TAU PSI CHAPTER
ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. MISS BLACK & GOLD SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT
ALPHA PHI ALPHA HISTORY Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the first intercollegiate Greeklettered fraternity established for Black college students, was organized at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in 1906. The seven visionary founders at Cornell, known as the “Jewels” are: Dr. Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle and Vertner Woodson Tandy.The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell.The Jewel founders and early leaders of the fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha‟s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity. Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were established at other colleges and universities, many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. The first Alumni Chapter was established in 1911. The fraternity integrated it‟s racial membership in 1945. Since the fraternity‟s inception, it has expanded to approximately 700 chapters scattered throughout the U.S., Caribbean Islands, Africa, Asia, Europe and the West Indies. Its membership is world-wide. To date, the fraternity has initiated over 200,000 members. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by AfricanAmerican. The purposes of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are: 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; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood, and to aid down trodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic and intellectual status. Our Mission Statement: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. Our Motto: First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All Our Aims: Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind
The founders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. were no ordinary achievers. Given racial attitudes in 1906, their accomplishments were monumental. As founder Henry Arthur Callis euphemistically stated—because the half-dozen African American students at Cornell University during the school year 1904-05 did not return to campus the following year, the incoming students in 1905-06, in founding Alpha Phi Alpha, were determined to bind themselves together to ensure that each would survive in the racially hostile environment. In coming together with this simple act, they preceded by decades the emergence of such on-campus programs as affirmative action, upward bound and remedial assistance. The students set outstanding examples of scholarship, leadership and success—preceding the efforts even of the NAACP and similar civil rights organizations. Henry Arthur Callis became a practicing physician, Howard University Professor of Medicine and prolific contributor to medical journals. Often regarded as the “philosopher of the founders,” and a moving force in the Fraternity‟s development, he was the only one of the “Cornell Seven” to become General President. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., he was a medical consultant to the Veterans Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama. Upon his death in 1974, at age 87, the Fraternity entered a time without any living Jewels. His papers were donated to Howard‟s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Charles Henry Chapman entered higher education and eventually became Professor of Agriculture at what is now Florida A&M University. A university funeral was held with considerable Fraternity participation when he became the first Jewel to enter Omega Chapter in 1934. Described as “a Brother beloved in the bonds,” Chapman was a founder of FAMU‟s Beta Nu Chapter. During the organization stages of Alpha Chapter, he was the first chairman of the Committees on Initiation and Organization. Eugene Kinckle Jones became the first Executive Secretary of the National Urban League. His 20-year tenure with the Urban League thus far has exceeded those of all his successors in office. A versatile leader, he organized the first three Fraternity chapters that branched out from Cornell—Beta at Howard, Gamma at Virginia Union and the original Delta at the University of Toronto in Canada. In addition to becoming Alpha Chapter‟s second President and joining with Callis in creating the Fraternity name, Jones was a member of the first Committees on Constitution and Organization and helped write the Fraternity ritual. Jones also has the distinction of being one of the first initiates as well as an original founder. His status as a founder was not finally established until 1952. He died in 1954.
George Biddle Kelley became the first African American engineer registered in the state of New York. Not only was he the strongest proponent of the Fraternity idea among the organization‟s founders, the civil engineering student also became Alpha Chapter‟s first President. In addition, he served on committees that worked out the handshake and ritual. Kelley was popular with the Brotherhood. He resided in Troy, New York and was active with Beta Pi Lambda Chapter in Albany. He died in 1963. Nathaniel Allison Murray pursued graduate work after completing his undergraduate studies at Howard. He later returned home to Washington, D.C., where he taught in public schools. Much of his career was spent at Armstrong Vocational High School in the District of Columbia. He was a member of Alpha Chapter‟s first committee on organization of the new fraternal group, as well as the Committee on the Grip. The charter member of Washington‟s Mu Lambda Chapter was a frequent attendee of General Conventions. He died in 1959. Robert Harold Ogle entered the career secretarial field and had the unique privilege of serving as a professional staff member to the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. He was an African American pioneer in his Capitol Hill position. He proposed the Fraternity‟s colors and was Alpha Chapter‟s first secretary. Ogle joined Kelley in working out the first ritual and later became a charter member of Washington‟s Mu Lambda Chapter. He died in 1936. Vertner Woodson Tandy became the state of New York‟s first registered architect, with offices on Broadway in New York City. The designer of the Fraternity pin holds the distinction of being the first African American to pass the military commissioning examination and was commissioned First Lieutenant in the 15th Infantry of the New York State National Guard. He was Alpha Chapter‟s first treasurer and took the initiative to incorporate the Fraternity. Among the buildings designed by the highly talented architect is Saint Phillips Episcopal Church in New York City. He died in 1949, at age 64.
