Remembering Brother King, 49th Anniversary of MLK's death

Remembering Brother King, 49th Anniversary of MLK's death

Remembering Brother King
49th Anniversary of MLK’s death

Members of Alabama State University student government and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity laid a wreath on campus to remember Martin Luther King Jr. on the 49th anniversary of his death.

King, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, studied for his doctorate on ASU’s campus during the civil rights movement. He also gave the commencement speech in 1954.

“I pray that (King’s) dream continue to live on through us,” said Shane Parks, SGA president.

King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968.


Congrats, Brother Barry Jenkins #Oscars

Congrats, Brother Barry Jenkins #Oscars

My Brothers of Alpha:

It was a fantastic night of many things.

It was a night of historical firsts as Brother Barry Jenkins [Iota Delta ’99] became the first African American to score nominations for best director, best picture, and best writing adapted screenplay in the same year. The film’s co-editor, Joi McMillon, becamethe first African American to earn a nomination for achievement in film editing. Mahershala Ali, who played a sympathetic drug dealer mentoring a bullied young man in the film, “Moonlight,” is the first Muslim actor to win best supporting actor. And Viola Davis,who won best supporting actress, became the second black woman to win an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Tony for acting.

It was also a night of twists and turns. Brother Jenkins and Mr. Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play that became “Moonlight” and co-wrote the screenplay, won the Oscar for best writing adapted screenplay. And although Brother Jenkins lost the award forbest director, the biggest award of the night, the Oscar for best picture, went to “Moonlight” despite some confusion at the time.

To some, this win is a direct response to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of years past, but regardless of the issues that have brought us here, “Moonlight” is a powerful movie with a message all black men, especially Alpha men, should discuss and use as a conversationstarter in our communities. Brother Jenkins and his team did a fantastic job weaving a story of sexuality, drug abuse, mass incarceration, and school violence, ultimately asking the question: What is the nature and meaning of manhood?

Brothers, if you haven’t watched this movie, please take the time to do so. Do me a favor, send congratulations to Brother Jenkins on Twitter @BandryBarry,letting him know that his brothers in Alpha stand beside him as his star shines.

Onward and Upward Always,


Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.
General President


Schedule for Submitting Constitutional Changes

Schedule for Submitting Constitutional Changes

As we approach the 111th Anniversary Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, the Committee on Constitution provides this memo to offer key dates and direction to brothers, chapters, and regions when submitting proposed changes to the constitution and bylaws of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Constitution
Pursuant to Article VI, Section 1.1, Amendments of the Fraternity’s Constitution, “any member or chapter wishing to amend the General Constitution shall submit the proposed change to their respective Regional Vice President not less than 60 days prior to the next succeeding Regional Convention.” The due date, by region, for submission to the RVP is:

  • Midwestern Region – January 15, 2017*
  • Southern Region – January 23, 2017*
  • Eastern Region – January 30, 2017*
  • Western Region – February 5, 2017
  • Southwestern Region – February 20, 2017

*Dates have passed. Please consult your RVP.
In submitting proposals, it is important that the following format is used per Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised 11th Edition (RONR):

I, [insert your name], move to amend/add…by striking/inserting…

Original Article / Section / Subsection Proposed change Rationale

For example, I, Cash Sutton III, move to amend Article IV, General Offices, Section 3, Election Procedure, Subsection 3.2, by striking the word “mailed” and inserting the word “distributed” after “ballots” and “be.”

Original Language:Article IV, General Offices, Section 3, Election Procedure, Subsection 3.2: Except as provided for in Section 3.22, election to the office of the General President shall be by ballots mailed to each member who is in good standing according to the records of the Executive Director, as of the first (1st) day of April of the year in which an election is held. Ballots shall be mailed not later than the twenty-first (21st) day of April of an election year, and sent by the Elections Committee. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes cast shall be declared elected to the office. Proposed Change:Except as provided for in Section 3.22, election to the office of the General President shall be by ballots distributed to each member who is in good standing according to the records of the Executive Director, as of the first (1st) day of April of the year in which an election is held. Ballots shall be distributed not later than the twenty-first (21st) day of April of an election year, and sent by the Elections Committee. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes cast shall be declared elected to the office. Rationale: Removing the word “mailed” opens the opportunity for the fraternity to distribute ballots via other means (electronic, paper, etc.) as presented by the Elections Committee and adopted by the General Convention.

