down communication between whites and Negroes in the community. Predominantly colored sororities and fraternities should be in the vanguard of organizations helping to achieve desegregation in American life. Realization of the fact that segregation prevents the armed forces and industry from utilizing large numbers of the Negro potential will probably aid in lowering the barriers. Second, some Northern consultant firms on plant relocation from the North to the South are reviewing (Continued on Page 107)

GAMMA CHI LAMBDA CHAPTER GIVES TO ALABAMA RELIEF Brother Maurice Hardeman, right, presents check of S100.00 to Brother Harold Jones, the Western Region Central District Director left, while Brother Samuel P. Debose, Western vice-president. center, looks on approvingly. Gamma Chi Lambda Chapter has answered the call to aid the cause of Alabama by donating to this fund. Although a rather small chapter as compared to other chapters in cities the size of San Francisco, Gamma Chi Lambda is continuing to grow under the leadership of its new president the young, and vigorous attorney. Brother Maurice Hardeman. The presentation of the check was made at Alpha's annual Spring Dance and Show to Brother Harold Tones, District Director before more than one thousand persons in attendance. The new president said that "we must answer the cause of freedom with deeds and'not merely with words."

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Two Chapters Pool Resources and Activities CINCINNATI, Ohio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; T w o chapters, Alpha Alpha and Delta Gamma Lambda, work together harmoniously, and include among their members the city's leading citizens. Alpha Alpha chapter was established December 20, 1920, having as its charter members Brothers Francis Leslie, Charles Harris, Clinton Moorman, Robert Pettingill, Wilbur Page, Earl Moss, Herbert Miller, R. P. McClain, William E. Watson and, Charles Dillard. The chapter was set up by Brothers Reginald Beamon and Morris Walton of Beta Chapter. Delta Gamma Lambda chapter was founded December 20, 1947 of graduate members of Alpha Alpha chapter. Members of the two chapters have distinguished themselves in Alphadom, in the city and in the nation.

Brother Theodore Berry, Third Vice-President, 1928-29; G e n e r a l Counsel, 1931-1937 is now Vice-Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio. Brother John Fleming, Mid-Western Vice-President 1941-42-43; Chairman of Ritual Committee 1947-1951. Brother William Lovelace, MidWestern Vice-President 1943-1947, is now assistant prosecutor of Hamilton County, Ohio. The Cincinnati chapters are proud of their fraternity house at 1016 Chapel Street and welcome visiting brothers. Cincinnati was host to the Silver Anniversary Convention in 1931, and will again be your host in 1959. Preparations are already being made to make it a convention that will stand out as one of the finest in the history of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.

COMBINED CHAPTERS!! ALPHA ALPHA AND DELTA GAMMA LAMBDA Front row. left to right: Brothers Evans, Queen, Shearer, Sharpe, Muir, Dunn, Dickerson, Redden. Fuller. Second row: Brothers Gayle, Gardner, Mann, Cromwell, Goings. Pryor. Graves, Pendleton. Back row: Brothers Beniord. Smith. Thornton. S. Turner. Grevious, lames, Leahr, Hull, Fleming.

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Members of Alpha Alpha Chapter President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer

Brother Thomas Walker Brother George Bunyan

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Timothy Fuller John Poole Henry Johnson Phil Evans Donaldo Gayle Algie Rosseau Leon Robinson William Decatur Carl Kiner Ben Saulter

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Lucien Farley Brown Schearer Dwight Calloway Lee Smith Ralph Gardner John Leahr James Evans Walter Gilliard Richard Moore Charles Tayl or

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Willys Weatherly John Delaney Andrew White Harry Turner Alva Thornton (Dr.) Braxton Cann William Humphrey Spaulding Dickerson Hannibal Hull

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M. L. Alexander Theodore Berry (Dr.) Robert Brown (Dr.) Charles Caroll (Dr.) W. F. Clarke George Cromwell John Delaney (Dr.) Charles Dillard Charles Dunn John Fleming William Goings Edward Graves (Dr.) Robert Harris Napoleon Helm Douglas Henry Matthew Hines Charles Houston Walter Houston William Humphrey Robert James (Dr.) Luther Lemon William Lovelace

President Vice-President Secretary Assistant Secretary Financial Secretary Treasurer Sergeant-at-Arms Associate Editor to the Sphinx Brother •Brother •Brother •Brother Brother •Brother •Brother •Brother •Brother Brother Brother Brother Brother •Brother Brother Brother Brother •Brother Brother •Brother Brother •Brother

Julius Mann Artie Matthews William McCaleb William McClain Harold McClure James Muir Brent Pendleton Webster Posey Chester Pryor John Queen (Dr.) James Randolph Paul Redden, Sr. Leon Render Saul Sanford Sanford Showes McNellious Sharpe William Smith (Dr.) William Springer Fred Thomas Spencer Turner Henry Walters (Dr.) H. I. Wilson

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(Continued from Page 63) the Carioca, he was doing a modified version, for want of a better name, let's call it the Tapioca. * * * Brother Charlie Lane of Chicago will not soon forget the speech of Brother Jerrick at Atlantic City in nominating Brother J awn Sandifer as general counsel. After giving all the encomiums usually bestowed in this type of up hill battle. Brother Jerrick said, "I know you will elect him, look at him brothers, look at him, he bears the burnished livery of the sun." So descriptive was the appellation 'tis said, Brother Lane, himself, voted for Sandifer, the sun kissed hero. * * * Were you there in Kansas City in 1940; did you not laugh at Brother Prince Nyabongo in his misguided invective against Brother Lovelace; did you not go into hysterics at the Oxonion English dialect screaming "Lovelace, it's "tvme" for a "chiange." Yes, it was a time for many changes. * * * Humor and sorrow are not far distant. We smile and sigh when we think of impeccable Joe Evans, benign Joe, forlorn of mien while the political Basset hounds howled for his scalp at every convention, only to resume his jaunty, debonair self after the election re-elected him year after year. Of course, you didn't laugh at Archie Burrell nominating him at New York. In the warmth of his arguments Archie forgot the name and blurted out: "Say it was only ten minutes ago they asked me to nominate Brother-er-er-er-what's his name." 'Taint funny, but any recounting of 50 years of Alpha could not omit Brothers Wayman Ward of ecclesiastic dignity compounded with nonpareil fraternalism; Atwater and Frankie Dee guardians of the convention portcullis; besmeared with Oklahoman oil and surcharged with beaucoup coin of the realm (money to you) Lloyd Williams and Tollie Harris; the inobtrusive benignity and erudition of Henry Lake Dickason and Howard Hale Long; the sortorial splendor of Charlie (Dawg) Anderson and Kermit Hall; the beneficence of Brothers Boyd of Nashville and James of Charleston, West Virginia; the eloquence of Brothers Wesley, Bindley Cyrus and Henry L. Richardson: the tenacity of Brothers Shortridge and "Bul'l" Allen; the fulminating passion of Barton Beatty and B. V. Lawson; the fidelity of Merideth Ferguson and Andrew J. Lewis; the ease with which you conjure up a smile at the mention of B. V. Harvey, Sir Walter (Theresa) Scott, Sydney (I am Alpha Phi Alpha) Brown; Sidney (Order of Coit) Jones. There are only ten thousand more fun loving, Alpha serving names I could mention, even cherubic Bennie Brown and ubiquitous Jimmy Huger. Chapter eleven of the seventh edition of the history, page 86 says that I said in 1931, prior to the Silver Jubilee at Cincinnati, "Alpha is twenty-five years old. Let's all be present, depression or no depression." See here Brother Wesley, I think I can go down in Alpha history with something more profound than that inanity. So I'll say in 1956 prior to the Golden Jubilee, "Alpha is fifty years old. Let's all be present, mortgage or no mortgage." At least I get a little further out of a rhetorical rut, don't I? History do your worst. On page 335 of the same edition, the historian said: Brother O. Wilson Winters placed his hand upon one of the major obstacles when he referred to the revival of the real Alpha Spirit." Come, come, Brother Wesley, reporting that Brother Winters "placed his hand upon one of the major obstacles—" Well, what did he do with that hand? That's not the way I heard it. Alpha also has men of distinction, ex-prexy A. Maceo Smith, bottled in bond, aged in service and indorsed by Calverts and adored by his wife, Fanny. As I write here in the stillness of the midnight hour the spirit of my fraternal mentor, and boon companion, another man of distinction, communes with me. Walter Fitzgerald Jerrick, I can hear him now: "1 was born in South America, British Guiana, in the town of Georgetown. My father and mother died in my early childhood and I was reared by my strict, but very kind, aunt. After absorbing all the learning I could get in my native town I was prepared by my aunt for American education and culture." Many in Alpha have heard the story over and over and remember the picture of the little urchin dragged by a fond but determined Aunt to a tailor to have suitable raiment of more or less American design made for a chap who just one hour before had emerged from bare foot, bare headed and (Continued on Page 107) PAGE 106

CHAPTER PRESIDENT PRESIDES Brother R. W. Harrison. Jr.. President of Alpha Epsi'on Lambda, is shown presiding during the Education for Citizenship Week Program held at Tougaloo Southern Christian College. April 22. 1956.

