Waffle House Hero and Alpha Phi Alpha Brother James Shaw Jr. Honored at Alma Mater

WAFFLE HOUSE HERO AND ALPHA PHI ALPHA BROTHER JAMES SHAW, JR. HONORED AT ALMA MATER

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. contributes $11K toward HBCU scholarship in his honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Alpha Brother James Shaw, Jr., who disarmed the Waffle House mass shooter on April 22, was honored last night for his heroism at a special event at Tennessee State University, his alma mater.

Brother Shaw, a 2011 Beta Omicron Chapter initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., wrestled an assault rifle from a gunman and tossed it over the counter before shoving the shooter out the door after the shooter killed four people and wounded several others at a Waffle House in the Nashville suburb of Antioch. Authorities have said there would have likely been more casualties had it not been for Shaw’s actions.

“Like I’ve said, I was just trying to save myself . . . It seems like its inspires so many people throughout the world, and not only throughout the world, but in this room. For that, I am greatly, greatly appreciative,” said Brother Shaw during the ceremony. “To the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., thank you for being there. . . . There’s only one poem that comes to mind and that’s ‘Test of A Man.’ ‘The test of a man is the fight that he makes, The grit that he daily shows . . .’ Thank you for that!”

Brother Dr. Everett B. Ward, general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., praised his bravery in a statement.

“The well-being and viability of our communities has often been predicated on the willingness of strong men to put themselves in harm’s way. In like manner, the men of Alpha Phil Alpha Fraternity Inc. have established a legacy of service and sacrifice to serve the greater good that was continued by our brother James Shaw Jr., whose actions prevented further loss of life.”

Brother Dr. Jamie Riley, executive director of the Fraternity and himself, a 2003 Beta Omicron Chapter initiate and TSU alumnus, who was present, recognized Brother Shaw’s heroism and bravery with a special fraternity proclamation.

“Your example challenges me and others to be our best even in the most uncomfortable circumstances,” said Brother Dr. Riley. In addition, he added that the Fraternity, including the local alumni chapter, District, Southern Region, and the General organization was contributing $11K toward an HBCU scholarship in Brother Shaw’s honor.

The new scholarship, which will benefit a TSU student is a component of the Fraternity’s national Onward HBCU initiative involving three strategic actions to designed to strengthen access, secure assets, and engage in strategic advocacy work to ensure capacity and sustainability of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities, among them Tennessee State University.


Statement of the Fraternity on Waffle House Mass Shooting and Heroism of Brother James Shaw Jr.

STATEMENT OF THE FRATERNITY ON WAFFLE HOUSE MASS SHOOTING AND HEROISM OF BROTHER JAMES SHAW, JR.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. would like to express our sincerest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims killed and those injured in the Waffle House mass shooting in Antioch, Tennessee early Sunday morning, where a gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle killed four people and injured four others.

Had it not been for the quick action and courage of Brother James Shaw, Jr., a 2011 Beta Omicron chapter initiate at Tennessee State University and a restaurant patron at the time, who unarmed, wrestled the weapon from the gunman as he attempted to reload, disarmed him and forced him outside, more lives would have undoubtedly been lost.

As a Fraternity, we commend and recognize Brother Shaw for his heroism in the face of life-threatening odds. While he has humbly, declared that he is “not a hero,” his unselfish actions are a testament to “Manly Deeds” and “Love For All Mankind,” two of our Fraternal Aims and embodies what our Fraternal Hymn heralds as “the true and courageous.” Brother Shaw’s example provides increased pride among all in our Brotherhood.

Sadly, this gunman’s senseless act of domestic terrorism and hate once again underscores the need for action involving gun control and gun violence in this nation. Less than a month ago, hundreds of thousands of Alpha brothers and chapters, students, teachers, parents and victims rallied in Washington, D.C., and across the country to demand tougher gun control measures, spurred by the political activism of young people and others impacted by recent school shootings.

The Urgency of Now demands we, as Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., remain steadfast in our advocacy on issues that ensure that our community is safe, and that justice will be served.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mourns Civil Rights Trailblazer

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mourns Civil Rights Trailblazer

The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. express our sincere sympathy at passing to Ms. Linda Brown. Ms. Brown is an important figure in history as she serves as the main plaintiff in the Brown v Board of Education case argued by our dear brother Thurgood Marshall. This landmark case overturned the 1896 Plessy v Ferguson decision that legalized the separate but equal doctrine. We are grateful to Ms. Brown for their willingness to stand against inequality and injustice.


General President's Statement on the Death of Stephon Clark

General President's Statement on the Death of Stephon Clark

On March 18, 2018, Sacramento, California police fatally shot 22-year-old Stephon Clark in the backyard of the home he shared with his grandparents. Mr. Clark is another name added to the long list of unarmed African Americans killed at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the public.

