Brother Peace maker, I hold the same regards and there are a vast amount of others who found enlightenment elsewhere. Regardless of whether someone reads this or not, i feel that peacemaker has fulfilled his purpose with this blog. You are oh so correct in stating that “actions are what really count.” Alpha Phi Alpha–as well as other Greek-lettered organizations–can have the best of intentions but if they fail to actualize or maniefest that which is correct and righteous, then these organizations, in all truth, do not represent the best interest of the Black community. I’m glad you have such a high opinion of Alpha Phi Alpha. Moreover, I know a lot of students, who after they crossed ovrer their grades dropped dramatically. Thank you for your commentary. Alpha Phi Alpha was developed to help Black men excell academically. Certainly, we realize that the work does not end after we have left our undergraduate years behind. Every year register hundreds of people to be able to vote. When we guard our “sacred cows” and dismiss criticism, we are playing a deadly game that leads to blind followership instead of progressive leadership. Yes, we have some brother’s and sister’s who’s motives may not be the same as the founder’s, but, also noted earlier, we still unite under a common goal. Thursday, August 14, 2008 That night I was a human fire hydrant. | Reply. One thing you will quickly learn as Chuck D from the group Public Enemy stated, (Every Brother ain’t a Brother) Although sad but, true. And you are also right about one other thing: Sigmas take in everybody, no discrimination of any kind that i have yet to see with my own eyes. Nigeria, Alpha, the world). The frat would rather build ninety million dollar temples to the past than invest in the black community’s future. I am also a little disturbed and disappointed by some of your comments; however I realize they are yours and only you have to own them. You say that the events that I complain about are now practiced in Nigeria. i had it a few times and it taste just like kool aid but it apprently was loaded with alcohol. I have seen it in not only Alpha Phi Alpha, but I have seen it in all the fraternities and sororities. Like Rashid Fai’Sal Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. should consider itself lucky to have a brother like you in its membership list. The choice is entirely yours to make. Comment by Curious Observer | Honestly, why would anyone who is conscious want to pledge a black oriented Greek organization? I am a former Marine, active father and husband, member of a Church, son of a minister, and know right from wrong… and yes I could have done all of that without belonging to a Fraternity, but at 18,19 yrs of age, I had no clue if school was right for me, nor what I wanted to do at that point in my life. | Reply. Thank God that Alpha Phi Alpha was there, because it helped ME get to this point in my life where I am truly satisfied with the Man I have become. Not to have an aristocratic air about them. Ain’t no way the attendance of the the Trump inauguration comes close to the attendance of the Obama inaugeration! There is the Ms. Alpha Beauty Pageant, the Alpha Ball and Cotillion, the step contest with the rest of the fraternities, the introduction of the new pledges, etcetera. I hope this gave a good change in pace to the many new brothers that you may have seen that do not embody or display what it is that such a great fraternity offers. Dubois, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Can Alpha be used to foster eilitism–of course by those who believe in this philosophy. I hope you’re very happy. | Reply. As for the “real reason” for joining, it would be naive to not consider the social aspects of joining any fraternal organization. I want to part of something that will radically change this world for the better. I was warned about it my freshman year also. Men can be leaders, in my view; Alpha Phi Alpha only DEVELOPS, enhances and equips these leaders with helpful tools to exercise their leadership. Friday, July 4, 2008 Whatever decision you make, good luck. Why would you want to join an organization that you feel would look down upon you. And in bram stockers dacula. The infection of materialism and status that Alpha Phi Alpha suffers to build multi million dollar tributes to the past is probably the same infection that permeates through many parts of Africa today as well as many other parts of the world. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I know my intellectual worth and I am passionate for the furtherance of humanity, particularly the black community. People, please look take a look at your comments. Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African Americans. Organized during the 1905-1906 school year at Cornell, the fraternity's goals are manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind. In the case of the Declaration of Independence, anti-slavery statements were eliminated from the final draft. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | | Reply. License Plate. I have a brother in law from Nigeria. And yet you think I abandoned my chapter. after reading this, i now understand that Alpha is more than just a greek letter and it has created some type of enlightenment of issues that have somehow gone unnoticed until now(well, not “now” i guess cuz I just read it. | Reply. Greek letters around on the chest of a person of African descent is the equivalent of a Jewish man wearing a swastika pendant. And reflection, if done with humility and a genuine desire to assess and evaluate one’s course, leads to change, adjustment, reform, and, in some instances, revolution. Comment by Ape | Wednesday, December 29, 2010 The past is the past. If being beaten causes one to love their fraternit the more,then I guess it becomes to proper to “beat the hell” out of our wives, girlfriends, and children in order to make them love us more. Hope to hear from you soon… Do not judge Alpha on the behavior of a few but from an overall perspective of the fraternity as a whole. Is this like what we refer to as Jungle Juice? I am not here to question whether you were a member of Alpha or not. Ask yourself, how much have you changed the fraternity? | Reply. Everything stated, I completely agree 100%. My elders tried to instill in me an understanding that the traditions of Ifa, full of pomp and circumstance and all kinds of protocols and procedures, must be adhered to at all times in order to gain a complete understanding of the spirituality. “A voteless people is a hopeless people”; “Go To High School Go To High School Go To College”, Project Alpha, our partnership with Big Brother Big Sister program and march of babies (formerly march of dimes). | Reply. I later heard that the two remaining line brothers underwent some physical abuse minutes before they had to do the step show pledges do prior to their going-over ceremony. My criticism of the fraternity is not driven by some deep seated dramatic hatred. One solution would be for you to become a graduate member and be an adviser to your undergrad chapter. This organization instead is a way for me to surround myself with men who may have traveled down the same path and can steer me in a path that would lead me to greater success. I find your typical response as a priviledged leader of the community amusing with your accusation that I have baseless assertions. After conducting research, I found that the mission of Alpha Phi Alpha was very similar to many of the goals I would like to achieve in my life. It’s easy to promote the “A voteless people is a hopeless people program” All it requires is us going to the court house and picking up voter registration applications which are free, and then setting up a booth where people come and register to vote. Do you really value the opinions of others in a social club that much? While on the outside, brothers are ONLY going to see you as a complainer. Unfortunately, the obvious goals of the fraternity do not reflect my values and I would like to say as much. You don’t know a thing about me but feel entitled to judge me as nothing but talk. The future of our community very well hinges on the activities of organizations affiliated with that community. When we held Alpha balls and cotillions, they were meant to give the students a reason to put on their good clothes and have a good time. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | You’re from Nigeria! You may have found individuals who share your sentiment. Lawrence Johnson, an attorney and civil rights leader who served for a decade on the Waco City Council, died Friday after battling COVID-19, family members said. Then why is it necessary that he formally denounce his membership or affiliation? I also joined the Divine 9 and I too feel like you.. In terms of Alpha Phi Alpha being a “Greek” organization. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | The only scene that I’m familiar with is the one where John Belushi is squishing mash potatoes out his mouth in an imitation of a zit. Dec 20, 2020 - Explore Shauntelle Douglas's board "Happy Founder’s Day" on Pinterest. But we also have excellent men who try to unite and effect change. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Metal License Plate Frame for Front Back of Car. When stated the different community service initiatives, they are made for the black children….”Go To High School Go To College”- is an initiative that gets the brothers out into the Black community…into the elementary, middle school, and high school students in the surrounding areas to promote black students going to college and being successful in their endeavors…The Big Brother big Sister Program is where we become mentors for little children that need people to look up to. The frat was very helpful in getting me through college. I could spin stories of how he did wondrous feats. Also, why do some individuals say instead of going through the legitimate intake process,wrhere is done at the national level, one should go through their chapter’s An you should not be verbally penalized for expressing sentiments of what you have undergone. Friday, February 8, 2008 We have done so much for out community, and we are continuing to strive to better help our community. I don't know about the "frat punch" your refering to. In terms of the United States Constitution, slavery was legalized and supported by fugitive slave annotations. My chapter did not have one brother when