Spirit of Anniversary Touches Alpha Men In Jackson, Miss. By BROTHER B. W. HARRIS Editor to SPHINX

JACKSON, Miss. — As a spirit of gratefulness and renewed hope must be permeating the hearts of Alpha men on this our 50th Anniversary, brothers of Alpha Epsilon Lambda are reminded of their own chapter's beginning — 29 years ago. On June 10, 1927 in Jackson, Mississippi, Alpha Epsilon Lambda was organized. Brother D. J. Jackson officiated for the General Organization. As high tribute is paid to the seven Jewels, Alpha Epsilon Lambda remembers its charter members. The charter members were: Brothers J. W. E. Bowen, Frederick Hall, E. A. Lanier, H. C. Latham, E. R. Lawrence, F. W. Martin, S. R Redmond, and D. J. Thomas. Brother Latham is still active in the chapter today. Brother R. W. Harrison, Jr., a prominent dentist in Yazoo City, Mississippi, is President of the chapter, and other officers are as follows: Brother E. L. Lipscomb (Jackson), Vice-President and Dean of Pledgees; Brother J. Dennis Beck (Jackson State College), Secretary; Brother A. H. McCoy (Jackson), Treasurer; Brother Rollin P. Greene (Jackson State College), Assistant Secretary; Brother B. W. Harris (Alcorn A. and M. College), THE SPHINX



Brother Edwin M. Johnson. President of Alpha Chapter, the mother chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Ithaca. N. Y.. crossed the burning sands at Howard University in 1943 . . . After serving three years in the 477th Medium Bomb. Group as a Communications Officer, he returned to school in 1946 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. New York where he obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree in 1949. Immediately after graduation, he was employed by the General Electric Company in Schenectady. New York. While in the Capital District, he was a member of Beta Pi Lambda Chapter and was fortunate to have the guidance and encouragement of Jewel Brother George B. Kelley . . . In 1953. he was transferred to the General Electric Advanced Electronics Center in Ithaca, New York where he became affiliated with Alpha Chapter and met the one man who has kept the spirit of Alpha burning in Ithaca. Dr. G. A. Galvin . . . Brother Johnson is married to the former Dorothy M. Hooks of Indianapolis and has one daughter, Arlene.



(Continued from Page 106) bare-backed bliss to the confined and restricted conventionality of a hat, a suit and a pair of shoes. Old convention visitors remember the description as Jerrick curtsied with his characteristic grace up to the portals of Lincoln University. Pennsylvania. He told us of the Bowler hat, the mongrel head gear created by the crossing of a Derby with a Fedora. He told us of the "see-more*' suit with its abortive waist coat, its single buttoned abbreviated frock coat, the jettisoned half length pantaloons, creased sideways, and the aboriginal aspect it produced in the aspiring and perspiring Jerrick. Even the ludicrous Guianian brogue and West Indian vernacular does not escape our attention. Well do we remember the warning, "Mon, I'm getting vexed." But kind and sympathetic students advised him that a statement of that kind only served to stimulate ridicule. "If you don't like what they are doing, tell them you are getting tired." So the quick thinking Jerrick responded just as quickly shouting "Mon, A'bm getting dom tired." Thus Jerrick with his hybrid Bowler, his portmanteau, (suitcase to him, glorified gunny sack to you) his see-more suit, original brogans and Caribbean dialect survived the transformation from loin cloth to graduation gown, axe hewn log canoe to twin screw ocean liner. South American kraal to his well appointed Christian Street Mansion in South Philadelphia, from the nondescript steerage passenger from the Antilles to the first class cabin guest of the Queen Mary enroute to Edinburgh, Scotland for post graduate study. Brothers who know convention history, realize that we cannot recount fifty years of Frat Fun and omit this classic of the metamorphosis of our dusky Caribbean hero into Mr. Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Rho Chapter and Mr. Alpha Phi Alpha. Already he is ceasing to be a name, a personage, but instead becomes a legend in the history of our Fraternity. Fifty years have been fleeting. Our literary efforts have been made easy by the praise, encouragement and sustained interest of a little group of fans within and without Alpha. The wives of our brothers have been loyal readers of Frat Fun. I call them My Alpha Bettes. In this hour of restrospect I cannot refrain from mentioning Hilda Evans, Letitia Rose, Mrs. Lewis Swingler, lone Stanley, Mrs. Charles Green, Norvelle Beatty, and you and you and you, whoever you are, wherever you are. Fifty years is almost past. O temporal O Mores! Fifty years, fifty minutes, fifty seconds, five seconds, four seconds, three seconds, two seconds, one second. O Irrisio, Res Miseria! —OLIVER WILSON WINTERS

Editor to the Sphinx; Brother Henry E. Briggs (Tougaloo Southern Christian College), Chaplain; Brother T. J. R a n e e (Brookhaven), Sergeant-at Arms. In keeping with the tradition of Alpha, Alpha Epsilon Lambda can count — among its accomplishments — contributions in the areas of business, education, and civic leadership. •

Future of the College Sororities, Fraternities (Continued from Page 103) plans for further relocation because of the current unrest in the South. Finally, concern about criticisms by not only the Soviet bloc but by our allies and by the uncommitted nations may well soften the resistance to desegregation. In the meanwhile, however, predominantly colored college sororities and fraternities are likely to continue in existence for some years to come. AUGUST, 1956

BROTHER ALEX GALVIN DISCUSSES PILGRIMAGE WITH ITHACA'S MAYOR Brother Alex Galvin. practicing physician discusses the plans for the Ithaca pilgrimage for the 50th Anniversary convention with Mayor John T. Ryan who will give the welcoming address during the Memorial Luncheon at the Statler Inn, Cornell University.

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He Made "Crayton" America's Word For Sausage.... BROTHER LEROY CRAYTON. President

"Recently the new home of Crayton's Products, Inc., was dedicated. It is a fitting tribute to the popularity of its chief product, "Crayton's Southern Sausage," and the firm's founder, Leroy Crayton. Modern in every foot of its construction, this new home of "Crayton's Southern Sausage," is a symbol of the new look the public can except from progressive Negro business men. Brother Leroy Crayton. President (center), flanked by Brother Charles P. Lucas. Director of Public Relations for the firm, participates in the ground breaking ceremony. Other guests for the occasion include representatives of the Cleveland city government. Cleveland branch of the NAACP. the Cleveland Urban League and the United Negro College Fund, which awarded Brother Crayton a Merit Award during the March, 19S6 Convocation held at Hotel Statler, Cleveland. Brother Crayton, in the center, directly behind the soil turning spade, w a s recently elected Vice-Chairman of the Cleveland Round Table of Christians, Jews and Protestants. His election represents the first time a Negro has been elected Vice-Chairman of this very active religious group.

Leroy Crayton deserves credit for his achievements in the highly competitive field of food processing, and distribution. Long a believer in business possibilities, Mr. Crayton has not been afraid to try. The public has responded well, and his success had been a reward for a good product and modern business methods.

A CREW OF WORKERS PROCESSING THE FAMOUS CRAYTON SAUSAGE The stuffing machine represents one of the modern pieces of equipment that is installed in the new Crayton plant. The machine is operated by compressed air, which shoots one pound (1 lb.) exactly of the product into cellophane wrappers that are immediately sealed against air pollution or outside contamination.

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We congratulate Mr. Crayton on this new milestone in his successful career. His new plant and its facilities for production, are a source of inspiration to all of us. It is proof that, if we set our sights high and diligently apply ourselves to our chores, we need not be afraid of race or any other factors." THE SPHINX THE SPHINX




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Undergrad Chapter Achieves For Constructive College Life JEFFERSON CITY, Mo - The ed the Democratic caucus and Brother Brothers of Alpha Psi chapter, Lin- Bowers introduced a bill concerning coln University, (Mo.) blossomed in- idle state funds. to new life during the spring semesFor maintaining the highest scholter in every phase of constructive life. astic average in the junior class, Eleven Brothers were listed on Brother Bowers was inducted into the Dean's honor roll. Topping the Alpha Kappa Mu honor society along list was Brother Ulysseus Bell with with Brother Bolden. He was next a 2.8 on a 3.00 basis. He was followed elected to the highest office on the in order by Brothers Warren Swin- campus, President of the Student dell, 2.6; Abraham Bolden, 2.5; Shel- Council for 1956-57. He is the selie Bowers, 2.5; Edward Coursey, 2.3; venth straight Alphaman to hold this Ronald Ragland, 2.3; Melvin Crouth- office. Brother Walter Franklin was ers, 2.3; John Britton, 2.2; and Bobby also elected Representative at large. Daniels, John Price and Willie Scott, Brother Bowers is a Second Lieutenant R.O.T.C, and a member of the (chapter president) 2.00. Alpha Psi tips its hat to work done dormitory council, the Baptist Stuin the fraternity and on the campus dent Union, the University concert by junior Brother Shellie Bowers, St. band, and the University concert Louis, Mo. Along with Brother Joe choir. Jenkins, Brother Bowers participated During Spring probation April 12in the annual mock legislature for 15 three Sphinxmen were initiated: Missouri colleges April 14 in the Lawrence Thomas, Louis Dargon state capitol. Brother Jenkins head- and Herman Rhodes. During this AUGUST, 1956

same period, the Missouri Academy of Science affair at L. U. awarded Brother Carl Smith, senior, biology, first place for his paper titled, "Microfauna of the Soil". Fourth place went to Brother John Cutts for his work in a chemical project. National President Frank Stanley enlightened Alpha Psi and Beta Zeta Lambda chapters during a reception in his honor April 18. Brother Stanley was feted in a get-together following the L. U. department of journalism's Headliner Week Awards Banquet during which he delivered the main address. Elected to captain the 1956-57 varsity track team was another Brother, Sophomore Larnell Wells, Cairo, 111. (Hometown of the Editor of the Sphinx). The announcement was made at the L. U. All-Sports Banquet May 16. Brother Wells was also cited for being L. U.'s Most Versatile Athlete for 1955-56. He lettered in both basketball and track and is now defending champion in the Mid-West 120 yard high hurdles and the team's third highest point scorer. Wells was presented a gold trophy. Fourteen brothers are scheduled to (Continued on Page 111) PAGE 109