Please take care in reviewing the fraternity’s constitution and bylaws to ensure the proposed change does not conflict with another article, section, or subsection. If the committee determines a conflict and a proposed change was not offered, the committee will have no other option but to recommend the proposed change not be approved.

Upon receipt, the RVP must submit proposed changes to chapters within 30 days of their regional convention. Chapters should expect to see the proposed changes by:

  • Midwestern Region – February 15, 2017
  • Southern Region – February 23, 2017
  • Eastern Region – February 28, 2017
  • Western Region – March 5, 2017
  • Southwestern Region – March 20, 2017

Upon approval by simple majority of the delegates present and voting, proposed amendments must be submitted immediately to the executive director to ensure he meets the submission due date to chapters: May 12, 2017.

Adoption of proposed amendments requires a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the delegates present and voting at the General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bylaws
Article XII, Section 1.1, Proposals for Amendment of the Bylaws states, “all proposed amendments to the General By-Laws shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Director not less than sixty (60) days before the next succeeding General Convention.” All proposed amendments to the bylaws must be submitted by May 10, 2017, in time for the executive director’s distribution to chapters on May 12, 2017.

Again, in submitting proposals, it is important that the following format is used per RONR:

I, [insert your name], move to amend/add…by striking/inserting…

Original Article / Section / Subsection Proposed Change Rationale

Adoption of proposed amendments to the bylaws requires three-fourths (3/4) vote of the delegates present and voting at the general convention in Baltimore, MD.

Official Governing Policy Guidance and Regulations of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Please take care when submitting proposed changes to our constitution and bylaws by NOT offering administrative changes. Administrative changes (due dates, etc.) belong in the Official Governing Policy Guidance and Regulations of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, which was created by the delegates at the 2007 General Convention in Orlando, FL, when they bifurcated the fraternity’s constitution and bylaws, removing all administrative items. If the committee determines the change is administrative in nature, the committee will have no other option but to recommend the proposed change not be approved.

Time Until an Amendment Takes Effect—Constitution and Bylaws
Upon ratification by chapters, the amendment shall take effect on December 8, 2017, unless the amendment provides a due date; the due date cannot supersede the approval process contained in the constitution and bylaws. For example, an amendment cannot become effective immediately upon the adoption by the delegates at the General Convention because chapters must vote on the action taken by the convention. However, an amendment may become effective later than December 8, 2017, provided it is stipulated at the time it is offered.

Finally, please take care in crafting proposed changes. The fraternity’s historical practice is to greatly limit delegates from amending amendments, which is consistent with RONR. “If bylaws require previous notice for their amendment…no amendment to the bylaw amendment is in order that increases the modification of the article or provision to be amended. This restriction prevents members from proposing a slight change and then taking advantage of absent members by moving a greater one as an amendment to the amendment.… The same principle applies to an amendment in the nature of a substitute for sections or articles.… The proposed amendment substitute is open to amendments that diminish the amount of change, but not to amend to increase it or to introduce new changes” (RONR, 11th ed., p. 595). For reference, when RONR mentions bylaws, it means in principle constitution and/or bylaws.

If you have any questions or you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the constitution committee chair, Brother Cash Sutton III, at constitution@apa1906.net.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc: An Early Advocate of Black History

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc: An Early Advocate of Black History

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has always valued the history and culture of people of African ancestry on the African continent and throughout the diaspora. Since our inception in 1906, we have consistently advocated for the discovery, preservation, and promotion of our past. Our brothers have been at the forefront of correcting the errors, omissions, and distortions about our past, while telling of our trials and tribulations to the nation and to the world.

Drs. Carter G. Woodson, an Omega, and Jesse E. Moorland, an Alpha—the founders of Black History Month—incorporated The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) on October 2, 1915 in Washington, DC. Brother Dr. George Cleveland Hall was the first president of ASALH. Eleven Alpha men, more than any other fraternity, have served as ASALH presidents.