The Brothers of the Tau Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated would like to welcome you to our 2nd Annual Miss Black & Gold Pageant. The theme this year is, “Reign of the Greek Goddess,” and we are extremely thankful to all of those that have put in hard work to make this pageant a success. This has been a very successful year so far for the chapter as we have stepped up or involvement in service projects and have implemented new initiatives that align closely to our fraternity‟s strategic plan. The brothers and I are thankful for the support that you continuously provide, whether it be at a social function or a service project. Your support motivates this brotherhood and allows us to fully devote much effort into servicing our 14 county service areas: Weakley, Lake, Obion, Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, Crockett, Gibson, Carroll, Henry, Madison, Haywood, Fayette, and Hardeman. Our personal motto this year has been to “STEP UP OUR „A‟ GAME” and I truly believe that we are putting that motto into action; making it a priority to be of service to ourselves, our university, and our surrounding communities. Once again, we thank you for your support and hope that you enjoy this event.
must never lose sight of the fact that we must take part in the development, not only of ourselves but of all humanity.” Jewel Charles Henry Chapman, 1931
James A. Winters Brother James Winters Tau Psi Chapter President
“My Queen” By: Brother Anthony Prewitt
Harmony The Brothers of Tau Psi would like to give a special tribute in simply recognizing our 1st Miss Black & Gold:
Miss Leslea Robertson
I‟ve yearned for you with ages times Patiently awaiting your arrival I knew that the success of my kingdom Rested with your survival I saw your outer shell for years But I couldn‟t interpret that part Didn‟t recognize the queen you were Until you read to me your heart And like a Phoenix you rose from out the ashes And blinded me with your soul A spirit so bright, I craved the light You made my future whole And when you speak I‟m speechless When you smile I‟m frozen Because your beauty has no name It‟s bred from a genuine heart of gold I bask in your presence eagerly awaiting Insight from your past...untold And the wonders that lie behind your eyes Intrigue me enough to stay The experience of loving a pure soul Won‟t let me turn away My life, my every being I offer in trade for your mind Because I know if I could spend only seconds with you A true Queen, I would definitely find I humbly ask will you walk with me Let me sit for hours, hearing your voice Oh sweet music to my ears… Give you my heart...I have no choice So just sit on your thrown with an air of elegance With pose in your black, fitted gown And watch as an Alpha...makes his way To place upon your head...a crown As the brothers clasp hands and circle about We realize our dream has come true Because we know in our heart, this vision is clear There will never be another Queen like you!
THE MISS BLACK & GOLD PAGEANT The first national Miss Black & Gold Pageant was held during Alpha‟s 1976 General Convention in New York City. Miss Denise Smith, representing Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia was awarded the first prize. The pageant was deferred following the first event and reinstated during the Fraternity‟s 1982 General Convention in Los Angeles, California. The Tau Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha held it‟s very first Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant on November 13, 2009 in the University Center Ballroom. Six young women participated, but only one stood out to become the first of many...Miss Leslea Robertson. The Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant is an event whose primary purpose is to highlight and foster the inextricable connection between success and etiquette amongst young women. This pageant spotlights the young women‟s poise, self-confidence, communication skills, intelligence, and beauty. In all, the Miss Black and Gold Pageant encompasses true womanhood, success, and confidence. Academic excellence and scholarship are greatly stressed in the competition with the Fraternity providing the contestants with scholarships to assist with the financial obligations associated with post secondary studies. The pageant aims to portray African-American women in a strong, positive and beautiful light. The pageant is not just a beauty contest, it is also is a scholarship competition, and the top three winners earn an academic scholarship toward their next semester. The winner of the Miss Black and Gold pageant will compete for Miss Black and Gold of the Area, Western Region, and ultimately, the Nation. The Miss Black and Gold Pageant is our way of showcasing the intelligence, talent, excellence, and unparalleled beauty of Black Women on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin. We give our sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to each of the young ladies who have participated. Each of you are truly a queen. We thank you for representing yourselves, your families, your people, and last but not least the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc in a very ladylike and respectable manner.......Without further adue........
