Table of ConTenTs

Table of ConTenTs
THE GENERAL PRESIDENT .............................................................3
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ............................................................5
MIDWESTERN REGION VICE PRESIDENT...........................................6
LOCAL CONVENTION CHAIRMAN .................................................8
GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS ..............................................................9
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ..............................................................10
PAST GENERAL PRESIDENTS ........................................................12
LEADERSHIP DIRECTORY .............................................................14
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS TEAM .................................................18
FRATERNITY INFORMATION ..........................................................19
CONVENTION OFFICES ..............................................................22
ROOM RELATIONSHIPS ...............................................................23
GENERAL CONVENTION GUIDELINES ...........................................24
CONVENTION SCHEDULE ...........................................................26
GREEK DIVERSITY CAREER FAIR...................................................36
VENDOR EXHIBIT ......................................................................38
2011 REGIONAL AWARD WINNERS.............................................40
AWARDS OF MERIT ...................................................................46
AWARDS OF HONOR.................................................................47
JOHN H. JOHNSON AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ................................51
AWARD OF COURAGE ..............................................................52
PRESIDENTIAL CITATIONS ............................................................55
CENTENNIAL MILESTONES ...........................................................62
CONVENTION SPEAKERS ............................................................68
SENIOR BROTHERS’ LOUNGE.......................................................72
FRATERNAL LUNCHEON ..............................................................76
O. WILSON WINTERS LIFE MEMBERS’ BREAKFAST ...........................77
MISS BLACK & GOLD PAGEANT.................................................79
MEMORIAL SERVICE ..................................................................83
Table of ConTenTs
Great leaders
inspire our communities
In every community, there are people who can inspire others
to work for positive change. True leaders know how to forge
a consensus and create a lasting legacy of success.
Alpha Phi Alpha, it’s an honor to recognize you.
My Brothers Beloved:
Suddenly there is a summer chill in the atmosphere in the Windy City. It must
be the erudite men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in Chicago for the 105th Anniversary Convention. It has been over 15 years since we last set foot on
Michigan Avenue for a General Convention. We are delighted to be back to a
city that is synonymous with Alpha since 1910!
On behalf of the entire fraternity leadership team, including the Board of Directors, the General Office Staff, our Midwestern Region leadership team, the
General President's cabinet and the local host chapters, I welcome you to our
91st General Convention.
We come to Chicago at one of the most historic times in the history of our fraternity. Our global expansion has continued, with new chapters in South
Africa and England. It is all the buzz in Greek-lettered society circles around
the globe. At this convention, we hope to add two more chapters to our outer
realm. We also will get an update on the work taking place in Haiti at our
Alpha Academy.
I look forward to providing you an international update on the state of our fraternity. We also will hear from our other general and regional officers, key
committees, including our hard-working Membership Intake Task Force, the
committees who are implementing our Alpha Goes Green Initiative and our
A. Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper Program. Delegates will deliberate on
the business of Alpha including our budget for 2012 and 2013 and we will
chart new courses with some of the finest corporate citizens in the country.
The Senior Brothers’ Lounge (which was a hit in New Orleans and Las
Vegas) will be open all week long. This space provides special amenities to
our senior Alpha men. But it is also a setting at which our young brothers can
pull up a chair and talk with a brother about the living history of A Phi A. I encourage college brothers to stop by, and take in all you can from these brothers of great wisdom and experience!
Speaking of inspiration, we will have at least 12 Alpha brothers who serve as
presidents of historic colleges and universities and we will have an old-fashion smoker with our past general presidents and will honor a group of brothers who have been in the fraternity for over 70 years.
We have some very exciting and powerful speakers, workshops and programs this year, all designed to help you become a better Alpha, and indeed
a better man, so you can go back home and make our world a better place,
one Alpha at a time, one locale at a time.
Finally, we will use this meeting as our pre-rally, or our run-up to the other
great event of the year. Of course I’m talking about the unveiling and dedication of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. The
excitement and buzz grows each day as we get closer to the weekend of August 26 when the Alpha men everywhere, will once again take to the world
stage to honor our late Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The concept was
conceived, and the plan nurtured by the House of Alpha more than 27 years
ago, and now $120 million later, comes our time to shine as the project
comes to fruition on the National Mall.
Thank you again for coming and supporting your fraternity at our 105th Anniversary/91st General Convention. Thank you for your selfless commitment
to the ideals of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Thank you for remaining a believer
in the 7!
Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
leTTers of GreeTinGs
Corporate Headquarters
2313 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-5211
Phone: 410.554.0040 Ɣ Fax: 410.554.0054
Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
William Douglass Lyle
Executive Director
I join with all the brothers in leadership in welcoming you to
Chicago. To make this convention a success, I have a humble
request of you. Alumni Brothers, spend some with a college
brother, take him to the vending area and buy him a tie. College
Brothers, please ask at least one “Seasoned” Brother to share at
As we prepare to do the work of Alpha let us remember our
mission: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders,
Henry A. Callis
Charles H. Chapman
Eugene K. Jones
George B. Kelley
Nathaniel A. Murray
Robert H. Ogle
Vertner W. Tandy
leTTers of GreeTinGs
P.O. Box 2820 x Southfield, Michigan 48037-2820
[email protected]
Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Mark S. Tillman
Regional Vice President
Cameron M. Thierry
Regional Asst. Vice President
William D. Lyle
Executive Director
Greetings, Brothers and Guests of Alpha Phi Alpha:
On behalf of Midwestern Regional Asst. Vice President Brother Cameron M. Thierry and the entire
midwestern region, welcome to Chicago, Illinois.
It is my honor to be your host for the second time in four years in one of our great cities of the
mighty midwest. The 105th Anniversary Convention, 91th General Convention marks a return to the
windy city for the first time since 1994.
A Global Vision for Brotherhood is the backdrop of a city that has the status as a major hub to the
world. And for Alpha Phi Alpha, this city will be the hub for every Alpha man around the globe to
come together and move the vision and global reach of our fraternity.
Chicago is also the gateway to honor a global icon whose memorial began as a dream and now
becomes a reality. This convention will commence events to honor our brother, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Alpha Phi Alpha will lead the charge to Washington, DC for the dedication and unveiling
of the King Memorial. Dr. King will forever stand in the pantheon among United States presidents
who shaped this country and not having been a president himself. We will embrace this moment to
this global community organizer.
The brothers of Chicagoland and the midwestern region are energized about being your hosts. I
would like to thank all of the brothers of Chicago and the surrounding areas who worked long hours
to display the best of Alpha Phi Alpha at this convention.
This is my last convention as midwestern regional vice president. I will pass my torch to my
successor Brother Elgie R. Sims, Jr. of Illinois who will lead the midwestern region on a new
journey. I wish to thank Brother Thierry, 33rd General President Brother Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.,
32nd General President Brother Darryl R. Matthews, Sr., members of the Board of Directors, past
regional vice presidents, my regional leadership team and you, my brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, for
allowing me to lead and SERVE you.
Please enjoy all of the events and hospitalities of this convention. Enjoy Chicago!
Brother Mark S. Tillman
Midwestern Regional Vice President
Henry A. Callis xCharles H. Chapman x Eugene K. Jones x George B. Kelley x Nathaniel A. Murray x Robert H. Ogle x Vertner W. Tandy
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Develops Leaders, Promotes Brotherhood and Academic Excellence, While Providing Service and Advocacy for Our Communities.
leTTers of GreeTinGs
P.O. Box 2820 x Southfield, Michigan 48037-2820
[email protected]
Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Mark S. Tillman
Regional Vice President
Cameron M. Thierry
Regional Asst. Vice President
William D. Lyle
Executive Director
My Brothers and Guests of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.:
On behalf of Midwestern Regional Vice President Bro. Mark S. Tillman, all 12 states of the
midwestern region and the brothers residing within, welcome to Chicago, Illinois and the Hilton
Chicago hotel! It is with great humility and anticipation that I greet you at the 105th Anniversary
Convention, 91st General Convention. This year, we celebrate another prosperous year in Alpha Phi
Alpha and embark upon our convention theme: “A Global Vision for Brotherhood/Gateway to the
Our pursuits today mark a special and historic time, not only for Alpha but pervasively affecting the
world. We have been able to broaden our band of brotherhood, chartering chapters in Johannesburg,
South Africa and London, England. Additionally, this very convention is the gateway to honoring
the legacy of our beloved Bro. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we prime ourselves for the dedication and
unveiling of the King Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Together, we will
embrace these moments of dreams no longer deferred.
My term as the 57th Midwestern Regional Assistant Vice President has been an eventful journey,
although it is now unfolding and the next college brother will rise to rally to [her] call. I thank
Midwestern Regional Vice President Bro. Mark S. Tillman and the regional leadership staff for their
guidance and support, our Board of Directors led by General President Bro. Herman “Skip” Mason,
Jr. for the noble vision casted and the brothers of the mighty midwestern region for electing me to
serve under the platform of Sustaining Relevance: Fighting Cynicism with Results.
The brothers of Chicago and the midwestern region are delighted to be your hosts and have worked
diligently together in order to allow us this opportunity to handle the business of Alpha and
fellowship with one another; all toward the better-making of men. Welcome once again and thank
you for continuously taking time out of your lives to invest in our fraternity. I hope that you will not
only be moved while you are here but also continue to make moves to further our collective
Bro. Cameron M. Thierry
57th Midwestern Regional Assistant Vice President
Henry A. Callis xCharles H. Chapman x Eugene K. Jones x George B. Kelley x Nathaniel A. Murray x Robert H. Ogle x Vertner W. Tandy
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Develops Leaders, Promotes Brotherhood and Academic Excellence, While Providing Service and Advocacy for Our Communities.
leTTers of GreeTinGs
Corporate Headquarters
2313 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-5211
Phone: 410.554.0040 Ɣ Fax: 410.554.0054
Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
William Douglass Lyle
Executive Director
Brothers and Guests,
It is with great pride that I say—although the House of Alpha has moved to Baltimore,
the Heart of Alpha remains in Chicago! Since the convening of the Special Convention in
1934—the first summer convention, Chicago has provided the backdrop for memorable
Alpha gatherings. In 1934, we came together amid the excitement of the World’s Fair. In
2011, we are coming together as Chicago kicks off its festival season. From the Grant
Park Music Fest to the Taste of Chicago, Alpha will, once again, have a festive backdrop
that will fuel our spirit of brotherhood.
I thank all members of the Chicago team who have participated in the planning of the
105th Anniversary/91st General Convention for almost 2 years. From the Pre-Concert
Reception (“A Taste of Alpha Town, Chicago!”) to the Ladies and Youth Activities, to
the Alpha Legacy Lounge—where fathers, sons, uncles, and nephews celebrate their
familial and fraternal bond, there is something for everyone.
Against the backdrop of the historic Chicago Hilton and Towers, Brothers and Guests,
you will experience that good ol’ Alpha spirit. Since the Seventh Annual Convention,
Chicago has given the brotherhood fond convention memories…and this tradition will be
upheld in 2011. So, it is with an uplifted spirit that we extend a heartfelt welcome
“home”…to Alpha Town, Chicago!
Brother Keith R. Garrett
105th Anniversary/91st General Convention
Henry A. Callis
Charles H. Chapman
leTTers of GreeTinGs
Eugene K. Jones
George B. Kelley
Nathaniel A. Murray
Robert H. Ogle
Vertner W. Tandy
Pat Quinn
June 22-25, 2011
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
2313 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-5211
As Governor of the State of Illinois, I am pleased to welcome everyone gathered
for the 2011 National Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
This conference will provide an excellent opportunity for each of you to come
together with fellow Alpha Phi Alphas from across the United States to exchange
information and outline plans for the future of the fraternity. The projects your fraternity
sponsors help create opportunities for deserving individuals and serve to benefit the
wellbeing of the community as a whole. With that in mind, this occasion presents an
excellent opportunity to renew your commitment to the noble goals you have set forth,
and to chart a path for the future that will build on your past success.
I would also like to offer a special welcome to those traveling from outside of
Illinois for this event. During your stay, I encourage you to explore and discover the
many sites and attractions that this great state has to offer. From historic landmarks and
world-renowned museums, to first-class dining and theater experiences, to the scenic
beauty of our small towns and prairies, there is truly a wide array of interests represented
across the Land of Lincoln.
On behalf of the people of Illinois, I offer my best wishes for a rewarding and
enjoyable convention.
Pat Quinn
105TH anniVersarY ConVenTion | CHiCaGo, illinois
| JUne
of GreeTinGs
22 ­ 25, 2011
Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Darryl R. Matthews, Sr.
Immediate Past
General President
Hyacinth C. Ahuruonye
General Treasurer
Frank A. Jenkins, III
General Comptroller
Sean McCaskill
Regional Vice President
Mark Tillman
Regional Vice President
James L. Crumel, Sr.
Regional Vice President
Roderick Smothers
Regional Vice President
Aaron Crutison
Regional Vice President
Jonathan G. Leon
Regional Assistant
Vice President - East
Cameron Thierry
Regional Assistant
Vice President - Midwest
Kenneth Wright, Jr.
Regional Assistant
Vice President - South
Christopher Harvey
Regional Assistant
Vice President - Southwest
Mario Carroll
Regional Assistant
Vice President - West
Keith A. Bishop
General Counsel
William Douglass Lyle
Executive Director and
Chief Operating Officer
boarD of DireCTors
Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
Carolyn House Stewart, Esq.
Dwayne M. Murray, Esq.
General President
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
International President
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Grand Polemarch
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc
Chair, Council of Presidents
Dr. Andrew Ray
Cynthia M.A. Butler-Mcintyre
Jimmy Hammock
Grand Basileus
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
National President
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Vice Chair, Council of Presidents
International President
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Sheryl Underwood
Joann G. Loveless
Karl Price, Esq
International Basileus
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
International Grand Basileus
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
International Grand Polaris
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
THe CoUnCil of PresiDenTs ­ naTional Pan­HelleniC CoUnCil
Moses A. Morrison
1st General President
Roscoe C. Giles
2nd General President
Frederick H. Miller
3rd General President
Charles H. Garvin
4th General President
Henry L. Dickason
5th General President
Henry A. Callis
6th General President
Howard H. Long
7th General President
William A. Pollard
8th General President
Daniel D. Fowler
9th General President
Lucius L. McGee
S.S. Booker
Raymond W. Cannon
10th General President 11th General President 12th General President
B. Andrew Rose
Charles H. Wesley
Rayford W. Logan
Belford V. Lawson, Jr.
13th General President 14th General President 15th General President 16th General President
PasT General PresiDenTs
A. Maceo Smith
Frank L. Stanley, Jr.
Myles A. Paige
William H. Hale
17th General President 18th General President 19th General President 20th General President
T. Winston Cole, Sr.
21st General President
Lionel H. Newsom
Ernest N. Morial
Walter Washington
22nd General President 23rd General President 24th General President
James R. Williams*
Ozell Sutton*
Charles C. Teamer, Sr.* Henry Ponder*
25th General President 26th General President 27th General President 28th General President
Milton C. Davis*
Adrian L. Wallace*
Harry E. Johnson, Sr.*
29th General President 30th General President 31st General President
Darryl R. Matthews, Sr.*
32nd General President
General President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
Immediate Past General President . . . . . . . . . .Darryl R. Matthews, Sr.
General Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hyacinth C. Ahuruonye
Comptroller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frank A. Jenkins, III
Regional Vice President - East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sean McCaskill
Regional Vice President - Midwest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mark S. Tillman
Regional Vice President - South . . . . . . . . . . . . . .James L. Crumel, Sr.
Regional Vice President - Southwest . . . . . . .Roderick L. Smothers, Sr.
Regional Vice President - West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aaron Crutison
Regional Assistant Vice President - East . . . . . . . . .Jonathan G. Leon
Regional Assistant Vice President - Midwest . . . . . . .Cameron Thierry
Regional Assistant Vice President - South . . . . . . . .Kenneth Wright, Jr.
Regional Assistant Vice President - Southwest . . .Christopher Harvey
Regional Assistant Vice President - West . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mario Carroll
General Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Keith A. Bishop, Esq.
Executive Director and
Chief Operating Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .William Douglass Lyle
Historian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert L. Harris, Jr.
Director of General Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Shamell
Parliamentarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anderson C. Elridge, III
Chaplain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William E. Flippin, Sr.
Sergeant of Arms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Russell
Rules & Credentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Clark
Awards & Achievement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clifton Johnson
Grievances and Discipline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hervery B. O. Young, Esq.
leaDersHiP DireCTorY
Constitution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ricky L. Blalock
Endowment & Capital Formation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert L. Wright
Budget & Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Humphrey
Elections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas A. Phillips
Membership, Standards & Extension . . . . . . . . . . Melvin M. Stroble, Sr.
Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James W. Ward
Historical Commission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Norman E.W. Towels
Public Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tyson King-Meadows
Human Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Antonio Johnson, Esq.
Racial Justice (Commission) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derrick Pope, Esq.
College Brothers Affairs (Commission) . . . . . . . . . . Maurice D. Gipson
Business & Economic
Development (Commission) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cecil Howard, Esq.
Life Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles P. Loeb, III
Alpha Goes Green Initiative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sacoby Wilson
American Cancer Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anton C. Bizzell
Alphas In The Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M. Christopher Brown
Belford V. Lawson Oratorical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gregory L. Bailey
Big Brothers & Big Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dale H. Long
Boy Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Verdree Lockhart
Black & Gold Pageant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andre Prospere
College Brothers Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mark Crain
College Life To Corporate Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicholas B. Fletcher
Collegiate Scholars Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James “JI” Irvin
Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerryl E. Bennett
Health & Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael A. Smith
Intellectual Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamil Omar Buie
leaDersHiP DireCTorY
Martin Luther King Jr.
Monument Internal Fundraising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Russell, Jr.
International Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andre A. Moss
Leadership Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brandon Tucker
Mediation & Arbitration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edwin D. Givens, Esq.
Military Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Langston D. Smith
Membership Intake Task Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darren Morton
MIS / Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wendell D. Ferguson
National Arts and
Humanities Advisory Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darryl Bell
New Fraternal Program Initiatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ronald J. Peters
Organizational Effectiveness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zollie Stevenson
Political Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arthur Vaughn
Reclamation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bradley D. Thomas
Project Alpha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Byron D. Gautier
Ritual & Ceremonies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Russell E. Flye
Senior Alpha Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sylvester L. Shannon
Training And Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Audrey L. Mackey
Time And Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maurice Jenkins
Walk America-March of Dimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wilbert L. Brown
World Policy Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Horace G. Dawson, Jr.
Education Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Waldo Johnson
Building Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert “Bob” Leandras Jones, II
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Assistant to the General President and
Chief of Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Weston
Assistant to the General President and
Deputy Chief of Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Harris
Assistant to the General President and
Senior Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James R. Wright
Special Advisor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles King
Special Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calvin McNeill
Special Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elvin Dowling
Special Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. Sidney Gleaton
Special Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joseph E. Heyward
National Archivist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerome Offord, Jr.
Governmental & International Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Garcia
Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M. Cole Jones
Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dasmyn Grigsby
Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marques J. Wilkes
Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Warren Isenhour
Advance Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ian Coleman
Advance Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James McFadden
Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Solomon Graves
Protocol and Logistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anthony C. Hytche
Protocol and Logistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deonte Simmons
Transportation Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ken Baskett
leaDersHiP DireCTorY
Executive Director and COO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Douglass Lyle
Executive Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sherelle S. Torrence
Receptionist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aza Dark
Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frederick Cox
Chief Financial Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carla Gaskins
Accounts Payable Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bernice Meadows
Director of Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryan J. A. Kelly
Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jerome V. Perry, II
Director of Membership Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cory J. Anderson
Membership Services Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delores Diggs
Interim Membership Services Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kirk D. Carrington
Intern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G. Christopher Cutkelvin
Fraternity Mission stateMent
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops
leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.
Fraternity Vision stateMent
The objectives of this Fraternity shall be:
to stimulate the ambition of its
members; to prepare them for the
greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest
and noblest form of manhood; and to
aid down-trodden humanity in its efforts
to achieve higher social, economic
and intellectual status.
alpha phi alpha: a BrieF history
Since its founding on December 4,
1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
has supplied voice and vision to the
struggle of African-Americans and
people of color around the world.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate
Greek-letter fraternity established for
African-Americans, was founded at
Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
by seven college men who recognized
the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in
this country. The visionary founders,
known as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity,
are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry
Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones,
George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison
Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The Fraternity initially served as a
study and support group for minority
students who faced racial prejudice,
both educationally and socially, at
Cornell. The Jewel founders and early
leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in
laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi
Alpha's principles of scholarship, fel-
lowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were established at other colleges and universities,
many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. The first Alumni Chapter was
established in 1911. While continuing to
stress academic excellence among its
members, Alpha also recognized the
need to help correct the educational,
economic, political, and social injustices faced by African-Americans.
Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the
forefront of the African-American
community's fight for civil rights through
leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam
Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke,
Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood
Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray,
Paul Robeson, and many others.
True to its form as the “first of firsts,”
Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial
since 1945.
alpha phi alpha: today
Alpha Phi Alpha today continues its
commitment to members of the Fraternity and the African-American community through Alpha University. It is
through the groundbreaking Alpha
University training program, the Fraternity has rededicated itself to fostering
a spirit of Brotherhood within the ranks
of the Fraternity, preparing a new generation of leaders and bringing consistency to chapter operation and to
the implementation of the Fraternity's
national programs.
national prograMs
The fraternity’s national programs are
community outreach mentoring initiatives that have been adopted by the
organization’s governing body and
mandated for implementation by all of
fraTerniTY inforMaTion
its chapters. The organization’s national programs include:
Go–To–High School, Go–To–College
The “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College”
program, established in 1920, concentrates on the importance of completing
secondary and collegiate education as
a road to advancement. Statistics
prove the value of this extra impetus in
making the difference in the success of
young African-American men, given
that school completion is the single
best predictor of future economic success. Through the Go-to-High-School,
Go-to-College educational initiative,
young men receive information and
learn strategies that facilitate success.
Alpha men provide youth participants
with excellent role models to emulate.
Project Alpha
Project Alpha is a collaborative effort
between the March of Dimes Foundation and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc. This program was developed to increase the knowledge of the AfricanAmerican male of the consequences
of teenage pregnancy from the male
perspective. This program seeks to assist young men in developing an understanding of their role in preventing
untimely pregnancies through responsible attitudes and behaviors.
The goals of Project Alpha are to:
reduce the rate of adolescent sex and
pregnancy; stress the concept of abstinence as a personal choice while promoting the use of contraceptives to
those that choose to be sexually active;
increase the knowledge of anatomy
and physiology of the human body and
the awareness of sexually transmitted
diseases; clarify and emphasize the roles
and responsibilities of fatherhood; and
reduce the rate of sexual abuse and violence among African-American teens.
fraTerniTY inforMaTion
A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People
“A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” was initiated as a national
program of Alpha during the 1930's
when many African-Americans had
the right to vote but were prevented
from voting because of poll taxes,
threats of reprisal, and lack of education about the voting process. Voter
education and registration has remained a dominant focus of this outreach activity for over 65 years. In the
1990s, the focus has shifted to include
political awareness and empowerment.
special projects
Alpha Phi Alpha’s special projects are
programs and activities that are sustained through collaborative efforts,
memoranda of understanding, and/or
outside financial assistance, which
Chapters are encouraged to implement. Current Special Projects include:
(1) Big Brothers / Big Sisters mentoring
partnership—implemented in 1991,
Alpha Phi Alpha and BB/BS assist
each other in mentoring AfricanAmerican boys and young men.
(2) Boy Scouts of America—through
this alliance, Alpha Phi Alpha focuses on mentoring through the
Scouting program.
(3) Leadership Development Institutes—the program prepares
outstanding high school students in the vital skills of leadership, college preperation and
effective group interaction.
College Life to
Corporate Life Initiative (C2C)
In concert with the mission of Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the College Life
to Corporate Life Initiative (C2C)
was created to develop the human
resources of Alpha Phi Alpha and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships
with corporate partners resulting in rewarding career opportunities for the
members of Alpha Phi Alpha and increased critical mass of diverse talent
for its corporate partners.
alpha phi alpha’s Foundations
The Alpha Phi Alpha
Education Foundation, Inc.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation, Inc. is the non-profit charitable
arm of the Fraternity, which focuses on
scholarship, programs, and training
and development of the membership.
Education Foundation encompasses
the implementation of Go-to-High
School, Go-to-College, Project Alpha,
Voter Education / Registration efforts,
The Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest, the Collegiate Scholars Bowl,
Leadership Development Institutes,
and the professional and personal development thrusts of the FraternityAlpha University.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Building
Foundation, Inc.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Building Foundation was established as an "economic
development corporation to promote, preserve, and protect the infrastructure of our community. The
Foundation has developed a unique
approach to affect positive change."
The Alpha Village represents a project
built and purchased by Alpha men
and a forward step towards an economic development movement.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Economic
Development Foundation, Inc.
The purpose of the Alpha Phi Alpha National Community Economic Development Foundation is to “promote and
encourage economic development in
minority and disadvantaged communities by expanding the opportunities for
the residents of those communities to
enter into, own, manage, operate
and/or be employed in business enterprises which are based upon the substantial participation of the low income
community.” Additionally, the Foundation’s aim is to promote a dynamic business environment in underserved
communities through franchise opportunities, family financial planning and an
aggressive Wealth Building Initiative.
Washington, D.C. Martin Luther
King, Jr. National Memorial Project
Foundation, Inc.
Established to oversee the development of the memorial project,
the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther
King, Jr. National Memorial Project
Foundation, Inc is a non - profit
fundraising arm of the fraternity. The
foundation’s mission is “to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. by leading a collaborative funding, design and construction process in the creation of a
memorial to honor his national and international contributions to world
peace through non- violent social
World Policy Council
The Fraternity formed its much heralded World Policy Council in 1996 to
address United States national and foreign policy issues. At its inception, Former U.S. Senator Bro. Edward W.
Brooke of Massachusetts, the first
African-American to serve in the SenfraTerniTY inforMaTion
ate in the 20th century, was named
chairman of the council. Senator
Brooke succeeded by Bro. Dr. Horace
G. Dawson, Jr., director of Howard University’s Patricia Roberts Harris Public
Affairs Program and former Ambassador to Botswana.
The Council’s formation reflects two realities in America: 1.) The U.S. government’s national agenda has become
more closely linked to world affairs and
non-governmental organizations are
part of the network of influential voices
in foreign affairs. 2) Alpha Phi Alpha’s
legacy of activities in civil rights and education has broadened to include foreign policy. The Fraternity’s leadership
has been careful to stress that Alpha Phi
Alpha’s new foreign policy interest will
not diminish the organization’s involvement with domestic issues.
Brother Keepers Program
Brother’s Keeper is a service program
developed with the mission of advocating for and improving the quality of
life for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
brothers, their spouses, and widows
who are retired, are elders, have disabilities and are ailing. Upon identification of need, the Brother’s Keeper
Program also provides assistance to
mature and ailing members of its communities. Limitations caused by advanced age place demands on family
members, caregivers, and the larger
community to ensure that elders remain independently functional. The
goal of the Brother’s Keeper Program is
to promote dignity and independence
among Alpha family and community
members who need help in keeping
their lives and homes functional.
8 AM - 5 PM
ConVenTion offiCes
rooM relaTionsHiPs
GeneRal ConVenTIon GUIDelInes
To: General President, Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General Officers
Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., we are pleased to
submit the report of the Committee on Rules and Credentials
outlining the procedures governing the conduct of this 91st General Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., to wit:
1. The printed program presented
by the General Organization shall
be the Official Program of the
Convention once adopted by
the delegates.
2. A brother registering for the
Convention must present a current
Pass Card, Life Membership Plate
or Special Pass Card signed by the
appropriate convention officer.
3. Delegates shall present their
credentials, which are the Convention Badge, to the Committee
on Rules and Credentials to
be certified.
4. All chapter financial obligations
to the General Office must be
paid, and the completion of a
Chapter Directory must be verified
prior to certification of any of the
Chapters’ delegates.
5. Delegates shall be seated in the
section of the assembly hall “designated for delegates” by the
Chief Sergeant-at-Arms and shall
be identified by a Convention
Badge bearing their name and
the “DELEGATE over-print certification stamp” applied by the Committee on Rules and Credentials.
General ConVenTion GUiDelines
6. There shall be an easily identifiable space between the seating
areas for delegates and other
brothers in general attendance.
7. Other brothers shall be seated in
other specified sections of the assembly hall.
8. All registered brothers shall
have the same rights and privileges of delegates, except the
right to vote on agenda items and
in the election.
9. At the opening of each business
session, the Committee on Rules
and Credentials shall give a status
report to the assembly on all certified delegates at the Convention.
10. A record of eligible voters
certified by the Rules and
Credentials Committee shall constitute the Official Voting strength
of the Convention.
11. In a scheduled assembly, the
necessity of “a quorum” shall
apply to the sessions’ conduct of
business and organic legislation.
12. One-fourth of the registered
delegates shall constitute “a quorum”, as provided in the Constitu-
tion and By-laws of Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Article II,
Section 6).
13. Past General Presidents, General Officers and Committee
Chairmen who are not seated on
the dais shall be seated on the first
and/or second rows of the section
designated for delegates.
14. The Parliamentarian shall be
seated on the dais next to the presiding officer, who will normally be
seated to the right of the podium.
15. There shall be at least two (2)
Sergeants-at-Arms at the entrance
to the assembly hall to facilitate
admission and to maintain order.
16. Entrance and exit to the assembly shall be through the main
door(s) designated by the Sergeant-at-Arms.
17. No brother may be admitted
to a Convention Business Session
without the Convention Badge.
