BROTHER LESTER B. GRANGER, General Convention Banquet Speaker Louisville, Kentucky, December 26-30, 1961
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ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, Inc. DIRECTORY FOR THE YEAR 1961-62 G e n e r a l President: W I L L I A M H . H A L E , Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma Eastern Vice President: A L F R E D C . FENTRESS, 956 Marshall Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia W e s t e r n Vice President: E D W A R D H . B A L L A R D , 1124 S. St. Andrews Place, Los Angeles, California Southwestern Vice
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Howard G. Hicks, 330 Gore Hall, West Virginia State College, Institute, West Virginia ALPHA ETA—Osborne Shannon, 5859-A Terry Ave., St. Louis 12, Missouri ALPHA THETA—(Inactive) Iowa City, Iowa ALPHA IOTA—Leon O. Lewis, 3065 Monroe St., Denver 5. Colorado ALPHA KAPPA—(Inactive) Boston, Mass. ALPHA MU—Thomas M. Harding, 1717 Greenwood Ave., Evanston, Illinois ALPHA NU—(Inactive) DesMoines, Iowa ALPHA XI—(Inactive) Seattle. Washington ALPHA OMICRON—James L. Allen, Johnson C Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina ALPHA PI—(Inactive) Louisville Kentucky ALPHA RHO—Melvin D. Smith, Morehouse College, Atlanta 14, Georgia ALPHA SIGMA—Herman L. Totten, Coe H a l l Wiley College, Marshall, Texas ALPHA TAU—David J. Wilson, 785 Bellevue Ave., Akron 7, Ohio ALPHA UPSILON—Clisson M. Woods. 5050 Cass, Wayne State University, Box 9, Detroit 2, Michigan ALPHA PHI—James L. Benton, Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia 162, Fisk ALPHA CHI—Quentin T. Smith, I University, Nashville 8, Tennessee ALPHA PS!—William H. Gibson, Tull Hall, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri BETA ALPHA—Ishmael A. Meyers, Morgan State College, Baltimore, Maryland BETA BETA—(Inactive) Omaha, Nebraska BETA GAMMA—James E. Fitzpatrick, Jr., Box 2608, Virginia State College, Petersburg, Va. BETA DELTA—John K. McLeod, 404 Treadwell St., N.E., Orangeburg, South Carolina BETA EPSILON—Cleveland M. Black, Box 110, Cooper Hall, A and T College, Greensboro, North Carolina BETA ZETA—William H. Hager— Butler Hall, State Teacher's College, Elizabeth City, North Carolina BETA ETA—John S. Holmes, 209 E. Walnut St., Carbondale, Illinois BETA THETA—Rev. C. Anderson Davis, 200 Jones St., Bluefield, W . Va. BETA IOTA—Ralph Harris, 857 Camel St., W i n . ston Salem, North Carolina BETA KAPPA—Earnest Parker, Box 154, Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma BETA MU—Edward D. Snorton, McCull in Hall, Kentucky State College, Frankfort, Ky. BETA NU—Percy Goodman, Box 281, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida BETA XI—Sammie Fields, Jr., 2308 Shasta Ave., Memphis 8, Tennessee BETA OMICRON—Herman L. Reese, Box 617 Student Union Bldg., Tennessee State University, Nashville 8, Tennessee BETA PI—Freddie Simpson, Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee
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BETA RHO—Paul Hamilton, Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina BETA SIGMA—Clyde C. Tidwell, Box 9929, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. BETA TAU—(inact.ve) New Orleans, La. BETA UPSILON—Melvis L. Marshall, Alabama State College, Montgomery, Alabama BETA PHI—Thomas Greene, Box 288, Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana BETA CHI—Charles E. Nesbitt, Philander Smith College Little Rock, Arkansas BETA PSI—(Inactive) London, England G A M M A ALPHA—Mr. Pearlie Henderson, Texas College, Tyler, Texas G A M M A BETA—Carl E. High, 707 Pickeft St., Durham. North Carolina G A M M A GAMMA—John Boyd, Jr., Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina G A M M A DELTA—Willie F. Griffin, Box 4098, A M & N College, Pine Bluff, Arkansas G A M M A EPSILON—(Inactive) Madison, Wis. G A M M A ZETA—David T h r a s h e r , Ft. Valley State College, Fort Valley, Georgia G A M M A ETA Roger W . Perry, Foresf Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana G A M M A THETA—(Inactive) Dayton, Ohio G A M M A IOTA—Wilmer Grant, Jr., Box 56, Harkness Hall, Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia G A M M A KAPPA—Bruce Payne, Miles