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Front Cover Picture by Names 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Rudolph Harris Curtis Hunigan Fred Valentine Horace Dawson, Jr. Paul Cotton A. Gilbert Douglas Ryland Harris Mark Jones Andre Lucas Kenneth Hobart Derrick Butts John Mark-Williams Jeremy Triplett Mikael LaRoche Joseph Housey, III Jason Clark

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Mark Ross Louis Ford James Heck Eddie Neal Gerard Williams Garrett Miller Adrian James O. Jackson Cole, Jr. Albert Williams Lucius Brown Marcel Desroches Kellen Moore Jamison Taylor, Jr. Mathew Aaron, Jr. Sean Perkins James Harmon

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Larry Ware Frank King Antonio King Rudolph McGann, Jr. Alvin Reaves, III Ryle Bell Drew Love Colin Campbell Bryant Young Arthur King Charvis Campbell LeRoy Lowery, III Joseph Paul Timothy Fitzgerald Jason Jefferson Samuel Armstrong

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In this Issue 1 Front Cover Picture by Names 2 In this Issue Charter Members Past Presidents 3 Executive Board The Presidents’ Message 4 Committee Chairs The Vice Presidents’ Message 5 Message from the Membership and Reclamation Chair 6 Reclamation Letter

7 Alphaversary, Birthday and Roster 8 Message From The Chaplain, Omega Chapter 9 Message from the Fundraising Committee 10 Message from the Alpha Wives 11 Congressional Black Caucus Reception 12 Battle of the Brothers Funds Challenge 14 Founders’ Day Gala 15 88th Eastern Region Convention 16 Message from House of Ruth Committee 17 President’s Volunteer Service Award Letter 18 DC Public Schools Letter 19 Project Alpha - Back 2 School Cookout/ Hair Cuts/Do’s 2nd Annual 21 What These Student Debaters Learned From the 2020 Democratic Debates 23 Ties For Success 24 Adopt A Block and Certificate of Appreciation 26 Food, Dessert and Drink of the Month 27 The Dreaded Root Canal! 28 African American Mental Health 31 Expungement 33 The Jewel Lounge 34 Mu Lambda Literary Society 36 Brother Vincent Orange Salutes 37 95th General Convention Highlights 41 MU LAMBDA’S LAS VEGAS HOSPITALITY RECEPTION 44 THE ROAD FROM THE 95TH GENERAL CONVENTION 46 STATEMENT: Alpha Phi Alpha Stands with U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, General President Election Finalists 47 95TH GENERAL CONVENTION WITH RALLYING CRY AGAINST INJUSTICE 48 The Inspirational True Story of Brian Banks 49 The War is on! Notice on Police abuse and shootings in America 50 Domino’s 51 AKStar Apparel Ad 52 Mu Lambda Brother Rawn James, Jr. 53 East State Street Band 54 Beta Chapter Homecoming Golf Classic 55 Double O - Island 5th Annual Phish Phry 56 Exit Realty - Brother Albert A. Williams 57 Financial Planning Needs The Crone Esquivel Group 58 Advertise with us 59 Message from the Editor 60 Support Our Foundation 61 AmazonSmile 62 Mu Lambda Foundation Report 63 Upcoming Events

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Charter Members Past Presidents Arthur Curtis* Merrill H. Curtis* Victor R. Daly* Eugene L. C. Davidson* Arnold Donawa* Walter Garvin* William L. Hansberry* Charles H. Houston* Edward Howard* Joseph R. Jones* R. Frank Jones* J Edward Lowery* Clarence H. Mills* Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray* Norman L. McGhee* Jewel Robert Harold Ogle* Louis H. Russell* James N. Saunders* Emory B. Smith* Harold C. Stratton* J.H.N. Waring* Charles H. Wesley*

CHARTERED ON MONDAY OCTOBER 1, 1923 WASHINGTON, D.C.

Harold Stratton* Howard H. Long* Charles H. Wesley* Frank Adams* R. Frank Jones* James B. Browning* Jewel Henry Arthur Callis* U. Simpson Tate* C.C. House* Verdie L. Robinson* Walter M. Booker* Jack Bind* Millard R. Dean* Frank Davis* Clifton Hardy* Herman Johnson* Howard Jenkins* C.C. House* William F. Nelson* Aubrey E. Robinson* Joseph Waddy* Edward J. Austin* Elgy Johnson* George H. Windsor* James T. Speight* Harold Sims* Eddie Madison* Wilbur Sewell* Charles Thomas* Theodore Taylor* Elmer Moore* William E. Calbert* Osmond Brown* Vernon Gill LeRoy Lowery, III Morris Hawkins* C.C. Jones Vincent Orange Melvin White LeRoy Lowery, III James Haynes Rudolph Harris* Edwin Norwood James McDonald Timothy Fitzgerald Kwame Ulmer LeRoy Lowery, III Eddie Neal LeRoy Lowery, III Joel Grey Eddie Neal - Current

* Omega Chapter Brothers

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Executive Board President Eddie Neal Vice President Garrett Miller Recording Secretary Jason Jefferson Corresponding Secretary Timothy Fitzgerald Financial Secretary Chatman Young Treasurer Michael Young Chaplain William “Tony” Hawkins Historian Silas J Woods Archivist Jeremy Triplett Intake Coordinator Andre Lucas Assoc. Editor/Sphinx Antonio King Dir. Ed. Activities Sean Perkins Sergeant-at-Arms Frank King Parliamentarian Byron L. Williams Web Master Mark Jones Editor of the Torch Kenneth A. Williams Member at Large LeRoy Lowery III General Counsel Brent Radcliff Chief Fundraising Officer George Mc Neal Special Assistant to President Mikeal LaRoche

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The Presidents’ Message Greetings brothers, As a reminder, we do not meet in July or August. Our next chapter meeting is the first Thursday in September at 7:06 pm – the repast will start at 6:30 pm. I also want all brothers to know that Mu Lambda’s calendar of events is on the last page of the Torch – please take the time to review it. The General Convention has ended. Major decisions were made – the price of chapter insurance has increased; grand tax and life membership remain the same. The field of candidates has been narrowed from six to two (Brothers Willis Lonzer and Roderick Smothers). The delegates determined the final two, and now it is your vote that will decide on our next general president. I ask that you become engaged this fraternal year because there are many changes taking place in Mu Lambda. We will be rolling out a new web site, chapter membership cards, chapter app for your phone which will contain the membership directory and electronic voting. We are attempting to do the online training for parliamentary procedure and the Alpha history book. We have a goal to reclaim 50 brothers this fraternal year. We have a Chief Fundraising Officer - I believe we are the first chapter in Alpha to have a Chief Fundraising Officer. We will be celebrating 96 years of existence on October 1, 2019. Please refer to the last page of the Torch to see the planned activities. We will be laying wreaths for two of Mu Lambda’s founders, Jewels Nathaniel A. Murray, and Robert H. Ogle. Brothers sent loud and clear messages in Las Vegas. They made it clear that hazing in the fraternity is no longer tolerated – brothers were suspended and expelled from the fraternity. It did not matter if the brother was college or alumni – expulsion was the order of the day. As we approach IMDP, we need to keep our eyes and ears open. When there is a violation, action will be taken, and excuses are not an option. Every brother, active or inactive has access to our standing orders, and if you fail to take the training or read the documents, your failure is not an excuse. The fraternity will hold each of you accountable. Brother Fitzgerald would like for you to invite all brothers without a chapter home to the Saturday, August 17 Nathaniel Allison Murray Brotherhood Brunch being held at the house. The purpose of the brunch is to fellowship and allow brothers (not candidates) who may not have a chapter home to fellowship with us. The brunch is free.   We cannot escape politics – either we become part of the decision-making process or allow others to make decisions for us. One way or the other choices are going to be made. Mu Lambda’s Black Caucus Reception will take place Wednesday, September 11 – I hope you can be in attendance. Enjoy your summer, and I look forward to seeing you at the brunch this month. Fraternally, Brother Eddie Neal, President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Committee Chairs Auditing Mark Ross Brother’s Keeper Carlos DeBose Budget and Finance Chapman Young Communication and Technology Mark Jones Constitution Byron Williams DC National Pan Hellenic Council Derrick Butts Fundraising Matthew Aaron Golf Tournament Frank King Health & Wellness Derrick Butts Membership Timothy Fitzgerald Men Who Cook Garrett Miller Mu Lambda Chapter History Book Silas Woods III Nominating Frank King Programs Joseph Gibbs Public Policy Kelvin Brown Social Mikael LaRoche

