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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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November 15, 2023



The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Donates $10,000 To Barber-Scotia College in
Honor of Late Former College President and Past General President Lionel Hodge Newsom

Baltimore, MD – The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. donated $10,000 to Barber-Scotia College recently in honor of the late Lionel Hodge Newsom, the 7th President of Barber-Scotia College and 22nd General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Barber-Scotia College President Chris Rey, an attorney, who is also the current International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Inc. as well as vice chairman of the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Council of Presidents made a financial appeal to other NPHC leadership.

“The men of Alpha are proud to support Barber-Scotia College,” said General President Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III, who also serves as the chairman of the NPHC’s Council of Presidents. “We recognize the tremendous contributions that HBCUs continue to make here in the U.S. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity also commits to annual support of Barber- Scotia College in recognition of her rich legacy as an institution. This financial support is formally named in honor of Dr. Lionel Hodge Newsom, who served as the 7th President of the College and the 22nd General President of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.”

Brother Newsom, who also served as president of Johnson C. Smith University from 1969 to 1972 and Central State University from 1972 to 1985, was the former president of Barber-Scotia College from 1964 to 1966 as well as led the Fraternity from 1965 to 1968. In addition, Past General President Newsom was an Alpha Award of Merit recipient – the Fraternity’s highest honor and has Barber-Scotia College’s gymnasium named in his honor. In September, the Fraternity’s board of directors approved an annual donation to the college at its board meeting in Nassau, Bahamas.


About Alpha Phi Alpha

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and is headquartered in Baltimore, MD.  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 us at and follow us on all platforms @apa1906network.