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OFFICIAL ORGAN OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY. INC. PEACE & JUSTICE: THE ROLE AND IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONLISM Brother Ambassador Horace (I. Dawson, Jr. provides a diplomatic observation of one ihe elements of establishing Peace & Justice.
PEACE & JUSTICE: THE NOBLEST OF AIMS \n null-In perspective of the global aspirations of Peace & Justice ami lite necessary attempts needed in order initiate an equality of nations, In Brother Hud I) Perkins, I'h.D
PEACE & JUSTICE: A 2 1 S T CENTURY EDUCATIONAL VISION 11 Brothers Bobby William Austin. I'h.D. & Henry Ponder, Ph.D. collaborate on the educational aspect and importance <>J Peace & Justice Congressional Black Caucus.
PEACE & JUSTICE: A THEOLOGY OF PEACE The theological approach of the the essence of achieving Peace andJustice, by I he Right Reverend Vinton A' Anderson
/ The problems of our global community are made by man and therefore can be solved by man. The cover image depicts all the countries that are responsible for our problems & solutions.
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PEACE Pronunciation: 'pEs Function: noun Etymology-: Middle English pees, from Old French pais, from Latin pac-, pax; ' akin to Latin pacisci to agree Date: 12th century 1: a slate of tranquility or quiet: as a: freedom from civil disturhance b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace> 2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions 3: harmonv in personal relations 4a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
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msncE Pronunciadon: j&s-t&s Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English & Old French; Old English justice, from Old French jusUce, from Latin justitia. from Justus Date: 12th century la : the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by die impartial adjustment of conflicUng claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments b: the administration of law; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equitv 2a : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair h'( 1) : die principle or ideal of just dealing or right action 11) : conformity to diis principle or ideal: RIGHTEOUSNESS c : the quality of conforming to law 3: conformity to truth, fact, or reason.
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THE SPHINX® WINTER 2002 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS he following Brothers were presented with a check in the amount of $3,000.00, as 2002-2003 recipients of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.® Education Foundation's annual scholarship program. Please note that this dollar amount represents a 100% increase in the amount of funds awarded to worthy recipients in previous years. The scholarship has been awarded, which was a commitment made by Harry E. Johnson, Sr. to the brotherhood upon his inauguration as General President. As a beneficiary of this most coveted award, the recipients should be very proud of their academic and extracurricular accomplishments, which were the primary considerations in having been chosen as outstanding collegiate leaders within our grand and illustrious Fraternity. These brothers are commended on a job well done and encouraged to continue upholding the light of our dear Fraternity, through leadership by example!
T WINTER 2002 VOLUME 87 • NUMBER 4
GENERAL OFFICERS Harry E. Johnson, Sr. General President
Adrian L. Wallace Immediate Past President
Gregory Phillips Executive Director
George N. Reaves General Treasurer
Frank A. Jenkins, III Comptroller
Cecil Howard General Counsel
FOUNDERS Henry Arthur Callis Charles Henry Chaplin Nathaniel Allison Murray Eugene Kinckle Jones Vertner Woodson Tandy George Biddle Kelley Robert Harold Ogle
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Brother Thomas Fitzpatrick Brother Colin T. Mukubwa Brother Chris Thomas
Brother Brian Charles Barto Barnes Brother Marcus F. Caralho Brother David M. Ferguson
Brother Miles Carey, II Brother A. McGill, Jr. Brother Gregory S. Parks
Brother Ronald T. Cotton Brother Mark H. Davis, II Brother Stanley K. Ellis WESTERN REGION
Brother Daniel Craddock Brother Javier F. Gutierrez Brother John Mathews, II
NOTE: This year's competition was much more rigorous than in years past, as the Foundation has instituted an aggressive points and qualifications system that took into consideration the "whole person" theory that encompassed both academic and other factors used in determining this year's winners. Check for more information on how to apply for this scholarship in March. Announcements will be posted on the Fraternities website and in the Spring 2003 edition of the The Sphinx®.
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There's only one comer of the iinirerse yon can he certain ofini/>rorin,t>, unci that's your own self" -Aldotis Huxley
GENE "No Justice. No Peace! Know Justice. Know Peace!' My Brothers Beloved:
reetings, once again, from the Mighty House of Alpha! It has often been said that the "true definition of peace" is not only the "absence of war, but also the presence of justice." As America and, indeed, the world continues to strive to become a more peaceable place in which to live,
learn and have our being, the need for men and women of goodwill and moral turpitude to stand up for the rights of all people, everywhere, has become the cornerstone of the new struggle for human dignity and social parity in the dawn of the twenty-first century. In fact, the Preamble to our organization's constitution states: "The objectives of this Fraternity shall be: to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual.. .and to aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic and intellectual status." To that end, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first and leading brotherhood established upon the very principles which help to make our nation great, has always done its part to love our Brothers, help our neighbors and lift our fellow man - through leadership by example. As General President of this great Fraternity, I challenge each and every one of you to do your part to make this nation and our world a better place for the poor, the powerless and the hopelessly dispossessed; as they strive to climb out of the abyss of social injustice and degradation, to an oasis of freedom and tranquility. Our late, great Brother, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once boldly declared: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." As keepers of the flame of equal access and equal rights under the law, the time has come for every one of us to reaffirm our commitment to the core principles that continue to make us great. As you know, our Fraternity has been at the vanguard of civil liberties and civil rights throughout the course of our long and storied history as the world's greatest fraternal organization; having produced such venerable leaders as Brothers Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, Belford V. Lawson and many, many more. Today, however, in the wake of the tragic events of September 11, our great brotherhood must champion, once again, the noble ideals and aims we pledged our hearts to so many years ago. More importantly, with the advent of the new USA Patriot Act, which works to severely restrict and, in many cases, inhibit many of the inalienable rights that our forefathers gave their Uves to secure for ourselves and our posterity, the time has now come for us to redouble our efforts to, once again, give peace a chance while remaining vigilant to the challenges that threaten our very existence as a free and God-fearing country. To that end, I am pleased to present to you this very special "Peace and Justice" issue of The Sphinx速 Magazine, which challenges each of us to look farther and dig deeper than we ever have before, in our ongoing struggle for universal equality. After all, "No one can save us for us, but us. If it is to be.. .it's up to me!" Fraternally,
Harry E. Johnson, Sr., Esq. General President
"Don't judge your friend until you stand in his place." -Arm
THE SPHINX" WINTER 2002 Official Organ of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.速
William Douglass Lyle Interim Editor In-Chief Director of Communications Contributing Writers Vinton R. Anderson Bobby Austin, George W. Brown Daniel Cox Horace G. Dawson, Jr.
Dear Brother President, Thank you and the Corporate Staff for acknowledging my 88th Birthday. It was an unexpected confirmation of the Fraternal Bond. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated! I hope that a "covenant" with our creator will let me live at least until the AOA 100th Anniversary. Fraternally Yours, V. Henry (BA'32-AAA'35)
Dear President Johnson, Thanks for your king remembrance of my Birthday. Fraternally,
Malcolm A. McGuire Huel D. Perkins Henry Ponder Graphic Arts/Print Consultants Reggie Colbert Yvonne Stevenson
Dear Brother Lyle: Enjoyed the Sphinx issue featuring "Alpha Brothers in Politics." Keep up the good Work! Brother Perkins P.S. The cover is "Awesome."
Deadlines for editorial submissions are as follow: Spring Issue - November 1 Summer - February 1 Fall - May 1 Winter - August 1 For advertisement display rates and other ad information contact: Editor of The Sphinx R Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.速 2313 St. Paul Street Baltimore, MD 21218-5211 Phone: 410.554.0040 Fax: 410.554.0054 Email address: Sphinx@hq.alpha-phi-alpha.org Alpha Phi Alpha Web Site address: http://www.AlphaPhiAlpha.net
Dear Mr. Lyle Achievement is never something to be ignored. It is attained by hours, days, months and years of hard work, patience and unyielding determination. We salute you on the recent acknowledgement of Alpha Phi Alpha achievements in the June edition of Black Enterprise magazine. We extend our sincerest wishes for your continued success. Cheers! Best regards, Patrice Quatravaux, President, Raynal & CIE Brandy De France
Dear Mr. Lyle, The United States Postal Service is proud to congratulate Alpha Phi Alpha in being a recipient of the BE 100. Black Enterprise magazine has provided positive images of businessmen and women. It has given voice to a generation of leaders and influences in the business community. We, as sponsor, are glad that you and your company have been recognized for your leadership and we are grateful for me meaningful impact you have had on all of us at the Postal Service. We wish you continued growth and prosperity. Best regards, Rod DeVar, Advertising Manager, United States Postal Service
Dear Mr. Phillips: Congratulations on the recognition of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. being listed as one of the BE Top 100 companies in the June edition of Black Enterprise magazine. It is especially inspirational to see the acknowledgement of the hard work and innovation you have devoted to building your business. The African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation strives to educate all Americans about the many contributions of our people throughout our history. It is a pleasure to see legacy of excellence continuing in your work. Continued success! Best regards, Cynthia Lowery Morris, Executive Director, The African American Experience Fund
7 clou 'I want the cheese, I Just want to get out of the trap." -Spanish Proverb
My Brothers of Alpha: n behalf of our General President, Brother Harry E. Johnson, Sr. and our international Board of Directors, I extend to you heartfelt greetings and salutations from your "home on St. Paul Street." As Executive Director of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., it is a unique challenge and responsibility to accept the call of leadership and service to Alpha. As such, it is deed my honor and privilege to report to you our progress at the Corporate Headquarters. The following information provided below is an overview of the various departmental activities at our corporate facilities:
- The Educational Activities developed and executed a new scholarship evaluation program that factored in a number of considerations prior to awarding a Fraternity-sponsored scholarship to an applicant. Because of this new point system, the selection committee was able to consider a number of factors which were previously unconsidered during the selection process. - The Educational Activities department is currently in the process of developing and disseminating innovative grant proposals to increase the amount of funding for the Fraternity's Education Foundation. Several of these proposals have been forwarded to such entities as the National Marrow Donor Foundation and the U.S. Department of Transportation. - As a part of the Economic Development Foundation's Church's Chicken Initiative, the Educational Activities Department, in conjunction with Brother Kermit Boston, Chief Learning Officer for Alpha University, have worked hard to develop a comprehensive franchise training and development curriculum, which will be used as a basis for training for those entrepreneurs who are slated to participate in the Fraternity's franchise opportunity program. MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT
- The Membership Department has been very instrumental in saving the Fraternity additional revenue. To facilitate this process, the department has purchased a costeffective passcard machine, which saves the General Organization approximately $7,000 in expenses. - The Membership Department is currently preparing itself for the upcoming Spring Membership Intake Process. The current Membership Intake Window is March 14- June 28, 2003. All regional and district officers involved in the process are asked to be cognizant of the posted deadlines which are available on line at the Fraternitv's web site, www.alphaphiidpha.net, and govern themselves accordingly. - The Membership Department is pleased to welcome Brother Mark E. Holsey, a spring 1995 initiate of the Gamma lota Chapter (Hampton University), who began work at the Corporate Headquarters in October 2002 and his responsibilities include membership coordination activities for the Southwestern and Western regions of the Fraternity. COMMIMCATIONS
