Statement of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on U.S. Supreme Court Landmark Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade, Renews Call for Advocacy

Contact:

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

 

June 24, 2022

For Immediate Release

 

The late Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Brother Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Today’s ruling by a 5 – 4 majority of the United States Supreme Court to overturn the near 50-year-old precedent in Roe v. Wade should alarm us all because it sets the stage to undermine other constitutionally recognized individual freedoms, returning us eerily close to the days when so-called states’ rights limited freedom for so many Black and other marginalized communities.

We must not be silent on these significant matters. Alpha Phi Alpha will continue to develop our Brothers to be advocates and leaders on the most pressing issues facing the communities we serve.  Elections have consequences.  This is why Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will continue to develop it's Brotherhood to be directly engaged in all levels with the upcoming midterm elections.

 

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

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 and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Joins with Four Other NPHC Fraternities for Two-Day Joint Advocacy Effort on Capitol Hill

Contact:

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

June 16, 2022

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. joined with the four other National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities for the historic, first-ever, NPHC Fraternity Days on Capitol Hill, which included panel discussions and meetings with Congressional members and other officials, June 13-14.

Among them, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. participated with the Fraternity in panel discussions on voting rights, public safety, economic development, education, and housing on the first day.

“A gathering of this magnitude represents a game-changing opportunity for us to dramatically increase our impact when it comes to mentorship and addressing community needs that have been long tackled, but stubbornly persists due to limits from our individual approaches,” said Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. General President Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D. “We’re going to present a more unified front and increase collaboration, especially towards improving outcomes for young African American males to make greater impact. I believe at the end of the day, our organizations will grow closer together, but most importantly - our community will be stronger.”

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other officials also addressed and met with the fraternities, including: Omega Frater, Majority Whip, and U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC), Delta Soror and U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), also CBC Chairwoman; Delta Soror and U.S. Rep. Val Demings (D-FL); Kappa Frater and U.S. Rep. Hakim Jeffries (D-NY); AKA Soror and U.S. Rep. Terrie Sewell (D-AL); Kappa Frater and U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA); AKA Soror and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX); AKA Soror and U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL); Omega Frater and U.S. Rep. Kwesi Mfume, (D-MD); Kappa Frater and U.S. Rep. Troy Carter (D-LA); Alpha Brother and U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-TX); AKA Soror and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL); Alpha Brother and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, (D-Va.); CBC Exec. Director Vince Evans; Alpha Brother and U.S. House of Representatives Sergeant of Arms William J. Walker; as well as Omega Frater and NAACP President Derrick Johnson.

The fraternities are focused on several key legislation, including H.R. 5746 – Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act; H.R. 3863 Fair Representation Act; H.R. 132 – Federal Prison Bureau Nonviolent Offender Relief Act of 2021; S. 79 – EQUAL Act; S. 1109 – Minority Entrepreneurship Grant Program Act of 2021; H.R. 3294 – IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act; H.R. 40 – Commission to Study and Development Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act; H.R. 251 – Reaffirming bilateral and multilateral relations between the United States and African countries and recognizing the importance of diplomatic, security, and trade relations; and S. 1368 – American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2021, according to Brother Carl A. Pickney, the event’s co-organizer, and both the Fraternity’s social action chair, and chairman of the political and civic engagement committee.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration established a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Council of Presidents, comprised of the nine historically Black fraternities and sororities.

“This historic alliance between the SBA and the NPHC—the first of its kind for a government agency—will bring SBA’s valuable small business resources into reach for many small businesses and entrepreneurs, furthering the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to build equity and close historic wealth gaps that have held back America’s Black entrepreneurs, small business owners and their families and communities for generations,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman in an SBA press release. “Over the past 18 months, the SBA has made incredible progress reaching more of Ame4rica’s small businesses, delivering vital resources and support to entrepreneurs who have been historically underinvested in and overlooked—the same people and communities hit hardest by the COVID pandemic. Working alongside partners and allies within the Divine Nine will provide even greater reach for the SBA to better provide the entrepreneurial Black community access to networks, financial literacy, technical training, and capital readiness so they can successfully realize their American Dreams of business ownership, create jobs, and advance our economy.”