WHAT IS A GODDESS? by Genie Webster
A goddess invents her own life, and lives according to her own vision. This quality requires the companion qualities of imagination and courage. A goddess is autonomous. She seeks no one's approval, but listens to her own counsel. She answers to no one. She does not try to impress anyone. Her work speaks for itself. She never makes excuses and rarely offers explanations for her actions. She is not defensive for she is not threatened by what other people may think of her. She is the queen of her own life and this is reflected in her demeanor. A goddess is passionate (not to be confused with manic). She has a palpable energy and enthusiasm that is contagious and beneficial to those around her. In esoteric terms, she raises the vibration in a group situation. She inspires others. A goddess is continually learning and evolving. A goddess is authentic. The mask she presents to the outside world is the same as her innermost heart. She has learned to express her emotions cleanly and healthily. What you see is what you get. A goddess knows her own truth. She does not impose her truth on others, but will share her wisdom when invited to. A goddess takes care of herself. She does not expect others to take care of her. She treats herself as well as she would treat her best friend. She is compassionate and forgiving with herself and others. She gets enough rest and gives her body the right fuel -- both in oxygen and in food and water. She knows what she needs. She feeds her soul. A goddess is committed to healing the earth and works towards peace and understanding -whether it is on a large scale or simply within her family and closest circle of friends. She contributes to cleaning up the environment and teaches the next generation to do likewise. A goddess sees her body (and the earth) as sacred, and is in tune with natural cycles. She is comfortable with her sexuality. A goddess has learned balance and patience. Flow and ebb. Waxing and waning. A goddess does not freak out during ebb or waning times. She uses it wisely for rest, reflection, and planning. A goddess has learned to trust her intuition and inner knowing. She has learned to tap into this source at will.
A goddess has learned to let go of the need to control the flow of the river. She has discovered the futility of trying too hard. She has learned to ride the wave and go with the flow, to ask for and accept help when required. She is flexible, fluid, and adaptable. She has given up the need to control or manipulate. She does not pout or whine when she does not get her way. A goddess communicates her boundaries. She is gentle but firm when her boundaries are violated. She respects others' boundaries. She asks for clarification when necessary. A goddess recognizes and honors other goddesses and gods. She lends her support to the work of other god/desses. She does not feel competitive or threatened by other goddesses and understands that what is good for one is good for all, and that when one shines, the light benefits all. A goddess knows how to share and is generous of spirit, but she knows her limitations and does not give more than what she can afford -- emotionally, financially, physically, or energy-wise. A goddess's natural state is one of joy and gratitude. She is also at home with her shadow, and will honestly mourn her losses and explore her fears. She understands that everyone experiences pain -- it is part of life on earth. Therefore she works through her own pain with courage and dignity, not trying to sidestep it, or numb it, but to get through it and learn from it. A goddess is comfortable with death, and has learned to let go.... of relationships, concepts, and material possessions that are worn out, or that no longer serve her growth.
" A woman who is in the process of learning to know, accept and love herself on all levels, Mind Body and Spirit. A woman who, because she focuses on personal growth and self awareness, experiences a life, increasingly filled with peace, love, joy, passion and fun. A woman that understands that she has unlimited capacity to make her life anything she wants. A woman who is inspired to give to those around her our of her sense of gratitude and abundance." Selina Fenech
Wishing tons of Luck to the contestants and many blessings to the Tau Psi Chapter SHARNAE “THE GOLDEN GIRL” SMITH
Love Verina Wherry
an intense emotion of affection, warmth, fondness, and regard towards a person or thing
A Goddess for Me Marcus Blake I love everything about you Yet, saying all that I can never picture myself Telling you how much "I love you" Your soft presence gives the air life You lift up the seldom that brings me down So having you around me Couldn't make me anymore happy Your a rose that shines more than the moon Like a soft warm breeze in the month of June You make everything seem perfect While i gaze at your diamond eyes My reflection is erased, and hidden Lost in your void of complexity Your a goddess in disguise, I see A divine present from the gods for me What better than to have something so divine To love and cherish throughout all of time
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Success Shanice Robinson
the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
Being Successful By; Cindy Tuttle
Being successful is not being rich Being successful isn't having a nice house Being successful isn't being a popular star Being successful isn't even being the top employee or student Being successful is being honest with ourself and other It is being compassionate and using the gifts given us to make our little part of the world a little better It is following Jesus as best we can May my life be a success daily or at least attempt to be who I was born to become
Compassion Lashanna Prean
a feeling of distress and pity for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. Theodore Rubin
GOOD LUCK SHAE! LOVE YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS
Intelligence Erika Pugh
manifestation of a high mental capacity
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Erika! (Sherri voice)
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Good Luck Ashley!