College, Birmingham 8, Alabama G A M M A MU—James F. Morrison, Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina G A M M A NU—Ishmael R. Johnson, Jr., 17 East Sheldon Park, Natronka Heights, Pa. G A M M A XI—(Inactive) Los Angeles, Calif. G A M M A OMICRON—Preston Ford, Knoxvill. College, Knoxville 16, Tennessee G A M M A PI—Robert C. Gordon, Benedict College Columbia, South Carolina G A M M A RHO—Emory T. Turner, 363 S.E. Cary Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. G A M M A SIGMA—Phillip Sadler, Jr., Delaware State College, Dover, Delaware G A M M A TAU—David Wynn, 1574 F Spartan Village, East Lansing 2 Michigan G A M M A UPSILON—William Richard, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi G A M M A PHI—Mr. Jewel Williams, Box 172, Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama G A M M A CHI—Thurman Garrett, 1706 S. Broadway, Pittsburgh, Kansas G A M M A PSI—Charles A. Haywood, 316 Hill t.. Raleigh, North Carolina DELTA ALPHA—Charles A. Lighty, Claflin College, Orangeburg, South Carolina DELTA BETA—George W . Smith, BefhuneCookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida DELTA GAMMA—William Mayweather, Alabama A and M College, Normal, Alabama DELTA DELTA—Ernest Strawter, Albany State College, Albany, Georgia DELTA EPSILON—Ronald G. Woodbeck, 272 Purdy St., Buffalo 8, New York DELTA ZETA—(Inactive) Savannah, Ga. DELTA ETA—Amos E. Hagins, Savannah State College, Savannah, Ga. DELTA THETA—Willard D. McCleary, 3433 Bini St., Houston 4, Texas DELTA IOTA—(Inactive) Trenton, New Jersey DELTA KAPPA—Willie Jackson, Alcorn A » M College, Lorman, Mississippi DELTA MU—(Inactive) Wichita. Kansas DELTA NU—Wayne Reed, 2000 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 13, M d . DELTA XI, Charles Wilkins, Central State College, Wilberforce, Ohio DELTA OMICRON—Robert P. Ford, 981 Haight St., San Francisco, California DELTA PI—Robert E. Barksdale, 5553 Westminister Ave., Philadelphia 31, Pa. DELTA RHO—Edward T. Diamond, Jr., 3008 E. E. 25th r t . , Kansas City 27, Mo. DELTA SIGMA—Levator Boyd, Box 244, G a m bling College, Grambling, Lousiana DELTA TAU—Kenneth Wright, St. Paul's College, Lawrenceville, Va. DELTA UPSILON—William A. Burke. 30? Elliott Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio DELTA PHI—Arthur L. Williams, Box 7149, Jackson State College, Jackson, Mississippi DELTA CHI—Van W . Lewis, 36 Hopkinson Ave., Brooklyn 33. New York DELTA PSI—Samuel W . Lewis, Florida Normal College, St. Augustine, Florida EPSILON ALPHA—Eiekiel Smith, 713 Johnson Ave., Toledo, Ohio EPSILON BETA—Clarence D Johnson, 2494 S. Lilly Ave., Fresno, California EPSILON GAMMA—Ernest R Gipson, Bishop College. Marshall, Texas EPSILON DELTA—Clarence W . Mixon, Rt. 2 Box 59, Kent, Ohio EPSILON EPSILON—Aloma J. Poindexter, 29-D University Courts, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma EPSILON ZETA—Eugene R. Hunter, Fayetteville State Teachers College, Fayetteville, N.C. EPSILON ETA—Perry Jones, 184 Pierce Hall, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich. EPSILON THETA—Elbert Smith, 760 E. 92nd St., Cleveland. Ohio EPSILON IOTA—Emanuel M. McKinne, Jr., 143 Brackenridge Hall, University of Texas, Austin 18 Texas EPSILON KAPPA—William L. Orton, 212 No. Goodwin, Peoria, Illinois
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General Convention Banquet Speaker Feted NEW YORK—Nearly 1,000 persons from all walks of life—from virtually every strata of social, economic, religious and political phases of the American community—joined this week in a celebration given in honor of Lester B. Granger on the occasion of his retirement (October 1) as Executive Director of the National Urban League. State and civic leaders, chieftains of both major political parties, heads of business, industry, labor and fraternal groups were included among those who over the years have looked to Mr. Granger not only as an outstanding international figure in the field of community service but also as a friend, and who rousingly acclaimed the tributes paid him by such notables as Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, Mayor Robert F. Wagner and Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz, who