According to the SBA release, the partnership will focus on increasing financial literacy within traditionally underserved, disadvantaged communities, expanding the Agency’s outreach, and introducing Black entrepreneurs to the SBA’s suite of tools and resources to start and grow their businesses including access to capital, government contracting opportunities and counseling.

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

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 and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


STATEMENT OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. ON BUFFALO, NY. MASS SHOOTING

 

Contact:

Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC

Director of Communications/Editor of The Sphinx

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ewebb@apa1906.net

Cell: 443-635-5911

 

May 16, 2022

For Immediate Release


 

BALTIMORE, MD. – The Men of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are outraged and condemn the acts of self-proclaimed white supremacist and alleged mass shooter, Payton Gendron, who targeted African Americans at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York over the weekend.

Today, we mourn those lives lost in this violent tragedy and offer our deepest condolences to the families of the 10 victims. Unarmed Black people continue to be murdered in peaceful spaces or while living their everyday lives without any justice or accountability.

This must stop.

According to police, had the shooter’s carnage not been stopped, he planned to “shoot more Black people.”

Therefore, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. urges law enforcement, particularly, the U.S. Attorney General and the Department of Justice, to classify this case as a federal hate crime. Crimes such as these should be fully prosecuted, whether on the state or federal level, and face the stiffest penalties.

We continue to stand with Alpha Brother and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, first responders, the Rho Lambda Chapter in Buffalo, and the community-at-large, as they work to heal their city.  Since our founding, Alpha Phi Alpha has been at the forefront of civil rights and social justice issues, taking a stand against violence and white supremacy at every turn.

As a fraternity, we will do what we can to ensure that the Buffalo community receives the support it needs.

 

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

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 and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


BROTHER ERIC CHRISTOPHER WEBB NAMED ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.’S NEW DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND EDITOR OF THE SPHINX

BROTHER ERIC CHRISTOPHER WEBB NAMED ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.’S

NEW DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND EDITOR OF THE SPHINX

BALTIMORE, MD – The Board of Directors of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. recently named Brother Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC, the Fraternity’s new Director of Communications and Editor-of-The Sphinx. He assumed the role effective Wednesday, May 19.

Brother Webb, who is a 1989 Nu Chapter initiate, a Life Member of the Fraternity, and member of Rho Tau Lambda Chapter, is a 1991 English and Journalism graduate of Lincoln University, with numerous journalism awards and fellowships from Harvard University, Howard University, Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the Freedom Forum, the Associated Press, the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc.

“Brother Webb’s journey has prepared him to take on the responsibility of leading the Communication Department,” said Brother Sean L. McCaskill, the Fraternity’s Interim Executive Director. “We know in Brother Webb we have a person who is accountable, a great listener, gives advice, can coach, teach, and believes very deeply that his staff are capable of excellence.”

Brother Webb, who is a seasoned communications strategist, award-winning journalist, empowerment strategist, and National Black Authors Tour bestselling author of five books, began at the General Office in September 2017 as the Assistant Director of Public Relations and Community Engagement as well as Managing Editor-of-The Sphinx. He later served as the Interim Director of Communications and Interim Editor-of-The Sphinx from November 2019 through July 2020, publishing two issues of The Sphinx magazine before returning to his previous role.

His prior work with The Sphinx notably also earned him two 2019 Fraternal Communications Association Awards (third place) for Writing – News Feature Article and (second place) for Story Packaging – Feature Article.

“It’s an honor to serve as the Fraternity’s Director of Communications as well as in the historic role of Editor of The Sphinx magazine – the nation’s second-oldest continuously-published African American magazine,” said Brother Webb. “With General President Dr. Willis L. Lonzer’s vision, I hope to leverage all my abilities as a journalist and communicator to strengthen and elevate the brand of the Fraternity beyond the platforms we have been accustomed to even greater visibility and prominence.”

Prior to Brother Webb’s arrival at the General Office, he worked at his alma mater, Lincoln University, as its Director of Communications and Public Relations as well as Editor-in-Chief of its university magazine, The Lincoln Lion. Over the years, he has served as a former Communications Manager for Advocacy at the American Heart Association, both a Washington News Correspondent and a “Letter from Washington” columnist for Thomson Newspapers, the founder and publisher of SOULS magazine, as well as the nationally syndicated “Soul Searching” columnist.

