Brothers, over the past year your fraternity leadership has been very busy. We are in the midst of a time where it appears that every few days an unarmed black life is taken or harmed by an authority figure who has sworn to protect and serve our communities. These events seem to overwhelmingly affect our young black men. We are in a time where race seems to be at the forefront of all the issues which divide us, disease and disaster have many afraid, and business and workforce development of our communities is vital to our success as Americans. As an organization that holds scholarship near and dear, education and awareness on the issues impacting our communities and how Alpha Phi Alpha can play a role in creating positive change should be part of our fraternal landscape.
Our goal must be to remain engaged through service and create progress through the power of our membership. How can legislative advocacy, civic engagement, and grassroots mobilization become intertwined in the work that we do as a fraternity? How can we stay focused on our future? These are just a few questions that fall under the umbrella of “Investing in Our Community, Health, Wealth, and Self,” the theme of this year’s 109th Anniversary General Convention.
I am inspired to know that our founders encountered very similar obstacles and were of sound mind to plan to be proactive rather than reactive. I truly look forward to addressing how Alpha has invested in our mission over the last year and where we can go if we work together to truly empower our communities.
I look forward to seeing you at your regional conventions and at the General Convention in Charlotte, NC, August 5–9, 2015.
Fraternally, Mark S. Tillman
Brother Damola Ogundipe [Mu, 09'] has been working on his startup, Civic Eagle, an app that aims to get more people involved with politics, for the last year. Last week they were selected as one of the hottest startups in the country and invited to participate in South by Southwest's official event: Hottest Showcasing Startup. Feel free to support by voting for Civic Eagle as the hottest showcasing startup in the reader's choice poll. If you don't already have our mobile application, EAGLE on your iPhone (coming soon to Android, we promise!), don't forget to download it.
Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation provides scholarships for college and alumni brothers who are pursuing post-graduate education; we encourage all brothers that meet the requirements to apply. The online form for both the Education Foundation Scholarship and the Distinguished Collegian Award are available by clicking here. For more information about these awards, please contact Brother Dr. Lloyd G. Bingman at Dr.Bingman@gmail.com.
Bro. Jalen Hamilton, a political science major with a minor in creative writing, is the 2015 winner of DePaul’s the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Speech Contest. On Jan. 19, Hamilton read his speech during the university’s annual prayer breakfast in honor of King. The full text of the speech can be found...
">Texas Southern University President Dr. John M. Rudley officially named veteran administrator Dr. James W. Ward as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research during the Board of Regents annual retreat on March 7, 2015. He served as interim in this role since May 12, 2014...