Before the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926 (now Black History Month), Alpha Phi Alpha promoted the study of black history with a regular column in the Sphinx Magazine. One hundred years ago, in 1917, the General Convention, meeting in Philadelphia, called on each chapter within the fraternity to appoint a historian to pursue research and discussion of black history.

We have a legacy to uphold in observing Black History Month. Brother Dr. Charles H. Wesley, past general president and national historian, who also served as executive director of ASALH reminded us that the purpose of Black History Month (Negro History Week) is “… to change the image of the Black Americans through history. The current consideration of the advancement made by Negroes in political life and in civic activities should be paralleled by the view of his experiences in our past.”

As part of Alpha’s advocacy and action initiative, we must therefore make certain that our past is recorded accurately and completely, that it is reflected in every area of American life, and especially that it is competently taught in our schools at every level. We cannot assume that because there is general recognition of Black History Month, even from the White House, our history and heritage is well known and respected. As Brother Dr. Martin Luther Jr. reminded us: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

 

Robert L. Harris, Jr. National Historian
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
ASALH National President, 1991-92
February, 2017


Apply Now: 2017 Alpha Leadership Academy application is available online!

Apply Now: 2017 Alpha Leadership Academy application is available online!

It is our pleasure to announce the 20th anniversary Alpha Leadership Academy for college brothers, which is scheduled for June 3–10, 2017, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The purpose of the academy is to provide a thorough, intense experience for young men who have been elected to some leadership role within the various levels of our fraternity. What makes this program unique is the student development foundation on which it is based. Several student development theories will be used as the theoretical framework within which this academy will operate. Such theories include the Student Wellness Model for holistic development, involvement theory, moral development, service learning, and much more. The Wellness Model will be of particular importance because it allows us to tap the cognitive, social, spiritual, physical, and cultural dimensions of our college brothers’ development.

The academy’s faculty will be comprised of several alumni brothers who are outstanding training and development specialists as well as student affairs practitioners who work with college brothers on a daily basis and whose expertise will add to the breadth and depth of the academy. To date, there are 564 academy alumni, whose names are included in this packet.

At the bottom of this page is a link to the sample academy schedule based on previous years and an application for the Upsilon Class. Please consider applying for the academy if you will be in a leadership position for the next academic year. The registration fee is $500 per participant, which includes housing and most meals. Also, all participants will be responsible for their travel expenses to and from Baltimore.

If you represent an alumni chapter, please encourage the leadership of the college chapter(s) in your area to apply. Any financial assistance that alumni chapters give to assist college chapter officers will greatly enhance the success of this program. Moreover, this will be a great way to strengthen your portfolio should you choose to compete for the coveted Charles H. Wesley Award, which recognizes exemplary college and alumni chapter relations. Please feel free to contact Brother Ralph Johnson, Ph.D. at Rjohns1706@gmail.com or 443.538.7602 if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you!


Join Us at the 2017 Baltimore Convention

Join Us at the 2017 Baltimore Convention !

My Brothers of Alpha and Guests:

In accordance with Article II, Section 5 of the Constitution of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, I do hereby issue the “Official Call” for the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity to convene in the “Charm City” of Baltimore, home of our national headquarters, for the 111th I 94th Anniversary General Convention to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from Wednesday, July 12, through Sunday, July 16, 2017.

I encourage you to take advantage of the registration rate and book your hotel rooms today. Registration ends on Monday, June 12, 2017. So please register early.

As you think about this historic gathering, I invite you to consider the words of our late Brother Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

Now more than ever the words of Brother King continue to ring loud and true. We are confronted with the fierce URGENCY OF NOW. We must come together, speak as brothers, and present solutions and remedies for the ills that plague our communities. We must utilize our collective strength for the political and civic needs of our communities just as Brothers Frederick Douglass and Thurgood Marshall, both from Baltimore, did as they fought for civil rights. Channel their spirits as you prepare to do the heavy lifting of rebuilding our communities in the face of growing divisive language and contentious debate.

It is during times such as these that we need Alpha leadership the most. The issues our country and communities face are threats to us moving forward and we will not take any backward steps. Our Alpha Advocacy and Action plan will be the cornerstone of this convention and you will hear, see, and learn how to use this plan in your communities.