18. There shall be no verbal reports
of General Officers or Committee/Commission Chairmen—except The General President,
Budget and Finance Committee,
and essential “working committees” of the General Convention,
who may provide preliminary updates on their areas.
19. General Officers and
Committee/Commission Chairmen
shall be allowed no more than five
(5) minutes for emphasis, sum-
maries and recommendations of
their reports.
20. The Convention shall not
entertain for discussion, at the time
of its presentation, any matter
which in the course of Convention
procedures can be considered by
an existing or established
21. A brother recognized by the
Presiding Officer shall give his
Name, Chapter, City and State
before being allowed to address
the assembly.
22. The General President shall
be an “Ex-Officio” member of
all committees.
23. Roberts Rules of Order (newly
revised) shall govern the Convention, except that in the matter of
debate each speaker shall be limited to not more than two (2) minutes. Time will be granted at the
discretion of the General President
or Presiding Officer.
24. Once the Presiding Officer acknowledges the number of brothers at the microphones to address
the convention, the lines for the
microphones will be closed.
25. Smoking is not permitted in the
General Business Sessions.
Fraternally submitted,
Eric Clark
Committee on Rules
and Credentials
General ConVenTion GUiDelines
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Corporate Office
Old Business Center
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Golf Outing
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Historical Display and Awards Display Setup
Mobley Room/Northeast Exhibition Hall
8:00 am - 8:20 am
Clark/Shannon/Ward Senior Brother’s
Lounge - Ribbon Ceremony
Buckingham Lounge
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Corporate Office
Old Business Center
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Convention Office
Lower Level Registration Area
8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Convention Registration
8th Street South Registration Desk
8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Delegate Certification
8th Street North Registration Desk
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Clark/Shannon/Ward Senior Brothers
Buckingham Lounge
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Grievances and Discipline Committee
Conference Room 4A
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Budget and Finance Committee
Conference Room 4B
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Boys Scout Committee
Conference Room 4C
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Educational Foundation BOD Meeting
Conference Room 4E
*8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ladies Hospitality Room Open
Astoria Room
^8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Youth Registration
Private Dining Room #2
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
^10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Parent/Guardian Orientation (Youth Activities)
Private Dining Room #1
^3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Parent/Guardian Orientation (Youth Activities)
Private Dining Room #1
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Opening Plenary Session
Reskin Theater
Brother Mark S. Tillman
Midwestern Region Vice President
Call to Order
Brother Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Brother Rev. Dr. Walter Kimbrough
Brother Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson
Presentation of Officials
and Committee Chairmen
Brother William Douglass Lyle
Executive Director & COO
Host Assistant Vice
President’s Welcome
Brother Cameron Thierry
Midwest Region Assistant Vice President
Host District
Director’s Welcome
Brother Ryzell McKinney
Illinois District Director
Local Convention
Chairman Welcome
Brother Keith Garrett
Local Convention Chairman
Adoption of Previous
Convention & Board Minutes
Brother William Douglass Lyle
Executive Director & COO
Adoption of 105th
Anniversary/ 91st General
Convention Agenda
Brother William Douglass Lyle
Executive Director & COO
Report of Committee on
Rules and Credentials
Brother Eric Clark
Committee Chairman
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
First Business Session
Reskin Theater
Presiding Officers
Brother Dr. Roderick L. Smothers, Sr.
Southwestern Region Vice President
Brother Christopher L. Harvey
Southwestern Region Assistant Vice President
Report of the Executive
Director and COO
Brother William Douglass Lyle
Executive Director and COO
Report of the Comptroller
Brother Frank A. Jenkins, III
General Comptroller
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
Report of the Committee
on Budget and Finance
Brother Frank Humphrey
Committee Chairman
Report of the
General Treasurer
Brother Hyacinth C. Ahuruonye
General Treasurer
Report of the Internal
Auditing Committee
Brother Frank A. Jenkins, III
Election Committee Update
Brother Thomas A. Phillips
Committee Chairman
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Historical Display/Award Display
Northeast Exhibition Hall / Mobley Room
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Vendor Expo Hall Open
Northwest Exhibition Hall
^6:00 pm – 10:45 pm
Youth Activities
Private Dining Room #2
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Public Program
Grand Ballroom
7:00 am – 8:00 am
Fitness Morning Workout
Lake Ontario
7:15 am - 7:45 am
Grand Ballroom
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Corporate Office
Old Business Center
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Convention Office
Lower Level Registration Area
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Grievances and Discipline Committee
Conference Room 4A
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Committee Meetings
Private Dining Rooms 1, 5, 6, 7
^8:00 am – 9:00 am
Morning Refreshments (Youth)
Private Dining Room 2
*8:00 am – 9:45 am
Morning Refreshments (Ladies)
Astoria Room
^8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Youth Activities
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
Private Dining Room 2
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Convention Registration Open
8th Street South Registration Desk
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Delegate Certification
8th Street North Registration Desk
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Historical Display / Awards Display
Northeast Exhibition Hall / Mobley Room
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Vendor Expo
Northwest Exhibition Hall
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Clark/Shannon/Ward Senior Brothers
Buckingham Lounge
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Second Business Session
Grand Ballroom
Brother Cameron Thierry
Midwestern Region Assistant Vice President
Posting of Colors
Brother Rev. D. Darryl Griffin
Presentation of the
General President
Brother Charles C. Teamer
27th General President
State of the
Fraternity Address
Brother Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Greek Diversity Career Fair
Northeast Exhibition Hall
10:00 am – 11:45 am
Third Business Session
Grand Ballroom
Brother Sean McCaskill
Eastern Region Vice President
Brother Jonathan G. Leon
Eastern Region Assistant Vice President
Report of the
General Counsel
Brother Keith A. Bishop, Esq.
General Counsel
Report of the
IMDP Committee
Brother Darren M. Morton
Committee Chairman
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
Rules & Credentials
Committee Report
Brother Eric Clark
Committee Chairman
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Ladies Activities
Off Site
12:00 pm – 2:00pm
Fraternal Luncheon
International Ballroom
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Election Forum
Grand Ballroom
3:40 pm – 4:40 pm
March of Dimes
National Library of Medicine
FBI Workshop
African American Buying Power
Creating a Brand Called You
Planning a Secure Retirement
A Call for Inclusiveness at all levels of Alpha:
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Ready, Set, Hired: Preparing Yourself
Identity Theft
IMDP Workshop
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Waldorf Room
Williford Room B & C
Marquette Room
Lake Erie Room
Private Dining Room 1
Private Dining Room 5
Private Dining Room 6
Private Dining Room 7
Joliet Room
Grand Ballroom
Collegiate Scholars Bowls Preliminary
Lake Huron Room
Regional Caucus
Eastern Region
Midwest Region
Southern Region
Southwestern Region
Western Region
Waldorf Room
Williford Room b & C
Grand ballroom
Marquette Room
lake erie Room
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Taste of Chicago Reception
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Special Concert
International Ballroom
Candidates Receptions
11:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sims for Comptroller
Bishop for General President
Howard for General President
Smothers for General President
Tillman for General President
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
Joliet Room
Waldorf Room
Marquette Room
Williford A/B Room
Williford C Room
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011
7:00 am – 8:00 am
Fitness Morning Workout
Lake Ontario
7:00 am – 8:30 am
O. Wilson Winters Life Membership Breakfast
Williford Room
7:15 am - 7:45 am
Grand Ballroom
7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Convention Registration Open
8th Street South Registration Desk
7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Delegate Certification
8th Street North Registration Desk
7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Clark/Shannon/Ward Senior Brothers
Buckingham Lounge
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Voting Polls (open)
Marquette Room
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Corporate Office
Old Business Center
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Committee Meetings
Private Dining Rooms (1, 5, 6, 7)
8:00 am – 12:00 am
Grievances and Discipline Committee
Conference Room 4A
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Convention Office
Lower Level Registration Area
^8:00 am – 9:00 am
Morning Refreshments(Youth)
Private Dining Room #2
*8:00 am – 9:00 am
Morning Refreshments (Ladies)
Astoria Room
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Historical Display / Awards Display
Northeast Exhibition Hall / Mobley Room
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Vendor Expo, C2C Career Fair Open
Northwest Exhibition Hall
8:30 am – 9:15 am
Memorial Services
Grand Ballroom
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
9:30 am -11:45 am
Fourth Business Session
Grand ballroom
Brother Aaron Crutison
Western Region Vice President
Brother Mario Carroll
Western Region Assistant Vice President
Brother Rev. Denny Johnson
Report of Committee on
Rules and Credentials
Brother Eric Clark
Committee Chairman
Report of the Historian
Brother Dr. Robert L. Harris, Jr.
Report of the
World Policy Council
Brother Ambassador Horace C. Dawson, Jr.
Council Chairman
Report of the Alpha Phi Alpha
Education Foundation
Brother Dr. Waldo Johnson
Foundation Chairman
Report of the A. Charles Haston Brother Dr. Ron Peters
Brother’s Keeper Committee
Committee Chairman
Report of the Save the
Houses of Alpha Project
Brother E. Eric Elmore
Committee Chairman
Report of the “Alpha Goes
Green” Initiative
Brother DuShawn King
Committee Chairman
^9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Youth Activities
Private Dining Room #2
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Ladies Luncheon
Waldorf Room
12:00 pm – 2:45 pm
College Brothers Luncheon/
B. V. Lawson Oratorical Contest
International ballroom
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
College President’s Forum
Grand Ballroom
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Fifth Business Session
Grand ballroom
Presiding Officer
Brother James L. Crumel, Sr.
Southern Region Vice President
Brother Kenneth Wright, Jr.
Southern Region Assistant Vice President
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
Report of the
Constitution Committee
Brother Rick Blalock
Committee Chairman
Report of the
Life Membership Committee
Brother Charles P. Loeb, III
Committee Chairman
Report of Membership,
Standards and Extensions
Brother Melvin M. Stroble, Sr.
Committee Chairman
Special Presentation
4:00pm - 5:00 pm
Collegiate Scholars Bowl Finals
Lake Huron Room
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
College Brothers Caucus
Grand Ballroom
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Miss Black & Gold Pageant
International Ballroom
10:00 pm – 12:00 am
National Step Show Competition
International Ballroom
12:00 am - 2:00 am
After Party
International Ballroom
7:00 am – 8:00 am
Fitness Morning Workout
Lake Ontario
7:15 am – 7:45 am
Grand Ballroom
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Corporate Office
Old Business Center
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Chief Financial Officer Office
Private Dining Room #4
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Transportation Committee Office
Private Dining Room #3
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Convention Office
Lower Level Registration Area
*8:00 am – 9:15 am
Morning Refreshments (Ladies)
Astoria Room
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
^8:00 am – 9:15 am
Morning Refreshments (Youth)
Private Dining Room #2
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Black Barbershop Health Initiative
Various local Barbershops
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Clark/Shannon/Ward Senior Brothers
Buckingham Lounge
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Convention Registration Open
8th Street South Registration Desk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Delegate Certification
8th Street North Registration Desk
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Historical Display / Awards Display
Northeast Exhibition Hall / Mobley Room
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Vendor Expo
Northwest Exhibition Hall
8:00 am - 9:30 am
General President’s Smoker
Grand Ballroom
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Final Business Session/
Hobart Jarrett Debate Demostration
Grand ballroom
Presiding Officer
Brother Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Brother Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr.
Hobart Jarrett Debate Competition Demonstration
Report of the Site
Selection Committee
Brother Maurice Jenkins
Committee Chairman
Report of the Grievance
and Discipline Committee
Brother Hervery B. O. Young, Esq.
Committee Chairman
Report of the
Election Committee
Brother Thomas A. Phillips
Committee Chairman
Other Business
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show
Waldorf Room
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuskegee Airmen Documentary
Grand Ballroom
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Alpha Father & Son Lounge
Buckingham Lounge
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Black & Gold Gala Reception
Southeast Exhibition Foyer
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Black & Gold Gala Dinner
southeast & southwest exhibition Halls
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Awards Presentation
International Ballroom
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sons of Alpha Production
International ballroom
SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Convention Office
Lower Level Registration Area
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Ecumenical Service
Continental A and B Room
10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Vendor Expo
Northwest Exhibition Hall
ConVenTion sCHeDUle
Company Name
Booth Number
ACT, Inc.
Amica Mutual Insurance
Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
ConAgra Foods
Drug Enforcement Administration
Illinois Department of Employment Services
Jewel-Osco - A SUPERVALU Company
NextERA Energy
Purdue University Calumet
Rockwell Collins
University of Notre Dame
Verizon Wireless
Wells Fargo
Wirtz Beverage Group
Wolters Kluwer
GreeK DiVersiTY Career fair 2011 ­ norTHeasT Hall
GreeK DiVersiTY Career fair 2011 ­ norTHeasT Hall MaP
Vendor Name
Real Greek Apparel
Three J's
Mezalick Design Studio, LLC
3 Sisters Embroidery, LLC
Arvensis Crystal Jewelry
Moore Stitches
Unique Hardwood Art
Herff Jones
Verse 9
Alpha One Greek & Promotional Items
Alpha Warehouse
Bern Nadette Stanis
Darrius Gourdine
BT's Urban Wear
A Greek Boutique
Michael Madison Design
Alpha II Omega
Top Choice
Greek Traditions
Jennifer Holliday
Worldwide Origins
Abercrombie and Fitch
Wells Fargo/Wachovia
Peace Corps
MLK National Memorial Project Foundation
March of Dimes
African Ancestry
Amerian Cancer Society
Big Brother Big Sister
Project Jewels
Boy Scouts
National Library of Medicine
General Electric
Alpha Goes Green
VenDor eXHibiT 2011 ­ norTHWesT Hall
Booth Number
VenDor eXHibiT 2011 ­ norTHWesT Hall MaP
Delta Sigma
Southwestern Region
Eric Mackie
Nu Beta
Eastern Region
Pi Epsilon
Western Region
Keith Chaney
Theta Tau
Midwestern Region
Cicil Duffie
Theta Sigma
Southern Region
Iota Lambda
Midwestern Region
Tarricke O. Mills
Zeta Zeta
Southwestern Region
Bayo Fagbamila
Epsilon Mu
Western Region
Pi Upsilon Lambda
Eastern Region
Eta Lambda
Southern Region
Xi Kappa Lambda
Southwestern Region
Zeta Beta Lambda
Western Region
Malik Goodson
Zeta Zeta Lambda
Eastern Region
Theta Epsilon
Zeta Zeta Lambda
Eastern Region
Dedric Dennist
Iota Lambda
Midwestern Region
Theta Tau
Epsilon Upsilon Lambda
Midwestern Region
Michael Pittman
Kappa Lambda
South Region
Theta Sigma
Nu Eta Lambda
Southern Region
Charles Washington
Xi Kappa Lambda
Southwestern Region
Beta Kappa
Zeta Gamma Lambda
Southwestern Region
Jonathon Madison
Iota Psi Lambda
Western Region
Epsilon Mu
Eta Sigma Lambda
Western Region
Xi Delta
Eastern Region
Ronald Magee
Xi Delta
Eastern Region
Zeta Nu
Midwestern Region
Zeta Mu
Southern Region
2011 reGional aWarD Winners
Solomon S. Phungwayo
Southwestern Region
Cameron Yarber
Alpha Rho
Southern Region
Derrick A. Barker
Midwestern Region
Christian Cambridge
Alpha Epsilon
Western Region
Rachetta (Shay) Moss
Eastern Region
Maikieta Antoinette Brantley
Zeta Alpha
Midwestern Region
Jaleesa Graham
Xi Phi
Southern Region
Felicia Hatchett
Theta Mu
Southwestern Region
Xi Delta
Eastern Region
Alana Neal
Alpha Epsilon
Western Region
Zeta Nu
Midwestern Region
Alpha Rho
Southern Region
ONECA Chapters
Eastern Region
Beta Chi Chapter
Southwestern Region
Kappa Tau
Midwestern Region
Alpha Epsilon
Western Region
Delta Delta
Southern Region
Beta Kappa
Southwestern Region
KeiLyn Jones
Nu Kappa
Eastern Region
Gamma Xi
Western Region
Patrick Springer
Rho Tau
Midwestern Region
Calvin Hayes
Beta Nu
Southern Region
Delta Gamma
Southern Region
Demetrius Sumner
Beta Sigma
Southwestern Region
Gamma Eta
Midwestern Region
Beta Sigma
Southwestern Region
2011 reGional aWarD Winners
In 1952, the General Convention established The Alpha Award of Honor and The
Alpha Award of Merit. These have become by tradition and practice our greatest awards. The awardees were initially chosen by a committee headed by the
venerable brother Taliaferro (Tolly) Harris. At some point in our history the selection became a function of the office of the General President. In recent years
The Award of Honor has been presented to non-members and The Award of
Merit to members.
