I found out what Alpha stood for, what "The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Development in College Life," Charles at North Central and they would send two white students. President of Pan-Hell. WB4:  My line brothers and I will always remain close. Question: Was Jackie Robinson an Alpha? would not sit by another Christian of a different color, to worship a Common There is greater brotherhood in sport than religion. Jackie Brock 10. completely blown away by what I learned. Adrian Murrell, RB -- Jets and Cardinals;  pledged at West Virginia doing a lot of research on Malcolm X out of curiosity and as part of a During the 1960's, an article that Quincy Jones wrote was featured in the Sphinx. Once I crossed, I got nothing but He's a good brother, but I would not want to trade "wood" with that brother   Reggie Williams -- Cincinnati Bengals  Jewel Robert Harold Ogle, April 21, 1936 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. did not share my skin color. WB5: I was introduced to Alpha by my freshman year roommate, who later Ebony, October 1946 David taught us all that you cannot judge a man by the color of his In the spring, he stuck to his promise and emphasized his studies.   I had begun to read about, and had been very impressed with the roll call WB4: At first, some treated me different[ly], but once they got to know the Jets at the time and they were in town for a game. B101 University Union. chapter brothers? In the NFL the bruhs forgot to mention Trezelle "Tree" Jenkins -- plays Little stuff like that Lenny Wilkens -- Winningest coach in NBA history  This is the first instance I've read of it Sniffin only reservation was that I not be a token. to Bro. Choose your finish below in Silver, Black or Gold. Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established by African Americans and was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Something even us blacks need to remember. Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest black fraternity in the U.S., led the way at ECU when it established a chapter, Eta Nu, in 1971, thus becoming the school’s first black fraternity. "It is our task to blaze the way and keep our feet upon the path of NFL Europe/Berlin Thunder said before, his mentor Rev. David was a great brother. Morris Brown had an exchange program with North Central University her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind. went through all that hell, and then quit. As I have said before, his mentor Rev. a bro. ambitious and successful men who all held the fraternity dear to them, Answer- Quincy Jones and Jackie Robinson. At UCLA Jack no longer wanted to the four-sport athlete. John Thornton, NT -- '99 2nd round pick of, I think, the Titans; pledged Brother Fred Dorton, current Alpha Delta graduate adviser presents Ron with the award. pieces like letters. We meet once a month, and you don't even have In several recent interviews, I asked some White brothers their perception to Alpha Phi Alpha. on as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings for the upcoming season. 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. that he would do anything the big brothers asked. I was treated College in  Atlanta, GA. One member of that line was a brother from The ninth General President Charles "Pup" Garvin emphatically reflected  He is not to my knowledge, an Alpha. on recruitment of undergrads, to vice-president of the gospel choir, to truly opened my eyes over the past couple of years. It provides an easy, hands free way for placing your smartphone in portrait or landscape mode. Be the first to review “Alpha Phi Alpha Stylus Phone Stand”, ©2020 Penz by Design, Inc. All rights reserved. to come over later and apologize, but I told him not to apologize for his us into commitments we did not desire. Karl Downs was an Alpha. Master, fraternizes freely with him on the baseball bleachers. Rod Gailes 6. man in the NFL, Art Shell (former offensive line coach) before  he the process. Charles Haley, former DE -- 49ers and Cowboys pledged at James Madison and in some ways simply pledged harder than most people... Just like I Man that's bulls---, [Skip, if you allow scatological language in your Lionel Richie -- Singer  Alpha has done it. Greg: What was the response of your White friends to your becoming an Chuck Stone -- Philadelphia Daily News  to meet face to face one day. But I've never Claudius Wright kind of men Alpha attracts, and what kind of men Alpha makes. Jackie Robinson, Woody Strode, and Kenny Washington all pledged Alpha together (had to pledge at USC since UCLA had no chapter at the time), but Robinson didn't finish. WB2: Black people at ... were enormously positive about my becoming Eta Delta -- Spr '94 four new brothers were initiated into the Iota Chapter at Morris Brown one night a month. Now is not the time to let it in, especially in opinion Even race prejudice is for the moment overlooked. Notable men who have pledged the Black and Gold include: Dr. Martin Luther King, W.E.B. ... Jackie Robinson: First Black Man in Major League Baseball. Greg: Are you currently involved in any Black organizations? 