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The Vice Presidents’ Message Greetings Brothers, I hope that you are enjoying your summer, spending time with family, and getting some much-needed mental relaxation. As I try to reclaim some of my time and resume my regular routines after returning from the General Convention, I was reminded why I joined this great fraternity. I think back on the past week, and there were so many great memories about this convention. Maybe it was the location or because some of Mu Lambda’s past members communicated to me that they would be at our September chapter meeting. I met old brothers, new brothers, and of course, many of you that attended the convention.   The spirit of brotherhood ran deep throughout the convention. I had many conversations with brothers, some of whom I had never met. In each conversation, I soon noticed one thing yielded the same result, the name Mu Lambda.   Brothers would ask me, “what chapter are you apart of?” Once I responded with Mu Lambda, you could see a sense of excitement in their eyes, followed by a look familiarity. Brothers, I will say to you that Mu Lambda has much respect inside and outside the walls of the chapter house. I felt a sense of renewed pride as I met and conversed with the brothers at the convention. As with college days, the 95th convention swiftly passed and has reminded us that silence is not an option as we as Alpha men have much more work ahead. While we continue to enjoy this last summer month, I would like to remind the brothers that the chapter retreat will be held at the chapter house on August 18, 2019, from 9 am – 2 pm. Please save the date as I will send out an agenda soon. We will utilize this time to reflect, create, and plan for the upcoming fraternal year. Continental breakfast will be available. If you or a brother you believe will be an excellent fit to chair or work on committees, please let me know asap.   I’m looking for a social, marketing/promotion, and social media chair. Brothers, please keep in mind that all our monthly events are on the last page of the torch. Because we have a very busy calendar through December 2019, I will continue to send notification reminders via OneCallNow before events to allow you more time plan. Continue to enjoy the summer break, because as with all things, it too shall swiftly pass, and September will be here. Fraternally, Brother Garrett Miller, Vice-President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Message from the Membership and Reclamation Chair Greeting Brothers, I had a good time at the General Convention in Las Vegas where Brotherhood was at the forefront. The proposals to raise grand tax and life membership fees did not pass. Since the proposals did not pass, we have to be realistic – we have to bring brothers back into the fold. Brother Neal has charged me with reclaiming a minimum of 50 brothers this fraternal year. The ask is not insurmountable because numerous brothers stated during the convention their intention of returning to the chapter. I cannot do it alone; I would like all brothers assist me. I would like for you to invite all brothers you know who are not affiliated with a chapter to the Saturday, August 17th Nathaniel Allison Murray Brotherhood Brunch being held at the house. The brunch is free. For every brother you reclaim who was not on Mu Lambda’s 2018-2019 financial roster, if the brother pays his chapter dues, you will receive $40. The $40 is an incentive to show that we appreciate your efforts. We also expect that any brother you reclaim, you will assist with getting him acclimated to life in Mu Lambda. It is not just about getting brothers back into the fold – we have some challenging days ahead of Alpha and the African-American community. The more brothers we have helping, the more work we can do in the community. Fraternally, Brother Timothy Fitzgerald, Membership and Reclamation Committee Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Samuel Armstrong John Barnett Justin Baskerville Kent Benjamin Kelvin Brown Christopher Butts Aaron Cheese Lawrence Clark Jamaal A. Crone Carlos DeBose, Sr. Kevin Dixon Guy Durant Jeffery Fleming Jimmy Floyd Eric Herndon Jabari Hawkins Paul Hoggard Brett Hood Rawn James Eric Johnson Sean Jones George Mc Neal Alvin Reaves, III Walter K. Robinson, Sr. Jamison Taylor, Jr. Eric Washington Albert Williams, Jr. Kenneth Williams Darrell Chase

Mu Lambda Delta Sigma Delta Sigma Beta Upsilon Xi Iota Theta Zeta Mu Lambda Sigma PI Gamma Lambda Mu Lambda Alpha Beta Mu Lambda Mu Lambda Mu Lambda Zeta Rho Lambda Mu Lambda Theta Rho Lambda Zeta Theta Rho Pi Alpha Gamma Omicron Delta Zeta Lambda Beta Alpha Mu Mu Lambda Phi Eta Eta Lambda Mu Lambda

March 15, 2003 September 15, 1978 March 30, 2002 April 12, 1985 March 23, 2002 November 13, 1999 November 5, 2016 March 23, 2013 November 30, 2001 November 29, 2014 March 23, 2013 November 15, 1986 April 9, 1995 March 5, 2005 November 16, 2002 November 9, 2014 January 4, 1990 December 13, 1997 December 10, 1995 March 25, 1978 April 15,1989 May 22, 1971 March 1, 2003 November 9, 1940 May 22, 1986 March 23, 2013 May 22, 1982 March 16, 2014 March 5, 2005

Brother Walter K. Robinson, Sr. joined the chapter on July 8, 2019, and celebrated his 99th birthday on July 23rd

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ou are listed with the fraternity as a former member of Mu Lambda who has not renewed your membership. If it is just an oversight, I can help facilitate your payment. If there is another reason, please let me know so I can be of assistance.

As Membership and Reclamation Chair of Mu Lambda Chapter, I would like to bring greetings to you and extend an invitation for you to return to the chapter. I am proud to be a member of this chapter as Mu Lambda celebrates 95 years of serving Washington, DC since 1923. Since our charter, Mu Lambda Chapter has been an innovator, a builder, and a molder of men making a difference in the lives of many in the Washington Metropolitan area. Mu Lambda Chapter is working diligently to ensure that our programs and social activities continue to impact the community in a positive way by being a catalyst of change. Today, Mu Lambda stands as a beacon of light to the community and a strong source of leadership. Through our Henry Arthur Callis Academy, we continue to facilitate the growth of young males so they understand that leadership is not a burden but a responsibility. Staying true to Alpha’s core: we implement successfully the fraternity’s National Programs: Go-to-High School Go-to-School, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, Project Alpha and Brothers’ Keeper. These four programmatic efforts are implemented through “out-of-the-box” formats to ensure that Mu Lambda Chapter is reaching the target audience. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Mu Lambda in not a monolithic chapter. It is rich in history, diversity and ready to serve. The youngest member of the chapter is 22, born in 1996, while the oldest is 98, born in 1920. Salaries range from $30,000 to $1,000,000 per annum. The membership is comprised of brothers initiated in 117 different chapters. Fifty-five life members. The lowest life member number is 691, while the highest in the chapter is 13910. Brothers list their race as African American, Afro-Hispanic, Caucasian, Multi-Racial, and West Indian/Caribbean. All brothers have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree. Two have Dental Degrees. Three have Medical Degrees. Eleven have MBA Degrees. Twenty-six have Doctorate Degrees. Twenty-six have Law Degrees. Twenty-eight have Masters’ Degrees as their highest level of education.

I challenge you to reflect and rekindle the fraternal spirit. Our chapter meetings are every first Thursday at the Mu Lambda Community House, located at 2405 First Street NW, Washington, DC at 7:06 pm and the repast starts @ 6:30 pm. Please visit https://issuu.com/mulambdatorch to see what Mu Lambda has been doing. If you have any questions please call me @ 301-332-7507 or email me at timfitz06@comcast.net. Fraternally, Bro. Tim Fitzgerald Membership and Reclamation Chair Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Happy Birthday

There were no brothers initiated in the month of August

Mark K. Jones Derrick A. Butts Clyde Blassengale Juan H. Powell Andre R. Lucas Patrick J. Major James R. Heck, IV Justen Baskerville Michael E. Collins Mr. Silas Woods Anthony B. Campbell, Sr. Richard A. English

August 3rd August 4th August 10th August 11th August 14th August 15th August 16th August 20th August 20th August 28th August 28th August 29th

Mu Lambda Brothers 2018-2019 Matthew Aaron, Jr. Sulaiman B. Almaroof Samuel I. Armstrong John Barnett Justen Baskerville Kent A. Benjamin Ryle Bell Clyde Blassengale Sylvester C. Booker Wiley E. Bowling, Jr. Arlester Brown Lucius L. Brown, Jr. Kelvin E. Brown Karl W. Bruce, Jr. Derrick A. Butts Christopher C. Butts Colin H. Campbell Malcolm Carter Darrell Chase Albert C. Cheek, Jr. Aaron W. Cheese Lawrence M. Clark O. J. Cole, Jr. Michael E. Collins Louis Cook, III DeAngelo M. Copeland Paul A. Cotton Jamaal A. Crone Horace G. Dawson, Jr.

Carlos R. DeBose, Sr. Marcel J. Desroches, Jr. James A. Donaldson A. G. Douglas Joshua J. DuBoise Guy Durant Timothy L. Fitzgerald Jeffery S. Fleming Ronald S. Flowers Jimmy L. Floyd Louis A. Ford David N. Gaston Joseph Gibbs Eathen Gums Rudolph Harris William A. Hawkins, Jr. Jabari Hawkins Richmond E. Hayes James R. Haynes James R. Heck, IV Eric D. Herndon Kenneth F. Holbert Brett M. Hood Joseph Housey, III Curtis A. Hunigan Malcolm D. Jackson Adrian V. James Rawn James Jason Jefferson

Eric S. Johnson Clinton C. Jones, III Mark K. Jones Sean L. Jones Frank C. King, Jr. Antonio King Arthur E. King Mikael E. LaRoche Coy A. Lindsay Drew M. Love LeRoy Lowery, III Andre R. Lucas Rhett R. Lucas John Mabry Patrick J. Major James F. McDonald Rudolph M. Mcgann, Jr. Lloyd T. McGriff George D. McNeal Garrett J. Miller Anthony T. Moore Kellen Moore Eddie Neal Vincent B. Orange, Sr. Sean M. Perkins Sean Plater Juan H. Powell Alexander C. Pullen Brent M. Radcliff

Alvin L. Reaves, III Robert E. Richardson Talmadge Roberts Walter K. Robinson, Sr. Mark A. Ross Rudolph Scipio Lavert C. Seabron Mario T. Simpson Charles T. Smith, II Jamison B. Taylor, Jr. William D. Thomas Rick Thurmond Jeremy Triplett Lee A. Tyler Fred L. Valentine Eric A. Washington Walter Whitley Albert A. Williams, Jr. Byron L. Williams Gerard K. Williams John-Mark Williams Kenneth A. Williams James O. Wilson John A. Wilson Garnett Wood Silas Woods P. Kobina N. Yankah Bryant M. Young Chatman K. Young, II

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Message from the Chaplain Dear Brothers, As usual, I would like to take this opportunity to share some basic information with you in the event you or a brother you know transitions to Omega Chapter: • • • • • •

Call (410.202.2715) or email eneal@mulambdafoundation.org. Every brother is entitled to an Omega service, financial or not. The request should come from the family, not the chapter forcing it upon the family. Part of any brother’s estate planning should be the designation of an Alpha brother to receive his paraphernalia or instructions for his loved ones to contact Mu Lambda for disposition. Official fraternity pins (e.g., official badge, life member pin, twenty-five-year pin, fifty-year pin, etc.) should be given to another brother, the chapter (Mu Lambda) or the General Organization to prevent it from getting into the hands of a non-member. Notify your family to give Mu Lambda and fraternal documents to Mu Lambda.