We looooove you! Love, Mom, Kia, Chris, Kevin, Ananias, Kayla & Kennedi
Uniqueness Diamond Adams
without equal or like; unparalleled
WISHING YOU TONS OF SUPPORT & LOVE - YOUR BIG BRO-
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I HAVE FAITH THAT YOU WILL SUCCEED WITH ANYTHING THAT YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO. JUST STAY FOCUSED AND KEEP GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE. THANKS FOR HELPING ME WHEN I WAS IN NEED. YOU ARE MUCH APPRECIATED!
GOOD LUCK DIAMOND! KENNETH HOLLIS
HI! MY NAME IS DOUGIE FRESH & I LOVE COOPER HALL & THE PEOPLE ROCK! S/ O TO DIAMOND & BRIT BRIT! DOUGLAS JACKSON
UTM WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS
WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS PROUDLY SPONSOR OUR MEMBER IN THIS COMPETITION!
Attitude Adjustment BY: LIQUID EMOTION
Simple lives are led best without previous knowledge of wealth Sickness is easier to take when you’ve never had good health Laughter is often found when the day is sunny and bright Yet everyone needs it most once day has turned to night The levels in our lives will never equal out But isn’t that exactly what life is all about So why is it so hard evolving with the changes Or finding new perceptions to cope with rearranges I want to find uniqueness on every path through life Laugh within the darkness, find strength within the strife I need to see things differently through someone else’s eyes That I may gain contentment and knowledge of the wise
Grace Gabriel Brown
elegance and beauty of movement, form, expression, or proportion
An "ideal beauty" is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection.
WISHING YOU THE BEST OF LUCK
Sincerity Dominique Wilson
freedom from deceit, hypocrisy, or duplicity; probity in intention or in communicating; earnestness.
BEST WISHES TO MY NIECE, DOMINIQUE WILSON FROM YOUR AUNT JOYCE AND COUSIN NIA
GOOD LUCK POOH x2! LOVE TERESA & DEVONTE’
Good Luck DIVA! MAKE US PROUD! LOVE, COUSIN TASHA
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Miss Dominique Wilson
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We are so proud!! We love you!! Tamika, Corterius & Cameron Wilson
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TO OUR DAUGHTER & NIECE. WE KNOW YOU WILL DO WELL! GOOD LUCK! LOVE, MOMMA & RAMAIL
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ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
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MISS BLACK & GOLD SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT
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almost impossible to believe; incredible.
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Fierce Goddess Angel Fair
vehement, intense, or strong
Diva by Silvia Hartmann
The diva strides and flexes lightly yet her footsteps resonate and all who sense the ripples stop and turn around. Her power is her freedom her freedom is her joy her joy is boundless like the wind unstoppable sometimes soft and gentle, sometimes like a hurricane she takes you, and she sweeps you up and far away ... Her laughter owns the sky and all is at her mercy, at her touch of wilderness enchantment, vibrant lightning bringing rush of life, wherever it may strike. Bow your head in reverence and pray! Her smile as you emerge the chosen one will raise you, a breathless moment Step beyond, become immortal in the mirror of her gaze.
Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. ~ Unknown
WISHING YOU THE BEST OF LUCK LAWRENCE JENNINGS
Wisdom Gabrielle Lewis
the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight
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God be with you, Gabrielle Mary Lewis, as you let your light shine on that stage! May your presence bless the entire crowd!
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Gabrielle Mary Lewis
The Muse Full moon, shine kiss of infinite time, light the path surrounding my climb beyond the tears from a beauty for this goddess will flow through me. Feel it when the sun descends, sing in harmony for their friend Open her heart at this time, highest pleasure gift I ever will find.
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“Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, "here, my poor man", but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.It is not the reciever that is blessed, but it is the giver.Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.” THE BROTHERS OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND RECOGNIZE THE YOUNG WOMAN WHO RAISED THE MOST MONEY TOWARDS ASSISTING IN THE MEN IN THE MAKING YOUTH LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM!
Goddess of Philantrophy:
The Queen A Queen is proud of herself. She respects herself and others. She is aware of who she is. She neither seeks definition from the person she is with, or does she expect them to read her mind. She is quite capable of articulating her needs. A Queen is hopeful. She is strong enough to make all her dreams come true..... She knows love, therefore she gives love. She recognizes that her love has great value and must be reciprocated. If her love is taken for granted, it soon disappears. A Queen has a dash of inspiration, a dabble of endurance. She knows that she will, at times, have to inspire others to reach the potential God gave them. A Queen knows her past, understands her present and moves toward the future. A Queen knows the Creative Energy. She knows that with this the world is her playground, but without she will just be played. A Queen does not live in fear of the future because of her past. Instead, she understands that her life experiences are merely lessons, meant to bring her closer to self knowledge and unconditional self love. Queen, ~Author Unknown~
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