- The Department has worked feverishly to produce the latest editions of The Sphinx速 Magazine, including the Political Action Edition, featuring Brothers Kwame Kilpatrick, David Scott and H. Carl McCall of Detroit, Atlanta and New York, respectively. The department is currently working on the Thurgood Marshall Edition, which will highlight and acknowledge our Brother and the United States Postal Services recognition of his many deeds. - The Communications Department has continued to work in support of the efforts being undertaken by the Fraternity's World Policy Council, resulting in the printing and distribution for the Fourth Annual World Policy Council Report, which was disseminated to key national leaders and opinion makers, as well as to each chapter within the Fraternity. - As promised, the Communications Department in conjunction with the Logistics Department, has worked in tandem with various outside vendors to produce a "live"On-Line Alpha Shop, which allows the Brothers, as well as their families and friends, to purchase Alpha Phi Alpha paraphernalia at a reasonable rate, directlv from their own personal computers. To date, the On-Line Alpha Shop has produced some $3,168.07 since it's opening on November 5, 2002, through the December 31, 2003. LOGISTICS
- As a continuation of General President Harry E. Johnson's Value Added Services Initiative, the Logistics Department is working hard to prepare the next wave of value added benefits to hit the brotherhood during the 2003 Regional Convention Tour. To date, die department has identified several new partners to join the program this year; including Savoy magazine, the Hilton Honors Program and Wherever U Cellular service. - To help facilitate a smooth and seamless convention in Detroit this summer, the Logistics Department has worked to produce a Convention Planning Operations Manual and Supplemental Guide that is being made available to the Fraternity's Regional Directors of Conventions and other interested entities. Additionally, the Department has worked to provide technical and logistical assistance to those Chapters, regions and other entities that have sought assistance with regard to event planning and coordination. - As the designated committee liaison to the Alpha Phi Alpha Economic Development Foundation, the Logistics department has worked with both the Foundation members and the Educational Activities Department to prepare for the upcoming Franchise Training Program sponsored by the Fraternity and AFC Enterprises. As such, the department continues to work with current and potential program participants, to assist them in the coordination and processing of all of the necessary information Uiey will need to succeed in the franchise development process. CONCH MOV
Once again, my Brothers, I would like to thank General President Johnson, the Board of Directors and the members of Alpha Phi Alpha for their support to me in my role as Executive Director. As we continue to work to improve our operational procedures, we will work to serve our brotherhood to the best of our abilities. ' Again, thank you for your support! Sincerely,
Gregory Phillips Executive Director
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Peace & Justice: Is Development of An Enduring International Peace Possible? n an age where weapons of mass destruction are equal opportunity avengers; AIDS is an equal threat to the entire family and terrorist equally intimidate our lifestyles, but internalize it, the enormous implications that have created inequalities is out the door. We are standing on the brink of dangerous times where in some countries there is a feeling of hopelessness. Where death is not an alternative to life, it is an alternative to pain. War, racism, famine, religion, prejudice, poverty and terrorism are the central issues that obstruct enduring international peace. In order to fully understand why international peace has not yet been possible, one must first realize which central issues have driven each particular armed conflict, then it must be determined how international efforts can be incorporated into a coherent strategy for building sustainable peace, and finally a realization of the effects following the implementation of such a strategy for peace building. The central issues that have driven each particular armed conflict have often been left unidentified or wrongly identified. The possibility that international efforts (being diplomatic, humanitarian, military, or economic) will reduce or facilitate a means for assistance, tend to worsen conflicts rather than mitigate . In my opinion, when external countries involve themselves with issues that are internal and distinctive to another particular country, the intrusive country may end up "at a loss." Furthermore such issues and involvement very seldom do well, and end up being harmful (i.e.: Vietnam).
The critical components of international efforts can permanently be argued on which strategy is and/or would be the best solution for peace and even a coherent strategy. This can be undermined by the pitfalls of implementation, from organizational rivalries and inadequate coordination to the vulnerability of peace processes to spoiling local parties. It seams almost unattainable that it is possible to develop policy recommendations about how peace can more effectively be built in each "countries'" case and how compatible international strategies can be developed and implemented toward that point. International efforts to stabilize and sustain peace in war-torn societies such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Haiti, Guatemala, and Democratic Republic of Congo have continuously been made. My Dean Brother Clyde "Scoop" Kynard once stated, "the strong must bear the infirmity of the weak." The terrorist attack of September 11th did something that all of our movements in American history haven't been able to do.. .unite us. We can no longer continue to waste time debating our status. The Middle East is no longer just their problem, their issues; it is a global community issue. It is time for this country, "the big dog on the court" to take its rightful place and lead. As Gandhi once said, "I follow the people because I am there leader." With this method and type of leadership a time of peace and justice will develop. We will then stand at the doorstep of an age of empowerment and awareness, while we leave behind us an age of dispensation, and enter a new era of unprecedented spiritual awakening and political, social and economic evolution. In this edition of The Sphinx速, we will look more closely at Peace and Justice by evaluating the two, while World Policy Council members give us their perspectives on the issues at hand. Also in this issue of The Sphinx速 is a special Alpha on the Move featuring Brother Dennis Archer, (former Mayor of Detroit) who was recently named President of the American Bar Association. It is desired that individuals contemplate on this extraordinary transitional period in history and exchange dialog as it applies to the state of our Nation and the world. Fraternally,
Brother William Douglass Lyle Editor - In - Chief
'A cynic is a man who knows the price ofeverything, and the value of nothing." -Oscar Wilde
PEACE AND IUSTICE:
By Ambassador Horace G. Dawson, Jr.
n a recent visit to my office, a gentleman describing himself as a 'global activist' sought to enlist my cooperation in promoting lectures, workshops, and other types of programs in interest of world peace. He said he had heard about me and felt I would have an interest in such matters. Perhaps to underscore the depth of his own commitment, he asked suddenly if I had heard of Gary Davis; and I appeared to have surprised him by saying simply, "Well, of course. The Citizen of the World." M While it true that Davis' long and well / ' publicized campaign to deemphasize na tional boundaries occurred many years ago, his underlying arguments continue to resonate. Very much in the spirit of Wendell Wikie's "one world', Davis' emphasis on 'globalism' was well ahead of his time. In the wake of World War II, peace was at its core. Implicit also, I believe, was the lessening of national sovereignty, if, indeed, not its total eUmination. It is safe to say, of course, that no such extreme development is possible. This does not, however, lessen the effect of interdependence, which has been one of the central phenomena in international affairs over the past fifty years. In commerce, in trade, in education, in fact, in myriad aspects of every-day life, our dependence on each other - both within and across national boundaries - increases rather than diminishes; and this in turn underscores the importance of interaction between and among nations as well as individuals. In a very real
"Great ideas need landing gear as irell as wings." -C.I), lackson
sense, we find ourselves today moving inexorably in the direction of the global village. The United Nations and its several successes not withstanding, this has not meant the eUmination of conflict. There are in fact numerous trouble spots in the world today, some of which could easily develop into major conflagration, the Middle East being the most obvious example. In Africa, turmoil continues in Liberia and in Sierra Leone as well as in Congo and Angola, not to mention the major differences still existing between \ Ethiopia and Eritrea, and Nigeria's internal prob\ lems which always suggest the threat of violence. In the Far East, China and Taiwan are openly hostile toward each other as are North and South Korea. â€˘^ This 'sampling' of troubled ^ areas consciously omits India and Pakistan, and also Zimbabwe, the former two countries with troops virtually facing watch over at the border; and Zimbabwe in the throes of open rebelUon. In both instances, the world community is prepared for conflict, which, as these words are being written, may come at moment. Although American officials tend to reject the notion of the U.S. as 'world policeman', this county's status as the only remaining superpower does, indeed, imply major responsibility. This has major impUcations for African Americans who should, in greater numbers, identify with our country's mission in world affairs. At present, we are vastly under-represented, where the African-American contributions hopelessly Umited? There are the 'think tanks', the United Nations, international education, international business, the foundations, and diplomacy? These areas
THE SPHINX" WINTER 2002
THE ROLE AND IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONALISM of interest are suggestive by no means exhaustive. In relation to this last one - diplomacy - let me underscore the importance of a diplomatic service of our country, one preferably not alone able but also representative of the racial and ethic diversity of the United States. Quite clearly, this has major implications for the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha. As never before, the Fraternity needs to produce young men capable of developing language skills and all other skills and sensitivities required for Foreign Service officers. They need training in economics, in politics, in negotiations, and in public administration. And in addition to these disciplines, Alpha Men should possess or develop interpersonal and intercultural skills that will enable them to function in varied cultural settings. Such traits more or less define the tools of diplomacy. However, successful careers begin with interest, which in many ways has been one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome in the African American Community. Fortunately, this problem is beginning to be addressed directly through a program mounted at Howard University. The university has a grant of $1 million from the Congress to encourage such interest at Howard and also at other Historically Black colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The hope is that this grant will be increased and repeated annually. It also may be augmented by funds form other sources, such as the $1 million grant already donated to Howard for this purpose by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. With these funds, Howard had developed a series of programs designed, first of all, to engender interest in interna-
tional affairs among students generally. And beyond this, there is the hope that large numbers of African American students - at Howard and elsewhere will be attracted to careers in diplomatic service. Even at this early state - the first year of the program - results are extremely encouraging. The role of the diplomat in the first instance is that of helping to prevent war and secondly, if that fails, to assist in facilitating the process of peace. As Churchill observed, reflecting on the role of diplomacy, "Jaw, jaw is better than war, war." The requisite qualifications and skills for this task are not, however, easy to come by. Nor would the Alpha Man undertaking such a task seek to bring about peace without justice. The Fraternity has expressed itself on this issue in reference to the current Israeli - Palestinian conflict. "The kind of peace we believe necessary is one composed of more than a simple cessation of belligerence," the statement reads; "It must be one that will lay the foundation for a situation in which the parities will live in mutual respect for each other. Such a peace requires the dispensation of justice. In the absence of justice, there will be no lasting peace. In our opinion, at the least, simple justice requires that Israel be permitted to live in peace within its borders and that the Palestine's be granted a state of their own." As we explore further this and all other issues of conflict, our resolve should be promotion of peace and an even handed pursuit of justice for all. We live in a world of increasing interdependence, which, of necessity, means one requiring greater awareness of others and of enhanced interpersonal and intercultural skills. Alpha Men should be in the forefront of efforts leading to their realization.