1952 Eugene Kinckle Jones
Thurgood Marshall
Garrett Morgan
1953 Archibald J. Carey
Rufus Clement
1954 Mary McLeod Bethune
Rayford W. Logan
1955 T.R.M. Howard
John H. Johnson
1956 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Arthur Shores
1957 Roy Wilkins
Austin T. Walden
1965 Pepsi Cola Company
Charles H. Wesley
1966 Thurgood Marshall
1967 No Award Given
1968 Wyatt Tee Walker
Henry G. Parks
1969 Theodore Berry
Barbara Jordan
1970 A. Leon Higginbotham
1971 Muhammed Ali
Roscoe Cartwright
Samuel Gravely
1958 Sidney Jones
Marion Anderson
1972 Eddie Robinson
Damon Keith
Robert Brown
1959 Pres. William V.S. Tubman
James W. Parker
John Howard Morrow
1973 Robert W. Harrison
Eugene D. Jackson
1960 Adam Clayton Powell
Aaron Brown
1961 Lester B Granger
W.M.G Halm
1962 Whitney M Young
Harry W. Richardson
1963 Edward Brooke
Franklyn Williams
1964 Floyd McKissick
Pres. John F. Kennedy
alPHa aWarD MeriT & Honor aWarD reCiPienTs
1974 No Award Given
1975 Lowell Perry
Maynard Jackson
1976 William Tolbert
Franklyn Williams
1977 William T. Coleman
Henry “Hank” Aaron
1978 Constance Baker Motley
1979 Lionel H. Newsome
1980 Albert T. Holland, Jr.
Richard Arrington
Parren Mitchell
1981 Albert T. Holland
1982 Malvin R. Goode
Tom Bradley
1983 Roland Burris
T.J. Jemison
1984 Julian Dixon
1985 William H. Gray III
1986 Ernest N. Morial
Randall Robinson
1987 Walter Washington
1988 No Award Given
1989 Louis Sullivan
1990 No Award Given
1991 No Award Given
1992 Cecil L. Murray
Augustus M. Witherspoon
1993 Eddie Robinson
Edward Brooke
Lionel B. Richie, Jr.
1994 Ozell Sutton
Dennis Archer
M. Alexis Herman
1995 Charles C. Teamer
John Hope Franklin
1996 Thomas Pawley, III
James R. Williams
1997 Andrew Young
Thomas Winston Cole, Sr.
2000 Lee P. Brown
Milton C. Davis
Maynard Jackson
Marc H. Morial
Henry Ponder
2001 Norman C. Francis
Roderick D. Gillum
Joe Samuel Ratliff
2002 No Awards Given
2003 Adrian L. Wallace
James “Tiny” Blanton
William F. Pickard
2004 No Award Given
2005 Horace Dawson
Ernest L. Holloway
Robert “Bob” Willis
2007 Alfred Bailey
Harry E. Johnson, Sr.
Harris Rosen
2008 Sylvester L. Shannon
Joseph E. Heyward
Soledad O’Brien
2009 Robert Wright
James Huger
Roger Youman
Tommy Hilfiger
Calvin Peete
Smokey Robinson
Mary Wilson
Otis Williams
Martha Reeves
2010 Jibreel Khazan
Wendell T. Foster, Jr.
1998 Henry H. Brown
Huel D. Perkins
1999 Emmett W. Bashful
Frank A. Dee
Hobart Sidney Jarrett
alPHa aWarD MeriT & Honor aWarD reCiPienTs
alPHa PHi alPHa fraTerniTY, inCorPoraTeD
(Delta Rho ’72), Immediate Past General President
Darryl R. Matthews,
Sr. is also the past
executive director
and chief operating officer of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA), headquartered in
Greenbelt, Maryland. Prior to joining
NABA, Matthews was an independent
consultant for the White House Presidential Advance staff. In that capacity, he coordinated and managed
sites in various locations for functions
attended by the president of the
United States and his senior staff.
Brother Matthews served Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity for 20 years in several
capacities. He was an elected member of the board of directors as midwestern region assistant vice president
and served in the fraternity corporate
office as executive director, deputy
executive director, assistant executive
secretary and director of membership
services, working in both the Chicago
and Baltimore locations. It was during
his tenure as executive director that he
was the day-to-day point man to
engineer the passage of the fraternitysponsored legislation to construct
the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
on the National Mall in Washington,
D.C. His work with legislators and
President Clinton’s direct staff was
instrumental in Alpha’s success in this
endeavor. Additionally, during his
tenure, he implemented numerous
policy directives and initiatives that upgraded service to the brotherhood. He
aWarDs of MeriT
helped to secure and administer a
$400K grant from the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation for our national youth
mentoring programs. Also during this
time, under Brother Matthews’s stewardship, Alpha enjoyed its most lucrative general convention.
Matthews is involved with numerous
community service and social organizations. He is an active member of the
Kappa Phi Lambda chapter in Columbia, Maryland. He has served as a volunteer with Junior Achievement and
as a board member of Big Brothers
and Big Sisters of Central Maryland,
Lafayette Square Community Center,
the YMCA Fundraising Board and the
Lupus Educational Foundation, Inc. He
is a past district chairman of the Constellation District of the Baltimore Area
Council for the Boy Scouts of America.
He was awarded the “Good Scout”
award and nominated for the “Silver
Beaver” award.
He is married to the former Allison
Paige Stinson, and they are proud
parents of three boys: Julian, Blake
and Darryl Jr.
Lambda ’95) career spans across 4
decades; he
recorded more
than 50 albums
and his voice is
one of the most
distinguished voices in all of music. Butler was born in 1939 in Sunflower, MS.
He moved to Chicago, IL at the age of
3 during the mass migration of blacks
from the south to the north. (He grew
up in an area which is now known as
the Cabrini-Green Housing Projects.)
Butler acquired his initial music lessons
as a young boy while a member of the
church choir in Chicago. Curtis Mayfield, who was 3 years younger, was
also a member of the same choir. The
two befriended each other and
began a collaboration that would
have an everlasting impact on music.
The twosome helped form the R&B
group the Roosters, and in 1957, the
quintet’s name was changed to Jerry
Butler & the Impressions.
Butler scored his first hit with the Impressions in 1958 with the timeless ballad
“For Your Precious Love.” (He’d written
the lyrics to the song when he was just
16.) In 1971, Butler formed a creative
workshop to help provide material for
his forthcoming albums. Material that
did not make his albums, he marketed
to other artists. In the spring of 1971,
Butler hit the Top Ten with the numbereight single, “If It’s Real What I Feel,”
which was written by Chuck Jackson
(the younger brother of Rev. Jesse
Jackson). Butler continued his hit-making tradition with “Ain’t Understanding
Mellow,” a classic soul-ballad duet
with Brenda Lee Eager that peaked at
number three on the Billboard R&B
charts. Butler scored a number-six single with Eager with a remake of the
Carpenters’ “(They Long to Be) Close to
You” and a solo hit with a remake of the
O’Jays’ “One Night Affair,” which was
also his last song to crack the Top Ten.
is the chairman
and chief executive officer of
Aflac, Incorporated. Amos received his
degree from the University of Georgia
in insurance and risk management,
and he has utilized his degree by working in various positions at Aflac for
more than 35 years. Son of Aflac cofounder Paul Amos, Daniel Amos
joined the company as a regional
sales director in 1973. He became president of Aflac in 1983, chief operating
officer in 1987, chief executive officer
in 1990 and chairman in 2001.
Amos is currently a member of the
board of directors of Synovus Financial
and a member of the boards of
trustees for Children’s Healthcare of
Atlanta and House of Mercy of Columbus, Ohio. He has been a member of
the board for several other organizations, including Aflac, CIT Group,
Georgia Power Company and Southern Company from 1983 to current
day. Amos formerly served as chairman of the University of Georgia Foundation, a director of the Southern
Company from 2000 to 2006 and a
member of the Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee of the Securities and
Exchange Commission.
In 2010, Institutional Investor magazine
named Daniel P. Amos one of
America’s Best CEOs in the life insurance category for the fourth time.
Under Mr. Amos’s leadership, Aflac
became the first public company in
aWarDs of Honor
the United States to give shareholders
the opportunity to have an advisory
“Say-on-Pay” vote on the compensation practices of the top five named
executive officers. Not only did 2010
mark Mr. Amos’s 21st year as CEO, but
it also marked a significant milestone
for Aflac, Incorporated: the 21st year
that the company has met or exceeded Aflac’s operating earningsper-share objective.
SR. is the founder
and publisher of
Black Enterprise
magazine and a
nationally recognized authority on
black business
development. In 1972, he was named
one of the 10 most outstanding
minority businessmen in the country by
the president of the United States and
received the National Award of Excellence in recognition of his achievements in minority business enterprise.
He is also listed in “ Who’s Who” in
America and was named one of 200
future leaders of the country by Time
magazine in 1974.
Today he is chairman of Earl G. Graves
Ltd., parent corporation of Earl G.
Graves Publishing Co., publisher of
Black Enterprise magazine—a businessservice publication targeted to black
professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and policy makers in the public
and private sector. Black Enterprise
magazine has been profitable since its
10th issue and yearly sales are steadily
increasing. In 2002, Fortune magazine
named Graves one of the 50 most
powerful and influential African Americans in corporate America. He holds a
seat on the board of selectors of the
aWarDs of Honor
American Institute for Public Service,
the Advisory Council of the Character
Education Partnership, the board of
the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation, the board of The
Schomburg Center for Research in
Black Culture, and the national advisory board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He is
also a trustee of Howard University, the
Committee for Economic Development, the Special Contributions Fund
of the NAACP, and the New York Economic Club. Graves was appointed to
serve on a presidential commission for
the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and was a
civilian aide to the secretary of the U.S.
Army from 1978 to 1980.
In 2007, Graves was inducted into the
U.S. Business Hall of Fame, which
recognizes the contributions of the
nation’s most distinguished corporate
professionals who have enriched
the economy and inspired young people to pursue excellence in business
and in life.
Prominent civil
rights activist and
political leader
SR. was born Jesse
Louis Burns on October 8, 1941 in
Greenville, South Carolina to Helen
Jackson and Noah Robinson. His
mother later remarried Charles Henry
Jackson, who formally adopted Jackson and his brother Charles. Jackson
received his high school diploma from
Sterling High School in Greenville, and
in 1959, he received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign. After his first
year, Jackson then transferred to North
Carolina A&T State University in
Greensboro, North Carolina.
Seminary. The seminary recognized
Jackson’s countless years of civic service to the American community.
At North Carolina A&T, University, Jackson continued to excel in sports. He
was an honor student and president of
his student body. On December 31,
1962, Jackson married college classmate, Jacqueline Lavinia Brown, in
Greenville. Returning to North Carolina
A&T, he became involved in the Civil
Rights Movement joining the Greensboro chapter of the Council on Racial
Equality (CORE). In 1963, Jackson
helped to organize several sit-ins, desegregating local restaurants and theaters in Greensboro. Jackson was
chosen as field director of CORE’s
southeastern operations, and president of the North Carolina Intercollegiate Council on Human Rights.
Writer and social
historian LERONE
served as the executive editor of
Ebony for almost
40 years. His written
work deftly explores the history of race relations in
the United States as well as the current
environment in which African-Americans strive for equality. Bennett was
born on October 17, 1928, in Clarksdale, Mississippi. When Bennett was
young, his family moved to Jackson,
Mississippi, and it was here, while attending public school, that Bennett’s
interest in journalism was kindled.
In 1965, Jackson left the seminary to
join Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to march in Selma, Alabama. At this time, Jackson became
an ordained minister, although he had
not returned to the seminary. In 1966,
Dr. King appointed Jackson to SCLC’s
Chicago economic program,
Operation Breadbasket. Jackson
and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition have
organized numerous events over
the years that bring attention to problems facing all Americans including
economic advancement, workers
rights, labor conditions, voter registration, education, and racial profiling. He
has been awarded over forty honorary
degrees, received the NAACP
Springarn Award, and been listed as
one of the top ten most respected
Americans. In 2000, Jackson received
an honorary Masters degree from his
former school, Chicago Theological
Bennett attended Morehouse College,
earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in
1949. He has always considered Morehouse the center of his academic development. After graduating, Bennett
entered the world of journalism as a reporter for the Atlanta Daily World. He
became the city editor for the magazine and worked there until 1953, when
he began as an associate editor at Jet
magazine in Chicago, Illinois. In 1954,
Bennett became an associate editor
at Ebony, and he was promoted to
senior editor of the magazine in 1958.
Since then, his comprehensive articles
have become one of the magazine’s
literary hallmarks.
A series of articles originally published
in Ebony resulted in Bennett’s first book,
a seminal work, “Before the Mayflower:
A History of Black America, 1619–1962.”
The book, with its comprehensive examination of the history of AfricanaWarDs of Honor
Americans in the United States, gave
Bennett a reputation as a first-rate
popular historian. In his eight subsequent books, Bennett has continued to
document the historical forces shaping
the black experience in the United
States. His other works include, “What
Manner of Man?,” “Pioneers In Protest”
and “The Shaping of Black America.”