Delta Beta Proudly Hails Frat's Golden Anniversary

Delta xi Lambda closes Year Planning

For Alpha's Fiftieth By B R O T H E R TED NICHOLS Editor to the SPHINX DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Yes, proudly we hail the Fiftieth Anniversary of our beloved Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. We are Delta Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha located at Bethune Cookman College. Fifty years ago, in the hearts and minds of seven men, an idea was born. This idea grew and finally developed into the incipiency of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Through the years, progress, strength, and service to mankind have been the beacon lights which guided the efforts and expansion of Alpha Phi Alpha. Our particular chapter, Delta Beta, was established April 21, 1948 by Dr. Robert P. Daniel, Special Deputy representing Dr. William H. Gray, Jr., who was at that time Southern Vice-President. On May 28, we expressed our congratulations to our former president, vice-president, and secretary, Brothers Arthur C. Eulin, John Pittman, and Everett E. Crim respectively, who graduated from Bethune Cookman College upon completion of their studies here. All three expressed to us their determination to continue to contribute (all they can, in whatever way they can) to the ideals of equality and the brotherhood of man as they participate in the roles of everyday society. We are still casting our mites toward this aim and are inspired by these expressions from stout hearted men. It is our unified pleasure to rejoice and play our part in the commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary. This Golden Sphinx carries the events of this momentous occasion throughout our nation. Through this medium all the Brothers in Alpha join together in a single voice of praise to God for the success of our past endeavors. In this same oneness we shout to all the world our faith and hope of achieving success in future undertakings. Delta Beta Chapter joins wholeheartedly in the prayer of The Great Invocation, f o r m u l a t e d by the Friends of Humanity in New York City. Its meaning is very deep and just as inspiring. PAGE 110

From the point of Light within the Mind of God Let light stream forth into the minds of men. Let light descend on Earth. From the point of Love within the Heart of God Let love stream forth into the hearts of men. May Christ return to Earth. From the centre where the Will of God is known Let purpose guide the little wills of men . . . The purpose which the Master knows and serves. From die centre which we call the race of men Let the plan of Love and Light work out. And may it seal the door where evil dwells. Let Light and Love and Power Werestore are assured of on our Earth. happiness the Plan because we are forever venturing to perpetuate the highest ideals of mankind. Thank God for men of Alpha everywhere.

PRESIDENT VISITS CHAPTER An alert cameraman caught Brothers Walter H. Williams and Frank L. Stanley, Sr. greeting each other. The occasion was General President Stanley's visit to Alpha Epsilon Lambda Chapter in April.

By BROTHER F. A. SMITH "The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich estate."â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Euripides. After closing a highly progressive 1955 with a resounding "bang" by giving its first formal affair, Delta Xi Lambda has moved through 1956 with a series of "firsts." This young chapter participated in its first Delta Jabberwock in February on stage at the Jones High School Auditorium. Brothers Speight, Beverly, Manning, Harrison and Scales stole the show with their "Harvest Time" skit. Brother Harold Whitehurst entertained the chapter at the January meeting and we journeyed to the Lake Wales estate of Brother J. W. Williams for the February meeting. Both meetings were well attended and the social aspects as well as fraternity business were well thrashed out. On March 27 Delta Xi Lambda proudly and pompously ushered its first two initiates across the "fiery Silica." In an impressive ceremony Brothers David Brewer II and James Roberts were added to our membership roll. Brother Cecil Boston, our State President, Regional Director in Southern Jurisdiction and Delta Xi Lambda "wheel" attended the Southern Regional Convention at Durham, North Carolina on March 30 through April 1st. His report on highlights of the session is forthcoming. On April 3 Brother James Huger, our General Secretary, was entertained by the chapter at the Jones High School Cafeteria. Brother Huger brought us up to date on current national trends and congratulated the chapter on its rapid growth and progress. We are eagerly anticipating helping Alpha Phi Alpha celebrate its Fiftieth Anniversary in Buffalo in August. Locally, our biggest present project is reclamation of old brothers in an effort to make Alpha reach its goal of 10,000 active members. Delta Xi Lambda is also taking the lead locally in the fight for total integration. Current officers are: Brother J. A. Lawson, Jr., President; Brother Carter C. Beverly, Vice-President; Brother (Continued on Page 111) THE SPHINX

C i t y C h u r c h F e d e r a t i o n E l e c t s Undergraduate Chapter

First Negro Leader Judge Jackson Named By Federation Elected president of the Cleveland Church Federation yesterday was Municipal Judge Perry B. Jackson, named by the council's board of directors meeting at Old Stone Church. He is the first Negro chosen to head the church council of any major American city, according to officials of the National Council of Churches. Judge Jackson, who for three years has been a vice-president of the federation in charge of social work, succeeds the Rev. Elam G. Wiest, president of the Northeast Ohio Synod of the Evangelical and R e f o r m e d Church. On Judicial

Arthur Dewey of Willoughby Methodist Church; the Rev. S. Edward Johnson of Collinwood Christian Church; Dr. Samuel H. Cassel of the Fairview Church (Baptist); Dr. Angus C. Hull, executive of the Cleveland Baptist Association; Frederic Sterbenz of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, and Dr. Howard J. Brown of the Church of the Saviour. Mrs. Arthur Groth of Pepper Pike, a member of First Baptist Church, was named president of the Cleveland Council of Church Women and thus also becomes a vice-president of the federation.

Delta Xi Lambda (Continued from Page 110) Carlton Batson, Corresponding Secretary; Brother I. Manning, Financial Secretary; Brother I. S. Hankins, Treasurer; Brother G. H. Starke, Parliamentarian; Brother S. A. Cousins, Chaplain; Brother F. A. Smith, Editor to Sphinx. "Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it."â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Lincoln


Judge Jackson is a prominent layman of St. John A. M. E. Church and is a member of the judicial council, national "supreme court" of the denomination. Other officers elected include Dean Percy F. Rex of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Robert H. Jamison of the Church of the Covenant, who is president-elect of the Cleveland Bar Association, administrative vicepresidents; Arthur F. Williams of First Baptist Church, recording secretary; Robert E. Bingham of the Church of the Covenant, treasurer, and Michael Schane of Euclid Avenue Christian Church, asistant treasurer. Departmental vice-presidents are

(Continued from Page 109) graduate from the chapter by June or summer school and two others are planning to transfer to another college. In the June 1956 class are Brothers Wille Scott, Abraham Bolden, Esau Taylor, Carl Smith, Irvin Kennedy. Sandy Davis, Carl Jason and Dickie Timmons. By August, Alpha Psi will lose Brothers Melvin Streator, Melvin Crouthers, Reginald Jones, Richard Billingslea, George Howard and Warren Swindell. Brother John Britton is going to Yale University and Brother William Jeffries is transfering to Howard University. They will study journalism and engineering, respectively.

Legal Viewpoint

MUNICIPAL JUDGE PERRY B. JACKSON who was elected President of the Cleveland Church Federation recently.



A local lawyer was attending a funeral. A friend arrived late and took a seat beside him, whispering; "How far has the service gone?" The lawyer nodded toward the minister in the pulpit and said: "He just opened the defense."



RECEIVED ITS CHARTER AT MIAM! CONVENTION, 1954. OFFICERS President Vice-President Recording Secretary Financial Secretary Corresponding Sec'y

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Brother Albert F. Abramson, Sr. Brother Thomas J. Jordan Brother Yenwith K. Whitney Brother Wilburn E. Holland Brother Thomas N. Coleman

Treasurer Editor to Sphinx Chaplain

Brother Richard S. M. Jackson Brother George Sample Brother W. Lester Bryant


Brother Jean J. Frazier


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Privately Endowed Colleges Important By B R O T H E R WILLIAM S. CARLSON President, State University of New York


1 have found it necessary to speak up on their behalf numerous times — not the least urgently right here in New York State — where the concept of public support of higher education is just beginning to come into its own a century and a half late. But my experiences with the tax-supported universities have given me, I think, a special insight into some of the perplexities of the endowed colleges — particularly those which are still struggling against many odds to achieve their place in the sun — to gain the recognition and the support which rightly is theirs for a task well done. It is a privilege which I have only Too often, the recognition and the too seldom — to speak on behalf of support goes to the fortunately situata group of privately endowed and op- ed large university — the Harvards, erated colleges. As president of three the Chicagos, the Dukes — which state universities within the last decade, have occasional difficulty determining The following address is being included in the Golden Anniversary issue of the SPHINX magazine because the implications., and conclusions drawn by President Carlson are of tremendous value to undergraduates who will soon be assuming adult responsibilities in community life and to graduates of the thirty-one private colleges comprising the United Negro College Fund, who in some instances, are not Unite dear on the place that these colleges have made for themselves in our American society. The address was given by this distinguished educator at the KickOff meeting of the United Negro College Fund Campaign in Buffalo, New York, last May.

ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY AND ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY SPONSOR JOINT CLOSED FORMAL DANCE Pictured here in a gay mood at the closed formal dance of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority during the Eastern Regional Convention held in Newark. New Jersey are: General President Frank L. Stanley, center, with Brother and Mrs. Jerry L. Martin of Alpha Alpha Lambda, the host chapter, left, and Brother and Mrs. J. Rupert Picott, Eastern Regional Vice-President, right. The gala affair was held in the grand ballroom of Irvington House. Irvington, New Jersey.

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where to store their endowments. My sympathy, like yours, goes out to that college which is seeking to surmount the obstacles placed in its path. Such are the 31 colleges which make up the United Negro College Fund. My knowledge — like that of many of you — seems at first to be rather second-hand as to many of these institutions. But if we stop for a moment to consider, I am sure that we will all find a significant common denominator of familiarity and recognition of these 31 colleges. Two of my greatest friends within the great and talented circle of State University trustees are graduates of some of these colleges — Dr. George Edmund Haynes, the eminent sociologist, who both studied and taught at Fisk, and Dr. Peter Marshall Murray, the renowned physician, graduate of New Orleans University, a predecessor institution of Dillard University. Both these distinguished adopted sons of New York — given to us by their states of Arkansas and Louisiana — and by Fisk and New Orleans Universities — have not only had unusually successful careers of service to mankind totaling a century or more, but they have helped to reinforce the educational standing of their alma mater by doing outstanding advanced work at Columbia, Yale, Chicago, and other northern institutions. From such men as George Haynes and Peter Murray I have gained much knowledge of theirs and other colleges and universities which comprise the United Negro College Fund. But such personal knowledge pales beside the contributions which can be cited by other graduates — the Booker T. Washingtons, Mordecai Johnsons, Mary Bethunes, Channing Tobiases, James Weldon Johnsons, Walter Whites, Langston Hughes' — and by not scores or hundreds but by thousands of other Americans who have passed through these institutions. I doubt whether in the recent history of man one small group of educational institutions could have produced a group of men and women so dedicated to their country's and their fellow-citizen's welfare. You know, of course, that it is barely a century since the first college for Negroes was opened — just a hundred years before the Supreme Court decision which is a milestone in our history — and most of the colleges were founded 50 to 75 years ago. And only for the past dozen years have these 31 colleges had the benefit of the united appeal in which we are now engrossed. In that short span of time, perhaps $13,000,000 has been raised —and while this may seem relatively THE SPHINX

small, consider that it is three to ten times as great as these institutions could raise for themselves without the Fund. In those 12 years, more than 40,000 young men and women have been graduated — and today there are upwards of 25,000 students enrolled. So far, I have been speaking principally of the past. Let us consider two important aspects of the future— the need for these colleges, and the needs of the people they serve. In so doing, we need to be candid with some rather unpleasant facts and conclusions. First, we need to face the fact that, whether or not we like it, the Negro today occupies — as he has throughout his history in this country — a repressed status economically. Perhaps you are familiar with some of these figures, but quite likely you are as surprised by the stark lesson which they hold as I am whenever I find a new aspect of this economic picture delineated. You probably know, for instance, that the average Negro family has income of only about 50 per cent of that of a white family. But in certain of the states of the Deep South, the Negro family's income is far less than half — down to only one third as much.

About four out of every ten Negro families have income of under $2,000. And of Negro farm families, four out of ten make less than $500 a year. More than half of all Negro men, and two-thirds of Negro women, work in occupations which are classed below semi-skilled. I am told that in a survey made at one of the member colleges of the Fund, the parents of more than three-fourths of the students were unable to pay the cost of the young person's education. The figures compiled by the Fund show that students of these 31 colleges can pay only 41 per cent of the cost, though the average for all other colleges is nearly 30 points higher. So, if you have been able to follow me through those statistics, we are at a logical point to consider their impact on a whole segment of our citizenry. Just how does a family with less than $500 income for a whole year pay a college bill, even when that bill is kept at a minimum? When you have two or three children of college age, how do you do it on an income of, say $2,000? This vast economic differential is one which, if we are serious about providing college opportunities for the deserving young people of the coun-

try, we must take into account. As the president of one of the Fund colleges has said, "It will take a long, long time for the decision of the Supreme Court to close this gap." He commented that "The time is not yet." Great forces are at work which will, in time, act to lessen if not to eradicate this differential. But until they do, then especial regard must be given to a group of citizens who are handicapped gravely in their potential service to themselves and the country. There is no individual justice — and there is no national sense — in conditions which perpetuate poverty and put a premium on color rather than on intellectual ability. There is a vast wastage of human resources in such a situation. This has been proved over and over again. It is proved in statistics bearing on college attendance in our own state of New York, where the economic differential is by no means so great as it is in the group with which we are immediately concerned. Here is one of the best devices to evaluate this loss. There has been, for the past three years, an organization whose interests parallel, though not duplicating, the interests of the Fund. This is the National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Stu-

THE HOUR THAT ALPHA MEN ENJOY MOST EASTERN REGIONAL LUNCHEON—FRANK L. STANLEY. SR.. GENERAL PRESIDENT. GUEST SPEAKER Seated, left to right: Brother James A. Huger, General Secretary; J. Thomas Flagg. Jr.. President. Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter; Frank L. Stanley. Sr„ General President; Jerry L. Martin. Toastmaster. Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter; J. Rupert Picott, Eastern Regional Vice-President. Standing, left to right. Brothers A. Maceo Smith. Past General President; Harvey Freeman. Recording Secretary; Meredith G. Ferguson. General Treasurer; Paul L. Cooper. Convention Co-Chairman; Hugh R. Hill, Convention Co-Chairman; Miles A. Paige; James Hall. Bass Soloist: Robert L. Levister. Regional Director; W. D. Hawkins. Jr.. Auditing Committee; Billy-Jones. General Counsel; Kermit Hall, Budget Committee and Reverend Taylor.

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dents. Perhaps you know something of its findings: The so-called Southern Project was established in 1953 by a grant from the Fund for the Advancement of Education. The primary objectives were to uncover able, college-qualified Negro high school seniors and to help them find and reach their college objectives by means of counselling and financial aid. Here, of course, the purpose of the Southern Project and the United Negro College Fund diverge in immediate scope, since the Southern Project chose to help the students with which it was concerned, to enter non-segregated colleges, chiefly in the North. Over a two-year period, more than 3,000 students, representing the top 10 per cent of their senior classes in 78 Negro high schools of large southern cities, were interviewed. Now, here are some of the important findings of the Southern Project:

—That students from culturally deprived groups are likely to do better in college than the test predictions indicate, when the motivational factors are affected by such a radically different environment as the college campus. Students from deprived backgrounds must acquire elsewhere the cultural background necessary for college when it is not found at home. —That aptitude tests of culturally deprived students tend to measure what they have learned, rather than what they can learn. As the Project report states, "The substantially culture-free test, which is at the same time a valid predictor of intellectual potential, has yet to be developed." —That students of lower socio-economic status who generally have low SAT scores, and who ordinarily would be expected to receive lower grades in college, do not. In fact, the results indicate that these students tend to receive college grades which are higher,

ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA CHAPTER, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE Organized in 1930, twenty-six years ago, the chapter began making its influence felt in local, regional, and national circles almost from the outset of its formation . . . In 1934, Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter won the then coveted BALFOUR CUP for all-round activities, having been designated the most outstanding in Alphadom. The graduate brothers of Alpha Delta Lambda served as sponsors for the undergraduate chapter at LeMoyne College, Beta Xi. and of Beta Pi, Lane College. Two of its members have served as General Officers, including Brother Lewis O. Swingler, former Editor-in-Chief of the Sphinx Magazine, official publication of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; and presently Southern Vice-President; and Brother Christopher M. Roulhac. Jr., former AU-American football star with the LeMoyne College Mad Magicians, who served as a Lay Member of the Executive Council . . . Host to the Southern Regional Conference in 1947. Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter will again serve in that role during the Easter weekend of 1957. Presiding over this conference will be one of its members. Brother Swingler, Southern Vice-President, who will also be celebrating his 30th year as an Alpha man . . . From left, front row: Brothers James G. King, George Clark, Dr. Frederick Rivers. William Lindsey, Lewis H. Twigg, who is serving as General Chairman for the 1957 Regional Conference; William T. McDaniel. and Dr. E. M. Wilkinsi . . . Second row, from left: Brothers Thomas H. Hayes, Jr., Dr. W. O. Speight, Sr., D. I. Thomas, Southern Vice-President Swingler. Abner B. Owen. Jr.. chapter secretary; Frank H. Gray, and Ernest Young . . . Third row, from left: Brothers B. T. Johnson. Charles Tarpley, Dr. T. M. Northcross, and Thomas Doggett . . . Inset: Brother John L Brinkley. Jr., president of Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter . . . Brothers not shown but active with Alpha Delta Lambda are: Brothers Leland Atkins. Regional Director for West Tennessee; Dr. C. J. Bates, James W. Boone. Lonnie Briscon, Floyd Cawthorn, Dr. W. W. Gibson, Harry Haysbert, O. B. Johnson. Attorney A. A. Lotting, Robert Lewis, Attorney Hosea Lockard, Julius Mebane, Robert Morris. Rev. H. McDonald Nelson, Dr. Hollis F. Price, president of LeMoyne College, scene of the 1957 Regional Conference; Marvin Tarpley, Joseph Westbrooks, Dr. William Young. Rev. E. M, Robinson. Dr. W. O. Speight. Jr., Rev. Loyce Patrick, Harold Osborne.