I hope you never need the above information, just in case, please share the information with your family so we can honor you in the event of your untimely passing. Fraternally, Brother William A. (Tony) Hawkins Chaplain Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

Farewell dear Brothers

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Message from the Fundraising Committee How Critical is Cashflow? We often believe that finding the next best investment leads to building real wealth. While investing is undoubtedly a pivotal component to the wealthbuilding process, the ultimate game changer is managing your cash flow. If you fail to manage your cash flow, you will not build your wealth nor keep it. When most people reflect on their current assets, the two most significant assets are usually their retirement plans through work and equity in their home. What do these two assets have in common? They are in an environment where you don’t have ease of access, you systematically pay into it, you take out the emotions, and you form accountability. This is an excellent recipe for success. I believe you must have an engrained philosophy of systematically saving money. Unfortunately, if you do not adopt this mindset, your money will be subject to things that feel good at the moment, rather than the future. It is imperative to remember that we only have a finite amount of income, and every dollar you earn should have a job description. No job description, no putting the money to work because Satan’s most prominent attack is noise and speed. Often, we let things that seem urgent get in front of that which is of the highest importance, like saving for your future vs. enjoying too many brunches with friends. Sacrifice is a part of the plan. We • • •

have three major phases in our lifetime. The pre-game (pre-retirement) The through game (during retirement) the end game (when we die)

We must ask ourselves, what do we want life to look like in each one of these phases? The key is to balance out the goals and make sure they are realistically achievable based on expected cash flows and that it is sustainable. Are your savings enough in the pre-game to be able to live the life you want in the through game? You can’t think you are going to wake up in the game and spend significantly less than you did in the pre-game. Once again, we must be realistic. Someone once told me that an expense once acquired, becomes a necessity. This conversation led me to believe that we should continuously do inventory in our lives. Some needs are not necessary, and it takes intentionality and

financial maturity to know the difference. The critical point here is to make sure you manage how you adjust your lifestyle as you earn more money. Every time your income goes up you should reflect on how you are advancing your savings, your current lifestyle modification and tracking system. Here are a few tips to remember. If you are not on track, then you should take a significant amount of your net earnings and put it towards retirement. If you are on track, take 50% of your increased new income and enjoy life more because tomorrow is not promised to you. Take the other 50% towards longterm savings. If clarity is needed, one should engage a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Practitioner for educational stability. As a CFP® professional, some of the first questions I ask clients when they meet with me for a review is, “How is your cash flow? How much more do you make now net monthly income?” And my final comment is, “Great, what are you going to do with your half because I will be investing your other half.” The journey to financial success takes sacrifice. There is no easy way around it. It is vital to have an accountability partner on this journey. Think about if you had a trainer in the gym with you vs. working out alone. I understand we can’t all afford to have one but let’s use our imagination for a moment. If you have a trainer that shows up on time, work on the things you care about, and motivates you to do the extra rep, it will be a more productive experience. However, without discipline from a trainer, you may come and go whenever do the workouts that make you feel good and settle for safe instead of doing that extra rep. It takes discipline to build financial muscle memory, but anything is possible when you put your mind to it. So, start now doing those extra reps that will ensure a healthy future financially! if you have questions feel free to email me at matt.aaron@nm.com Brother Matt Aaron, CFP® Fundraising Committee Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Message from the Alpha Wives of Washington, D.C. Inc. I bring you greetings as the newly elected President of the Alpha Wives of Washington, D.C., Inc. As the summer comes to an end, we are extremely excited about the upcoming year. The Alpha Wives of Washington, D.C., Inc., was organized in 1950. Our mission is to support the goals and projects of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., Mu Lambda Chapter, through political, civic, educational, cultural, and social activities. Additionally, our support to individuals and organizations include the following: • Civic: Provide financial and other support to daycare center for homeless children and their families (Bright Beginnings); provide financial support for homeless women (House of Ruth); provide support to Youth enrolled in regular and after school programs (The Bishop Walker School for Boys and The Fishing School); and provides assistance to nursing homes (Stoddard Baptist Home). • Educational: Provide academic and book scholarships to freshman and continuing college students who are graduates of District of Columbia Schools. Implement informative programs on health care and estate and life planning. • Cultural: Sponsor theater outings (Arena Stage), Lectures (Health Care Advocacy and Estate Planning), art showings (handcrafted quilts, jewelry and other art forms). • Social: Attend and support Alpha Wives events and support Mu Lambda events such as Black and Gold Ball, Men Who Cook, and Mu Lambda’s Annual Congressional Black Caucus Reception. In addition to myself, we’d also like to introduce our new officers for the next biennium: • • • • • •

Claudia Postell, President Ligaya Jackson, Vice President Tiara Williams, Secretary Charlotte Douglass, Financial Secretary Josephine Baker, Treasurer Modestine Lowery, Historian

As we prepare for the upcoming year, we are very excited about supporting the efforts of Mu Lambda Chapter as well as partnering on events that impact our youth and our communities. Sincerely, Claudia J. Postell, Esq. President Alpha Wives of Washington, D.C. Inc. AUGUST 2019 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10


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KICKOFF SEPTEMBER 2019 MULAMBDA.ORG | MULAMBDAFOUNDATION.ORG

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MU LAMBDA’S “BATTLE OF THE BROTHERS” FUNDS CHALLENGE

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Greetings Brothers, Welcome to the first Annual Mu Lambda “BATTLE OF THE BROTHERS FUNDS CHALLENGE!” On behalf of our Chapter President, we are excited about your participation in this event and look forward to crowning the winning team. In an effort to provide support, this brotherly competition will help raise funds for our Mu Lambda Foundation. Brothers will build teams embarking on a four-month challenge to raise a minimum goal of $5,000 per team. The team raising the most money will win the Funds Challenge Championship. Teams We will have twelve teams vying to be crowned “FUNDS CHALLENGE CHAMPION!” • • • • •

Each team will have a team captain, a max of ten brothers (including the team captain and bonus member), with a minimum of seven brothers. Each team will select a bonus team member from the Foundation and that member will be responsible for raising a minimum of $1,000. The $1,000 will count towards your team’s goal. Each member will be selected in order by the team captain. Team captains will select in the order determined by a lottery. Since this is about brotherhood, fundraising and fun, team captains can trade with another team captain.

Rules We must protect the chapter and foundation’s brand, so a set of rules will be established for the challenge. •

The only rule at this time is the fundraising must be legal and in good taste.

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Message from the House of Ruth Committee Greetings Brothers, Brothers Jason Jefferson, Garrett Miller, Eddie Neal, and Byron L. Williams served the ladies of the House of Ruth on Saturday, July 20th. We arrived at 3:30 pm to set the table and deliver the meal. Unfortunately, we were unable to meet the scheduled time of 4:30 pm. We added a few last-minute additions to the menu that altered our preparation time by a few minutes. The menu was hot crabs, hot fried fish, baked chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, hot buttered rolls, ice tea, water, chocolate cake, peach cobbler, and in honor of Krispy Kreme’s birthday – two dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts. We did not have an opportunity to mingle with the ladies because we were busy rushing to serve the ladies. Brother President neglected to bring the yellow roses for the first time and I heard one of the ladies ask where were the yellow roses. Brother President politely failed to answer her question. We have to report that the brothers were unable to allow the ladies to select their rose of choice this month. In Brother President’s defense he admits that he scrapped the yellow roses at the last minute to allow the ladies the luxury of crabs and donuts. We are looking for assistance for the August 10th meal. Brothers, if you can cook, the ladies would appreciate your favorite dish. Many thanks are extended to Brother Arthur King for his hot peach cobbler. The women loved the cobbler. If you are unable to attend and serve the dish, arrangements will be made to serve the dish. We arrive at 3:30 and serve dinner promptly at 4:30 pm. We aim to serve the ladies a different balanced meal each month. All meals are hot and served on the premises. Please review prior issues of the Torch for a listing of the prior menus. In addition, the Health and Wellness Committee will be hosting another self-defense workshop for the ladies on Thursday, August 8th between 6:30 and 8:00 pm. Fraternally, Brother Garrett Miller Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Dear Eddie Neal, Congratulations! We are pleased to let you know that you have been approved as an official Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. The ability to bestow Presidential recognition to your volunteers is a tremendous honor. Recognizing the great work and commitment of your volunteers can deliver a powerful message, one that encourages others to take action. To get started, follow the simple steps below: • Create account with your username (president@mulambda.org) by clicking the button below. • Once you enter your account, please review all of your profile information to confirm everything is accurate and correct. The information provided here will be our primary means of contacting you with important information and updates. • Once you have confirmed the information in your profile is accurate and up-to-date, you are set to begin recognizing your volunteers! If you’re looking for more information, click here to download the Participating Organization User Guide, or visit the 'Resources' tab under your profile for this guide that will explain your role and help you get the most out of our website. We applaud your commitment to volunteer service and are here to help you along the way. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us utilizing the 'Contact Us' link below. Yours in service, The PVSA support team

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Dear LeRoy Lowery III, Congratulations! District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has reviewed your re-vetting application and has re-approved your organization, Alpha Education Initiative, to serve as a School Program Provider. Your vetting status lasts for three years. Your organization will not need to reapply until the Spring of 2022. DCPS reserves the right, however, to require providers to submit annual year-end reports and program attendance data, conduct site visits and provide support to improve programming opportunities for DCPS students. Please keep your profile updated to ensure that DCPS schools and central office have updated information about your program, including the best contact information for sharing important updates and announcements. To access your profile: 1. Go to bitly.com/SchoolProgramProvider 2. Scroll down and enter your Partner ID number Your approval allows you to continue working with schools to provide programs in a DCPS facility or to recruit DCPS students to participate in an off-site program. NOTE: • •

Memoranda of Agreement (MOA)– Please remember to keep your MOA with DCPS up-to-date. MOAs last 3 school years and outline the terms and defines the terms of your partnership with DCPS. MOAs must be signed by the Chancellor. To enter into or renew your MOA with DCPS, email dcps.partnerships@dc.gov. Out of School Time Programs—If your program is an out of school time program, operating before school, afterschool, during the summer, or during school holidays, there are additional requirements you must fulfill before you can provide services to DCPS schools/students. Please visit https://dcps.dc.gov/node/1140122 for a list of additional requirements and begin work on these requirements immediately. Physical & Mental Health, Expectant/Parenting Programs—This approval status as a School Program Provider does not approve your organization to provide health services or screenings to DCPS schools and/ or students. This includes physical health, mental health, and programming for expectant or parenting students. Given the unique requirements for these services, organizations providing these services or screenings must complete a separate application process through the DCPS Student Wellness Division.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at (202) 442-5020. We greatly appreciate your interest in DC Public Schools and are excited to continue working with your organization to provide DCPS students with the highest quality programming. Sincerely, Thomasin Franken Manager, Out of School Time Partnerships School Partnerships Division Phone: (202) 442-5020 Email: Thomasin.franken@k12.dc.gov

