THE VOLUME XLIII
All Alpha Phi Alpha Salutes New Prexy
ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, Inc. General President: MYLES A. PAIGE, 1294 Carroll Street, Brooklyn 13, New York. Western Vice-President: HAROLD R. JONES, 2831 Ellsworth Street, Berkeley, California Southwestern Vice-President: T. WINSTON COLE, Sr., M. Box 20, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas Mid-Western Vice-President: REV. C. ANDERSON DAVIS, 200 Jones Street, Bluefield, W . Va. Eastern Vice-President: CHARLES A. BROADDUS, 34 Spring Street, Trenton 8, New Jersey Southern Vice-President: JAMES E. HUGER, Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla. GENERAL SECRETARY: SIDNEY A. JONES, JR., 4432 South Parkway, Chicago 15, III. General Treasurer: MEREDITH G. FERGUSON, 925 Eleventh Ave., North, Nashville 8, Tenn. Editor-in-Chief, THE SPHINX, W . BARTON BEATTY, 1229 Schofield Bldg., Cleveland 15, Ohio Director of Educational Activities: LIONEL H. NEWSOM, Southern U niversity, Baton Rouge, La. General Counsel: ERNEST N. MORIAL, 1821 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, La. Historian: CHARLES H. WESLEY, Central State College, Wilberforce, Ohio Chairman, Audit Committee: W . D. HAWKINS, JR., Fisk University, Nashville 8, Tenn. Chairman, Budget Committee: KERMIT J . HALL, 5000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia 43, Pa. ASSISTANT VICE-PRESIDENTS EASTERN—John W . McDonald, 79 North Oxford Walk, Brooklyn 5, New York • WESTERN— James C. Newman, M. O. Best B. Hall, Arizona State College, Tempe, Arizona • SOUTHERN— Harold W . Jordan, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia • MIDWESTERN—Frank L. Stanley. Jr., 1301 W . Clark Street, Urbana, Illinois • SOUTHWESTERN—Edward L. Hanley, Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma. JEWELS—H enry A. Callis, 2306 E. Street, N. E. Washington, D.C.; George B. Kelley, I - I 13th SKeet, Troy, N. Y.; Nathaniel A. Murray, 2151 West 21st Street, Los Angeles 18, C a l i f O M E G A : Charles H. Chapman, Robert H. Ogle, Vertner W . Tandy, Eugene Kinckle Jones. CHAIRMEN, STANDING COMMITTEES SCOLARSHIP A N D EDUCATIONAL ACTIVIAndrew J . Lewis, III 525 Tatnall St., Atlanta, TIES—Lionel H. Newsom, Southern University Georgia Baton Rouge, Louisiana STANDARDS AND EXTENSION COMMITTEE— BUDGET COMMITTEE—Kermit J . Hall, 5000 Aaron Brown, 1468 President Street, Brooklyn, New York Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE—John D. BuckAUDIT COMMITTEE—W. D. Hawkins, Jr. Fisk ner, 4246 W . N. Market St., St. Louis, Mo. University, Nashville, Tennessee HUMAN RELATIONS COMMITTEE—Charles PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE— Belford V. LawH. Wesley, Central State College, Wilberson, Jr. 8 Logan Circle N. W . Washington, force, Ohio D. C. REORGANIZATION COMMITTEE—Raymond COMMITTEE O N GENERAL SECRETARY— W . Cannon, 727 Palace Bldg. Minneapolis, Sidney A. Jones, Jr. 4432 S. Parkway Chicago Minnesota 15, Illinois HOUSING COMMITTEE—William Alexander RECOMMENDATIONS COMMITTEE—Lloyd H. 4272 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Mo. Williams, Sr. 119 N. Greenwood Street, C O - C H A I R M A N OF THE UNDERGRADUATE RELATIONS COMMITTEE—Walter WashingTulsa, Oklahoma ton, Utica Institute Junior College, Utica, ELECTIONS COMMITTEE—Bindley C. Cyrus Miss. (Southern, Southwestern and Western.) 417 E. 47th Street, Chicago 15, III. C O - C H A I R M A N OF THE UNDERGRADUATE ACHIEVEMENT A N D AWARDS COMMITTEE— RELATIONS COMMITTEE—Frank Ellis, 1929 Tolly W . Harris, 326 N. Greenwood St., W . Lanvale St., Baltimore, M d . (Eastern and Tulsa Oklahoma Midwestern Region.) RULES AND CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE—
CHAPTER DIRECTORY INTERMEDIATE CHAPTERS 500 . OMICRON
LAMBDA ALPHA—Eddie B. Cunningham (CS), Howard University, Washington 1, D. C.
UNDERGRADUATE CHAPTERS ALPHA—Dr. G. A. Calvin, 401 W. State Street, Ithaca, New York BETA—Nathaniel H. Murdock (CS), Box 747, Howard University, Washington, D. C. GAMMA—William A. S k i n n e r , Virginia Union University, Richmond 20, Va. DELTA—Allen R. Prosser 1609 E. 9th Street, Austin, Tex. EPSILON—W. J. Stephens (P), 121 Anderson House, East Quad, U. of Mich., Ann Arbor, Mich. ZETA—Inactive ETA—Harold L. Carter (CS), 404 W. 115th Street, New York 25, N. Y. THETA—Walter D. Greene, 519 E. 60th St., Chicago 37, 111. IOTA—David Blount (P), Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Ga. KAPPA—Edward Sullivan, 68 East 11th St., Columbus 10, Ohio. MU—Arthur C. Hill (S), 650 Carroll Avenue, St. Paul 4, Minn. NU—Alan Clarke (CS), Box 362, Lincoln University, Pa. XI—Bobby V. Webster, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio. OMICRON—Robert P. Smith (P), 3046 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 19, Pa. PI—James L. Sweeney, 3218 E. 121st Street, Cleveland 20, Ohio. RHO—Turner C. Johnson. 1218 North 59th Street, Philadelphia 19. Pa. SIGMA—Alfred J. Johnson ( T ) , 28 Elm Hill Park, Roxbury 21, Mass. TAU—F-=mk L. Stanley, Jr., 1301 W. Clark Street, Urbana, 111.
19. UPSILON—Beckwith Horton (S), 1014 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, Kansas 20. PHI—Myron L. Phillips (T), Tiffin Hall, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. 21. CHI—T. Wendell Williams. 1222 Jefferson Street. Nashville, Tenn. 22. PSI—Donald R. Anderson, 5820 Arch Street, Philadelphia 39, Pa. 23. ALPHA ALPHA—Charles L. Benford, Jr., 3235 Harvey Avenue, Cincinnati 29, Ohio. 24. ALPHA BETA—Richard A. English (CS), Talladega College, Talladega, Afa. 25. ALPHA GAMMA—(Inactive), Providence, R. I. 26. ALPHA DELTA—Charles H. Bailey (P), 2116 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles 18, Calif. 27. ALPHA EPSILON—John Stewart (P), 3029 Acton Street, Berkeley 2, Calif. 28. ALPHA ZETA—Lee B. Revels (S), 125 Gore Hall, W. Va. St. Col. Institute, W. Va. 29. ALPHA ETA—Arthur L. Visor (S), 1917-A Marcus Avenue. St. Louis. Mo. 30. ALPHA THETA—(Inactive), Iowa City, Iowa. 31. ALPHA IOTA—Dayton W. Smith 2195 So. Vine Street Denver 10. Colo. 32. ALPHA KAPPA — (Inactive), Springfield, Mass. 33. ALPHA MU— 34. ALPHA NU—(Inactive), Des Moines. Iowa 35. ALPHA XI—Cleophas W. Miller, 531 26th Avenue, Seattle 22. Wash. 36. ALPHA OMICRON—John F. Moore, Jr,
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Barton Beatty, Jr.
ASSISTANT M A N A G I N G EDITORS Sidney Jones, Leroy Jeffries Kermit Hall FUN EDITOR O. Wilson Winters EDITORIAL ASSISTANT—Oscar Richie. ASSISTANTS — Hugh M. Gloster, Thomas W. Young, Charles Wesley, W. Wesley Whetstone, J. Saunders Redding, Myles A. Paige, Robert F. Custis. STAFF EDITORS—Samuel P. DeBose, Harold R. Jones, T. Winston Cole, Sr. Charles A. Broaddus, James E. Huger, C. Anderson Davis, John Hope Franklin, Alonzo G. Moron, Ramon Scruggs, Lionel H. Newsom, Stephen J. Wright, Charles V. Willie, L. Howard Bennett. CONTRIBUTING EDITORS — Archibald J . Carey, J. M. Ellison, Felton G. Clark, Miles Graham, Rayford Logan, Belford Lawson, Wayman Ward, Rufus Atwood, Charles F. Lane, John Simmons, Robert J . Anthony, Oscar C. Brown, William H. Hale, Frank L. Stanley, J. Rupert Picott, A. Maceo A. Smith. Johnson C. Smith University,
37. ALPHA PI—Melvin E. Talbott (P), 522 East Kentucky, Louisville, Ky. 38. ALPHA RHO—Andre D. Hammonds, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. 39. ALPHA SIGMA—Ronald Johnson, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas 40. ALPHA TAU—E. Bruce Tate (S), 80 W. Center Street, Akron 8. Ohio. 41. ALPHA UPSILON—Billy Patton, 5744 Iroquois Street. Detroit 13, Mich. 42. ALPHA PHI—William S. Fillmore, Jr., Clark College, Atlanta, Ga. 43. ALPHA CHI—Larkin Teasley, Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn. 44. ALPHA PSI—Ulysses Bell (P), Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo. 45 BETA ALPHA—Frederick T. Anderson, Morgan State College, Baltimore 12, Md. 46. BETA BETA—Michael Thompson, 2221 N. 19th Street, Omaha, Nebr. 47. BETA GAMMA—John O. Crawley (P), Va. State College, Petersburg, Va. 48. BETA DELTA—Joe C. Montgomery (CS), Box 248, State College, Orangeburg, S. C. 49. BETA EPSILON—Austin D. Lane (CS). A. and T. College. Greensboro, N. C. 50. BETA ZETA—Albert A. Greenlee (P). State Teachers College. Elizabeth City. N. C. 51. BETA ETA—John Holmes, 209 N. Linden Street, Carbondale. 111. 52. BETA THETA—Sylvester Rudder (P), Bluefield State College, Bluefield. W. Va. 53. BETA IOTA—Lawrence Hauser (P), Teachers College. Winston-Salem, N. C. 54. BETA KAPPA—Eddie D. McGary, Langston University, Langston, Okla. 55. BETA MU—Herbert E. Olivera. Kentucky State College, Frankfort, Ky. 56. BETA NU—B. Edward Thornton, Fla. A. & M. University, Tallahassee, Fla. 57. BETA XI—James Hawes, Jr., 347 Walker Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. 58. BETA OMICRON—William C. Montague. Tenn. A. & I. State University, Nashville, Tenn. 59. BETA PI—William H. Penn, Lane College, Jackson, Tenn. 60. BETA RHO—Johnnie E. Burke (S), Shaw University. Raleigh, N. C. 61. BETA SIGMA—William W. Mackey (S), Southern University, Baton Rouge, La. 62. BETA TAU—(Inactive), New Orleans. La. 63. BETA UPSILON—Matthew H. Dawson (P), 702 Elmwood Street, Montgomery, Ala. 64. BETA PHI—Bernard E. Rogers (RS), Box 448, Dillard University, New Orleans, La. 65. BETA CHI—Jerry J. Easter (S), Box 29, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark. 66. BETA PSI— (Inactive). Portland, Oregon. 67. GAMMA ALPHA — Frankie McDonald. Texas College. Tyler, Texas. (continued to page 37)
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BROTHER: graduate chapters and will be titled "The College Issue." The October issue will be dedicated to the "Forty-fourth General Convention to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and will be titled "Our Convention Issue." The December issue will be devoted to a resume of achievements and activities of Brothers and Chapters titled "Our Achievement Issue." The deadline dates are as follows: For the May issue—April 11. For the October issue—September 12. For the December issue—November 12. The Sphinx staff hopes that you enjoy this current issue. It was our desire to review the August Convention with emphasis on Alpha Phi Alpha programs and Chapters around the world. With kindest regards, I am Fraternally yours, W. Barton Beatty, Jr
The February issue of the Sphinx Magazine is really a combination of two issues and for clarity we could appropriately call it the December-February issue. There are several reasons why the publishing of a December issue was not feasible: (1) Twelve and threefourths pages of the May, 1957 issue and nine and threefourths pages of the July, 1957 issue was dedicated to the Forty-third General Convention held in Los Angeles. A December issue would have been a duplication of effort. (2) With the exception of a few poorly written chapter reports, the Sphinx staff found for the first time in three years that we had used all submitted "copy." (3) With our budget being momentarily low and the agreed reduction taken for 1957, it was expedient to withdraw the December issue. Following the February issue the Sphinx Magazine will be published on schedule with an issue in May, October, and December. The May issue will be dedicated to under-
ABOUT OUR COVER Our
1958 issue of the Sphinx Magazine is d e d i c a t e d to
in Los Angeles, California
1957. Brother Paige is Judge of the C o u r t of Special Sessions of the city of
of Arts from Columbia His
possessed in electing him to the presidency of Sharing
University. H e is a Trustee of H o w a r d
Phi A l p h a , Paige
C h a p t e r during the college year Georgia,
1956-57. Brother A . T. W a l d e n of A t l a n t a ,
who gave the Banquet address, is seated to the left of
Turner. The P.
cover would DeBose,
be complete without
Ballard, President of Beta sPi Lambda, the Host
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General President SPeak To all my Brothers in Alpha: I sincerely regret that this issue of the Sphinx has been so greatly delayed in reaching you, The Editor in Chief will give you his explanation. First, 1 assure you of my deep appreciation for your having conferred upon me our highest honor, the General Presidency. I pledge you again my most sincere dedication to the work of this office with my best energies, thought and time. All of the Standing Committees were promptly appointed, and have long been diligently working. The reports with their recommendations will be in your hands shortly. Our special programs of Reclamation and Citizenship are most important and require the conscientious planning and services of each and every chapter. Reclamation is directly in your hands and Citizenship is under the Director of Educational Activities â€”"A voteless People is a Hopeless People," for your implementation. The Executive Council met in Chicago on October 12, 1957 and you have received through the Acting General Secretary's first newsletter a report of its considerations. The Housing Foundation met in St. Louis on December 7, 1957 and its report has been issued, showing its definite considerations of the problems of our undergraduate housing. The Committee on Public Policy and Program has held several meetings and done an excellent job. I am sure that its report and recommendations will soon be in the mails. The 1958 Convention will be held in Philadelphia, Pa. Dec. 2631, 1958 and complete arrangements have been made at the New Sheraton Hotel and Pennsylvania University. Nothing has been overlooked to make this, next to our fiftieth anniversary, the greatest of all. I am greatly encouraged by the report of many of our older brothers being reclaimed already. My hearty thanks go to the members of our Executive Council, Committees and individual brothers who have so unselfishly given their time, energy and money to our program. I am issuing a new call for a meeting of the Executive Council to further hasten the development of our program and select a General Secretary. I am submitting a number of PAGE 2
ELECTION CONGRATULATIONS Brother Frank Stanley congratulates Brother Myles A. Paige upon his election to the Presidency of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Brother Stanley served as General President of the Fraternity for three years. Now Brother Frank Stanley joins the ranks of past Presidents in turning over the helm to Brother Paige, Judge of the Special Sessions Court, Brooklyn, N. Y.
recommendations and directives which 1 hope will put our activities in high gear. This is an opportunity for me to commend in the highest terms the sacrificial services of Brother Sidney A. Jones in carrying on the duties of Acting General Secretary since the Los Angeles Convention. His personal business of a large law practice, his duties as an Alderman of the city of Chicago, and his attention to his family have been immeasurably reduced while giving to Alpha his constant energy and time without compensation in the least. We are facing the important problems of our fraternity, such as survival, undergraduate housing, reclamation, and citizenship with undaunted courage and determination that Alpha Phi Alpha, being "First of all, servants of all" shall again "Transcend all." I have enjoyed visiting our chapters in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, St| Louis, Washington, D. C , Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Youngstown, Ohio. I have planned to visit as many as possible in all of our regions. I am pleasantly looking forward to attending all of the regional conventions in the Spring. Sincere and best wishes to every Alpha man and his family everywhere for a happy, healthy, serviceable, and
prosperous New Year. Fraternally yours, Myles A. Paige General President
Brothers Tarpley and Owen Promoted MEMPHIS, TENN. â€” Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is happy to announce the promotion of two of its most active members. Brother Abner B. Owen, secretary of Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter, has been appointed as principal of Kortrecht Elementary School by the Superintendent of Memphis City Schools, effected September 1, 1957. Brother Owen has been teaching sixth grade since 1947 at Alonzo Locke Elementary School. A native Memphian and product of the Memphis public schools, he holds the B.A. degree from Fisk University and completed requirements for the M.A. degree at Fisk this past summer. He will be awarded the degree next May. Brother Owen, active in civic, social and religious activities of Memphis, is a member of the National Education Association, West Tennessee THE SPHINX
Teachers Congress, American Teachers Association and holds the position of secretary of the Chapter. He attends First Baptist Church, Lauderdale and Polk. Brother Owen, who is the brother of William F. Owen, Superintendent of the George W. Lee Post Office, and also an active member of Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. Brother Owen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Owen, Sr., of Memphis, Tennessee, and resides at 598 Williams Street. Brother Marvin F. Tarpley, of 1429 South Parkway East, veteran postal employee, has been promoted from distribution clerk to Foreman of Mails at Memphis Terminal (Central) Postal Transportation Service. Announcement of Brother Tarpley's promotion was effective July 13, by Travis H. Justice, District Transportation Manager. The appointment made Brother Tarpley the first Negro postal transportation service terminal foreman Memphis has ever had. Brother Tarpley, who is 45 years old, has been with the Postal Service for 18 years. He took the supervisory examination in 1955, and was one of the top nine who passed. Brother Tarpley was the first Negro for more than a decade to run on the Railroad Post Office line between Nashville and Memphis. He also worked on the Nashville and Montgomery, Chattanooga and Memphis and Birmingham Memphis lines. Brother Tarpley was the first president of the local Postal Transportation Service branch of the National Alliance of Postal Employees, serving five terms as president.
Before entering the postal service, Brother Tarpley was head of the Mathematics Department of Manassas High School and coached basketball. Brother Tarpley is a product of the Memphis city schools. He graduated from Wilberforce University, magna cum laude, with the B.S. degree and also received his M.S. degree in Administration from Ohio State University. Brother Tarpley is also active in social and religious circles. He has served as president of Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter, a member of the Top Hats and Tails Social Club, and a member of Collins Chapel C. M. E. Church. He is the husband of Mrs. Ethel T. Tarpley, and father of two children, Marvin, Jr., who is a junior at Fisk University, and Chrystal Diane, a sophomore at Melrose High School. His brother, Charlie Tarpley, is also a member of Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter. Brother Tarpley is the son of Mrs. Jennie N. Tarpley, a teacher in the Memphis city school system.
courtesy dispense greetings
of the Seven the with
Up Company and Cola's
ship award, has completed
her studies in Phar-
macy and has returned to Suffolk, Virginia, as a Registered Pharmacist a t the Suffolk Professional Pharmacy, Inc. Miss M a j e t t is a native of Franklin, Virginia, where she finished H a y d e n H i g h School in June, 1951. It was at this time that she won the Epsilon
with her classmates and seniors from ing high schools. Miss M a j e t t
making these two
scholarships to Virginia State College ginia
University. She declined these
fers and began the study of Pharmacy at H o w University
JeOruarif featured t
1951, as one
Scholarship for two years. Miss M a j e t t was elected vice-president of the
N e w Fisk University
freshman class and was a p p o i n t e d as its representative
sophomore year she was elected class president and continued to serve as Student Council repre-
sentative. This year she also became vice-presi-
H a v e Found A
of the American
Association. In her junior and senior years she
was class president, dent
Pharmacy Association. Miss M a j e t t completed her studies at H o w a r d
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Los Angeles Cola
G e n e r a l Convention
The two Brother
to Brothers, wives, teen-agers
and youngsters; through with
Bryon Rumford of California's Bay area toasting a cooling sip of Seven
with the charming Seven U p representative. AW Brothers in Alpha Phi A l p h a are grateful to the Seven U p C o m p a n y and the C o c a Cola for
winner of the 1951 Epsilon Iota Lambda Scholar-
nine girls in a class of fifty-two students. H e r e
From The General Secretary's Desk G E N E R A L CONVENTION The committee planning the 1958 General Convention met January 18th in Philadelphia and plans for the Convention are well underway. It is really going to be great! Brother Kermit J. Hall is General Chairman. The convention will be at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel, December 27-30 1958. Every chapter should begin planning now to have at least two delegates and as many visitors as possible attend this convention. The convention Banquet, Closed Formal and Luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, as well as all business sessions and other activitites. It is a vacation that all Brothers should plan now. Only 15 undergraduate chapters were represented at the -1957 Los Angeles Convention and we are especially anxious that undergraduates make definite plans to have their chapters represented at Philadelphia. Room rates are $8.50-$18.00-single, $13 to 19 double and suites accomodating four from $27.50. A meeting of the Program Committee was held on December 14th in Washington D. C. Former General President, Brother Belford V. Lawson, Jr., is the chairman of this committee and important decisions dealing with the future of the Fraternity were made which have been referred to the Executive Council. Concerning the General Convention-Brother Hall has a fine program already well underway with a big hardworking committee behind him. UNDERGRADUATE HOUSING The members of the Board of Directors of the Alpha Phi Alpha Building Foundation, Inc., met in St. Louis during November and the Building Foundation is being put in good working order. Brother William Alexander of St. Louis, Missouri (4272 Washington St.) is Chairman of that Committee. Please direct all correspondence concerning Undergraduate housing directly to him. OTHER ACTIVITIES The General President Judge Myles A. Paige and your Acting General Secretary attended an outstanding Founder's Day Breakfast given by the Baltimore brothers in Baltimore, Md. PAGE 4
honor was made
but it was never delivered
to him. Recently
pearing at a night club in C h i c a g o , several brothers accompanied me to the the
Richard A . Brown, Jr., Sidney A . Jones,
(Los A n g e l e s ) , and W a l t e r
Brother H a m p t o n Jr.,
club and we made
Jesse B. M a n n , Jack
on Sunday, Dec. 15th. It was one of the finest affairs of this kind we have ever attended. After breakfast the Alpha men in a group attended a church service where our General President and your Acting General Secretary spoke. On the preceding evening, after working all day with the Program Committee and the 1958 Convention Committee, we attended a smoker in the beautiful Alpha House in Washington, D. C. There was much fun and fellowship along with some serious discussion of the past, present and future of our Fraternity. The E a s t e r n Vice P r e s i d e n t , Brother Charles A. Broaddus, the Mid Western Vice President, Brother C. Anderson Davis, along with the General President and Acting General Secretary participated. Brother Lawson was the eloquent Master of Ceremonies. While in Washington, on Dec. 14th, Brother Paige and I took time out to attend the funeral of our late distingushed Brother Emmett J. Scott in the Howard University Chapel. Midwest Regional Convention April 25-26, 1958, W. Va. State College, Charleston, W. Virginia Southern Regional Convention Easter weekend-Mobile, Ala. According to a publication from Eastern Region " . . The Eastern Regional Convention probably the last of April or the first of May. The several
areas being considered are: Washington, D. C. Atlantic City, Wilmington, Delaware and Pittsburg, Pa. As soon as the location is definitely established convention committees will be appointed " Brother Harold R. Jones, Western Vice President has called a Western Regional Executive Confrence for Saturday, Feb. 1, 1958. Very soon after this meeting we expect to have the dates and place of the 1958 Western Regional. We hope that the Regional Conventions will serve as a means of reclaiming and reactivating brothers in the â€˘ (Continued From Page 3) University, ranking first in her class, academically. She was class valedictorian and received the Lehn Finck G o l d
M e d a l . She was also awarded
Malic Price A w a r d as the student most likely to further her profession, and the Merck A w a r d as the best all-around student. Upon a very successful and
completion of her State
Examination, she became a Registered Pharmacist in Virginia on N o v e m b e r 6. 1956. We,
C h a p t e r , are proud of Miss M a j e t t and wish for her a crowning are
success in her
Citizenship" to the public, present the " G o To High
seniors from the local high schools match wits for
has been augmented by our Auxiliary which presents a second scholarship to the runner-up student.