Bennett has received numerous honors
for his work, including the Literature
Award of the Academy of Arts and
Letters, the Book of the Year Award
from Capital Press Club and the Patron
Saints Award from the Society of
Midland Authors. He has served as an
adviser and consultant to several national organizations and commissions,
including the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Bennett’s articles, short stories and poems have
been translated into five languages.
EDELMAN, founder
and president of
the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF),
has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans
for her entire professional life. Under
her leadership, CDF has become the
nation’s strongest voice for children
and families. The Children’s Defense
Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission
is to ensure every child a healthy start,
a head start, a fair start, a safe start
and a moral start in life and successful
passage to adulthood with the help of
caring families and communities.
Mrs. Edelman, a graduate of Spelman
College and Yale Law School, began
her career in the mid-1960s when, as
aWarDs of Honor
the first black woman admitted to the
Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP
Legal Defense and Educational Fund
office in Jackson, Mississippi. In l968,
she moved to Washington, D.C. as
counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
began organizing before his death.
She founded the Washington Research
Project, a public interest law firm and
the parent body of the Children’s Defense Fund. For 2 years she served as
the director of the Center for Law and
Education at Harvard University and in
1973 began CDF.
Mrs. Edelman served on the board of
trustees of Spelman College, which
she chaired from 1976 to 1987 and was
the first woman elected by alumni as
a member of the Yale University Corporation on which she served from
1971 to 1977. She has received more
than one hundred honorary degrees
and many awards including the Albert
Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the
Heinz Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. In 2000, she
received the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian
award, and the Robert F. Kennedy
Lifetime Achievement Award for her
numerous writings.
She is a board member of the Robin
Hood Foundation, the Center for
Budget and Policy Priorities and the
Association to Benefit Children and
a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations, the American Philosophical
Society, the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences and the Institute
of Medicine of the National Academy
of Sciences.
media platforms. In 2008, he was also
inducted into the Texas A&M University
Journalism Hall of Honor.
A nationally syndicated columnist
with Creators Syndicate, ROLAND
MARTIN (Pi Omicron ’89) is the author of Listening to
the Spirit Within: 50
Perspectives on Faith, and Speak,
Brother! A Black Man’s View of America, and his newest book, “The First:
President Barack Obama’s Road to
the White House as originally reported
by Roland S. Martin.”
He is the former founding news editor
for Savoy Magazine under the team of
New York-based Vanguarde Media,
and the former founding editor of
Mr. Martin is a commentator for TV One
Cable Network and host of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” a onehour Sunday morning news show. He is
also a CNN Analyst, appearing on a
variety of the network’s shows. In October 2008, he joined the Tom Joyner
Morning Show as senior analyst.
Named by Ebony Magazine in 2008,
2009 and 2010 as one of the 150 Most
Influential African Americans in the
United States, he is the 2009 winner of
the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Michelle
Obama Interview.” He is the 2008 winner of the NAACP Image Award for
Best Interview for “In Conversation: The
Sen. Barack Obama Interview.”
Martin, named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in
the United Kingdom, was also
awarded the 2008 President’s Award
by the National Association of Black
Journalists for his work in multiple
He previously served as owner/publisher of Dallas-Fort Worth Heritage, a
Christian monthly newspaper. Mr. Martin has worked as morning drive reporter for KRLD/1080 AM; news director
and morning anchor at KKDA-AM in
Dallas; city hall reporter for the Fort
Worth Star-Telegram; and county government and neighbors reporter for
the Austin American-Statesman.
He has won more than 30 professional
awards for journalistic excellence, including a regional Edward R. Murrow
Award from the Radio Television News
Directors; top reporting honors from the
National Association of Black Journalists;
the National Association of Minorities in
Cable. and the National Associated
Press-Managing Editors Conference.
He is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M
University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism. In
May 2008, Martin received a master’s
degree in Christian Communications
from Louisiana Baptist University.
He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood
Martin, author of Fulfilled! The Art and
Joy of Balanced Living, and vice president of Kennedy-King College in
Chicago. They reside in Chicago.
JoHn H. JoHnson aWarD of eXCellenCe
Lambda ’92) has
been a Civil Rights
Movement activist,
minister, educator
and lecturer—as
well as a member
of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity—and is
an authority on the strategy on nonviolent social change. He has traveled extensively to many countries as a
lecturer and consultant on peace and
nonviolence, and he served as director of peace and justice in Latin America, as well as chairperson of the
consortium on peace research, education and development. He cofounded the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in
1960 and was a leader of the Nashville
Movement in 1960, on the Freedom
Rides in 1961 and part of the 1965
Selma Movement. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in
1962, and he was appointed national
program administrator for the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC) and national coordinator of
the 1968 ‘Poor Peoples’ Campaign by
Martin Luther King, Jr. Later, he
founded and was national president of
God-Parents Clubs, Inc.—a national
community-based program aimed at
preventing the systematic incarceration of young Black youth—and director of the PUSH Excel Institute, which
strives to “educate not incarcerate.”
He also founded the Association for
Kingian Nonviolence, Education and
Training Works.
In addition to these accomplishments, Dr.
LaFayette is a scholar in residence at the
aWarD of CoUraGe
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia.
An ordained minister, Dr. LaFayette
earned his Bachelor of Arts degree
from the American Baptist Theological
Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee and
his master’s and doctorate degrees in
education from Harvard University,
where he was a teaching fellow. In addition to serving on the faculties of Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta
and Alabama State University, where
he was dean of the graduate school,
he was principal of Tuskegee Institute
High School in Tuskegee, Alabama. He
was minister of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tuskegee, Alabama;
he is former president of the American
Baptist College of ABT Seminary in
Nashville, Tennessee and he was pastor emeritus of the Progressive Baptist
Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. LaFayette is currently a distinguished scholar in residence and director of the Center for Nonviolence and
Peace Studies at the University of
Rhode Island. He is the chairperson for
the International Nonviolence Executive Planning Board. He has been reappointed by Rhode Island Governor
Donald Carcieri as the chairman for
the Rhode Island Select Commission on
Race and Police-Community Relations.
(Eta Lambda ’10) is
a living legend of
the Civil Rights
Movement and he
continues his
activism today,
tirelessly working
for the progress of African Americans
and the civil and political rights of all
people. An uplifting speaker, he has
addressed audiences in 42 states, 10
countries, and on countless campuses
nationwide on the issues of civil rights,
non-violence, racism and Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. with whom he worked
for many years.
A Baptist minister, his first use of nonviolent direct action was in 1947, to
end Peoria’s segregated lunch counters. Later he founded the Nashville
Christian Leadership Conference,
organizing the first sit-ins there in 1960
and the first civil rights march in 1961.
Rev. Vivian was a rider on the first
“Freedom Bus” into Jackson,
Mississippi, and went on to work alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his
Executive Staff in Birmingham, Selma,
Chicago, Nashville, the March on
Washington; Danville, Virginia; and St.
Augustine, Florida. During the summer
following the Selma Movement, Rev.
Vivian conceived and directed an
educational program, vision, and put
702 Alabama students in college with
scholarships. The program later
became Upward Bound.
the “Montel Williams Show” and
“Donahue.” Rev. Vivian is the focus of
the biography, Challenge and
Change by Lydia Walker and he is
author of Black Power and the
American Myth, which was an Ebony
Book Club Selection.
His leadership positions have included:
Chairman of the Southern Organizing
Committee Education Fund, the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference (SCLC) the Black Action
Strategies and Information Center
(BASIC), and the Center for
Democratic Renewal.
An eloquent and inspiring speaker,
Rev. Vivian continues to speak out for
racial justice and democracy.
Rev. Vivian has been featured as an
activist and an analyst in the civil rights
documentary, “Eyes on the Prize,” and
has been featured in a PBS special,
“The Healing Ministry of Dr. C. T.
Vivian.” He has made numerous
appearances on “Oprah” as well as
aWarD of CoUraGe
Outspoken civil
Rrights activist, the
Lambda ’10) was
born on October 6,
1921, in Huntsville,
Alabama. Considered the dean of the Ccivil Rrights
movement, Lowery began his education in Huntsville, spending his middle
school years in Chicago before returning to Huntsville to complete high
school. From there, he attended
Knoxville College, Payne College and
Theological Seminary, and the
Chicago Ecumenical Institute. Lowery
earned his doctorate of divinity as well.
Lowery began his work with civil rights
in the early 1950s in Mobile, Alabama,
where he headed the Alabama Civic
Affairs Association, an organization devoted to the desegregation of buses
and public places. During this time, the
state of Alabama sued Lowery, along
with several other prominent ministers,
on charges of libel, seizing his property.
The Supreme Court sided with the ministers, and Lowery’s seized property
was returned. In 1957, Lowery and Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. formed the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Lowery was named
vice president. In 1965, he was named
chairman of the delegation to take
demands of the Selma to Montgomery
March to Alabama’s governor at the
time, George Wallace.
After serving his community for more
than forty-five years, Lowery retired
from the pulpit in 1997. He also retired
in January of 1998 from the SCLC as
president and CEO. Despite his
retirement, Lowery still remains active.
He works to encourage African Ameri54
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cans to vote, and recorded a rap with
artist NATE the Great to help spread
this message.
(GAMMA ’61) was
a twenty-one year
old student at Virginia Union University when he was
arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for his participation in a
Freedom Ride. As part of the Freedom
Ride Randolph and five others took a
Trailways bus from Nashville, Tennessee,
via Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson,
Mississippi where they were arrested on
7 June 1961. Randolph was arrested
earlier in 1960 for his participation in a
sit-in in Richmond, Virginia.
(Alpha Phi ’93), a
native of Chicago,
IL, is the president
of the National
Urban League
Young Professionals
and has been an
active member of the Urban League
Movement since 2004, when he joined
the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago
Urban League (MetroBoard). Based on
his collective approach to achieving
organization-wide goals, Barton was
twice elected President to the
MetroBoard from 2005-2007. He continued his leadership with the National
Urban League Young Professionals,
where served as the Information &
Communications Chair from 2007-2009.
He was then elected National President in 2009 and subsequently election
to the Board of Trustees of the National
Urban League later that fall.
Some of his achievements during his
local & national leadership tenure include leading the MetroBoard to
amass over 4,500 volunteer hours,
raised over $97,000 and increased
membership by 35%. Nationally, Barton has set NULYP on a course to “bring
more to the table” as an organization.
He has implemented national goals
and performance standards for NULYP
chapters to contribute to. Through collaborative efforts, he is also creating
standard membership benefits including training, development and on-line
interaction through national web portal and membership
management system. More importantly, Barton has mobilized young pro-
fessionals to take a more active role in
the participation, governance and
contribution of the Urban League
Movement itself, including the Reclaim
the Dream March, writing legislators regarding healthcare and school lunch
funding as well as addressing the economic crisis in America.
Professionally, Barton is the Director of
Organization Services for Information
& Technology Services at Chicago
Public Schools (CPS), where he manages multiple teams for Business
Services, E-Rate, and Organization
Change Management.
Nu ’87) is the President-elect of the
National Bar Association, and a
founding and
managing partner
of Parks & Crump,
LLC. He hails from Haines City, Florida,
and attended Florida A&M University
on a Presidential Scholarship. While
there, Mr. Parks was the first Student
Body President elected to two consecutive terms and founded the National
Coalition of Black College Student
Governments. In 1992, Mr. Parks was
selected as the Alpha Phi Alpha National College Brother of the Year and
received his Bachelor degree in political science and economics. He graduated from the Florida State University
College of Law in 1995 and had his first
client only one day after being sworn
into The Florida Bar.
After founding Parks & Crump law firm,
Daryl Parks quickly established a reputation as a methodical businessman
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and relentless attorney. Over the
years, he’s had several articles written
about his extremely successful legal
career. One Tallahassee Democrat article is entitled "Even With His Success,
Attorney Parks Keeps Focus." The article brings up part of Mr. Parks inspiration for his work. It points out that "His
mother’s death - after her insurance
company refused to pay for a liver
transplant – underscores the value he
finds in his personal injury law practice." Mr. Parks explains, "It’s trial
lawyers who challenge the big companies for the people who couldn’t
mount that challenge on their own.
Somebody has to hold those doctors
and big companies accountable."
Attorney Parks continues his commitment to serving his alma mater as the
Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for
Florida A&M University and is a board
member of the Florida A&M University
(FAMU) Foundation, Inc. He is also the
past Chair of the FAMU Boosters.
In the community, Attorney Parks is the
Chairman of the board for the Leon
County Sickle Cell Foundation and
serves on the board for the Tallahassee
Urban League.
SHELTON (Zeta Beta
Lambda ’93) is the
President, of the
National Bar Association (“NBA”).
Prior to his current
position as President, he served as Vice President of the
association over regions and affiliates.
Shelton, a municipal law specialist,
served as a Deputy City Attorney for
the City of Oakland for the past 11
years. Over those years, Shelton
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worked in the litigation division, served
as Special Counsel to the Oakland Police Department and lead counsel
and policy advisor to a number of departments and agencies, including the
City’s Code Enforcement Division, the
Life Enrichment Agency, the Oakland
Public Library and the Oakland Ice
Center. Shelton has also served as
chief advisor to the Oakland City
Council’s Life Enrichment Committee
and on matters pertaining to Business
Improvement Districts and Measure Y –
the Violence Prevention and Public
Safety Act of 2004.
Shelton was named the “2008 Bar
Leader of the Year” by the Judicial
Council of the State Bar of California’s
Bench-Bar Coalition, the recipient of
the Alameda County Bar Association’s
2008 “Distinguished Service Award”,
the Charles Houston Bar Association's
"Clinton White Advocacy Award" and
in 2007 named one of the "101+ Men
Making a Difference in Our Community" by Black Expo. Ltd. In the 50th
Anniversary Issue of Ebony magazine
he was prophetically recognized as
one of the “Thirty Leaders of the Future” for his many contributions to the
community. In 2004 he was named
“Attorney of the Year” by the California Association of Black Lawyers, and
on May 6, 2006 “Demetrius Shelton
Day” was declared in the City of Oakland by Mayor Jerry Brown and in the
City of San Francisco by Mayor Gavin
Newsom. Shelton was particularly honored to receive these honors given
that eight years prior the City of Oakland had proclaimed Thursday, November 5, 1998, “Demetrius D. Shelton
Day in the City of Oakland” and the
City of San Francisco and then Mayor
Willie Brown passed a resolution honoring Shelton "for his courage, and outstanding leadership.”
Shelton has also been recognized by
the National Bar Association with its
“Presidential Award” on four occasions, the Charles Houston Bar Association with its “President’s Award”,
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Senator
Don Perata - President pro Temporate
of the Senate of the State of California,
the Hon. John Chiang - Chair of the
California State Board of Equalization,
Alameda County Supervisor Nate
Miley, the Office of the San Francisco
City Attorney (Dennis Herrera), the Office of the Oakland City Attorney
(John Russo), the Public Interest Law
Foundation, the Wiley Manuel Law
Foundation, the Wiley Manuel Bar Association, UC Davis' African Continuum
and the Minority Bar Coalition for his
continuous efforts.