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Back 2 School Cookout/ Hair Cuts/Do’s 2nd Annual

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What These Student Debaters Learned From the 2020 Democratic Debates WASHINGTON — For the 20 Democratic candidates who tussled onstage in Detroit last week for their party’s nomination, the debates were a chance to goose poll numbers, undercut rivals and wring donations from potential voters. For the nearly 200 students who attended a summer debate program last week run by the Washington Urban Debate League, the contests were something else: a lesson plan. The program, a two-week boot camp for middle and high schoolers held at the Washington Latin Public Charter School, enrolls mostly minority students from underserved backgrounds. The presidential debates offered a teachable moment, said David Trigaux, the league’s program director. “We always try to find ways to connect to what’s going on in the public discussion,” he said. “The timing of the debates couldn’t be better to provide examples of some things to do and some things not to do.” Across two harried nights of intraparty sparring, the campers, sorted into “labs” according to experience, found examples of both. They are not yet old enough to vote, much less stand for the highest office in the land. But they could probably debate circles around those who are. The camp has a scholastic feel; less hiking and canoeing, more nine-to-five instruction in the art of cross-examination and rebuttal. In a math classroom on Thursday, a lab of junior varsity debaters simulated Wednesday night’s presidential showdown, with each student adopting the role of a different candidate. “Global warming is the first thing we should focus on,” said Brooke Roberson, 12, giving a convincing impression of Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, who has staked his 2020 run on climate change. Earlier that day, she hunched over a laptop watching clips of debate highlights, absorbing the candidates’ platforms, attack lines and speaking styles. “The first thing we have to worry about is how to beat Donald Trump,” countered Darrian Carroll, a University of Maryland doctoral student who helped lead the lab, mimicking former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. “We won’t stop global warming if we don’t beat Donald Trump.”

“But do you have a plan, other than to beat Trump?” pressed Tyler Davis, 13, channeling Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. Role-playing the presidential contests helps less experienced debaters hone their rhetorical skills, said Hiba Sheikh, 24, the lab’s other leader. It also magnifies differences. In the type of competition the campers practice, called policy debate, judges grade opposing teams, each composed of two debaters, according to the strength of their arguments as well as the evidence they present. “Thinking about presidential debates through a policy debate lens makes you really see what claims they are making and how they are substantiating those claims,” Ms. Sheikh said of the presidential candidates. “And often they’re just not substantiating them.” One floor away, a lab of 12 varsity debaters looked for parallels. The candidates’ liberal use of ad hominem attacks might not fly in a policy debate round, said Jackie Poapst, the assistant director for George Mason University’s debate team, who led the discussion. But deploying strong opening statements to prime an audience and stressing the far-reaching effects of policy certainly would. Ms. Poapst’s students watched Wednesday’s debate as a homework assignment. For over an hour, they picked apart performances, zeroing in on effective attacks (Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York and Ms. Gabbard) and key clashes (Senator Kamala Harris of California versus Mr. Biden on health care; Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey versus Mr. Biden on criminal justice). “It’s impressive just how much more they do than us and how much less they do than us at the same time,” said Timothy Neal, 15, comparing his fellow campers with the presidential hopefuls. “On one hand, we talk about one resolution a year, and they had, like, six of those in that one debate,” he added, using the term for the topic students debate over a 10-month season. “And on the other hand, we talk about one resolution a year, and we aren’t dodging questions and salting each other.” The presidential debates can also influence the varsity students’ own arguments. In policy debate, students present real-world proposals and actionable plans to enact them. Continued on next page

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approached $100,000, Mr. Ornstein said.

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is among the nearly 200 students who attended a summer program last week run by the Washington Urban Debate League.CreditCreditMichael A. McCoy for The New York Times

Being in Washington also has its advantages: Volunteer judges have included Capitol Hill staff members, a Secret Service agent and other government employees. On Friday, at the close of a campwide tournament, Mr. Ornstein read from letters addressed to the students from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. (High school debate “set me up for success in college, law school, in advocacy and law practice, politics, public service, and, of course, winning arguments with my husband!” Mrs. Clinton wrote.) For some campers, studying the presidential contests made debate more relatable. “It’s cool to see that debating can be a real-life skill. It can persuade a lot of people,” said Shabad Singh, 12, who played Ms. Harris in her lab on Thursday.

That often means considering shifting political winds. This season’s resolution, that the United States limit arms sales to foreign governments, is complicated by the impending election, said Lola Rogin, 14. “If something political changes, and it could be anything, it changes the trajectory of debates.” In the past two years, the campers have sparred over issues like education and immigration — topics that bear directly on their own lives. Many of them come from immigrant backgrounds, and the issue of foreign arms sales can also sometimes hit close to home. “That’s something that they can really understand, because there’s gun violence in D.C.,” Mr. Trigaux said. Since its inception in 2015, the camp has exploded from just 32 students to hundreds. The league has grown from a handful of schools to nearly 50, all of them public schools in Washington and nearby Prince George’s County, Md. About 30 cities, including Baltimore, New York and Chicago, have urban debate leagues. (Detroit’s urban debate camp starts this week.) The leagues aim to bring debate to disadvantaged populations. The Washington league, which hosts tournaments during the school year, lowers barriers to participation, providing coaching resources and transportation to competitions. The camp, which is free, serves every attendee daily breakfast and lunch. “We will never make the kids pay anything,” said Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, whose foundation funds the camp. In 2015, Mr. Ornstein and his wife, Judy, started the foundation in memory of their son, Matthew, a former policy debate champion who died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The camp bears his name. Including facilities costs, payment for staff members and food, this year’s price tag

Shabad Singh, 12, and Brooke Roberson, 12, examining a clip of Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii from Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Detroit.CreditMichael A. McCoy for The New York Times

Others find value defending multiple perspectives and watching the candidates present competing ideas. “It’s good to see your opinions played out on a larger scale,” said Paola Almendarez, 15. “Because some people, and I would include myself in this, are so locked into what they think is right.” In Friday’s tournament, she and Ms. Rogin, her debate partner, placed first among the varsity students. With that under her belt, did she have any advice for any of the 2020 Democrats before the next bout? “Oh,” she said, “where do I begin?” By Ian Prasad Philbrick New York Times Aug. 4, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/04/us/ politics/2020-debate-students.html

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Adopt-A-Block

Keeping our city clean and green Residents, businesses, and the government all play a role in keeping DC clean, safe, and healthy. Only by involving all residents and each community can we create a District as beautiful as we know it can be. Success begins with one neighbor and one community deciding to make a difference. Anyone can participate: individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools and other groups and organizations.

Adopting a block in the District of Columbia has many benefits:

Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue and Howard Road SE

• Improved quality of life in your neighborhood. The appearance of our community contributes to the quality of life we all share. • Signs with your group's name letting people know you are committed to making a difference. • Meet your neighbors, strengthen your community connections, and build leadership skills. Become a role model to youth. • Litter-free, more active communities help discourage rodents and unwanted and illegal activity. • Increased economic development. An attractive, clean community is a great asset in attracting new businesses, jobs, and customers. First Street and Bryant Street NW AUGUST 2019 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25


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HOMEMADE FRUIT POPSICLES

This month we really want to keep everyone as cool as possible while also keeping our sugar intake under control. One of the first things that comes to mind for a sweet summer treat is popsicles - why should kids get to have all the fun? As always, we are all about shopping smart, so check to see which fruits are in season near you (it’s looking like berries, peaches, watermelon and others are currently on tap for DC!) •

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

Ingredients Mango and Cream Popsicles: • 2 cups Frozen or Fresh Mango Chunks • 1/2 cup Apple or Orange Juice • 1-2 Tablespoons Honey optional Coconut Cream: • 1 cup Canned Coconut Milk or Cream • 1/2 cup Coconut Greek Yogurt • 2 Tablespoons Honey • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides • Pitaya and Strawberry Cream Popsicles: • 1 Frozen Pitaya Packet • 1 cup Frozen or Fresh Strawberries • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Apple Juice • 1-2 Tablespoons Honey Coconut Cream: • 1 cup Canned Coconut Milk or Cream • 1/2 cup Coconut Greek Yogurt • 2 Tablespoons Honey • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Peaches and Cream Popsicle: Mango and Cream Popsicles: • 2 cups Frozen or Fresh Peaches • 1/2 cup Apple or Orange Juice • 1-2 Tablespoons Honey optional Coconut Cream: • 1 cup Canned Coconut Milk or

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Cream 1/2 cup Coconut Greek Yogurt 2 Tablespoons Honey 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Orange Mango and Cream Popsicle is made by using frozen mango orange juice, and cream

Instructions • In a blender, whip up frozen or fresh fruit, juice, and honey. Pour into pitcher or glass jar with a spout. • In a blender, combine canned coconut milk, greek yogurt, honey, and collagen peptides until smooth and creamy. • Pour frozen fruit mixture into popsicle molds and alternate with coconut cream. May use variations of different fruits. • Let freeze for at least 6 hours, or preferably overnight. • To remove popsicles, carefully run under warm water for 20 seconds. Brother Derrick A. Butts

Cucumber Spritz: Drink of the month

It’s August brothers and the dog days of Summer are imminent. The combination of vodka, vermouth, tonic water and cucumber make this cucumber Spritz pretty much the most refreshing cocktail in the world. Ingredients: - 2 cucumber ribbons - 1 jigger (1.5 oz) sparkling water - 1 jigger (1.5 oz) tonic water - 1 pony (1 oz) Belvedere Vodka - 1 pony (1 oz) Dolin Dry Vermouth Equipment: - vegetable peeler

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garnish the cocktail. Line a large goblet with the cucumber strips. Pour the remaining ingredients into a mixing glass, stir together over ice, and decant into a large goblet lined with cucumber strips. Cheers brothers, Bro Drew Love