particular region. Reclaimation is one of our goals for 1958, and we sincerely hope that every Vice President will use his best efforts to assist every chapter President in getting each brother in the chapter financial. This is a job that must be spearheaded by the Regional Vice President and taken up on a local level by Chapter Presidents and Chapter Secretaries. ALPHA DIRECTORY We are in the process of preparing a new directory of all financial Alpha men for publication. This is another reason that every effort should be made to bring the brothers into the fold so they can be listed in this new directory. 25 YEAR CERTIFICATES We have on hand a supply of Twenty-Five Year Certificates which we will be glad to fuanish any chapter which desires to use them for reclamation or other purposes. Many chapters are finding that it is a good idea to present these certificates at a well publicized meeting to its twenty-five year men for the purpose of encouraging them to remain financial, and as a mark of recognition for their years of service to the Fraternity. SPEACIAL NEWS Alpha men throughout the country are always making news. Some recent newsworthy comments can be made with reference to the following brothers: B R O T H E R A R C H I B A L D J. CAREY, JR. of Chicago is doing an outstanding job as Chairman of the President's Committee on Government Employment Policies. BROTHER HERMAN E. MOORE has recently retired as U. S. Federal Judge for the Virgin Islands, and his successor is rumored to be BROTHER PERRY B. JACKSON, a distingushed Judge of Cleveland, Ohio. BROTHER L. HOWARD BENNETT, formerly a member of the Executive Council, has recently been appointed Municipal Judge at Minneapolis, Minnesota. BROTHER STEHEN J. WRIGHT, the President of Fisk University, who succeeded our late beloved BROTHER CHARLES S. JOHNSON, will be formally inaugurated in the Spring. We shall sppreciate news from your area of any outstanding work or accomplishment of our Alpha Brothers in order that we may publicize it. C O M M I T T E E ON G E N E R A L S E C R E T A R Y The committee on General Secretary, of which I am the Chairman consists of Brothers John D. FEBRUARY, 1958
Buckner, Burt A. Mayberry, Charles D. Proctor and Walter H. Williams. This committee will meet at the National Headquarters in Chicago on Febuary 2nd and make definite recommendations to the Executive Council. If any brother is interested in this fulltime position at a starting salary of $6,000 a year, application should be sent at once to me. The application should be typed with five copies, and should list in detail everything the brothers want to say about his experience, training, past and present employment, Fraternity experience and any other relevant material. The Executive Council will appoint a full time Secretary when it meets in the Spring. ;â€˘; i'fi # ;J: % $t ;
We hope that every chapter has received the minutes of the Los Angeles Convention by this time. They should have been received some time ago, but the printer did not get them to us until a few days before we mailed them out. :
A NEW LINK IN OUR CHAIN!. Welcome to: our newest Undergraduate Chapter established January 24, 1958. #313 Epsilon Delta Chapter Kent State University Kent, Ohio STATEMENT FROM BROTHER G E N E R A L PRESIDENT P A I G E CONCERNING THE 90TH BIRTHDAY OF BROTHER W. E. B. Du BOIS. Dear Borthers, One of our greatest Brothers will be 90 years old on Febuary 23rd. I am asking every chapter to send a letter of congratulations to Brother
DuBois along with a small gift as a token of esteem. I believe that a check or money order would be the most appropriate The address is: Brother W. E. B. DuBois 31 Grace Court Brooklyn, New York Please send a copy of your letter addressed to Brother DuBois to the office of our General secretary. Thanks. Fraternally yours Myles A. Paige GENERAL PRESIDENT CHAPTER SECRETARIES The amendment to the Constitution providing increase in initiation fee BECAME EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1958. Initiation fee now: Graduates $8.50 Intermediates 6.50 Undergraduates 5.50 We urge all chapters, who have pass awards or initiation material due them to clear with this office at your very earliest convenience. ACTING GENERAL SECRETARY Fraternally yours Sidney A. Jones, Jr.
CORRECTION "It has been brought to the attention of the Office of General Secretary that Gamma lota Lambda Chapter had two delegates present at the Los Angeles, Convention, namely, Brother Frank L. Hailstolk and Brother Cecil R. Forster whereas this information does not appear in the Minutes of the 43rd General Convention. W e are sorry for the ommission and hasten to make this public correction".
THE CINCINNATI DELEGATION The Delegation from Cincinnati, Ohio including all-time "Mr. Alpha Phi Alpha" Walter Houston and his lovely wife, Dora. The other Cincinnati Brothers are jovial and enjoying the company of the lovely ladies.
Know Jewel Kelley:
Brother James Introduces Him LOS ANGELES, CAL. — Brother Chairman, Honored Jewels, and Brothers in Alpha: Just after the turn of the present century, the years when some of us were mere young high school students, we dreamed of going to college and belonging to one of the fraternities to be found on the campuses of any of the great universities of that day. I confess I was one of those young dreamers. Today, we have as the speaker of the hour, a young man, and I use the word young, advisedly, as the speaker is still young in his vision and spirit, who not only was a dreamer but a man of action. Our speaker was one of those seven immortals daring to dream and put into action those dreams of social fellowship, mutual assistance and of help to others. Little did these seven immortals know at that time, what a benefaction they were performing for future young students such as we have here today. Perhaps you, and especially our younger Brothers at this convention, would like to hear more about our speaker. He is a native of the great state of New York. He did his secondary school work at the Troy Academy, a military preparatory school, then did two years' work at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, also of Troy, New York, then on to Cornell. After graduation from Cornell University, our
speaker was employed by private construction contractors as an engineer. The Engineering Department of the State of New York noticed the work of this young engineer and engaged him to work on the State Barge Canal. Later he became an auditor in the New York State Tax Department in connection with the State Income Tax. Retired from this service in 1952. Since retirement our speaker has conducted an income tax consulting business for Federal and New York State income taxes. Since his college days, our beloved Jewel, has taken an active part in community welfare, religious as well as civic uplift. Among other things, he is an Elder in the Liberty Presbyterian Church, a director in the Central Y. M. C. A. and a member of the Boys Work Committee of the "Y." He is a 32nd degree Mason (Prince Hall Affiliation) and is active in the NAACP. He is vice chairman of the Troy Council of the New York State AntiDiscrimination Commission. In conclusion, in presenting the speaker of the hour, I consider it a great honor and one of the highest privileges of my fraternal experiences to present to this convention one of our beloved and highly esteemed founders of Alpha Phi Alpha—Jewel George B. Kelly— Brother Kelly.
to be forgotten fifty year anniversary of the Fraternity held in 1956 in Buffalo and Ithaca. The founders of an organization tion such as Alpha Phi Alpha gives us a feeling, that we have given to the race a group of men who have not only a brotherly feeling for each other, but for all mankind. The founders might not always agree with the ideas of an administration but that should be the right of those who were responsible for your existence as a fraternity. The Founding Fathers have never governed you, but have given advice as to how you might govern yourselves. This democratic spirit of the founders should always be revered for it has made it possible for the fraternity to succeed to its present place in the affairs of college men. Patrick Henry once said, "The only light that has guided my feet is the light of experience." Today let me give you a few of the experiences which guided the feet of this founder while at Cornell and during the years there after. As some of you know, Cornell sits on a hill while the main town is in the valley below. Here most of the people who were our friends resided in their neat little homes. Here was located the A.M.E. Zion Church which inspired us because of our service in the Sunday School. The Negro townsmen were a friendly and thrifty group and earned their living mostly as janitors and helpers
're**.- Jewel Jewel George George B. B. Keliey Keliey Convention .Address: LOS ANGELES, CAL. — Many thanks Brother James for your flattering introduction. It would be so nice if all the nice things you said were true, but the brothers will no doubt accept them as relating to a Jewel. May I pause to thank President Stanley for inviting me to be guest founder at this memorable convention being held in Los Angeles. I was unable to attend the first California convention, but the comments about it were so favorable that I have planned for a year to be present at this one today. May I again express the thanks of the living founders to President Stanley and his able committee for the never PAGE
LOS ANGELES CONVENTION A GRAND SUCCESS THE CONVENTION REGISTRATION TEAM The General Convention held in Los Angeles, California during August 1957 was planned to meet the needs of all Brothers and guests who came from all parts of the nation. Brother Ballard, Host Chapter
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in the large number of fraternity houses around the campus. It was because of the friendship of these townspeople that we were able to always secure an opportunity to earn our meals and sometimes small compensation in these various houses. Our friends were social minded and often entertained the various students at supper on Sunday night after the church service. Many interesting and amusing anecdotes were told about these folks. A story is told of an occurance on a steamer on a lake excursion. Incandescent lights had lately come into use. One dear old lady looked out on the lighted shores and said, "look at all those indecent lights, ain't they beautiful." One of the nice families of the town by the name of Cannon allowed us to gather each Friday night in the basement of their home and have a dancing party with the town girls. These gatherings were a bright spot in our thoughts during all the week and we looked eagerly forward to Friday night at Cannon Hall as we named the pleasant house of our benefactors. A quick route to the lower town from the campus and fraternity houses was along University Avenue, a hilly road and quite woody for some of the distance. On one side was a graveyard, long and narrow. A humorous story was told about Bill Smith who was coming through this graveyard after a good time downtown. He fell into an eight foot grave which had lately been dug. Try as he might he could not get out of that grave so he composed himself to stay there until morning. Now John Jones coming through the graveyard from the other direction fell into the same grave. He struggled and struggled FEBRUARY, 1958
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and then a hand was laid on his shoulder and a deep bass voice was saying, "You can't get out of here." but he did. At the beginning of the first World War Alpha men were foremost in the establishment of the first Negro training camp for officers at Des Moines, Iowa. Fifty-eight of our men attended this camp. Later five hundred served in the military forces. Last year before the fiftieth Anniversary of our fraternity, I visited the editor of our local Troy, New York paper. Although I had known this man for many years it was surprising to witness his deep interest in the object of my visit. I wished to tell him about the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity so that this paper might publish an article about our beginning and our progress. I told him about our founding and our accomplishments during fifty years. When I had finished he congratulated me and contrasted our efforts with those of the white fraternities, one of which was his own. He explained to me that his fraternity had only the object of undergraduate performances and social life while at the college. He was so impressed that he published several articles as to the work of the Fraternity together with my picture and my connection as a founder. What were some of these accomplishments? During the administrations of Raymond Cannon, Charles Wesley and Rayford Logan we started and carried on most successfully the Go To High School, Go To College campaign. This effort is still being conducted and has resulted in the further continuance in education of thousands of our young people. Throughout Go To High School Go To College movement we became in-
terested in the fight for Negroes to be admitted into white colleges on the border states and in the Southern Universities. Our efforts were carried on successfully under the administrations of Charles Wesley, Rayford Logan and Belford Lawson, regardless of whether the victim was a member of our fraternity or not. During the Presidencies of Belford Lawson, Maceo Smith and Frank Stanley, Alpha Phi Alpha has been a pioneer in the first for equal rights in school and the desegregation movement. We have taken our place along side the N.A.A.C.P., Brother Martin Luther King and others, to make an all out fight for the rights which Negroes are due. It is said that the strategy of the legal fight for the desegregation of the public schools was outlined and laid in the office of Brother Charles Huston with Brother Thurgood Marshall, Lawson and Sandifer taking part therein. Presidents Maceo Smith and Frank Stanley have taken their places along side of Luther King and other defendants of the various cases of discrimination in the south. Surely Alpha Phi Alpha has emerged from the beginning as a Social and educational group and has become a servant of all. It is gratifying to see the increasing interest taken by the Brothers of the fraternity in the men who have been in the organization twenty-five years or more. Many chapters are honoring these men with dinners an parties. More should do this. It is due to the undying efforts of these men that we are still alive. It has been their vision and belief in what we could do that has made us exist for fifty-one years. At an executive Council meeting in (Continued on Page 9) PAGE 7
Ghana Announces Position To The World Mr. President, Distinguished Delegates: On behalf of the Delegation of Ghana to the Twelfth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, I bring to Your Excellencies cordial greetings from the Government and people of Ghana. Mr. President, the members of my Delegation and I trust that under your wise guidance, the deliberations of this Assembly will be conducted in a spirit of friendliness and goodwill and to the mutual benet of the peoples of the entire world. On the 6th day of March this year, Gahana became a free, sovereign and independent State. Before that date, Ghana was a colonial territory, known as the Gold Coast, and was ruled by Britain for nearly one hundred and twenty years. The varied experiences of our people. under the colonial system of administration during this long period, are a matter of recorded history. However, under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Prime Minnster of Ghana, Independence has been achieved without bloodshed, but rather through the processes of peaceful negotiation and in a spirt of tolerance, mutual understanding and cooperation with Britain. I venture to say that perhaps it is from this background of expernence that the new State of Ghana may hope to make a useful contribution to the solution of the problems that now afflict mankind, and also, perhaps, in our collective effort to maintain peace and security between the nations of the world. The Government and people of Ghana owe a debt of gratitude to the Members of the United Nations. In the first place, it was an understanding of our problems, and the action taken by the Members of the United Nations that made it possible for a realistic and democratic solution to be found for the problem of Togoland under United Kingdom Trusteeship. . which is now unified with the independent and sovereign State of Ghana by the expressed wishes of the people of Togoland themselves. In the second place, most of the countries represented in the United Nations have done Ghana great honour by sending Delegations to our independence celebrations in the early PAGE
By the Honorable Akdadjei, Minister of Justice part of March this year. And those countries which were not able to be represented by Delegations have also sent to us their good wishes for the well-being of the Government and people of Ghana. And thirdly, Mr. President, on the recommendation of the Security Council, the General Assembly, on the 8th March, 1957, unanimously voted in favour of the admission of Ghana to membership of the United Nations. It is this action, or expression of goodwill and confidence by the Members of the United Nations, that has made it possible for the new State of Ghana to be represented in this assembly.
For the three reasons I have stated, the Government and people of Ghana consider that the United Nations and its Member-States have done a great honour to Ghana; and, for this, we are grateful to you. It has been the desire of our Prime Minister, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, that he should attend this first regular session of the General Assembly, since Ghana became independent and was admitted to membership, in order to express to you, personally, the sincere appreaciation and gratitude of the Government and people of Ghana for all that the United Nations has done for us in the past. Dr. Nkrumah regrets that it has not been possible for him to come here in person at this time. He has therefore instructed my Delegation to convey to
american west indian association BINDLEY C. CYRUS. 417 EAST Chicago MU
HONORARY PRESIDENT 47th STREET 15, Illinois 4-6878
Friend: Recent newspaper dispatches indicate the British Caribbean Federation will come into existence on April 22, 1958 at Trinidad, B. W.I., when Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret installs the members of the first Federal Legislature. The American West Indian Association, the Carribbean League of New York, and the West Indian Social League of Detroit, have been working for several months to charter a ship that would be available to a select group of American citizens and West Indians living in the United States who would like to visit the West Indies upon this historic occasion. I have just been informed by the President of the Caribbean League of America, Dr. Gerald Spencer, that it has tentatively secured the Arosa Star for 20 days from April 14 to May 3. The Arosa Line must be assured within ten days from February 1, that there are enough persons interested to make the trip feasible and profitable. It is proposed to leave New York on the \4th of April and arrive in Barbados on the 19th and Trinidad on the 21 st. From Trinidad, the group will pay a short visit to Jamaica, and will arrive back in New York on May 3. The entire cost of the trip, depending upon the nature of accommodations you select will be from $450 to $550 per person, which includes all meals and transportation. Because of the limited hotel accommodations the ship will be the hotel of the group. Shore trips, tips and transportation ashore will require a small amount of extra cash. We cordially invite you to join the group on this memorable journey. In order to conclude the contract finally, the Caribbean League is required to deposit $10,000 by February 10 with the Arosa Line. Because of this requirement, it is necessary that you decide immediately whether you would like to make the trip. If you decide to do so, please forward $100 immdiately to apply on and secure your passage. You may select specific accommodations later. First Come, First Served. Please make check payable to the American West Indian Association, and mail it to the writer. If the final contract with the steamship Company is not consumated, the American West Indian Association will promptly return your $100. Sincerely yours, Bindley C. Cyrus, Honorary Pres.
you his personal appreciation and gratitude, as well as the appreciation and gratitude of the Government and people of Ghana, for your assistance and goodwill toward my country. I am further instructed to say that the Government of Ghana will endeavour to uphold the purposes and principles of the United Nations, as enunciated in the Charter, and are determined to support the agreed decisions of the United Nations. Ghana is prepared to make her contribution, however small, in our collective effort to promote and maintain international peace and security. We belive that through cooperation with other Member-States of this Organization, we shall all work together to make the United Nations the fulfilment of the hope of many millions of people throughout the World—to the end that, in our time and for several generations to come, the peoples of the world may live together in peace and security, in harmony and prosperity. In the conduct of our relations with other States, Ghana desires to pursue a policy of peace, friendship and neighbourliness with all nations. We desire to cultivate and maintain friendly relations with all nations, wherever possible, and to be enemy to none. We belive that whatever differences exist in their apprach to national or international issues, it should be possible for the nations of the world to develop a spirt of accommodation and tolerance in the interest of international peace and security and for the common good of mankind. Again, our Prime Minister has always stated that "we consider our independence to be meaningless," unless it is closely linked up with the freedom and ultimate liberation of our brothers and sisters, in other parts of the African continent, who are still under colonial domination by foreign powers. In this regard, we consider that Ghana has a special responsibility and obligation toward all African peoples, and p e o p l e s of African d e s c e n t throughout the world, who are still struggling to free themselves from foreign rule; and or even those who, by the mere reason of their colour, are denied the enjoyment of the very elementary civil and poilitical rights which the constitutions of their own States guarantee to all their citizens. Mr. President, with your permission, I should like to request all members FEBRUARY, 1958
of the United Nations to take note that CONVENTION the new State of Ghana is concerned ADDRESS with the freedom of all A f r i c a n peoples; and also with the treatment (Continued from page 7) that is meted out to all peoples of African decent wherever they may be in Buffalo last year, I proposed the esany part of the world. tablishment of an Alpha Phi Alpha We appeal to the conscience of the trust fund. Time would not permit nations—great or small—to join in the of its consideration. I am presenting crusade for observance of the funda- this idea to the Brothers present. mental human rights and freedoms, Year after year we receive requests for which are enshrined in the Charter of funds for various purposes such as the United Nations. Fraternity houses, student loans, In the view of my Delegation, cer- NAACP—Urban League, A.C.H.R., tain i n c i d e n t s or situations w h i c h fight on integration, equal rights and sometimes appear to be, or are de- other needs. If we had more money we scribed as, the internal affairs of in- could give more and extend further dividual States, can be a potential consideration to these requests. danger or threat to international peace Today we have many Alpha men and security. who have incomes sufficient to conWe consider that there can be "ag- tribute to such a fund. gression" against humanity, even where If two thousand Alpha men conarmed force has not been used. We tribute fifty dollars as an average also, consider it to be an "aggression" we could start a fund of one hundred against humanity even where, within thousand dollars. any State, fundamental human rights My idea is to have this fund organand freedoms are denied to any ized and administered by a commission section of the national community on of Alpha men who understand finance. the ground of race and colour, as it is The fund could continue for a definthe case in some countries in the world ite period and then be divided so that today. part of it would continue until the Perhaps within the framwork of this one hundreth anniversary of the fratreasoning, it may be necessary for us ernity. to re-consider and re-define our apThe Philadelphia Trust Company proach to the whole theory of "aggression" as a concept in the field of was started with a capital of five hundred thousand dollars from a trust fund international relations. established by Benjamin Franklin one On the attainment of independence, hundred years before. Ghana, by her own free will, decided to join the Commonwealth of Nations. A professor in a University in the We value our membership of this free far East had to pass through a deep association of independent States; be- parcel of woods to reach his home. cause, in our view, it is an example of Two of his students had to travel association of free and equal nations the same route. for the promotion of international One of these boys was anxious to peace and security. And we wish to support such an organization for as test the professor. He went into the long as it lives up to the standards of woods earlier and after capturing a sound democratic principles and re- small bird climbed a tree with the bird in his hand. There he waited spect for the sovereignty of nations. It is the hope of the Government of for the approach of the professor. When the teacher drew near the Ghana that, by co-operation with the boy climbed from the tree and conother independent States of Africa, an African personality in international af- fronted him. "Tell me, he said, if fairs can be evolved. It is this hope that the bird I hold in my hand is dead has prompted the desire to arrange a or alive." conference of representatives of all the If the professor answered dead the independent States of Africa. boy would free the bird alive. If he This conference, which it is expected answered alive the boy would squeeze will take place in Ghana early next the bird until it was dead. year, is intended to provide a much The professor without looking up needed opportunity for representatives said, "My son, it is in your hands." of the independent States of Africa to The life of Alpha Phi Alpha is in (Continued on Page 11) your hands. KEEP IT ALIVE. PAGE 9
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WASHINGTON, D. C. — Mu Lambda. Brothers of Phi Alpha, Washington, D. C. have completed four months of auspicious fraternalism. The success in fellowship is indicated by the number of men attending the business and social affairs during this administration of the President Atty. Aubrey E. Robinson. Jewel Brother Henry A. Callis; General President Judge Myles A Paige, New York City; Acting General Secretary Sydney A. Jones, Chicago, 111.; Eastern Regional Vice President, Dr. Charles A. Broaddus, Trenton, N. J.; Southern Vice President, Walter Washington, Utica, Miss., and Rev. C. Anderson Davis, MidWestern Vice Presient, Bluefield, West Virginia, were among the national officers who joined with the Brothers of Mu Lambda and Delta Lambda in celebrating Founder's Day f^turday, December 14th at the Fraternity House. Delta Lambda, the Graduate Chapter in Baltimore, under the presidency of Brother Frank Ellis, had more than 35 Brothers in attendance at the jointly sponsored Smorgasboard Smoker. Past General President, Brother Belford V. Lawson, Washington, D. C. served as Master of Ceremonies during the Founder's Day Celebration and introduced the various speakers. Appearing on the program along with other National Officers was Brother Frank Hailstalk, President Brooklyn Graduate Chapter of which our General President Paige is a member; Brother Kernit J. Hall, Chairman, National Budget Committee, Philadelphia; Brother William W. Bell, Jr. President, Boston, Mass., and Brother Walter Jordan, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga., Assistant Vice President Southern Region. Brother Paige's remarks stressed our need for reclaiming Alpha men in each community and carrying on a program of national importance. The General President proudly related his love for Alpha Phi Alpha developed from a small boy, whose mother is a sister to Mrs. Singleton, in the Ithaca, N. Y. home where the fraternity was founded in 1906. PAGE 10
He discussed the projected "Housing" activities of the chapters on campus. The requirements of each northern university for a fraternity house means that the national treasury will have to have funds available to undertake the establishing of such chapter dwellings. The General President was emphatic in stating that he intends to push the fraternity to sit as an observer at the United Naions. The refusal of he National Interfraternal council for our membership was purely discriminatory. Furthermore, the council admitted at their Denver convention, to being a social organization, and as such, he questions their privilege to sit at the United Nations. Highlighting the Founder's Day Service was a 45 RPM recording of the Fraternity Hymn, directed by Brother Maceo Hill, Columbus, Ohio. This disk was played repeatedly and the brothers were deeply moved by the spirit of the song. Arrangements for the affair were handled by the Social Committee, and its Chairman, Brother Charles I. Casselland, Program Committee, Brother Millard R. Dean. The Committee on "Public Policy and Program" specially appointed by the General President, under the chairmanship of Brother Belford V. Lawson, met that Saturday morning and developed a program that will interest all Alpha men in returning to active participation in the fraternity affairs. The need for greater unity among
Greek organization is paramount in view of the "Missile-Age", especially as it relates to education. The means by which Alpha men can become a part of this greater scientific development were the main points of the session. Among the National Officers attending the National Program Committee Meeting were: Jewel Callis, Pres.; Paige, Acting Secty.; Jones, Regional Vice Presidents; Broaddus, Davis, and Washington, Assistant Vice Presidents, Walter Jordan, Morehouse College; Atlanta, Ga.; Morgan State College, Baltimore, Md.; Dr. Clifford Jones, Walter Black, Dr. Charles Jackson, Budget Committee Chairman, Kirmit J. Hall, Philadelphia, Penn.; William Bell, Boston, Mass.; and D. C. Chapter Members; Dr. Booker T. McGraw, Atty. Aubrey Robinson, and Charles T. Duncan. About twenty D. C. Brothers journeyed to Baltimore Sunday morning, December 15th for breakfast and Founder's Day Service at St. Paul's AME Church. This program was directed by Brother Luna Mishoe, Morgan State College, Baltimore, and Baltimore President, Frank Ellis. Mu Lambda has enjoyed some of the outstanding monthly speakers. Among them were: THURSDAY, OCT. 3, 1957—Brother E. Franklin Frazier—Discussion of book, "Black Bourgeoisie." CoChairman—Brother Merrill Curtis THURSDAY, NOV. 2, 1957—Brother John Bandy—"Music, The Man-
FOUNDER'S DAY CELEBRATION Brothers assemble in Washington, for Founder's Day program. Front row, left to right: Past General President, Belford V. Lawson, D. C ; General President, Judge Miles Paige, New York City; Acting General Secretary, Sidney A. Jones, Chicago, III. Second row, left to right: Program Chairman, Millard R. Dean, D. C ; Southern Region Vice President, Walter Washington, Uthica, Miss.; Social Committee Chairman, Charles I. Cassell, D. C. Third row, left to right: Frank Ellis, Baltimore President; Aubrey Roberts, D. C. President; Charles M. Broaddus, Eastern Vice President, Trenton, New Jersey.