-'rrvoii Edwards He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, will never he wiser on the morrow than he is today" -Try
PEACE AND TUSTICE:
Ukz JVo&LifQf By Huel D. Perkir
*Yyr Thy is diere no peace in this world? Why do nations continu\ \ / ^ w a ยง e w a r a ยง i u n s l e a c n o m e r ' Why have there been less Y T than 365 days (one year) since time unmemorable when there has been a total cessation of hostilities in the world? Why have we not come to realize that we have only this planet upon which to dwell and that we must attempt to live peaceably upon it? Why do we continue to invent weapons of mass destruction, concoct deadly germs for warfare, and commit acts of terrorism against those whom we do not know? Why? The answer lies in one glaring absence: the absence of justice. We will never have peace in this world until we achieve justice - justice for all nations, justice for all peoples, and justice for all individuals. It is a simple proposition. If there is no justice, there can be no peace. When the term justice is used, we are speaking of fairness, the exercise of right conduct, the intent to do what is morally and ethically right. The wealth of the world is skewed and that is the first indication of absence of justice. We have rich principalities such as Monaco. We have impoverished nations such as Haiti (I once saw grown men in Haiti who had no shoes). We have some nations with the capability of atomic warfare. We have some nations which still fight with rocks and stones The disparity is alarming. This disparity keeps us at one another's throats while the gap between die "haves" and the "have nots" continues to widen, with no evidence in sight that dungs will change. All this occurs on this one planet which we inhabit. There is no place to run. Things must change. If you recall the history of this country, there was the realization that these United Suites could not exist halfslave and half-free. A war was fought to resolve this problem. Lives were lost. Brothers fought against brothers. More men were killed in this war than in all the wars which have been waged by this country. Was there a lesson to be learned from this? This war was fought because justice was not being accorded a significant number of the citizens of tliis country But because of this war a modicum of justice
was allowed to emerge. And even though the healing process has been long and arduous, we are a better nation for having been engaged. There must be some attempt made at a global level to bring about equality of nations economically and politically, with shared authority for making world decisions. This must be done in addition to what is already taking place at the United Nations. We must seek a global body that becomes the authority in the solution of global problems: weapons, AIDS, environment, energy and economy. Someone once said that alliteratively, our pressing global problems all seem to begin with the letter "P" poverty, pollution, population, prejudice. They are identifiable and can be attached. The Pope is quoted as saying "the moral order demands that a universal public authority be established." How would this public authority work? It first should be made up of men and women from all over the world, not necessarily politicians, who are passionate about solving the world's problems and have the support of their countries in this endeavor. They should be of the highest moral and ethical character. They must command the respect of the entire world. They must be thinkers. Any man-made problem can be solved by man. They must be doers. Time is running out. This elusive but attainable goal of peace is the world is, in the words of Shakespeare, "A consummation devoutly to be wished." Men and women of good will the world over must never give up hope that peace can be achieved. It will require the minds and hearts of each of us to bring this to pass. Somewhere along the way, this circle of violence and aggression must be broken. But it will not happen until there is a clear indication that the poorer nations will not be exploited by thericherones - that all stakeholders on this earth have a voice at the table - that human rights are protected at all costs - that every human has arightto reach his ultimate potential - that people matter. If we want peace in this world, we must work unceasingly for justice.
PEACE AND IUSTICE: ajsn
By Bobby William Austin, Ph.D. and Henry Ponder, Ph.D
"Education and work are the levers to uplift a people. Work alone will not do it unless inspired by the right ideals and guided by intelligence. The talented-must be made leaders of thought and missionaries of culture among their people." -W.E.B. DuBois
ducation in its broadest sense is the preparation of individuals to assume their places as responsible contributors to their society. Of course, education is both a formal and an informal process. Informal education is tied to human culture and refers to universal practices like child rearing, survival skills, language and the like. Formal education requires the mastery of prerequisite skills and the accumulated knowledge of various subjects, with technical proficiency and professional attainment. When mastered, this knowledge allows one to move between various levels of society. Together formal and informal education go hand-in hand in the preparation of individuals for work and leisure in a given society.
Today we are in the middle of a transitional epoch, a tidal wave of decision, a new era, a new century^ new world. The African-American family, like families the world over, is experiencing an evolution, or a transition of human society as we adapt to technology and a new sense of human direction. There is a need today for us to set about to reiterate the context in which we teach and guide. That context we believe can be found in the re-envisioning of an ancient longing of all people, the hope for peace and justice. We propose that education is the best vehicle in which to develop and promulgate the values that will cause us all to seek peace over war and justice over injustice. For an individual to educate himself, he needs to have a mission and a purpose. In order for a person or a group to be willing to
make sacrifices to secure a better future, they must first buy into a shared vision of what the future holds for them. If a society appears to be losing its sense of collective purpose, its children are the first to manifest a loss of individual purpose. Today many black students seem to have no context in which to see their individual or collective lives played out in America's future. Many young people, particularly young African-American men and boys, feel that they have no positive, collective vision to participate in because the Civil Rights era is past. Far too many individuals feel that being black effectively prevents them from succeeding in the broader American society. Without a vision, the present becomes shortened into satisfying endless series of immediate desires. What our young men and all African American men need today is to create and own a vision larger than themselves, visions in which all are called to participate. That vision is a world of peace and justice, a vision for which their fathers before them dreamed and hoped. African-American men and boys must rededicate themselves to that vision. They must also understand clearly that if they are prepared they can lead this world to peace and justice. Preparation requires education. If we believe that education is the most powerful force for change then the leadership of black America, its middle class, its politicians, its educators, its clergy, its businessmen, its tradesmen, its laborers and its intellectuals must become "leaders of thought" and "missionaries of culture" focused on peace and justice. We must become DuBois' new cultural missionaries not only to Black America but also to all Americans and the world. We can and must assume this commitment. In the prophetic words of Martin Luther King, Jr., in his book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, he states: Therefore I suggest that the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence become immediately a subject for study and for
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A 21 st CENTURY EDUCATIONAL VISION serious experimentation in every field of human conflict, by no means excluding the relations between nations. It is not enough to day, "We must not wage war." We must concentrate not merely on the eradication of war but on the affirmation of peace. According to Dr. King the whole "world household" must be "involved in a revolution of values." These values must support a culture that not only can say the word justice but also apply the principles universally. Educator Kathryn Elmes Parker, writing on the subject of moral education in an article entitled, "With Liberty and Justice for All - From Recitation to Reality" in Educational Horizons Winter 1977-7/8 Vol. 56 No. 2, states: "Educational leaders must be convinced that justice can be taught." These two moral rudders, justice and peace, can guide us through the turbulent waters of this changing world. Moral respon-
sibility creates conscience and that is really what the "values" battle is all about. It is not about whether values are religious or secular or whose values should dominate but whether we are aware of conscience. Fredrick Douglass said: "Conscience is to the individual soul arid to society what the law gravity is to the universe. It holds society together; it is the bases of all trust and confidence; it is the pillar of all moral rectitude." Informal and formal processes of education can create within the individual moral responsibility. This causes the conscience to take shape and grab hold of the will and the destiny of the individual. He understands that his culture demands that he be educated, prepared to interpret a vision of Peace and Justice. Then the education process will not stand outside the social structure of the society but will inform willing learners just what that society stands for and what they as individuals citizens are expected to learn, to do, and to teach.
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"Knowing others is wisdom: Knowing the self is enlightenment: Mastering others requires force:
A A ^ P p ^ l S OON N THE MOVE: BROTHER DENNIS ARCHER A VOICE OF
EXPERIENCE! oised to become the American Bar Association's first AfricanAmerican President, former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer will soon emerge as the legal profession's powerful new voice on equal justice and diversity issues. "Some of us remember why we went to law school," he says. "We remember the law is a sacred thing, and we are the ministers of justice."
To look at Brother Dennis Archer's resume, you'd never guess how the story began. - State Supreme Court Justice. - Democratic National Committee General, Co-chair. - Mayor. - Bar President. - Professor. - Law firm chairman. During Brother Archer's first run for political office, a bid for the Detroit mayoralty in 1993, one of his opponent's supporters sized up the resume and the candidate's distinguished manner and proceeded to level the most absurd accusation imaginable: Brother Archer was out of touch with the working class city and its eighty percent African-American population. The words stung Archer, who responded frankly: "I wasn't born wearing the kind of clothes 1 am wearing. I wasn't born driving the car I am driving." "A problem is a chance for you to do your Iwst." -Duke Ellington
Brother Archer, in fact, was born into extreme poverty in the tiny rural town of Cassopolis in southwestern Michigan. The farmhouse where he grew up had no running water and no insulation to protect the family from the brutal winters. The son of a one-armed handyman, Brother Archer held countless odd jobs growing up to help keep his family afloat. He put himself through college by washing dishes and earned his law degree at night while teaching handi-
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BROTHER DENNIS ARCHER capped kids in Detroit's public schools. If ever a prominent official was especially in touch with the plight of the working poor, it's Archer. He is demonstrating this already, even before officially making history in August by becoming the first AfricanAmerican President-elect of the American Bar Association (and then President in August 2003) • He said, "I am extremely proud to be here. I am also keenly aware of those who came before me—those who were not able to contribute to the great dialogues that we have at the ABA, the great debates on public policy and legal issues. I think of the tremendous contributions these lawyers and others could have made to this Association had they been allowed to join." Brother Archer also recognized the contributions of other lawyers of color who came before him. He said, "I am here because of the hard work of others. Others who were denied the opportunities that I have had. People who broke barriers and opened doors, who paved the way for me ... William Hastie, Damon Keith (AOA), Charles Hamilton Houston (AOA), Constance Baker Motely (AKA), Wade McCree and Justice Thurgood Marshall (AOA)." The ABA Presidency, it turns out, is a position Brother Archer has coveted for some time, since before he won the 1993 Detroit Mayor's race and was re-elected in a land- slide four years later. Brother Archer was a heavy favorite for a third term in the Mayor's office last year but decided to forgo the opportunity. Instead, he now speaks with an abiding passion about his commitment to equal justice and his plans, as ABA President, to awaken more minority youth to the promise of careers in the law. Archer seeks nothing less than a legal profession that's as diverse as America and gives no one—not even U.S. Supreme Court Justices—a free pass on their obligation to extend opportunities to qualified minorities who've overcome obstacles similar to his own. Do you have any ideas on ways the ABA can encourage its members to help more low-income Americans access the justice system? Historically, most of the work has been left at the doorsteps of solo practitioners and small firms. But in recent years, there has been a large step-up by major law firms to engage in pro bono activities, even at a time when associates' starting salaries are becoming astronomical. Some of us remember why we went to law school. We remember that the law is a sacred thing, and we
"The best war out is always through." -Robert Frost
are the ministers of justice. The oath that we take is very serious to us. We remember when we raised up our hand and said we would represent the oppressed and the defenseless. It's out of this sense of responsibility and commitment to our profession that we commit to this work. It goes to the seriousness with which we take our oath of office and the general sentiment that the practice of law is a privilege, not a right. What is your impression of the current political climate surrounding the Legal Services Corporation, and more broadly, the administration of legal services to the poor? One of the things that I think is a bright light for the Legal Services Corporation and continued funding is the fact that Justice Gonzales, the White House Counsel, has experience with—and, I think, an affinity for—the LSC. We do not have an adversarial, unsupportive relationship with this Administration. So I would like to give them a flower and keep them moving in the right direction. Historically, ABA Presidents make a commitment to supporting legal services. Some leaders have zealously embraced this responsibility, like current President Bob Hirshon, who has commissioned panels on loan forgiveness and billable hours to examine solutions to legal aid's resource crisis. How high a priority will equal justice efforts be under your tenure? First of all, I want you to appreciate that the ABA has a strong commitment to promoting legal services to those who are in need but cannot afford it. We've gone through any number of twists and turns to increase the level of participation. At the end of the day, we even suggest a monetary' dollar amount to Congress that would be helpful. I have a background in my state, as President of the State Bar of Michigan, of writing supportive letters on behalf of grantees who provide legal services through grants from LSC, and of encouraging lawyers to do pro bono work. I have chaired the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Legal Aid & Indigent Defendants. I have been trained by, and worked with, the best in that area. I have also been President of the Pre-Paid Legal Services Institute. So I have a deep appreciation for the fact
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BROTHER DENNIS ARCHER that we have a large respected. Some may vehemently oppose ABA policy, but it is respected. It is a body that helps set the tone for the rule of law unmet legal needfor andjustice in this country. The ABA is on the cutting edge. It has our American public. As mayor of so many outstanding lawyers and judges who care deeply about Detroit, I worked our profession, and so many who want to improve the delivery of with a group of legal services by becoming actively involved in continuing legal lawyers from large education. law firms who They want to protect the rule of law in America and how we donate services to deal with the administration of justice. When you start thinking help non-profits and community development or-ganizations about the ABA and the voices raised in the halls of Congress for through pro bono service. As Chairman of my law firm LSC funding, you think about Justice Louis Powell and his work (Dickinson Wright) since leaving the Mayor's office, I hosted as a President of the ABA. Much of LSCs early progress came from brainstorming meeting at our firm on how we can increase our the fruits of his labor. When you think about how the ABA can level of commitment to pro bono work. promote diversity, as Bill Paul did, as Chesterfield Smith did, you begin to appreciate how one individual can make a difference. When you see what people As President, you will play a role in the ABA's active lobbying can do at the ABA, it is truly presence on Capitol Hill. How do you plan to convince inspiring. William Reese Smith Congress that it should invest more resources? saved LSC when—with all due respect to Ronald Reagan—he As President, I will oft-times be asked to go down and share wanted to zero out LSC. When the views of the ABA with Congress, and I look forward to that he came to office seeking to opportunity. I plan to visit Washington to testify in front of any dismantle the organization, it House or Senate committee that has questions of me and to work was William Reese Smith who with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and others who summoned bar leaders around would be helpful to the causes and concerns we have. the United States to come to Washington and lobby Congress to Clearly the funding of the Legal Services Corporation is high save it. One person can make a difference. As a lawyer and a peron our list ofpriorities. I believe I can put a face on what happens to a person who does not have access to legal services or son who cares deeply about the legal profession, I believe I have someone who is turned away because an ISC grantee isfilledto something to offer and I want the opportunity to demonstrate it.