Easy Batter Fruit Cobbler • • • • • • •

4 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 2 cups of sliced fresh peaches or nectarines, or whole blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or a combination of fruits (or a 12-ounce package of frozen berries) 1 tablespoon sugar

Directions 1. Adjust oven rack to uppermiddle position, and heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Put butter in an 8-inch square or 9-inch round pan; set in oven to melt. When butter hasmelted, remove pan from oven. 3. Whisk flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Add milk; whisk to form a smooth batter. Pour batter into pan, then scatter fruit over batter. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tb. of sugar. 4. Bake until batter browns and fruit bubbles, 50 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired. Bro. Miller

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THE DREADED ROOT CANAL! Most individuals exhibit paroxysms of terror when informed that they have to receive a “root canal.” The expectation is one of severe pain and extreme discomfort. Most times this is not the case and the procedure when correctly performed should not be any more painful than any other procedure that most patients routinely experience. The name “root canal,” actually is a misnomer since all normal teeth have root canals. The canal is an anatomical structure or chamber within every tooth which houses nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels that contribute to the tooth’s vitality. These vessels are usually referred to as the “pulp” of the tooth. The canal in and of itself is simply a chamber in which the pulp resides. What patients really fear is the extirpation or removal of the pulp, which is necessary when bacterial infection invades the root canal chamber. Pain may be a sequela if the infection is acute. All teeth generally have three layers. The outermost layer visible in the mouth is a layer of dental enamel which is usually white in color. It is an extremely hard material. Underneath the enamel layer is a brown toned layer called the dentin. This layer is softer than enamel and is permeated by tiny tubules that terminate at the pulp. It serves, among other things, as a conduit for thermal sensation that sensitizes the tooth to great variations in temperature. Beneath the dentinal layer is the pulp. It is where the blood vessels and nerves reside in the tooth. This is where painful sensations are often most located because of the existence of nerve tissue. When an individual has a cavity, it is a result of bacterial activity that has breached the integrity of the enamel. This is referred to as dental decay. There is usually no pain when this occurs because the nerves are insulated by the dentin. If a cavity is restored at this time, there is no pain usually involved and sometimes dental anesthesia is not required. Restoration involves removal of all decayed material and replacement by either gold, amalgam or composite filling materials. If the tooth is left untreated, the decay or bacterial erosion continues and eventually enters the dentinal layer. Most times this occurs without sensation. As the decay begins to approximate the pulp, however, pain sensation may become evident. If the tooth is treated at this time, dental anesthesia is often necessary as all of the decay must be removed before a dental filling is replaced and the deeper the cavity, the closer it is to the pulp and naturally the more the need to block the pain sensation with dental anesthesia. If there is no intervention, however, and the bacteria invades the pulp, pain will usually be present, sometimes quite severe! The bacteria inflame the nerves and blood vessels

and help produce infectious exudate that is call pus. Since the walls of the pup chamber are not flexible, pressure builds up inside of the canal chamber and pain or a tooth ache is the result. When this happens, the treatment is the removal of the structures that constitute the pulp, the cleaning of the walls of the canals and replacement with an inert material that does not respond to thermal stimulation. Thus if a root canal is performed correctly, there should be no way that an individual would ever have pulpal pain in that tooth again. What pulpal extirpation constitutes, is the opening of the pulp chamber, allowing of trapped gases and built up exudate to escape, followed by cleaning out the root canal chamber and refilling it. The reason that pain is usually associated with pulpal extirpation is that most individuals delay treatment until there is a lot of infection in the tooth and surrounding area or when abscesses form. This occurs when the infected pulpal material spreads through the end of the root and invades the soft tissues in the mouth. Swelling and pain is the result. Often the result is an abscess. The pH of this infected exudate is usually acidic and the pH of the anesthestic is alkaline. As a result the dental anesthesia is often neutralized and does not effectively block the pain impulses, so that during the process of extirpation, pain is sometimes felt. Individuals who present with abscesses are best treated with antibiotics prior to the pulpal extirpation. This controls the infectious exudate, decreases the pH and allows the anesthesia to be more effective and pain is usually not a factor. The lesson to be learned is that frequent visits to the dentist will allow for early identification of caries or decay followed by treatment in the dentinal layer which is usually not painful. Rather than the prevailing attitude that many patients have which is that dentists only want them to visit even when they are no symptoms, is so that they can make more money, it should be evident that the earlier the diagnosis of dental disease, the less it costs to repair and the less painful it usually is! While all dentists are trained to treat pulpal infections, the specialist is called an Endodontist. Anterior teeth usually have one canal, posterior teeth have two, three, four or sometimes more canals and it might be prudent to seek the aid of a specialist for what may be more complicated the treatment. Brother Ryle A. Bell

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African American Mental Health

RE-PRINTED ARTICLE FROM: AFRICAN AMERICANS | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness African Americans are no different when its comes to prevalence of mental health conditions when compared to the rest of the population. However, your concerns or experiences and how you understand and cope with these conditions may be different.

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Why Does Mental Health Matter? Without mental health we cannot be healthy. Any part of the body—including the brain—can get sick. We all experience emotional ups and downs from time to time caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions go beyond these emotional reactions to specific situations. They are medical conditions that cause changes in how we think and feel and in our mood. These changes can alter your life because they make it hard to relate to others and function the way you used to. Without proper treatment, mental health conditions can worsen and make day-to-day life hard. If you feel you or a loved one might be experiencing a mental health condition, remember that these are biological brain disorders. Anyone can develop a mental health problem. It isn’t your fault or your family’s fault. Seeking treatment can help you live a fulfilled life and can strengthen you and your family for the future. How Do Mental Health Conditions Affect The African American Community? Although anyone can develop a mental health problem, African Americans sometimes experience more severe forms of mental health conditions due to unmet needs and other barriers. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Common mental health disorders among African Americans include:

Major depression (/Learn-More/Mental-HealthConditions/Depression) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (/LearnMore/Mental-Health-Conditions/ADHD) (ADHD) Suicide (/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/ Related-Conditions/Suicide), among young African American men Posttraumatic stress disorder (/Learn-More/ Mental-Health-Conditions/Posttraumatic- StressDisorder) (PTSD), because

African Americans are more likely to be victims of violent crime • African Americans are also more likely to experience certain factors that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition: • Homelessness. People experiencing homelessness are at a greater risk of developing a mental health condition. African Americans make up 40% of the homeless population. Exposure to violence increases the risk of developing a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. African American children are more likely to be exposed to violence than other children. Issues To Consider Different reasons prevent African Americans from seeking treatment and receiving quality care.

Lack Of Information And Misunderstanding About Mental Health In the African American community, many people misunderstand what a mental health condition is and don’t talk about this topic. This lack of knowledge leads many to believe that a mental health condition African American Mental Health continue on next page

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is a personal weakness or some sort of punishment from God. African Americans may be reluctant to discuss mental health issues and seek treatment because of the shame and stigma associated with such conditions. Many African Americans also have trouble recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, leading to underestimating the effects and impact of mental health conditions. Some may think of depression as “the blues” or something to snap out of. Because of the lack of information about mental health issues, it’s not always clear where to find help when you may need it. Fortunately, you came to the right place to learn about what mental health conditions are and how to access treatments and supports. Don’t let fear of what others may think prevent you or a loved one from getting better. One in 5 people is affected by mental illness. This means that, even if we don’t talk about it, most likely we have one of these illnesses or know someone who does.

Reluctance And Inability To Access Mental Health Services Only about one-quarter of African Americans seek mental health care, compared to 40% of whites. Here are some reasons why: • Distrust and misdiagnosis. Historically, African Americans have been and continue to be negatively affected by prejudice and discrimination in the health care system. Misdiagnoses, inadequate treatment and lack of cultural competence by health professionals cause distrust and prevent many African Americans from seeking or staying in treatment. • Socio-economic factors play a part too and can make treatment options less available. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2012, 19% of African Americans had no form of health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is making it easier and more affordable to get insured (/FindSupport/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition/ Understanding-Health- Insurance).

Faith, Spirituality And Community In the African American community, family, community and spiritual beliefs tend to be great sources of strength and support. However, research has found that many African Americans rely on faith, family and social communities for emotional support rather than turning to health care professionals, even though medical or therapeutic treatment may be necessary. Faith and spirituality can help in the recovery process but should not be the only option you pursue. If spirituality is an important part of your life, your spiritual practices can be a strong part of your treatment plan. Your spiritual leaders and faith community can provide support and reduce isolation. Be aware that sometimes faith communities can be a source of distress and stigma if they are misinformed about mental health or do not know how to support families dealing with these conditions. Do rely on your family, community and faith for support, but you might also need to seek professional help.

Medications Some studies indicate that African Americans metabolize many medications (/Learn- More/ Treatment/Mental-Health-Medications) more slowly than the general population yet are more likely to receive higher dosages. This may result in a greater chance of negative side-effects and a decreased likelihood of sticking with treatment. Provider Bias And Inequality Of Care Conscious or unconscious bias from providers and lack of cultural competence result in misdiagnosis and poorer quality of care for African Americans. African Americans, especially women, are more likely to experience and mention physical symptoms related to mental health problems. For example, you may describe bodily aches and pains when talking about depression. A health care provider who is not culturally African American Mental Health continue on next page

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Finding The Right Provider For You

Cultural Competence In Service Delivery Culture—a person’s beliefs, norms, values and language—plays a key role in every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. Cultural competence is a doctor’s ability to recognize and understand the role culture (yours and the doctor’s) plays in treatment and to adapt to this reality to meet your needs. Unfortunately, research has shown lack of cultural competence in mental health care. This results in misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment. African Americans and other multicultural communities tend to receive poorer quality of care. However, you can improve your odds of getting culturally sensitive care. While we recommend you go directly to a mental health professional (/Learn- More/Treatment/Typesof-Mental-Health-Professionals) because this is their area of expertise, if you do not feel comfortable right away, a primary care doctor is a great place to start. The primary care doctor might be able to start the assessment to determine if you have a mental health condition or help refer you to a mental health professional. Unfortunately, while you may prefer finding an African American mental health professional, this is not often possible because there are a small percentage of African American providers. The good news is that professionals are increasingly required to learn how to effectively treat people from diverse backgrounds. However, as mentioned before, many providers still lack cultural competence and do not know how to effectively treat African Americans. When meeting with your provider, ask questions to get a sense of their level of cultural sensitivity. Do not feel bad about asking questions. Providers expect and welcome questions from their patients since this helps them better understand you and what is important to you. Your questions give your doctor and health care team important information about you, such as your main health care concerns. Here are some questions you could ask: • •

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or on African American mental health? How do you see our cultural backgrounds influencing our communication and my treatment? How do you plan to integrate my beliefs and practices in my treatment?

