Alpha Days on the Hill

Alpha Days on the Hill

My Brothers of Alpha:

In keeping with our mission statement and as part of our partnership with Brother Marc Morial and the National Urban League, we are proud to announce our inaugural Alpha Days on the Hill in Washington, DC – May 6-8, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill Hotel. During Alpha Days, we will collaborate with the National Urban League and effectively advocate for our communities and the issues we are faced with.

Registration is $100 and the agenda will include admission into the National Urban League’s release of the State of Black America at the National Press Club as well as the opportunity to attend plenary sessions, meal functions, a reception saluting the Congressional Black Caucus, and our Alpha Phi Alpha issues panel at the Capitol Visitors Center.

We ask that you please register for the Community Leader track using the link www.iplanevents.com/SOBA19 and use the code CL19 and indicate Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as the organization affiliation. We also ask that you make appointments to visit your congressional delegation on the afternoon of May 8th to inform and educate them on the issues that are important to Alpha and your community, among them education, social and criminal justice. You can find your congressional members at www.house.govand www.senate.gov The public policy committee has developed a one-pager on our issues for you to discuss with your congressional members, which will be provided soon.

AGENDA

May 6th and May 7th – participate with the National Urban League schedule of events.

May 8th – Alpha Issues panel with Alpha members of Congress and the public policy committee in the Capitol Visitors Center from 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. and the Alpha Reception on the Hill (Location: TBA)

HOTEL (OPTIONAL)

The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008 202.737.1234

Reservations can be done in 2 ways:

* Call (877) 807.7534 and refer to Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Please ensure to reference the State of Black America Empowerment Summit 2019 

Click on the following link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/WASRW/G-SBAE

* Room Rate is $359 for Single and Double, $384 for Triple and $409 for Quad

* Hotel Sleeping Room Tax, per night is 14.8%

* Cut-off Date is Friday, March 29, 2019

We look forward to you joining us in Washington, DC May 6th – 8th.

Onward and Upward Always,

Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.
General President


Alpha Phi Alpha Calls For Diversity At CNN

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.® joins NABJ calling for Leadership Diversity at CNN

Friday, March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 5, 2019) –  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.® shares the concern of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) about the lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker. As an organization specifically concerned with the issues affecting the African American community we lend our voices to those who would encourage constructive dialogue regarding creating an inclusive workplace at CNN.

The role of media in society is to bring the truth to the people. Authentic journalism is bold, fearless, and very honest. The potency of any news outlet is diluted when all voices are not heard and considered in various facets of the news organization. The pace of our evolving society requires that we be adequately and accurately informed through a lens that is absent of bias and inclusive of all segments of society.

We look forward to the findings of the research and an analysis of CNN’s diversity, inclusion and equity practices, performed by NABJ as well as the civil rights audit that examines the company’s hiring, promotion and compensation practices involving black employees.

After some preliminary research Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.® shares the NABJ’s concerns about the following findings:

▪ CNN President Jeff Zucker has no black direct reports.
▪ There are no black Executive Producers at CNN.
▪ There are no black Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.
▪ There are no black Senior Vice Presidents on the news side at CNN.

 

“Alpha Phi Alpha members have been longstanding active members and leaders of NABJ since its founding. From its first president Chuck Stone to Arthur Fennell, to Merv Aubespin who also served as president, our brothers have been vigilant advocates for equity, diversity, and inclusion for black journalist and communications professionals. The fraternity is pleased to support the NABJ in creating inclusive leadership spaces within news organizations” said Dr. Everett B. Ward, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.®

About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.®

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

Media Contact:
Henry A. Stewart
Chief Communications Officer
hstewart@apa1906.net
443-326-7237


Historic Memorandum of Understanding

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.® and NAACP Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding

Contact:

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv.
Assistant Director, Public Relations & Community Engagement 1-443-635-5911 (cell)
ewebb@apa1906.net

Henry Stewart
CCO, Assistant Executive Director, Marketing and Public Relations 1-443-326-7237 (cell)
hstwewart@apa1906.net

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. signs historic agreement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Organizations will collaborate on education, outreach, civic engagement, leadership development, membership and community building

NEW YORK – The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots civil rights organization, signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) during its Annual Meeting on Saturday, February 16.

The MOU will allow the two advocacy organizations to formally collaborate nationally, regionally, statewide and locally on education & outreach, civic engagement, issue area advocacy priorities, leadership development, membership and community building.