In addition, he wrote for numerous other newspapers and contributed to several journals, anthologies, and magazines, as well as taught English and journalism at The Graduate School, USA, Prince George’s Community College, Temple University PASCEP, the Alternative Learning Institute and continues to serve as a panelist, guest speaker, and lecturer at other schools, institutions, and conferences.

 

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About Alpha Phi Alpha

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 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, The Honorable Andrew Young, Edward Brooke, and Dr. 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. For more information, visit: apa1906.net and follow Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on Twitter and Instagram @apa1906network or on LinkedIn as
“Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.”


Derek Chauvin Verdict Statement

 

April 20, 2021

Brothers of Alpha,

The verdict of “guilty on all three counts” is resonating throughout the world from the Derek Chauvin murder trial in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through his murder, Mr. George Floyd pricked the collective conscience of the world.  He deserved to be treated like a human being.  The verdict has affirmed that accountability was demonstrated and is a key marker of advancement towards justice. However, we all know, there is still much work to be done. As this administration is launching our platforms, particularly surrounding social justice, I am committed to working with our Brothers to address police reform through our leadership and engagement on every level and especially in our communities.

There are Brothers who are leading the way in their respective communities and demonstrating how to make a difference. By making that difference and through standing on our core principles of service and leadership, we continue to demonstrate that we are men who are called to servant-leadership.  In fact, we are men of distinction based on who we are and how we lead.  I am committed to bringing new ideas and training to our fraternity so that we can continue to be the caltalysts for positive change that our communities need.  As we continue on this journey toward justice, I encourage every Brother to “lean-in” and keep pushing for the change we need. Please stay vigilant and continue to hold high the light of Alpha!

Fraternally,

Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D.

General President

 


ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. GENERAL PRESIDENT DR. WILLIS L. LONZER, III, INVITES THE BROTHERHOOD TO JOIN IN THE METAMUCIL CHALLENGE

ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. GENERAL PRESIDENT DR. WILLIS L. LONZER, III,

INVITES THE BROTHERHOOD TO JOIN IN THE METAMUCIL CHALLENGE

 

Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D.                                       Jeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP
GENERAL PRESIDENT                                           SURGEON GENERAL

GreetingsBrothers,

The well-known fiber supplement Metamucil is teaming up with HBCUs and The Divine Nine to share the benefits of fiber on health and wellbeing called the "Metamucil Two-Week Challenge." Metamucil will be donating $65,000 in scholarships to organizations through the challenge.

Metamucil is a fiber laxative used to treat constipation or bowel irregularity. It may also help lower cholesterol when combined with a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Statistics show that African Americans are far more likely than other ethnicities to suffer from high cholesterol and diabetes. Many health officials say a leading method in beating these odds and not becoming a statistic is to stay healthy from the beginning starting with digestion.

General President Lonzer and Brother Dr. Sterling are encouraging Brothers to participate in the challenge and to be educated on the importance of gut health.

"Digestion is important because your body needs nutrients (e.g. proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water) from food and drink to function properly and stay healthy," said General President Lonzer. "A healthy gut contains healthy bacteria and immune cells that ward off infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, and fungi."

Through the HBCU and Divine 9 Challenge, Metamucil will donate up to $10,000 in scholarship funds to the schools and Greek organizations with the most sign-ups.

You can sign up for the challenge at: https://www.metamucil.com/en-us/two-week-challenge

Winners will be announced at the NAACP Image Awards on BET on March 27th.

For more information see the attached flyer below.

Fraternally,

Willis L. Lonzer, PhD                                               Jeffery E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP
General President                                                   Surgeon General


Jeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP (AM ’82) appointed as Surgeon General of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Jeffrey E. Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP (AM ’82) appointed as Surgeon General of

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

February 4, 2021

Brothers,

When I campaigned for General President, I committed to bring forth a new paradigm focusing on the improvement of the health of our Brotherhood as well as an extension of that awareness to impact our fraternity programming and even our community partners. It is with great pleasure that I name the Brother who will function as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s first surgeon general.  Brother Jeffrey Emery Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP, a 1982 initiate of the Alpha Mu Chapter seated at Northwestern University, is currently affiliated with the Beta Tau Lambda Chapter in Fort Worth, TX.  Bro. Dr. Sterling received his medical training from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has also received executive education from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine.  In addition to his strong medical and public health background, Bro. Sterling also brings strong business and strategic acumen to this role as reflected through his leadership in several initiatives and businesses, including Sterling Initiatives, an international healthcare consulting and implementation firm that provides entities with clinical, operational, and financial best practices.  His unique mixture of medical practice, public health, and international healthcare business/consulting knowledge makes him an ideal fit for the strategic demands of this role.  Please join me in congratulating him on his appointment.

