Historic Alpha Days on Hill Leads to National Civic Engagement Program and Introduction of Legislation

Historic Alpha Days on Hill Leads to National Civic Engagement Program and Introduction of Legislation

Historic Alpha Days on Hill Leads to National Civic Engagement Program and Introduction of Legislation

Fraternity Members Pay Tribute to Legendary Alpha Brother and Congressman Ron Dellums

WASHINGTON – As part of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s historic inaugural Alpha Days on the Hill, the Fraternity announced its new national civic engagement program, one of its Members of Congress introduced legislation recognizing the first African American professional Senate Committee staff person and paid tribute to the late Alpha Brother and Congressman Ron Dellums this week.

This week, more than 100 Alpha brothers participated in the Alpha Days on the Hill, held in conjunction with the National Urban League’s State of Black America Summit from May 6 through May 8, which also uniquely featured Alpha Members of Congress as well as Alpha National Urban League and Alpha United Negro College Fund leadership. Among them, Congressmen Brothers Al Green, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott and Steven Horsford as well as 31st Past General President Harry E. Johnson, who is also a National Urban League Trustee, and Brother Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF President and CEO participated in the issues forum and discussed pertinent legislation.

In addition, Alpha leadership and brothers met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, other Members of Congress, staff and NUL CEO Brother Marc Morial about legislative issues of concern.

“Brother Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated that ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,’” said President Ward. “Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will not be silent on things that matter, and we will continue to be the leading voice for the voiceless.”

General President Dr. Everett B. Ward announced the Fraternity’s new national civic engagement program at its Issues forum on Wednesday, which will encompass efforts to address voter’s rights protections, critical legislation advocacy, and census integrity.

“Secure The Vote,” which partners with the NAACP, the National Urban League, and other members of the Divine Nine will combat organized voter suppression strategically directed towards African American voters and other people of color; “Alpha Phi Alpha: Advocacy In Action” specifically advocates for state and federal legislation that: protects the right to vote, ensures access to quality education, provides affordable healthcare, and offers an adequate minimum wage for working Americans; and lastly, “I Am Counted,” which utilize social media, door to door canvassing, and a national media campaign to ensure African American citizens and other people of color are counted during the 2020 Census.

President Ward also added that the Fraternity would also support the United Negro College Fund’s top priorities for Historically Black Colleges & Universities, which include a strong Executive Order on HBCUs, fully funding Title III for HBCU programs, federal student aid reform, HBCU facilities and infrastructure investment, funding for new HBCU Centers of Innovation for National Needs as well as repeal and reform of burdensome higher education regulations under its advocacy component.

Other brothers, Congressmen Gregory Meeks, Danny Davis as well as Bobby Scott joined the Alpha contingent on the steps of the Capitol for an historic photo.

Earlier that day, Alpha Brother Congressman Scott introduced legislation to honor the life and legacy of Jewel Brother Robert Harold Ogle, who was the first professional African American Senate Committee staffer. According to Senate records, he was originally hired in 1919 as a “laborer” for the Senate Appropriations Committee, then as a “messenger” in 1921 and finally an “additional clerk” in 1930.

“It is important that we honor Jewel Ogle, who a century ago, paved the way for African American congressional staffers today,” said Brother Scott. “He established and exemplified the ideals of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in leadership, scholarship, and service . . . As members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity visit the United States Capitol this week for Alpha Days on the Hill with a commitment to “Advocacy and Action,” Jewel Ogle’s “fighting spirit” goes with them, as well as with each of the Members of Congress who are proud members of this fraternity.”

On Friday, members of the Fraternity held its ‘Omega Service’ tribute for legendary Alpha Brother and Congressman Ron Dellums, who died last July. Dellums’ career in politics spanned over 40 years as a Berkeley City Councilman, U.S. Congressman and Oakland, Ca. mayor. The 11-term Congressman and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee was known for his outspoken anti-war stances and was the one of the foremost Anti-Apartheid advocates beginning as early as 1972.

Brother Dellums opposed every major American military intervention, except for emergency relief in Somalia in 1992, and his fight against Apartheid eventually led to his legislation finally being passed 14 years later, which called for sanctions against South Africa and immediate divestment by American corporations. While President Reagan vetoed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, that veto was overridden – the first the first override in the 20th century of a presidential foreign policy veto. Brother Dellums, whose fight against apartheid in South Africa was the subject of a Disney Channel made-for-TV film, The Color of Friendship released in 2000, was also a member of the Fraternity’s World Policy Council, a think-tank whose purpose is to expand the fraternity’s involvement in politics, as well as analyze social, domestic and international policy concerns.