Maria, hosted an “Evening of Elegance” 2006 that raised $125,000.00
for the United Negro College Fund to
benefit historically black colleges and
universities. He has been nominated by
the Philadelphia Chapter of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association as National Alumnus of the Year.
He serves on Board of Managers of the
West Philadelphia YMCA, where he is
Treasurer and Chairman of the Budget
and Finance Committee. He is also a
member of Monumental Baptist
Church, where he serves as Chairman
of the Board of Trustees. He is a member of Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Guardsmen, a life
member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc., and the Morehouse College National Alumni Association.
Rho ’87) is currently
the President-elect,
of the National Funeral Directors Association, and
president and CEO
of Terry Funeral Home, Inc. located in
West Philadelphia. A 70 year old business founded by P. S. Terry, Sr., Terry Funeral Home has been, and continues
to be, known for its outstanding service
and impeccable reputation throughout the years.
In August 2006, Mr. Burrell was elected
Corporate Secretary of the National
Funeral Directors & Morticians Association. The NFD&MA is the oldest and
largest association of African-American Funeral Directors in the world. He is
slated to become the 63rd General
President in 2011 and, consequently,
will be the first person ever elected to
this position from the state of Pennsylvania in the 84 year old history of the
Additionally, Mr. Burrell is founder, president, and CEO of The Burrell Group,
LLC, founded in 1999. The Burrell Group
provides funeral home management
and consulting services. He is a nationally recognized, 30 year veteran of the
funeral business.
Since moving to Philadelphia, civic
and charitable duties have been very
important to his family. He and his wife,
(Eta Tau Lambda
’86), the Grand Sire
Archon Elect of
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is a native
of Port Arthur,
Texas, graduated
with honors from the University of Houston in 1989 with a B.S. in Political Science. James worked on Capitol Hill in
Washington, DC for Congressman
William Lehman. Following his time in
Washington, James earned his law dePresiDenTial CiTaTions
gree from the University of Houston
and was admitted to the bar in 1993.
While attending law school, he received several awards and honors, including selection to the Order of
Barrister. He is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Fifth
Circuit Court of Appeals; State of Texas
U.S. District Courts of the Eastern and
Southern Districts of Texas.
In 1995, James moved back to Jefferson County and began working with
Provost & Umphrey Law Firm L.L.P., specializing in personal injury and products
liability. In 1997 James became a partner with the firm. In 2000, James became a Senior Partner with the firm.
James was certified in Personal Injury
Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal
Specialization in 1999. The National
Board of Trial Advocacy certified him in
2001 as a Certified Civil Trial Advocate.
In 2003-2010, James was selected for
Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson
Reuters Business, which represents only
5 percent of the lawyers in the state.
He recently became a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates
Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a member of the
State Bar of Texas, College of the State
Bar of Texas; Board of Directors, American Association for Justice; Texas Trial
Lawyers Association, Texas Young
Lawyers Association, Jefferson County
Bar Association, Port Arthur Bar Association (Past president), Jefferson
County Black Lawyers Association and
Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
James is very active in several social
and civic organizations. He is a life
member of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored Peo-
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ple, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma
Pi Phi Fraternity and 100 Black Men of
America. James developed the nationally recognized Buy 90 Campaign
which was designed to economically
empower the African American community in Southeast Texas. Mr. Payne is
sought after as a motivational speaker
by many organizations, schools and
churches. He recently wrote a book, "I
am Healed, but I am Still Sick?"
Epsilon ’66) was
named CEO and
President of TV
One in March
2003. Previously,
Rodgers was President of Discovery Networks U.S. for six
years and was responsible for the programming, marketing, research, distribution, operations and ad sales of the
highly regarded television group which
included the Discovery Channel, TLC,
Animal Planet, Discovery Kids and the
Travel Channel.
Prior to joining Discovery Communications, Inc. in 1996, Rodgers had a successful 20-year career at CBS, Inc.,
where he held a variety of executive
positions including serving as the President of CBS’ highly profitable television
stations division. During his career at
CBS television, Rodgers also served as
an award-winning News Director and
General Manager, and as an Executive Producer for CBS News.
Rodgers began his professional career
as a print journalist working as a WriterReporter for Sports Illustrated; he later
worked for Newsweek magazine as an
Associate Editor. He received his un-
dergraduate degree in journalistic
studies from the University of California
at Berkeley, and his Masters in Communications from Stanford University.
As a young boy in
Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, KEITH
his share of run-ins
with racism, but it
wasn’t until an incident in which he
was assaulted by an undercover police
officer after dancing with a white
woman at a party that he felt compelled to leave Southern University in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1997 to
come to New York. It was here he could
pursue his dream of being a filmmaker.
And through this feat, he’d attempt to
remedy some of the past and present
injustices of the Southern mindset.
In New York, Beauchamp quickly
found work at Big Baby Films, where he
honed his behind-the-camera skills during the day and spent his evenings
doing research and reaching out to
anyone who might have information
on the Emmett Till case, a story told to
Beauchamp when he was just 10 years
old. It was at this young age that
Beauchamp saw a Jet magazine that
contained a picture of Emmett Till’s
dead body and was told the story behind Till’s murder.
In 1999, Beauchamp founded Till Freedom Come Productions, a company
devoted to socially significant projects
that can both teach and entertain.
Beauchamp has devoted the past 11
years of his life to pursuing justice for
Emmett Till, traveling extensively between New York, Chicago and Missis-
sippi investigating the murder. Throughout his journey he tracked and spoke
with witnesses who had never before
spoken about the case, befriended
Mamie Till Mobley who took
Beauchamp under her wing and
worked with such influential figures as
Muhammad Ali and Reverend Al
Sharpton, all the while persistently lobbying both the state of Mississippi and
the Federal Government to reopen the
Emmett Till murder investigation. On
May 10, 2004, the United States Department of Justice reopened this 51year-old murder case citing
Beauchamp’s documentary “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” as both
a major factor in their decision and the
starting point for their investigation. In
May 2005, Emmett’s body was exhumed, and most recently, the FBI
turned over their evidence to the appropriate district attorney in Mississippi.
Lambda ’10) is
founder, President
and CEO of Urban
Prep Academies, a
nonprofit organization operating a
network of public
college-prep boys’ schools in Chicago,
including the nation’s first all-male
charter high school. He has also been
featured on Good Morning America
and The Oprah Winfrey Show.] Tim
holds the Doctorate Honoris Causa as
well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University.
Tim has been involved in education in
some capacity his entire professional
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career including stints as instructor at
the high-school, community college,
and university levels as well as serving
as a founding Board member of the
Alain Locke Charter Academy—one of
Chicago’s highest performing public
elementary schools. Tim was selected
by ABC World News as “Person of the
Week”, Ebony Magazine as one of “30
Leaders of the Future” and Crain’s
Chicago Business for its annual “40
Under 40” list. Tim was featured on The
Oprah Winfrey Show, and Presidents
Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well
as other elected officials and community groups, have recognized him for
his work with youth. Tim earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and a Juris Doctorate Degree
from Georgetown University. He completed additional studies at the European University Institute in Florence,
Italy, and at the University of Kenya in
Nairobi, Kenya.
That student, who was once homeless,
has now graduated from college and
is giving back to his community by
working at Urban Prep. Having a positive impact on this young man’s life is
the achievement of which Tim is the
In 2000, after 16
years as an agent
of the Secret Service, Brother
MOORE had made
it to one of the
most prestigious
posts in the agency as a lead agent
on President Clinton's protective detail,
entrusted with Mr. Clinton's life. Mr.
Moore seemed to be poised to advance to the agency's managerial
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But even though his written evaluation
for 1999 shows that he was among the
most outstanding agents of his rank,
Mr. Moore, who is black, said he was
denied a promotion and given the
task of training the white agent promoted ahead of him. When Mr. Moore
was reassigned to a counterfeiting
squad in Dallas, he decided to defy
the Secret Service's traditional code of
''I did it the way I was supposed to do
it,'' Mr. Moore, 40, said recently. ''I got a
very, very wrong deal.''
Mr. Moore officially became a lead
plaintiff in a class-action complaint
filed with the government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a
legal action that accuses the Secret
Service of a pattern and practice of
racial discrimination dating to 1987 in
promotions through biased selections,
highly subjective personnel evaluations, arbitrary transfers and an unfair
system of bonuses and awards.
Blaxploitation superstar RICHARD
earned screen immortality during the
1970s as the legendary Shaft. Born
July 9, 1942, in New
Rochelle, NY, Roundtree attended college on a football scholarship but later
gave up athletics to pursue an acting
career. He made his film debut in
1970’s “What Do You Say to a Naked
Lady?” but was still an unknown when
filmmaker Gordon Parks, Sr. cast him as
Shaft in the film of the same title.
Thanks to the film’s popularity—as well
as its two sequels—Roundtree also ap-
peared in films including the 1974 disaster epic “Earthquake,” 1975’s “Man Friday,” and the blockbuster 1977 TV
miniseries “Roots.” He has acted in a
number of other television shows and
films, including the 2000 Shaft remake
starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Best known for his role as sex-machine
private detective John Shaft in the
1970 film, Richard Roundtree is proof
that breast cancer affects men, too.
Roundtree discovered a lump in his
right breast in 1993 and received
chemotherapy, radiation treatments
and a mastectomy. Although breast
cancer is rare in men, hundreds of men
are diagnosed with breast cancer
every year. While the numbers are
small compared to the tens of thousands of women who are diagnosed
with the disease yearly, men are not
free from its sometimes tragic grip.
Fearing that casting directors would
not hire him because he was too ill to
work, Roundtree kept his illness secret
from his friends, his family and the public. While undergoing chemotherapy,
Richard Roundtree made six films and
a guest appearance on “Bonanza: The
Return.” It wasn’t until Roundtree got a
clean bill of health in 2001 that he let
the public know about his battle with
breast cancer. Roundtree began to
speak on the media circuit about his
own battle in an attempt to raise
awareness of the rare condition.
Roundtree wanted men everywhere to
know that if he could get breast cancer, any man could. Roundtree, 68, is
now a breast cancer awareness advocate, working with the advocacy
group Susan G. Komen for the Cure as
its spokesman for male breast cancer
awareness to raise men’s awareness
and encourage early detection.
Even as Roundtree continues to advocate for breast cancer awareness, he
is still committed to his acting career
and will appear in the films “Retreat!”
and “The Bitter Earth” later in 2011.
DIMES and Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. began
collaboratively implementing Project
Alpha in 1980.
Designed to provide young men with current and accurate information about teen
pregnancy prevention, Project Alpha
consists of a series of workshops and informational sessions conducted by
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers. The
three goals of Project Alpha programs
are: Sharing Knowledge by combating
ignorance and fear with factual information; Changing Attitudes by providing motivation toward positive
changes in sexual behavior; Providing
Skills by creating a sense of empowerment and self-esteem
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. chapters all across the country worked with
their local March of Dimes to implement Project Alpha programs. Project
Alpha week is the first week of November. This program reaches more than
25,000 young men every year.
In addition to Project Alpha, March for
Babies® serves as an example of the
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - March
of Dimes partnership. In the last 5 years,
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers
have raised over $1 million for the
March of Dimes.
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a college Fraternity, comprised of
functioning Undergraduate and
Alumni Chapters
on major campuses and in cities
throughout the country, is the crystallization of a dream. It is a vision that
was shared commonly by the late
Revered Founders Elder Watson Diggs;
John Milton Lee; Byron K. Armstrong;
Guy Levis Grant; Ezra D. Alexander;
Henry T. Asher; Marcus P. Blakemore;
Paul W. Caine; Edward G. Irvin and
George W. Edmonds.
It was the vision of these astute men
that enabled them in the school year
1910 - 11, more specifically the night of
January 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, to sow the seed of a fraternal
tree whose fruit is available to, and
now enjoyed by, college men everywhere, regardless of their color, religion
or national origin.
Chartered and incorporated originally
under the laws of the State of Indiana
as Kappa Alpha Nu on May 15, 1911,
the name was changed to KAPPA
ALPHA PSI on a resolution offered and
adopted at the Grand Chapter in December 1914. This change became effective April 15, 1915, on a
proclamation by the then Grand Polemarch, Elder Watson Diggs. Thus, the
name acquired a distinctive Greek letter symbol and KAPPA ALPHA PSI
thereby became a Greek letter Fraternity in every sense of the designation.
CenTennial MilesTones
the first international fraternal organization to be
founded on the
campus of a historically black college.
Omega Psi Phi was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University
in Washington, D.C. The founders were
three Howard University undergraduates, -- Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James
Cooper and Frank Coleman. Joining
them was their faculty adviser, Dr.
Ernest Everett Just.
From the initials of the Greek phrase
meaning, "friendship is essential to the
soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was
derived. That phrase was selected as
the motto.
Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance
and Uplift were adopted as Cardinal
Principles. Omega continues to flourish,
largely because founders -- Love,
Cooper, Coleman and Just -- were
men of the very highest ideals and intellect. The Founders selected and attracted men of similar ideals and
characteristics. It is not by accident
that many of America’s great black
men are or were Omega Men.
There are very few Americans whose
lives have not been touched by a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Lambda ’04), is the
18th president of
the nation’s first historically black
land-grant institution, Alcorn State
University in Lorman, Mississippi. He is
the former executive vice president
and provost at the historic Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he
held the rank of university professor.
Prior to this appointment, he served as
dean of the College of Education at
the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,
vice president for Programs and Administration at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education,
director of Social Justice and Professional Development for the American
Educational Research Association
(AERA), as well as executive director
and chief research scientist of the
Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund.
He received the 2001 Association for
the Study of Higher Education’s Promising Scholar/Early Career Award, the
2002 AERA Committee on Scholars of
Color Early Career Contribution Award,
the 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award
from the National Association for Multicultural Education, and the 2008 Association of Teacher Educators
Distinguished Educator Award.
Dr. Brown received his B.S. in elementary education from South Carolina
State University and his M.S.Ed. in educational policy and evaluation from
the University of Kentucky. He received a Ph.D. in higher education
from The Pennsylvania State University
with a cognate in public administration
and political science.
Paving the way for
African Americans
of the future,
(Gamma Iota ’68),
was born in Birmingham, Alabama,
on August 13,1950. After graduating
from high school at the age of sixteen,
Hrabowski went on to attend
the Hampton Institute and studied a
semester at the American University in
Cairo, Egypt. After earning his B.A. in
mathematics in 1970, Hrabowski attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning an M.A. in
mathematics in1971 and a Ph.D. in
higher education and statistics in 1975.
He participated in Dr.Martin Luther
King, Jr.’s children’s crusade and was
arrested. He also knew one of the
young girls killed in the Birmingham
church bombing of 1963.
After earning his Ph.D., Hrabowski remained at the University of Illinois for a
year as an assistant professor and the
assistant dean of student services.