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DELTA UPSILON DISPLAY AWARDS display trophies won by the chapter at Miami University. The awards are for high scholarship and athletic championships. Brothers Leon Simmons treasurer, Merven Stenson, Clayton Lee (Mr. A PHI), Charles Clay President, and Donald Hunt. Brothers Walter Morrison IFC Representative, Eddie Hill Vice President, George Van Hook Secretary, Selma Gamble, Pledges, and Leon Nearon Recording Secretary.
The Media." Co-Chairman—Brother Clarence Lewis, Jr. THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 1957—Mr. Clarence Mitchell, NAACP—"Congressional Civil Rights Progress." Co-Chairman — Borther Joseph Waddy THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 1958—Brother Booker T. McGraw—"Observations of Foreign Housing and Community Planning." Co-Chairman—Brother Verdie Robinson Re-elected officers for Mu Lambda are: Aubrey E. Robinson, Pres., Wilbur F. Sewell, Vice Pres., William H. Smith Jr., Financial Secty., Wilbur Ellis, Recording Secty., Rev. J. Clinton Hoggard, Chaplain, and newly elected officers are: Clarence O. Lewis Jr., Treasurer, and Millard R. Dean, Associate Editor to the Sphinx. The Alpha Wives, Mrs. Mordeci Johnson, Jr. (Enid), President, gave one of their most successful holiday cocktail parties at the Presidential Arms, Sunday evening for 500 guests. The affair has been an annual event and this year exceeds those of the past under the chairmanship of Mrs. Joseph Waddy, Jr. (Elizabeth) and Mrs. Lewis Terry (Avis). FEBRUARY, 1958
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Courage, perservance, and fraternal bond have succeeded in making Delta Upsislon into one of Alpha's most outstanding chapters. After five years Brothers Clarence Thomas, Don Hunt, William Hargraves, Stuart Graham, Leroy Peterson, Charles Lewis, and Julian Hunter succeeded in bringing a charter of Alpha Phi Alpha to Miami University. Although only seven brothers formed the chapters nucleus in 1955 and 1956, they showed a willingness to work and forged ahead over mounting obstacles. In our first year on campus the brothers captured the Sigma Chi Scholarship Trophy for the most improved grades on campus. Next we entered the Omicron Delta Kappa Carnival in competition with 19 other fraternities and 18 sororities and won first prize in the novelty section. In the field of sports in 1955 he Alphas won fifteen straight basketball games before dropping the final game. In baseball the fraternity won thirteen (Continued on Page 12)
(Continued From Page 9) meet to exchange ideas and to discuss matters of common concern and interest to the peoples of Africa. We hope that the deliberations of the proposed conference would be useful not only to the independent States who take part in it, but also to the other millions of our fellow Africans, in other parts of the continent, who are still struggling to be free from foreign rule. In our contact with the United Nations, even before Ghana became independent, there has developed a tradition of cordial relations and cooperation. The Government of Ghana hopes that these cordial relations will continue to grow even more, now that Ghana is independent. On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, my Delegation would wish to commend the United Nations, and its various agencies, for the work that has been accomplished in the past; and hope that all the Member-Nations will continue to cooperate in an effort to maintain peace in the world. We have faith in the dignity of the human individual, and in the unquenchable vitality of the human spirit. Ghana will cooperate with all States in this Assembly of nations, in an effort to establish a world fellowship of peace and security. PAGE 11
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COLUMBIA, S. C. â€” Alpha Psi Lamba chapter is very happy to begin the New Year with an imposing program for the year and very enthusiatic brothers. At our December meeting, the newly elected officers were installed by Brother I. P. Stanbach. The officers of Alpha Psi Lambda for 195 8 a r e : Brothers Wallace Grumlin president; T. J. Everette vice-president; J. O. Jackson secretary; T. S. Martin assistant secretary; S. A. Heyward treasure Lindsey Grumlin; chaplain; Dr. E. A. Adams parliamentarian, Charlie Brunson seargent-at-arms; Matthew E. Cannon editor-to-the Sphinx. We of Alpha Psi Lambda feel that our roster of officers is some-what unique in as much as two of the newlyelected officers are Brothersâ€”identical twins that is; Lindsey Grumlin and Wallace Grumlin, the president and chaplain respectively. Both are ministers and are members of the school of theology, Allen University. We are confident that their leadership and service will inspire all the brothers in the greater Columbia Community. On the night of March the third the chapter is presenting its annual program, Preview of Tomorrow's Stars, in the Allen University auditorium. On this program all the colleges in the state and some colleges of neighboring states will be represented in a recital by promising students of their music departments. The purpose of this program are to introduce these promising students to the public, and to offer a cultural public service. In previous years this program has been supported by the Brothers and received by the public enthusiatically. We feel that this enthusiasm will increase with the years. The chapter has another very serious and imposing project for the year: that of persuading every Alpha Brother in the greater Columbia Community to afiliate and become active. In addition to the projects already mentioned, Alpha Psi Lambda chapter, in connection with other organizations, civic and fraternal, is planning to wage a campaign to get eligible voters to register under the new South Carolina re-registration law. Another very im(Continued on Page 13) PAGE 12
H O U S I N G FOUNDATION IN SESSION Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alpha Phi Alpha Building Foundation, Inc., Saturday, Dec. 7, 1957, at St. Louis, Missouri. The Brothers pictured, seated left to right, are: W . E. Shortridge, 311 17th St., Ensley Station, Birmingham, Ala.; Myles A. Paige, 1294 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Billy Jones, I433A E. Broadway, E. St. Louis, Illinois; Homer Chavis, 508 Green Street,* Champaign, III.; James E. Huger, Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla.; John D. Buckner, 4246 W . N. Market St., St. Louis, Mo.; William M. Alexander, 4272 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, Mo.; Meredith G Ferguson, 925 Eleventh Avenue N, Nashville, Tenn.; Sidney A. Jones, Jr., 4432 S. Parkway, Chicago, III.; Frank L. Stanley, Sr., 714 Chestnut St., Louisville, Ky.; Frank L. Stanley, Jr., 1301 W . Clark St., Urbana, III. Addresses are listed for Brothers' convenience
DELTA UPSILON (Continued From Page 11) games before loosing the championship game 2-0. When Mother's Day weekend arrives, the fraternity sponsors a program which involves a dance, church services, and Sunday dinner exclusively for the moms. Our special pride is conducting services at the Methodist Church on Mother's Day. This program has become an annual affair that is eagerly awaited by students and parents alike. Bearing in mind high scholarship the chapter last fall again captured the Sigma Chi Scholarship Trophy. Keeping pace with the fraternity the Sphinxmen earned the second highest grades among twenty pledge classes. Also the fraternity captured the highly prized Omega Delta Kappa K boothe trophy last spring. In aiding integration the fraternity
led a successful fight to desegregate the local barbershops in Oxford. Socially the fraternity provides the bulwark of the Negro social life on campus. Highlighting the social season is our Dream Girl Serenade in which our queen is crowned. In showing good will and fraternal spirit the Alphas have enjoyed exchange dinners and parties with other fraternities and sororities. Having sent a delegate to the Chicago and Los Angeles National Conventions, we are eagerly looking forward to playing a role in the Cincinnati Convention in 1959. By February of this year we hope to have integrated the chapter in accordance with true brotherhood. Our future plans are to secure a fraternity house. Behind every success story is an individual who has played an indispensable role. The brothers of Delta Upsilon owe their achievements to our (Continued on Page 13)
ALPHAS FROM FIVE STATES TREK TO DOVER, DELAWARE, FOR INSTALLATION SERVICE Alphas from five states came to Dover recently to welcome the newest addition to Alphadom, Zeta Rho Lambda. Coming from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D. C , they witnessed the official setting-up of the chapter and the installation services. Mr. Kermit Hall, National Budget Director of the Organization, and Dr. Rupert Picott, Eastern Regional Director, charged the new chapter and installed the officers. Dr. O . Wilson Winters gave the installation address.
Hampton Dean, Bluefield "Prexy" - - Now Heads Fisk University CLEVELAND, OHIOâ€”Dr. Stephen J. Wright, the 46 year old educator selected for the presidency of Fisk University out of a field of 48 candidates, is as methodical in his approach to school problems as a laboratory worker tracking down a germ. It was, in fact, his careful assembling of facts and figures to present to court in a Durham, N. C , fight for equal funds for Negro schools that helped establish him as a leader among people. Born in South Carolina, one of four children of a doctor who practiced in the tiny town called Dillon, Dr. Wright lived there until his father died. Stephen Wright was five years old at the time, and he and the other three children went to Vance, N. C , to live with their grandparents on a farm. His mother went North to find work. It was at Vance that he attended a one-teacher school for a while, but by the time he was 15 he managed to enter the high school department of Hampton Institute, a college in Virginia. "I never had any idea of being anything but a physician, like my father," Dr. Wright said. "I majored in science in college so that I would be ready for medical college." But when he received his B.S. degree from Hampton Institute in 1934, the depression made medical school impossible. "I didn't have any medical school money," he said. "It had been awfully rough going all the way. But I never did pay a cent of tuition. I won scholarships all the way, for all three degrees."
South Carolina Chapter (Continued From Col. 1, Page 12) portant item on our calendar is our annual spring dance to which all Alpha Brothers and their guests look forward. The Brothers of Alpha Psi Lambda wish to extend to all brothers throughout Alphadom a hearty, and happy New Year.
Delta Upsilon (Continued From Page 12) advisor Dr. Henry C. Montgomery. In less than three years on campus Delta Upsilon has been symbolic of scholarship, brotherhood, and most of all, personal progress. FEBRUARY, 1958
BROTHER STEPHEN WRIGHT
The best job he could get was as science teacher in a high school in Centreville, Md., at $75 a month, and he stayed there three years. He went into administrative work for one reason, he said: being principal paid $50 a month more. First as high school principal, then as education teacher in a North Carolina college, then as dean of men in the same college during World War II, then as head of the education department and finally dean at Hampton Institute, his alma mater, for eight years following the war, Dr. Wright concentrated on the business of managing a school. Four year ago, in July, 1953, he became President of Bluefield Teachers College â€” in Bluefield, West Virginia. And the chief speaker at the ceremony inugurating Dr. Wright as president at Bluefield was the late Dr. Charles S. Johnson, whom he now succeeds as president of Fisk. Dr. Wright sandwiched in graduate study at Howard University in Washington, D. C , where he received his M.A. degree in 1939; and at New York University, where he got his Ph.D. degree, on a General Education Board fellowship, in 1943. He had used every opportunity, in the numerous education groups he belonged to, to hammer away for integration. He was cited by NAACP officials for his part in swaying the U. S.
Supreme Court to its desegregation decision. "You were one of those who greatly aided in the successful preparation, development and presentation of the theory which won the vote of the court," Robert L. Carter, assistant counsel for the NAACP, said in a citation to Dr. Wright. "I wish to express to you, on behalf of Mr. Thurgood Marshall, myself and our entire staff, our deep and sincere appreciation for the part you played in what may well be one of the greatest victories for democracy in our generation." Dr. Wright has served as expert witness in trials involving integration of schools in Wilmington, N. C , Wilmington, Del., and Maryland. He saw West Virginia schools become integrated one year after he became president of Bluefield State College, and that college, with an enrollment of 350 students, had 25 white students last year. (They were all day students, most of them enrolled for special courses they could not get in their own white college nearby.) Dr. Wright said that, largely because of a limited budget, he had not been able to get a white faculty member on the Bluefield staff. But he thinks that one of Fisk's great advantages is that it has always had a biracial faculty. "It is part of a youngster's education to find out what white people are really like," Dr. Wright said. "When I was a student at Hampton, the faculty was nearly all white. I have had friends among those teachers for all these years. Nobody can take that understanding away from me." For many of the Negro students, studying under white teachers provided the first opportunity to learn that "not all white people are mean," Dr. Wright said. "I think that in the faculty, as in the student body, we need to have a demonstration that people of good will can live and work together well," he said. He said that he saw no conflict in the fact that Fisk emphasizes courses in Negro culture at the same time that it bids for more white students. He added that he thought Harvard could just as well be the repository for Negro music, literature and art. (Continued on Page 14) PAGE 13
(Continued From Page 13) He has no fear that the flow of Negroes to white colleges will close Negro colleges, or change their traditions. "I don't believe that good colleges that have been predominantly Negro are going to close, because every facility for learning is going to be needed, desperately needed." Dr. Wright said, "I look to the time when 75 per cent of the high school graduates will go to college." He has high hopes for the jobs open to well educated Negroes in the future. In West Virginia, as in the rest of the South, the problem has been not so much in getting an education as in finding a way to use it. "There is scarcely any profession where the young Negro cannot find adequate employment if he is willing to go where it is," Dr. Wright said. "The educator's job is to make them good enough, to try the knob on that door and find out if the door is locke." Brother Wright, married to the for-
mer Miss Rosalind Person, a North Carolina teacher, for the last 19 years, has no children of his own. But he has reared his nephew, Lt. Robert W. Smith, who received his commission at Fort Benning, Ga., recently. With A.B. and M.A. degrees, Mrs. Wright taught for years in high school and college. Now she devotes her time to club work, including the American Association for University Women and the Girl Scouts, and their home is well known for its hospitality. The Wrights have a handsome dog, a Doberman named Rusty, that will doubtless become pet of the Fisk campus as he was at Bluefield. Dr. Wright hunts and fishes a bit, collects records, hopes to learn to play golf in Nashville. The three-man trustee committee who nominated Dr. Wright for the presidency (two of them are from New York, one from Minneapolis, Minn.) said that they were impressed by the great leaps in administrative responsi-
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bility in each of the jobs that Dr. Wright has had. "It was his decisiveness that led to select Dr. Wright," L. Howard Bennett, Minneapolis Judge and member of the nominating committee, stated. "We presented a number of hypothetical problems, and in each his answer was decisive. The man is a seasoned administrator who has a capacity for bringing conflicting points of view together." Brother Bennett added that he saw no ultimate conflict in Fisk's bid for white students and its role as a Negro college, a "repository for the cultural heritage of the American Negro and his antecedents." "I see no other role for Fisk," Bennett said. "It is bound to be an institution to demonstrate that integration is not only workable but desirable. That is one of Fisk's real missions." Dr. Philip Widenhouse, a churchman of New York City and chairman (Continued on Page 21)
Dear Bart: I hear from all sides that the Los Angeles convention was top flight. I regret very much that circumstances prevented my attending. Detroit started those Chrysler Courtesy Cars and I hear they really gave service in Los Angeles. The family spent vacation together for three weeks at Idlewild. Both Ramon and Marie Juniors thoroughly enjoyed themselves with a group of youngsters from Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Chicago. Just so you can see what the Scruggs Clan looks like these days I am enclosing a picture which we made just before leaving for Central State College's Home Coming game with West Virginia State. We visited with Brother Charles Wesley while there. He asked of you and sends his regards. O M of the reasons for the picture is to answer your inquiry about my present car status. I bought a 1958 Plymouth Belvedere, and is it a honey. It is a luxury deal at small car price. Little Marie is driving now and loves that power steering, and those power brakes. They also relieve driving fatigue for "pa" and "ma" who are feeling the added years. Of course, I have some trouble restraining Ramon, Jr. from playing with the power windows. But we have become so accustomed to them that we frown on the "roll ups." This Plymouth has a rear radio speaker and when both front and rear are tuned in you get a real hi-fi effect. And Bart, talk about engine pick up and smooth highway driving this Plymouth has it. I am sure you get the idea that I am enthusiastic and well pleased with my Plymouth's service and performance. By the way I received on invitation to the Chrysler Preview Party for the 1958 cars at the Sheraton-Cadillac Hotel on October 30th. They tell me the "58" line is terrific. Gamma Lambda is getting under way for the 1957-58 season. I am sure we will carry on the usual Alpha fashion. Love to Norvelle and come to see us soon. Fraternally yours, Brother Ramon Scruggs
Committee On Human Relations — (convention
RESOLUTION ON HUMAN RELATIONS (Letter to be delivered to the White House and copies to be sent to designated leaders.)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA— The Fifty-first Anniversary Convention of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity representing 24,500 college men in 359 graduate and undergraduate chapters located in colleges, universities, cities and towns throughout the United States, England and Africa express deep concern through the medium of this resolution of the right to vote as one of the civil rights under consideration in the United States Congress today. For many decades our fraternity has carried the following citizenship campaign slogan: A Voteless People is a Hopeless People. We confidently believe that the ballot is our salvation. All good measures of a strong Civil Rights Bill touch us because the sting of second class citizenship is the degradation of any group. The deliberate hostile campaign of Southern leaders must be stopped. The members of this fraternity cannot stand by contented while these representatives in Congress attempt to nullify the Supreme Court Decision abolishing segregation in the public schools and attempt to adopt measures to circumvent the United States Constitution. Southern politicians with false and alarming statements have voiced their objections to that which is right and unfortunately win debates on human rights because of the compromise and weakness on the part of some Northern and Western representatives. We hereby present the following petitions : 1. That the President of the United States in whom we have faith and confidence speak overtly, without reservation, against the evils affecting civil liberties. To preserve the Constitution our President stands on an official oath to act as well as believe, with the realization that that which is right demands always a calculated risk. 2. That the President of the United States make available time to appeal to the people of this nation by means of a television broadcast in behalf of a
—M voteless FEBRUARY, 1958
decent and strong Civil Rights Bill in somewhat equal proportion to the recent television appeal for Foreign Aid. 3. That the Department of Justice act with the laws at its disposal. Legislation in the form of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments is already available. It is not enough that these amendments exist. Enforcement of the law is as important as its enactment. We are cognizant that the fight to preserve the civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the Amendments to the Constitution is a continuous one. 4. That the leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate cease playing politics with the civil rights of the American people. The rights of American citizens should extend beyond politics. These rights should not be endangered by fraudulent representatives. This issue is a moral one which cannot be entrusted to the guise of those who put politics above morality. The denial of equal conditions damages the soul of the segregators as well as the segregated masses. American leaders are obligated to make practical the noble principles upon which this nation was founded and upon which it shall last. 5. That the Speaker of the House, the Honorable Joseph E. Martin and the President of the Senate bring this complete resolution to the immediate attention of the respective bodies of Congress. We of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity have decided that we will not remain silent. We intend to be heard. We intend to pursue these actions on the basis of our democratic faith. We submit this petition in the name of the Creator, who maketh every creature, who loveth every creature, and who shineth the light by which all men shall live in the honor and glory of God as possessors of His great Image. May the peace and love of all mankind be a realization worthy of praise on God's creative earth.
