Okay, perhaps I was a bit harsh on the Sigma who wrote that absurd letter
requesting that we reconsider our place as first and recognize the fact
that we are second. As I think about it, it may have not been harsh enough.
SMILE.. Tandy always said "We must fight till hell freezes over.... To
those of you who don't believe there is a book(smile), go to my newly redesigned
"What to the American slave is your Fourth of July? I answer, a day
that reveals to him more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice
and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him your celebration
Brother Frederick Douglass, 1852 (Omega Chapter)
JEWEL OGLE'S GRANDSON JULIAN WILSON TO JOIN ME IN DALLAS TO CELEBRATE
It's official, Brother Julian Wilson, the grandson of our beloved Jewel
will be in Dallas to share with me in the release of my book The
Talented Tenth. You will be able to meet him on Saturday to
"meet, greet, shake hands, exchange greeting. " We will both arrive
on the same flight on Friday evening. He excited about coming to Dallas
and meeting the brothers. To you die hard brothers bring your cameras.
His grandfather died several years before he was born, but like his cousin,
their mother's kept Robert Harold Ogle pioneering spirit alive. More details
SPEAKING OF CONVENTIONS, EVERY NEOPHYTE NEED TO ATTEND HIS FIRST CONVENTION
Songtress Oleta Adams sang "I don't care how you get here, get here
if you can." Let me echo that phrase and urge every neophyte who reads
this page to make plans to come to Dallas. There is nothing like your first
convention. In my opinion it is the glue that seals the bond and commitment
for your involvement in the fraternity. At a National Convention, you get
to meet other brothers, see Past General Presidents, and share in the fraternal
spirit. There is a photograph of Jewel Callis posing with the brothers
for a convention photo. One of the college brothers standing behind Callis
has his hands placed firmly on his shoulder's. Priceless indeed. Come to
the convention and learn more about the fraternity than what you see in
your chapter. Let money not be an issue. Pool your resources with
other brothers.. Check the Internet for cheap tickets. Take Greyhound and
leave the driving to them. It is worth the sacrifice to come. I missed
my first convention in 1982 simply because I did not know about it. Unfortunately,
the chapter members failed to mention to me that there was a convention
that summer of 1982 in Los Angeles. The following summer by an act of divine
faith, I attended the convention, replacing a brother who was unable to
go from my chapter. It was there that I met and took pictures with Brother
Charles Harris Wesley (go to my redesigned website and click Alpha, you
will see us),
RECLAMATION: 2000 for 2000
If I sound like I am running for something, I'm not; well at least
not yet. (SMILE) I am personally kicking off 2000 for 2000.
2,000 reclaimed brothers for the year 2,000. This is my personal goal for
reclamation throughout the country through this newsletter. Alpha needs
you! That chapter needs you too! So many
Provided are brief excerpts on the 4th, 5th, 6th General President from the book "The Talented Tenth: The Founder's and President of Alpha" in a continuing series highlighting the legacy of these 30 men. Is there one who can recite all of the General President with the same enthusiasm as you do the Jewels?. The first person to recite all of them to me at the convention will get a special gift. I mean it. We must be about our father's business in the House of Alpha.
The 4th General President-Dr. Charles H. Garvin, Alpha's First Historian
"…In the fall of 1912, General President Charles Garvin and Secretary Fugett made a special attempt to have all of the founders present at the Fifth General Convention. He sent letters to each one of them inviting them to come to the convention. It is also the first correspondence which acknowledges that there were seven founders...
After his tenure as President, Brother Garvin remained active with the
fraternity. By 1917, during the war years, he was appointed as the fraternity's
first Historian and collected a substantial amount of data that
The 5th General President- Henry Lake Dickason
"Referred affectionately as the "big guy or the fat guy," Henry Lake
Dickason was a colorful character in the annals of the fraternity.
Brother Dickason was born in West Virginia and received his early education
from the Bluefield Institute. He was a classmate of James Morton, who was
one of the original seven at Cornell University when the fraternity was
founded. Dickason attended college at Ohio State University in Columbus,
Ohio where he earned a BA and MA degrees.
As a math and physics teacher for 22 years, Dickason was an inspiration
to thousands of students.