Although we have a lot of work to do in the Baltimore community and during our business sessions, including electing a general treasurer, this convention will not be consumed with work. We will also offer workshops and sessions to enhance your professional and personal development as well as opportunities to build leadership skills that you can take back to your chapters and your communities.

At the same time, you and your family will also have the opportunity to enjoy what the great city of Baltimore has to offer. The brothers of the Baltimore area host chapters are preparing to show everyone a good time. We will end the convention with our Black & Old Gold Leadership Gala.

I invite you to register now. I look forward to seeing you in Baltimore.

 

Onward and Upward Always,

Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.
General President


Sometimes Seeing is Believing: Reflections on Faith and the Black Family Because of the Obamas

Sometimes Seeing is Believing: Reflections on Faith and the Black Family Because of the Obamas

Sometimes Seeing is Believing: 
Reflections on Faith and the Black Family Because of the Obamas

by
The Reverend Bro. Jonathan C. Augustine, J.D., M.Div.*

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

“[B]ecause thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet they have believed.”
John 20:29 (KJV)

I grew up in a Black family, during the 1970s and 80s, in inner-city New Orleans. Like so many Black children brought up in the Deep South at that time, I was repeatedly taught about the importance of faith. Indeed, the popular passage from Hebrews that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” was drilled into my mind and subconscious.

To be perfectly candid, because of what can only be termed as dysfunction in my childhood home, and because of the types of homes in which my first cousins grew-up, I did not have a personal familiarity with the “traditional” Black family. Please understand that my intended use of the term traditional contains absolutely no misogynistic or sexist undertones. My own mother worked as an educator and sacrificed to provide for me and my sister, notwithstanding the fact I grew-up in a two-parent home. Instead, my use of the term traditional is intended to describe a Black family where the husband and wife work collaboratively at raising children, while simultaneously pursuing common goals that are in the best interest of the family. Regrettably, based on my intended use of the term, my adolescent exposure to a traditional Black family was limited to the Huxtables, a two-parent family with whom I shared many special movements, courtesy of NBC, over the course of eight years. Now, as an adult, living in a blended family—arguably the new definition of traditional—my wife, Michelle, and I have faith that not only what our two children see in us, but also in the Obama Family, will influence their personal notions of what a traditional Black family is supposed to be.

In playing on Hebrews’ popular passage about faith, as I reflect on the Black America I knew as a child, I could only have faith that traditional Black families actually existed, considering they were not something I had personally seen. In reflecting on today, however, notwithstanding my children’s personal familiarity with my definition of “traditional,” I am delighted by the blessing of what they have seen for the last eight years—the vast majority of their young lives—in how special a traditional Black family can be. This overwhelmingly positive influence, in the form of a faith that has come to fruition, has redefined expectations not only for me, but for an entire generation. This has only been possible because of President Barack Obama and the overwhelmingly positive influence resulting from his “traditional” First Family.

In John 20, as Jesus appears to his disciples sometime after the resurrection, Thomas becomes overwhelmed with amazement and only after seeing Jesus, professes his belief. In many regards, I am much like Doubting Thomas. Because I have now seen the positive influences of a traditional Black Family—where both mother and father are attentive to their children and collaboratively work to better their children’s lives—I now believe. Because I have also seen mutual support, encouragement and a familial pursuit of excellence, I now believe. Because I have seen a Black man who is secure enough in his masculinity to be openly affectionate with his family, while simultaneously being tough enough to take out international terrorists who threatened his family’s safety, I now believe. Indeed, I am quite a bit like Doubting Thomas because I had never before seen a Black family so loving, but at the same time so driven for personal and professional excellence, that I can now believe traditional is in fact possible. In many regards, therefore, I am proud to be like Doubting Thomas. Because I have now seen, I also have new standards on what should be normal and “traditional” in Black America. More importantly, my children can also believe because of everything they have seen.

I give special thanks to the Obamas for not only bringing my childhood faith to fruition, but more importantly, for showing my children, and an entire generation, what a “traditional” Black family should be.


 The Reverend Bro. Jonathan C. Augustine [Beta ‘91] is the 46th Senior Pastor of Historic St. James AME Church in New Orleans, National Chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a member of the Fraternity’s Sigma Lambda Chapter. Bro. Augustine may be reached via Twitter at @jayaugustine9 or via email at jayaugustine9@gmail.com.