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on the average, than the college grades of students of higher socio-economic status. —That the students who are most likely to succeed in college are those who have high SAT scores and who come from families of low socio-economic status. The study found in all colleges of approximately the same standards that the academic superiority of these low status, high scoring students is maintained. —That there appears to be no relationship between the students' adjustment to college life and their socio-economic background. —That twice as many students whose fathers are manual workers withdraw from college for non-academic reasons as is the case with students whose fathers are white-collar workers. As a southern newspaper points out in connection with such findings as these of the Southern Project, the Negro citizen is an important factor in our economy. He will contribute more to the economic well-being of the whole nation as he receives better personal opportunity in the form of better education, better political, economic, and social advantages. The more than 10 million Negroes of the South represent a gigantic manpower potential — but they are not contributing to the overall welfare what they should because the nation traditionally does not choose to draw on this vast store of human wealth. Trained manpower is needed in the South and in the entire nation. Given the opportunity for sufficient education, Negro citizens can help meet this need and benefit not only themselves but the entire economic community. It is a demonstrable fact that the economic activity and well-being of even so small a unit of population as a city is good or bad — and can be changed — in direct ratio to the educational level of its residents. Where schools are best, average incomes are greatest, rentals for homes are highest, more telephones are used and magazines are read, retail sales are greatest, and fewest men are rejected for military service. You would be interested in some figures put out by the United States Chamber of Commerce. Though they are not for the most recent year, I think they still have a validity: These figures show a direct correlation between educational achievement and per capita retail sales. The cities whose people have relatively more schooling are those with the highest retail sales. Selecting a few of the metropolitan areas in Upstate New York, for example, we find that THE SPHINX

38 per cent of the people in the UticaRome metropolitan area have attended high school or college. And the UticaRome area had per capita retail sales of about $380. Of the people in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, some 40 per cent have gone to high school or college, and in this area the per capita retail sales — as shown by the U. S. Chamber — were not $380, but $400. The rise was in exact proportion to the greater schooling. In Rochester, about 42 per cent of the people were in high school or college. And Rochester's per capita sales were $450. The percentage was up to about 43 per cent in the Albany-SchenectadyTroy area — and in those three cities the per capita retail sales were about $470. Syracuse equalled this sales record with about 47 per cent of its people having attended high school or college. You may be asking, with some justification, what these Up-State retail data have to do with 31 Negro colleges in the South. I would answer that, broadly speaking, there is a considerable connection. No nation, no part of a nation, can prosper when a large segment of its people are ill-educated. Economic disease feeds on ignorance, and in like manner poverty acts to hold down educational gain. When we are speaking of the condition and outlook of some 10 million citizens of a single area, then the stakes are very great — not only for those people but for their cities, their states, their region, and the country. More and better education, beginning at the kindergarten, is perhaps the biggest single answer to the Negro's problem — the problem of his s'atus and his future. We cannot shut our eyes to the fact that in too many cases the Negro's education, all along the line, is an inferior one. He reaches the age for the decision about college unprepared or disoriented, or both. Too little in his background and in his counseling, in his personal horizons or his belief in his capacity to stand out in what appears to be a white man's world, prepare him for the decision to seek a college or professional education. Yet there are thousands of Negro young people who do reach for this chance. There are 25 thousand of them in these 31 Fund colleges alone. I have already mentioned — and you know only too well — the names of some of the outstanding Americans who have emerged from the campuses of these colleges. But even in remembering that fairly battered cliche that there are more Negro college students in this country than there are university students in AUGUST, 1956

all of Great Britain, we need to be honest with; ourselves in realizing, too, that though Negroes comprise about 10 per cent of the country's population, they have only about 4 per cent of the college population. Here, surely, is a prime example of educational disadvantage — and it will reap its reward in the cycle of low economic level begot by low educational level, and vice versa, on and on. Two things stand out here: One is an urgent need to broaden the higher education opportunities for Negro young people everywhere. The second is the vital role of 31 colleges of the United Negro College Fund. In the decade and a half — even less — the enrollments in our colleges will double. That is, another two and a half million students will be on hand. Obviously, this country will need, in order to handle such an unprecedented load, all the college facilities which it can find. We will need strong colleges, not weak ones; prospering colleges, not faltering ones. We need colleges with the vigor and will to accept changing conditions, including bulging walls — yet the readiness to insist on students of quality and standards to match. Under such conditions, particularly, it will be little short

of tragic for a fine institution to be permitted to fall by the way. But the fact that students are available in increasing numbers does not begin to solve the basic problems for the colleges. The actual truth, of course, is that every student which a college enrolls presents that college with the privilege of losing more money. I spoke earlier of the economics of the situation as it relates to the family or parents of the prospective Negro student. We found that the Negro family's income is a third to a half as much as that of a white family, on the average. Here is one of the most important aspects of the service of the 31 Fund colleges. They have been able to keep their costs so relatively low that students pay an average of only $631 a year for all costs. This is barely half of the average of charges to students in private colleges throughout the country. True, six hundred dollars can appear to be — and is — a large sum for a young man or woman to try to collect for a single year's education —particularly if, as in some cases, this might be more than the entire family's full income for the year. But education at low cost is second


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only to motivation among the factors which bring students to college, which cause them to try to capitalize on the opportunity that can be theirs to use, or reject. A college which can educate, house, and feed its students on six hundred dollars is a rarity in these days — and it is performing a rare and valuable service for its students. More important, it stands out like a beacon to the student who is wavering —who would like to go to college but who is discouraged by the cost and sacrifice to himself and his family. So, here is one of the primary reasons why the 31 Fund colleges are important. And why it is important for us who are interested in their welfare to help make it possible for them not only to keep going, but to do so on a basis that will enable them to make their service available to their clientele. The Fund this year seeks just enough to enable these colleges to meet the final ten per cent of their combined budgets. Their relatively limited endowments — averaging only about a million and three quarters for each college — do not bring the vast return which some wealthy universities enjoy. And, of course, their low income from student charges cannot meet all the costs — unless those charges imposed on students were to go up. This, I would repeat, is highly undesirable. Voluntary giving through this Fund is the answer to the special problems which beset these 31 worthy colleges.

We in New York State are watching, no less eagerly and anxiously than are the people of the South, the day by day developments by which integration is being achieved in the schools and colleges of the South. Desegregation — to use a term as awkward as it is anachronistic — will go forward. Over a period of years, we will see it as steady, despite the seeming setbacks at given times and places. It is inevitable that the schools and colleges of this country will be open to all those whom they can serve. There is no other way. Already we are a century late — and that century started after two and a half centuries of even cruder injustice to the Negro.

of this process. Meanwhile, there are tens of thousands of youngsters who deserve the best chance. The University of Alabama is not open to them today — nor, we must admit, are many other universities which should open their doors. But these 31 colleges of the United Fund are open, as they have been for half a century and more. Theirs is still the strongest light that beckons for the Negro youth of the South. Over the years they, too, will be heeding— as they already have begun to do—the imperative of the times: to scorn racism, to take all comers. Indeed, if I might offer one injunction to them tonight I would urge that they do all within their power to set an example for all of higher education: to make their campuses truly interracial. There is an old Hindu proverb which often comes to mind when I think of the role and responsibility of Fisk and Morehouse, Talladega and Tuskegee and all the others: "Help thy brother's boat across and lo! thine own has reached the shore."

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BROTHERS OF RHO LAMBDA CHAPTER. BUFFALO. NEW YORK. CO-HOST. 50th ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION fe»£ 'I*?;J 1 "' 'IT ^ U , 6 K ! S ' Rich°Tds? r - u W a l , e r B- H o I l a n d - Chairman. Social Committee. 50th Anniversary Convention: Russell N. C o n Dr Robert D Edwards T r L ^ ^ t ^ " ^ " ^ ^ ^ ^ ' ^ ^ ^ ^ " *• Calvin Johnson. President. Rho Lambda Robert D Edwards. Treasurer. Rho Lambda; Lewis A. B.ckett . . . Second row: Harold R. White. James Patterson. Dr. Wes'ev L Hicks ^ T e n i l i F " R n T wW^ l"h a"n ' A. ^S kf e f n" ' ^ M ° C e ° A" W h i , e • • • ™*» row: Richard B. Blue. Theodore D u k f Ken'eth L Brown Rho ZZZ„ ry ' ! ;, " ° - *; H—ell W. Holland . . . Brothers not shown in the cb,ve piciure include: H. Alfred Le^is Rho Lambda Chapla.n: Glen V. Sampson. Rho Lambda Vice-President: Aubrey J. Tobin. Dr. Charles B. Hayes. Ern2st J. Carlson Dr Charles A. Lunsford. William L. Evans, and Dr. B. Franklin Murphy.