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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 Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit http://www.apa1906.net and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.® mourns the death of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Icon

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.® mourns the death of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties icon

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.® mourns the death of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties icon and Judge, Brother Damon Keith.

“Alpha brothers worldwide celebrate the courageous life and legal scholarship of our brother, Judge Damon Keith,” said Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. General President Everett Ward. “His tenacious resilience to fight against injustice serves as a role model as we continue to fight against discrimination.”

Brother Keith, who was the grandson of slaves and served in the segregated Army during World War II, was a November 30, 1939 initiate of the Alpha Zeta chapter at West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia. He was also a former member of the Gamma Lambda chapter in Detroit, Michigan.

For more than 50 years, Judge Keith’s rulings have had a profound impact not only on our community, but the country. Brother Keith’s stances and decisions epitomize the true spirit and courageousness of our great Fraternity.

Notably, Brother Keith has said he was inspired and always summoned the lessons of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brother Thurgood Marshall, who was previously one of his professors at Howard University.

During his long and prolific career, Judge Keith confronted efforts to limit African American voting as well as attacked racial segregation in housing, education, and employment with his decisions leading to the integration of both the Detroit Police Department and the Pontiac Public Schools.

That latter decision was reportedly one of the first of its kind in the North and resulted in massive busing, attacks on school buses, death threats against Brother Keith and the conviction of Ku Klux Klansmen for dynamiting 10 school buses.

In addition, Brother Keith is also most recognized for his fearless defiance of the Nixon administration when he ruled that they could not engage in warrantless wiretaps. He not only faced an appeal, but the government personally sued him. The U.S. Supreme Court later affirmed his decision and the landmark case is notably known as “the Keith case.”

A year before President Nixon resigned, he even ordered the government to disclose whether it used sabotage, agent provocateurs and “other espionage activities,” including burglary at a law office, to make its case against the militant group, the Weathermen. Rather than undergo a hearing of how they obtained evidence, the government withdrew their case.

Nearly 30 years later, in another landmark decision, he prevented President George W. Bush from conducting secret deportation hearings of terrorism suspects, saying “Democracies dies behind closed doors.” The Washington Post even paraphrased him with their slogan, “Democracy dies in the darkness,” which they have credited him.

In a time when civil liberties are once again under attack, our nation desperately needs to remember and perpetuate the courageous legacy of leadership of men like Brother Keith whose life constantly teaches us to tirelessly champion the causes of justice.

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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 Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visithttp://www.apa1906.net and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


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.


VOTER ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

ALPHA ADVOCACY IN ACTION ALERT:

VOTER ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR

2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

WATCH A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM GENERAL PRESIDENT EVERETT B. WARD, Ph.D. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTER ENGAGEMENT AND TURNOUT FOR THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

The 2018 midterm elections are fast approaching and pose a critical impact on the future of our communities. This is all about the Urgency of NOW and Alpha Advocacy In Action!

Over the past few months, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has been deeply involved and engaged in voter registration, voter education and voter engagement activities under our national program, A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People” as well as our First of All, We Vote” initiative.

Recently, we launched our VOTER OPERATION I.C.E. 2018 that addresses voter engagement activities that focuses on how our communities should Inform, Collaborate, and Execute in anticipation of the midterm elections. Continued to follow our official social media platforms for more on this engagement.

In addition, the Fraternity is also collaborating with the National Urban League, the NAACP as well as our brothers and sisters of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), affectionately referred to as the “Divine Nine,” in multiple efforts and campaigns to ensure our communities voter turnout reshapes the future socio-political climate in this nation.

Next week, U.S. Congressman James (Jim) Clyburn, D-SC, is asking that members of the Divine Nine assist in raising awareness to increase African American voter turnout across the country through the following ways:

  • Vote early so that you can assist and engage on Election Day.
  • Encourage and assist the elderly or relatives and friends, who may require assistance to vote early or take them to vote absentee in person.
  • Join chapter members in your D-9 paraphernalia to canvass on election day.
  • Post and share The Divine Nine Week of Action graphic on social media and post in your neighborhoods, places of worship and campuses. See Below.

  • Volunteer to assist with Get Out the Vote efforts in your state, county, or municipality on Election Day.

As a resource, please visit the following link for an early voting calendar for your state to ensure the effectiveness of your efforts.