Fighting Together After Transition: A Theological Reflection on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fighting Together After Transition: A Theological Reflection on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fighting Together After Transition:  A Theological Reflection on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by The Reverend Bro. Jonathan C. Augustine*

In Deuteronomy 34, the Israelites were faced with transition.  Although Moses was shown the Promised Land, he was not allowed to reach it with the very people he was chosen to lead.  Instead, God raised up Joshua as a new leader, to ensure there would be effective leadership, as the Israelites worked together to fight against their enemies and reach their Promised Land.

Just as the Israelites were faced with transition in Deuteronomy, Black America was faced with transition in April 1968.  Just as God picked Moses to lead the Israelites against the forces of Pharaoh’s oppressive injustice, God did the same in picking our Alpha brother, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to lead Black America against the oppressive forces of Jim Crow.  Just as Moses led in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Bro. King did the same, successfully leading God’s people through the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the social oppression necessitating passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Just as Deuteronomy 34:10 proclaims that never since has there been a prophet among the Israelites like Moses, the same might be said of Bro. King’s leadership in the Black community. When God ordered Moses’ transition, Deuteronomy 34:8 tells us that the people wept for 30-days and then the mourning ended.  It was then, after transition, that the Israelites came together to fight for the advancement of their people.

In the biblical cannon, Deuteronomy is followed by the books of Joshua and Judges, chronicling how the Israelites honored Moses’ legacy by fighting together, against their enemies, to reach the Promised Land.  Just as God showed the Promised Land of Canaan to Moses, and the Israelites fought to reach it, the same can be said of God’s revelation to Bro. King, considering his famous August 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, heralding America to become a true melting pot of social acceptance, egalitarianism, and communal respect.  Indeed, just as the Israelites worked together to fight against their enemies after Moses’ transition, the same can be said for much of Alpha Phi Alpha’s work after Bro. King’s April 1968 transition to the church triumphant.

Some might argue that Bro. King’s dream became a reality with the 2008 and 2012 elections, and successful two-term administration, of Barack Obama as the United States’ first Black president.  Others, however, might argue that the undercurrent of racism, sexism, classism, and xenophobia that surfaced during the 2016 presidential election cycle—along with the many senseless deaths that sparked the Black Lives Matter Movement—is proof that Bro. King’s dream of America reaching her Promised Land is far from reality.

Eight years ago, in January 2009, many claimed America had fought through racial and social struggles to reach her Promised Land, as Obama was inaugurated only one day after the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebration.  In January 2017, however, as America

approaches observance of the same annual holiday, occurrences during President Obama’s administration make it readily apparent that, just like the Israelites with Moses, America is still wandering in the wilderness.

My sincere prayer for Alpha Phi Alpha is that it will do just as the Israelites did after Moses’ transition—in anticipating President Obama’s transition from the White House and honoring Bro. King’s transition to be with Moses—by working together to fight against the threats and enemies standing in the way of America reaching her Promised Land.  For some Alphas, doing like the Israelites means working together through Project Alpha and fighting against the dearth of Black male role models.  For other Alphas, the fight might be through the political engagement of A Voteless People is a Hopeless People to ensure those that have paid their debt to society have the opportunity to fully participate therein.  Regardless of how one chooses to fight through Alpha, in paraphrasing General President Ward, my prayer is that during the upcoming King Holiday observances, brothers recommit to fighting because “Alpha Phi Alpha doesn’t run from a fight; Alpha runs to it!”

This King Holiday, we should all honor our departed brother, by doing just as did the Israelites when faced with Moses’ transition and work together to fight against the enemies facing our people.


Alpha Inaugurates 35th General President in the “Gate City”

Alpha Inaugurates 35th General President in the “Gate City”

ALPHA MEN CELEBRATE THE INSTALLMENT OF THEIR NEW LEADER IN GREENSBORO

JANUARY 6–9, 2017, GREENSBORO, NC

Baltimore, MD (January 6, 2017)—Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the world’s oldest intercollegiate fraternity founded by African-American men, hosted its inauguration of its 35th general president in “Gate City,” Greensboro, North Carolina. The Gate City hosted Alpha and its more than 700 guests from around the world, who took part in 3 days of leadership development and official installation programs. The theme of the inaugural weekend was The Urgency of Now.