the max and cannot take on more cases without fear ofcommitFostering diversity is both a goal of the entire legal profesting malpractice. I can also offer up the face of a city, from a Mayor's perspec- sion and a specific goal of the national legal services community. LSCs Diversity Initiative is examining whetiier there tive, that can be graphically laid out before (Congress) and make them see the needs ofLSCs grantees in a different light. I think I is a glass ceiling for minorities at the highest positions of can add a different perspective, which at the end of the day, willlegal aid. As you prepare to become the first AfricanAmerican President-elect of the ABA, can you share your be very helpfid. thoughts on how legal services—and the legal community in general—might address this leadership vacuum? As Mayor of Detroit from 1994 to 2001, you earned national recognition for your success in fighting crime and attractIt's not so much a glass ceiling as it is trying to get in the ing billions of dollars in new investment to the city. Yet we door. When America and the legal profession realize there's a reaunderstand that you had aspirations to lead the ABA long son to celebrate diversity, then we have a start. before you became mayor. What aspects of presiding over Lawyers of color are well under-represented in the ABA appeal to you so much? our profession. My agenda is to encourage the legal profession to reach into high schools and The ABA is the largest voluntary bar in the world. No matter junior high schools to encourage young people to what one's feeling about the organization, its opinions are
"Courage is grace under pressure." -Ernest Hemingway
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BROTHER DENNIS ARCHER start thinking positively about the legal profession and give strong consideration to becoming a lawyer. I think all of us can share with young people some of our heroesâ€”-judges and members of the bar who have done an outstanding job serving the public.
what occurs in their courtrooms, why it's so important for lawyers to volunteer to offer their services to those who can't afford representation. In your estimation what will it take for America to finally realize the promise inscribed above the U.S. Supreme Court building, declaring "Equal Justice Under Law" for all? Can this ever be achieved?
You previously served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid and Defender Association in Detroit. What initially drew you to this cause?
/ believe that it's a goal that can be achieved. On the other hand, we are going to have to recognize there are responsibilities that we all have. It is important for large As a general rule, people of color have been the victims of and small law firms to utilize the services racism, discrimination, and denials of access to justice. We have of lawyers of color. No one ever asked had the most need for free or reduced-cost legal services. That's them to lower their standards or expectaone side of it. tions. But at the same time, when a law From an intellectual point of view, irrespective of race or firm says it only hires from Harvard or Yale or Stanford, then I gender, there's undisputed documentation that shows a tremen-suggest that's disingenuous. Most lawfirms,if given an opportudous unmet legal need that exists in America. Lawyers stand nity, will hire students from Harvard, Stanford, or Yale, but some between the opportunity to provide access to the judicial system largefirmshire forty or fifty associates a year. The top six or and the chaos that occurs when someone is without hope. I firm-twelve law firms can snap up all the lawyers of color at those ly believe that the work of lawyers serving those with legitimaterespective institutions right away. legal needs, who lack the ability to payfor assistance, reduces the So what are the rest of thefirmssupposed to do? I say, 'Why anger, frustration and helplessness that they feel. I can't begin todon't you look at other law schools when you recruit?' They are guess how many catastrophes lawyers have prevented by helpingall accredited by the American Bar Association. No one is asking clients access the systemâ€”even if they don't get the results theyanyone to reduce their standards, but I do think that it is imporare hoping for. It reduces the mayhem, the embarrassment, and tant for firms to take a look at those students who demonstrate helps put them out of harm's way. genuine leadership ability. You do not have to sacrifice quality to help promote diversity. As a Justice on die Michigan Supreme Court from 1986 to I also think that it is important to send 1990, you had yet a different vantage point on the plight of the right message if you are talking about underserved Michigan residents seeking access to the 'EqualJustice Under Law' declared above the courts. What responsibility do you think judges and court Supreme Court. Now, I don't believe for one officers have to make the courts accessible to low-income moment that there are any Justices on the litigants? U.S. Supreme Court that have a discriminatory bone in their body. But I think it speaks / think what you're finding is that there is a growing respect volumes, in a negative way, that we have some Justices on the and appreciation for those litigants who decide to come in and Court who have never had a law clerk of color. Out of all the people who attended ABA-accredited law schools, to not have one represent themselves. In addition, judges, at least in seems extraordinary. We also have to take a look at the halls of Congress, in terms of our U.S. Senators and Congress people, and my home state, have encouraged law firms and ask, 'Do they have diverse staffs?' lawyers to participate in Everyone needs to start by looking around them. We all have pro bono activities. They to look at our respective roles, and when we do that in a very are able to share, in practi- forthright manner, then I think we can achieve equal justice cal observations based on under law.
"llf hare forty million reasons for failure, hut not a single excuse." -Rudyard Kipling
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ALPHA'S ON THE MOVE
Criminal Justice institute NamedfarBrother
LEE P. BROWN By: Brother Malcolm A. McGuire (PJL)
he Honorable Lee P. Brown, the 50th Mayor of Houston, Texas; recently added yet another feather to his illustrious cap. Mayor Brown has lent his name to the Criminal Justice program at Wiley College in Marshall, TX. It will hereafter be known as, the Lee P. Brown Criminal Justice Institute. "We are indeed thrilled that a man with such dedication and commitment to justice and freedom would support our effort to the degree that Mayor Brown has," said the President and CEO of Wiley College, Dr. Haywood L. Strickland. "His name will help propel this institute to national and international dimensions." Brother Brown was originally initiated into Epsilon Beta Chapter on March 22nd, 1958 at Fresno State University. He has an undergraduate degree in criminology from Fresno State, a Master's Degree in Sociology from San Jose State University, another Master's Degree in Criminology from the University of California at Berkeley, and he is the first African American in this country to earn a Doctorate in Criminology. This too occurred at the University of California at Berkeley. Brother Brown has also recently been named a UC-Berkeley Fellow. Mayor Brown has excelled at just about every level of law enforcement imaginable. His meteoric rise began as a patrolman in San Jose, California. He then became a Sheriff in Multnomah, Oregon. He also served as the Commissioner of Public Safety in Atlanta, Georgia, Chief of Pohce in Houston, Texas, as well as the Commissioner of Pohce in New York City. After serving as the "top cop" in New York, Brother Brown answered the call to serve his country on a slighdy different plateau. He served in former Presi-dent Clinton's cabinet as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (also known as the "drug czar") from 1993-1996. Brother Brown was elected Mayor of the City of Houston on December 6, 1997; sworn in on January 2, 1998; and re-elected in 1999 and again in 2001 to his third and final term. Some of his many awards include Library Journal's Politician of the Year Award; Ebony Magazine's Most Influential African American; The Emancipator's Award from Texas Governor Perry; The International Leadership Awards from B'nai Birth; the Peace and Justice Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for NonViolent Change; the Quasar Award from the Clear Lake Area Economic Development Foundation; and Father of the Year from the National Father's Day Committee. Mayor Brown has four children and ten grandchildren from his marriage to his late wife, Yvonne. He is currently married to Frances Young, a teacher in the Houston Independent School District. Emancipator's Awardfrom
Governor Perry and Stale Representative. 1/ Edwards.