spoke at a luncheon that packed the main ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, on October 8, 1961. Theodore W. Kheel, the League's past president, served as master of ceremonies. Governor Rockefeller characterized the many years of effort and dedication by Mr. Granger, in leading and directing the Urban Leagues nation-wide endeavors in behalf of city-dwelling Negroes, as having "awakened the conscience of America to the issues of racial inequities." "He has done more than any other American to open the doors of opportunity," Governor Rockefeller said. "None of us can hold up our heads until we have brought full equal opportunity to all Americans." Mayor Wagner cited the vital roles in the furthering of human relationship that have been played by Mr. Granger, such as the ending of segregation in the armed forces and in the DECEMBER, 1961
placement of hundreds of thousands of Negroes in skilled jobs, decent housing and education facilities, saying: "No other man has done so much toward helping to eradicate forever from the American scene our sorry heritage of segregation, discrimination and exploitation." Mr. Lewkowitz praised the work of Mr. Granger as "a living symbol of equality as an inherent right, not one to be granted on racial, religious or partisan bases" but to be gained instead through "a crusade that must be never-ending among Americans of good will." Mr. Granger, preceptibly and deeply touched as he rose to respond, delivered one of the most notable addresses of his long career. All present were silently aware of the struggle with emotions within their chief as he addressed them for the last time in the capacity of leadership from which he has just stepped aside. He said that the fight for civil rights is now "in process of being won, on the basis of strategic victories recorded on battlegrounds from which the American people can never re-
NUMBER 4 treat," but he cautioned also that the battle is "only beginning." He viewed the future as "grim . . . less because of the problems that face us than because of the attitude of the American people toward those problems," and warned that "movement cannot become progress" until it is "fast enough to meet the needs of the times." In looking further toward the future of the League's responsibilities, Mr. Granger admonished those who had assembled to pay homage to the years of leadership he personifies to take note of what he regards as dangerous areas of "isolation" that exist in the popular concept of community relations. He said: "Here is the isolation that is to be found in loss of incentives, in loss of confidence that the American way leads to anything but frustration and defeat for the person of dark complexion. "I think that all of us understand that the resources we can amass in the decades to come will be scarcely enough to enable us to keep abreast of the problem that has been neglected over-long. It is a problem now growing by leaps and bounds in every area of these United States. I know from my familiarity with the thinking of my successor, Whitney Young, that the Urban League recognizes this as its Continued on page 6
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From The Desk of The General Secretary Brother Laurence T. Young Brothers: GENERAL CONVENTION: The 55th Anniversary Convention will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, December 26th-30th, 1961, with General Headquarters at the Sheraton-Seelbach Hotel, Fourth and Walnut Streets, Louisville, Kentucky.
G A M M A PHI ELECTS M A N O F THE M O N T H TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE, A L A B A M A — April 8, 1961. In the newly instituted program to honor outstanding young men at Tuskegee Institute, Gamma Phi elected Craig Dexter as the Man of the Month for April 1961. Mr. Dexter, the first honoree, is a freshman in education from Mobile, Alabama, who serves as president of the Freshman Class and participates in numerous campus activities as well as being an honor student. Brother I. Andre Edwards, chapter advisor, (left) makes the presentation while Brother Aubrey McAlpine, chairman, (right) awards committee looks on. Brother Marvin Cannon is Chapter president.
