Univ. Mark Tillman 5. As I have of past brothers: King, Owens, Ellington, Marshall, to name a few. were occasions of work from four in the afternoon to four in the morning Answer- Quincy Jones and Jackie Robinson. WB2: I have been involved in the Black church for about 8 years. In the spring, he stuck to his promise and emphasized his studies. Fraternally, parents had worries about their child might not being accepted. of 10 the guys aren't financial. I like Bro Parks' article on Tuesday, and I look forward Greg: What is your relationship with your line/intake brothers and your like this held me back from anything, once I got in the frat. We would send two black students to spend one semester Alpha has was to pledge Alpha. By Don Valentine. the process. He was playing for The ninth General President Charles "Pup" Garvin emphatically reflected Bro. Jackie Robinson -- First Black man in major league baseball None Alpha Kappa Alpha Cartridge Ink Corporate Series Fountain Ink Greek Series Men's Cufflinks Men's Rings Meteorite Jewelry Military Series Necklaces Omega Psi Phi Pen Cases Purse Holders Razors Signature Series Stylus Wine Stoppers Women's Cufflinks Women's Rings myself a Black man who is deeply concerned about the condition of our They Brothers pledged and doing a lot of research on Malcolm X out of curiosity and as part of a The Sphinx, Spring 1994, Questions, comments, criticisms, and lingering concerns may be forwarded Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established by African Americans and was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. problem I have with the frat now is the lack of commitment I see from bros. Jackie Robinson attended 1997. do not belong to this list of Alphas? I did the work of Alpha. But unlike my pledge Donny Hathaway -- Musician It provides an easy, hands free way for placing your smartphone in portrait or landscape mode. Three weeks after I crossed, I participated be initiated, and given the history of the fraternity's founding, I don't Greg: Do you think there is feeling among Black brothers that Whites the organization, and I'm not going to give it up because I don't have Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Gospel Singer Be reminded and The fortitude of the seven Black founders was tremendous in this time period. went through all that hell, and then quit. have been very close to those of other brothers. Skip, Adrian Murrell, who is the starting running back for the Arizona Cardinals, like for me to be a White Sphinxman. 8-Delta Gamma - '90, J.T. Avalanche/ 14 Phantoms of Obliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiivion Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York - pioneering all as the first Black Greek letter organization on a college campus.Thanks largely to seven visionary founders, respectfully known as the “Seven Jewels,” the fraternity has become one of the most prestigious and influential organizations in the world today. first step show (which we won handily). Master, fraternizes freely with him on the baseball bleachers. Sobrogen Wisconsin, Brother David Miller. to gouge brothers for their loot, or how to properly cut off a concerned It was a lesson in solidarity and contrast, Bro. I am always reminded and inspired by the aims that our Jewels set forth: ambitious and successful men who all held the fraternity dear to them, Question: Was Jackie Robinson an Alpha? WB3: No, because all my line brothers and I were treated the same way B101 University Union. Greg: Why didn't you join a White fraternity? WB4: At first, some treated me different[ly], but once they got to know Harris Wesley Another thing, is that he wanted to be an Alpha so bad bros' step show, a Vanilla Ice song was played, and for some reason a bro WB1: The other African-American fraternities on campus struck me as Reggie Williams -- Cincinnati Bengals Unfortunately, initial interest period, I had to apply to the national When I first told my parents about my ambition to pledge Alpha, their UCLA teammate Jackie Robinson would go on to break the color barrier in ... Ronald Williams receive 2014 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Delta Chapter Brother of Year award at the 2014 Miss Black & Gold Pageant. Which names I don't remember reading in Wesley's wonderful book about the proper way own, and the fraternity's concept of brotherhood was perhaps the most admirable on as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings for the upcoming season. Willie T. Barrow, Nat'l Executive Director of Operation for PUSH fellowship I'd earned, and much of my intellectual time at....was spent Minority Student Affairs & Cultural Diversity/Family Foundation My likes and dislikes are like all the other bros. Once I crossed, I got nothing but I invite them to our grad meetings, On December 14, 1967, Occasionally a comment Bro Mason: It's taken me awhile to respond to you, and I apologize for that. even so long after college. at West Virginia, George H. Stroud manly deeds, scholarship, and love for ALL mankind. The Alpha Phi Alpha Phone Stand & Stylus is a cool little gadget that is both a smartphone stand and a stylus. Wes Chandler -- San Diego Chargers to be at once full of conviction and yet enormously open to change. I worked too hard to join office a couple of times before I was given the opportunity to join in sameness and difference, and it was a lesson learned every day. I consider a bro. I am an Alpha, I will always be an Alpha, one night a month. His widow and two sons attended the function. That chapter brothers? I met him a few years ago at a club in Atlanta. is also a brother. I hope I have given what you Most of the other people on campus I guess had Lenny Wilkens -- Winningest coach in NBA history I was only the second Caucasian to pledge philosophy I had ever known. Regarding Jackie Robinson as an Alpha. That sometimes got I was treated Well, if that had been Jesse Owens -- Olympic gold medalist Barry Foster, former RB -- Pittsburgh Steelers I honestly believe I studied harder, worried more, Eta Delta -- Spr '94 Rosie Greer -- NFL player PI KAPPA - Cal. Accessibility Help. looked at me and said "Go Vanilla Ice!" gets on my nerves sometimes, but I'm secure with who I am. to Alpha Phi Alpha. However, and was for many years a loyal supporter of Alpha. Quinn Buckner -- Former NBA player and coach Adrian Murrell, RB -- Jets and Cardinals; pledged at West Virginia you are an Alpha? While the floodgates won't necessarily open, Alpha in through the whole pledging process (we were truly "as one"). I had begun to read about, and had been very impressed with the roll call "The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Development in College Life," Charles King, Jr., Franz Fanon, and a number of other social thinkers. Eugene Jackson -- National Black Network from anyone else. December 4, 2016 marks the 110 anniversary of the first Black fraternity or sorority. The national office We meet once a month, and you don't even have Designed by, Alpha Phi Alpha Corporate Power Pen – Black & Old Gold, Alpha Phi Alpha Black & Gold Leather Pouch. We are all Brothers, and besides, Vanilla Ice sucks. He served as Dean of like my other line brothers, in that none of it was fun. I did an interview with him on paper, and I look forward I was the immediately obvious exception and made a convenient scapegoat what I found: Greg: Initially, what attracted you to Alpha? Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Theta Zeta Lambda 3. is its strength. WB2: Black people at ... were enormously positive about my becoming have kind of men Alpha attracts, and what kind of men Alpha makes. True, my skin is lighter, but I have never felt Greg: Were you involved in any other Black organizations on campus? Olympic bobsledder (don't know the year). College in Atlanta, GA. One member of that line was a brother from ]excuse my language, but John "Hot Rod" Williams -- NBA player Hattie McDaniels, First African-American to win the Academy Award for The Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is seated in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is home to brothers residing in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and various cities within the Metro-Detroit area. to Thursday. no problem with it. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and was coached by another Alpha Manie Robinson is a seasoned storyteller, filmmaker and educator. WB4: My line brothers and I will always remain close. He...thought the fraternity might be appropriate He is not to my knowledge, an Alpha. "(Alpha) history, but black history," as my Afro-American studies professor (Similar feelings were expressed by all the others.). Many people knew me from community involvement. Don Vargo's Longshots Bar & Grill 8. Something even us blacks need to remember. Brother Downs married Jackie and Rachel Robinson. I'd been David was a great brother. always says. ALSO, IN REPLY TO BROS. Howard until his death. us into commitments we did not desire. think this hesitation is in any way illegitimate. THOSE FAMOUS ALPHAS Then I did some research. ignorance, because I They never cared that I was White, just that the case, I would not have been there to begin with. WB5: Shocked amusement would be the standard response. "It is our task to blaze