"tbe only sure tiling about luck is that it will change." -Wilson Mizner
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ALPHA'S ON THE MOVE
SPECIAL COLLEGIATE FEATURE:
eration theology. Brother McKinnis is the son of Cynthia Gardner and Leonard McKinnis Sr. He has also been impacted in a tremendous way by his aunt, Candace Queen Rachel, his stepfather Darrell Gardner, and Attaway Simmons, a life-long confidant. STATE PRESERVATION OFFICE GIVES
ALPHA MAN RECEIVES
BROTHER BEALL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIP
rother Leonard McKinnis is a senior attending Lewis University in Romeoville, 1L, Mu Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. Since his matriculation into Lewis University, and even more importantly, his initiation into the great House of Alpha, Leonard has demonstrated high leadership, excellent character, and holds the true meaning of Alpha Phi Alpha in his heart. His motivation and will to persevere through Life's circumstance have allowed him to go beyond the mark and be honored as a tnie distinguished gentleman. Initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha in the spring of 2001, Brother McKinnis has been a great asset to his Chapter and to his University. A Political Science and History major with a current GPA of 375, Brother McKinnis is a Dean's List student and a university scholar. His keen interest and tremendous understanding of government led Brother McKinnis to London, England during his second year of university. While in London, he studied British Government and history at the University of Kingston. Attaining a GPA of 3.8 while in London, he was praised by university officials, family and friends for his academic achievements. While in his third semester at Lewis University, Brother McKinnis was one of three students in the Universities Scholars program to attend the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Washington, DC. While in Washington for the conference, Brother McKinnis decided that he would one day work in the nations Capitol. That dream to work in the Capitol came true as Brother McKinnis was one of ninety students chosen from one thousand, to receive the very distinguished White House Internship during the summer of 2002. As a White House Intern, Brother McKinnis received the nations highest internship awarded to a college student. The White House Internship is truly a great experience for government majors. Aside from his White House Internship and academic achievements, Brother McKinnis is involved in several campus activities and organizations. As President of Mu Mu Chapter at Lewis University, Brother McKinnis has worked hard, along with the other Brothers, to better the relationship of the Chapter with the university and attract other young collegians. He is also a member of several campus organizations including, the Black Student Union, The President's Students Advisory Council, the Student Governing Board, the National-Pan Hellenic Council, the Political Science Organization, and a newly elected member to the Lewis University Board of Trustees. Brother McKinnis is also a co-host of a campus political talk show entitled "THINK." The Rotary Club of Joliet also named him the Student of the Month for March 2002. A dedicated member of the Coptic Nation Temple, Brother McKinnis post-undergraduate plans are to apply to Harvard University, Yale University, and Loyola University of Chicago, where he plans to pursue a Masters of Divinity degree. Brother McKinnis plans to live his adult life assisting his Minister who is also his uncle, Prophet Meshach Gardiner, in teaching lib-
he Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division (HDP) presented it's 6th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards on May following a National Register Review Board in Mableton. Among the Honorees who were recognized for their contributions while working in conjunction with HPD and its programs, was Brother Charles Donald Beall. The individuals who received nominations were nominated by division staff members and are recognized as having helped further HPD's mission, vision and goals, and thereby made a significant contribution to the historic preservation in Georgia. Brother Beall has been a crucial member of the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network (GAAHPN) since 1996. A native of Lumpkin, Georgia, Brother Beall assisted the Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church and school in organizing the dedication of a historical marker in honor of this historic rural church. As GAAHPN's treasurer, he has most recently demonstrated leadership by chairing its strategic planning committee and the by-laws committee of the Southeast Regional African American Preservation Alliance. Brother Beall has consistently advocated African American preservation in Columbus and Lumpkin and on various statewide and regional initiatives, making him and effective Ambassador for Preservation throughout Georgia. The 1951 Delta Delta Chapter (Albany State College) initiate holds a Bachelor's Degree from Tougaloo College as well as a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan. Brother Beall remains active in the Fraternity and is a member of Gamma Lambda Chapter in Detroit, Michigan. BROTHER LEWIS HURST RECEIVES FRATER O F THE YEAR AWARD
he Pan Hellenic Council of Greater New York selected Lewis Hurst, a 50 year member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as 2002 Frater of the Year. Brother Hurst has been an active member of The Pan Hellenic Council for many years. Over the past two years, he has served as the Parliamentarian for the Council, fulfilling all of his duties with the utmost professionalism through his hard work and dedication. Brother Hurst organized a parliamentary procedure workshop that was held
"failures are divided into two classes-those who thought and never did. and those who did and never thought." -I0I111 Charles Salak
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ALPHA'S ON THE MOVE in September of 2001 for Council members and other Greeks. He invited Freddy Coltson, the National Parliamentarian of the National Pan-Hellenic Council to present. It was very successful and well attended. After the tragedy of September 11th, he offered to volunteer his time to the Port Authority to assist in any way during the crisis period. As Life Member, Brother Hurst (initiated in 1948 through Beta Pi Chapter) is a dedicated member of Zeta Zeta Lambda Chapter located in Queens New York. He has been an active financial Alpha for over 54 years. Brother Hurst continues to be active in his community and is very social action minded. He has worked as a part of the Urban League, NAACP, UNCF and is a member of St. Mary Magdalene RC Church.
BROTHER MACK NAMED SUPERINTENDENT
rother Percy A. Mack, Ph.D., a veteran educa-tor from the DeKalb County, Georgia School System, was named Dayton Public Schools Superintendent at a special meeting of the Dayton Board of Education by a 7-0 vote. Dr. Mack began his career in Dayton on October 1, 2001 as Deputy Superintendent. A Savannah, Georgia native, Dr Mack served as Assistant Superintendent for DeKalb County Schools from 1998 to September 2001. During his nineteen-year career with DeKalb County Schools, Dr. Mack also served as High School Principal, Assistant Principal, Coordinator of Secondary Personnel, teacher and coach. Dr. Mack's professional awards include a Partners-in-Education State Award with IBM and a National Award with Allied Systems, Principal of the Year - Area FV DeKalb County Schools, U.S. Department of Education's Top Seventy Drug-Free Schools, and Administrator of the Year. Community awards include the VFW Post 4706 Voice of Democracy Award, American Business Women's Association Education Award, and Shoney's American Hero Award. In Dayton, Dr. Mack sits on the Board of Directors for the National Conference for Community and Justice, Antioch College, and the National Council of Ex-Offenders. Dr. Mack is the National Alumni President of Savannah State University. He led the 2002 Tom Joyner Campaign that raised $443,000 in scholarships for Savannah State. He has received the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Outstanding Alumnus Award and has been named Alumnus of the Year at Savannah State. A life member, Dr. Percy Mack has been named Brother of the Year by Beta Phi Lambda Chapter in Savannah, Georgia, and led the chartering of Xi Tau Chapter at Georgia Southern University. Before moving to Dayton,
Dr. Mack was the newly elected President of Nu Mu Lambda Chapter in Decatur, Georgia.
ALPHA BROTHER PRODUCES BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL
or me Black History Month is a time for reflection and celebration," says Brother James A. Muhammad. Muhammad is the producer and host of Public Radio International's "Black History in Live Performance: A Mountain Stage Celebration." A production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage is one the longest running nationally distributed contemporary music shows in public radio. The special project headed by Muhammad is designed to give context to the history of black music through discussion and heart pumping live performances. Some of the artists to be featured include Sweet Honey in the Rock, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Koko Taylor, Gatemouth Brown, and Cassandra Wilson. "As the son of a proud music educator, I was taught at a very young age to have as much respect and admiration for the Cultural achievements of African Americans as I would later be encouraged to have for European cultural achievements. That's what makes this project so special to me," Muhammad says. "I am as excited about this project as I was when I worked with violinist Hilary Hahn and MET opera diva Jane Eaglan." The program can be heard February 2003 on public radio stations around the country. Muhammad currendy serves as the Director of Radio Programming for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and is a member of Alpha Iota Lambda in Charleston, West Virginia. His father, James Arthur Williams, is a member of Theta Lambda in Dayton, Ohio.
GOVENOR APPOINTS ROSS To BOARD O F PHARMACY
rother Leo H. Ross, a Pharmacist in Richmond, Virginia, has been appointed to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy by Governor Mark Warner. He previously served as a member of the Virginia Board of Health as an Appointee of Governor L. Douglas Wilder, the first African American elected Governor in the United States. Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and A. H. Robins Company employed Brother Ross for twenty-four years as Manager of Pharmacy and Research Pharmacist. He was also recendy elected to the Wilberforce University Alumni Association (WUAA) Board of Directors and he is a member of the WUAA Hall of Fame. He, also, was Chairman of the 2002 Wilberforce University National Alumni Conference held in Richmond, Virginia. Brother Ross is a life member and is an active in Xi Delta Lambda Chapter.
"Not the cry, but theflightof the wild duck, leads theflocktoflyand follow." -Chinese Proverb
PEACE AND JUSTICE:
By The Right Reverend Vinton R. Anderson
here is a worldwide concern regarding the state of human affairs as we seem to be teetering on the brink of war. At the same time, there are numerous organizations throughout the world who promote the quest for peace. Amidst this tension, all well meaning people must engage the issues, and do everything humanly possible to avert massive disaster and possible annihilation. What is absolutely necessary from a religious perspective is that every faith group must draw from the deepest fundamental values which guard the rights of human dignity and universal justice. No matter who we are, if there is a vestige of moral consciousness, we will seek appropriate ways to live together respectfully in the world we did not create. In the early "60s", it was general McArthur, who said, "Our problem is a theological one". I believe he was 1 touching on the truth, for I am convinced, especially from the Christian view that we can convince the rest of the world only by word AND deed. In ^^TÂť sharing the notion that our problem is theological, I am suggesting that we must foster a theology of peace which interprets how reconciliation functions, based on Christian understanding.
Now it will not be easy to make peace or secure justice unless we know something of the forces we are battling. For instance, people are asking the questions following 9/11: "Why do they hate Americans? Why do they want to hurt us?" Well of course the world is a complex portrait to describe. Technology and mass communication have shrunk the size of the globe, but there is less intimacy. We are desperately in need of unity, but sharply divided. We magnify power, but minimize the person. It is a world of abundance and at the same time, there is abysmal
human need. We are exploring outer space, while exploiting the earth and lacking self-control. We live in a world of awakening hopes for many, and uncertainty and futility for others. When we are conscious of this reality, and know that there are at least three great human urges - the urge for freedom, equality, and a better life, then we are aware of what keeps us in revolution. For not only are these desires the goals of societies, these are drives that represent the very nature of humankind. We have learned that the roots of injustice are deep, and go to the very core of the human situation, and can be defined by the word separation. There is separation from the self, from others, and from God. If that premise is true, then we are at war with ourselves, and consequently in competition with all that exists outside of us. The essence of our sin is selfishness, so that a theology of peace is essential to remind us of our corruption, and to show us that we cannot fulfill the interest of another, until we relate our lives to a principle beyond ourselves. The further point I make on behalf of a Theology of Peace is that humankind cannot create a Utopia on its own. Conference tables, technology, scientific advances, and summit meetings have not met the challenge. Neither education nor legislation have brought us to the pinnacle of our possibilities, nor lessened the possibility of another enemy. Even when we know right form wrong via education and legislation, they lack the power to change basic human nature. A Theology of Peace would teach us to recognize our human limitations. Lastly, I would postulate that a Theology of Peace would teach humankind to accept a life of interdependence with others, and dependence on God.
BROTHER DR. ROBERT A. JOHNSON
By Brother George W. Brown, Ph.D. n A Statement of Public Policy affirmed and adopted at its 80th Anniversary Convention held in Washington, DC (Building A Future, Dream By Dream -July 31-August 6, 1986), Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. enthusiastically en-dorsed a new alliance with the Boy Scouts of America.