Your mental health provider will play an important role in your treatment, so make sure you can work with this person and that you communicate well together. Mention your beliefs, values and cultural characteristics. Make sure that she understands them so that they can be considered in the course of your treatment. For example, mention whether you would like your family to be part of your treatment. If finances are preventing you from finding help, contact a local health or mental health clinic or your local government to see what services you qualify for. You can find contact information online at findtreatment.samhsa.gov or by calling the National Treatment Referral Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357).

Resources

NAMI’s Sharing Hope Program Sharing Hope (/Get-Involved/What-Can-I-Do-/ Become-a-Leader-in-the-Mental-Health-Movement/ Sharing-Hope-Speaking-with-African-Americans-abou) is an hour-long program to increase mental health awareness in African American communities by sharing the presenters’ journeys to recovery and exploring signs and symptoms of mental health conditions. The program also highlights how and where to find help. Sharing Hope: An African American Guide to Mental Health provides mental health information in a sensitive manner through personal stories. Recovery is possible, and this booklet tells you where to find more information, seek help and be supportive. You can buy hard copies through the NAMI Bookstore (http://24-7.master-print.com/NAMI/ CreateUserDocument.aspx?product=3106).

Link: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/DiverseCommunities/African-Americans

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Expungement

I received a call from a family friend inquiring if his son would ever be able to get a job because of something on his record. This is neither legal advice nor to be construed as providing legal advice. It is meant to be thought provoking for the brothers to consider whether we should be doing more for our community. Each year the brothers of Mu Lambda works with the brothers of Beta on an annual expungement fair. According to Brother Fitzgerald’s statistics, Mu Lambda has 26 members with law degrees. My question is should Mu Lambda do more to help our community more than once per year. In no way am I advocating for Mu Lambda to become a public interest law firm, yet there are ways we can help partner those we serve with agencies capable of doing the actual legal work. There are different ways to expunge or seal a criminal record in the District of Columbia. Eligibility depends on several factors - first, what was the nature of the charge? For example, was the charge a felony or misdemeanor? Were you charged as an adult or juvenile? Second, what happened with the case? For example, was the charge no-papered or dismissed? Did the case result in a conviction? If so, on what charges? One way to have an arrest record sealed in the District of Columbia is to file a motion to seal on the grounds of actual innocence. D.C. Code § 16-802. In order to prevail under this type of motion, the person filing the motion must convince the judge either that the offense for which the person was arrested did not occur or that the offense did occur but that it was someone else who committed it. The standard of review for the motion is a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) if filed within four years of the date the prosecution was terminated. If the motion is filed beyond four years of this date, the evidence must be clear and convincing; that is, evidence that is highly probable or reasonably certain. Any type of offense – felony or misdemeanor – is eligible for relief under this type of motion. And this type of motion can be filed immediately after termination of the prosecution. The effect of a judge granting this motion is to restore the person to the status he or she occupied before being arrested or charged. In other words, if ever asked by anyone for any purpose whether or not he/she has ever been arrested or charged with a crime, the person can honestly and legally say no. D.C. Code § 16-802. For people who are not able to assert actual innocence, another way is to wait two years for eligible misdemeanors, three years for ineligible misdemeanors that were never papered, and four years for every other offense before filing the motion. Any open cases or any convictions after the arrest for which relief is sought render a person ineligible for such relief. A person who has been convicted of an eligible misdemeanor or felony violation under the Bail Reform Act must wait eight years after completion of sentence before filing a motion to seal the conviction. Any open charges or prior convictions would render the person ineligible for relief. The burden is on the person filing the motion to establish by clear and convincing evidence that it is in the interest of justice for the judge to grant relief. D.C. statute provides a special provision for people arrested for fake ID/misrepresentation of age. People arrested AUGUST 2019 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 31


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Expungement continued for this offense may file a motion to seal/expunge all records associated with the arrest six months following the date of either a conviction or dismissal of the charges or, if the charge was no-papered, six months after the arrest. The effect of an expungement under D.C. Code § 25-1002 is to restore the person to the position he/she occupied before the arrest. A person who has been the subject of juvenile proceedings in D.C. can also file a motion to have all records associated with the case sealed. The person needs to wait until two years after the person has been released from court supervision. In addition, the person cannot have been subsequently convicted of a crime or adjudicated delinquent/in need of supervision. Upon entry of the order, the proceedings will be treated as if they never occurred. D.C. Code § 16-2335. A person who has been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a criminal offense that was later decriminalized or legalized may file a motion to seal the record at any time. For example, now that possession of a small amount of marijuana is now legal in D.C., people who were arrested or convicted for unlawful possession of marijuana might be eligible for expunging their criminal record under this provision. The effect of expunging the record is to restore the person to the position he/she occupied before the arrest. D.C. Code § 16-803.02. The Youth Rehabilitation Act in D.C. allows the court to set aside a conviction for a person who was under the age of 25 at the time the offense occurred after the person has successfully served his/her sentence. It does not matter how old the person is today or whether or not the Youth Act was even in effect at the time of the offense. In other words, the Act’s provisions are retroactive. The set aside has the same effect as sealing the record. The set aside only applies to the conviction. To seal records of the arrest, the person must still file a motion under D.C. Code § 16-803. There are ways to seal/expunge records of a drug offense in D.C. The first way is to seal a misdemeanor drug arrest or conviction under the Criminal Records Sealing Act. The second and better way, if available – would be to expunge the record under a provision of the Controlled Substances Act: § 48-904.01(e). Applying only to people who have never been convicted of a drug offense before, either in D.C. or elsewhere, treatment under this provision requires the court to determine that the defendant is eligible at the time of the guilty plea or verdict. Instead of entering the guilty judgment into the record and sentencing the defendant, the court puts the defendant on a period of probation for up to a year. If the court finds during this period that the defendant has violated the terms of this probation, the court will enter the guilty judgment and convict the defendant. If, however, the court finds that the defendant has completed the probation successfully, it can discharge the defendant from probation and dismiss the case. The defendant can then file a motion to expunge his or her record. One benefit of treatment under this provision is that it applies to both felony and misdemeanor drug cases. Brother Eddie Neal, President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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The Jewels’ Lounge Mu Lambda Chapter Jewels’ Lounge Welcome to the Jewels’ Lounge where brothers gather, sit amongst the Jewels and reflect upon life in Alpha.

Jewel Callis

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It is a place that allow brothers the opportunity to relax, read The Torch, Sphinx, history book and/or engage in that good ole ALPHA SPIRIT. Brother Silas Woods, III, Historian Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

Jewel Kelley

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Greeting Brothers,

Volume I

The 2018-2019 fraternal year has been dedicated to rediscovering our brotherhood. We serve the community, but we have been neglecting our bond of brotherhood.

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Starting Tuesday, May 7th, Mu Lambda will be rolling out and hosting the Mu Lambda Literary Society, every week at 7:06 pm. The Mu Lambda Literary Society is a Mu Lambda initiative, where we come together as brothers and discuss the two volume Alpha history book over a period of months. It will be a potluck affair facilitated by a different brother each week. Brothers can participate in person or via conference call. We will start with volume 1, chapter 1 of the twenty second printing of the history book and conclude with volume 2, chapter 8. There are twenty chapters in volume 1 and eight chapters in volume 2. This is totally voluntary. If you are interested, participate for the weeks that you can. You are not required to purchase the new history book. Brother Robert L. Harris, Jr. our National Historian and author of Volume II has expressed an interest in participating in some of the sessions.

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Lesson The Origin of Alpha Phi Alpha The Period of Consolidation The First Steps in Expansion Local and National Strivings Permanent Foundations Expansion and Internal Development The Leaven of Self-Examination The War Interlude A Definite Program The Crowning Years Advancement in Spite of the Depression The Widening Social Program Education and War A Militant Liberalism

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The Concept of Progress The Golden Anniversary Shaping the Future on the Basis of the Past The Continuing Challenge New Goals for Old Social Purpose and Social Action Back to Basics Achieving Tomorrow: An Agenda for the 80’s Strengthening Internal Capacity for Greater Service Facing Our Future with a Future The Alpha Renaissance: Rekindling the Spirit of Leadership and Community Service Vision 2000: The Light of a New Day Alpha Attitude: A Forward Step‌ Into the Future A Solid Foundation for the New Era of Alpha

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STATEMENT: Alpha Phi Alpha Stands with U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings LAS VEGAS – Earlier today, President Donald Trump lashed out at U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, calling him a “bully” and referring to Baltimore, the city Cummings represents, as being a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., condemn President Trump for his racist, vile and insensitive remarks about Representative Cummings and the great city of Baltimore, home of our venerable brother, the late Justice Thurgood Marshall where our corporate headquarters is located. Representative Cummings has proudly and boldly represented Maryland’s 7th congressional district since 1996. He currently serves as Chair of the House Oversight Committee. Representative Cummings is an accomplished attorney known for speaking truth to power as he calls out the actions of this country’s current president. The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., stand with Representative Cummings. We encourage him to continue leading in a way that represents the best interests of the residents of Baltimore and, by extension, the citizens of these United States. ###