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WACO, TEXAS — Why doesn't some good Alpha Brother-specialist in the Entertainment Field organize a movement to stage an Alpha Follies for Alpha Chapters in local communities? Aren't there some Brothers who could perfect a plan like this, and offer it to local Chapters for acceptance and consumption? Here is a plan, launched, would provide a livelihood for some Brother, and in addition, it would create new interest in the program of local Chapters, rejuvenate their attention to Alpha and also bring in revenue to Chapter coffeurs. There is much crude talent "running loose" in many communities where Alpha Chapters are located, waiting to be harnessed, refined and channelled into productivity. Many Borthers, whose amateur talents have become rusty, if whetted a little could be developed into near professional status. These combined local entertainment apptitudes would serve as a core around which the entire community would gravitate annually and turn once a year to Alpha for entertainment. These "local professionals" would revive the whole area, and Alpha would be the central community service agency for this project. Some good Brother, well trained in this type of work, through organization any system could develop a national agency for sponsoring an Alpha Follies Production. Coaches and directors, agents of this national chain for this Alpha Production could come into communities and "dig gold". Of course, I will leave the working out of the mechanism and financial quotations and contractual envolments to the experts who would venture to perfect this plan. And I throw this idea out for the National Directorate of Alpha to consider, as to its wisdom and parental relationship. If offered this thought to some good Alpha Brother who is looking for a new star, and to the entire Alpha Brotherhood, which is desperately searching for ways to rehabilitate interest in Alpha, reclaim the brotherhood and seeking ways to "put a shot into the arm" of the activities of each local Chapter. PAGE 15
We Have Found A Way To Excel! By Otis D. Simmons, Advisor to Beta Chi Chapter LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—What you are about to read, brothers, is a straight-from-the-shoulder account of a chapter which, on the verge of disaster, had the common sense an the magnificent vision to look frankly at its ills and to cure them through a program of sound planning. It is because Alpha's undergraduate chapters across the nation are decaying at an alarming rapidity that we believe it urgently necessary to tell our success story in the hope that we may inspire our undergraduate brothers to reevaluate their chapter programs in light of the paramount needs of young men in contemporary society. Be assured that no attempt has been made in this article to unfold only the glamorous aspects of the chapter. In fact, some truths which will be unfolded might even leave you in somewhat of a state of shock. However, we believe that no brother will ever experience shock from this article in the degree to which he will exprience it if in the immediate future, because of a lack of creative planning, undergraduate chapter become extinct on college and university campuses. Furthermore, it is important to understand that the only raison d' etre for our story in the first place is to save Alpha Phi Alpha. Indeed it is difficult to pin point exactly the one thing which triggered all of our troubles. The important thing is that the brothers of this splendid chaper had the courage to rectify their ills in time. Beta Chi Chapter is located at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, and I am the advisor to the chapter. Little more than a year ago, I became deeply concerned about the cancerous attitude of complacency that had begun to grow steadily throughout the membership of the chapter. Such a cancerous attitude grew out of an attitude of disgusting smugness on the part of many of the brothers of the chapter. This attitude became directly responsible for the failure of the chapter to induct men of quality. But which was equally as serious, the pledge club had begun to degenerate to a point where pledge meetings became occasions for disgruntled brothers to express themselves PAGE 16
rather coarsely if it was believed that the advisor would not be present. In general there was a web of tragic confusion at that segment of the chapter which could least afford it, namely the pledge club. As a result of such a situation the better qualified men (those with excellent character, superior scholarship and potential for genuine service) resigned from the chapter. Those pledgees who remained were required to memorize specific dates and places relative to the history of Alpha Phi Alpha, rather than to grow into a fuller understanding of the underlying spirit which stimulated our founding fathers to build this great brotherhood in the first place. At an urgent call meeting the advisor pointed out clearly the desperate position in which the chapter had placed itself as a result of these cancerous circumstances. Then and there the brothers of the chapter decided to work on an effective plan of operation, and to follow through on it honorably. As it turned out the meeting lasted more than four hours. But what was accomplished in those four hours
is, to this writer's thinking, the most effective plan for undergraduate chapter to be outlined to date. To begin with, it was believed extremely necessary to ascertain a definite slogan which could act as a guidepost for the chapter. In a word, we needed to know where it was we were going. And how we could excel again in the face of growing competition from other fraternities. Because other fraternities had begun to adapt our slogans of service, brotherhood, leadership, scholarship and character, it was important to discover for ourselves a new guide-post in the form of a word or slogan to distinguish us from other organizations. The advisor asked the brothers, therefore, to tell in several words or less what it was that distinguished Alpha men from the men of other organizations. Many answers were given. Some borthers used the familiar words, service, brotherhood, leadership, scholarship and character. Some brothers thought that it was genuine friendliness towards others, and still other brothers felt that it was personal progress which distin-
BROTHER Q U I N N MONTGOMERY A dentist in Cleveland, Ohio, Brother " Q u i n n " or " M o n t y " to others always helps out at the piano when time comes for the singing of our beloved Alpha Hymn—whether in Buffalo, Los Angeles or Cleveland he is always on hand—Brothers everywhere appreciate his willingness to s e r ve—He takes the same attitude about service to civic groups.
guished us from other organizations. One brother, however, came up with a word which all of us felt included most of the words and slogans which had been presented. Brother Warner Freeman stated that he felt that the one thing which distinguished us from other organizations was our deep sense of INTEGRITY. A simple word, yet extremely broad in implications. In looking up the word in Webster's collegiate dictionary, we found that it meant "the state or quality of being complete, undivided or unbroken. . . moral soundness; purity, honesty (and) uprightness". What a word! If we could be the things implied here, we thought indeed there would be no need to stress scholarship, for the honesty part of the definition would impel us to work hard at our studies. Moreover, there would be no need to stress morality for the moral soundness and purity parts of the definition would impel us to exemplify morals. Now, at last, we know definitely where it was that we were going: We were going to strive to become men of INTEGRITY, and by so doing, we hoped that we could win friends for Alpha. After we had determined our guide-post, the advisor drew four rectangles on the chalkboard to represent the four basic divisions of the chapter. Into each of these rectangles was placed the objectives of each of the chapter segments. Observe these chapter segments in the illustration which follows. Fundamental Tenet of Beta Chi Chapter-INTEGRITY
EXECUTIVE PAUSE Roy Wilkins, Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People accepts the warm handshakes of congratulations from Brother James E. Huger, retiring Secretary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Brother Huger is now Administrative Assistant to the President of Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona-Beach, Florida. Brother Roy Wilkins was guest speaker at the convention public meeting. He received Alpha Phi Alpha's coveted, "Man of the Year" award. (b) providing opportunities to attend cultural affairs (c) introducing him to great works of art and literature 2. To teach him additional study skills. Point out: (a) need for study in a specific area (b) need for specific time for study 3. To study world history as pertains to the development of the Negro and the Caucasian cultures. 4. To relate history of Alpha to World and American history. Advanced Pledgees Broad Objectives:
1. To discover the relationship between the history of Alpha Phi Alpha and the achievements of the American Negro. 2. To discover the contributions of contemporary Alphas to social progress. 3. To discover ways in which each pledgee might make a significant contribution to his college community. 4. To review social graces in a way that will bring about improvements in each member's (a) habits of dress (b) eating habits at formal dinners (c) overall conduct
SOCIAL STUDY CLUB Broad Objectives: 1. To meet the immediate needs of each member. 2. To teach each member how to study effectively. 3. To teach each member the accepted social graces as pertains t o : (a) new and effective dance steps (b) poise at formal dinners (c) conservative dress 4. To develop each member culturally by providing him with opportunities to hear fine music, read good literature, and play clean games. 5. To instill in the members the contributions of the Alpha Social Study Club to the larger community. SPHINX CLUB Neophyte Pledgees Broad Objectives: I. To continue the cultural training of the member by (a) providing opportunities for to the music of Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, Ellington, Cole, Brubeck and Kenton
FLORIDA CHAPTER FELLOWSHIP Members of Upsilon Lambda Chapter. (Seated) Brothers, William T. Harper, president; C. E. Simmons Jr., vice president; Ralph B. Stewart Jr., recording secretary; Dr. J . E. Bush, treasurer; Nathaniel Davis, financial secretary; Wendell P. Holmes, corresponding secretary; Ezekiel W . Bryant, editor-to-the Sphinx; Kerna McFarlin, Chaplain; I. H. Burney II, parliamentarian. Brothers standing are, James Genwright, Sgt.-At-Arms; Dr. Jean Downing, Raiford Brown, Dr. R. N. Gordon, H. James Green, Dr. Jerry Izzard, Dr. Nelson Spaulding, Emerson Watts, Ernest D. Jackson, Dennis T. Stewart, Heiman Howard, James L. Lewis Jr., Richard McBride and A. St. George Richardson Jr.
5. To improve the speech habits of every member by encouraging him to give informal talks on significant subjects. BETA CHI CHAPTER of ALPHA PHI ALPHA 1. To live effectively in an ever changing social structure. 2. To stimulate genuine brotherly love by frequent buzz sessions and fellowship meetings. 3. To improve scholarship through a posting of all brothers' grades. 4. To participate in at least two extra-curriciula activities. 5. To leave pledgees a scholarly paper on the subject in which the brother is strongest as a reference source to help the pledgee improve his studies. PROSPECTIVE ALPHAS Broad Objectives: 1. To prepare the initiate for effective service 2. To have each initiate prepare a formal paper on some one or more subjects in which he is having difficulty in order to help him raise his grade average during the initiation period, rather than lower it through meaningless pranlts which deprive initiates of rest and effective participation in classes. 3. To make the activities during each night and day of the initiation period meaningful. Plan For Effective Initiation: I. First night—with candle lighted shield and darkened room, have symbols explained; present general instructions. 2. Second night—with candle lighted service, present a Bible ceremony in which initiates read pertinent verses. 3. Third night—with several candles lighted and room darkened, present pin ritual in which initiates explain meaning of emblem. 4. Fourth night—have initiates explain history of Alpha Phi Alpha as it relates to contribution of Alpha men. 5. Fifth night—emphasis on meaning of integrity in human relations. 6. Sixth night—review of projects. 7. Seventh night—initiation.
As has been shown in the previous illustrations, every organizational segment of Beta Chi Chapter has as its guide-post the word INTEGRITY. From the time a young man enters the Social Study Club as a somewhat apprehensive freshman until he leaves as a more secure senior, Alpha men at Beta Chi are taught to exemplify INTEGRITY in all of their undertakings. In referring to the illustrations again, consider the fact that a young man is taught the techniques necessary to become an effective member of society from the time he enters the Social Study Club until the time he PAGE 18
leaves as a brother of the chapter. That is, througout every phase of his development he is taught proper methods of study so as to develop the habit of organized thinking; he is also taught the latest dance steps as a means of helping him develop poise and confidence at social gatherings. Moreover, he is shown the accepted manner of dress for men of character and distinction. When he is admitted into the Sphinx Club, as a neophite member, he is taught additional skills of study, as regards studying in a definite place in the library (or some other place where he feels that he does his best studying) at a definite time. To improve his comprehension of text material, he is taught to write in the margins of his book the basic concepts in each paragraph of each chapter so as to cement fundamental concepts in his mind. In addition to helping him develop his study skills, and in so doing improve his grades, opportunities are provided for members to listen to (1) fine entertainment music which includes excellent jazz and calypso recordings, (2) exalted music of the church such as the great cantatas and masses of Bach and Beethoven as well as great spirituals sung by Marian Anderson and William Warfield, (3) and great music such as the Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven, the Fifteen Two-Part Inventius as played by the renowned harpsichordist, Wanda Landowska, and others. In addition to his cultural training, members of the Sphinx Club are given opportunities to explore the histories of both the Negro and the Caucasian in an effort to understand the magnificent contributions of both ethnic groups to a better life. As an Advanced Pledgee, the member is given opportunities to explore the ways in which Alpha Phi Alpha has been instrumental in bringing about the social and intellectual progress of the Negro in America. Also the pledgee is encouraged to give a number of short talks as a means of improving his manner of oral communication. When the member becomes a Prospective Alpha every effort is made to prepare him for effective service. And instead of carrying on frustrating periods of meaningless hazing, each initiate is encouraged to write formal papers on some one or more subjects in which he is having difficulty in an effort to help him raise his grade average during the initiation period ratehr than lower it through participation in meaningless
pranks which deprive him of the necessary rest to do effective work on his studies. Is not one of the goals of Alpha high scholarship? If so, then how can a young initiate be expected to maintain an excellent grade average while at the same time he is forced to stay up until early morning hours participating in meaningless activities? Too frequently I think that we quote our mottos about scholarship and character without knowing the real implications of the words we speak. During our first night of initiation activities initiates are led into a darkened room and turned toward a candle lighted emblem of the Shield. In the background some brother break the silence with a speech about the significance of the symbols in the Shield. Following this ceremony is an explanation of the activities during the week. Let me hasten here to point out that no attempt is made to out-dress the other fraternities on the campus. We strive for simplicity in dress and dignity in our activities. Such an attitude is based on the belief that "no amount of material triumph can ever compensate for spiritual emptiness". On the second night initiates are given instructions as to the method to be employed in writing a formal paper on those subjects with which they are having difficulty in an effort to help them improve themselves scholastically. Also on this night initiates are led to a darkened room where the only light provided is that from several candles placed attractively around a Bible. From it, initiates are asked to read verses pertaining to the meaningfulness of life, and to explain the ways in which the wisdom of these verses can enable one to live most effectively with his neighbors. During the third night a pin ritual is performed in which initiates are asked to explain the contributions of the various jewels, as well as to explain the contributions which Alpha Phi Alpha has made to the resolution of tensions in our society. On the fourth night initiates are asked to explain the history of Alpha as it relates to the contributions of Alpha to an ever changing society. During the fifth night emphasis is placed on the one word which runs like a thread through the entire organizational fabric of Beta Chi Chapter—INTEGRITY. On the sixth night attention is given to an examination of the schol-
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arly papers which have been prepared by the initiate. And finally, the seventh night is devoted to a dignified initiation ceremony which points up the whole idea of INTEGRITY AND EFFECTIVE SERVICE. Upon becoming a member of Beta Chi Chapter, each brother is encouraged to participate in at least two extracurricula activities, as an expression of his commitment to service. To stimulate a feeling of genuine love among the brothers, frequent opportunities are provided for fellowship experiences. At such meetings brothers discuss ways in which they can raise their grade averages. Frequently it has been found that by dividing themselves into small "buzz groups" of two or three with one brother particularly strong in a special subject acting as chairman that their grades were improved considerably. Another stimulus for grade improvement has been the plan offered by Brother Ammer Johnson, whereby a public display is made of the grades or grade averages of every brother at the end of each semester. Finally, each brother is expected to be a man of INTEGRITY, and before leaving the chapter he is obligated to leave a scholarly paper pointing out the important aspects of the course or courses in which he had special aptitude. This is our plan. The man responsible for developing it are brothers of INTEGRITY: Brothers Attway Ausbie, President; Clem Harris, VicePresident; Jerry Easter, Recording Secretary-Treasurer; Orah Thornton, Corresponding Secretary; Neville Kerr, Reporter; Winston Holding, Pledge Trainer; Warner Freeman, Assistant Pledge Trainer and Chairman of Rush and Ritual Activities; Ammer Johnson, Chairman of the Social and Program Committee. Graduating Brothers of the chapter who participated in the deliberations were, Emery Washington, former president of the chapter; and Cecil Cone, former vice-president of the chapter. What these brothers spent more than four hours doing one night in a secluded room on our campus has through experience proved to be the most remarkable achievement in program planning that has been undertaken by any organization on this campus in the four years it has been the advisor's privilege to serve this institution. Every chapter in Alpha FEBRUARY, 1958
Phi Alpha needs to undergo a similar soul-searching, fact-finding experience like this, for to do so is to invigorate the chapter. We believe, as we are sure you do, that brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha can never stop advancing, for to do so is to decay.
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Zeta Mu Lambda Chapter KESSLER A. F. B., MISS. â€” With the coming of September 1956, there came into being the establishment of Zeta Mu Lambda Chapter. For several of its brothers it was the reinstatement of service in an effort to truly carry Alpha's high call to duty. Because of our location we witness a constant influx of brothers and little brothers. Our chief aim, however, must be the festering of ideas to advance mankind in its fight for equality in all phases of endeavor. Our ranks are composed of doctors, educators, servicemen, and other community leaders. Our fondest thanks go out to Brothers Sidney Clark whose hard work and tireless attempts brought about the zest for establishment of our chapter.
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Present plans of activity include the establishment of an area PanHellenic Council, Scholarship fund, voting and procedures of the proper handling of the ballot, and sponsorship of recreational activity during the summer vacation days. Because of the proximity of various colleges, we naturally plan a list of programs with a public interest nature in mind. Although we are very young in the ranks of the other active and outstanding chapters, we heartily extend this challenge to all; watch Zeta Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.
O N W A Y T O A L P H A L A N D â€” S h o w n above from left to right are Charles Hicks, W i l m e r Foxworth, James King, Preston Graves, G e o r g e Anderson, and Robert Tyler. A f t e r having completed a community program, which was briefly but uniquely done, the probates pause for
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Negro Judge Appointed By John C. McDonald Minneapolis Tribune Staff Writer The first Negro judge in Minnesota history was named to the Minneapolis municipal court bench by Gov. Freeman Thursday. The new judge, Brother L. Howard Bennett, 44, fills a vacancy created by elevation, also yesterday, of Municipal Judge William D. Gunn to the district court bench. Gunn succeeds District Judge Michael J. Dillon, who died last week. Both appointments become effective Jan. 1. Gunn, 55, was appointed to the municipal bench by Freeman in May 1955. Formerly secretary - treasurer and counsel for the Minnesota State Federation of Labor, he was elected in June 1957 without opposition to a full six-year term. A native of Park Rapids, Minn., he is married and has two grown sons. He lives at 74 Barton avenue SE. State law says a newly - appointed judge must run at the next general election occurring more than a year after his appointment. This means that Gunn will not be required to run for election until the state-wide election of 1960. Bennett must go before the electorate in the next municipal election in mid-1959. Gunn said he is "grateful to the governor for his confidence in me; I hope I can justify it." Bennett, who did not learn of his selection until yesterday morning, admitted he was "excited" over the realization of a longtime ambition, to be a judge. "My law partners are even more excited that I am, if that is possible," he said. He is a member of the firm of Hall, Smith, Hedlund, Bennett, Juster and Forsberg, with offices in the Produce Bank building. Soberly, as a person long interested in problems of racial minorities, he said he looks upon his selection as a "great challenge." He said he is aware that it is up to him to perform with distinction in his new role. Billy Williams, octogenarian who recently retired after serving as office aid to 14 governors, said he cannot recall another Negro judge in Minnesota. PAGE 20
Another source said he believes there may have been a Negro probate judge or justice of the peace, but he cannot recall specific cases. Bennett, a native of Charleston, S.C, came to Minneapolis in 1950 upon graduation from University of Chicago law school. Five years earlier, as field secretary of the American Council on Race Relations, he visited the city to help set up the then Mayor Hubert Humphrey's council on human relations. Bennett is a graduate of Fisk university, Nashville, Tenn. He took graduate work in public administration and public law at University of Chicago before going to law school there. This month he winds up a two-year term as president of the Minneapolis
branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He is a board member of the Minneapolis Urban league, of the Citizens Committee on Public Education and of the Council House for Senior Citizens. For the past three years he has been chairman of general solicitation for the United Negro College fund. He recently was named to the Democratic national committee's advisory council on foreign policy. Bennett and his wife live at 3700 Third avenue S. They have a 13-yearold daughter, Marian, who attends Northrop Collegiate school.
MAY ISSUE DEVOTED TO UNDERGRADUATES
BROTHER L. HOWARD BENNETT "States First Judge"
Alpha Rho Ckadi 1957-58 ATLANTA, GA. â€” The new school year, 1957-58, has already afforded Alpha Rho Chapter with many interesting developments and events with promise of still greater things to come. Reflecting and, at the same time using some of its major achievements as sources of inspiration, we find that the Chapter contributed over $300,00 to the United Negro College Fund during the second semester of last term. This was a contributation of $50.00 more than the previous year. In this same connection, Alpha Rho has led all the other campus organizations in this particular endeavor. It may be a note of interest that Alpha Rho maintained the highest scholastic average among the fraternities on the campus last year, as it has been doing in the past few years. In the cultural aspect of the chapter program, a highlight was the presentation of Brother Wendell P. Whalum in a organ recital. Brother Whalum is a member of the Music Department here at Morehouse College. One other event we look upon with pride was our Spring Dance, which occured the night of graduation. In essense, it gave the graduating brothers and friends of Alpha Phi Alpha an opportunity to socialize as a body and as chapter brothers for the last time. These events were the crowning ones during the second semester of last school term. Turning to the new school year, Alpha Rho Chapter is beginning the next nine months with a completely new body of officers. Our president, Brother Harold W. Jordan, is a senior and Southern R e g i o n a l A s s i s t a n t Vice-President. He is also a member of the Public Policy Committee of the fraternity. Other officers are: Vice-President and Dean of Pledgees, Brother Fred W. Bell; Recording Seceretary, Brother Henry Chavers; Corresponding Secretary, Earl P. Mills, and Treasure, Brother Warnell Brown. Some of the major events which have highlighted the school year thus far have been: (1) The back-toschool smoker, which is an annual affair for all of the brothers; (2) The initiation, into the Sphinx Club, of twenty-three men, which is the largest pledge club in the history of Alpha FEBRUARY, 1958
Rho and Morehouse College; (3) The observance of Citizenship Week with a program sponsored jointly by Alpha Phi Chapter, Iota Chapter, and Alpha Rho. The keynote speaker was Mayor William B. Hartsfield of Atlanta; and (4) Our homecoming festivities here at the College with Alpha Rho being well represented by its lovely queen, Miss Juliet Blackburn, a native of Jackson, Mississippi; and two charming sweethearts, Miss Helen Kerr and Miss Shirely Larkins, from Birmingham, Alabama, and Beaumont, Texas. They are all students at Spelman College. Not withstanding our previous achievements, we the men of Alpha Rho look forward to bigger and better events during the remainder of this school year. Two of our proposed projects are: (1) the observance of Founder's Day with some suitable program pertaining thereto, and (2) our annual gift to some reserving institution in the community. It is with these achievements behind us and the expectations of greater things in the future, that we, the men of Alpha Rho, are striving to live up
to the principles and ideals laid down and exemplified by Alpha Men the World over.
Hampton Dean (Continued From Page 14) of the Nominating Committee, said he expected Dr. Wright to lead the way in keeping Fisk a strong Negro university even as it integrates. "Fisk will not escape the pressure that is facing all universities," Dr. Widenhouse said. "We expect to secure guidance from Dr. Wright on this . . . "When all of the walls are down, when integration is here, it would be tragic if some institutions did not preserve some of the traditions of the minority group. It would be a pity if the Negro colleges lost their racial distinctions." Thus Fisk, founded in 1865 by a church mission board to educate Negroes, dumps all of the complexities of a Negro college in a race-conscious world into the lap of its seventh president. And Dr. Wright emphasizes "understanding" in dealing with them.
