Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were established at other colleges and universities, many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. The first Alumni Chapter was established in 1911. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African-Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights through leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its form as the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.
Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter was founded June 9, 1928 in Lexington, Kentucky. Informal meetings had been held prior to this period from the spring of 1927. Brother T. M. Berry, Third Vice President set the chapter apart in the name of the General Organization. The charter members were Brothers W.H. Ballard, Jr., J. E. Hunter, Jr., J. M McInham, A. A. McPheeters, F. M. Reid, N. J. Ridley, A. W. Wade, T. T. Wendall, and H. A. Merchant.
WHAT WE DO:
Alpha Phi Alpha believes in nurturing leaders of tomorrow with primary focus on education. We believe in raising the bar for young people at an early age. We began that quest by engaging elementary school students to improve their reading and writing skills. We partnered with University of Kentucky and Fayette County Public Schools to implement our Reading, Writing and Rewards program at William Wells Brown Elementary School. Through this partnership we are working diligently to make sure children who need extra help in reading and writing are afforded the resources, primarily with 1 to 1 adult mentoring along with incentives to improve their reading, comprehension and writing skills. Students select the books they want to read, write a summary and are graded on the writing. We meet with students one day a week to serve as mentors and offer encouragement to continue striving for excellence.
Through our educational programs, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Alpha Beta Lambda Education Foundation also provides Lexington youth with meaningful connections with positive mentors to help create the self-awareness and self-confidence needed to achieve their dreams. “Project Alpha” is workshop that provides middle and high school males an opportunity to have a safe environment to dialogue about manhood, sexual responsibility and relationships. The workshop is a unique mentoring program, presenting African-American men as positive role models for the next generation. In addition,
Alpha Beta Lambda Education Foundation works collectively to raise money in order to assist those who have demonstrated their potential lending financial support towards fulfilling higher education aspirations.
WHY WE’RE GREAT:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has for decades molded individuals into becoming great leaders. While continuing to stress academic excellence, the fraternity also recognizes the need to help correct the educational, economic, political and social injustices that exists today.
VOLUNTEER & IN-KIND NEEDS:
Volunteer mentors and tutors
Snack Donations for programs and events
Greetings from the Men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter Lexington, Kentucky. As men of Alpha, we continue to uphold our fraternal mission in developing leaders, promoting brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy to our community. This year will not be without its challenges in our community. We will strive to improve educational achievement with our Reading, Writing, and Rewards program. This program challenges young minds to embrace learning with fun and enthusiasm as well as experience the rewards that come from hard work and dedication. We will also focus on various educational advocacy programs within the community based on the objective of some of our National Programs: Go to High School, Go to College, Project Alpha, and Brothers’ Keeper.
This year I would like to pose a personal challenge for my fraternal brothers of Alpha as well as all men in the community to take a personal inventory of self. What are some personal goals that we as men are trying to accomplish in the following areas as husband, father, mentor, personal health, and spirituality?
As men, let us continue to strive for ways to improve ourselves as well as make our homes and community a better place.
Jai Gilliam, M.D. President
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