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General President Election Finalists As General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.®, I am pleased to announce that the delegates of the 113th Anniversary and 95th General Convention voted to nominate two candidates that will move forward in the General President election process. The two General President candidates to move forward are Brother Willis Lonzer and Brother Roderick Smothers. The two final candidates will continue to campaign until the official ballots are mailed to each active brother. The submitted ballots will be counted at the Board of Directors meeting in July of 2020. The newly elected General President will assume office January 1, 2021. "Please join me in extending our best wishes to the other four candidates that offered themselves for service in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. We look forward to continuing the electoral process in keeping with Alpha tradition” said General President Everett B. Ward.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, MD, was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the AfricanAmerican community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit http://www.apa1906.net and follow on Twitter @ apa1906network. AUGUST 2019 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 46


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ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.® THE NATION’S FIRST FRATERNITY FOUNDED BY AFRICAN AMERICAN COLLEGE MEN, CONCLUDES ITS 95TH GENERAL CONVENTION WITH RALLYING CRY AGAINST INJUSTICE General President Everett B. Ward offers support for U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings and condemns President Trump’s remarks about him and Baltimore city as “racist and insensitive” LAS VEGAS, NV – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.® and its General President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D concluded its 113th Anniversary and 95th General Convention this past weekend with a pledge to aggressively fight against white supremacy and other issues targeting the African American community following a series of Fraternal business meetings, workshops, social activities, awards ceremony, and a public program featuring Alpha mayors, one of which was Presidential candidate Wayne Messam, other political leaders and leaders of other Black Greeklettered organizations at the Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its convention with its theme, “Alpha Advocacy in Action: Silence Is Not An Option,” from Wednesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 28, trained and inspired members to actively pursue the Fraternity’s advocacy and social justice agenda, which encompasses voter engagement, census education and mobilization as well as a host of other issues through meetings and workshops. On Friday, the Fraternity issued a public statement supporting U.S Representative Elijah Cummings who President Donald Trump attacked, who ironically called him “a bully,” as well as, condemned the President’s remarks as racist and insensitive, which denigrating the city of Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” Alpha Phi Alpha’s corporate headquarters is also in Baltimore. The Fraternity’s public program, entitled “All Politics Is Local,” and moderated by political commentator,

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Roland S. Martin, featured two panels, including Presidential candidate and Miramar, Florida mayor Wayne Messam, Little Rock, Arkansas mayor Frank Scott, Forrest City, Arkansas mayor Cedric Williams, and Birmingham, Alabama mayor Randall Woodfin. All are members of the Fraternity. The second half of the program, featured Thomas Battles, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Grand Polemarch, State of Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi; Ricky L. Lewis, First Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Kenneth C. Evans, President of the Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce and a member of Omega Psi Phi; Michael E. Cristal, International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Chris Rey, former mayor of Spring Lake, North Carolina and a member of Phi Beta Sigma; E. Lavonne Lewis, former Western Region Director, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Valarie Hollingsworth-Baker,International President, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Monique Baker-McCormick, District Six Wayne County Commissioner, Detroit Michigan, and a member of Zeta Phi Beta; Cora Evans, mayor of Flagstaff, Arizona and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Tracy Aikens, Far West Regional Director and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. On Saturday evening, the Fraternity recognized and honored members and notable non-members with the Alpha Award of Merit and the Alpha Award of Honor at its signature, Black and Gold Gala. Fraternity National Historian Robert Harris, Billionaire Robert Smith, University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabrowski, and U.S. Representative Robert “Bobby” Scott and Actor and Author Hill Harper all Alpha brothers received the Alpha Award of Merit while Documentary Filmmaker Stanley Lewis received the Alpha Award of Honor, which is the Fraternity’s highest recognition for a nonmember. Earlier in the week, the convention also featured a concert featuring one of its members, Eight-time Grammy Nominee and Saxophonist, Gerald Albright, and his daughter, vocalist, Selena Albright.

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The Inspirational True Story of Brian Banks Brothers, The major motion picture, Brian Banks (portrayed by Aldis Hodge), is the inspirational true story of Brian Banks, who was an All-American high school football star committed to the University of Southern California at the age of sixteen and finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Despite the lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (portrayed by Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life to fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL. The film also stars Sherri Shepherd and Melanie Liburd. One of the Executive Producers of the film, Brother Tirrell D. Whittley, a Spring 1993 initiate of the Beta Nu Chapter at Florida A&M University, offered a Q&A discussion after the special screening of the film during our 95th General Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Brother Whittley is the Chief Executive Officer of Liquid Soul, a leading brand marketing agency specializing in advertising, marketing, social media and publicity for entertainment, sports and corporate brands. We encourage each of our Brothers and their families to support this inspirational and impactful film-- in theaters nationwide August 9th.

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LUCIEN METELLUS REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

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NOTICE The War is on! Notice on Police abuse and shootings in America

“WeTO: the PeopleThe of Eastern the United States, inAlpha Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, Region of Alpha Phi Fraternity, Incorporated insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, Travis Nelson - Eastern Regional Assistantand Viceour President andCC: secure the Bro. Blessings of Liberty to ourselves Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” FROM: Bro. Lucien J. Metellus - Eastern Regional Vice President DATE: August 8th, 2019 Greetings my Brothers of the Eastern Region, know police engagement is a key topic of concern for your chapters. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure I write you today with a heavy heart. Once again • Let us know if anyone in the impacted areas are domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the racism stands in America, first our own Brother in need of assistance Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United Rodney Gillespie (Psi chapter 1987) and his family • Contact your local and U.S. House States of America.” were allegedly harassed by a local police trooper, in Representatives and Senators and demand Pennsylvania (article below). The trooper questioned action be taken on Gun Violence and hateful my Brothers ofwhere the Eastern Region, himGreetings in his own community he lived. He was rhetoric that threatens the pursuit of happiness. guilty of “driving while black”. • If you are able, consider donating blood to the I write you today with a heavy heart. Once again racism standsred in America, our own BrothertoRodney cross or first provide resources groups that will Gillespie (Psi chapter 1987) and his family were allegedly harassed by a local police trooper, in Pennsylvania On Saturday afternoon, violence showed up again help assist the impacted areas (article below). The trooper him in his own community wherepressure he lived.inHe waselections, guilty of “driving under the veil of racism, when questioned a white supremacist • Increase local “A Voteless while black”. attacked innocent people shopping at a Walmart in People is a Hopeless People” in El Paso, Texas. The racist killed 20 people and • If you are a member of the National Rifle injured countless others. violence Also, in showed almost up theagain sameunder the veil Association (NRA), and are so moved, contact On Saturday afternoon, of racism, when a white supremacist attacked shocking fashion, shootingintook them and let them knowand that as a member innocent peopleanother shoppingmass at a Walmart in Elplace Paso, Texas. The racist killed 20 people injured countlessyou at aothers. club in Also, Dayton, Ohio. the This assailant killed at another mass areshooting concerned our Gun in Laws and Ohio. the NRA in almost same shocking fashion, tookabout place at a club Dayton, leastThis 9 people and injured dozens. take more of an active position of protecting life assailant killed at least 9 people and injured dozens. vs guns. I, asI,your vicevice president of ofthe as your president theEastern Eastern Region, Region, stand stand alongside with our brothers of the Midwestern & alongside with our brothers of the Midwestern & Tarrynce Brothers, are in a conflict of conscience of our Southwestern regions. I have spoken to Brothers Robinson, we Southwestern Regional Vice President Southwestern regions. I have spoken to Brothers preamble of the constitution vs. the 2nd amendment. and Brother Ronald Stovall, Midwestern Regional Vice President, and offered my support. As of now no Tarrynce Robinson, Southwestern Regional Vice Proverbs 106:3 says “Blessed are they that keep brothers, that we know of, were directly affected. President and Brother Ronald Stovall, Midwestern judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all Regional Vice President, and offered my support. As times.” Our time is now to do a righteous work As our General President, Dr. Everett Ward, announced at the 2019 General Convention, “WE ARE AT WAR!”. of now no brothers, that we know of, were directly brothers! Our chapters cannot be on the sidelines Brothers, if this type of violence and racism can happen in on these cities, it can happen anywhere. I will be affected. these issues any longer. General President Ward working with our Committee on Political and Civic Engagement to devise a plan of vigilance and awareness; declared war on racism and injustice during the 95th we must be active in the process to enact change. As our General President, Dr. Everett Ward, General Convention and we will not take backward announced at the 2019 General Convention, “WE steps. Please keep brother Gillespie, his family, the can you do? if this type of violence and AREWhat AT WAR!”. Brothers, citizens of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio in your • inReach to brothers and families in theprayers areas toas make they are well racism can happen theseout cities, it can happen theysure regroup. • Contact local officials in government and let them know police engagement is a key topic of anywhere. I will be working with our Committee on concern for your chapters. Political and Civic Engagement to devise a plan of Link: https://philadelphia.cbslocal. vigilance and awareness; we must be active in the com/2019/08/02/rodney-gillespie-racially-profiledALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY | EASTERN REGION | PO BOX 487 LEONIA, NJ 07605 -9998 process to enact change. W: ALPHAEAST.COM | pennsylvania-state-police/ P: 551.257.4247 excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. What can you Alpha do?Phi Alpha Fraternity develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academicFraternal • Reach out to brothers and families in the areas to make sure they are well Lucien Metellus • Contact local officials in government and let them 28th Eastern Regional Vice President

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Mu Lambda Brother Rawn James, Jr. A graduate of Yale University and Duke University School of Law, Rawn James, Jr. has practiced law for over a decade in Washington, D.C, where he lives with his wife and their two sons.

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THE EAST STATE JAZZ BAND The East State Jazz band comprises entirely of brothers from the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity who reside in the Washington, DC , metropolitan area. It developed from a 2012 request by the Chair of the event for entertainment at a breakfast celebrating the Fraternity’s founders.

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2017, IUL brother Darryl Parker, a Delta Kappa chapter initiate was added to the group’s percussion section. In 2019, Brother Emerson departed the band to pursue a personal musical career and Brother James Huntley returned as the keyboard player. At present, the ninepiece ensemble specializes in playing the music of the jazz greats such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Brother Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and others. The band has also extended its repertoire to include jazz renditions of James Brown’s music, as well as other R&B/Soul artists.