S T A N D A R D I Z E D PIN—Again, notice to all chapters that the official pin-badge has been standardized, the price is $11.02 for the five (5) pearls and two (2) whole genuine onyxs; and $30.50 for the five (5) .01 carat diamonds and two (2) whole genuine onyxs THESE ARE THE ONLY TYPE PINS AUTHORIZED AWARDS TO BE MADE AT THE CONVENTION: Undegraduate Chapter Achievement; Graduate chapter Achievement; outstanding undergraduate brother; Alpha Award of Merit; and Alpha Award of Honor. RECOMMENDATION COMMITTEE: The Chairman of the Committee on Recommendations is Brother Lawrence S. Lackey, 525 Visger Avenue, Ecorse 29, Michigan. The GENERAL SECRETARY is processing amendments to the Constitution as submitted to date, by various chapters and brothers. The chapters will be duly circularized within the prescribed 30 days of the Convention, so they may have an opportunity to consider and take action on same, before presentation on the Convention floor. REPORTS OF GENERAL OFFICERS: All General Officers, and Committee Chairmen, from whom annual reports are required, will have same mimeographed and mailed to Brother Frank L. Stanley, Sr., P. O. Box # 1 5 5 8 , Louisville, Kentucky, by or before December 15th, 1961. Approximately 700 copies will be required. These reports will be placed in the brother's kits for distribution at registration, so as to avoid confusion in distribution on the Convention floor.
BROTHER ROBERT F. CUSTIS Convention Floor Leader
BALLOTS: All BALLOTS HAVE
BEEN MAILED to Brothers holding 1961 pass cards. If you have failed to receive one, please notify us at once. We have at National Headquarters 66 ballots which have been returned for IMPROPER ADDRESSES, and 78 ballots which have not been mailed, due to LACK OF ADDRESS OF ANY SORT. This is a mail ballot election, and no ballot will be considered valid which is not in the post office box in Louisville, Kentucky, by December 26, 1961. AUDITOR: In the "Rumpus Room" of the Auditor will be found this inscription: THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED BY THE HUSBAND IN THIS HOUSE, ARE NOT N E C E S S A R I L Y THOSE OF THE M A N A G E MENT." GRAND TAX: If I could, I would like to draw you a picture of the brothers who are running away from MR. PENALTY. They do not want any part of him. The running brothers know that it is sound business to go to the chapter meeting and pay local and NATIONAL dues before MR. PENALTY (10%) overtakes them. MR. PENALTY is due NOVEMBER 16, 1961 and of course he employs many shrewd and cunning tactics to accomplish his objectives. PLEASE GET YOUR G R A N D TAXES FOR 1962 to National Headquarters by or before NOVEMBER 15, 1961. That almost sounds like Income Tax dead line, and it is almost as important. So many brothers take care of their chapter business with the usual dispatch EVERY YEAR. MR. PENALTY refuses to waste time on them because he knows those brothers cannot be influenced nor intimidated. WHICH OF THESE BROTHERS ARE YOU? CONVENTION SECRETARY: It is regrettable that Brother Burt A. Mayberry will not be seen on the Convention Floor this year, busying himself about Administrative offices and Continued on next page THE SPHINX
Continued from page 1 the floor,"—due to physical incapacity (sheer exhaustion). We will miss him, and wish for him a continued useful life. DELTA GAMMA LAMBDA (Cincinnati, Ohio): Can proudly boast of at least the following named brothers who have been active in Alpha Phi Alpha for OVER thirty years: Brothers CHARLES N. CARROLL, JOHN W. FLEMING, WILLIAM N. LOVELACE, JAMES C. RANDOLPH, WILLIS C. WEATHERLY, BRAXTON F. CANN, SR., FERDINAND D. WILLIAMS, H. J. WILSON, H. HANNIBAL HULL, AND WILLIAM McCALEB. We know there are many more throughout and Country, but we just "happened" upon those during a recent research project relative to MidWestern chapters. GENERAL CONVENTION: The General President is looking forward to seeing at least two delegates, and/or representatives from each of our 287 chapters, in Louisville, Kentucky December 26-30, 1961. Also give an "assist" to the General Convention Chairman, Brother