Lastly, the Fraternity is asking that you use the hashtags #Firstofallwevote and #Getoutthevote when sharing your various voter engagement efforts on social media so that we can track and repost to our official social media platforms.

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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 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 Hazing Allegations

Statement on Hazing Allegations

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tyler Hilliard, a student at the University of California – Riverside. “The Fraternity shares our deepest condolences to his family, loved ones, and the entire university community, as their loss is unimaginable,” said Executive Director Jamie R. Riley.

Working with the University, the Fraternity has launched an investigation into the situation and has placed the chapter on an immediate cease and desist status, suspending all activities. The Fraternity is cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities as they investigate.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. does not condone and strictly prohibits any illegal acts, including hazing in any form, whether physical or mental, as a term or condition of membership in the organization. Any member found violating the fraternity’s anti-hazing policy will be immediately suspended with a recommendation for expulsion.

To be clear, any individual found to have participated in or knowingly allowed any hazing activity or any illegal act does not support the mission, vision, or aims of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has taken several steps in efforts to prevent and eliminate hazing. As an advocate, supporter, and participant in hazing prevention initiatives with organizations like Hazingprevention.org, the Novak Institute, and the Greek Anti-Hazing Hotline, Alpha Phi Alpha is educating members and those who are interested in membership about this issue. The following provides a snapshot of current anti-hazing efforts:

  1. All chapters must receive state, regional, and national approval before engaging in sanctioned new member activities. All active members of the Fraternity are required to attend an annual immersive risk-management, anti-hazing training before participating in sanctioned new member activities. This training provides very detailed information regarding the Fraternity’s anti-hazing policies, an overview of applicable laws, and engages members in case studies about eradicating hazing culture.
  2. All new member applicants are guided through the Fraternity’s anti-hazing policies as part of membership application process.
  3. During the Fraternity’s international, regional, and state conventions, active members of the Fraternity are required to attend additional in person anti-hazing trainings.
  4. Each of the five regions of the Fraternity’s membership host a College Brothers Leadership Retreat, where anti-hazing education and training are the primary components of the core curriculum.
  5. The Fraternity has a long-standing partnership with HazingPrevention.Org, and most recently participated in an intense three-day national anti-hazing institute, where members learned about the root cause of hazing and developed strategic approaches to eradicating hazing culture.
  6. The Fraternity has long-standing participation and partnerships with several anti-hazing organizations, including the Fraternal Law Conference, Association of Fraternity & Sorority Advisors (AFA), and the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
  7. The Fraternity has several anti-hazing resources available on the national website.
  8. The Fraternity has a National Committee on Risk Management Education and Prevention, which focuses on implementing innovative educational and awareness curriculum and providing cuttingedge recommendations on new anti-hazing policies.


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, Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit http://www.apa1906.net and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


Alpha Phi Alpha Denounces The Separation And Detainment Of Families

Alpha Phi Alpha Denounces The Separation And Detainment Of Families

ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. URGES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO END IMMIGRANT FAMILY SEPARATION

General President Ward asks its members to urge their Congressional lawmakers to act

BALTIMORE, MD. (June 20) –  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. General President Dr. Everett B. Ward today urged the Trump administration and Congress to immediately end the practice of forcible separation of immigrant children from their families along the Mexican border and reunite them.
In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance policy” requiring arrest of all immigrants who attempted to enter the country along the Mexican border illegally.  Under previous administrations, those adults who crossed the border illegally by themselves often faced arrest, but anyone who travelled with a child would not be prosecuted.

“The heart-wrenching images of immigrant children being separated from their families conjures other images of our country’s troubled past when African Americans were brought here in bondage and they and their children were torn from their families,” said President Ward. “The Trump administration and Congress must end this practice immediately and find a humane and just deterrent and solution to illegal immigration.”

Recently, President Trump signed an executive order to end the separation of families at the border by indefinitely detaining parents and children together. Congressional Republicans have also attempted to develop an immigration plan to alter Trump’s contentious “zero tolerance policy.”

Ward said that President Trump’s proposed executive order to detain children and parents collectively is unacceptable as well and urges him to work with Congress to craft an immigration policy that does not punish children, but instead, provides a common-sense approach to reform. In the meantime, Ward is asking the more than 150,000 members of the nation’s first intercollegiate fraternity founded by African American men to urge their members of Congress to support legislation that will end the practice immediately and reunite families.

“We cannot stand idly by and watch children of all ages being separated from their families while their parents are caged in detention centers,” Ward said. “The voice of every member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. should be heard on this matter.  This is not the America any compassionate human being wants or believes in.”