The 6th General President- Howard Hale Long
"…By 1919, Brother Long moved to Augusta, Georgia and Paine College where he was appointed Dean. Paine had a rich Methodist tradition and Long himself was a member of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church(CME).
He later accepted an appointment as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Washington, DC and as the Dean of Administration in the College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce University. Brother Long served as chairman of the Commission on Evaluation of the American Council on Human Rights
Initiated into Beta Chapter, Brother Long served his fraternity as General Treasurer in 1914, General Secretary in 1915 and was elected General President in 1916…"
WHAT'S ON THE DRAWING BOARD:
From the Lips of a Jewel
"A partial answer to the foregoing is that these Brothers need a real heart to heart talk with a view of reacquainting themselves as to how absolutely necessary it is for them to continue to affiliate with their local chapters, as they did in the beginning of their undergraduate days. The fraternity needs them as necessary integral parts of its forward moving program. Brothers do not make the mistake of stressing the need of their returning merely to help in some financial program because that is not the idea the speaker wishes to convey. Far be such an idea. Let the Brother be persuaded by personal visits and talks to come out and see for himself what a wonderful thing it is to be a part of Alpha Phi Alpha whose efforts will live forever. "
Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray
SKIP'S FAVORITE QUOTE FOR TODAY
"SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP"
SKIP'S SCRIPTURAL LESSON FOR TODAY
"The first step to wisdom is silence; the second is listening."
Proverbs 1:5 - A wise man will hear; and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.
Have a very "blessed" day!!!
FROM THE PAN HELLENIC ARCHIVES
From the Phi Beta Sigma History Book
"About the time, Sigma received an invitation to merge with another
Greek letter organization that had originated in Indiana. This rather unusual
bid came from Elder W. Diggs, founder and head of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity..
the letter was dated December 11, 1915, and was typed on official stationery
with Diggs listed as "Grand Polemarc." At that time Kappa was getting on
its feet in the Midwest while Sigma was getting its start in the East and
South. It is interesting to speculate as to what the picture of fraternity
From "Our Cause Speeds On: An Informal History of the Phi Beta Sigma
LETTERS FROM THE EMAIL BAG
Stemming from a deep desire to attain once again some of the traditions that Brother's of yesterday have practiced, I'd like to place this topic on the table for discussion. I'd like hear your views on what would be deemed as appropriate dress at Fraternal functions such as chapter meetings, Omega services, etc. The reason I ask is due to the fact that I've noticed a poor trend in fraternal moral that I have related to this one of many common factors.
I LOVE TO HEAR FROM NEW BROTHERS!!!!
I am a recently initiated college brother at Florida A&M University, Beta Nu Chapter. A brother who works in University administration forwarded some of your "Historical Moments" to me. As a new initiate, I am seeking any and all information about our dear fraternity. I have read and studied several books already, however, I know that much more knowledge remains to be gained. I love reading about my frat, so could you please add me to your mailing list. I would also like to have a list of good books to read, if possible. Thanks for the information and keep distributing those "Historical Moments."
Of course every Alpha has his history book. You should also have a copy of Henry Arthur Callis: Life and Legacy. I also invite you to read The Talented Tenth: The Founders and Presidents of Alpha by yours truly. You may refer SHM No. for additional titles which feature information relating to the fraternity.
Keith R. Gill
My name is Chadd Matthewson
and I am a recent initiate into the Beta Epsilon chapter of the Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I finally crossed those burning sands on March 18th,
1999. As a neophyte, I am
Thank you for your time and continue to hold the light high!
I was reading your historical moments yesterday evening when I came upon #10 which talks about the conspiracies of the other fraternities and I noticed that you stated that Kappa Alpha Psi used to be Kappa Alpha Nu, and before it was that it was Alpha Omega. Where does the Phi Nu Pi come from in Kappa Alpha Psi? I also heard a rumor (just like a lot of other greeks) that Kappa Alpha Psi originally had 13 founders and three of them were white but they do not want to recognize them being it is supposed to be a BLACK Greek organization so they just say that they have 10 founders. Do you know anything about this? Not that I'm really DYING to know but I hate rumors and I like to know what I am talking about in discussions I have with other Greeks. Thank you.
Brothers, I thought I would share this with you regarding another virus. We cannot be too careful.
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