As I close this announcement, I am requesting all Brothers who are trained in Medicine, Biomedicine, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Public Health, Dentistry, Mental Health, International/Tropical Medicine, Health Sciences, and related areas to contact the administration at transition@apa1906.net with a short message describing your field/professional activities and your CV.  We will be communicating additional information surrounding the launch of the Surgeon General Initiative for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity soon.  Until then, please stay safe and healthy.

Fraternally,

Willis L. Lonzer, III, Ph.D.
General President


Alpha Phi Alpha Fundraises for the V Foundation During Month-Long Initiative “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” Will Support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund

Alpha Phi Alpha Fundraises for the V Foundation During Month-Long Initiative

“Give and Go to Fight Cancer” Will Support the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund

         

Cary, NC [December 4, 2020] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, alongside founding partner ESPN, announce Alpha Phi Alpha  will drive awareness and support for the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. The fundraising initiative kicks off on December 4, the anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha’s founding, and it wraps up on January 4, 2021, the anniversary of Stuart Scott’s passing. Scott, an Alpha Phi Alpha Brother, was committed to advancing cancer research. The month-long campaign called “Give and Go to Fight Cancer,” will encourage two important things: to give by making a donation to cancer research and to go schedule a cancer screening.

The V Foundation and ESPN established the Stuart Scott Fund in memory of celebrated ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott after he passed away in 2015. Stuart was a dedicated friend to the V Foundation and a champion for cancer research. He enrolled in a clinical trial during his own cancer journey and was especially driven to improve outcomes for African Americans and other minorities disproportionately affected by cancer. The V Foundation has awarded $10.5 million in grants through the Stuart Scott Fund, which supports minority scientists as well as research dedicated to cancer disparities experienced by minority populations.

“Alpha Phi Alpha is pleased to join the V Foundation in celebration of the legacy of our Brother Stuart Scott, who represented the defining qualities of an Alpha man,” said Brother General President Dr. Everett B. Ward. “His scholarship, leadership and service serves as a role model for all. Brother Scott’s courageous battle against cancer remains an inspirational call for us all. As the General President, I knew Brother Scott for many years, and I am honored to be a part of continuing his legacy as we help others. It is noteworthy that we are embarking on this journey together during the 114th Anniversary Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.“

The “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” campaign encourages donations in multiples of $19.06, to highlight the 1906 establishment of Alpha Phi Alpha. Additionally, a special “Boo-yah” branded t-shirt is available to commemorate this collaboration, with $25 of every shirt sale benefiting the Stuart Scott Fund. T-shirts are available at v.org/aphia.

The funds raised through this initiative will support collaborative projects between scientists at National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

"When we started the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund five years ago, we were intentional in our strategy to raise funds and awareness for disparities in communities of color," said Dereck Whittenburg, V Foundation Board Member and Associate Athletic Director for Community Relations and Student Support at NC State University. “We are off to a good start and will continue to work as a team to increase awareness for cancer disparities in our communities."

The Alpha Phi Alpha Give and Go to Fight Cancer campaign will be announced December 4 on ESPN Radio’s weekday morning show “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin,” with Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti as hosts.

“This initiative is a natural fit with Stuart Scott being the common denominator, and it’s an honor and privilege to do this in his name,” said Jay Harris, an ESPN “SportsCenter” Anchor. “We miss him every day, but we know this work, and the opportunity to help save others, is what he’d want us to do.”

Overall, the V Foundation has awarded more than $250 million for cutting-edge cancer research. The V Foundation holds 10 consecutive 4-star (highest) ratings from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, and is among the top 2% of all charities evaluated. The V Foundation is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity.

For more information about the V Foundation and the “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” campaign with Alpha Phi Alpha, or to make a donation, please visit v.org/aphia.

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The V Foundation has funded more than $250 million in game-changing cancer research grants nationwide through a competitive process strictly supervised by a world-class Scientific Advisory Committee. Because the V Foundation has an endowment to cover administrative expenses, 100% of direct donations is awarded to cancer research and programs.  The V team is committed to accelerating Victory Over Cancer®. To learn more, visit v.org.