It was indeed a pleasure for me to attend the forty-third Alpha Convention in Los Angeles. The hospitality of the western brothers was truly gracious. I enjoyed the pleasure of operating the EBONY-CHR YSLER Hospitality Suite in the Los Angeles Statler Hotel. The brothers who attended the convention will tell you that the Chrysler Corporation was very magnanimous in extending to them the use of ten courtesy cars and gave them 600 beautiful Forward Look cigarette lighters and 600 copies of EBONY Magazines. The enclosed reprints of the five Chrysler ads ran consecutively in our September issue. This is the first time any Negro publication has rceieved five multiple pages from any major business concern in the United States. For those brothers who did not attend, I can only say that this was one of the greatest conventions of them all. I know that a great number of the Alpha Brothers already own Chrysler Corporation product cars, but as an Alpha gesture to Chrysler Corporation for their generosity to the fraternity through the years, I wish you would TRY, RIDE and BUY one of these great cars. . .PLYMOUTH, DODGE, DE SOTO, CHRYSLER and IMPERIAL. Fraternally
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25 years, having moved there from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mrs. Cannon passed
of Past General President Raymond W . C a n n o n . Brother
Minnesota, the son of M a c k Oliver and B. C a n n o n ,
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The members of the new chapter were initiated in Akron on December 7, 1957. Brother Dr. Hatcher A. Day of Delta Alpha Lambda supervised the initiation ceremonies. The highlight of the initiation ceremonies was reached when Brother Elmer C. Collins, President of Delta Alpha Lambda, presented Jewel Brother George B. Kelley, who in turn, presided, at the pinning of the newly initiated Alpha men.
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in university activities would be emphasized. Most prominent among the participants in the installation program was the principal speaker, Brother W. Barton Beatty, Jr., Editor-in-Chief of the Sphinx. In his address, Brother Beatty told the new Alpha men that the greatest challenge facing them is to be "a stimulus and inspiration to other fraternities" through the continuing pursuit of scholarship. Among those present at the installation of the new chapter were members of the University faculty and administration, the President of the Inter-Fraternity Council, representatives of Kent State's sixteen national fraternities, and Alpha men and their ladies from Akron, Canton, and Cleveland.
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KENT, OHIO—Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, is the home of Alpha's newest undergraduate chapter, Epsilon Delta. The new chapter was organized under the joint sponsorship of Alpha Tau of Akron University and Delta Alpha Lambda of Cleveland. Brother Oscar W. Ritchie, Vice President of the latter chapter and member of the Kent State faculty, and Brother Paul Winters of Alpha Tau were in direct charge of the organizational and probationary activities of the group.
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The Colored P e o p l e /
By Brother Belton Haydel go slaves to the new world to be exploited as common laborers. Negro slaves were brought into Brazil about 1532. In the Portuguese capitanias in Brazil (feudal colonies given to noblemen who were called donatarios) Negroes worked in the mines, worked on the plantations, and performed many other menial jobs which the Iberians refused to do. Their labor was cheap, and above all, these Blacks encountered no difficulties in becoming adjusted to the marsh and hot lands of the selva (Portuguese: forestland). The famous Brazilian sociologist, Gilberto Freyre, in his exemplary treatise Casa-Grande e Senzala (The Masters and the Slaves), recalls that the Negro was quickly assimilated and many of them enjoyed equality because of their skills and their importance in the community. In a similar manner the Spanish ex-
PHOENIX, ARIZ. â€” In realty, the world is comprised of many colored peoples since the expression means an admixture of races, usually with a tinge of Negroid ancestry. In this article I refer to South American, Caribbean, and Central American inhabitants of Negro origin, in whatever degree the composition may be found. The great Portuguese sailor, Prince Henry the Navigator, was successful in acquiring some possessions in Africa in the fifteenth century. Prince Henry relished the thought of the conquest of Timbuktu, known all over Europe as a citadel of a powerful Negro kingdom. Through these adventures Negroes were brought into Portugal, and later transported to the Caribbean Antilles as early as 1502 by the Spaniards. During the time of the conquest of the Americas shipping companies were awarded contracts to carry Ne-
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13, 1957, after
plorers reaped many benefits from the Negro slaves. The Spaniards were less tolerant of the slaves and as a result did not encourage their progress nor did they approve of miscegenation. Of couse, the contact between opposite sexes, regardless of races, cannot be impeded by law or force. The commingling of the races was a nautral result of human behavior, and there is certainly no mystery in this fact. The Negro was a better worker than the Indian because he was an obedient subject and inclined to regimentation without coercion, although disturbances did ensue. One of the outstanding revolts occurred in the region of Pernambuco (northeastern Brazil) when approximately 30,000 Negroes fled to the Palmares (Palm Forest Republic) during the middle go the seventeenth century. The Negroes ruled the little Republic for a few years, but it soon disintegrated. The White man, for many centuries, has used the strength of the darkerskinned peoples. This is true in many areas of the world, notably in India during the British regime and in the United States during colonization. South America is not devoid of this historical fact. Slavery was a means of accomplishing many needed ends. As early as 1828, Mexico abolished slavery. Other countries following Mexico's example were Colombia, 1851; Venezuela, 1854; and the United States, 1863. Brazil, with the largest Negro population in Latin America, both pure and mixed, abolished slavery in 1888, one year before it became a republic. The two heaviest mixtures of races found south of the border are the Mestizos (Spanish: Indian and Spanish blood) and the Mulatos (Spanish: White and Negro blood). These two groups, along with the pure Indians. today comprise over half of the total population of the twenty republics, although accurate statistics are not available because of the variation in methods of compilation. Pure Whites and Zambos (Spanish: Indian and Negro blood) are in the minority, except for Argentina, Uruguay, and Costa Rica where over 75 per cent of the population is White. Latin Americans cannot deny that there is much African blood running through their veins, which is especially true to Brazilians, Cubans. Haitians, Venezuelans, Colombians, and Dominicans. As for the (Continued on Page 25)
Allen Sworn Into The Naval Reserve As An Aviation Officer Candidate
BROTHER JERRY LEONARD ALLEN Aviation Officer Candidate Jerry Leonard Allen (right) is shown discussing one of the Navy's newest jet fighters (F8U Crusader) with LCDR H. B. Moranville, just prior to being transferred to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, for basic flight training.
\Jur ^jruture cJLleA ^rn For a number of years General Presidents, General Secretaries, Officers and interested Brothers have been planning and devising techniques for re-claiming delinquent Brothers. Special house to house canvasses have been unsuccessfully attempted, refusal of Chapters to approve social participation of delinquent Brothers has failed, and on we could go relating inducement factors made to delinquent Brothers from the National Headquarters level to the local Chapter level. All of these efforts to some extent have failed. It simply means that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity must realize that no inducement or techniques of reclamation will increase our present financial roster unless, A BROTHER DECIDES THAT HE WANTS TO CARRY HIS PART OF THE FINANCIAL COST OF MAINTAINING ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. There is no need for us to waste our time listening to all of the tales of woe that unfinancial Brothers are skilled in telling. The principle of belonging, contributing, and even voting is a decision that members of the human race make within the confines of their own character, personality, and their placement of values. The amount one earns whether low, medium or high has little to do with PAGE 24
the meeting of a individuals desires or wishes. And bear in mind—we do with our funds just what we want to do, we buy what we want and so often not what we need, in short cost, of annual dues in our Fraternity has nothing to do with a Brother's ability to pay. So let all of us continue to support the reclamation program. But let the thought remain paramount, "If a Brother does not in his heart cherish Alpha Phi Alpha, then he is lost, not wholly to the Fraternity but more so to his conscience that permitted him to accept the vows of our Fraternity.
NORFOLK, VA. — Mr. Jerry L. Allen of Newport News, Virginia was sworn in as an Aviation Officer Candidate at the Naval Reserve Training Unit, U. S. Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia on 23 November 1957. Allen departed Norfolk for Pensacola where he will attend Pre-Flight School and Basic Training. Upon completion of Basic Training, he will complete his training at one of the Navy's advanced training stations located at various Naval Air Stations throughout the United States. Aviation Officer Candidate Allen is the son of Mrs. Bessie Allen, 1141 — 34 Street, Newport News, Virginia. He attended Huntington High School. Brother Allen is a graduate of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Student Christian Association. Mr. Allen was also chairman of the Coordinator's Council, Division of Technology.
UNDERGRADUATES!! Let Us Have
Stories and Pictures EARLY!
$5000 Campaign for Alpha Phi Alpha Headquarters The 43rd General Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meeting in Los Angeles, California passed a plan presented by the Committee to Raise Funds for the National Headquarters which would end the Campaign officially at the 1958 Convention. Brothers and Chapters will be asked t o pay up pledges already made; and will be urged t o do so before the next Convention. Other brothers will be asked t o make new pledges. Every chapter is asked to cooperate in this effort that the goal of $5000 may be reached.
The Colored People
"A Reminder To The Members
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of The Southern Region" MOBILE, ALA â€” The members of Beta Omicron Lambda Chapter, your Host for the 1958 Southern Regional Conference, are making plans for a memorable event. The city of Mobile, Alabama will be yours for this occasion and we are sure the people who live here will help us make this one of the best Regional Conferences for years to come. Mobile, unique in many aspects, has an historical background; some may look at it with great pride while others may see those aspects which breed contempt. This has been a very hospitable city and in many ways, ideal for conventions and social gatherings. We feel that once you have experienced the friendliness of the people who live here you will endeavor to visit us again. The numerous activities, both business and pleasure, we feel will tend to make your stay comfortable and extremely enjoyable. Local Greek Letter Organizations are already clamoring
for some type courtesy for your enjoyment and we hope, somehow, to accommodate each group. The Alpha Wives are planning events to entertain the visiting Brothers, wives and guest. Bring the entire family along and enjoy the mild climate so many of us here experience. Our General President and Regional Vice President will add to our proposed program. There will be panel discussions and events sponsored by the Undergraduates. Headquarters for the Convention will be in the Booker T. Washington Junior High School, where registration and all business sessions will be held. Register early and make plans now, to attend and add to the cause of ALPHA. Our theme for this conference is: "The Role of Alpha Phi Alpha in Developing Christian Lives." The conference will close with a formal affair which will be staged at the spacious Ft. Whiting Armory Auditorium.
Frisco Mayor Nominates Brother SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. â€” Attorney Terry A. Francois has been nominated by Mayor George Christopher to serve a two year term on San Francisco's new Fair Employment Practices Commission. The nomination was made this week along with the naming of six other persons who will compose the first Fair Employment Practices Commission established in the State of California. Brother Francois was the only Negro named to the Commission. The original ordinance was passed several weeks ago by the unanimous vote of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors after a long and tough campaign. The Commission will receive, investigate and adjust complaints of racial or religious discrimination in hiring, firing, upgrading and union membership. It will also foster an educational program to combat economic discrimination. Uncorrected violations of this ordinance will be enforceable in the Courts. A violator who does not comply with the Court's ruling on a matter referred to it by the FEBRUARY, 1958
Commission will be subject to the Court's severe penalties for contempt. Brother Francois is one of the authors of the present ordinance. The 36 year old attorney holds degrees from Xavier of New Orleans, Atlanta University and University of Cali(Continued on page 26)
Negro he has blended his musical and loquacious talents, his superstition (Voodoo in Hait), and his peculiar African dance. These features account for much of the gaiety of the Latins. Segregation as such is not a sizeable problem in Latin America. In some areas class distinction is found. The Negro has a different problem in separate corners of the globe. With this in mind Abdia Nascimento, a mulatto lawyer in Brazil and founder of the Teatro Experimental do Negro in 1944 (The Negro Experimental Theatre) believes that Negroes in his country should organize to achieve full partnership in the community to improve their culture and education. It is not necessary for these Negroes to form an organization like the NAACP to fight for first-class citizenship. An important fact about the Brazillians is that they would prefer to be known as the Brazillian race, rather than delineated into separate groups: The Negroes, the Indians, or the Namelucos (Portuguese: Indian and white blood). In the Republic of Haiti there is class distinction among the colored people; the mulattoes or fairer-skinned Negroes consider themselves the social elites and political opportunists (approximately 8 per cent of the total population). There is political turmoil, a fact which detracts from the intentions of Negroes to gain equal recognition in the world. In general, there is no marked segregation problem affecting any one country in Latin America as is so outstanding in our own United States.
W I V E S ARE B E H I N D S O U T H E R N Members of the Alpha W i v e s , Auxiliary
They have prepared activities for the wives and guests of visiting Southern
1958. Front row, reading from
Emanuel C a r t e r , Mrs. J . A . Franklin, Mrs. P. W .
M r s . Samuel Calloway,
G o o d e , Mrs. Jerry Rushing, M r s . John F.
gomery. Rear row, reading from left to right: M r s . C l a u d e O d o m , Mrs. T. N . D e W i t t , Mrs. John Finley, Mrs. C a r l Gibson, M r s . C l e m e n t H a i e u r ,
Brothers in M o b i l e during
Reed, Mrs. R. B.
Mrs. J . P. Dixon, M r s . Leslie
Taylor and Mrs. W . O . Jones.
son is this year's cadet lieutenant colonel. Organizations headed by Delta XI members are: Brother Alfred Hicks, president of Alpha TauPhi; Brother Edward Black, Vice President of the Junior Class, Treasurer of the Junior Class and a member of the Men's Senate; Brother Archie Hightower, Moderator of Student Speakes; Brother Gerald C. Hines, Administrative adviser to the student council; Brother Clady Hubbard, Sergeant-at-Arms of AIA; Brother Andrew W. Jones, Editor to the Sphinx Senior Class officer and executive officer of the Men's Senate; Brother Lawrence Jones, Chief Justice of the Student Court, Chemical Re(Continued on Page 27) â€˘
Frisco Mayor (Continued from page 24) fornia's Hastings College of Law. For the past six years he has been a member of the Executive Board and Chairman of the Legal Redress Committee of the San Francisco Branch NAACP. In such capacity he has waged on behalf of the community an effective campaign against police brutality and organized a boycott against the Yellow Cab Company for it's discriminatory hiring policies. This boycott recently came to a halt when the taxi company's president stated he would hire Negro drivers. Attorney Francois resides with his wife Marion, and three sons, at 1608 10th Avenue, San Francisco. He is a member of the County Central Committee, Republican Party and the Budget Study Committee of the United Community Fund and has been active as a board member of the Northern California Service League and the San Francisco Chapter of the American Association for the United Nations. The new commission will be headed by Council J. Goodell, retired associate justice of the District Court of Appeal. Others nominated were John F. Brady, retired deputy superintendent of schools; Peter E. Hass, vice president of Levi Strauss and Company; John F. Henning, research director for the California Federation of Labor; Roger Lapham, former S. F. Mayor and Mrs. Robert Alderman, housewife and active member of the League of Women Voters. Brother Francois is a member of Gamma Chi Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha, Far Western Regional Attorney. Crossed the sands in Beta Tau Chapter, Xavier U. in 1939.
Delta XI nlarches
Wilberforce, Ohio â€” During the school year 1956-57, Delta XI chapter of Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, accomplished many things and, we look upon them with pride. Although our record for the past year was an outstanding one, we can not live in retrospect but must make achievements in the present by maintaining the high standards and ideals indicative of manhood and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity PAGE 26
Incorporated. Although the fraternity has many domstic functions as well as as activities to preform, it spends a great deal of its time assisting whenever there is an opportunity to improve the social and cultural atmosphere. New Officers for 1957-58 are: Brothers Monroe Freeman; President, Gerald Hines; Vice President, Charles Mitchell; Recording Secretary, O. C. Edwards; Assistant Recording Secretary, Curtis Washington; Corresponding Secretary, Wilmer E. Smith; Treasurer, Taylor Perry; Parliamentarian, Alfred Hicks; Dean of Pledgees, Andrew W. Jones; Editor to the Sphinx, Raymond Swann; Historian, Clady Hubbard; Sergeant-at-Arms, Archie Hightower; Chaplain. At present and officially, Delta XI Chapter is twenty nine members strong with a total of thirty-four pledgees and an interest group called Alpha Men of Tomorrow (A. M. O. T.) which is fifty members strong. However, our membership is to increase by more than sixty percent in December of 1957. It is not to be misunderstood that numbers are the important thing, rather, it is unity, cooperation, interest, hard work and the ideologies a group has that goes into the making of an eternal Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. In leadership Delta XI is outstanding. Representation of Alpha men in organizations is not limited to just one but many, many others. The Student Council president is Brother George Alexander. The president of the junior class is Brother John Jordan and the president of the senior class is Brother Curtis Washington. Brother John Ma-
Brother Poulard Rockerfeller Fellow To Yale Congradulations to Brother Grady Poulard, Jr., president of the Southern Uuiversity Student Association, an honor graduate, and a dynamic leader and stalwart member of Beta Sigma Chapter, who recently was awarded a Rockerfeller Fellowship. The fellowship allows Poulard to attend any Divinity school of his choice in the United States or Canada. The Rockerfeller petition and only forty-five are offered each year. This marks the first time that a Southern University student has received such an honor. Brother Poulard plans to attend Yale University Divinity School in September.
GRADY E. PAULARD
Have Your Cake and Eat It Too !! NEW YORK CITY: Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter, reached its peak in financial membership in 1957, with a total of 104. The goal for 1958 is 200 financial brothers. The following brothers joined the fraternal family and saw the light November 1957; Brothers Dr. Phillip Beach, Ernest Faith, Atty. Maurice Gray and Dr. Duncan Thorne. The high light of the year, however, was the Tie in of the N.A.A.C.P. Freedom Fund Drive with the formal dance, "SALUTE TO ALPHA WIVES AND SWEETHEARTS". On the invitations read the following; "Fun and frolic is the theme for tonight, but integration is an every day fight. A contribution of at least $1.00 will be appreciated for the N. A. A. C. P. Freedom Fund". We are happy to report a total of $336.45 was contributed at the door. The money was turned over to Brother Robert Carter, of the N. A. A. C. P. Legal Department during the intermission by Brother Marvin Riley, president of Alpha Gamma Lambda. As Brother Riley stated, it is our hope that other chapters will make this same approach and make a contribution to the Freedom Fund a part of their 1958 Formal dance. This is a case where you can "HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO". 1958 will see Alpha Gamma Lambda launch its SCHOLARSHIP AND STUDENT AID PROGRAM. In view of the alarming high percentage of young people who are dropping out of school before completion of High School and the necessity for gainful occupation in a highly competative market it becomes imperative for those of us occuping positions of leadership, to prepare and share in the preparation processes of our youth. It is the feeling of Alpha Gamma Lambda, that much can be accomplished in exposing youngsters to the personalities that can stimulate, encourage and motivate a desire in them to better prepare themselves to face the future. The three point program is as follows. (A) It shall be the purpose of the Chapter to exhaust every possible avenue of approach in helping to stimulate, encourage and assist youngsters in completion of Junior and Senior High School. FEBRUARY, 1958
(b) Organize and execute effective Guidance Programs by Utilization of resources already available to the chapter. Personal Contacts with brothers in various professional endeavors. (c) Secure information from school principles and other compet e n t sources p e r t a i n i n g to youngsters in need of this type of service.
"Reclamation Depends On Attitudes"
Delta XI (Continued From Page 26) search and a member of Beta Kappa Chi; Brother John Mason, distinguished military student, cadet lieutenant colonel, honor student, Beta Kappa Chi member and a member of the student council; Brother Charles Mitchell, President of the choral ensemble, Secretary (recording) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.; Brother John Jordan, an honor student, member of Beta Kappa Chi and Alpha Kappa Mu honor society and a student council officer; Brother Taylor Perry, Editor in chief of the Centralian Annual Year Book Staff, parliamentarian of AIA and a member of Beta Kappa Chi; Brother Raymond Swann, histor(Continued on Page 30)
THIS IS THE CAKE! Brother Marvin Riley, president of Alpha Gamma Lambda, presenting the $336.45 collected at the Formal dance, to Brother Robert Carter of the Legal Department of NAACP.