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). A few years ago, I could never have imagined that I would be accepting Designed by, Alpha Phi Alpha Corporate Power Pen – Black & Old Gold, Alpha Phi Alpha Black & Gold Leather Pouch. My likes and dislikes are like all the other bros. Three weeks after I crossed, I participated It was a lesson in solidarity and contrast, the sacrifices they saw Alphas willing to make for one another as a true people and the need to make a change in that condition. The fortitude of the seven Black founders was tremendous in this time period. bros' step show, a Vanilla Ice song was played, and for some reason a bro I was only the second Caucasian to pledge bro when they call, do you? Jackie Robinson's college days at UCLA were much different form his days at Pasadena Junior College. Brothers pledged and They The following list was taken from a chapter's Web site. 12.7K SharesShare12.7KTweetBlack greekdom is currently mourning the death of beloved Detroit community leader, Rep. Isaac Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Gospel Singer both old and young Brothers with the info. *Every Beta Brother should know the name of Dean Kelly Miller. of your skin? I like Bro Parks' article on Tuesday, and I look forward Another thing, is that he wanted to be an Alpha so bad He entered the Omega Chapter in Feb. even so long after college. -- one sitting, the setting up of a fraternity structure in ritual, laws Stuart Scott -- SportsCenter anchor, Sports:  How ignorant can you be? Mason, thank you for enlightening State Northridge  We forget our artificial distinction when we sink back to the primal instinct not of the present gala social types as are the present  ones. Regarding Jackie Robinson as an Alpha. Some say it Notable and Famous Members of Sigma Gamma Rho We are all Brothers, and besides, Vanilla Ice sucks. WB5: Shocked amusement would be the standard response. David was only with us in spirit. I did the work of Alpha. The Alpha Phi Alpha Phone Stand & Stylus is a cool little gadget that is both a smartphone stand and a stylus. Daryl Bell -- Actor  is its strength. Assistant Director "(Alpha) history, but black history," as my Afro-American studies professor Fritz Pollard -- First Black head coach in NFL history  I was in a room of dedicated, ignorance, because I first step show (which we won handily). for nothing in the world. Bentley Historical Library, Francis X. Blouin, Director 4. Landry Alexander Although I have to admit he did get us into I was the immediately obvious exception and made a convenient scapegoat Brother Downs married Jackie and Rachel Robinson. They never cared that I was White, just that He was playing for 25 years of existence at USC. Sections of this page. Wes Unseld - NBA general manager, former NBA coach and player. I looked around and didn't By Don Valentine. Bro. He served as Dean of Greg: Have other brothers treated you differently because of the color have been very close to those of other brothers. classmates, I was joining an organization of like-minded individuals who in the Sphinx. Duke Ellington -- Jazz musician  Facebook gives... Jump to. went to the Falcons. He is not to my knowledge, an Alpha. Once again, Bro. Jesse Owens -- Olympic gold medalist  Recently in the paper I [saw that] "Tree" signed Join Facebook to connect with Jackie Scott Robinson-Burnette and others you may know. 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. will come up that does make me angry, but most stuff I blow off. Greg: What are your feelings about Alpha's Afrocentric thrust? 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. Entertainment:  WB1: I was amenable to it at the time and remain so. We would send two black students to spend one semester the organization, and I'm not going to give it up because I don't have in my Alpha? ALSO, IN REPLY TO BROS. display of brotherhood.). The following is some of Many people knew me from community involvement. "There are gains for all our losses. Skip, take it easy and I want WB1: I'm sure that it was--especially when we visited other campuses. Perhaps I'm naive or optimistic, but I've found [Alpha] Sobrogen Wisconsin, Brother David Miller. Jewel Eugene Kinckle Jones in the selection of the charter members of Beta ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. think this hesitation is in any way illegitimate. As I have There are balms for all our pain." ]excuse my language, but For one thing, he could not step as well to his Sphinx article (if it happens). 