The Sphinx—Our Fraternal Journal By BROTHER RAYMOND W. CANNON Past General President and First Editor of the


The Sixth Annual Convention as- of a fraternity journal was apparent. sembled December 29-31, 1913 at In this convention the General the seat of Beta Chapter, Howard President, Brother Charles H. GarUniversity, Washington, D. C. The vin, proposed the establishment of a Fraternity by that time had grown to journal and appointed a committee to 14 chapters. There were present 21 consider the matter. Brother Julius delegates, four general officers, a C. McKelvie of Beta Chapter was number of visiting Brothers, mostly made Chairman, and serving with him local, and Jewels Nathaniel A. Mur- were Brothers J. H. Brooks and ray and George B. Kelley who attend- Thomas R. Davis of Beta, and J. D. ed the early conventions to guide the Malone of Iota. Brother Garvin had Fraternity until it had gained strength. obtained a copy of the Hampton StuFor quite some time members had sought a means to hold the interest dent and gave it to the committee as of chapters and Brothers in the in- a suggested model to follow. The terim between conventions. The need Committee's report favored the estab(Corriinued on Page 1V9) ' AUGUST, 1956


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Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter, Cleveland, Ohio Delta Alpha Lamba Chapter was chartered in 1947, and was installed by Brother William N. Lovelace, the Midwestern Vice-President, assisted by Brothers John W. Fleming, Chairman of the Ritual Committee. The first permanent officers were: Brothers Henry C. Crawford, President; Steven E. Howe, Vice-President; James E. Morris, Recording Secretary; Monroe C. Salvant, Corresponding Secretary; Henry L. Williams, Treasurer; Jay B. White, Associate Editor to the SPHINX; Josephus F. Hicks, Sergeant-at-Arms. Delta Alpha Lambda and Pi Chapters were hosts for the 1952 Convention. Our Chapter has ninety-nine financial Brothers.

left to right, first row: Robert C. Rice. Judge Perry B. Jackson. Hiram E. Mann. Milus J. Graham. William Stovall. Lavada C. Cephus. Henry L. Williams. Edwin J. Williams . . . Second row: Quinnis Embry. Walter J. Gordon. Isaac Jackson, Wilburn H. Monroe. Rolland E. Jackson. Dr. H. A. Day. Rileigh F. Coleman, William George . . . Third row: Dr. Oscar W. Ritchie. Walter A. Armwood. Felix Haney. B. Rudolph Hairston. Roy Roseboro. A. Robert Decatur, Thomas H. Hughley. Elmer C. Collins. . . . Fourth row: John E. Washington, W. Barton Beatty. Jr.. Dr. Charles H. Garvin. Murray Gray. A. William Perry. Joseph H Blackwell. John B. Williams. Henry C. Crawford . . . Fifth row: Vertner White. Clifford L. Graves, Jay B. White. Frazier R. Blandon. Josephus F. Hicks, Sidney Thompson, Jr., Charles E. Hadley . . . Officers: Edwin J. Williams. President; Henry L. Williams. Vice-President; Bernard A. Sykes, Jr., Recording Secretary; Alfred L. Armstead. Assistant Secretary; John E. Washington. Financial Secretary; Henry C. Crawford. Corresponding Secretary; A. William Perry. Treasurer; Jay B. White. Parliamentarian; Robert C. Rice. Associate Editor, Sphinx; B. Rudolph Hairston. Sergeant-at-Arms; Lavada W. Cephus, Chaplain.

Left to right, first row: La Place F. Turner, Samuel Jones, Garrett A. Morgan, Sr.. Dr. Stanley E. Brown. Harry C. Lee. Dr. Edgar R. Beach. Melvin W. Walker . . . Second row: Floyd Washington. Herman N. Brown. Leonard M. Hamilton. Kenyon T. Burke. Dr. Quinn F. Montgomery. William A. Cohen . . . Third row: Dr. F. Melvin Payne. Thomas A. Cook. D. Rudolph Henderson. Jr.. Carl Richards. Norman T. Thomas. Robert E. Banks. Alfred L. Armstead.

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BROTHER NORMAN L. McGHEE Norman L. McGhee. General Secretary, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 1918-1925: Practicing Attorney, 1925 to present; established brokerage firm of McGhee and Company, 1952, said to be first to be h e a d e d b y a Negro licensed a s a broker-dealer authorized to deal in general securities: graduate of Howard University, A.B., LL.B.; pursued graduate work at Western Reserve University, specializing in corporate financing; member of Cleveland City Planning Commission 19421946; former editor of Cleveland Call-Post; formerly private secretary to Dr. Emmett J. Scott, while Secretary-Treasurer of Howard University; Democratic Ward Leader of 25th Ward in City of Cleveland; Alternate Delegate at Large, Democratic National Conven-

(Continued from Page 117) llshment of a fraternity journal to be styled THE SPHINX; and provided that the General Vice-President (in those days there was but one General Vice-President) should be the Editorin-Chief of The Sphinx in addition to his other duties. Each chapter was required to furnish an Associate Editor. Brother Raymond W. Cannon was re-elected General Vice-President and became the first Editor-in-Chief of The Sphinx. Brother Julius C. McKelvie became the Business Manager. Subscription was set at 50 cents per year and was optional with the members and not included in the General Tax which then was $1.00. During the early years The Sphinx was a secret publication, available only to our members. Gradually, as Alpha grew and broadened its purposes, it became available to the public.

lion, 195b, Trustee, St. James R. M. E Church; Trustee. Wilberforce University; Member at Large, General Board of the A. M. E. Church; married to Dorothy C. McGhee, n e e Cook: father of four children. Home address: 1229 E. Boulevard. Cleveland, Ohio; business address: 2587 E. 55th Street. Room 14-15, Cleveland, Ohio.

The Sphinx created renewed interest among the members, a n d brought back into the fold some who had strayed away. The early issues carried discussions on fraternity problems, the aims and purposes of the college fraternity, and the attributes of an Alpha Phi Alpha man. During the early years The Sphinx was our teacher and it was one of the strong ties that held us together in the trying days of the World War I period. As the Fraternity grew so did The Sphinx. It became a fountain source of helpful information to the membership. But for The Sphinx our great programs of education and guidance would not have been as effective. It has been an inspiration and guide as it beckoned to halting youth standing upon the threshold of life, and it has given to them direction. UNDERGRADUATE CHAPTERS (Continued from Page 1) 84. GAMMA TAU—Frank Wilburn, 318 Elm Place. East Lansing. Mich. 85. GAMMA UPSILON—Hozy Burenstien. Jr., Tougaloo College. Tougaloo, Miss. 86. GAMMA PHI—Cornelius Blount (S), 102 Sage Hall, Tuskegee Institute, Ala. 87. GAMMA CHI—i Inactive) Pittsburg, Kans. 88. GAMMA PSI—Wesley Copeland, 815 E. Davie St., Raleigh, N. C. 89. DELTA ALPHA—Walter L. Salters. Claflin University. Orangeburg, S. C. 90. DELTA ' BETA—Robert B. Ford, BethuneCookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla. 91. DELTA GAMMA—Freddie McClain (CS), Alabama A. and M. College. Normal, Ala.

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92. DELTA DELTA—I. Andrew Edwards, Albany Stat: College, Albany, Ga. 93. DELTA EPSILON—Sumner C. Nunley, 382 Woodlawn Ave., Buffalo 8, N. Y. 94. DELTA ZETA—(Inactive), Syracuse, N. Y. 95. DELTA ETA—Clevon Johnson (CS), Savannah State College, Savannah, Ga. 96. DELTA THETA—Lloyd H. Williams, Jr., Box 184, Texas Southern University, Houston, Tex. 97. DELTA IOTA—William L. Reid (P), 12 Jennings Court, New Brunswick, N. J. 98. DELTA KAPPA—Wright L. Lassiter, Alcorn A. and M. College, Alcorn. Miss. 99. DELTA MU—William T. Ridgeway (S), 812 Mathewson, Wichita, Kans. 100. DELTA NU—Clyde Boyd. Maryland State College, Princess Anne. Md. 300. DELTA XI—Thomas R. Gross, Box 285, Wilberforce, Ohio.

301. DELTA OMICRON—Roland Hall (S), 216 Thrift St., San Francisco, Calif. 3C2. DELTA PI—Harv y B. Collins (S), S'ate Teachers Coll ge, Cheyney. P.nn. 303. DELTA RHO—Don W. Burnett (VP), 2816 Wabash Ave., Kansas City 9. Mo. 301. U t t . : A SluMA—Leroy J. Sanford (S), Grambling College, Gramjlinu. La. 3C5. D E L I A TAU—Ca sar W. Beck It (S). St. Paul's Polytechnic Lastitut , Lavrenc vjlle, Va. 3C6. DELTA UPSILON—Charles Brown (S), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 307. DELTA PHI—Myles M. Hubbard (S), Box 7014, Jackson College, Jackson, Miss. 308. DELTA CHI—Edward L. Weems (RS), 456 Jefferson Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. 309. DELTA PSI— Jam s Day (S), Florida N. and I. M. College, St. Augustim. Fla. 310. EPSILON ALPHA—Merle Dixon, 69 Port Law/ence Apts., Toledo, Ohio.