Frank L. Stanley, show him our appreciation for his efforts by being in attendance. BISHOP COLLEGE: (Epsilon Gamma): It is to be noted that Epsilon Gamma, located on the campus of BISHOP COLLEGE, has moved to DALLAS, TEXAS. Send them a word of congratulations, a beautiful indeed, at Simpson-Stuart Road, Dallas, Brother Ernest R. Gipson. MISCELLANEOUS We welcome back into the fold Gamma Delta Lambda Chapter, Beckley, West Virginia—from its seige of inactivity. Congratulations to Brother Martin K. Austin. You will receive in the next week or ten days a folder containing CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS to be considered by your Chapter, before presentation on the Convention floor at the General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky next month. Again, you are urged to return to NATIONAL H E A D Q U A R T E R S , your CHAPTER DIRECTORY, your DELEGATES' CREDENTIALS and the list of brothers to be transferred to OMEGA CHAPTER. Why not keep the General Secretary's office supplied with a correct mailing address of each brother in the chapter? DECEMBER, 1961
General President William Hale Requests Your Presence Dear Alpha Brothers: December 26-30, 1961, will be a hith point in the life of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity when Brothers from all over the country gather in Louisville. Kentucky, for the celebration of our Fifty-fith Anniversary. It is my hope that I will be able to meet a i d greet no fewer than 1000 men who proudly answer to the name Alpha. Our theme for the Convention. D E M O C R A C Y ' S F U L F I L L M E N T : OUR C O N T I N U I N G C H A L L E N G E , is designed to focus attention on the fact that though much progress in human relations has been made since our founding in 1906. much remains to be done. Students of the social scene are aware of the addition of a new dimension to the struggle as we move in the newer frontiers of the mind and of the spirit. The task will not become easier, it will become more difficult as we direct our attack at ignorance and lethargy, subtle enemies within the ranks of our people, as well as toward the other-directed prejudice and misunderstandings which have always retarded our progress.
Wt ' this is indeed a great time to be alive for now as never before we have it within our power to help make a better world. If true democracy is to come to our country it will be because the people of this nation, including ourselves, really want it and are willing to work together for its achievement. In this spirit then let us come together in the beautiful City of Louisville, renew our fellowship, obtain the spiritual undergirding which flows from an association of strong men and enjoy the gracious living so well prepared for us by our Brothers of Kentucky. I have just returned from Louisville where I had opportunity to participate in a discus sion of convention plans. 1 am convinced that this convention will make a new and important milestone in our career. Family people will be interested to know that detailed arrangements are being worked out for the youngsters. This includes registering them with badges, movies, tours, a fashion show, a skating party and junior balls. It is an experience that our children will long remember. On the program side we are to be addressed by a number of outstanding Brothers. Elmer C. Jackson, Immediate Past President of the National Bar Association, will deliver the Keynote Address. At the Undergraduate Luncheon, we will hear the Fraternal Address delivered by Brother John O. Blanton, long time, loyal Alpha man and outstanding senior citizen of Louisville. The Undergraduate Address at the luncheon will be given by Brother Hamilton Earl Holmes, one of the first of our race to enter The University of Georgia. Delivering the Undergraduate Address at the formal banquet will be Billy Joe Snoddy, high-ranking honor student a r d crack football star from Langston University. For the Main Address at the banquet, we will have Lester B. Granger who is just rounding out a brilliant career as Executive Director of the National