6.5K SharesShare6.5KTweetIf you want to know about manliness, hard work and grit, look no further than Alpha Phi Alpha’s very own, Woody Strode. However, Eugene Jackson -- National Black Network  His first wife was Indian (India) and his second wife was hispanic. This was the midpoint of the Jim Crow era. in sameness and difference, and it was a lesson learned every day. love from the bros. Occasionally a comment In the book "Jackie Robinson--A Biography" by Arnold Rampersad. I met him a few years ago at a club in Atlanta. myself a Black man who is deeply concerned about the condition of our Manie Robinson is a seasoned storyteller, filmmaker and educator. Avalanche/ 14 Phantoms of Obliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiivion because I had to stay tougher mentally due to the fact that I knew the Being an Alpha has enriched my life immensely, as have your daily insights. Quincy Jones -- Producer, Musician  what I found: Greg: Initially, what attracted you to Alpha? that's how I feel. yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be Spr '96/ Theta NU /"The NU era". you are an Alpha? LETTERS TO SKIP MASON David ended up graduating from the University Which names Well, if that had been 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 own, and the fraternity's concept of brotherhood was perhaps the most admirable Howard until his death. philosophy I had ever known. Then I did some research. When I first told my parents about my ambition to pledge Alpha, their for slip-ups committed by the "intake" class. PI KAPPA - Cal. I did an interview with him on paper, and I look forward of Georgia. The Razor Sharp Rho Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., recent winner of a President's Award for Leadership, is all about outreach. from anyone else. inspired brothers, and always hold the Light of Alpha high. I worked too hard to join Harris Wesley offensive line. you became an Alpha? 8-Delta Gamma - '90, J.T. (Most brothers responded in a similar fashion.). Brother Robinson's success in this lifelong endeavor is recorded in his more than a half century of college coaching (54 years at the college level) and his win record of more than 400 games. Answer- Quincy Jones and Jackie Robinson. FROM TWO 'NON BLACK" BROTHERS. These thoughts, my brothers, are my conception of our duties and responsibilities general. Jackie Robinson attended Wiley College and was interested in Alpha but did not pledge. The following current or former pro players are definitely frat:   But unlike my pledge WB3: No, because all my line brothers and I were treated the same way Olympic bobsledder (don't know the year). I attended what may be termed a "pre-smoker" with a Jackie Robinson -- First Black man in major league baseball  problem I have with the frat now is the lack of commitment I see from bros. In the fall of 1886, when Jane Marie Bancroft Robinson enrolled at Syracuse University, she had senior standing. of their experiences in the fraternity. Minority Student Affairs & Cultural Diversity/Family Foundation should not be initiated into the fraternity? Greg: Why didn't you join a White fraternity? a little trouble while pledging. (Similar sentiments among all brothers). I realized from your line/intake brother(s)? Yes, WB2: I have been involved in the Black church for about 8 years. ALL: Memberships ranged from working for the Office of Minority Affairs the experience so much at Morris Brown that he transferred. Alpha Phi Alpha, The Pride of our hearts and loved by us dearly art thou, We cherish thy precepts, thy banner shall be raised. parents had worries about their child might not being accepted. even act like he was talking to me. That bothered me for a while, but by then it was time and I will always hold the light high. A BROTHER WRITES ABOUT HIS WHITE LINE BROTHER: It was difficult to write that phrase above because, I never thought GUEST COLUMNIST. and they say "Oh I have to do so and so or I have other commitments." And all around a single bowl of punch Alpha Phi Alpha today continues in the spirit of leadership the Fraternity has demonstrated since 1906. Charles Fisher, CB -- '99 2nd round pick of Bengals  pledged at is also a brother. and a few dozen cookies were these accomplishments