Brother Ryle Bell, a saxophone player and a chapter’s representative to the Founder’s Day Breakfast Committee volunteered to acquire the talent to fulfill this request. Despite a rather short lead time, he contacted keyboardist and fellow Omicron Eta Lambda brother Milton Costen, and with Bro. Bell on alto saxophone they decided to perform for the occasion. On the morning of the breakfast, another Alpha Brother, Everett Martin, a Gamma Iota initiate and member of the Omicron Lambda chapter and trumpet player, asked to participate with Brothers Bell and Costen after remembering that he had his instrument in the trunk of his car. His offer was accepted and the three brothers provided the entertainment for that occasion. Mu Lambda chapter and alto/baritone saxophonist Brother James Heck, IV, who was present at the breakfast, indicated an interest in joining the group after the performance and was accepted. He became the fourth brother to join the group. With the addition of Brother Heck, Brother Bell switched to playing the tenor saxophone. After that performance, several other DC area Brothers attending the breakfast, indicated their interest in joining the group and they began to meet and rehearse formally. By 2013, the group would add drummer/percussionist John Harris III, an Eta Zeta initiate affiliated with Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Silver Spring, MD, his fellow IUL brother and alto saxophonist Eric Elmore (Alpha Chapter), electric bass player and member-at-large Brother Harry Jackson, III (Gamma Sigma), OHL Brother and keyboardist James Huntley, (who replaced Brother Costen due to outside obligations) and trumpeter Brother Charles Hines, Jr. of Pi Upsilon Lambda, Prince George’s County, MD. These additions rounded out the septet. In tribute to our fraternity’s meeting place at 411 East State Street, Ithaca, New York, the group named itself the “East State Jazz Band.” In early 2015 as obligations caused Brother Huntley (who Pastors a church in Prince George’s County) to step away from the band he was replaced on keyboards by Kappa Epsilon Lambda brother Anthony Emerson. The band was on its way and began performing regularly in the Washington DC metropolitan area. In

East State Jazz has performed at the Alpha Phi Alpha 2016 Eastern Region Conventions in Baltimore and Albany, as well as functions for many Alpha chapters in the region, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Virginia Chapter in Quantico and various events around the Greater Washington DC metropolitan area. Other performances include the 2018 Howard University College of Dentistry Black History month program, The Four Seasons Historic Virginia Clubhouse African American Heritage series in Dumfries, Va. , Omicron Eta Lambda chapter’s 2018 Scholarship brunch, the Darryl Haley Bed and Breakfast jazz celebration in Luray, Va., and the U.S. recreation Departments Music series at the Lincoln Memorial. Recent performances include the 2019 Eastern Region convention in Albany, New York, the Takoma Station Jazz Club in Washington, DC. in May 2019 and the House of Ruth, a home for battered women. The band has a Facebook site where photos and musical clips are available. Requests for band performances may be directed to eaststatejazz@aol.com, to Brother Ryle Bell at cool1b@aol.com or Brother Everett Martin at evmart@aol.com. The East State Jazz band continues in good Alpha fashion, moving onward and upward towards the light!

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Beta Chapter Alumni Association 2019 Howard University Homecoming Golf Classic!! Friday October 11, 2019 Mitchellville MD @ Country Club at Woodmore. Includes green fees, cart and catered lunch. Prizes and awards presentations immediately following round, during lunch. 100% of the proceeds from the Golf Classic will be donated to the Beta Chapter Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund at Howard University. This is a great opportunity for you and your organization to receive exposure and help to support Howard University students. Ticket and Sponsorship Information Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcaa-2019howard-homecoming-golf-classic-tickets-60909905166 AUGUST 2019 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 54


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Message from the Editor Greeting Brothers, Summer is nearing an end, and I thought the only thing we had to worry about this summer was the heat. All I have seen are more police shootings and insane individuals walking into public areas and killing innocent people. How long? How many times? When will the narrative change about what is going on in AMERICA? Will the hate end if 45 is gone from office. Have we awakened the suppressed feeling of boiling hate that has been waiting for this moment in time to explode? Can we recover?

BRO. KENNETH A. WILLIAMS EDITOR OF THE TORCH torch@mulambda.org ALPHA QUOTE TO SERVE BY... “THINK Alpha Phi Alpha, TALK Alpha Phi Alpha, PROMOTE Alpha Phi Alpha, and LABOR for the broad principles of idealism for which Alpha Phi Alpha was created, so that humanity shall look on us as a body worthwhile.” Brother Henry L. Dickason, 6th General President

America has failed, in my eyes, to stand up to its ideals and promises. Or maybe that only applies to Americans with dark skin. We have lost our way and place value on things that have no substance. We have given up on family and decided to be a single parent is better, yet when most can’t afford to live on one income. Are black people their biggest problem then our local, state, or federal government? I believe we have participated in the self-destruction campaign aimed at dividing and conquering black power, black pride, black love, black wealth, etc. We are at war, and the battlefield is Capitol Hill! Brothers, “Rest if you must but Don’t you quit!” I leave my brothers with this quote below. “We declare our right on this earth...to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.” - Malcolm X

COMMITTEES SHOULD SUBMIT ALL ARTICLES AND PICTURES TO THE TORCH EDITOR 5 DAYS AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF YOUR EVENT. BROTHERS SUBMITTING ARTICLES AND ADVERTISEMENTS SHOULD SUBMIT EVERYTHING BETWEEN THE 15TH AND 31ST OF THE MONTH. ARTICLES MUST BE SUBMITTED IN A WORD DOCUMENT FORMAT. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ARTICLES SUBMITTED ARE SUBJECT TO EDITING BY THE EDITOR. PLEASE ADHERE TO THE REQUIREMENTS AND SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION TO TORCH@MULAMBDA.ORG

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Support Our Foundation. The mission of the Mu Lambda Foundation, Incorporated, a non-profit 501c(3) organization, is service to mankind, the promotion of scholarship, and the enhancement of knowledge and achievement of males of all ages. Leading this mission is Mu Lambda Foundation’s vision to create an environment and opportunities for males to reach their full potential while discharging their responsiblities to their families, friends, and the global/civic society. This is done while upholding the highest moral, legal, and ethical standards of manhood.

MU LAMBDA FOUNDATION BOARD LeRoy Lowery, III President Juan H. Powell Vice President Chatman Young Treasurer John Barnett Ryle Bell, D.D.S. Malcolm Carter Albert Cheek, D.D.S. Hon. Horace G. Dawson, Jr., Ph.D. Marcel Desroches A. Gilbert Douglass, Esq. William A. Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D. Kenneth F. Holbert, Esq. John A. Wilson Alvin Reaves, III, MD

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ANOTHER WAY TO SUPPORT YOUR FOUNDATION What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from over one million organizations to support. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details. Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile? Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. On 1. 2. 3.

your computer: launch your internet browser and go to smile.amazon.com. Log into with your Amazon account information. Select Mu Lambda Foundation as your charitable choice. Everytime you make a eligible purchase a portion will go to the Foundation.

On your cellphone 1. If you have the Amazon App installed you should remove it. To do this, tap and hold the app icon until it starts to jiggle. Tap the cross at the top left of the icon and confirm that you want to delete it. Don’t worry, this will not delete your Amazon account or any of your settings. 2. Now from your cellphone internet browser go to smile.amazon.com. 3. Once there Tap the ‘share’ button at the bottom of the screen. 4. Tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ icon. You may need to swipe to the left on iPhone to see this or scroll down on Android. 5. You will now have an Amazon Smile icon on your home screen which will replace your previous Amazon App.

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PROLOGUE • • • •

Beta-Mu Lambda Corporation - precursor Henry Arthur Callis Fund – charitable arm Mu Lambda Foundation, Inc – 501(c)3, 1994 Past activities include – Black and Gold Ball, Beautillion, Henry Arthur Callis Academy, Project Alpha, DC Food Bank, etc. • Current BOD – 13 members • Scholarships provided ~ $310,000

PROSPECTIVE • • • • • •

Broker scholarship awards – ten-fold increase Expand H. A. Callis Academy and Project Alpha to additional schools Serve House of Ruth Increase income from CFC, MWC, CBC, grants Develop property Ask Brothers to reclaim others /pay dues/ support fundraisers

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Dinner at House of Ruth Mu Lambda Foundation Board meeting Mu Lambda Health and Wellness Committee meeting Nathaniel Allison Murray Brotherhood Brunch Chapter retreat Executive Board meeting Back 2 School Cookout/ Hair Cuts/ Do’s 2nd Annual Literary Society Chapter meeting Dinner at House of Ruth Literary Society Congressional Black Caucus Social at “The Park” Alpha Wives meeting Alpha Move at Carter Barron Park Literary Society Executive Board meeting Mu Lambda Foundation Board meeting Mu Lambda Health and Wellness Committee meeting Literary Society DC PanHellenic Council meeting Clean the Block Eastern Region Staff meeting AARP Driver Safety Course Mu Lambda turns 96 Mu Lambda Brotherhood Smoke and Literary Society Chapter meeting Charter Day Brunch Literary Society Alpha Wives meeting Dinner at House of Ruth Literary Society Executive Board meeting Mu Lambda Foundation Board meeting Mu Lambda Health and Wellness Committee meeting Literary Society DC PanHellenic Council meeting Literary Society MAAC Conference

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MU LAMBDA CHAPTER

Literary Society Chapter meeting Alpha Wives meeting Veterans Day Literary Society Executive Board meeting Mu Lambda Foundation Board meeting Mu Lambda Health and Wellness Committee meeting Dinner at House of Ruth DC PanHellenic Council meeting Happy Thanksgiving Alpha Phi Alpha turns 113 Chapter meeting Black Ice Event MAAC Breakfast Wreath Laying Ceremony for Brother Nathaniel A. Murray Wreath Laying Ceremony for Brother Robert H. Ogle Mu Lambda’s 96th Anniversary Founders Day banquet Alpha Wives meeting Executive Board meeting Mu Lambda Foundation Board meeting Mu Lambda Health and Wellness Committee meeting Deliver holiday baskets to families Dinner at House of Ruth DC PanHellenic Council meeting Merry Christmas

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