As we watch the number of murdered African Americans rise, we are also disheartened by the fact that many of these crimes go unprosecuted and unpunished. The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. have been focused on observing the Urgency of Now. It is now time for targeted and deliberate action to address the issues that are literally killing our communities. It is no longer sufficient to wait for others to advocate on our behalf. We are who we have been waiting for. We must individually and collectively educate ourselves and engage in active resistance to police brutality, negligent enforcement, and judicial apathy.

Following the example of our brothers in Sacramento, California who were present at their city council meeting to not only voice objections to the conditions that led to Stephon Clark’s shooting, but also to register and educate new voters to ensure that their voices will be heard through the ballot box. I urge everyone to actively find ways to pursue strategies that advance our cause for justice which will lead to systemic and lasting change.

Onward and Upward Always,

Everett B. Ward
General President


2018 Priorities & 2017 Year In Review

2018 Priorities & 2017 Year In Review

General President Ward and Executive Director Riley present the “2018 Priorities & 2017 Year In Review”. Take a look at what was accomplished by the Brotherhood of Alpha Phi Alpha in 2017 as well as the goals and priorities set for 2018. Click the look below to take a look.

2018 Priorities & 2017 Year In Review


General President's Statement on Trump’s Racist Slur Against Haiti and African Countries

General President's Statement on Trump’s Racist Slur Against Haiti and African Countries

My Brothers of Alpha,

The vulgar and racially charged statement by President Donald Trump affirms why people of good will must stand against racism and injustice today more than ever. The blatant and racist verbal assault on people from Africa and Haiti underscores his complete lack of understanding of the enormous contributions Americans from Africa and Haiti have rendered to the nation.

The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, on the eve of Brother Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. birthday and three months before the 50th anniversary of his assassination are even more resolved to utilize our collective human capital and financial resources to fight against racism. The words of Dr. King continue to guide the fraternity’s actions. Dr. King stated, “When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice.”

The men of Alpha are resilient in their continuous battle against racism and injustice.  We take this insult especially personal since many of our members in the United States are originally from Haiti and various African countries, in addition to having Alpha chapter’s in Liberia and South Africa.

That is why I ask you to join me in contacting your congressional representatives to express your dismay over President Trump’s latest comments. We must not sit on the sidelines and allow this President’s words to go unchallenged. Click here for information on how to contact your elected officials. In your communications, express your dismay with a political system that stands silent as elected officials speak untruths and hate as a strategy to dismantle efforts to unify our country. In addition, I encourage our College Brothers to host awareness sessions on their respective campuses with elected officials to provide accurate updates on current political and civic issues. Also, use your social media platforms to highlight the positive accomplishments and contributions of those on your campuses or in your community who originate from Haiti or African countries.

Collectively, we can make a change. The urgency is now, my brothers.

Will you join me in taking these action today?
Onward & Upward Always,

Brother Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Honors Dr. King's Legacy with Community Service

ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. HONORS DR. KING’S LEGACY WITH COMMUNITY SERVICE

BALTIMORE – The college and alumni brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. have planned several activities and community service efforts nationally and around the Greater Baltimore region for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 in honor of one of its most renowned members.

Representatives from 10 local chapters of the Fraternity will participate in the city’s 18th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade at noon with step presentations, marching and a motorcade. Alpha Phi Alpha has been a major participant and highlight of the annual parade, which begins at the corner of Eutaw Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and follows Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and ends at Baltimore Street.

“On Monday, we celebrate and honor the legacy of one of our most beloved and recognized members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not only with our presence, but with service,” said Dr. Jamie Riley, executive director of the fraternity’s corporate headquarters located at 2313 St. Paul Street. “For 111 years, Alpha Phi Alpha has produced a myriad of notable members and leaders, who have been true to our motto of First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All. With more than 82,000 members, the fraternity represents an active partner and servant to communities worldwide.”

In addition to parade participation and visitation of elderly and sick brothers, some chapters have planned the following local community service efforts:

  • Brothers of Delta Lambda chapter will distribute personal hygiene kits to 70 homeless veterans served by the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training Center, 300 N. Exeter Street at 3 p.m. For more information, contact: Anton Bizzell (202) 422-1560 or antonbizzell@gmail.com
  • Brothers of Kappa Phi Lambda and Upsilon Zeta chapters will collect non-perishable, food items at the Giant Grocery Store, 9200 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to benefit the Howard County Food Bank. For more information, contact: Brandon Tilghman (757) 870-4794.
  • Brothers of Mu Rho chapter will paint classrooms at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, 2921 Stranden Road from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact: Maconel James (612) 275-7591.