The introductory statement referenced the eulogy to the late Brother Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brother Huel D. Perkins which states: He gave us so much-but he taught us that we must dream. He taught us that progress can only come from direct confrontation of what is and what ought to be. He taught us that pursuit of justice and equality requires of each of us sacrifice, suffering and struggle. He taught us to believe strongly in ourselves and in each other. He was a mirror of who ive are and what we might becomeifonly we would dream. Echoing the sentiments expressed by Brother Perkins, the alliance states: "In cooperation with an established national endeavor, Alpha Phi Alpha believes that scouting is a program that its Chapters can use to help children become a part of the mainstream of American life. Chapter sponsorship will provide an avenue for bringing scouting to the inner cities and other areas void of a scouting program. With Alpha men as leaders of scouting units, the Black male presence will exist for many of our young people from families where the father is absent. Alpha men can contribute to the scouting program as commissioners, merit badge counselors, finance chairmen and other adult positions." As a notable example of dedication to the dream of building Black men we profile Brother Dr. Robert A. Johnson. Brother Dr. Johnson is a member of Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter, Norfolk, Virginia. He is making a difference as an urban Scoutmaster of Troop 70 that was chartered under the auspices of Grace Episcopal Church in 1996. During just six years this courageous group of young men, with financial support from the Brothers of Alpha Phi Lambda, have honored four Scouts who have been promoted to Eagle Scouts. This is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. This is a remarkable achievement for Troop 70 which carries an average of only twelve active Scouts; when, nationally, only two per-
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Siar Seoul Anthony Waifield, Eagle Seoul AlexanderJoh Life Seoul Keith Williamson and Eagle Scout Chase Cowell
cent of the boys who enter scouting reach the rank of Eagle. Furthermore, less than one percent of minority scouts achieve this honor. Brother Johnson attributes this success to good adult leadership and dedication, a quality outdoor program and boys who get it. Boys who have not only learned to take care of themselves in the wilderness, but who have also developed outstanding character through their participation in the scouting program. These exceptional achievements reached a pinnacle on May 28, 1998, while Troop 70 was participating in the Blue Ridge Mountain Hikathon. Eleven year-old Scout Jamal Felton severely injured his ankle. The Troop was two and one-half miles deep in the woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ninety minutes before sunset and Jamal was unable to walk in the rugged mountain terrain. Three scouts, Chase Cowell, Travis Holmes and Alexander Johnson took turns carrying Jamal piggy back style for over two miles. They carried him over rugged mountain terrain, marching non-stop, taking only an hour to accomplish this daunting task! Brother Johnson's communication to the Tidewater Council of the Boy Scouts of America Advancement Committee contained this summary:
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BROTHER DR. ROBERT A. JOHNSON Jamal was carried down the trail by Star Scout Travis Holmes, Star Scout Alexander Johnson and First Class Scout Lionel Cowell. Although the trail was basically downhill, it was rugged and rolled up and down. These heroic Scouts carried Jamal piggy back style. They took turns marching nonstop for approximately two miles. No breaks except to move Jamalfrom one back to the next. They moved briskly and covered the ground in about one hour. I cannot express in words how proud I am of my Scouts. I have watched them grow from eleven and twelve year-old Scouts barely able to carry a backpack to strong young men capable of carrying an 89 pound individual over two miles of mountain terrain in one hour. What they did is truly commendable. They are young heroes and deserve recognition from the adults in their lives. It is ironic that this was the same weekend that another young boy had taken a gun and killed several of his classmates. That tragic news was broadcast all over the country. What my boys did was good newsyoung men demonstrating the true Scout Spirit by helping a fellow Scout. It is up to us adults in Scouting to spread this good news. Please join me in recognizing this truly heroic deed by awarding each boy involved a Medal of Merit. They
have done a remarkably good deed above and beyond the call of duty, and deserve the recognition. The three scouts, Chase Cowell, Travis Holmes and Alexander Johnson received a Meritorious Action Award from the Boy Scouts of America's National Court of Honor on May 23, 1998. Only five such medals have been awarded in Hampton Roads in the past 10 years. The proud men of Alpha Phi Lambda and all loyal Alphas everywhere salute Brother Dr. Robert A. Johnson, a man of commitment, vision and leadership. Brother Dr. Robert A. Johnson was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated cum laude from Boston University College of Liberal Arts with a B. A. Degree in Biology. He received an M.D. Degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, June 1971. He received his post-graduate training in Pediatrics at State University Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York. He is a practicing Pediatrician in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has been an active Alpha since he was initiated in the Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter in 1983. He is a generational thinker and he encourages any individual with knowledge of and passage for the great outdoors to get involved in scouting. Make a difference and pass on the Spirit.
2 0 0 6 : ALPHA PHI ALPHA CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION â€˘rom its beginnings in as the social literacy dub, to 1906 as Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha has continued to pride itself on the [ quality and value of its members and on its commitment to the communities where it thrives. Alpha Phi Alpha has long been an organization that is able to take advantage of changes in times, changes in technology and changes in the political arena. Yet for 100 years, Alpha has never forgotten that its members are only as good as the people they help, the communities they live in, and the minds they mold. As it celebrates its one hundredth anniversary, Alpha Phi Alpha looks to the future with the same sense of excitement and purpose that has driven the Fraternity since 1906. Brothers, Are You Ready?
CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE Milton C. Davis (Chairman), Jonathan "Jay C. Augustine, Edward Brooke, Horace Dawson, Peter L. I elder, Dr. Robert I.. Harris, Jr., John J. Johnson, III, Herman "Skip'' Mason, Darryl R. Matthews, Sr., Henry Ponder, Ozell Sutton, Dr. Charles C. learner. Sr., Thomas D. Pauley, III, Dr. Hue! D. Perkins, Adrian Wallace, Iva Williams, James R. Williams, Christopher Womack., Roberto Young.
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EASTERN REGION DELTA BETA LAMBDA
Hampton, Virginia eginning in the month of September, the Brothers of Delta Beta Lambda held a voter registration drive in the city of Hampton, Virginia as a part of the Fraternity's national voter registration program; "A Voteless People is a Delta Beta lambda Brother and Hopeless People." By reg- Project Alpha participants. istering new voters the Chapter was able revive local enthusiasm among current voters for the upcoming elections in the Hampton Roads Area. During the month of October Delta Beta Lambda held its annual Project Alpha, which tackled the important topic of preventing teenage pregnancy and general sexual health awareness. The Chapter combined efforts during the holidays to support several local families with Thanksgiving baskets as well as toys (with Toys-for-Tots) during the Christmas holiday. Delta Beta Lambda also opened the doors of its Alpha Center, which will be used to house our Fraternal meetings, host social events, and as a place of refuge and hospitality to all friends of Alpha.
Ball State University Muncie, Illinois he Brothers of Theta Xi Chapter at Ball State University had the pleasure of welcoming our own Brother Cornel West speak on campus. Brother West spoke on race and the fundamentals of democracy with words that were truly inspiring to many people
"Thefirst great gift we can bestow on others is a good example." -Kric Ford
including the Brothers of Theta Xi. Following his speech, the Brothers greeted and had dinner with the great American philosopher. This event provided the Brothers of Theta Xi an opportunity to experience some of the greatness that Alpha has produced and practice the phrase "walk with kings nor lose the common touch."
ALPHA RHO LAMBDA
Columbus, Ohio ust as Jewel Charles H. Chapman once said "We must never lose sight of the fact that we must take part in the development, not only of ourselves but of all humanity" in 1931, the Brothers ot Alpha Rho Lambda (ARL) are holding them true today. The Chapter has set out on a very focused and exciting agenda to make an impact in the lives of young people throughout the Central Ohio community. To date, ARL has developed an aggressive agenda consisting of National Programs and Projects as well as development of the college brothers in the surrounding area. One of the Chapter's most successful endeavors has been the partnership with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. ARL currently boasts of approximately 50 Brothers having been successfully matched with "Little." This partnership has earned the Chapter national recognition and is an example of the selfless commitment of the Brothers of ARL. To assist in youth and educational programs like this one, the chapter's Educational Foundation has recently received two grants totaling over $25,000 from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and the non-profit arm of the New Salem Baptist Church. Monies from the Commis- sion on Minority Health will be used to support an evidence based tobacco prevention program targeting AfricanAmerican males. Other monies will help support a Project Alpha Conference and on-going Minority Health Education. ARL is also looking forward to working more closely with the college chapters of Central Ohio. The Chapter understands that as alumni Brothers their responsibility is to train and develop the future leaders of our Fraternity and our communities. The Chapter's commitment to College Brother Affairs is evident in the launching of a leadership
CHAPTER NEWS training series for undergraduate Brothers and Chapter Neophytes. This series will be focused on the holistic development of our college men rather than just Fraternal operations and protocol with a training curriculum based on the Alpha University model. The Brothers of Alpha Rho Lambda Chapter are proven leaders dedicated to uplift all mankind through its programmatic endeavors.
The Chapter also held its annual Black & Gold Scholarship Ball which featured as its special guests: Best Selling Author, Brother Eric Jerome Dickey; Shelby County Mayoral Candidate, Brother A.C. Wharton and Judge General Sessions Division II, candidate, Brother Derek Renfroe.
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BETA OMICRON LAMBDA
Calumet City, Illinois
heta Mu Lambda Chapter has proven to be extremely productive this Fra-ternal year. In January the Brothers of Theta Mu Lambda sponsored legislation that authorizes the issuance of a special license plate in Illinois to the Brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha
n Saturday, July 13, 2002, the men of the Beta Omicron Lambda Chapter held their Fifth Annual Blood Drive, coordinated by Brother Dr. Terry Hazzard. As an added touch, the ladies of the Delta Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. assisted in this effort. The brotherhood exceeded its goal of 25 pints of blood by fulfilling 28 pints. Outstanding media coverage was provided in the Mobile Press Register where Brothers, Dr. Nathaniel Abston and Rodney Kidd, were featured in a special segment of the morning news with WALA - FOX10.
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Fraternity, Inc. On July 19, 2002, the Governor of the State of Illinois signed the legislation into law. The Brothers of Theta Mu Lambda have continued to accept the leadership role in connection with the Alpha Phi Alpha License Plate by encouraging the completion of the Alpha Phi Alpha License Plate Order Form as required by the Office of the Secretary of State. The Illinois Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation will continue the vision of the Brothers to award $25,000 each year to highly deserving students in addition to the support of all worthy charitable activities across the state of Illinois.
SOUTHERN REGION ALPHA DELTA LAMBDA
Memphis, Tennessee lpha Delta Lambda's Memphis Youth Leadership Development Institute enrolled 45 students from all over the Memphis area. As a community service project the students raised over $1,500 for the MOD and participated in this year's Walk America.
EPSILON SIGMA LAMBDA
Rocky Mount, NC he Epsilon Sigma Lambda Chapter annually recognizes and selects an outstanding high school senior, who has exhibited high scholastic standards, high moral character and involvement in community endeavors. This years' Lonnie T. Foster Memorial Scholarship Award recipient is Jamie Dickens from North Edgecombe High School. Jamie will receive $1,000.00 from the Rocky Mount chapter to pursue his educational objectives at North Carolina State University.
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CHAPTER NEWS SOUTHWESTERN REGION ZETA ZETA
University Of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma he Zeta Zeta Chapter is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary of being among such distinguished gentlemen inside the rich, fulfilling tradition of AFA. The Chapter has received gratifying support from many Brothers, and the reunion has //. to R) Ronnie Thomas, Adrian Tello. given current members a multi- Freeman Gardner, Adrian Templeton, faceted sense of the Fraternity's Chapter Founder Walter Mosefy lone of nine). Armand Chance. Dron Silas, history, and the true purpose Uric Tingle. Terry Ramsey. Alpha Phi Alpha. Amidst their commemoration, the Brothers continue to strive for excellence through service to their community. The Chapter has once again awarded two "Coins For College" scholarships this past year, and continued its collaboration with Oklahoma University (OU) in the recruitment of minority students in the Oklahoma City public school district. Other organizations that the Chapter has assisted/partnered with this year include: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cleveland County, The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, The Oklahoma Blood Institute, and the Red Cross. The Zeta Zeta Chapter also continues to entertain the community with annual events such as Kwanzaa Ball, Alpha Live, and Comedy ExploZZion. The Chapter conducted a large number activities this past year, and still managed to earn the highest GPA among Fraternities at OU, won the District of Oklahoma Step Show, The Big XII Step Show, and the District of Oklahoma Chapter of the Year.