ESPN Corporate Citizenship

ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplifts the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.

About Alpha Phi Alpha:

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 apa1906.net and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


Methodologies to Prevent Unnecessary COVID-19 Exposure for Black People

March 26, 2020

Dear Brothers:

On behalf of General President Everett B. Ward, I greet you in the unwavering spirit of God’s everlasting love. In my dual role as chairman of the A. Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper National Program and cochairman of our National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, it is imperative for me, as your Brother, to provide you with unmitigated information about this virus. Our goal is to promote the health and well-being of our senior and vulnerable Brothers, widows, Alpha families, and the communities we serve.

Because we do not currently have immunity or a vaccination developed to combat COVID-19, most virologists believe it will be a year or more until this virus runs its course. Consequently, we, as Alpha men, will have to use innovative strategies more than ever to operationalize serving as our brother’s keeper. Together, our brotherhood will continue to provide brotherly love to its members, families, and the communities it serves.

A mass number of young men and women who attended spring break activities are now diagnosed with COVID-19. Although people over 60 years old and people with preexisting medical conditions are more susceptible to COVID-19-related mortality, no race, age, or sex is exempt from death as a result of contracting this disease. As Surgeon General Jerome Adams stated, “Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now. Test or no test, we need you to understand you could be spreading it to someone else or you could be getting it from someone else. Stay at home.”

Below are some innovative actions that you can take within your district, chapter, or individually. You can serve as your brother’s keeper by utilizing some of the suggestions while avoiding unnecessarily exposing Brothers, Alpha families, communities, or yourself to COVID-19.

Fraternal Communication and Needs Assessments

1. Please consider making calls to all inactive and active college and alumni Brothers, Alpha widows, and family members of our dear Brothers who are in the Omega chapter. The purpose of the calls is to maintain fellowship with those in social isolation and to conduct an informal needs assessment of their overall wellness and their access to food, clean water, utilities, and so on. Although all Brothers should be called, priority should be given to Brothers age 60 and over, Alpha widows, and Brothers with preexisting conditions.

Acquiring Health Care Thorough Telemedicine

2. If individuals need health care intervention, please encourage them to contact their health care provider or local hospital via telephone and make an appointment to be evaluated and/or diagnosed remotely via telemedicine. If they do not understand or do not have access to the internet, provide them or a family member with information about how telemedicine is utilized while supporting their privacy rights. In addition, please request that they either pick up their medicines from a pharmacy drive-through or receive them by mail.

Alternative Methods for Procuring Groceries and Living Essentials

3. If individuals need help with online grocery shopping, please offer to do so because this will minimize their unneeded possible exposure to COVID-19. Some of the best online shopping sites are Instacart, Boxed, and Walmart. In addition, most local grocery stores offer home delivery or pick-up services through which customers can order online and pick up their groceries in a designated area of the store’s parking lot.

Recommended Safety Protocol to Minimize COVID-19 Home Contamination

4. According to a new and unpublished study supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, (van Doremalen et al., 2020), COVID-19 has a surface stability of 4 hours to 3 days (4 hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel). In addition, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Moriarty et al. (2020) on the spread of the COVID-19 on the infamous Diamond Princess cruise ship revealed traces of this virus “on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated.” Therefore, contrary to some reports circulating through traditional and multi-media sources, it is recommended that when receiving items in your home such as mail, groceries, and packages, you should take precautions to protect yourself and your family by taking the safety measures recommended below.

Suggested Precautions Before Bringing Packages, Boxes, or Objects Possibly Exposed to COVID-19 into Your Home

(Please do steps B to F Outside of your Home)

A. Prior to unpacking received items, open all doors and/or garbage receptacles that will be used to discard packaging.

B. Wearing disposable gloves, wipe down the outside of each package thoroughly with a solution of 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water. The solution may be applied using a disposable paper towel. If the outside packaging is a plastic bag, toss it into a garbage receptacle. If you do not have disposable gloves, lather your hands with the solution before wiping down the package.