GRADUATE CHAPTERS 146. 101. ALPHA LAMBDA—William Braxton (S), 1456 Beech St., Louisville 11, Ky. 147. 102. BETA LAMBDA—James Jeffress (S), 1824 Paseo, Kansas City, Mo. 148. 103. GAMMA LAMBDA—Barton W. Morris (S), 293 Eliot St.. Detroit 1, Mich. 104. DELTA LAMBDA—Clifton R. Jones, 2504 149. Longwood St.. Baltimore. Md. 105. EPSILON LAMBDA—Fred T. Simms (P), 150. 4959 Maffitt Place, St. Louis 15. Mo. 106. ZETA LAMBDA—Clarence C. Johnson, 1119 151. 2»lh St.. Newport News, Va. 152. 107. ETA LAMBDA—William H. Hale, 1351 Sharon St., N. W.. Atlanta, Ga. 108. THETA LAMBDA—Avery Watson, Jr. (S), 153. 1330 Home Ave., Dayton 7, Ohio. 109. IOTA LAMBDA—Lehman D. Adams (P), 154. 17 West 22nd St., Indianapolis. Ind. 110. KAPPA LAMBDA—Charles A. Grant (CS), 155. 504 Beech St.. Greensboro. N. C. 111. MU LAMBDA—Dr. William F. Nelson, 721 156. 12th St.. N. E., Washington 2, D. C. 112. NU LAMBDA—John E. Reinhardt (S), Vir157. ginia State College, Petersburg, Va. 113. XI LAMBDA—Lincoln A. Blakeney, 4106 158. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, III. 114. OMICRON LAMBDA—C. A. Howze (S), 1000 159. 4th St.. N.. Birmingham. Ala. l i s . PI LAMBDA—C. Franklin Brown (S), 1019 160. Cross St.. Little Rock, Ark. 116. RHO LAMBDA—Russell N. Service, 585 161. Michigan St., Buffalo, N. Y. 117. SIGMA LAMBDA—Walter E. Mortal (S), 162. 1433 Touro St., New Orleans, La. 118. TAU LAMBDA—N. H. Williams. Jr., 1405 163. South St., Nashville, Tenn. 119. UPSILON LAMBDA—Ralph B. Stewart (S), 164. 109 E. Union St.. Jacksonville, Fla. 165. 120. PHI LAMBDA—R. H. Toole (S), 1005 S. Person St., Raleigh, N. C. 121. CHI LAMBDA—Thomas E. Kelley (S), Box 166. 132. Wilberforce, Ohio. 122. PSI LAMBDA—George W. James, 1527 E. 167. 3rd St.. Chattanooga, Tenn. 123. ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA—Arthur C. Wil168. liams (S), 158 Lincoln St.. Montclair, N. J. 124. ALPHA BETA LAMBDA—Carl I. Lynem (S). 407 N. Upper St., Lexington, Ky. 169. 125. ALPHA GAMMA LAMBDA — Augustus Simms. 209 W. 125th St.. New York 27, N. Y. v i 7 0 . 126. ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA—A. B. Owens, ^ " Jr. (SI. 598 Williams Ave., Memphis, Tenn. 171. 127. ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA—R. W. Harrison (S), 229V2 Main St.. Yazoo City, Miss. 172. 128. ALPHA ZETA LAMBDA—Joseph I. Turner (S), Bluefi-ld State College, Blucfield. W. Va. 173. 129. ALPHA ETA LAMBDA—James W. White, Texas Southern University, Houston 4, Tex. 174. 130. ALPHA THETA LAMBDA—Chester C. Sutton (S), 1011 N. Ohio Ave.. Atlanta City, 175. N. J. 131. ALPHA IOTA LAMBDA—E. R. Armstead 176. (S). Institute, Institute, W. Va. 132. ALPHA KAPPA LAMBDA—E. D. Downing 177. (S), 36 Center Ave., N. W., Roanoke, Va. 133. ALPHA MU LAMBDA—William Holt (S), 733 Saxon St.. Knoxville, Tenn. 178. 134. ALPHA NU LAMBDA—Ira L. Ferguson (S), Box 217, Tuskegee Institute. Ala. 179. 135. ALPHA XI LAMBDA—Wayman D. Palmer, 568 Oakwood Ave.. Toledo 2, Ohio. 180. 136. ALPHA OMICRON LAMBDA—Wilbur C. Douglass (S), 412 Bakewell Bldg., Pittsburgh 19, Pa. 181. 137. ALPHA PI LAMBDA—James O. Ellis, 15C0 E. 1st St., Winston-Salem, N. C. 182. 138. ALPHA RHO LAMBDA—Raymond Thomas (S), 64'/2 N. 22nd St.. Columbus, Ohio. 183. 139. ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA—Edward L. Massc-y. 3930 Wilder St.. Dallas, Tex. 184. 140. ALPHA TAU LAMBDA—Tollie W. Harris (P). 326 Greenwood. Tulsa 6, Okla. 185. 141. ALPHA UPSILON LAMBDA—W. H. Coston (S), Alabama State College, Montgomery, Ala. 186. 142. ALPHA PHI LAMBDA—Thomas W. Young, 1660 Corprew Ave., Norfolk 12, Va. 143. ALPHA CHI LAMBDA—John M. Tugg (S), 187. 1108 Phillips St.. Augusta, Ga. 144. ALPHA PSI LAMBDA—Henry W. Webber, 188. 37 Samson Circle, Greenview, Columbia, S. C. 145. BETA ALPHA LAMBDA—William Johnson 189. (S), 117 Atlantic St.. Jersey City 4, N. J.

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BH^A BETA LAMBDA—Jrhn H. Andersen ;s). 1200 N. W. 6.h A v „ Miami. Fla. BcTA G ' M M A LAM3DA—Harv.y O. Frcema t. 2806 oriffin Av ., Richmond 22, Va. BETA DELTA LAMBDA—Em st C. Co k («). B .".hune-Cciokman ColLge, Daytona B ach, Fla. BETA EPSILON LAMBDA—L. G. Ashley (S), Box 247, Boley, Okla. BETA ZETA LAMBDA—Cyrus B. Taylor, 805 E. Dunklin St., Jefferson City. Mo. BETA ETA LAMBDA—M. E. Gamble (S), Hennessey, Okla. BETA THETA LAMBDA—J. M. Schooler, 1607 Fayetteville, Durham, N. C. BETA IOTA LAMBDA—V. B. Lacour (P), Southern University, Baton Rouge, La. BETA KAPPA LAMBDA—E. B. Burroughs (SI, 35 Morris St., Charleston, S. C. BETA MU LAMBDA—L. E. Anderson (S), P. O. Box 862, Salisbury, N. C. BETA NU LAMBDA—H. W. Norris (S), Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N. C. BETA XI LAMBDA—W. T. Bryant, 2731 Franklin, Omaha, Neb. BETA OMICRON LAMBDA—Curtis A. Woodard (S), 1250 Hercules St., Mobile, Ala. BETA PI LAMBDA—Donald W. Johnson (S), 104 First St., Albany 10, N. Y. BETA RHO LAMBDA—James E. Smith (S), 962 W. Federal St., Youngstown 1, Ohio. BETA SIGMA LAMBDA—Jarvis H. Arms, 23 Westland St., Hartford 5, Conn. BETA TAU LAMBDA—Felix C. Thurmond, 1005 E. Leuda St., Ft. Worth, Tex. BETA UPSILON LAMBDA—V. J. Gilmore, 400 Laconte St., Jackson, Tenn. BETA PHI LAMBDA—E. A. Bertrand (S), Savannah State College, Savannah, Ga. BETA CHI LAMBDA—Harry M. Hodges (S), 808 Fondulac St., Muskogee, Okla. BETA PSI LAMBDA—Oscar V. Little (S), 1518 E. 22nd St., Los Angeles 11, Calif. GAMMA ALPHA LAMBDA—John Chiles (P), 9 East Frederick St.. Staunton, Va. GAMMA BETA LAMBDA — Arnold W. Wright, Kentucky State College, Frankfort, Ky. GAMMA GAMMA LAMBDA—R. W. Anderson (S), Box 441, Greenville, S. C. GAMMA DELTA LAMBDA—Martin K. Austin (S), Box 21, E. Beckley, W. Va. GAMMA EPSILON LAMBDA—Thomas A. West (P), 914 E. 2nd St., Hopkinsville, Ky. GAMMA ZETA LAMBDA—Richard F. Pride (P), 2907 26th St., Tampa, Fla. GAMMA ETA LAMBDA—C. P. Johnson (P). 117.3 Hargrave St.. Austin, Tex. GAMMA THETA LAMBDA—Phillip G. Sadler (S). 314 Rogers Rd.. Wilmington, Del. GAMMA IOTA LAMBDA—Isadore Liddie (S), 178-20 Leslie Rd., St. Albans. L. I., N. Y. GAMMA KAPPA LAMBDA—B. T. Washington (S), 306 N. 6th St., Wilmington, N. C. GAMMA MU LAMBDA—Edwin M. Thorpe (P), Florida A. and M. University, Tallahassee, Fla. GAMMA NU LAMBDA—Allen F. Thornhill. 719 Johnson St., Lynchburg, Va. GAMMA XI LAMBDA—Charles F. Rogers (P), 885 Rondo Ave.. St. Paul 4, Minn. GAMMA OMICRON LAMBDA—Ben C. Hampton (S), Albany State College, Albany, Ga. GAMMA PI LAMBDA—Fleming Huff (S), 4110 Avenue I, Galveston, Tex. GAMMA RHO LAMBDA—Otha L. Porter, 2320 Mass. St., Gary, Ind. GAMMA SIGMA LAMBDA—O. Edwards Hicks, Ft. Valley State College, Ft. Valley, Ga. GAMMA TAU LAMBDA—T. L. Inghram (S). 106 John St., Orange. Tex. GAMMA UPSILON LAMBDA—T. W. Cole, Wiley College. Marshall, Tex. GAMMA PHI LAMBDA—James P. Joshua, 645 62nd St., Oakland, Calif. GAMMA CHI LAMBDA—Grandvel Jackson (P). 1959 Hayes St., San Francisco. Calif. GAMMA PSI LAMBDA—E. L. Fair (S), 32 Grail St., Asheville, N. C. DELTA ALPHA LAMBDA—Henry C. Crawford, 10708 Hampden Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.