ALPHA ETA LAMBDA
Houston, TX lpha Eta Lambda held its 3rd Annual Alpha Merit Educational Foundation's Beautillion Scholarship Gala at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas. More than 500 guests attended the gala where Alpha Eta Lambda Chapter presented ten outstanding young men who donned Top Hat's and Tails to celebrate the affair. General Chairman, Michael A. Williams did a remarkable job providing leadership during the intense fourmonth program. The young men attended sessions on health educa-
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tion, financial planning, educational goals, civic responsibility and etiquette. The Beaux presented were Rameses Haki Ashford, Byron James Bryant, Percy Penningston Creuzot, IV, Khalil Johns, Harry E. Johnson, Jr., Kamil Afolami Ishola, Zachariah James Johnson, Alpha Eta lambda's Beautillion Adrian O'Hara Milton, Edward Scholarship participants. Judson Pollard and Val'ree Shankle. Special guests in attendance were General President Harry E. Johnson, Sr. whose son was presented during the evenings festivities; Brother Tophas Anderson III, Southwestern Region Vice President and Brother Sylvester Turner, Texas State Representative, District 139- The Chapter has awarded over $25,000 in scholarships from the annual event.
San Diego, California
he Eta Sigma Chapter (Metro San Diego Chapter) celebrated their 30th anniversary the weekend of September 6-8, 2002. Several Brotherhood events were scheduled, and all were enthusiastically attended. In development for two years, Eta Sigma Brothers during Saturday Bar-B-Que. Brother Larry D. Brown (Eta Sigma, 1999, San Diego State) was instrumental in organizing the event. On Friday, September 6th, the Brothers went to a step show on the campus of San Diego State and a Welcome/Get-Together at the Comfort Inn in Mission Valley. On Saturday a Brotherhood BBQ was held at Brother Gary Nash's (Eta Sigma, 1976, UC San Diego) home in Encanto, a community of San Diego. Saturday night, the Reunion Banquet was held at Casa Real at San Diego State University where over 50 Brothers of Eta Sigma, spanning from 1976 through 2001 were in attendance. Many Brothers traveled from as far as Washington, D.C. to have the opportunity to enjoyed the company of Brothers they had not seen for many years as well as meet the new members.
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CHAPTER NEWS to. This fostered a deep feeling of appreciation for each other's organization. Of course, the Alpha Brother's rendition of the Alpha Hymn was sung with reverence and verve.
ZETA SIGMA LAMBDA
San Diego, California
he San Diego Chapter of the National Pan Hellenic Council recently held a Picnic at Crown Point on San Diego's Mission Bay. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority spearheaded this event, organized by all the Greek letter organizations in San Diego. This annual event was well attended. Hosting a crowd of well over 100 people, all San Diego Black Greek letter organizations were represented. There was plenty of food, drink and fun for all. Dancing, card games and dominoes dominated the adult's time, while the egg toss and football entertained the children. The level of cooperation this year among the Greeks was notable. Everyone pitched in to help barbeque, set up and break down the tent cover, and conduct the children's games. The Greek spirit was evident when all organizations were called upon to sing their organization's hymn. One by one, each Fraternity or Sorority gathered their members together to sing. A hush went out as all listened attentively to the strains of their hymn, possibly heard for the first time by Greeks from other than the organization they belonged
A few of the Zeta Beta Sigma Iximbda Brothers take a picture during the SPHCpicnic.
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OMEGA CHAI ROTHER FRED W. ALSUP, SR., PHD, was initiated on December 1, 1930 at Alpha Chi Chapter, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor's (magna cum laude) and Masters Degree in Biology from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and received a Ph.D in Physiology from the University of Pennsylvania. He developed a reputation as a scientist, conducting research at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory on Cape Cod and teaching at Fisk, Cheney State College in Pennsylvania and Howard University in Washington, DC. He was inducted in to the Army from Howard and served three years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps before returning to Howard, this time, as a medical student. He graduated from Howard Medical School with honors in 1947. In 1953, when Fisk University became the first black school granted a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, Brother Alsup and historian Brother John Hope Franklin, were the two Fisk Alumni chosen to be Founding Members and recipients of the Chapter's first Phi Beta Kappa keys. After medical school, at the behest of his friend, Dr. William Gray, then President of Florida A&M College, Dr. Alsup moved to Florida as Director of Student Health Activities at Florida A&M and later opened a private practice in Tallahassee. In February 1950, he moved to St. Petersburg and set up general practice. Dr. Alsup practiced for over forty years before retiring in 2001. He was the first black doctor admitted to the Pinellas County Medical Society. Brother Alsup was dedicated to fighting segregation and prejudice. Alsup vs. the City of St. Petersburg, a fouryear battie, opened city owned beaches to blacks for thefirsttime.Wimbish & Alsup, et al vs. the Pinellas County Commissioners and Air Corps Golf Corporation opened county owned golf courses to blacks .He also marched in the streets to integrate businesses in downtown St. Petersburg. During student demonstrations in the 1960s, he provided bail for black students who otherwise would have served time in jail. He was a member of the NAACP, the Guardsmen and the National Medical Association. Brother Alsup was a Charter Member of Theta Eta Lambda, founded in St. Petersburg, FL. December 31, 1962.
R. JAMES EDWARD BRYANT was a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was initiated on March 18, 1949 through Beta Epsilon Lambda Chapter in Boley, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC and his medical degree at Howard University in Washington, DC. While at North Carolina A&T State University, he participated in the ROTC program, served as President of the Student Government Association and was commissioned First Lieutenant upon his graduation. He served his country for a period of two years during the Korean Conflict and was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Captain. During early I960, Brother Bryant became a member of Mount Zion First Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. His professional affiliations included membership in the Old North State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American College of Family Medicine, the American Veterans Association, and the NAACP. He also served in several leadership capacities as an Alumnus of North Carolina A&T State University and received many civic awards for his dedicated and outstanding community service in and around Rocky Mount, NC. Brother Bryant was famous for his philanthropic nature and his faithful service to family, church, hospital, and community. He was a charter member of the Epsilon Sigma Lambda Chapter and was honored by the chapter in 1997 as "Alpha Man of the Year".
"When you haw nothing /<> say. say nothing." -Charles Caleb Collon
ROTHER DR. WILLIAM N. DANSBY was initiated on April 25,1953 at Chi Chapter, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He received the Bachelor of Science Degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, a Master's degree in Chemistry from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and the Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College, also, in Nashville. A decorated veteran of World War II, Brother Dansby served with distinction in the United States Army. He was appointed by the Tuscaloosa City Council to the City Board of Education in 1970 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1985. He served on the Board of Directors for several organizations which included: the Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts, the Martin Luther King, Jr., School National Network, the Benjamin Barnes YMCA, and the Maude L. Whatley Health Center. He was also a member of Beta Kappa Chi, the Kiwanis and Tuscaloosa Reunion Clubs. An elder at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, he was active in work of the Men of the Church, the Endowment Committee, and the Trustee Board.
ROTHER JOHN ARTHUR DAVIS, JR. was also a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He was initiated on April 19,1951 through Beta Nu Lambda chapter in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his Bachelors degree from North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University) and completed past graduate studies at University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) Northwestern and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His professional services began as a teacher of Chemistry and Physics at West Charlotte Junior/Senior High School and he was among the first TV science teachers in North Carolina. Following a two-year assignment in the Special Forces of the United States Army (South Korea), he returned to Charlotte and to the educational arena in 1953. As teacher of Science and Audiovisual Manager at Northwest Junior High School, Brother Davis was later escalated to serve as Assistant Principal. Additionally, he served as Assistant Principal at Alexander Graham Junior High School and West Charlotte Senior High School. Before retiring in 1995, he served as Chief Hearing Officer for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Brother Davis was a dedicated member of Grace African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church for over forty-six years. While at Grace A.M.E. Zion, he served as a member of the Trustee Board, was an organizer and devoted member of the Cathedral Choir, member of the Young Men's Club of Grace, member of the Board of Directors for the Grace Child Enrichment Center, Chairman of the Physical Growth Committee and member of the Growth Planning Committee. Brother Davis was a member of Facing History and Ourselves (a local citizen's committee) and the Dalebrook Community Association.
ROTHER LEONARD RICHMAN MYERS, M.D., was initiated on December 11, 1951 at Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received the Bachelor of Science Degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a Master of Science Degree in Zoology from the University of Pittsburgh, and the Doctor of Medicine Degree from Howard University Medical School in 1958. Brother Myers completed his Medical Internship at St. Francisco General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and became thefirstAfrican-American Resident at Montifiore Hospital. In I960, Brother Myers served with the Second Army Medical Reserves as an Officer assigned to the 337th General Hospital in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania. Brother Myers transferred his memberships in the U.S. Army
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OMEGA CHAPTER Reserves to the 342nd General Hospital at the Presidio of San Francisco when he was accepted as a Resident at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco, California. After completing his residency in 1962, Brother Myers began practice in Internal Medicine with his legendary mentor, Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett in San Francisco. He also worked with San Francisco Medical Associates in the Bayview-Hunters Point district of San Francisco, served as Medical Coordinator of the Western Addition Health Team and in 1972 joined the Ralph K. Davies Medical Center. Brother Myers was a founder of the John Hale Medical Society, and of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Medical Association. In addition to this long and distinguished career in medical practice, he was a Clinical Instructor at die University of California Medical School at San Francisco, and was an Examiner for the Sate of California Medical Licensing Board. Brother Myers was a medical and community activist. In 1969 he became President of the San Francisco Branch of the NAACP. He was a dedicated advocate on behalf of San Francisco's under-served Black population and was very committed to the treatment of hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in AfricanAmericans. He was a founding member of the Suttermore Corporation Development Project, which resulted in development of residential and commercial property at Fillmore and Sutter Streets in San Francisco. Brother Myers was a member of Gamma Chi Lambda Chapter in San Francisco, California.
ROTHER W. ALDENSE C. NIXON, JR., M.D. was initiated in 1938 at Beta Nu Chapter, Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida where he received the Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Brother Mxon later matriculated at Meharry Medical College, where he received the Doctor of Medicine Degree. After completion of his internship, Brother NLxon entered the U.S. Army Medical Corps, serving in the European Theater until 1945. His first medical practice was in Palm Beach, Florida. He moved to San Francisco, California in 1945, where he was in private practice as well as in practice at California Pacific Medical Center, French Hospital and Mount Zion Hospital for over fifty years. Brother Nixon was a member of Bethel AME Church, San Francisco, for over 50 years, where he was a member of the Men's Usher Board. He was involved in many social and philanthropic endeavors; including serving as President of the John Hale Medical Society, membership in Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Gamma Boule as well as the National Medical Association. Brother Nixon was an active member in Gamma Chi Lambda Chapter, San Francisco, for over 50 years.
ROTHER WILLIAM WATSON PIERCE, SR. was initiated on November 1, 1959 through Upsilon Lambda Chapter in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his Bachelors degree from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1949. Brother Watson joined the United States Army and fought in World War II prior to his matriculation to Hampton. The years following his graduation he became Business Manager at Fessenden Private Academy in Lowell, Florida. Brother Pierce later worked at Florida A&M University, Edward Waters College, and Volusia Community College. Brother Pierce served as Purchasing Agent for Volusia County for numerous years. He also served as Advisor to the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Daytona Beach. Brother Pierce was a member of Beta Delta Lambda Chapter.