BROTHER O. WILSON WINTERS
Frat Chat To the many friends I met at the Los Angeles convention and to those who said a kind word about my column I shall give a few minutes to "Frat Chat." I don't promise much Frat Fun nor will I indulge in any sublety of humor, satire or explosive wit. I merely want to thank you for the encouragement I received that makes it possible to sit here late at night, alone, with the rest of my family gently shifting into the deeper and gentler snoring period of their nightly slumber. I missed my space in the Convention number of the Sphinx because the Editor went to press two weeks earlier than expected in order to enable the printer to give his employees an earlier vacation. At the convention I distributed a few Frat Fun Convention Bulletins and I have a few left which I will mail out upon request as long as they last. So tear off the coupon at the end of this column and send it to me with your name and address and I will send you a copy. If you fail to find a coupon on the page on which this column ends, tear out a check from your check-book, sign it and send it to me. If you are too busy, just send the check I'll fill it out. Better still, send me your check-book. Leaving Chicago I went to Los Angeles on the Santa Fe's Super Chief. There were only forty-nine passengers on the train including Kim Novack, Brother Dr. "Shag" Taylor of Boston, the debonair Kermit Hall, Alpha's Comptroller, Brother Dr. McDonald and wife from Chicago and little tired old me. It's surprising how much wisdom one picks up on such trips. For the next few minutes let us read a few choice cullings: PAGE 28
Assorted Frat Chats What this country needs is an automotive device to make the brakes get tight when the driver does. Why is it a middle-aged woman won't admit her age and a middleaged man won't act his? It's hard to please people when they are too easily pleased with themselves. It isn't at all strange that couples who marry for real love seldom ever do it again. The candlemaker still has the best job. He works only on wick ends. Horse sense is that peculiar sense that horses have which prevents them from ever betting on men. Many a man's secret ambition is to think up the right retort at the right time instead of an hour later. The old sage points out one more difference between a pessimist and an optimist. The former says, "I'm in a rut;" the latter, "I'm in the groove. It takes more than the stretch of the imagination to make one broadminded. "Travel broadens one," said she. "Yes," said he, "particularly horseback riding." What the teen-agers need now-adays is a pat on the back provided it's low enough. You can stop a quarrel by letting things drop; this also applies to strip teasing. By the time a man is fixed for life he has about worried himself to death. We know where the expression "better half" came from—"better do this, better do that." As the farmer said when he saw the rooster stop chasing the hen across the road and started pecking.— And the hired man drove by in a cart full of corn which was spilling out behind his tracks, "Gee, I hope I never gits that hungry." Club Car Chit Chat A man in Denver advertised for a wife, and boasted that he received 200 replies. "What did the answers read like?" he was asked. "Most of them" he admitted, "said 'You can have mine.' " A copy of a letter written by a girl who had an afterthought after reading the evening paper. "Dear John: Words cannot express the deep re-
grets I feel at having broken our engagement. Will you please come back to me? Your absence from my side leaves a void that no one can ever fill. Please forgive me and let us start again. "I love you! I love you! I love you!" Your adoring Sally P. S. Congratulations on winning the Irish Sweepstakes." (Continued on Page 32) •
Four New Brothers P I N E B L U F F , ARK. — Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter takes pleasure and pride in presenting four new brothers who crosed the scorshing desert in the Spring Initiation: Brother Robert C. Haynie was graduatad from the A. M. and N. College and from the University of Arkansas; he is Arkansas State Director of Agricultural Teacher Training. Brother George Howard Jr. did his undergraduate work at Lincoln University (Mo.) and his professional preparation (law) at the University of Arkansas where he was the first Negro to be elected to head his dormitory organization; he is President of the Pine Bluff Branch of the N. A. A. C. P. Brother Carl E. Hyman is a graduate of Fisk Uuiversity and of Meharry Medical College; he is a practicing physician in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Brother U. S. Reed is a graduate of A. M. and N. College who did post-graduate work at Atlanta University and at Fisk University. A graduate of Meharry Medical College, he has also had experience in the field of education. Brother S. A. Haley, retired from A. M. and N. College at the end of the past fiscal year, was honoree at a mammoth testimonial-a dignified and impressive affair-tendered by A. M.. and N. College. Principle speaker was F. Marcellus Staley, Dean of the College of Agriculture, South Carolina. Naturally much good humor occured around these two Cornelhans in the field of Agriculture-Haley and Staley, and the CORNELL CREED served as point of departure for the occasion. Brother Charles L. Shepard resigned from A. M. and N. College to return to his home in Kansas. Delta Sigma Lambda Chapter presented these brothers with tokens of their admiration and esteem as they de(Continued on Page 29) THE SPHINX
Chapter Charts 1958 Course DETROIT, MICHIGANâ€”Gamma Lambda Chapter re elected Brother Junius Taylor to a third Presidential term. Brother Lawrence Lackey is the newly elected Vice President and purportedly being groomed for the next presidency. Other officers are: Brothers James Adams, Recording Secretary; Barton Morris, Financial Secretary; Howard Gray, Treasurer; Russell Estelle, Sgt. At Arms; Jack Maddox, Editor of Sphinx; George Taylor and Levin Weiss, Executive Board Members. Holiday Festivity Galore was reported by Brother Maurice Houston, Entertainment Committee Chairman. The Statler Hotel's Michigan Room was the scene of the closed formal cocktail festival, Saturday December 28th. Food, corsages, dancing and fraternization were all a part of that night's festivities. The newly appointed Entertainment Committee Co-Chaired by Brothers Gus Ogletree and Russell Estelle has planned an elaborate social program for '58 for Detroit's 300 Alpha Brothers. The evening of March 22nd will find Brother Judge Myles Paige, National President delivering the Principal Address at Gamma Lambda's formal Founders Day Banquet to be attended by Brothers, wives and sweethearts in the Crystal Ballroom of the Fort Shelby Hotel. Following the banquet, Brothers will adjourn to the Subterranean Choral Ballroom where they'll join with their guests in an evening of dancing and gayety. July will again be "Annual Boat Ride" month to Detroit's Alpha circle. The usual midnight cruise coupled with a stop over at recreational BobLo Island and followed by an AfterGIo at the Alpha House will attract the same eager following it has sustained for the past 4 years. Brother William T. Patrick, Jr. has been elected to Detroit's Common Council and is the first Negro in Detroit's history to ever serve on the Council. Patrick, Jr. attended Detroit public school. He won midwestern championship in the Elks' oratorical contest and a $1,000 college scholarship. As a finalist he went on to take national honors in the national public speaking competition. FEBRUARY, 1958
BROTHER WILLIAM PATRICK JR. "Detroit's
impressive presentation of cases, Patrick became one of the prosecutor's chief trial attorneys. His record with jury trials earned him the highest respect of the legal profession. He also is a board member of the NAACP, state legal advisor and past assistant national legal advisor of the Elks, a member of the Wayne County Civic League, a member and past national officer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and a board member of the Metropolitan Detroit U. S. O. Patrick's other affiliations include the Aero Club of Michigan, the Air Force Association, Tom Phillips American Legion Post, YMCA, the Duffers Club, the Booker T. Washington Trade Association, the Wolverine Bar Association, the Michigan State Bar Association and the National Bar Association.
The scholarship enabled the determined Patrick to attend Howard University, where he graduated in 1942 with a brilliant record. During summers he served as a counselor at the Urban League's Green Pastures camp for youngsters. Patrick's fine scholastic record continued while he attended the University of Michigan Law School. He received his law degree in 1946 and was admitted as an attorney to the Michigan Bar the same year. During World War II, Patrick served for one and a half years in the United States Air Force. From 1950 through 1953 the talented Common Council member served as an assistant Wayne County prosecuting attorney under Prosecutor Gerald K. O'Brien. Because of his throrough knowledge of law and his
Four New Brothers (Continued From Page 28) parted. Brother Sanford B. Toilette has left the chapter seat, but has signified his intention of remaining affiliated as he is not very far away. Brother Hyman has suspended his practice for special work at Meharry for two or three years. At the September meeting, our delegate to the General Convention, Brother H. L. Parker gave a glowing account of the California Convention. Delta Sigma Lambda has begun purchase of a life memberdship in N. A.. A. C. P. We also have a land-purchase project underway, which is going to require much of our attention. Brother George Haley, an attorney attached to the Kansas City municipal legal system, was a brief visitor on the occasion of his father's testimonial.
A GREAT EVENING The Queen of the Sweethearts Court of 1957-58 of Alpha Upsilon, Merle McClendon, as she was introduced at the annual spring formal Desltadesis. Escorting her is Brother Clyde Turner while the brothers fom an aisle for her.
Delta XI (Continued from page 27) ian of AIA; Brother Willie Smith, chairman of the music commitee and a member of the Centralian Collegeians; Brother O. C. Edwards, Assistant Secretary of AIA, and the assistant house director of Hughes Hall; Brother Charles Webster, Staff Officer and a member of the Student Court; Brother Guy Wood, a member of the Student Court and Men's Senate and Brother Atha Nixon, president of the Arts Club. Not only is Delta Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incoporated, supported by its members but also the graduate chapter Chi Lambda here at Central State College. These graduate brothers are interested enough to attend our meetings and give brotherly assistance. What could be more inspirational than the continual practice of the original purpose of the founders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. On November 15, 1957, we held our Annual Smoker at 8:00 p.m. in Arnett Cafeteria. This smoker was in combination with having the AKA's dine and dance with potential members and quest after the program had been completed, a capacity crowd was in attendance and a enjoyable evening was had by all. Indications were that this year's smoker exceeded previous years in: entertainment, originality, interest and attendance. Naturally, we consider this smoker a success and are extremely proud. It was once said by the Master "How good and how perfect it is for bretheren to dwell together in unity". It is this type of brotherhood in existence here at Delta Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, where scholarship, manly deeds, love for all mankind and understanding are our basis for success. Yes, Delta Xi is and has been taking giant steps with perfect timing. Delta Xi Marches Onward. Editor of the Sphinx Andrew W. Jones Address: Mr. Andrew W. Jones Central State College Pinn Hall Room No. 126 Wilberforce, Ohio
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Alpha Historian Reports To Convention Greetings: LOS ANGELES, CALIF. â€” I have the honor and pleasure of presenting, as your historian, a report which covers two major projects which have been completed since the General Convention, 1956, in August at Buffalo, New York. The first of these is the publication of THE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY STORY, 1906-1956. This is a compendium of the proceedings and addresses of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Buffalo, New York, August 7-11, 1956. Brother James E. Huger, our General Secretary, has announced that copies are being mailed to all the chapters. This is a brochure of 92 pages and is printed by the M. L. Forniss Printing Co., Birmingham, Alabama. There is an introduction, and transition comment is continued through the entire program at this Convention with the inclusion of the addresses which were obtainable. The process of following this manuscript through the presses was undertaken by the Office of the General Secretary and its distribution has been handled through his office. The second project undertaken by your historian was the completion of the fiftieth Anniversary edition of the History of Alpha Phi Alpha. This volume was sent to the presses in May, 1957, and has just begun to be
distributed by the General Secretary. The previous edition, the 7th edition, was issued in 1953, and embraced 536 pages with 121 illustrations. The price submitted by the printers for 3,000 copies in this year was $5,236.60. The new 1957 edition, the 8th edition, contains revisions of material previously contained in the volume with additional illustrations which have been secured. There are also two additional chapters: The Fifteenth under the title "The Concept of Progress" and the Sixteenth Chapter with the title. "The Golden Anniversary Story". Additional appendixes carry material which is regarded of historical value. The total volume now embraces 655 pages with 163 illustrations, 119 more pages than the previous edition and 42 additional illustrations. There were 3,000 copies of the History of Alpha Phi Alpha in this revised edition of 1957 and the price as quoted prior to printing for these copies was $8,166.92 with one new cut made subsequent to the quotation of $4.80 cost, making the total price by the printer of $8,171.72. The new price of the History as established by vote of the Executive Council is $6.00 with postage and cost of packaging being additional. This means that the 3,000 copies of the History should normally bring around $18,(Con tinned on Page 31)
ALPHA WIVES PARTICIPATE IN PLANNING Alpha wives helped make the Eastern Regional a huqe success. Photographed at the closing banquet were: Mrs. Turnce C. Johnson, Philadelphia; Mrs. Charles A. Bro.-ddus: Mrs. Leslie Hayling, Trenton; Mrs. Myles A. Paige, New York; and Mrs. Edward Wilkins, Philadelphia. Mrs. Broaddus and Mrs Wilkins coordinated the activities of the two Alpha wives organizations.
Upsilon Lambda JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA â€” Since 1925 when Upsilon Lambda Chapter was charted and organized, the brothers in the Gateway City have striven to hold high the torch of Alpha. Many distingushed brothers from all sections of the country have served Alphadom through Upsilon Lambda Chapter. We are proud to have the guidance and experience of three of the charter members. They are Brothers A. St. George Richardson, Robert Lynon, and Brother Dr. R. N. Gordon. In the past decade we have been satisfied to concern ourselves with actively supporting scholarships for deserving young men and women. We have supported various chartibale organizations and contributed to cultural and recreational programs. The theme of the 43rd convention however, "The Challanges and Responsibilities of Integration" points a new area of concentration, a new demand for leadership which Alpha can and will offer. We of Upsilon Lambda therefore will exert social action on the local level and offer leadership to our community during these crucial times. We join hands with Alphas around the world in the fight against bigotry, intolerance and second class citizenship. Under the dynamic leadership of Brother W. T. Harper, the Chapter has embarked upon a vigorous relamation program to bring back into the ranks of Alpha all inactive brothers in the Jacksonville area. On the social side, t he Alpha Wives Auxiliary recently entertained the brothers at the Country Home of Brother Dr. Nelson Spaulding. The families enjoyed such recreation as fishing, softball, bridge, hiking and archery.
New Philadelphia Sheraton Hotel Alpha Phi Alpha's Forty-fourth General Convention Headquarters DECEMBER, 1958 â€” Start Planning Now!!!
Alpha Historian (Continued From Page 30) 000. This would mean a profit for our Fraternity, when this edition has been completed in its sales. As is obvious to each of us, the profit is not the important consideration in the matter of publishing our history. This project has significance far beyond the profit in the maintaining of the Fraternity's continuity through the years and the (Continued on Page 34) FEBRUARY, 1958
ST. LOUIS WIVES AWARD SCHOLARSHIP Alpha Wives Auxiliary of the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, St. Louis, Mo., awards three-year scholarship to Sphinxman Marvin Edward Works, who is a sophomore in the School of Fine Arts of Washington University, St. Louis. The student is shown receiving the first of three yearly checks for $400 each from Mrs. Frederick T. Simms, left, president of the auxiliary, and Mrs. William P. Overby, chairman of scholarship committee.
Fraternity Fun (Continued From Page 28) Auroraâ€”"What do you think was the reason God made woman last?" Borealisâ€”"Probably because he didn't want any advice while he was creating man." * ** "That Los Angeles convention was really something." said the delegate to his wife. "It was a real battle of wits." * ** "How brave are you," yawned his wife, "to go completely unarmed." * ** Christopher had taken a lass for a ride in his Thunderbird, when out in the middle of nowhere it broke down. Undaunted, the lad waxed amorous. "My kisses," he urged, "will put new life in you." "Zat so?" she mocked. "Then, why don't you hop out and kiss the car?" * ** This and That What is Semantics? Listen to this Monologue. "It's only natural that Hortense is fastidious. Her father was fast and her mother was hideous." * ** A teacher was explaining the wonders of the universe to a lower grade in a newly integrated school. "Just think!" she said, "The light we need comes all the way from the sun, at
ALPHA WIVES, AUXILIARY OF IOTA LAMBDA CHAPTER, AT RECENT ANNUAL "FASHION NOTES" AT INDIANAPOLIS PHYLLIS WHEATLEY Y.W.C.A. Seated left to right are: Mesdames Theodore Randall, Louis Simpson, James Cummings, Ralph Hanley, John Moore, president; Theodore Simpson, Jr., and Roy Clinthorne. Standing are: Mesdames Leon Bradford, William Chapman, Clifton Scott, LaVerne Newsome, Fred Williams, Grant Hawkins, Anderson Dailey, and Wilbur Chenault. Not shown are: Mesdames John James, chairman of the affair; Robert Wright, Theodore H. Simpson, Sr., Henry Richardson, Spurling Clark, Alfred Grayson, Mercer Mance, Ernest Boone, Alonio Watford, Charles Thomas, Joseph Downey, Arnold Banister, Mrs. La Verne E. Newsome, Reporter.
a speed of 186,000 miles a second. "Isn't that almost unbelievable?" "Aw, I dunno," Sammy Jones retorted. "After all, it's downhill all the way." * ** Dinner guest at a banquet: Will you pass the nuts, Professor?" Preoccupied Professor: "I suppose so, but I really should flunk most of them."
ONE DAY MIDWEST
The week end was a memorable one for Alpha men in Cincinnati. On Saturday we were hosts to a one day Midwestern Region Round-up, attended by 48 brothers of the Region who packed a tremendous amount of business into such a short session. This region intends to maintain its leadership and reclamation, and many ideas were shared by the brothers in that line. The greatest achievement of this session was the laying of plans whereby a fund for chapter housing in the Midwest will be established to supplement the National Housing Fund. This was deemed necessary as many undergraduate chapters in the Region are losing prestige and even may lose their charter on campuses due to failure to provide a chapter house. Under the plan each chapter in the Region would be asked to include in its yearly budget, a fee for this housing fund with a committe to be selected to administer the fund. The Round Up terminated in a banquet at which Brother Milton S . J . Wright of Wilberforce University was the principal speaker. His topic was the "Role of Fraternities in America." Brother Anderson Davis, Midwest Vice President, presided, Brother B. F. Cann was chairman of the Round-Up Committee of the host chapter.
* * * Real Estate Agent: "Now, here's a house without a flaw." Harvard Grad: "What on earth do you walk on?" * ** Then there was the dear old lady who sent her pastor a box of assorted goodies with this note: "Dear Pastor: Knowing that you do not eat sweets, I am sending the candy to your wife and nuts to you." * ** Artist: "Any suggestions?" Model: "Why yes. You've been painting for the last half hour without any paint on your brush." * ** Bill to Phil: "Say there's a fellow in our town who looks like Abraham Lincoln, he speaks like Lincoln and he walks like Lincoln. He is so obsessed with the strange coincidence that he's not going to be satisfied until someone assassinates him." Phil to Bill: "There was a fellow in our town who longed to be regarded as a great orator. He adored Patrick Henry and would always end his speeches quoting the famous words of that great orator, "Give me liberty or give me death." No matter what the occasion or the subject in question he would sneak in these immortal words. At a large banquet of medical men at which several speakers were called upon for after-dinner remarks he was asked to speak on "Indigestion." "At last," they chortled, "we (Continued on Page 34) IMF SPHINX
Undergraduate Chapter Closes A Great Year . . . DETROIT, MICH.â€”With the annual spring formal, "Deskadesis," Alpha Upsilon chapter closed out another great year. Between September 1956 and June 1957 much was heaid of Alpha in academic, cultural and social circles on Wayne State University's campus. The fall semester was ushered in in grand fashion with a back to school dance. The affair was held in the Polar Room of the Veterans Memorial Building. During the dance the brothers and their guests were treated to a surprise visit by Governor E. Mennen Williams. In November, Miss Pat Conway, a member of our Sweethearts Court of 1956-1957, was elected to the five member annual Homecoming Court out of a field of fifteen contestants. Miss Conway received the highest number of votes from the 18,000 enrolled students. Christmas night saw another successful Alpha dance. This one was given on campus, where an estimated 350 people came out for "Christmas Capers." The function proved to be both a financial and social success. Immediately after the Christmas recess, all social and fraternal activity came to a temporary halt as the brothers prepared for the onslaught of final exams and then the glory of mid-year commencement. Brother Jesse Goodwin, an honor student in biochemistry,
won his Ph.D. at these exercises. All of Alpha Upsilon is proud of Brother Goodwin and his achievement. He was later a recipient of our annual award to our most outstanding brother. BocPCTIrser,?pn cmf mfwy fwyp pp The spring term of 1957 brought on a marked upsurge in overall fraternity activity on the part of the brothers. Another social success was the annual "Alpharama" in February. The dance featured an intermission floor show which displayed talent from various sources on and off campus. However, the house was brought down by a comedy chorus line of eight brothers dressed in Bermuda shorts and suit jackets. They hoofed their way through "Jim Dandy" thus ending a great show. The remainder of the school year proved to be much more than just a series of dances and parties. The brothers devoted considerable attention to matters of cultural and civic significance. Such projects were recognition of "Brotherhood Week," with a singing program on campus where anyone, regardless of race or religion, was invited to come and sing in harmony with the other guests. At a later date, a lecture was given at school by one of the brothers, Sinclair Hopkins, entitled "I've Known Rivers." The cultural and social history of the American Negro was traced from his
arrival on the first slave ships to the present. Later on in the spring, Mother's Day was recognized by the chapter with the annual Mother's Day Tea given at the fraternity house. Twenty-five mothers of Alpha brothers showed up for the affair. April 16 saw a history making transfer of pledges carried out between Alpha Upsilon and a white fraternity on campus. Kappa Nu. Ten Sphinxmen were traded for twenty-one Kappa Nu pledges for two days. The entire affair attracted considerable campus and city-wide attention and praise. It was generally agreed that this was a great step towards understanding and friendship between all Wayne students. Owing to the success of the swap, it has been decided to make it an annual affair. After the Easter recess the brothers then knuckled down to some serious rehearsing for the annual I. F. C. Sing. Nine fraternities competed for top honors in group singing ability. With the theme of "Caribbean Fantasy," Alpha placed second. This marked the fourth consecutive year that the chapter has placed in this competition. Over the past we have placed first, third, first and second in successive years. We are eagerly looking forward to regaining our first place next year. Although we had to content our(Confinued on Page 36)
CHAPTER HONORS JEWEL KELLEY Beta Pi Lambda presents Jewel a gold inscribed watch. Left to right: Brother George A. Poyer, Chairman, Testimonial Committee; Brother Donald W . Johnson, President, Beta Pi Lambda Chapter; Jewel George B. Kelley, Brother J. Rupert Picott, Eastern Vice President; Brother Lamar Perkins, Toastmaster.
Karuziika, Kabarole P.O. Box 89, Kabarole Toro, Uganda, E. Africa
ZETA MU LAMBDA Left to right: Brothers Dr. J. A. Taylor Sr. DDS, Business Manager; T. L. Johnson, Secretary; W . F. Calbert, Dr. G. R. Mason Sr. President; T. A. Battle, Treasurer; Standing: Brothers Glenwood Boggs, C. L. Murfree, J . A. Crawford, B. R. Rogers, P. Simmons, Associate Editor to the Sphinx; W . Sneed, W . H. Thorpe Chaplain; Brother S. A. T. Hodge.
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have him throttled." Very much under the influence of the spirit of the occasion and the other "spirits" thereof he rose unsteadily but dramatically. Pushing his hand within the bosom of his vest and flailing the other arm in characteristically oratorical gestures, be bellowed, "Indigestion?" Indigestion, dyspepsia, or colic is simply a disfunctioning of the digestive apparatus, producing a discomfort that arises from incomplete metabolism causing the product of this condition to materialize as gas, abdominal gas. Then in a wild state of frenzy it traverses the entire 218 feet of the alimentary canal and in its mad effort to escape it cries out in despair, "Give me liberty or give me death." And now Rev. Brother C. Anderson Davis, the very popular and a most efficient Mid western Vice President and also one who was a source of much comfort to this ailing Frat Fun columnist at the Los Angeles convention, I will close this Frat Chat, Chit Chat, and This and That, so you can betake your mind and thoughts back to the preparation of your Sunday sermonâ€”if indeed, you even left it for this fraternal verbiage. A tutor who tooted a flute Tried to teach two young tooters to toot. Said the two to the tutor, "Is it harder to toot, or To tutor two tooters, to toot?"
erages in scholarship on this campus. We are also looking forward to a prosperous second semester which again finds some impressive activities planned.
Alpha Historian (Continued from page 31) establishment of a historical tradition. It might be well to conclude this report on the history, although it is probable that you will see copies of it at this convention, with the preface to this eight edition. It is as follows: "The dawn of the year, 1956, marking the 50th anniversary year of the organization of Alpha Phi Alpha and the need for additional copies of this volume have influenced the decision by the General Convention to publish this 50th anniversary volume. The new material covers the years, 1950-1956 and the entire volume embraces the period, 1905-1956. This span is a significant one in the history of any college organization. May the story of these years serve to inspire and encourage the continuation of the important special program inaugurated by Alpha Phi Alpha and may its present membership and those of the future be reminded continuously that their greatest service is to motivate the practice of the ideals of the American tradition."