From there, he was hired by Alabama
A&M University as the associate dean
of graduate studies and an associate
professor of statistics. In 1977,
Hrabowski took a position at Coppin
State College in Maryland as a professor of math and dean of arts and sciences. By 1981, he had been named
vice president for academic affairs,
where he remained another six years.
Hrabowski went to the nearby University of Maryland, Baltimore County,
in 1987 as vice provost, and he remains
there today as president. Under
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Hrabowski’s leadership, the Meyerhoff
Scholarship was established, originally
to help African American males that
already excelled in math and science
do even better. He has also co-written
two books and numerous articles for
journals. Hrabowski has received the
Council on Chemical Research Diversity Award, the prestigious McGraw
Prize in education and was recently
elected to the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences and the American
Philosophical Society. He and his wife,
Jacqueline, have one son.
In October 2007,
(Delta Zeta
Lambda ’06) was
named the 14th
President of Paine
College in Augusta, Georgia.
Within the first two years of his presidency, Dr. Bradley has reduced the
institutions financial deficit and has
partnered with local, state, and federal agencies on over $8 million of
capital projects that will benefit the
broader Augusta community. He
has laid the foundation for the growth
of the institution through a twentyfive year master plan that has already
had an economic impact on the
Augusta community.
He is a graduate of South Carolina
State University in Orangeburg, SC
where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees.
He earned a doctorate in Higher Education with a cognate in Statistical Research and Evaluation from Iowa State
University. He also studied at Harvard
University through the Institute for Educational Management. A scholar of
the people, Dr. Bradley co-founded
the South Carolina Institute for Research in Education (SCIRE). This institute sponsored research on
educational issues that impact African
American communities in South CarolinaHe contributes to the greater community as a member of several boards
to include the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
and the Board of the Augusta Symphony. The South Carolina Legislature
recognized Dr. Bradley for his commitment as a teacher, administrator, author, and researcher in the field of
education for more than two decades
with a Lifetime of Service concurrent
resolution. He is married to Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley and they are the parents
of three children.
(Gamma Mu
Lambda ’85) is the
twelfth president of
Florida Memorial
University, South
Florida’s only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and the
third oldest institution of higher learning
in the state of Florida. He has served as
Dean and Professor in the College of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University (FAMU)
for the last 15 years. Dr. Lewis served
as Interim President of FAMU from January through June 2002.Under his leadership, these two organizations
—representing all of the nations historically black medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and veterinary medical
programs—have secured over $100
million in support of programs, research and activities that improve the
quality of education and the availability of health care to minority and
under-served communities.
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An accomplished biomedical researcher with a focus on sickle cell
anemia, Dr. Lewis has been the principal investigator or project director on
research/training grants totaling over
$95 million. He has increased the endowment of the FAMU College of
Pharmacy from $1 million to over $22
million under his leadership. In 1986, he
made history by becoming the first
African American elected to the Leon
County Board of County Commissioners in Tallahassee, Florida. While a
Commissioner, he spearheaded the
creation of the County’s Minority Business Enterprise program, developed
the branch health clinic network
throughout the county, successfully
advocated legislative funding for a
$2.5 million clinic building, and located
the new $20 million county public library downtown adjacent to the C.K.
Steele bus terminal in the district he
represented, making it accessible to all
citizens of the city.
(Tau Lambda ’05) is
the president at
Western Illinois University (WIU) bringing with him
outstanding experiences in the areas
of academic affairs, academic enrichment programs, curriculum, diversity,
student affairs, internationalization, distance learning, and many others.
Under Thomas’ leadership, WIU established new academic programs including degrees in nursing, engineering,
museum studies, anthropology, and religious studies. A strong proponent of
mentoring young faculty from diverse
backgrounds, Thomas has established
under-represented dissertation and
post-doctorate fellowships, visiting professorships, young scholar initiatives,
and other programs that support their
professional development.Thomas
holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from
Alabama A & M University (1983), a
Master of English Education from Virginia State University (1984), and a
Ph.D. in English (Literature and Criticism) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1990). Prior to his
appointment at WIU. In addition,
Thomas has served as an American
Council on Education Fellow (1998 –
1999), is a graduate of the Harvard
Leadership Program (2005) and the
Leadership Middle Tennessee Program
(2006), a Kellogg-NAFEO Fellow (2003 –
2004), and participated in the Salzburg
Seminar in Salzburg, Austria (1999).
Effective July 1,
2000, DR. LARRY L.
EARVIN (Alpha Phi
’68) was appointed
by the Board of
Trustees as the fifth
president and chief
executive officer of
Huston-Tillotson College, located in
Austin, Texas. His millennium year appointment was made during the College’s 125th anniversary.
Dr. Earvin established the William Edward Burghardt DuBois Honors Program
at HT in the spring of 2003. The program promotes lifelong learning
among the University’s most academically gifted students and prepares
them for graduate or professional
school. He was also instrumental in securing more than $1 million for scholarships. In addition, more than $69 million
in grants and contracts were in force
for the School of Arts and Sciences.
Within The United Methodist Church,
PresiDenTial CiTaTions: salUTe To alPHa ColleGe PresiDenTs
with which Huston-Tillotson University is
affiliated, he serves as chair of the
Commission on Black Colleges of the
General Board of Higher Education
and Ministry (GBHEM), chair of the
Council of Presidents, a board member of the Committee on Planning and
Implementation of the National Association of Schools and Colleges
(NASCUMC), and as a member of
the University Senate. He serves as a
board member of Educational and
Institutional Insurance Administrators
(EIIA), the United Negro College
Fund (UNCF), the Council on Higher
Education Accreditation, and the National Association for Equal Opportunities in Higher Education (NAFEO).
Co-author of numerous papers and
publications, Dr. Earvin is a frequent recipient of awards and is listed in several biographical dictionaries.
1997, Franklin assumed the presidency
of the Interdenominational Theological
Center (ITC), the graduate theological
seminary of the Atlanta University
Center consortium.
(Eta Lambda ’10) is
the tenth president
of Morehouse College, the nation’s
largest private,
four-year liberal
arts college for men.Franklin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse
in 1975 with a degree in political science and religion. He continued his
education at Harvard Divinity School,
earning a master of divinity degree in
Christian social ethics and pastoral
care in 1978, and the University of
Chicago, earning a doctorate in
ethics and society, and religion and
the social sciences in 1985. He also undertook international study at the University of Durham, UK, as a 1973 English
Speaking Union Scholar. His major fields
of study include social ethics, psychology and African American religion. In
Pi ’86) is the 12th
president of Philander Smith College
in Little Rock,
Arkansas. Known as
the Hip Hop president, he is one of the youngest college
presidents in the nation. Prior to Philander Smith College, he served in administrative capacities at Albany State
University, Old Dominion University,
Georgia State University and Emory University.Dr. Kimbrough earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Degree in
biology from the University of Georgia in
1989. He continued his education at
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, completing a Master of Science Degree in
College Student Personnel Services in
1991, and in 1996 he earned the Doctor
of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education from Georgia State University.
Franklin is the author of three
books: Crisis in the Village: Restoring
Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day’s Journey:
Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social
Justice in African American
Thought 1990. Franklin has studied
seven languages and visited Africa,
Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the
Caribbean. He is the recipient of a
Ford Foundation grant to examine religion in public life in Asia and produced NPR commentaries based on
this research.
PresiDenTial CiTaTions: salUTe To alPHa ColleGe PresiDenTs
Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national
reputation as an expert on fraternities
and sororities, with specific expertise
regarding historically Black, Latin and
Asian groups. He is the author of the
book, Black Greek 101: The Culture,
Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities. After five
months, the book was an Essence
magazine top 10 best seller, and is currently in its tenth printing. Locally, he is
a member of the board of directors for
the Greater Little Rock Chamber of
Commerce, as well as the Arkansas
United Methodist Foundation. He was
named one of the people who made
a difference in Arkansas in 2005 by the
Arkansas Times newspaper, named by
Power play magazine in 2006 as one of
the 25 influential African Americans in
Arkansas, and listed by Arkansas Business as one of 40 under 40 in 2006.
RILEY (Sigma
Lambda ’85), on
January 1, 2007,
became the 10th
President and
Chief Executive Officer of historic
Meharry Medical College, Nashville,
Tennessee, the nation’s largest, private,
independent, historically black academic health center dedicated to educating health professionals. Notable
achievements include: reaffirmation of
accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the
American Dental Association; the first,
ever, accreditation for the Master’s degree program in Public Health by the
Council for Education for Public Health
(CEPH), the establishment of three U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs
outpatient clinics, including the firstever VA Primary Care Clinic on the
campus of a historically black academic health science center, and a
specialized Women Veterans Health
Clinic, and a partnership with Vanderbilt University to participate in the NIH’s
Clinical Translational Research Center
(CTSA) award; a $21 million NIH award
to establish the Meharry Translational
Research Center (MeTRC); completion
of a $4.2 million dollar renovation of
the Meharry Biomedical Sciences Library; and multiple other capital improvements to enhance the teaching
and learning environment.
Dr. Riley earned the Bachelor of Arts
(B.A.) degree in anthropology (concentration in Medical Anthropology)
from Yale University in New Haven,
Conn.; the Master of Public Health
(M.P.H.) degree in health systems management from the Tulane University
School of Public Health and Tropical
Medicine in New Orleans; and the
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree
from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. In May 2002, he
earned the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate
School of Management’s (JGSM) MBA
for Executives program.
PresiDenTial CiTaTions: salUTe To alPHa ColleGe PresiDenTs
founder and President of the National Action
Network (NAN), a
not-for-profit civil
rights organization
headquartered in Harlem, New York,
with over 47 Chapters nationwide. In
the October 19th, 2009 issue of New
York Magazine, Rev. Sharpton was featured as the only African-American
listed among the “Top 12 Most Powerful People in New York City. In February
2007, Rev. Sharpton was called “the
most prominent civil rights activist in
the nation” by the New York Daily
News. Rev. Sharpton’s civil rights career
began almost as early as his ministry. At
thirteen, Revs. Jesse Jackson and William
Jones appointed Sharpton youth director of New York’s SCLC Operation Breadbasket, an organization founded by Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1971.
Recent cases that Rev. Sharpton has
been at the forefront of include the
Jena Six case, the Sean Bell case, the
Omar Edwards case, and the Troy
Davis case. Past cases include the
cases of Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima
and Patrick Dorismond, to name a
few. Rev. Sharpton was recently in the
forefront of the successful effort to
block radio commentator Rush Limbaugh from inclusion in a group of investors striving to buy the Saint Louis
Rams due to his history of divisiveness
and his penchant for making derogatory comments about players that are
anti-NFL and racially charged. In the
business world, Rev. Sharpton has
ConVenTion sPeaKers
been successful in getting the private
sector to engage in billions of dollars in
contracts with minority communities.
II (Delta Theta’64) is
now serving his
fourth term
representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District.
Having served for twelve years on the
city council of Missouri’s largest municipality, Kansas City, Cleaver was
elected as the city’s first African American Mayor in 1991.
During his eight year stint in the Office
of the Mayor, Cleaver distinguished
himself as an economic development
activist and an unapologetic redevelopment craftsman. He and the City
Council brought a number of major
corporations to the city, including
TransAmerica, Harley Davidson, and
Citi Corp. Cleaver also led the effort,
after a forty year delay, to build the
South Midtown Roadway. Upon completion of this major thoroughfare, he
proposed a new name: The Bruce R.
Watkins Roadway. Additionally, his municipal stewardship includes the 18th
and Vine Redevelopment, a new
American Royal, the establishment of
a Family Division of the Municipal
Court, and the reconstruction and
beautification of Brush Creek.
Cleaver has received five honorary
Doctoral Degrees augmented by a
bachelor’s degree from Prairie View
A&M, of the University of Texas, and a
Master’s from St. Paul Theology of
Kansas City.
In 2009, Cleaver, with a multitude of
accomplishments both locally and
Congressionally, introduced the most
ambitious project of his political career—the creation of a Green Impact
Zone. This zone, consisting of 150 blocks
of declining urban core, has received
approximately $125 million dollars in
American Recovery and Reinvestment
funds. The Green Impact Zone is aimed
at making this high crime area the environmentally greenest piece of urban
geography in the world. This project includes rebuilding Troost Avenue, rehabbing bridges, curbs and sidewalks,
home weatherization, smart grid technology in hundreds of homes, and
most importantly, hundreds of badly
needed jobs for Green Zone residents.
Cleaver was unanimously elected the
20th chair of the Congressional Black
Caucus of the 112th Congress.
After graduating
from Emory University School of Law
and completing a
coveted clerkship
in the U.S. Federal
Courts, GLENDA
HATCHETT accepted a position at Delta Air Lines, as
the company’s highest-ranking
African-American woman. She served
in dual roles as a senior attorney for
Delta, litigating cases in federal courts
throughout the country, and Manager
of Public Relations, supervising global
crisis management, and media relations for all of Europe, Asia and the
United States. In fact, her outstanding
contributions were recognized by
Ebony Magazine, which named
Glenda Hatchett one of the “100 Best
and Brightest Women in Corporate
America.” She made the difficult deci-
sion to leave Delta Air Lines in order to
accept an appointment as Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County,
Georgia Juvenile Court. Upon accepting the position, Glenda Hatchett
became Georgia’s first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state
court and the department head of
one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country.
Glenda Hatchett is a graduate of Mt.
Holyoke College and has been recognized as a distinguished alumni and
awarded an honorary degree by the
college. She also attended Emory University School of Law and because of
her commitment to excellence and
service within the community, Glenda
was awarded the Emory Medal, the
highest award given to an alum by the
university. Currently, Glenda Hatchett
presides over the syndicated show,
“Judge Hatchett” currently in its 10th
season (Sony Pictures Television), and is
the founder of Parent Power Now, the
premiere online parenting network.
Judge Hatchett is also the author of
the national best-sellers “Dare to Take
Charge” (Center Street) which was recently released on September 20, 2010
and “Say What You Mean, Mean What
You Say” (HarperCollins). She has previously served on the Board of Directors
of Gap, Inc. the Hospital Corporation
of America (HCA), The Service Master
Company, and Boys and Girls Clubs of
America. Presently, Glenda Hatchett is
on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Falcons Football Organization
and Play Pumps International. Hatchett resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her
two sons.
ConVenTion sPeaKers
(Beta Tau ’91) became the President and CEO of
The Schott Foundation for Public
Education. In this
role, Dr. Jackson
leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education
for all students regardless of race or
gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott
Foundation after seven productive
years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He
served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP's
National Director of Education.
Dr. Jackson also served as an Adjunct
Professor of Race, Gender, and Public
Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy
Institute. In 1999, President William
Jefferson Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve in his administration as
Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for
Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education.
