I can’t let the day go by without acknowledging today, December 4th, is Founders’ Day for my fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. The fraternity was founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. When it comes to fraternities for college students of color, we are the oldest and most distinguished, hands down.
Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta, civil rights leader, and ambassador to the UN, has a fascinating take on his A Phi A pledge process. He said that when those cops in the segregated South went at them with fire hoses, billy clubs, and fierce dogs, he wasn’t scared, because that was nothing compared to pledging Alpha Phi Alpha at Howard University.
I want to give a special shout out to the Alpha Rho chapter at Morehouse College all the brothers everywhere, especially those who are currently financially active. In particular, I want to acknowledge Skip Mason, the fraternity’s incoming general president. When I was initiated some 10 years ago, Rev. Mason taught us a lot about the true meaning of fraternity, and he did it without the needless physical and emotional violence some fraternities and sororities feel the need to employ. He is the right leader to carry us into our second century of excellence.
As we march onward and upward, I’ll let our official prayer say it best:
“O Lord, may the true Spirit of Fraternity rule our hearts, guide our thoughts, and control our lives, so the we may become through Thee, servants of all.”