Urban League and beginning his tenure as President of the International Conference of Social Work. Brother Jewel Henry A. Callis will talk with us from his wealth of experience as he delivers the Founders' Address. We have not had final confirmation on the speaker for our Public Meeting, but you may he assured he will be an outstanding personage with a vital message for us and our times. Some of the topics which we will discuss include: (1) Our own conception of democracy within our own ranks. (2) A redistricting of our regions. (3) The tenure of the General President. (4) The housing program. (5) National Headquarters. (6) Employment of an assistant general secretary as a field operative. (7) The improvement of undergraduate scholarship. (8) Alpha's role in helping achieve our national purpose of full citizenship for all. The speeches will be limited in time, officers reports are to be written and distributed with brief oral statements to be made on their recommendations and the sessions will begin and end on time. This will be a working convention, but an exciting one and we should all be there to participate in it and enjoy it. Let's talk it up with all the Brothers we meet and be sure that this letter is read in its entirety to your chapter. Sincerely and fraternally William H. Hale General President
M u Chapter Presents Spring Formal MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.—Mu Chapter reached its zenith during Spring Quarter of 1961 when the fraternity had their Annual Spring Formal in the Student Union at the University of Minnesota. The dance was the first social function that the newly reactivated Mu Chapter presented as Alphamen. Eighteen pledges crossed the burning sands on May 20, 1961 (the largest in the history of the chapter) the first group to go over since the chapter went inactive in 1956. The formal was very successful, mark the highlight of the year. The dance was preceded by a banquet held in honor of the neophytes. The new brothers and their dates were the guest of the grad chapter, Gamma Xi Lambda; which is fifty members strong and are very active in the twin cities. President George Brooks made a speech on "Moral Characters" and "What it means to be an Alpha." President Rufus Webster of Gamma Xi Lambda was in charge of ceremonies and Louis Vale one of the original charter members of Mu Chapter was the guest speaker. Brother John Patton, Historical Chairman of Gamma Xi Lambda, read the history of the chapter. Immediately following the banquet was the dance on the ballroom floor in the student union, especially decorated with black and gold background and the Alpha symbol overlooking the ballroom floor. Outstanding features that crowned the evening was the grand march of all the brothers, grad and undergrad. The march began by calling the years in succession and each brother would march to the dance floor and begin to waltz. Leading the procession was Louis Vale, one of the two living members of the chapter which was established in 1912; the other living member is Raymond W. Cannon, now residing in California. The new brothers were the last to take the floor mixing the old with the new in true Alpha tradition. Our sister sorority Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, contributing to the gala event, sang their hymn in a charming mixture of feminine voices. Following the Alpha trend and fraternal spirit, we sang our hymn to end a great Alpha affair. Brother Carl Eller Associate Editor of the Sphinx PAGE 4
MINNESOTA'S MU CHAPTER Front Row: left to right—Brother Isaac Johnson; Chaplain, Jay B. Sharp, Harold Payne; Dean of pledges, Leonard Davis; vice pres., Walter Jones. Second Row: Brothers Earl Roles, Sandy Stevens; treas., Levi Young, Robert McNeil; Director of Education. Third Row: Brothers Roland Mud; Co-director of Athletics, Bill Munsey; Sgt. of Arms, James Beard, James Allison; Historian. Fourth Row: Brothers Kirk Hayes; Corresponding Sec, Darryl Alsbrook, Recording Sec. Fifth Row: Brothers George Brooks; President, Carl Eller; Ass. Editor of the Sphinx, Bobby Bell; Co-director Athletics.
Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter Sponsors Elaborate Founders' Day Activities By Brother A. T. Kynard, Associate Editor of the Sphinx HEMPSTEAD, TEXAS—The date The neophyte Brothers, inducted was Saturday, early December, 1960. into Alpha last May, were presented The place was the beautiful home of by Brother John Murphy. They are Brother and Mrs. L. C. MacMillan. Brothers Samuel Douglas, George The participants in the Founders' Day Kelly, and James Payne. activities were the Alpha Brothers, Two special features were among their wives and sweethearts of Prairie the highlights of the informal program. View A. & M. College and ComThe first was an address by Brother munity. Dr. Ronald J. Rousseve entitled "A The informal program began with Profile of Alpha: Past, Present, and Brother G. E. Higgs extending a word Future" (see below). The second was of welcome to the Alpha Brothers the presentation of the Chapter's Cerand their "Alphabetters." The occatificate of Merit to Brother Alfred sion or purpose of the meeting was explained by Brother E. K. Jones, T. Kynard. This recognition was beChairman of the Committee respon- stowed upon Brother Kynard for his recent accomplishments in the field sible for planning the program. In of education and research. Brother addition to his words of tribute to Kynard was instrumental in developthe founding Jewels, Brother Jones ing a checklist useful to administragave special recognition to Alpha wives and sweethearts for their un- tors of industrial education in determining the value of work experience wavering support in behalf of the goals of Alpha. Later in the program a spe- for new trade and industrial teachers. cial tribute was made to the ladies For this contribution to education, (Alphabettes) by Brother James Payne. Brother Kynard was awarded the Brother H. R. Turner thrilled every- Doctor of Education Degree by the University of California, Los Angeles. one with an oral reading of "God Continued on page 11 Give Us Men." THE SPHINX
General President's 1961 Individual and Committee Appointments INDIVIDUAL APPOINTEES Comptroller: Kermit J. Hall 5000 Woodland Avenue. Philadelphia 43. Pa.
Auditor: W. D. Hawkins, Jr. Fisk University, Nashville. Tennessee Convention Chaplain: Richard T. S. Brown 1717 Herr Street, Harrisburg. Pa. J. Clinton Hoggard 475 Riverside Drive, Room 1910 New York City 27, New York Convention Parliamentarian: O. Wilson Winters 28 Curren Arcade, Norristown. Pennsylvania Convention Sergeants-at-Arms Fred Atwater 2181 Madison Ave., New York City. N.Y.
Frankie Dee 421 West 141st St., New York City, N.Y. STANDING OR SPECIAL COMMITTEE Finance Committee M. G. Ferguson 345 - 4th Avenue, North Nashville, Tennessee Kermit J. Hall, Chairman W. D. Hawkins, Jr. L. B. Frasier North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. Durham, North Carolina Budget Committee: M. G. Ferguson W. D. Hawkins. Jr. L. B. Frasier Kermit J. Hall, Chairman L. G. Ashley, Boley, Oklahoma Frank V. Plummer 6029 Eberhart Ave., Chicago, Illinois Standards and Extension Committee: Edward T. Addison, Chairman 2217 Tenth Ave., Los Angeles 18, Calif. J. Rupert Picott 800 Edgehill Road Richmond, Virginia J. A Colston Knoxville College Knoxville, Tennessee W. E. Anderson State Teachers College Montgomery, Ala. Vernon Foshee 569 N. 9th St., Muskogee, Oklahoma Arnold W. Wright Ky. State College, Frankfort. Ky. Public Relations Committee Millard R. Dean, Chairman 1755 - 18th St., NW, Washington, D.C. Robert M. Ratcliffe Lemoyne College, Memphis, Tenn. Harvey N. Johnson, Jr. Va. State College. Norfolk, Virginia Clifton L. Banks