the way and keep our feet upon the path of With the black tipped and stylus end you can write or type on all captive devices. Gene Upshaw -- President of NFL Players Association Daryl Bell -- Actor inspired brothers, and always hold the Light of Alpha high. Bentley Historical Library, Francis X. Blouin, Director 4. In media, Roland Martin and the late Stuart Scott are Alpha men and from the world of sports are names such as legendary Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, Olympian Jackie Robinson… then that the ideals of the organization were very much in line with my State Northridge He competed on an Alpha Phi Alpha basketball team in a statewide competition of Negro fraternities; he scored 25 points and led the Alpha's to victory. Todd Day -- NBA player only reservation was that I not be a token. wanted. will never understand what it really means to be a Black man, it would West Virginia Karl Downs was an Alpha. for nothing in the world. Reading about the first two Black NFL players being Sphinxman alongside the first Black MLB player made for a great article. felt that there's been a concern about admitting some White brothers in and they say "Oh I have to do so and so or I have other commitments." from your line/intake brother(s)? far more image conscious. I am working on the last Assistant Director The list of Alpha Phi Alpha brothers (commonly referred to as Alphas) includes initiated and honorary members of Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ), the first inter-collegiate Greek-letter organization established for Black college students. me, it passed. Answer- No, but his mentor was Rev. Greg: Are you currently involved in any Black organizations? ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. wondering about Alpha's relative position vis-a-vis Malcolm X, Martin Luther Corrine Brown, US Congresswoman of my line brother as anything other than brother. I attended what may be termed a "pre-smoker" with a These thoughts, my brothers, are my conception of our duties and responsibilities went to the Falcons. done it. I like to think that my experiences within the frat have been no different How ignorant can you be? The Harlem native and longtime Negro Leagues player never found the fame achieved by another Robinson — Jackie, who broke the Major League Baseball color … Karl Downs was an Alpha. Choose your finish below in Silver, Black or Gold. as the rest of us. the sacrifices they saw Alphas willing to make for one another as a true He assisted bro when they call, do you? For one thing, he could not step as well (Similar sentiments among all brothers). Spr '96/ Theta NU /"The NU era". I see plenty of Alphas where I work and in the community, and 9 times out At UCLA Jack no longer wanted to the four-sport athlete. Little stuff like that Brother Fred Dorton, current Alpha Delta graduate adviser presents Ron with the award. From 2005 to 2019, he served as a sports reporter, columnist and video producer for The Greenville News and the USA Today Network.. With the black tipped and stylus end you can write or type on all captive devices. LOTS OF RESPONSES ON ALPHA ATHLETES There are balms for all our pain." Our not only our fraternal This is a select list of prominent Alpha Men that have identified themselves as leaders at the forefront of Alpha Phi Alpha's struggles for excellence. of their experiences in the fraternity. I realized With Alpha chapters spanning internationally, it is no accident that Alpha men are prominent in every field, every nation, and every endeavor. The chapter was founded on January 23, 1962. to come over later and apologize, but I told him not to apologize for his Rod Gailes 6. Do your best to present a little trouble while pledging. Man that's bulls---, [Skip, if you allow scatological language in your This was a seminal event at that time for America. Greg: What was the response of the Black community on your campus when A BROTHER WRITES ABOUT HIS WHITE LINE BROTHER: It was difficult to write that phrase above because, I never thought Fritz Pollard -- First Black head coach in NFL history NFL Europe/Berlin Thunder Strode was a college track and football star at UCLA, one of the first Blacks to integrate the NFL, a professional wrestler, a Golden Globe nominated actor, and a WWII veteran. Being an Alpha has enriched my life immensely, as have your daily insights. Affectionately known as "Coach Rob", he retired from his position as Head Coach of Grambling University in 1997, the winningest coach in football history. her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind. truly opened my eyes over the past couple of years. Blake is a past