Statement on Hurricane Harvey

STATEMENT ON HURRICANE HARVEY

My Brothers of Alpha,

Hurricane Harvey has landed in the Southwestern Region of our country and has caused a great deal of devastation in the states of Texas and now Louisiana. Overwhelming flood waters have stranded many brothers and their families in their homes or have forced them to evacuate and find shelter elsewhere. Weather forecasters warn that more rain is eminent as the citizens in a widening area brace themselves for even more flood and storm related emergencies.

Our collective thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this storm. As state and federal relief agencies respond to this situation our brotherhood is also poised to provide help and necessary assistance to those affected by this catastrophic storm. Brother Tarrynce Robinson, Southwestern Regional Vice President, and his leadership team will continue to coordinate the Fraternity’s on the ground response. However, I am calling on the greater brotherhood to support relief efforts by donating to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Disaster Relief Fund. This fund aided in the Fraternity’s ability to support those brothers impacted in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, and I am confident this resource will assist those brothers and their families now battling the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Detailed instructions on how you can contribute to the fund are provided below.  All funds collected will be distributed from the Corporate Headquarters to brothers in need.

Men of Alpha have always answered the call to service. Our commitment to serving all of humanity compels us to urgent and deliberate action on behalf of those in need. It is in times like these that our brotherhood must marshal its collective resources to aid a population that has been made vulnerable as a result of immeasurable damage. I am confident that we as Men of Alpha will once again rise to the occasion as servants of all. Thank you in advance for your financial support and continued prayers. First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All.

Onward & Upward Always,

 

How to make a donatation to the Alpha Disaster Relief Fund: 

1. Log into your AlphaNet Account 

2. On the top right corner, click Donations 

3. Under General Tasks, click Make a Donation 

4. Alpha Disaster Relief Fund should be listed as the first donation option

5. Enter your donation amount

6. Follow the prompts to complete the transactions by entering in your card information

7. If you prefer to make a donation by check, please send all contributions to:

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
P.O. Box 405478
Atlanta, GA 30384-5478

Make checks payable to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and note Alpha Disaster Relief Fund on the description line


Statement of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. on White Supremacist Activities in Charlottesville, Virginia

STATEMENT OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY INC. ON WHITE SUPREMACIST ACTIVITIES IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

The events in Charlottesville, VA amplify the “Urgency of Now” and further indicate that we must all take deliberate and decisive action to oppose all efforts that attempt to take our country backward. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity stands with all those who peacefully and lawfully protest any statues or monuments that seek to demean people of any race. Furthermore, we call on the elected leaders and citizens of the United States to hold the President accountable for his tacit participation in creating the environment where white supremacy is perpetuated and ultimately leads to violent confrontations. There is indeed an inextricable link between the symbols of the Confederacy, the hateful, divisive, anti-immigrant language that has become a common part of our lexicon and the violence in Charlottesville. Leadership at all levels should demand better from the President as he is expected to not only protect but sustain our union.

Our Alpha Brother Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. On yesterday armed white nationalist gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia for a “Unite the Right” rally, which ultimately escalated into violence and led to several injuries and two fatalities. We join in solidarity and sympathy with the people who were terrorized and subjected to violence at the hands of white supremacists. Violence associated with white supremacy is a despicable but undeniable part of our nation’s historical narrative. Unfortunately, the hate and vitriol that characterized so much of America’s past have reemerged in various pervasive forms today.  The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. denounce the culture of racism and bigotry that seeks to divide our country and erode the progress achieved in moving our nation toward full democracy for all citizens. As men of Alpha, we will intensify our position against racism by establishing a team of Civil Rights attorneys to combat injustice in American courts. We also encourage everyone to use their social media platforms and join the #TakeDownHate social media campaign, which is an online movement being used to fight against acts such as those that took place in Charlottesville.  Furthermore, we are calling on citizens across the country to demand the removal of Confederate monuments, statues and symbols from communities within their respective cities.


Joint Statement in Response to the Racist Incident at American University

JOINT STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE RACIST INCIDENT AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
Council of Presidents

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson
Alpha Kappa Alpha Soroity, Inc.

Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Paulette Walker, Chair
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Mary Wright
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Robert Clark
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Thomas L. Battles, Vice Chair
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


Deborah Catchings-Smith
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Jonathan A. Mason, Sr.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Antonio “Tony” Knox
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations were founded and still exist.

We, as the Council of Presidents, stand together with our membership against all forms of racism and discrimination. As anti-racism organizations, we are committed to purposefully identifying and challenging issues of race and color and their impact on our members and others.

We want to emphasize the urgency of the situation at American University where bananas were hung from trees on strings in the shape of nooses marked with the letters AKA which is a common reference to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and call for the University’s administration to find effective means to help ensure that unwarranted attacks on our members will not be tolerated. We expect institutions of higher learning to be places where inclusion and diversity are celebrated and not attacked.