3355 Rosedale, Houston, Texas Marshall Bennett 519 Lyon St., San Francisco, Calif. Earl Kennedy 9312 Woodward, Detroit 2, Mich. W. Barton Beatty # 5 High Terrace, Montclair. N J. Election Committee: Leroy Patrick, Chairman 233 Mayflower St., Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania Samuel P. Debose 3806 Lorado Way Los Angeles, Calif. Billy Jones 342A East Broadway East St. Louis, Illinois Hollis Stearns 1107 E. Third St., Okmulgee. Okla. Kenneth L. Jones 801 N. Augusta St.. Staunton, Virginia Educational Foundation Committee: Clifton R. Jones, Chairman Morgan State College, Baltimore 12, Md. Harold R. Jones 2831 Ellsworth, Berkeley, Calif Oscar W. Ritchie Kent State University, Kent, Ohio L. R. Kirkpatrick Manual Training High School Muskogee, Oklahoma Gus T. Ridgel Ky. State College, Frankfort, Ky. Raymond W. Cannon 2008 Virginia Road Los Angeles, California Milton S. J. Wright Wilberforce Univ., Wilberforce, Ohio Rayford Logan Howard Univ., Washington, D.C. Marquis L. Harris 250 Auburn Ave., NE, Atlanta 3, Ga. John Buckner Achievements & Awards Committee Tolly W. Harris, Chairman 326 N. Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma Mercer Ray 3625 9th Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. Charles Angell 7232 Idlewild St., Pittsburgh 8, Pa. W. H. Williams P.O.. Box 1549 Jackson, Mississippi Ernest Wallace 1605 2nd Avenue, Dallas 10, Texas R. Earl Bland 1103 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, Ohio
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Committee on Public Policy: A. Maceo Smith, Chairman 2407 Thomas Avenue, Dallas 4, Texas Frank L. Stanley, Sr. Louisville Defender Louisville 1. Kentucky Charles Wesley Central State College Wilberforce, Ohio Hobart M. Jarrett Bennett College Greensboro. North Carolina Nelson Jackson 165 Clinton Ave.. New Rochelle. N.Y. Frank W. Morris, Jr. 11 Wayne St.. Roxbury, Mass. W. Byron Rumford 1500 Stuart St., Berkeley, Calif. National Headquarters Committee: James T. Adams. Chairman 4257 West Boston. Detroit 4. Michigan Kermit J. Hall M. G. Ferguson W. D. Hawkins, Jr. William H. Brown. Ill 15th Fl. Commercial Trust Building 16 S. Broad Street. Philadelphia, Pa. Noah Bennett North Carolina Mutual Life Ins. Co. Durham. North Carolina William H. Benson 5943 Prairie Ave.. Chicago 37, III. Harold Langrum 5225 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, III. Student Defense Committee: Elmer C. Collins, Chairman 10611 Pasadena Ave.. Cleveland 8, Ohio W. W. Plummer 654 Wealthy Street, S.E. Grand Rapids, Michigan Charles I. Cassell 1727 Shepherd St.. NW, Washington, D.C. G. T. Walden 980 Westmoor Dr.. NW. Atlanta, Ga. Millard Dean W. Barton Beatty Roger Mason 705 S. Serrano Ave., L. A., Calif. Jesse Chandler 111V4 So. 2nd St., Muskogee, Okla. W. E. Shortridge, 311 7th Street, Ensley, Birmingham, Alabama Alpha Phi Alpha Housing Committee: Myles A. Paige, Chairman 1294 Carroll St.. Brooklyn, New York Lewine Weaver 8152 So. Rhodes, Chicago, 111. Charles F. Lane 6227 So. Evans Ave., Chicago, 111. Jacob R. Henderson 1691 Simpson Road, NW Atlanta, Georgia Booker T. Hogan 1437 38th Ave., Sacramento, Calif. T. L. Inghram Wallace High School. Orange, Texas
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Parker, contralto; Stowe Phelps, baritone. Mr. Kheel headed the Tribute Committee, and serving with him were Mrs. Mollie Moon, civic leader and president of the National Urban League Guild; Mrs. Dorothy Hirshon, Urban League trustee; Mrs. Regina Andrews, librarian and Urban League trustee; and James Macwithey, Urban League's Commerce & Industry Council.
• Banquet Speaker Continued from page 1 challenge and that it will devote itself unreservedly to meeting it." Mr. Kheel presented Mr. Granger with an inscribed silver tray given by the League as a token of remembrance, and to Mrs. Granger a large bouquet of roses. Henry Steeger, New York magazine publisher and current League president, tendered on behalf of the Tribute Committee a volume of letters and telegrams containing scores of expressions from leaders of the nation, including the President of the United States.
Committees Continued from page 5 Undergraduate Program Committee: Aaron Brown, Chairman 1468 President St., Brooklyn, New York Harold Jordan Meharry Med. College, Nashville, Tenn. Fiank Silva 2712 4th Street, NE Washington 2, D C . Richard V. Moore Bethune-Cookman College Daytona Beach, Florida Harold Jones Bro. Clifton R. Jones Moses Miles Florida A & M University Tallahasee, Florida Carle