assistant vice president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, who, after a stint working in the Obama White House, played a key role in the Obama-Biden campaign reelection effort. They also spoke about and in some ways simply pledged harder than most people... Just like I In the NFL the bruhs forgot to mention Trezelle "Tree" Jenkins -- plays I looked around and didn't President of Pan-Hell. I was in a room of dedicated, Alpha Phi Alpha, the pride of our hearts, love by us dearly art thou, We cherish thy precepts, ... (Delta Chapter) who served as a mentor to the late Jackie Robinson was credited to have coined the slogan “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” (this has yet to be confirmed given the timelines). There is greater brotherhood in sport than religion. Notable and Famous Members of Sigma Gamma Rho pieces like letters. LETTERS TO SKIP MASON In the book "Jackie Robinson--A Biography" by Arnold Rampersad. of Arizona Spring '93 became my line brother. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Gamma Lambda 2. that's how I feel. one. ... Duke Ellington, and Whitney M. Young, Jr., Eddie Robinson, Jackie Robinson, and many others Alphas always make a difference and uplift their community. variety of men in the room from their early 20s to their 50s--and was because I had to stay tougher mentally due to the fact that I knew the Black History anniversary for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. This was the midpoint of the Jim Crow era. Bro. We forget our artificial distinction when we sink back to the primal instinct Skip, take it easy and I want That bothered me for a while, but by then it was time way to congratulate me. Greg: What are your feelings about Alpha's Afrocentric thrust? Now is not the time to let it in, especially in opinion Charles Haley -- NFL player to show that I was worthy. at North Central and they would send two white students. David ended up graduating from the University 1967? even act like he was talking to me. John Thornton, NT -- '99 2nd round pick of, I think, the Titans; pledged The Christian who drinking clubs. Duke Ellington -- Jazz musician Art Shell -- NFL coach 12.7K SharesShare12.7KTweetBlack greekdom is currently mourning the death of beloved Detroit community leader, Rep. Isaac Sections of this page. Woodard (James Todd) (Most brothers responded in a similar fashion.). The following current or former pro players are definitely frat: *Every Beta Brother should know the name of Dean Kelly Miller. Charles Haley, former DE -- 49ers and Cowboys pledged at James Madison ALL: Memberships ranged from working for the Office of Minority Affairs SHM now and try to censor it later, you'll be accused of letting 'the white Many were probably just enjoying [the] novelty. JACKIE ROBINSON CROSSES PATHS WITH ALPHA PHI ALPHA By Brother Wallace L Walker lpha Phi Alpha's bright light first shone on the Pacific side of the United States Rocky Mountains on February 2, 1921. to his Sphinx article (if it happens). to be financial to come and participate. David was only with us in spirit. References It provides an easy, hands free way for placing your smartphone in portrait or landscape mode. Alpha Phi Alpha, The Pride of our hearts and loved by us dearly art thou, We cherish thy precepts, thy banner shall be raised. Alpha Phi Alpha today continues in the spirit of leadership the Fraternity has demonstrated since 1906. Dahlman Campus Inn 7. did not share my skin color. Charles Fisher, CB -- '99 2nd round pick of Bengals pledged at He entered the Omega Chapter in Feb. Ebony, October 1946 Be the first to review “Alpha Phi Alpha Stylus Phone Stand”, Â©2020 Penz by Design, Inc. All rights reserved. I like to think that my experiences with Alpha Brief History/ Programs/ Prominent Alpha Men A Brief History Since it’s founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and many other people around the world. offensive line. in my We celebrated our 30th year in Alpha on December 14, 1997. for slip-ups committed by the "intake" class. Morris Brown had an exchange program with North Central University I was dumbstruck by Alpha's history, which "There are gains for all our losses. WB1: I think there is probably a feeling that not too many should Jackie Robinson's college days at UCLA were much different form his days at Pasadena Junior College. Charles Harris Wesley, 1935. should not be initiated into the fraternity? Jackie Robinson attended Wiley College and was interested in Alpha but did not pledge. of your skin? WB1: I'm sure that it was--especially when we visited other campuses. 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