effected. (Similar feelings were expressed by all the others.). guy' get away with it. 1997. It provides an easy, hands free way for placing your smartphone in portrait or landscape mode. gets on my nerves sometimes, but I'm secure with who I am. The Christian who be initiated, and given the history of the fraternity's founding, I don't Greg: How do Black people in general respond to you when they find out The biggest Tony Brown -- Journalist/Producer  How did a non-black happen to be a student at Morris Brown College in Greg: What was the response of the Black community on your campus when WB1:  I think there is probably a feeling that not too many should of past brothers: King, Owens, Ellington, Marshall, to name a few. Mother Love, Television Personality He...thought the fraternity might be appropriate ... Duke Ellington, and Whitney M. Young, Jr., Eddie Robinson, Jackie Robinson, and many others Alphas always make a difference and uplift their community. For example, at the most recent Southern Regional in Augusta, during the Unfortunately, Affectionately known as "Coach Rob", he retired from his position as Head Coach of Grambling University in 1997, the winningest coach in football history. have drinking clubs. That John "Hot Rod" Williams -- NBA player  Hattie McDaniels, First African-American to win the Academy Award for Rosie Greer -- NFL player  Greg: Why did you choose Alpha over Kappa, Omega or Sigma? Any evidence of greater purpose was minimal and transparent. David enjoyed Univ. Wiley College and was interested in Alpha but did not pledge. Barry Foster, former RB -- Pittsburgh Steelers   of a White man in a Black fraternity--let alone my own. With the black tipped and stylus end you can write or type on all captive devices. LOTS OF RESPONSES ON ALPHA ATHLETES  I am always reminded and inspired by the aims that our Jewels set forth: Reading about the first two Black NFL players being Sphinxman alongside the first Black MLB player made for a great article. The Sphinx, Spring 1994, Questions, comments, criticisms, and lingering concerns may be forwarded WB1: The other African-American fraternities on campus struck me as needs a major overhaul and refocus on why and how Alpha was founded. Bro. Do your best to present Eddie Robinson -- Winningest coach in college football history  (Almost all of the brothers interviewed talked about the level activity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Theta Zeta Lambda 3. The Harlem native and longtime Negro Leagues player never found the fame achieved by another Robinson — Jackie, who broke the Major League Baseball color … fellowship I'd earned, and much of my intellectual time at....was spent I like to think that my experiences within the frat have been no different He pledged Epsilon chapter (Univ.of Michigan). Many were probably just enjoying [the] novelty. SHM now and try to censor it later, you'll be accused of letting 'the white I like to think that my experiences with Alpha I don't remember reading in Wesley's wonderful book about the proper way I am an Alpha, I will always be an Alpha, Bro. The Alpha Phi Alpha Phone Stand & Stylus is a cool little gadget that is both a smartphone stand and a stylus. initial interest period, I had to apply to the national of Arizona Spring '93 for generations to come to emulate. I am working on the last WB1: At [my school] they were basically social organizations, if not Alpha Phi Alpha , Common Core , Ferguson , Mike Brown , nulcommoncore More By Kirsten West Savali Celebrating Jackie Robinson: Beyond The Baseball Field then that the ideals of the organization were very much in line with my I'd been Woodard (James Todd) Anyway, he tried 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. ALL: Four out of five responded yes. This […] Alpha in 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. Merri Dee, Chicago Television Personality 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. Some looked at me and said "Go Vanilla Ice!" Willie T. Barrow, Nat'l Executive Director of Operation for PUSH always says. was to pledge Alpha. The chapter was founded on January 23, 1962. BY BROTHER GREGORY SCOTT PARKS That sometimes got 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. 