190. DELTA BETA LAMBDA—Judson H. Furlow, 102 W. County St., Phoebus, Va. 191. DELTA GAMMA LAMBDA—Andrew G. White, 6322 Chandler St., Cincinnati 27, Ohio. 192. DELTA DELTA LAMBDA—R. L. Smith, 431 North Rosemary Ave., W. Palm Beach, Fla. 193. DELTA EPSILON LAMBDA—Billy Jones (P), 342-A E. Broadway, E. St. Louis, III. 194. DELTA ZETA LAMBDA—R. L. Hurst (P), S. C. State College. Orangeburg, S. C. 195. DELTA ETA LAMBDA—P. A. Townsend, 416 Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kans. 196. DELTA THETA LAMBDA — Calvin B. Browne, Alabama A. and M. College, Normal, Ala 197. DELTA IOTA LAMBDA—James A. Hurling (S) 1729 7th Ave., Columbus, Ga. 198. DELTA KAPPA LAMBDA—Clyde L. Reese (P). 305 Sanborn St., Florence, S. C. 199. DELTA MU LAMBDA—Ferdinand D. Williams, 9 N. 7th St., Newark, N. J. 200. DELTA NU LAMBDA—L. Wilson York (S), 205 N. Ridge St., Danville, Va. 201. GENERAL ORGANIZATION — (Material mailed individually) 202. DELTA XI LAMBDA—Herndon G. Harrison, 808 Wooden Blvd., Orlando, Fla. 203. DELTA OMICRON LAMBDA — Simon J. D-Vane (S). 6V2 Pine St., Cambridge, Md. 204. DELTA PI LAMBDA—Andrew J. Durgan 1417 Tremont St., Selma, Ala. 205. DELTA RHO LAMBDA—U. J. Andrews (P), P. O. Drawer 1598, San Antonio, Tex. 206. DELTA SIGMA LAMBDA—Oliver E. Jackson. A. M. and N. College, Pine Bluff, Ark. 207. DELTA TAU LAMBDA—William M. Corbin (P). 4505 S. 19th St., Phoenix, Ariz. 208. DELTA UPSILON LAMBDA — James C. Leary (S), 1956 Weinstock St., Shreveport, La. 209. DELTA PHI LAMBDA—Herman B. Smith, Jr. (S), 1612 27th Ave., Tuscaloosa, Ala. 210. DELTA CHI LAMBDA—Peter C. Murrell (P). 809 W. North Ave., Milwaukee 6, Wis. 211. DELTA PSI LAMBDA—Charles B. Minor, 2300 Williams St.. Denver, Col. 212. EPSILON ALPHA LAMBDA—W. K. Kinnebrew, 1511 N. Palace, Tyler, Tex. 213. EPSILON BETA LAMBDA—W. S. Hutchings (S). 536 New St., Macon, Ga. 214. EPSILON GAMMA LAMBDA—Edward O. Gourdin, 35 Hutchins St.. Roxbury, Mass. 215. EPSILON DELTA LAMBDA—James O. Hobson, Talladega College, Talladega, Ala. 216. EPSILON EPSILON LAMBDA—J. W. Yancy, II (S), 1116 Elm Ave., Waco, Tex. 217. EPSILON ZETA LAMBDA—Charles E. Williams, Jr., 1003 S. E. Sherrett St., Portland 2, Oregon. 218. EPSILON ETA LAMBDA—Cleo G. Davis, 311 S. Elm St., Charleston, Mo. 219. EPSILON THETA LAMBDA—Winton T. Williams, North Shore, Pembroke E., Bermuda, B. W. I. 220. EPSILON IOTA LAMBDA—W. Lovell Turner (S), 604 Adams St., Suffolk. Va. 221. EPSILON KAPPA LAMBDA—Orlando C. Powers (P), P. O. Box 196. Grambling, La. 222. EPSILON MU LAMBDA—LeRoy Anderson (S), 505 W. Cervantes St., Pensacola, Fla. 223. EPSILON NU LAMBDA—Joseph W. Mclntyre (S), 236 Nicholson St.. Portsmouth, Va. 224. EPSILON XI LAMBDA—B. H. Cooper (S), Box 1000. Clarksdale, Miss. 225. EPSILON OMICRON LAMBDA—Thomas M. Law (S), St. Paul's Polytechnic Institute, Lawrenceville, Va. 226. EPSILON PI LAMBDA—O. H. Jones (S), 1105 S. E. 6th Ave., Gainesville, Fla. 227. EPSILON RHO LAMBDA—D. A. Williams, 1633 Seabrook Road, Fayetteville, N. C. 228. EPSILON SIGMA LAMBDA—Willie T. Ellis (S), 903 Bradley Ave., Tarboro. N. C. 229. EPSILON TAU LAMBDA—John C. Williams (S), Prairie View A. and M. College, Prairie View, Tex. 230. EPSILON UPSILON LAMBDA—Frederick S. Waller, 3420 St. John St., Flint, Mich. 231. EPSILON PHI LAMBDA—Burton G. West, 900 Dunbar Ave., Port Arthur, Tex. 232. EPSILON CHI LAMBDA—Edward N. Smith (S), State Teachers College, Elizabeth City, N. C. 233. EPSILON PSI LAMBDA—Samuel McKay (S), 2731 3rd St., Alexandria, La. 234. ZETA ALPHA LAMBDA—George H. Greene, 401 N. W. 21st Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 235. ZETA BETA LAMBDA—J. M. Morris, 1604 8th St., Sacramento, Calif. 236. ZETA GAMMA LAMBDA—Richard D. Jones, Box 297, Langston, Okla. 237. ZETA DELTA LAMBDA—Robert J. Anthony (S), 802 S. Wittenberg St., Springfield, Ohio. 238. ZETA EPSILON LAMBDA—James W. Pa ker, Jr., 179 Shrewsbury Ave., Red Bank, N. J. 239. ZETA ZETA LAMBDA—Thomas N. Coleman. 114 - 52 180th St., St. Albans, N. Y. 240. ZETA ETA LAMBDA—W. G. Keyes, 1504 B aufort St., New B-rn. N. C. 241. ZETA THETA LAMBDA—Richard B. Woodard. 239 Lincoln St.. Ste?lton. Fenn. 242. ZETA IOTA LAMBDA—William D. Clark (S), 210 Som rset St.. Tr-nton. N. J. 243. ZETA KAPPA LAMBDA—Lewis A. James, 1146 West 9th St.. Des Moines, Iowa.




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THE HOUSE OF ALPHA GOODWILL is the monarch of this house. Men, unacquainted, enter, shake hands, exchange greetings and depart friends. Cordiality exists among all who abide within. HERE IS the eminent expression of friendship. Character and temperament change under its dominant power. Lives once touched within become tuned and are thereafter amiable, kindly, fraternal. The musician is inspired to play noble sentiments and the chemist is helped to convert ungenerous personalities into individuals of great worth. Ignoble impulses are destroyed and, in their stead, are born exalted principles which make for common brotherhood whose impulses resound in all communities and princely men are thereby recognized. EDUCATION, health, music, laughter, encouragement, sympathy—all of these are species of interest given on self-invested capital. Tired moments find it a delightful retreat; hours of sorrow, a shrine of understanding. At all times it is faithful to the creed of companionship. TO A FEW, this is a castle of dreams—ambitious, hopeful, successful dreams. To many, it is a poetic palace where human feeling is rhymed to celestial motives. To the great majority, it is a treasury of good fellowship. THE SCHOOL of friendship; the college of brotherly love; the university for the better making of the man,

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Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. Alpha Chronicles 50 Years. The Founders. The Future Is Ours. How Sound Is Alpha Phi Alpha? Greekdom.