The new duly elected 35th general president of Alpha Phi Alpha is Everett B. Ward Ph.D. He has been actively involved in the fraternity and in leadership at the chapter, district, and regional level for 30 years. He is currently the president of Saint Augustine University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Ward was named the eleventh president of Saint Augustine’s University on April 10, 2015, by the board of trustees. Ward is an active philanthropist, supporting issues that are critical to families and communities. In addition to his volunteer leadership to Alpha Phi Alpha, Ward also serves as vice chairman of the Association of Episcopal Colleges. He also is a member of the board of directors of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). In addition, he is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Boule.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the men of Alpha Phi Alpha as our 35th general president,” said Ward. “Given the state of our country and all of the challenges that we face, we have a tremendous opportunity to ensure that the voices of our people are not forgotten. In partnership with our fellow Greek-letter organizations and concert with other national organizations, we will take a bold stand on issues that are in the best interest of our communities.”

Jeff Johnson, award-winning journalist, communications specialist and chief strategist for JIJ Communications, also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, facilitated a public policy forum. The forum spoke to the role of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in addressing some of today’s most pressing civil rights and social justice issues in African-American communities around the nation.

Previous men to hold the position of general president of the 110-year-old community service fraternity include Ozell Sutton, civil rights activist; Raymond W. Cannon, NAACP attorney; and Ernest Morial, mayor of New Orleans, La.


Alpha Introduces Its New Executive Director: Brother Jamie R. Riley, Ph.D.

Alpha Introduces Its New Executive Director: Brother Jamie R. Riley, Ph.D.

Greetings my dear brothers,

It is with great pleasure that the board of directors announces its unanimous decision to select Brother Jamie R. Riley, Ph.D. [Beta Omicron ’03] as the next executive director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. His hiring becomes effective today January 3, 2017.

Brother Riley has been a leader most of his life, dating back well before his college days at Tennessee State University, where he was initiated into Alpha through Beta Omicron Chapter in 2003. While in Nashville, he earned his Bachelor of Science in healthcare administration and planning and his Master of Education leadership concentration in administration and supervision. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in counseling and student personnel services from the University of Georgia in 2011.

Brother Riley comes to Alpha Phi Alpha from Johns Hopkins University where he served as the associate dean of Student Life for Diversity and Inclusion. His administrative skills have been demonstrated in previous positions, including having served as the assistant dean of students and director of the LEAD Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Brother Riley has focused his research and administrative practice on addressing the impact of culturally oppressive campus climates on the success of African-American and black male college students attending predominantly white institutions. Jamie’s doctoral dissertation, titled; Racism, Discrimination, and Prejudice: Through the Voices of Black Men on Predominately White College Campuses, investigated the impact of race and racism on African-American and black male students ability to thrive academically, socially, and developmentally.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Brother Riley is also a member of 100 Black Men of America and has held membership in several alumni chapters including Tau Lambda (Nashville, TN), Rho Kappa Lambda (Gwinnett County, GA), Iota Tau Lambda (Farmville, VA), Gamma Phi Lambda (Berkeley, CA), and most recently, Delta Lambda in Baltimore, MD. Brother Riley has also served as an Alpha and/or campus advisor for several chapters at colleges and universities across the country.

Alpha’s new executive director has very high expectations for himself and for the fraternity. He says, “I think it is crucial that we streamline processes and procedures to align with the fraternal organizational structure and the needs of individual brothers. The General Office is the place where brothers should come to find solutions and answers in a timely fashion. Our staffing has to be adequate to meet the needs of brothers, chapters, districts, regions, and the general body all at the same time. I believe the better utilization of technology and personnel will help us to achieve that and much more.”

Brother Riley also has strong ideas to bring Alpha together and to bridge the gaps between new brothers and those who have experienced longevity in the fraternity. He wants to work with the executive leadership to develop initiatives that assist college brothers in their transition from college to professional life.

We have great confidence in Brother Riley and you will as well. Please join us in welcoming him to his new chapter in the history of Alpha Phi Alpha!

Fraternally,

Brother Everett B. Ward, Ph.D.
General President