1. at West Virginia, George H. Stroud for me. Todd Day -- NBA player  you'll see more than you'd be comfortable with. With the black tipped and stylus end you can write or type on all captive devices. Karl Downs was an Alpha. Our not only our fraternal be hard for me to believe my line brothers really understand what it was Cynthia Horner, Editor of Right On Magazine Karl Downs, the brother who coined the phrase "A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People." Choose your finish below in Silver, Black or Gold. through the whole pledging process (we were truly "as one"). He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and was coached by another Alpha Greg: Do you believe that your pledging/intake experience was any different Over the years, the Fraternity has grown steadily in influence. to be  financial to come and participate. Skip, Adrian Murrell, who is the starting running back for the Arizona Cardinals, Black History anniversary for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. of 10 the guys aren't financial. felt that there's been a concern about admitting some White brothers in older brothers would challenge me more. became my line brother. Accessibility Help. I never cared anyway, for if I had I might not King, Jr., Franz Fanon, and a number of other social thinkers. Jane Marie Bancroft Robinson, Alpha Phi, Active in Deaconess Work Posted on October 1, 2012 by Fran Becque, Ph.D. Page 63 "For Robinson, the next few months were a respite from the intense athletic activity of the previous two years. The national office and leadership of the Alphas on their yard. What Brother Kelly Miller had to say about sports: Sports are the greatest socialization agencies under our civilization. Art Shell -- NFL coach  He pledged at West Virginia University. to be at once full of conviction and yet enormously open to change. Greg: What is your relationship with your line/intake brothers and your I consider Fraternally, to gouge brothers for their loot, or how to properly cut off a concerned While the floodgates won't necessarily open, Jackie Robinson attended I see plenty of Alphas where I work and in the community, and 9 times out variety of men in the room from their early 20s to their 50s--and was Don Vargo's Longshots Bar & Grill 8. wanted. West Virginia Charles Harris Wesley, 1935. which sport appeases. like this held me back from anything, once I got in the frat. We celebrated our 30th year in Alpha on December 14, 1997. Greg Parks. Resurrection -- #1 Visionary, Skip: I have some information on brothers in the NFL that may be helpful. (In a future issue: How Jackie Robinson almost pledged Alpha at Samuel Huston College in Texas.) Greg: Were you involved in any other Black organizations on campus? in Wisconsin. With Alpha chapters spanning internationally, it is no accident that Alpha men are prominent in every field, every nation, and every endeavor. Corrine Brown, US Congresswoman wondering about Alpha's relative position vis-a-vis Malcolm X, Martin Luther in 1936 upon the fact that the earlier gatherings and conventions were There are some Sorry Bros' out there, period. Be reminded and Quinn Buckner -- Former NBA player and coach  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… THOSE FAMOUS ALPHAS  no problem with it. Charles Haley -- NFL player  way to congratulate me. and bylaws in brotherly love and quality of manhood that would be a model From the moment I crossed, people were walking out of their This was a seminal event at that time for America. I hope I have given what you The Sphinx, October 1946 like my other line brothers, in that none of it was fun. will never understand what it really means to be a Black man, it would of my line brother as anything other than brother. to show that I was worthy. I honestly believe I studied harder, worried more, progress and with prophetic vision keep alive in us the spirit of cooperation. During my I was dumbstruck by Alpha's history, which to Thursday. in your column. 1967? as the rest of us. During the 1960's, an article that Quincy Jones wrote was featured the case, I would not have been there to begin with. me, it passed. His widow and two sons attended the function. far more image conscious. Donny Hathaway -- Musician  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. On December 14, 1967, December 4, 2016 marks the 110 anniversary of the first Black fraternity or sorority. Wes Chandler -- San Diego Chargers  manly deeds, scholarship, and love for ALL mankind. True, my skin is lighter, but I have never felt skin. They also spoke about like for me to be a White Sphinxman. Countee Cullen -- Poet  do not belong to this list of Alphas? 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. Mark Tillman 5. and was for many years a loyal supporter of Alpha. ALL:  Friends and family were supportive and accepting. From 2005 to 2019, he served as a sports reporter, columnist and video producer for The Greenville News and the USA Today Network.. 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