“The signing of this memorandum of understanding is extremely special since it is the culmination of a week where we as a Fraternity recently sojourned to Paris, France to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Pan African Congress which was established by our brother Dr. W.E.B. Dubois representing the NAACP,” said Dr. Everett B. Ward, general president of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Interestingly, the NAACP was founded by Dubois, one of the Alpha’s earliest and most pre- eminent members, as well as many of its top officials, including then-NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorneys, Thurgood Marshall and Robert Carter, were also men of the Fraternity.

The two organizations, which were founded in 1906 and 1909 respectively, share common priorities and interests in ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminating race-based discrimination. Because of the shared principle commitment to equal rights and social justice, and the significant impact which can be made through the magnitude of combined resources, expanded core capacities, and infrastructure, the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated are collaborating to fulfill the mission of both organizations, according to the memorandum.

Ward added: “We share similar goals so we share in your (NAACP) saying that ‘When we fight, we win,” but men of Alpha also have another saying that ‘Alpha men will fight until Hell freezes over and then we’ll fight on the ice.’ The men of Alpha will fight against discrimination. We will fight against injustice; we will fight against intolerance, and we will fight against ignorance because as intellectual people we are committed to service and making sure all people have access to power.”

Aside from the Fraternity, the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Inc. and NID Housing Counseling Agency also signed agreements with the NAACP during this annual meeting.

Last year, the Fraternity, as part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, signed a prior MOU with the NAACP designed to help mobilize voters for mid-term elections and increase membership.

“During our long history, the NAACP functions at its highest capacity when our partnerships with our allies, including those in our community and those with whom we have a strategic alignment, are operating with their highest potential,” said NAACP National Board Chairman Leon W. Russell.

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


Statement on Recent Police Shootings in Chicago and Birmingham

Statement on Recent Police Shootings in Chicago and Birmingham Suburbs

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. urges thorough and transparent investigations

The killing of Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford, Jr. in a mall in Hoover, Alabama marks the second recent shootings where police have mistaken a Black licensed gun holder for a gunman and shot him.

Two weeks ago, a white police officer wrongfully killed security officer, Jemel Roberson, after he helped subdue a gunman outside a night club in a Chicago suburb.

Whether they are would-be heroes or fleeing civilians, African American men continue to be deemed criminals or threats within milliseconds.

We, as members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., urge that a thorough and transparent investigation be conducted into both shooting deaths and that all body-worn camera and other video evidence be released to the public immediately.

The shoot first and ask questions later mentality when police encounter African American men, particularly those who lawfully exercise their constitutional rights as lawful gun owners, must be stopped.

Both Mr. Roberson and Mr. Bradford are victims, and law enforcement authorities should treat them and their families as such. Like all victims, their families deserve prompt updates and real time information as more details are learned.

In addition, law enforcement must move immediately to prevent any further such tragedies. One step forward is the establishment of community advisory boards to provide guidance to local police departments.

Overall, incidents, like these, underscore the importance of our advocacy in the face of injustice. Laws and policies, whether written or implied, that justify our mistreatment must be confronted and eradicated.

Most of all, the Fraternity must remain vigilant in both its collective and individual efforts, from our voter education and engagement campaigns to our brothers seeking election – to ensure that those in office will not only ensure fair treatment but pursue justice even when it is those who wear a badge are wrong. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is committed to ensuring that our communities receive the justice, respect and humanity that they deserve.

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


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc ® responds to Domestic Terrorism & Acts of Hate

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc ® responds to Domestic Terrorism & Acts of Hate

General President Ward denounces mass shooting violence and urges gun control.

BALTIMORE, MD (October 31) – The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. offers its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the those killed recently in multiple acts of hate and domestic terrorism across the country.  We also stand with those whose lives were targeted and threatened simply for their race, political beliefs, and affiliations.

Beyond the need for common sense gun control and mental health reforms, these acts are symptoms of a sickness in the greater political environment that not only harbors, but encourages intolerance, divisiveness, bigotry, and unnervingly, in veiled language, violence.

As those of moral character, we must change that.  Alpha Phi Alpha and our allies remain committed in our advocacy and our fight for equality and justice. We all must ensure that our voices are heard in and through the processes and platforms afforded us.

We are not powerless, and we are not victims. We will not let cowards or those who use fear and terror to triumph.

I urge every brother and every chapter of our Fraternity to join in the movement to fight against racial violence, bigotry, and hatred by engaging in the mid-term elections and advocating for policies that strive to protect our communities.


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