I am taking this opportunity of writing you from the heart of Africa, where the savages sprung from. It was so sudden that I didn't have any chance to say good bye to you brothers who are even in New York or Brooklyn. The travelling injections took so much time and pain. As you know when you leave home it takes so much energy in packing and you cannot afford to have overweight luggage. I was called so suddenly to come and help my people form a new constitution and agreement between Toro Kingdom and the British Government. After a long deliberation of work we came to a deadlock. These are some of the points on which we could not agree: They were proposals made by the Toro delegation. 1. That there should be established in Toro a ministerial system of Government involving a council of ministers with collective responsibility, the Katikiro (Prime Minister) selecting his own colleagues as ministers. 2. That the Toro Rukurato (Parliament) should be divided into upper and lower chambers; the upper chamber consisting of official, ex-officio and appointed members and the lower chamber entirely of elected members sitting with the Katikiro. 3. That the selection of Chiefs should be the responsibility of the Rukurato as a whole rather than of the appointments committee. 4. That the District Commissioners title should be changed, and that his functions and powers should be defined and reduced. In addition, agreement could not be reached on a number of points, but the Rukurato representatives indicated that they did not regard these as being so fundamental as those listed above. But do you see anything wrong with any of these points, brothers? Brothers, I never knew that my people could have thought enough of me to lay this sacred task in my hands, so shall I say as brother Wesley would say that, "Brothers we need a prayer"â€”and I certainly need that from everoyne of you. It was a pleasure to hear from Dr. Wesley, M.L. Harris and Dr. Woolfolk (Mai), he is the only unfortunate brother who saw me off and S. J. Milton Wright. I will appreciate all brothers who could drop me a line, and if you have a book, spare it and send it to me. I am libraryless in the wilderness of Africa, and letters take so much time to reach here by sea, so write by air, please: and I will trv my best writing to you in the SPHINX.' I see my time is up, brothers, Fraternally yours, Nyabongo. P. S. You will be interested to know that some of the good colleges in the States have given scholarships to the savages to come and study in the States and to live among the civilized community.
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The Alpha Phi Alpha Headquarters LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — Probably one of the greatest single steps that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has taken in this generation was the purchasing of our home and headquarters in Chicago. It is good that those who led this movement were strong enough in their convictions to move forward in spite of the many difficulties. The National Home may not be all each of us would have it to be, however, we should realize that perfection is not gained over-night, even in a life-time, therefore, we have an opportunity to take what we have and make what we want. When the Committee was appointed at the Miami Convention, it was given the responsibility of raising funds to furnish our National Headquarters. It was, also, our hope we could raise enough funds to replace the amount borrowed from the reserve fund in order to purchase the house. Our goal was set at $7,000. For the convenience of the Regions, they were asked to raise the following amounts: Eastern Region $500; Southwest Region $1,000; Midwest Region $1,500; Western Region $1,500; Southern Region $2,500. Up to January, 1956 we raised $2,675.32, just S4.428.68 short of our goal. Since that time we have raised approximately $500 to date. There are about 50 unpaid pledges representing approximately $3,310.
FORWARD FRANKFORT, KY. — The end of the first semester has all but come to a close here at Kentucky State College, and we are all looking forward to what the future, the second semester, holds for us. Before we look into the future, let's take a backward glance and see what the men of Beta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., have been doing this semester. We started the school year off by making that "first impression a lasting impression" by having a "back to school" dinner with our AKA sisters in the school cafeteria. This was only the beginning of the FEBRUARY, 1958
A total of $6,517 was raised for the Annual Headquarters prior to the 1954 Convention in Miami. Our goal was set at $5,000 over and above all donations that had previously been raised for the headquarters. Alpha Phi Alpha has a fine National Headquarters, but one of the sad features is this—we have no arrangements for up-keep, repairs and future expansion. It is time for us to think very seriously about this matter, and to make preparation to meet these problems. In the light of the above statment your Committee submits the following recommendations for your consideration: 1. That, a vigorous Fraternity-wide Campaign be put on to raise $5,000 to complete our project which was started at Miami. 2. That, a serious attempt be made to collect all unpaid pledges. 3. That every brother and every chapter be urged to make a substantial contribution. 4. That, this Campaign climax at the 1958 General Convention. A bronze plaque will be placed in the National House and will contain the names of all Alpha Brothers who make the following donations: $100.00 National Home Builders 50.00 National Home Decorators 25.00 National Home Furniturers By C. Anderson Davis, Mid-western Vice President For the Committee
activities sponsored by the Brothers in Beta Mu. For once again we made that "first impression" by having our annual smoker for the freshmen and new male students on the campus. Later that evening we joined our AKA sisters, who were also having their annual rush party for the freshmen and new female students on the campus, in the school gymnasium. All had fun playing games and dancing. Impressions, (first, good, etc.) seem to be a must with the Beta Mu, for the coming of "Homecoming" found the brothers having a reception for the visiting brothers of Delta Xi Chapter of Wilberforce, Ohio, and other visiting borthers on the campus that day. The reception was ended by the
brothers serenading at the women's dormitories. During the week of probation, six worthy men crossed the sands into "Dear ole Alphaland." Also during this time, the brothers of Beta Mu purchased sweaters bearing the name of our beloved fraternity. In the month of December, our annual Founder's Day Program was held. Brother Dr. A. J. Richards, head of the Romance Language Department here at KSC, was our speaker. A reception followed the program with Brother R. B. Atwood, president of Kentucky State College, leading the line. On this day, one impression that could be noted was that all the brothers af Bea Mu had on lapel flaps with the insignia of Alpha Phi Alpha on them. This about brings the first semester for the brothers of Beta Mu to a close. We face the second semester with the confidence that we will be at the top of the list for fraternity av< Continued on page 34)
A Brothers Opinion... JAY B. WHITE Attorney and Counselor A t Law Cleveland Trust Bank Building 5424 Woodland Avenue CLEVELAND 4, O H I O HEnderson 1-4122
Mr. W. Barton Beatty, Jr. 1229 Schofield Building Cleveland 15, Ohio Dear brother
. . I have had the good fortune in attending several conventions of our beloved fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. I believe that I am now in a position to voice an opinion as to what the most advantageous time of year to hold our annual convention. I believe that is the general consensus of all who have participated in the more recent conventions of 1956 and 1957 will agree that summer conventions are more profitable than the ones held in the winter. 1 would like to see our By-Laws amended so that the conventions held in the future be held during one of the summer months and I would like to suggest that a poll be taken to verify my firm belief. . . Trusting that all goes well with you, and please convey my warmest personal regards to Mrs. Beatty.. . Most Sincerely, Jay B. White
Beta Takes Forward Steps by BROTHER WILLIS N. BROWN, JR. Associate Editor of the Sphinx WASHINGTON, D. C—Whenever nity Chest drive and a trophy is awardan Alpha man is asked, "What are the ed to the organization contributing the aims of your Fraternity?", if he is a largest sum of money. The trophy is good Alpha, he will reply immediately, only a temporary possession, for it "Manly deeds, scholarship and love must be returned when the next drive takes place. However, if an organizafor all mankind." Last year Beta Chapter endeavored tion receives the trophy for three conto make each step a forward one, secutive years, it is awarded to them every aim our goal. We feel that the permanently. Needless to say, Beta activities of a fraternity should not Chapter has been the most recent ormerely be limited to social affairs or ganization to retire a trophy — "and making new members. They should love for all mankind." We are proud, not only of our merits entail the type of activities that are as a chapter, but as individuals as beneficial, not only to the Chapter, but well, for we held many key positions to the community as well. In the early months of the past within the campus community. Some school year we saw an opportunity to of them were: President of the Student Council, take a forward step. At that time the Red Cross was on our campus seeking Frank De Costa, the Eastern Regional blood donors. Few were the Alpha men Vice President at that time. Brother who hesitated to roll up their sleeves De Costa was also elected the "Most and donate a pint of their life's blood. Outstanding Greek on Campus" for Later in the year, we played a char- the school year '56-'57. President of rity basketball game with a service fra- the Greek Council, Brother James ternity and donated the proceeds to a Hall; Vice President of Tau Beta Pi, worthy organization—"Manly deeds." Brother Earl Griffin, which is the EnIn order to uphold the standard of gineering and Architecture Honor Frahigh scholarship for which our be- ternity; President of the American Inloved fraternity is known, we adopted stitute of Architects, President of the a new pledging policy. This policy is African Student Association and Treasdesigned to raise the pledgees' aca- urer of the Engineering and Architecdemic standing. Thus pledging activi- ture Student Council, Brother Aaron ties were minimized and studies were Milton. Because of his leadership abilities, emphasized. During that final glorious week when boys are made men, rather Brother Aaron Milton was elected as than have the prospective Alpha men our President for the present school parading around the campus clad in year. Brother Milton's first words as the paraphernalia of the typical pro- president were, "Brothers, though we bate, we sent them to the library to have had a successful year, we cannot further their search for knowledge. sit idly by viewing the past. We must The new policy proved to be very constantly strive toward reaching greatsuccessful, for the averages of the neo- er heights." Already he has begun phyte remained static, and in some making preparations to give Beta its best year yet, for Alpha men are not cases rose—"Scholarship." Each year Howard has a Commu- just men of words, but also of action.
Undergraduate Chapter Closes A Great Year (Continued From Page 33) selves with a second place in the Sing, we were able to enjoy victory in the annual Community Chest Drive. A plaque is awarded each year to the organization who is able to raise the most money for this charity fund. Alpha far outstripped all other groups and the sought after plaque now adorns our mantlepiece at the fraternity house PAGE 36
with the rest of the trophies that we have won. One of the most fabulous spring formals in years was given on June 15, the annual Deskadesis. Before the dance, the brothers enjoyed a closed champagne party where pink and white champagne flowed abundantly. At the dance a fifteen piece band provided
some very danceable music lor our guests. The Sphinx and Alpha courts were presented in an impressive intermission ceremony. Following the dance was a breakfast party and then a post breakfast champagne party, thus ending an unforgettable evening. Out of the thirty-two active brothers in the chapter, several have made notable achievements both on and off campus. Vice President and Dean of Pledges Ronald Tankard has graduated with honors in chemistry from the University of Detroit. Brother Tankard will return in the fall under a teaching fellowship. Brother Harreld Adams has distinguished himself in the field of music. He is a member of the Wayne State University Glee Club. He is among few of the members who were selected to travel to Europe during the summer under the sponsorship of the State Department. Brother Adams is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha, a national music fraternity. Brother Clyde Turner has participated in a variety of school activities. He has written for the University newspaper, has served on the Senior Board and assisted in bacteriology lab. He is presently employed as research assistant at the Detroit Institute of Cancer Research. Brothers John Glenn and Ronald Turner have won letters in track, running the 440 and one-half mile, respectively. Brother Joseph Smith, an engineering student, has attained rank of lieutenant in the Air Force R. O. T. C. He is presently employed as production engineer at the Douglas Air plant. Five brothers have won their degrees in the June graduation. Brother Tankard, Brother Clyde Turner, Brother James Wardell, who will begin work on a master's degree in biology in the fall, and Brother Damon White, who will attend Wayne's law school this fall also. Brothers Walter Thompson, Jesse Tolbert and Clyde Turner will begin their medical school careers at University of Michigan, Howard University and Albany Medical School, respectively. Much of the success of the past year may be attributed to Brother John Cox, president for the past school year. His steadfastness and patience in the chapter "hot seat" has earned the respect of all of those brothers who worked with him. Although a great year is behind us, a still brighter future is before us. With the added publicity many otherwise uninformed students are now (Continued on page 37) THE SPHINX
Delta Alpha L a m b d a
BELTON F. HAYDEL JR. Writer "The Colored People Latin America"
Chapter Directory (continued
68. GAMMA BETA—Roamless Hudson (S), North Carolina College, Durham, N. C. 69. GAMMA GAMMA—Charles Hart (S), Box 123, Allen University, Columbia, S. C. 70. GAMMA DELTA—James Clemons (S), A. M. & N. College, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71. GAMMA EPSILON—James E. Hill, 2S5 Mills Street, Madison, Wisconsin 72. GAMMA ZETA—Crawford Atwater (S), Ft. Valley State College, Ft. Valley, Ga. 73. GAMMA ETA—Carl S. Works, S. Cottage Grove, R. 100, Bloomington, Ind. 74. GAMMA THETA—John E. Moore (P), 1331 Swisher Avenue, Dayton 8, Ohio. 75. GAMMA IOTA—Avon McDaniel (P), P. O. 63, Hampton Institute, Va. 76. GAMMA KAPPA—Lewis W. White, 2425 N. 26th Avenue, Birmingham 7, Ala. 77. GAMMA MU—Smith Turner, Jr. (S), Livingstone College, Salisbury, N. C. 78. GAMMA NU—Austin G. Wells (CS) Box 274 Nenn. State University, State College, Pa. 79. GAMMA XI—John C. Lewis (S), 846 E. 77th St., Los Angeles, Calif. 80. GAMMA OMICRON — Charlie Williams (VP), Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn. 81 GAMMA PI—Edward E. Robinson (CS), Benedict College, Columbia, S. C. 82. GAMMA RHO—Carl E. Smith (CS), Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind. 83. GAMMA SIGMA—Thomas C. Griffin, Delaware State College, Dover, Delaware 84. GAMMA TAU—Frank Wilburn, 318 Elm Place, East Lansing, Mich. 85. GAMMA UPSILON—Richard A. Evans (S), Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Miss. 86. GAMMA PHI—John R. Law, Box 816, Tuskegee Institute, Ala. 87. GAMMA CHI—(Inactive), Pittsburg, Kans. 89. DELTA ALPHA—Burnett C. Grayson, Jr. (S), Claflin University, Orangeburg, S. C. (continued to page 40)
CLEVELAND, OHIO — It is recommended that Delta Alpha Lambda undertake the establishment of a program of four continuing-scholarship awards to be organized, underwritten, and administered according to the following tentative procedure: 1. That beginning in 1958, the Chapter shall make available a four year scholarship, with an additional one to be offered each year until four such scholarships are offered annually; 2. That the entire amount of money necessary to underwrite the cost of this scholarship program shall be raised through a system of voluntary pledge-payments, to be solicited on an annual continuing basis from all ALPHA MEN IN Metropolitan Celeveland: 3. That the 1958 goal shall be set at three thousand dollars ($3,000); 4. That male graduating seniors of the January and June classes of the public and parochial high schools of Metropolitan Celeveland who propose to continue their education shall be eligible to compete for these scholarship awards; 5. That these scholarship awards shall be made on the basis of the scholastic achievement, school and com-
munity participation, and financial need of the applicant; 6. That in the spring of each year, the final selection of awardees shall be made by a special awards committee appointed by the Education and Scholarship Committee, not more than two thirds of whom shall be members of that parent body; and, 7. That as an appropriate occasion for the announcement of the awarding of these scholarships, the Education and Scholarship Committee shall inaugurate an Annual Scholarship Day Meeting to be held, open to the public on or about the first day in September. As evidence of their interest and enthusiasm regarding this recommendation, brothers of the Executive Council and the Education and Scholarship Committee have already pledged a total of about two hundred dollars, payment of which will be made on or before August 1, 1958 and each year thereafter. Respectfully and Fraternally submitted, The Education and Scholarship Committee Brother Oscar W. Ritchie, Chairman
Undergraduate Chapter (Continued from page 36) eager to pledge and become a member of the great fraternity whose standard we proudly bear. There will be much more heard of Alpha Upsilon Chapter in the near and distant future. FEBRUARY, 1958
BROTHER MAYOR FREEMAN M. GAUSE Brother Gause is receiving a Christmas gift as a part of the Germany—United States 1957 Christmas program. He also made an acceptance speech on the subject, "It is Better to Give Than Receive."
Random Notes On Accreditation and Evaluation
selected from faculties and administrations of other colleges and universities. Written reports, interviews, and observations are employed. "From these sources of information, the visiting team prepares a summary of conclusions for the benefit of both accrediting agency or association and the institution itself. This summary helps the former decide which institution will be accredited and helps the institution itself to take its own steps for self-improvement. "In many ways, the accrediting procedures of professional agencies are similar to those of the regional association." (3) There were fifty-eight senior colleges and universities for Negroes on the Approved List of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as of December 5, 1957. In these remarks the junior colleges are omitted because the writer relates them to secondary education rather than higher education. We use this date arbitrarily since we consider December 6, 1957 as Accreditation Day for those institutions, for on that day only fifteen of the institutions were given membership (accreditation) in the Association. These institutions are located in seven of the eleven states covered by the Association. A breakdown shows that ten of them are private and all ten are members of the United Negro College Fund; one-third or five
by Brother Aaron Brown NEW YORK, N. Y. - - Workers in tion of Colleges and Secondary the field of education are quite aware Schools, New England Association of of the newer emphasis upon evalua- Colleges and Secondary Schools, tion and accreditation. Formerly the North Central Association of Colleges emphasis was upon quantitative stand- and Secondary Schools, Northwest Asards, but now the qualitative aspects sociation of Colleges and Secondary are vital areas of concern. For ex- Schools, Western College Association ample, twenty-five years ago the num- and Southern Association of Colleges ber of books in the library was the and Secondary Schools. The Southern key to library excellence; today library Association includes Alabama, Florholdings are appraised in light of the ida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, institutional program. The question Mississippi, North Carolina, South thenâ€”How adequate is the library Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vircollection in meeting institutional ob- ginia. The professional agencies are jectives? Likewise other areas (such as the ones which accredit such schools instruction, administration, s t a f f , as medicine, law, engineering, social school plant, etc.) are evaluated in work, etc. accord with stated institutional purDr. Selden has stated the criteria poses. for accrediting in an effective manThe writer has been working in the ner when he says: field of evaluation and accreditation "In the evaluation of a college or since 1940. He has participated in university for accreditation, various many college and high school visiting criteria are employed, depending upon committees. He served as a mem- the type of agency. The regional assober of his 125th committee when he ciations usually consider the following coordinated the Archer High School factors in evaluating an institution: (Atlanta, Georgia) twenty-three mem- aims and programs, administration, ber visiting committee on October 22- curriculum, faculty, finances, instruc25, 1957. tion, library, physical plant, students' The recent emphasis upon evalua- extracurricular activities, and personal tion and accreditation brought many services, as well as experimentation burdens and problems to educational and self-study. "An evaluation of an institution is administrators. This is reflected in the fact that in 1949 the National Com- made by a visiting team of educators, mission on Accerditation was organized by a group of college and university presidents because "the multiplicity of CORNELL UNIVERSITY accrediting agencies and the variability ITHACA, NEW YORK of their criteria were subjecting the institutions to conflicting demands and unnecessary expenditures." 1. Office of the President The Executive Secretary of the National Commission on Accrediting September 16, 1957 writes to the question, "What is an Accredited College?" in the January, Dear Mr. Wesley: 1958 NEA Journal. â€˘Extension of remarks given by Dr. Brown at the New York Talladega College Alumni Club, January 12, 1958. Basically, accrediting is the process whereby an organization or agency recognizes a college or university or a program of study as having met certain minimum qualifications or standards. There are two main types of accrediting organizations: regional associations and professional agencies. 2. There are six regional accrediting associations: Middle States AssociaPAGE 38
The autographed copy of the newest edition of the History of Alpha Phi Alpha has been received and has been deposited among the archives of Cornell University. To you and to the other officers of Alpha Phi Alpha, we are indeed grateful. This is a most morning account of the life of this vigorous organization, and it is to the credit of all our farsighted Cornellians of the past generations that we are indebted. It is a source of pride for all of us who have a hand in things on the campus currently to know that Cornell was the scene of this development. Please convey to all the officers of the Fraternity my sincere thanks for this volume and advise them that it will be preserved among the permanent archives. Most cordially, DWM:pm.