C. Toss any used paper towels in a trash receptable.

D. Wipe down your gloves or hands thoroughly with the aforementioned bleach and water solution.

E. Obtain a new paper towel and clean any additional items, repeating steps B through D.

F. Once all items are out of their packaging, wipe them down with the solution.

G. Wipe down surfaces that were exposed to the potentially contaminated contents, throw away the disposable gloves, wash your hands thoroughly, and bring the belongings into your home.

NOTE: Do not allow items to touch your body until the unpackaging process is complete. These recommended safety precautions can be easily modified to decontaminate all items that may have been exposed to COVID-19 during transit: cars, items of clothing, credit cards, wallets, keys, etc.

 

Methodologies for Virtual Socialization and Spiritual Upliftment

 

5. Please consider initiating virtual brotherhood through prayer services for Brothers and the people we lead and serve. This can be accomplished by organizing gatherings via teleconferencing applications such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. In addition, for Brothers who enjoy videogaming, we recommend organizing friendly eSports competitions (on games such as Fortnite) among districts, chapters, Alpha families, and/or college and alumni contemporaries (Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, student government members, faculty, academic societies, etc.).

 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. serves as a vehicle for intellectual expression and innovation. With that said, please share the creative methodologies that your district, chapter, or you personally utilize to be your brother’s keeper on social media for all of humankind to model for the well-being of others.

In closing, my personal belief is that “there is a paradise in every storm; you just need to see it.” Under the stewardship of our leader, General President Ward, our paradise is fulfilled as we operationalize our mission statement and continue our legacy of being a beacon of hope to our Brothers, Alpha families, and the communities we serve. We are our “Brother’s Keeper”! We are at are best when we are called to lead, model, serve, and fight!

Fraternally,

 

Brother Dr. Ronald “Pepper” Peters
Chairman, A. Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper National Program
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

References

 

 

1. Moriarty LF et al. (2020). Public Health Responses to COVID-19 Outbreaks on Cruise

Ships— Worldwide, February–March 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 69:347- 352.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6912e3

 

2. van Doremalen, et al. (2020). Aerosol and surface stability of HCoV-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

compared to SARS-CV-1. New England Journal of Medicine. Ahead of Print.


Corporate Headquarters Limited Hours of Operation During Coronavirus Pandemic

Corporate Headquarters Limited Hours of Operation

During Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Dear Brothers:

To ensure the health and safety of our valued staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the corporate headquarters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will have limited physical hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. until further notice.

All tours are also suspended until further notice.

During this time, some staff members will telecommute, but will still provide services during our regular business hours. These measures are in accordance with federal, state, and local government efforts.

The headquarters office can be reached at (410) 554-0040. For specific issues, concerns, or problems pertaining to various departments, staff members can be reached directly via their cell phones or emails at:

Department First Name Last Name Email Address Extension Direct Dial
Administrative Sean McCaskill SeanMcCaskill@apa1906.net 115 443-923-3115
Administrative John Johnston JJohnston@apa1906.net 106 410-949-0899
Administrative Sophia Burris sburris@apa1906.net  116 443-923-3116
Receptionist Chanta Davis reception@apa1906.net  100 155-231-0100
Finance and Accounting Stanley Wright stanleywright@apa1906.net  123 443-488-1245
Finance and Accounting Bernice Meadows bmeadows@apa1906.net 113 443-923-3113
Finance and Accounting Nichae Alston nalston@apa1906.net 110 443-923-3110
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Denny Johnson djohnson@apa1906.net 104 443-923-3104
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Delores Diggs ddiggs@apa1906.net  103 443-923-3103
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Terrence Byerson tbyerson@apa1906.net 118 443-923-3118
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Christina Grimes cgrimes@apa1906.net 120 443-923-3120
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement Kemmi Kilson-Smith kkilsonsmith@apa1906.net 138 443-923-3138
Membership Services and Brotherhood Engagement LaTonya Truesdale ltruesdale@apa1906.net 139 443-923-3139
Human Resources and Information Technology Stanley Ray StanleyRay@apa1906.net 105 443-651-9183
Marketing and Public Relations Eric Webb ewebb@apa1906.net 112 443-923-3112
Marketing and Public Relations Malik Whatley mwhatley@apa1906.net 117 443-923-3117
Marketing and Public Relations Nehemiah Bester nbester@apa1906.net 126 443-923-3126

Thank you for your consideration and understanding during this time of crisis to help ensure the health and safety of our staff.