"Quality never goes out of style." -Levi Strauss
ROTHER EARL WADSWORTH RAND was a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was initiated on March 1,1951 through Alpha Epsilon Lambda Chapter in Jackson, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop College at Marshall, Texas, the Master of Science degree from Atlanta University at Atlanta, Georgia and Doctor of Education degree from Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana. Brother Rand was the recipient of many honors and recognitions, among them the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Bishop College; Jarvis Christian College Hall of Fame; and The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame 1991 Inductee (Education). From 1974 until his retirement in 1976, he served as Dean of both the Graduate School and the School of Education at Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas. He was humbled when asked by the Jarvis Board of Trustees to come out of retirement and serve as the seventh President of Jarvis Christian College in 1976. He remained in that position until 1980. Then, in 1986, he again came out of retirement to serve as Interim President of Wiley College at Marshall, Texas. An advocate of higher education and a believer in one's ability to attain the desired goal, he adopted the attitude that "the person who knows what to do, how to do it, and why it is done becomes the leader-the boss." His numerous memberships included: Life member of the National Educational Association and Phi Delta Kappa fraternity. He was also a member of the Texas State Teachers Association and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. In July of 1960, he was instrumental in helping to establish a new Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Texas Southern University community with twenty-six members. He remained a devout member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) when he moved to Marshall, Texas, and became a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he served in several capacities. Brother Rand was an active member of Gamma Upsilon Lambda
rother Wilbert Daniel Robichaux, Jr. was initiated on May 17, 1969, 1969 through Zeta Zeta Lambda Chapter in Cambria Heights, New York. He received his Bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. Brother Robichaux was one of only eight students in the very first graduating class of the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana in 1930. He was a U.S. Army veteran, receiving the Bronze Star in World War II. Following his military service, he moved to New York where he spent his career as a Chemist for Nassau County, New York. Brother and Mrs. Robichaux returned to New Orleans in 1985, where he was an active member and elder statesman for the Sigma Lambda Chapter.
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OMEGA CHAPTER ROTHER GEORGE H. THOMPSON was initiated on April 4, 1953 through Beta Psi Lambda chapter in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelors degree from Alabama State College, and also received a Masters Degree in English. Brother Thompson served honorably in the United States Army during World War II. He served as a Teacher and Principal in the Tuscaloosa County School System in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
prior to moving to Los Angeles, California in 1950. While in Los Angeles, he served as Boys Director of the Beverly Hills YMCA in Beverly Hills, California. After retiring, Brother Thompson taught school for many years in the Compton Unified School District in Compton, California. He moved back to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the 1 9 9 0 s where he served as a substitute in the Tuscaloosa City Schools.
OMEGA CHAPTER LISTINGS BROTHER ARTIIOR EULINBERG
BROTHER RICHARD MCBRIDE
BROTHER DONALD SIMMONS
,\u Beta Lambda
Delta Alpha Lambda
beta Chi Lambda
BROTHER HAROLD N. BRADBY, JR.
BROTHER JOHN L. FINLEY, JR.
Beta Omicron Lambda
Delia \lpha Lambda
BROTER WASHINGTON EUGENE GARNER
BROTHER OLEN ALBERT MCKINNEY
Gamma Chi Lambda
Gamma Phi Lambda
Zeta Omicron hunbda
BROTHER WILLIAM C. BROWN
BROTHER JOHN R. GILMORE
BROTHER KERNAA MCFARLIN
BROTHER JAMES LEE SWEENEY
Zeta Omicron Lambda
l psilon Lambda
BROTHER JAMES E. BRYANT
BROTHER CHARLES GRIFFIN
BROTHER WILLIAM J. MILLER, SR.
BROTHER THORNTON H. TAYLOR
XI SIGMA LAMBDA
Pi Delta Lambda
Zeta Omicron Lambda
BROTHER PETER U. CALLOWAY
BROTHER LEONARD M. HAMILTON
BROTHER VERNUN NUTTER
BROTHER MURRAY THOMVS, JR.
Gamma Sigma Lambda
Delia Alpha Lambda
Delta Alpha Lambda
BROTHER PAUL KENNETH CEASAR
BROTHER WILLIAM HARPER
BROTHER HARRY B. PETAWAY, JR.
BROTHER MITCHELL N. TONEY
l psilon Lambda
Delta .Alpha Lambda
Delia Alpha Lambda
BROTHER THEODORE N. COLLINS
BROTHER FRED S.A. JOHNSON
BROTHER MOSES PRINCE, JR.
BROTHER EMERY 0 . UTTERBACK, JR.
Zela Zeta Lambda
Zela Omicron Lambda
Delta Alpha Lambda
Zeia Omicron Lambda
BROTHER AI.ON70 JOSHUA ARVID CONNORS
BROTHER CHARLES JONES, SR.
BROTHER DAVID E. PRYOR
BROTHER ANTHONY M. WALKER, JR.
Xi Sigma Lambda
Zeta Omicron Lambda
BROTHER RICHARD T. CULBERSON
BROTHER CHARLES D. JONES
BROTHER LEM A. ROBERSON
BROTHER HENRY N. WALKER, II
Delia Alpha Lambda
Brother Upsilon Phi Lambda
Delta Alpha Lambda
Beta Sigma Lambda
,i BROTHER CLIFFORD BASFIELD
BROTHER RAIFORD A. BROWN
BROTHER PERRY A. SIMMONS
, BROTHER JEROME G. MCCLAIN
Rho Alpha Lambda , BROTHER PERFECT SLOAN
BROTHER JAMES DUNCAN
BROTHER MARTIN KELLY
BROTHER WILLIAM SEABROOKS
BROTHER Rra HEN WARREN
Gamma Sigma Lambda
Brother Delta Alpha Lambda
BROTHER DANIEL LAURAY
BROTHER JOSEPH W. SHAW
Delta Alpha Lambda
I psilon Lambda
BROTHER MAULVIN ENGRAM
BROTHER HERBERT LEWIS
BROTHER ROBERT SHEPPARD
Gamma Sigma Lambda
(iamma Sigma Lambda
B BROTHER DANIEL D. ELMORE, JR.
BROTHER EDWIM J. WILLLAM, SR.
Delta Alpha Lambda 'j BROTHER MARION YOUNG, SR.
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CORPORATE DIRECTORY ALPHA PHI ALPHA BUILDING FOUNDATION, INC. Chairman Thomas Tatum, 2266 Canterbury Circle, Akron, OH 44319 ALPHA PHI ALPHA EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC. Chairman Hilton 0. Smith, 1301 East 9th Street, Suite 3232, Cleveland, OH 44114 ALPHA PHI ALPHA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, INC. Chairman William Pickard, 335 Pine Ridge Drive, Bloomfield Hill, MI 48304 NATIONAL COMMITTEE/COMMISSION CHAIRMEN Alpha Collegiate Scholars Walter Tillman, 3550 Virgil Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122 Alpha Shop Development Gene Parker, 8116 West 130th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213 Awards & Achievements John German, 1124 32nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144 Budget & Finance Frank A. Jenkins, III, 529 South Perry St., Suite 16, Montgomery, AL 36104 Economic Development William Pickard, 335 Pine Ridge Drive, Bloomfield Hill, MI 48304 College Brothers Affairs Roderick L. Smothers, P.O. Box 17701, Baton Rouge, LA 70893 Constitution Louis Murdock, 17417 Prondall Court, Carson, CA 90746 Corporate Affairs Elliott Hall, 2770 Unicorn Lane NW, Washington, DC 20015 Elections Charles King, 1123 E. 17th Street, Little Rock, AR 72207 Endowment & Capital Formation Iva Williams, 237-11th Avenue SW, Birmingham, AL 35211 Grievances & Discipline Prince Cartwright, 8519 Sandy Glen Lane, Houston, TX 77071 General Headquarters Maintenance Sam Bates, 1802 Whitehall Lane., Garland, TX 75043 Ulysses Grady, 2106 Valley Maror, Missouri City, TX 77489 Higher Education Ernest Holloway, P.O. BOX 907, Langston OK 73050 Historical Committee Herman "Skip" Mason, 4233 Ivy Run, Ellenwood, GA 30294 Human Resources Sean Woodroffe, 40 Meadow Lark Lane, Belle Mead, NJ 08502 Internal Auditing Hyacinth Ahuruonye , 582 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94104 International Brothers Affairs Marc Garcia, American Embassy Nassau, 3077 Nassau Place, Washington, DC 20521 Life Membership Bert Thomas, 33 Eagle Pointe Dr., Augusta, GA 30909 Management Information Systems Joshua Williams, 1656 Steeplechase lane, New Orleans, LA 70131 Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Project Leroy Lowery, 1724 Portals Drive NW, Washington, DC 20012-1116 Media Relations Charles F. Robinson, III, 5313 Cecil Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207 Medical Advisory Board Frank Sessoms, 2777 Shamrock Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101 Richard D. Smith, Jr., 3510 Medical Park Drive, Monroe, LA 71230 Membership/Standards & Extension Joseph K. Byrd, Xavier University, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125 National Programs & Special Projects Zollie Stevenson, 806 Falls Lake Drive, Mitchellville, MD 20721 Political Action Marc Mortal, 4210 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119 Publications William Nelson, 2572 Bumaby Drive, Columbus, OH 43209 Racial Justice & Public Policy Willard C. Hall, Jr., 128 South Austin Blvd. Oak Park, IL 60304 Reclamation & Retention James Crumel, 890 Hill Roost Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312 Recommendations & Resolutions Charles Clark, Jr., 121 Bainbridge Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73114 Rules and Credentials Ronald James, 1717 NE 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 Johnson Pennywell, 15926 Congo Lane, Jersey Village, TX 77040 Rituals & Ceremonies Darryl Peal, 660 Culpepper Drive, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Senior Alpha Affairs William Tipper, 912 East Wellington Avenue, Flint, MI 48503 Special Investigations Keith Bishop, 4225 Bluffs Lane, Durham, NC 27712 Strategic Planning Lynwood Bell, 1902 East Pollock Road, Lakeland, FL 33813 Time & Place Darryl Jones, 3833 Castleman, St. Louis, MO 63110 PROGRAM/PROJECT COORDINATORS Big Brothers Big Sisters Shawn D. Wilson, 202 W. Gilman Road, Lafayette, LA 70501 Leadership Development Said Sewell, 1401 Regency Wood Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319 Maurice K. Foushee, 1011 Summerglen Court, Mitchellville , MD 20721 Bel ford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest Gary W Johnson, 2503 Waldemar Lane, Tallahassee, FL 32304 Black and Gold Pageant Alvin Cavalier, 413-C Longwood Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 Project Alpha Wilbur Jackson, 6716 Indian Spring Court, San Jose, CA 95120 Boy Scouts Gerard McShepard, 4593 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, TN 37218 Training & Development Kermit Boston, 138 Everson Street, San Francisco, CA 94131 Head Start Initiative Ronnie Jenkins, 1343 Victoria Falls Court S.W., Atlanta, GA 30311 ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. 2313 St. Paul Street. Baltimore, MD 21218-5211 CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS Phone: (410) 554-0040. Fax: (410) 554-0054
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