(Zeta Eta ’08) is
widely considered
one of America’s
most important
voices in these
early years of the
21st century. Legendary feminist Gloria Steinem asserts
that "as a charismatic speaker, leader,
and a very good writer, Kevin Powell
has the be fully human,
and this will bring the deepest revolution of all." Internationally acclaimed
scholar and social critic Dr. Michael
Eric Dyson has called Powell "a mighty
wind of fresh air." And of Kevin Powell
the writer asha bandele says “When
you consider the intelligence and
breadth of Kevin Powell’s writing and
activism, you come to the conclusion
that there may be no better
spokesperson and representative for a
generation that has too long been
counted out.”
Dr. Jackson possesses a Bachelor of
Arts in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana; A Master of Education in Education Policy from the
University of Illinois' College of Education; and a Juris Doctorate from the
University of Illinois' College of Law. In
addition, Dr. Jackson received a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning,
and Social Policy from the Harvard
Graduate School of Education.
Kevin Powell is an activist, writer, public
speaker, and entrepreneur. A product
of extreme poverty, welfare, fatherlessness, and a single mother-led household, he is a native of Jersey City, New
Jersey and was educated at New Jersey’s Rutgers University. Kevin Powell is
a longtime resident of Brooklyn, New
York, and it is from his base in New York
City that Powell has published ten
books, including his new title, Open
Letters to America (Soft Skull Press). This
book is a collection of essays that examines American leadership, politics,
and various social issues in the era of
Barack Obama.
Dr. Jackson served on the ObamaBiden transition team as a member of
the President’s 13-member Education
Policy Transition Work Group.
Next up for Kevin Powell is his longawaited childhood memoir, My Own
Private Ghetto (2012), and The Kevin
Powell Reader (2013), which will gather
ConVenTion sPeaKers
the first twenty-five years of his writings
and speeches. Most recently Powell
has been a Writing Fellow for the Joint
Center for Political and Economic
Studies, as well as a Phelps Stokes Fund
Senior Fellow.
Phi ’77) is EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of
Environmental Information and
Chief Information
Officer. In this role, Mr. Jackson is responsible for IT operations and security,
information quality and collection, and
access to environmental information,
including the Toxic Release Inventory.
His leadership focus includes IT strategic planning, IT governance, and IT investment management.
Prior to joining EPA in 2010, he served
as the Senior IT Business Unit Director of
CIGNA Insurance Disability Management Business, where he managed all
IT aspects that supported short-term
disability, long-term disability, and life
and accident insurance products and
services. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Jackson also served as the Senior IT Business
Unit Director for CIGNA Insurance Corporate Business Functions. During this
tenure, Mr. Jackson directed the development of IT applications for
Human Resources, Finance, Legal and
Public Affairs, and Investments. In addition, Mr. Jackson had IT oversight for
Corporate-Owned Life Insurance, Reinsurance, and Settlement Annuities.
Prior to joining CIGNA Insurance, Mr.
Jackson held various positions in the
areas of IT, engineering, marketing and
general business management at
Monsanto, Quaker Oats, General Dynamics, and Shell Oil Company.
Throughout his career, Mr. Jackson has
developed expertise in IT strategy,
large-scale enterprise resource planning, performance metrics development, and business process
re-engineering. Mr. Jackson was a
Board member of the Children’s Literacy Initiative in Philadelphia and the
Jackson State University National Alumni
Association, where he chaired the
membership committee. Mr. Jackson
holds a BS from Jackson State University
and an MBA from Northwestern University, J.L. Kellogg School of Management.
Lambda ’10), the
second oldest
child of Martin
Luther King, Jr. and
Coretta Scott King,
has motivated audiences around the world with his insightful message of hope and civility
for nearly twenty years. In 1986, Mr.
King was elected to political office as
an at-large representative of over
700,000 residents of Fulton County,
Georgia. On January 19, 2004 Mr. King
assumed the position as CEO and President of the King Center after a unanimous vote by the Board. In 1986, Mr.
King was elected to political office as
an at-large representative of over
700,000 residents of Fulton County,
Georgia. On January 19, 2004 Mr. King
assumed the position as CEO and President of the King Center after a unanimous vote by the Board.
ConVenTion sPeaKers
Theologian, pastor,
and civic leader
(Alpha Rho ’55) is
one of America’s
most influential religious leaders and
highly sought-after public speakers. He
also completed special studies at the
Inter-Denominational Theological Center from 1960 to 1961 and earned his
D.Min degree in ministry from the
United Theological Seminary in 1990.
From 1954 to 1959, Moss served as pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church
in LaGrange, Georgia. From 1956 to
1961, he also served as pastor of Atlanta’s Providence Baptist Church and
therefore, simultaneously led two congregations from 1956 to 1959. From
1961 to 1975, he pastored the Mount
Zion Baptist Church in Lockland, Ohio,
and in 1971, he served as co-pastor,
with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King,
Sr., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in AtlantaHaving been a staff member of
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he
currently serves as a national board
member and trustee for the Martin
Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent
Social Change.
Moss is the recipient of numerous
awards and honors, including Human
Relations Award from Bethune Cookman College in 1976, The Role Model
of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and
Family Development in 1992, Leadership Award from the Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Committee
in 1996, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from LaGrange College in 2004.
In 2004, he participated in the Oxford
Round Table in Oxford, England and
was a guest presenter for the Lyman
Beecher Lecture series at Yale University.
senior broTHers’ loUnGe
CLARK, JR. (Alpha
Psi ’45) (Jack
Clark) initiated at
Beta Sigma
Chapter, was the
first president of
Alpha Lambda
Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc. and executive secretary of the
Pittsburgh and St. Louis National Urban
Leagues. Patricia Ferguson, Jack
Clark’s mother, was a social worker for
the juvenile division of the Cook
County Circuit Court of Illinois.
Following the separation of his parents
when he was 4 years old, Jack and his
older sister Marion moved with their
mother to Chicago, Illinois. Jack
attended the John Farren Elementary
School and graduated from Parker
High School (now known as Paul
Robeson High School) in 1938.
Following graduation from high school,
Jack attended the University of Illinois
for 1 year and later finished his baccalaureate degree at Lincoln
University in Jefferson City, Missouri
after a brief stint working, including
supporting the first years of World War
II while working at Buick Motors manufacturing aircraft engines.
While at Lincoln University, Jack was
initiated into the Alpha Psi Chapter of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in April 1945.
Jack moved back to Chicago after
graduating from Lincoln University and
began working for the Illinois Department of Public Aid and Sears, Roebuck
and Co. In 1949, Jack married Ruth
Clark and had two sons, Phillip and
Dennis Clark. Following their separation, Jack married Margaret Williams in
1964 and had two more sons, John
Thomas Clark, III (Xi Lambda, 1995) and
Eric Richard Clark (Xi Lambda, 1992).
Throughout the years, Jack has remained an active member of Xi
Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity. He served as the regional
secretary under Midwest Regional Vice
President Bro. Thomas Pawley. He has
served in various offices in Xi Lambda
Chapter and continues to serve as the
associate editor of the Sphinx.
For 55 years,
Nu ’52) has served
Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Inc. at
the chapter, district, regional, and national level always
rendering unparalleled service. He has
traveled more miles than any Alpha
since Brother Mal Goode delivering
Chartering and Anniversary Addresses,
leading Memorial Services and bringing
inspiration and insight on Founders
Days. In 1999, he was candidate for
31st General President. For almost thirty
years, the first voice heard at the
Ecumenical Service of the General
Convention is that of Life Member 545,
Brother Syl Lorenzo Shannon.
General President Lionel H. Newsom,
the first International President named
Brother Shannon the first International
District Director in November 1968. In
1969, with the help of Brother Hobart S.
Jarrett, he wrote and edited the Public
Policy Statement, which was decidedly pro-American while decrying the
War in Southeast Asia.
In January 1973, Brother Shannon
wrote a military regulation that outlines
how the Army should hold memorial
ceremonies for non-military persons
like Dag Hammarskjoid and Martin
Luther King, Jr. the success of
ceremonies at the United States Army
Infantry School brought Brother
Shannon to Department of Defense
attention and he was invited to speak
for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
Memorial Ceremony at the Pentagon.
In June 1976 Brother Shannon was
reassigned to Military District of
Washington and named Senior Pastor,
Pentagon Pulpit.
In 2008, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
saluted Brother Shannon for his praiseworthy contributions to Alpha and to
communities around the world by
awarding him the Alpha Award of Merit.
BROTHERS A. WESLEY (Xi ’42) and W.
WAYMAN WARD (Xi ’48) are the sons of
Bro. Reverend A. WAYMAN WARD (Xi
’12), author of our Fraternity Prayer.
Wesley, Life member #7305, was initiated into Alpha Pi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
in 1942, at the Xi Chapter, Wilberforce
University (OH). He is a retired City of
Chicago Administrator.
Wayman, Life member #2166, was also
initiated at Xi Chapter, in 1948. He has
attended the 50th, 75th, and Centensenior broTHers’ loUnGe
nial Anniversary Conventions, and has
served in various capacities, including:
State Director; Convention Secretary,
and Chairman of the 1980 and 1994
General Convention Golf Outings. He
too is a retired government administrator (Chicago and Cook County).
Both Wesley and Wayman have been
active members of Xi Lambda Chapter since 1949. They continue to be
active members of the Labor Day
Breakfast Awards Committee, and
Wayman serves as the Chapter’s Director of Political Education.
The Wards represent four generations
of Alpha Men:
1st- A. Wayman Ward
2nd- Wesley & Wayman Ward
3rd- George Ward, Wesley’s son (Epsilon Phi/ Xi Lambda) & Walter Cunningham, nephew (Xi Lambda)4thMarc Andre Cunningham, great
nephew (Beta Nu)
senior broTHers’ loUnGe
Thursday, June 23, 2011, Noon
Presiding.........................................................................Brother Elgie Sims
Midwestern Vice President-Elect
Invocation and Grace ....................Brother Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr.
Convention Chaplain
Recognition of Corporate Sponsors
Remarks from Corporate Sponsors
Recognition of Partners and Special Presentations
Recognition of Outgoing
Board of Directors Members ................Brother Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Introduction of Keynote Speaker .........................Brother Roland S. Martin
Keynote Speaker...........................................Brother Johnathan A. Rodgers
Chief Executive Officer and President
TV One
Remarks ................................................Brother Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Fraternity Hymn and Prayer
Friday, June 24, 2011, 7:00AM
Presiding Officer ...................................Brother Charles P. Loeb, III
Committee Chairman
Recognition of Life Member #21 Brother J.C. Rawls
Recognition of Life Member #36 Brother Payton Cook
Invocation and Grace .........Brother Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr.
Convention Chaplain
Presentation of
New Life Members ....................Brother Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Introduction of
Keynote Speaker .....................Brother Dr. Robert Michael Franklin
President, Morehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia
Keynote Speaker .................Brother Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, Maryland
Closing Remarks ........................Brother Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Fraternity Hymn and Prayer
o. Wilson WinTers life MeMbers’ breaKfasT
Friday, June 24, 2011, Noon
Presiding Officer ................................................. Brother LeAron A. Foley
President, Nu Rho Chapter
Illinois Institute of Technology/DePaul University
Welcome and Occasion ................................................Brother Mario Perez
President, Iota Mu Chapter
Stephen F. Austin State University
Invocation/Grace..................................................Brother Cameron Jenkins
President, Delta Kappa Chapter
Alcorn State University
Recognition and Remarks of National Partners and Corporate Sponsors
Introduction of Brothers and Special Guests
During Lunch Musical Selections .............................Brother B. K. Jackson
Beta Nu Chapter (Florida A & M University)
Presentation of Outgoing Assistant Vice Presidents
Recognition of College Presidents
Remembering Belford V. Lawson................................Milton Carver Davis
29th General President
Rules of the Competition
Each Orator will be introduced by their respective Regional Assistant Vice President
Closing Remarks ...................................Brother Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr.
General President
Fraternity Hymn and Prayer
belforD V. laWson oraToriCal ConTesT anD ColleGe broTHers’ lUnCHeon
JUNE 24, 2011, 7:00PM
Opening Production
Introduction of Contestants
Swimsuit Competition
Introduction of Judges
Introduction of Special Guests
Talent Competition
Remarks by General President
Evening Gown Competition
On Stage Question & Answer
Remarks by Chairman
Farewell to the 2010 Miss Black & Gold
Sweetheart Hymn
Miss blaCK & GolD PaGeanT
alPHa PHi alPHa fraTerniTY, inCorPoraTeD
105TH anniVersarY ConVenTion | CHiCaGo, illinois | JUne 22 ­ 25, 2011
alPHa PHi alPHa fraTerniTY, inCorPoraTeD
CALL TO ORDER ........................................................Brother Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr.
JEWELS CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY.......................................Herman "Skip" Mason, Jr.
General President
I am the resurrection and the life – saith the Lord
He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
INVOCATION.........................................................................Brother Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson
O Master Eternal, give to each of us
The deep consciousness of Thy presence
That the spirit of Fraternity may so
Direct our thoughts, guide and control
Our hearts and lives, that we may become
Through Thee, servants of all mankind.
SCRIPTURE LESSON....................................................................Brother Rev. Walter Jackson
And God said, let there be light, and there was light
And God saw the light – that it was good.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God
And the Word was God. In Him was the life and light of men.
Then spoke Jesus again unto them saying: I am the Light of the world.
He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness
Hath shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge
Of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.
Ye are the light of the world; Let your light so shine
Before men, that they may see your good works
And glorify your Father who is in heaven.
I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the beginning and the end saith the Lord,
Which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
LITANY FOR THE DEAD: ............................................Brother Dr. M. Christopher Brown, II
O Father of life, and giver of light, Look with favor upon Thy creatures
here assembled
O, Thou, who hast led man through the ages of his existence upon the earth
of Thy Spirit
orDer of serViCe
Thou who dost generate love and goodness in hearts, and the desire for
fellowship one with the other in life’s living:
Thou who hast called our brother (brothers) from his (their) task (tasks) to
the reward of noble thought (thoughts) and deed (deeds):
Thou who are the the light of the new Heaven, the new Earth, the New
Jerusalem, The Alpha and Omega, The beginning and the end of all creation.
WORDS OF TRIBUTE ................................................................Brother Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery
Alpha brothers, gather ‘round
And make our praise resound
To our brother (brothers)
Whose labors now are crowned?
His (Their) good deeds, heaven blest
Commend them through each test
To OMEGA, our chapter of sweet rest.
Farewell, dear brother (brothers)
Transcendent are thou
Thy spirit (spirits) shall dwell with us now.
We cherish thy mem’ry
Thy good name (names) we’ll revere
To thy glory, thy honor, brother (brothers) dear.
BENEDICTION AND BLESSING ............................................Brother Rev. Dr. Maurice J. Nutt
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
Be with your spirit (spirits) brother (brothers)
And now, may the Peace of God
Which passeth all understanding,
Keep your hearts and minds
In the knowledge and love of God,
And of His Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord;
And may the blessing of God Almighty,
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
Be amongst you and remain with you always.
CLOSING..........................................................................Brother Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr.
orDer of serViCe
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