Deane W. Malott
Mr. Charles H. Wesley Historian Central State College Wilberforce, Ohio
are public; five or one-third are locatThe State Superintendent of Schools ed in Georgia. Incidentally, eight of in Alabama lists five major weaknesses the fifteen accredited institutions are which keep many of their schools from in the Phelps-Stokes Fund Project for the accredited list: the Improvement of Instruction in Sec1. Lack of trained librarians and onary Schools. poor library facilities. Although the number, fifteen, seems 2. Too many students per teacher. rather low out of fifty-eight, we should 3. Sub-standard science laboratory remember that the average number ac- space and equipment. credited by regional agencies each 4. A shortage of teacher specialists. is only seven. 5. Inadequate classroom space. (7) Since the 1957 meetings of the two Perhaps one of the best statements Southern Associations* in Richmond, regarding the Richmond, Virginia, Virginia, much has been said and meetings is given by Benjamin E. Mays written about the small number of ac- in his weekly Pittsburgh Courier colcredited Negro institutions. For ex- umn for January 11, 1958. Two example, four prominent educatore have cerpts are taken from this timely arexpressed surprise to me over the ad- ticle: mission into the Association of a few "Much has been said since Decemof the colleges. Recently, I was asked ber 6, 1957, when the Southern Assopoint blank how a state college in ciation of Colleges and Secondary Georgia could be considered as hav- Schools announced that eighteen of ing met the standards. It so happened the sixty-three Negro colleges had been that the writer served as Dean-Regis- accepted to full membership in the trar in one of the Georgia colleges in Southern Association of Colleges and question and was President of the other Secondary Schools. Much of what has for eleven years. Therefore, I am in a been written has been written without position to know that these institutions knowledge of the facts involved in take evaluation and accreditation seri- accreditation. The press has not been ously. The entire faculty is aware of in a position to know the whole truth the significance of self appraisal and and most of us who are directly conprofessional study in evaluation. cerned do not know all the facts. . . A recent front page editorial by "There are many good Negro colRalph McGill of the Atlanta Consti- leges that did not meet one or two of tution said among other pertinent the standards and there is no doubt words: " 'Speaking of values,' she said that many Negro colleges will meet on the phone, 'our town, which is a all standards by December, 1958, and nice town, got steamed up a few years will be admitted to full membership ago and raised $40,000 to build a foot- in the Southern Association of Colleges * One is the Southern Association of and Secondary Schools. "It means that the double standard Colleges and Secondary Schools (white) has passed away and that integration and the other the Association of Collegeh and Secondary Schools (Negro). ball stadium. We don't have a high school chemistry or physics teacher or a lab. But we have a stadium.' " (4) Another example of public interest in accreditation—from an editorial in the Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser: "There was drama in Auburn's loss of accreditation in its mechanical and electrical divisions, coinciding as it did with the football team's winning a national championship." (5) And another clue to accreditation: Out of 23,500 teachers in Alabama, some 4,000 hold "emergency certificates." When a principal certifies that he cannot staff his school with qualified teachers, he may apply for permission to issue emergency certificates. These may be issued to anyone, even a person who never saw the inside of a teachers college. (6) FEBRUARY, 1958
has come in the rating of the schools in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky." (8) We pointed out earlier that there are six regional accrediting agencies or associations and slightly more than twenty professional accrediting associations. The Manual of Information About Recognized Accrediting A g e n c i e s (1957) had this to say about the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools: "Object of the Association is to improve education in the South through the exercise of leadership and through promotion of cooperative efforts between schools, colleges and related agencies. Object to be promoted through (a) Accreditation — devising and administering appropriate standards for accreditation of secondary schools, colleges and universities; (b) Collaboration—working with agencies concerned with improvement of education in other regions and countries; (c) Coordination—promoting through positive action, understanding and cooperation among individuals, groups, and agencies interested in education in the South; (d) Promotion—operating programs of action that are designed to bring about specific and concrete improvements in educational practice; (e) Representation — serving as voice for profession by speaking out in favor of desirable developments and against intolerable or threatening conditions; and (0 Research and interpretation—discovering and disseminating
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information bearing upon solution of important educational issues. Also, advise and serve as clearing house for information." (9) To be accredited an institution must operate as non-profit; have a liberal arts base; complete a thirty-two page form; be investigated by a visiting committee; meet association standards; file annual reports; and make an earnest attempt to keep standards high. The standards broadly stated are: Admission and graduation requirements, instruction, faculty, teacher load, remuneration and tenure of faculty, financial support, educational expenditures, library, physical plant and equipment, student personnel work, extra curricular activities, inter-collegiate athletics, general administration, special activities, and graduate or professional work when offered. 10. This is a serious matter to both accredited and the non-accredited institutions. I have read several letters written to the alumni by three presidents of colleges not on the Southern Association List of December 6, 1957. In some cases they reveal a limited knowledge of evaluation and accrediation. This prompted me to make the following recommendations to the presidents of colleges for Negroes in the eleven states of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools: 1. Lead the institution toward an acceptable philosophy and appropriate objectives. These should be cooperatively developed; continuously studied, interpreted and improved; they should be clearly understood by all—administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, etc.; and they should be compatible with American Democracy. 2. Encourage the institution toward self-evaluation. There must be a constant asking—How well are we meeting our objectives? Each faculty member should justify his work in line with institutional objectives. 3. Recognize the relationship between the budget and accreditation. When making the budget keep the seventeen Association standards before you. Requests for the library, salaries, facilities, etc. can be justified and defended, whether the institution operates under public or private auspices, when checked against Association standards. PAGE 40
Chapter Directory (continued
90. D E L T A BETA—Edward Wilson (P) Bethune College, Daytona Beach, Fla. 91. D E L T A GAMMA—Edward Caldwell, Jr. (CS) Alabama A. & M. College, Normal, Ala. 92. D E L T A DELTA—Walter H. Jackson, Albany State College, Albany, Ga. 93. D E L T A EPSILON—Summer Nunley, 382 Woodlawn Ave., Buffalo 8, N. Y. 94. —D'ELTA ZETA—(Inactive) Syracuse. N Y . 95. D E L T A ETA—Louis Hill Pratt (CS), Savannah State College, Savannah, Ga. 96. D E L T A THETA—Jesse Session, Jr. (RS) Texas Southern University, Houston, 4, Texas 97. D E L T A IOTA—William L. Reid (P) 12 Jennings Court, New Brunswick, N. J. 98. D E L T A KAPPA—Theodore Casey (P) Alcorn A. & M. College, Lorman, Miss. 99. D E L T A MU—William T. Ridgeway (S) 812 Mathewson,, Wichita, Kansas 100. D E L T O N NU—Clyde Boyd, Maryland State College, Princess Anne, Md. 300. D E L T A XI—Monroe Freeman, Jr. ( P ) , 115 Hughes Hall, Central State College, Wilberforce, Ohio 301. D E L T A OMICRON—George R. Walker, 746 59th Street, Oakland, Calif. 302. D E L T A PI—Theodore R. Young, State Teachers College, Grambling, La. 303. D E L T A RHO—Edward T. Diamond, Jr., 3008 E. 25th St., Kansas City, Mo. 304. D E L T A SIGMA—Leroy J. Sanford (S), Grambling College, Grambling, La. 305. D E L T A TAU—Eugene A. Anderson (S), St. Paul's College, Lawrenceville, Va 306. D E L T A UPSILON—Leo-. E. Nearon, Box 761, Ogden Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
4. Use care in completing the Association forms. Adequate time must be given to this job. Assistance must be secured from others on the staff. Promptness, accuracy and lack of contradictions must be obeyed. I was made aware of this weakness on the part of administrators in 1941-43. At that time I made a rather extensive study of the Southern Association reports filed with the late Dr. J. Henry Highsmith in Raleigh, North Carolina. Some of the forms were poorly done; flagrant errors were obvious; even neatness was absent in many. Much of this was due to the fact that the final typing and mailing of the forms were delegated to non-reliable workers. Final checking should be done by the institution head. A final word—Evaluation and accreditation are instruments of techniques for improved educational experiences. They are helpful when viewed in that light. The trend toward more refined accreditation standards will continue and this is good. Schools will grow with the trend. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Write me your reactios. Alpha Phi Alpha's Committee on Standards and Extension
307. D E L T A PHI—Charles E. Hicks, Box 7018 Jackson College, Jackson, Miss. 308. D E L T A CHI—Van W. Lewis (CS), 44 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 309. D'ELTA PSI—Reid Anderson (CS), Fla. N. & I. M. College, St. Augustine, Fla. 310. E P S I L O N ALPHA—Merle Dixon, 69 Port Lawrence Apts., Toledo, Ohio, 311. E P S I L O N BETA—Clarence D. Johnson, 312. E P S I L O N GAMMA—Lee Morris Walton, Bishop College, Marshall, Texas 313. E P S I L O N DELTA—Dr. Oscar W. Ritchie, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (CS), 2494 S. Lily Avenue, Fresno 6, Calif. (Continued on Inside Back Cover)
ABOUT OUR BACK COVER Our February issue is pictorial and warrants a second statement pertaining to the outside cover. The top picture is a typical convention session, where Brothers are interested in the actions being taken by the Convention. The second picture includes closeups of convention speakers, they are left to right, Brother Charles Wesley Fraternity Historian, past General President and President of Central State College, Brother Felton Clark, President of Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Brother Frank Madison Reid presiding Bishop of the Second Episcopal District of the AME Church and Brother Charles W . Anderson a practicing lawyer in Louisville, Ky. Brother Anderson served as Chairman of the Fraternities Election Commission following the untimely death of Brother Henry Luke Dickason. Picture number three (3) shows the /4lpha Phi Alpha convention Pages. The Pages were under the direction of Brother Thadeaus H. Hobbs, a member of Beta Psi Lambda. The Pages were of great service to Alpha Phi Alpha's convention administration. Prior to the convention Brother Hobbs conducted four (4) training sessions for the group. The Pages operated under rules and regulations established by Pages in the United States Senate. They are left to right, with Miss Nola Simon the Seven-Up representative: Alfred McMichael Henry Parks Perry Parks, Jr. Mrs. Helen S. Nelson (Miss Coca Cola) Danny Moses Brother Thadeaus H. Hobbs Homer Mason Michael Armstone Pages absent from the picture were: McHenry Norman, Jr. James Johnson James Shifflett, Jr. Wallace Williams Many of the Pages are sons of A'pha men. The Pages were all attired in uniforms consisting of sports shirts with the word "Page" beautifully embroidered. Finally a picture of Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who officially presents National Association for the Advancement of Colored People life membership plaques to past General President Frank Stanley, Jewels Murray, Kelley, retiring General Secretary James Huger and Callis in absentia.
GRADUATE CHAPTERS 101. ALPHA LAMBDA—Clarence W. Gilliam, 4347 Pruitt Court, Louisville, Ky. BETA LAMBDA—James Jeffress (S), 1824 Paseo Street, Kansas City, Mo. 103. GAMMA LAMBDA — Barton W. Morris (S), 293 Eliot Street, Detroit 1, Mich. 104. DELTA LAMBDA—Clifton R. Jones, 2504 Longwood Street, Baltimore, Md. 105. EPSILON LAMBDA—Julius K. Streator (P), 4525 Greer Avenue, St. Louis, Mo. 106. ZETA LAMBDA — William T. Boykins. 1246 28th Street. Newport News, Va. 107. ETA LAMBDA—William H. Hale, 1351 Sharon Place, N. W., Atlanta, Ga. 108. THETA LAMBDA—James S. Smith (S), 229 Lorenz Avenue, Dayton, Ohio. 109. IOTA LAMBDA—Fred C. Williams (P), 4112 Graceland Avenue, Indianapolis Ind. 110. KAPPA LAMBDA—Charles A. Grant (CS), 504 Beech Street, Greensboro, N. C. 111. MU LAMBDA—Aubrey E. Robinson. Jr.. (P), 473 Florida Ave., N. W., Washington, D. C. 112. NU LAMBDA—Walker H. Quarles. Jr.. Virginia State College, Petersburg, Va. 113. XI LAMBDA—Lincoln A. Blakeney, 1110 E. 45th Street, Chicago, 111. 114. OMICRON LAMBDA—C. A. Howze (S), 1000 4th Street, N., Birmingham, Ala. 115. PI LAMBDA—John Hayes (S). 1113 W. 15th Street, Little Rock. Ark. 116. RHO LAMBDA—Russell N. Service, 585 Michigan Street. Buffalo, N. Y. 117. SIGMA LAMBDA—P. J. F. Dejoie (S). La. Insurance Bldg., 2107 Dryades Street, New Orleans, La. 118. TAU LAMBDA—John Huling (S), 623 W. Trinity Lane. Nashville, Tenn. 119. UPSILON LAMBDA—Ralph B. Stewart (S), 109 E. Union Street. Jacksonville, Fla. 120. PHI LAMBDA—R. H. Toole (S), 1005 S. Person Street, Raleigh, N. C. 121. CHI LAMBDA—Thomas E. Kelley (S), Box 132. Wilberforce, Ohio. 122. PSI LAMBDA—George W. James, 1527 E. 3rd Street, Chattanooga, Tenn. 123. ALPHA ALPHA LAMBDA — Arthur C. Williams (S), 158 Lincoln Street, Montclair, N. J. 124. ALPHA BETA LAMBDA—Carl I. Lynem (S), 407 N. Upper Street, Lexington. Ky. 125. ALPHA GAMMA LAMBDA—James E. Cook, Jr., 2160 Madison Avenue, New York 37, N. Y. 126. ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA—A. B. Owens. Jr., (S), 598 Williams Ave., Memphis, Tenn. 127. ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA—R. W. Harrison (S), 22954 Main St., Yazoo City, Miss 128. ALPHA ZETA LAMBDA—Joseph I. Turner (S), Bluefield State College, Bluefield, W. Va. 129. ALPHA ETA LAMBDA—E. Z. Clouser (S), 3407 Wichita Street, Houston 4, Texas. 130. ALPHA THETA LAMBDA—Chester C. Sutton (S), 1011 N. Ohio St., Atlantic City. N. J. 131. ALPHA IOTA LAMBDA—E. R. Armstead (S), Institute, Institute, W. Va. 132. ALPHA KAPPA LAMBDA—William C. Thomas (CS), 729 Staunton Ave., N.W., Roanoke, W. Va. 133. ALPHA MU LAMBDA—William Holt (S). 733 Saxon Street. Knoxville, Tenn. 134. ALPHA NU LAMBDA—Benjamin H. Crutcher (CS). P. O. Box 21. Tuskegee, Ala. 135. ALPHA XI LAMBDA—Wayman D. Palmer. 568 Oakwood Avenue Til-do 2 Ohio. 136. ALPHA OMICRON LAMBDA—Wilber C. Douglass (S), 412 Bakewell Building. Pittsburgh 19. Pa. 137. ALPHA PI LAMBDA — James O. Ellis, 1500 E. 1st St. Winston-Salem, N. C. 138. ALPHA RHO LAMBDA — R a y m o n d Thomas. (S), 6454 N. 22nd St.. Columbus. Ohio. 139. ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA — Edward L. Massey, 3930 Wilder Street, Dallas. Texas. 140. ALPHA TAU LAMBDA—Tollie W. Harris (P). 326 Greenwood, Tulsa 6. Okla. 14!. ALPHA UPSILON LAMBDA—W. H. Coston (S), Ala. State College, Montgomery, 102.
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ALPHA PHI LAMBDA — Thomas W. Young, 1660 Corprew Street, Norfolk 12, Va. ALPHA CHI LAMBDA — Silas Ingram, 1021 6th Avenue, Augusta, Ga. ALPHA PSI LAMBDA—James Jackson (CS). 1300 Heidt St. Aot. D. Columbia. S.C BETA ALPHA L A M B D A — Raymond Brown, 79 Clendenny Avenue, Jersey City, N. J. BETA BETA LAMBDA—Charles L. Williams I'OO N. W. 6th Ave., Miami 36. Fla. BETA G ^ M Mn Ar t n LAMBDA—G. F. Childs (FS) 2209 N Avenue, Richmond, 22, BETA DELTA LAMBDA—R. W. Robinson. P. O. Box 256, Daytona Beach. Fla. BETA EPSILON L A F - ' B D A — L . G. Ashley (S). Box 247. Boley. "J>kla. BETA ZETA LAMBDA—^yrus B. Taylor, 805 E. Dunklin St., Jefferson City, Mo. BETA ETA LAMBDA—Carl D. Gibson (S). 1607 N. E. rth St., Oklahoma City, Okla. BETA THETA LAMBDA—H. G. Dawson, Jr., C-2 Mutual Drive, Durham, N. C. BETA IOTA LAMBDA—Russel M. Ampey
(S), Southern Branch P. O., Baton Rouge, La. BETA KAPPA LAMBDA—E. B. Burroughs (S), 35 Morris Street, Charleston, S. C. 155. BETA MU LAMBDA—L. E. Anderson (S), P. O. Box 862, Salisbury. N. C. 156. BETA NU LAMBDA—H. W. Norris (S), Johnson C. Smith, Univ., Charlotte, N. C. 157. BETA XI LAMBD'A—W. T. Bryant, 2731 Franklin St., Omaha, Nebraska 158. BETA OMICRON LAMBDA — Curtis A. Woodard (S), 1250 Hercules St., Mobile, Ala 159. BETA PI LAMBDA—Albert L. Mattingly (SC), 47 Jefferson St., Albany, N. Y. 160. BETA RHO LAMBDA—James E. Smith (S), 962 W. Federal St.. Youngstown 1. Ohio. 161. BETA SIGMA LAMBDA — William A. Jones (S), 115 Cottage Grove Rd., Bloomfield, Conn. 162. BETA TAU LAMBDA—Felix C. Thurmond, 1005 E. Leuda St., Ft. Worth, Texas 163. BETA UPSILON LAMBDA—V. J. Gilmore, 400 Laconte St., Jackson, Tenn. 164. BETA PHI LAMBDA—Wade M. Simmons (S), 930 Wheaton St., Savannah, Ga. 165. BETA CHI LAMBDA—Harry M. Hodges (S), 808 Fondulac St., Muskogee. Okla. 166. BETA PSI LAMBDA—Oscar V. Little. 5835 Ernest Ave.. Los Angeles, Cal. 167. GAMMA ALPHA LAMBDA—A. R. Ware. Jr. (S), 401 N. Augusta St., Staunton, Va. 168. GAMMA BETA LAMBDA — Arnold W. Wright, Kentucky State College, Frankfort, Ky. 169. GAMMA GAMMA LAMBDA—Luke Chatman, P . O . Box 1311, Greenville, S.C. 170. GAMMA DELTA LAMBDA—Martin K. Austin (P), 1213 S. Fayette St., Beckley, W. Va. 171. GAMMA EPSILON LAMBDA—William N. Snorton (S), 930 Hayes St., Hopkinsville, Ky. 172. GAMMA ZETA LAMBDA — Richard F. Pride, 2907 26th Street, Tampa, Florida. 173. GAMMA ETA LAMBDA—John B. Murphy (S), 1308 E. 12th St., Austin, Texas. 174. GAMMA THETA LAMBDA — Phillip G. Sadler (S), 314 Rogers Rd., Wilmington, Del. 175. GAMMA IOTA LAMBDA—Isadore Liddie (S), 178-120 Leslie Rd., St. Albans, L. I., N. Y. 176. GAMMA KAPPA LAMBDA—B. T. Washington (S), 306 N. 6th St., Wilmington, N.C. 177. GAMMA MU LAMBDA—E. D. Irons (S), Fla. A. & M. University, Tallahassee, Fla. 178. GAMMA NU LAMBDA—Allen F. Thornhill, 719 Johnson St., Lynchburg, Va. 179. GAMMA XI LAMBDA—J. T. Wardlaw, 4300 3rd Avenue, S. Minneapolis 9, Minn. 180. GAMMA OMICRON LAMBDA—Ben C. Hampton (S), Albany State College, Albany, Ga. 181. GAMMA PI LAMBDA—James L. Sweatt, 2723 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas. 182. GAMMA RHO LAMBDA—Joseph C. Chapman, Sr. (P), 2456 Jefferson St.. Gary, Ind. 183. GAMMA SIGMA LAMBDA—Gus T. Ridgel. Box 6, Ft. Valley St. Col., Ft. Vallev, Ga. 184. GAMMA TAU LAMBDA — T. L. Ingham. (S), 106 John St., Orange, Texas. 185. GAMMA EPSILON LAMBDA — T. W. Cole, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas. 186. GAMMA PHI LAMBDA—James P. Joshua, 645 62nd St., Oakland. Calif. 187. GAMMA CHI LAMBDA—Charles Kelley (CS), 2526 Fulton Street, San Francisco, Calif. 188. GAMMA PSI LAMBDA—E. L. Fair (S), 32 Grail St., Asheville, N. C. 189. 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, O. 192. DELTA DELTA LAMBDA—R. L. Smith, 431 N. Rosemary Ave., W. Palm Beach, Fla. 193. DELTA EPSILON LAMBDA—Billy Jones (P), 342-A E. Broadway, E. St. Louis, 111. 194. DELTA ZETA LAMBDA—R. L. Hurst (P), S. C. State College. Orangeburg S. C. 195. DELTA ETA LAMBDA—Vance Williams (S), R. F. D. No. 4, Topeka. Kansas 196. DELTA THETA LAMBDA — Calvin B. Browne, Ala. A. & 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). 341 Ross St.. Danville. Va. 201. GENERAL ORGANIZATION — (Material mailed individually). 202. DELTA XI LAMBDA—Felton A. Johnson (S), 4017 Wilts St.. Orlando. Fla. 203. DELTA OMICRON LAMBDA—Vernon E. McClain. Maryland State College, Princess Anne, Md. 204. DELTA PI LAMBDA—Andrew J. Durgan. 1417 Tremont St., Selma, Ala. 154.
DELTA RHO LAMBDA—U. J. Andrews (P), P.O. Drawer 1598, San Antonio, Texas. DELTA SIGMA LAMBDA — Oliver E. Jackson, A. M. & N. College, Pine Bluff, Ark 207. DELTA TAU LAMBDA—Leon E. Jordan (P), 2135 E. Corona Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 208. DELTA UPSILON LAMBDA—James C. Leary (S), 1956 Weinstock St., Shreveport, La. 209. D'ELTA PHI LAMBDA—Monroe Brown, Jr., 3044 23rd Street, 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, Colo. 212. EPSILON ALPHA LAMBDA—W. K. Kinnebrew, 1511 N. Palace, Tyler, Texas. 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. Hopson, Talladega College, Talladega, Ala. 216. EPSILON EPSILON LAMBDA—Henry L. Burke, Box 62, Paul Quinn College, Waco, Texas. 217. EPSILON ETA LAMBDA—Harry C. Ward (S), 203 N. Morris St., Portland 12, Ore. 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—Lloyd Sykes. Box 52. Capron, Va. 221. EPSILON KAPPA LAMBDA—Ulysses G. Mathis (S), P.O. Box 324. Grambline, La. 222. EPSILON MU LAMBDA—NeRoy Anderson (S). 1301 E. Fisher St., Pensacola, Fla. 223. EPSILON NU LAMBDA—Joseph W. McIntyre (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 College, Lawrenceville, Va. 226. EPSILON PI LAMBDA—O. H. Jones (S), 1105 S. E. 6th Ave., Gainesville. Fla. 227. EPSILON RHO LAMBDA—W. Edward Murphy (S), P. O. Box 1098, Fayetteville, N.C. 228. EPSILON SIGMA LAMBDA—Willie T. Ellis (S), 903 Bradley Ave., Tarboro. N.C. 229. EPSILON TAU LAMBDA—Alfred T. Kynard (S), Prairie View A. & M. College, Prairie View, Texas 230. EPSILON UPSILON LAMBDA—William A. Tipper, 1819 Seymour Street, Flint 3, Mich. 231. EPSILON PHI LAMBDA — Burton G. West. 900 Dunbar Ave.. Port Arthur, Texas. 232. EPSILON CHI LAMBDA — Edward N. Smith (S), State Teachers College, Elizabeth City, N. C. 233. EPSILON PSI LAMBDA—James J. Washington, P. O. Box 1886, Alexandria. La. 234. ZETA ALPHA LAMBDA—Charles B. Morton, 405 N. W. 21st Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 235. ZETA BETA LAMBDA—J. M. Morris, 1433 Atherton Street, Sacramento, Calif. 236. ZETA GAMMA LAMBDA — Richard D. Jones. Box 297, Langston, Okla. 237. ZETA DELTA LAMBDA—Alonzo P. Moss (S). 816 S. Yellow Springs St., Springfield. Ohio 238. ZETA EPSILON LAMBDA—Lewis Mahone (S), 1309 Summerfield Ave., Asbury Park. N. J. 239. ZETA ZETA LAMBDA—Thomas N. Coleman. 114-42 180th St., St. Albans, N. Y. 240. ZETA ETA LAMBDA—W. G. Keyes, 1504 Beaufort St., New Bern, N. C. 241. ZETA THETA LAMBDA—Richard B. Woodward (S), 1212 N. 17th Street, Harrisburg, Penn. 242. ZETA IOTA LAMBDA—William D. Clark (S), 210 Somerset St.. Trenton, N. J. 243. ZETA KAPPA LAMBDA—Lewis A. James, 1146 W. 9th St., Des Moines, Iowa. 244. ZETA MU LAMBDA—Theodore L. Johnson. 3380th USAF Hos„ Box 91. Kessler AFB. Miss. 245. ZETA NU LAMBDA—Forrester A. Lee, 136 Berkeley Terrace, Planfield. N. J. 246. ZETA XI LAMBDA—Theodore M. Harding, (S), 1717 Greenwood Blvd., Evanston, 111. 247. ZETA OMICRON LAMBDA—Hugo Marcos. 4374 Concord Drive. Concord Park, Trevose, Pa. 248. ZETA PI LAMBD'A—Jerry Crowder (S), 1631 30th Avenue, Seattle 22, Wash. 249. ZETA RHO LAMBDA—Courtney P. Houston. 12 McKee Road, Rte. 1, Dover, Del. 250. ZETA SIGMA LAMBDA—Payton C. Cook, 248 N. 29th Street. San Diego, Calif. 251. ZETA TAU LAMBDA—Oscar B. Berry, 1110 North Hughes St., Amarillo, Texas 252. ZETA UPSILON LAMBDA—John E. Chambers. 1013 College Street, South Boston. Va. 253. ZETA PHI LAMBDA—Robert L. Levister, 115 W. Main Street, Stamford, Conn. 254. ZETA CHI LAMBDA—Bringier H. Barker CS). 701 19th Street. Franklinton, La. 255. ZETA PSI LAMBDA—Warren Combre fCS), 409 La. Ave.. Lake Charles, La. 256. ETA ALPHA LAMBDA—Charles H. Wilson, Jr. 69 Carmel Street, New Haven. Conn. 206.
Published on Feb 3, 2012
Alpha Phi Alpha Salutes New Prexy. Convention Address: Jewel Brother Kelly. Ghana Announces Position To The World.