i entered it, but we only had a handful of workers who shared the same goals. | Reply. | Reply. I was told that they actually helped the black community and they promoted black unity. Comment by John | Feb 20, 2012 - Explore Courtney Grannis's board "aephi <3", followed by 301 people on Pinterest. I have seen some of these very things you speak of in my own sorority…however with each organization I tell every one the same thing: Every Chapter is NOT the same. Unfortunately, I do not believe that is Alpha in its current manifestation. Criticism encourages reflection. Thanks for the food for thought. Paddle. Tikis. But it is nevertheless a fact. Wonderful vintage souvenir beer pitcher. You, like a lot of people, feel that if change is needed it can only come from within the organization. From your story it sounds as if you did not recieve a positive collegiate experience of Alpha Phi Alpha and most likely Alpha or any fraternity period was not meant for you to be apart of. You are a prime example of Alpha’s inability to change. Only 9 left in stock - order soon. I don’t know. | Reply, “You’re right about one thing, it isn’t for everybody. | Reply. It subjugates people at a subconscious level. Comment by Tori | If you feel that being a member of such an organization is important to you I don’t have a problem with it. Several members have approached me about greek life and i declined, but I thought it unwise to merely reject something I knew nothing about. Friday, February 8, 2008 Alpha Phi Alpha has done great things. Groove Phi Groove Brothers from New York Created This Stroll to Celebrate Their 58th Founders Day. Wall Pin. On the campus at which I attend school, frat punch is very popular. Alpha set these programs this way because not all chapters in frat are in the best financial situation to provide that type of assistance. Interesting, I am a Sophomore as well. vBulletin® v3.8.7, Copyright ©2000-2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc. But let me build the tribute to my grandfather first because that takes top priority. Wednesday, April 2, 2008 Hopefully one day, you will let it go…”. I really enjoyed your article. We celebrate people who change the world. Why? The future can only hope. Revolutionary change–whether individual or collective–is sometimes necessary in order to bring about a more productive reality. Vintage Alpha Sigma 1978 Crimson Sorority Beer Pitcher . Comment by Paula | Ninety million dollars could go a long way for helping black people do something wonderful in the community. Alphas, like the Omegas, like Kappa Alpha Psi, like the sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta, wanted to avoid our blackness and emphasize our whiteness. I find it humorous that you would create assertions that are baseless, and probably do nothing but ease your mind about your supposed decision. When I was in my ile studying the African spirituality of Ifa, I was severely disappointed with the majority of Orisa priest and priestesses that came to visit from Nigeria. We don’t give tributes to people who build tributes. Can Alpha be used to foster reform, and even revolutionary struggle–of course by those who believe in such philosophies. I do agree with you that the money could be better spent on improving the community. I stated my place of origin just as a reference to make my point, and not as a door for you to use insult it. I’m thankful for my experience with Alpha Phi Alpha, but to go back and do it again? It is just more rhetoric to justify the tolerance of the status quo. There are special events that are designed to promote bourgeoisie behavior and aristocratic airs. Before a person considers membership in any fraternal organization, they must have a thorough understanding of the purpose of the organization. One particularly nasty session (I wasn’t hit) had me damn near in tears. There was a great schism between lines within the chapter. But at the same time I see peace’s logic that it has lost sight of it’s true intentions. Even when institutions try to implement steps to correct the racial disparity courts will rule in favor of the artificial concept of reverse discrimination. Your opinion is yours, but believe me, some of the contributions made by my brothers in our society is a lot more than any club would do. He is part of the past. Go ahead sir, I would suggest you follow your heart (if indeed it is) and go grad chapter. | Reply. | Reply. Comment by profunksticated | And each year my undergraduate chapter and our graduate chapter gave out scholarships to African American students seeking to further their education in a university. You consider me judgemental. I helped to keep the chapter from dying off. Whether you choose to seek membership on the graduate or undergraduate level is entirely a personal decision. Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. is willing to spend ninety million dollars as a tribute to a past that has been manipulated to almost fairy tale status instead of spending ninety million dollars on the development of the black community’s future. I do wonder why Frat brothers take criticism of the frat personally, perhaps it is Love for the frat, perhaps it’s delusion. Are grad chapter members looked down upon by members that have gone through the undergraduate process? If ever you want to come back and you are a duly initiated Brother, the door will always be open. One member argued, the oath you took. Despite any opinion of failure or disappointment the organization will continue and I will survive. I do know MANY people who have gotten extremely sick because they didn't realize that grain was in the drink so they drank a lot. Any entity that is built on a principle of discrimination and a disparity of status will exist as an entity of discrimination and disparity. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | | Reply. Wednesday, November 12, 2008 But what does it really matter? | Reply. Mine is a personal choice to pursue another direction. When he would leave the Alpha chapter on the yard would die unless some new recruits were made. You seek perfection in everything, but the reality is that perfection doesn’t exist(i.e. I say ask not who looks down on you. The King Memorial is just more confirmation that my choice to leave was the best one. These same documents became revolutionary documents when re-interpreted by men such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Is there a way I can get your email address? | Reply. You experienced “bougy” programs and events hosted by your chapter etc. God Bless, Comment by dejavu | Two hundred plus years later we see the result of that black exclusion. Speak with members at both levels and then make a decision based on what you think is best. I love my education, and I am imbued with Alpha Phi Alpha in my spirit and heart; thus, I don’t feel like being beaten will make me love my fraternity any better. As a member of this phrat, there are some points that you have made that I do agree with, mostly because I know some chapters operate in ways that aren’t necessarily in the direction the overall fraternity is heading in. People always want to criticize pledging, but in actuality, life is a pledging process on its own. Tuesday, April 21, 2009 However, the feeling is mutual. I say this to say that voices of reason and justice must continue to challenge these organizations, as well as other organizations that promise and promote community uplift, to live up to their mottos and creeds. Monday, October 7, 2013 Comment by Olaniyi Akinsanya | I am a student at Morehouse College and thinking about joining Alpha Phi Alpha. I’m not surprised. What does this deeply mean to you? You have a devotion to the frat that appears to go above and beyond mine. 99. While these documents promise much for the nation, regardless of their words, they do not apply equally to all. There is nothing African about black greek letter organizations. It would not have happened without people coming together to work hard and sacrifice for that particular goal. I am a Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, as I noticed in your post, I have yet to experience any feeling of “copying.” Alpha Phi Alpha was brought about to bring together the Black students, that were at Cornell, to support a common cause. Sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha 1978 Crimson Ball. The only reason I can think a black greek organization would engage in hazing (to the point of some pledges dying, unfortunately) is perhaps the idea that unfair treatment is what they’re gonna face in the real white world and that pledging is preparation. Most brothers of the frat will be content to ape the behavior you suggest and go along with the program and try to change the mindset of the entire fraternity. Thursday, April 24, 2008 Is the mission truly to develope leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities? In some respects that would actually be a compliment. I was warned about it my freshman year also. I am asking about your ability to demonstrate your leadership and managed to change the frat’s course. Not until I know that the organization is truly focused on the black community’s future and not on wasting vast sums of money on impressive tributes to the past. As a man of Alpha, I embrase your opinion because we unlike others love to grow and that only comes from debate. I understand that you’re probably trying to get a general sense of attitude. The following year my roommate was gone and a senior from the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity put me in his crosshairs. FYI: a sphinx is not African…it is greek. Check out the website! We need to focus on the issues and refrain from petty name-calling that diverts us from constructive dialogue. | They were like a gang looking for some kind of trouble. If the chapter in which you are considering joining do not uphold these precepts and is known from “dragging Black students’GPAs” into the mud, you may want to give strong consideration as to whether or not such an organization is “worthy” of your time, talent and resources. .. And the jungle juice at rutgers usually had everclear in it. I have reviewed extensively the requirements, have become well versed in the history, and (to what I can find) the traditions of Alpha. And thoughts and comments on this will be very helpful. Friday, November 6, 2009. | Reply. I say this to say, that you have every right as a “man” to severe your ties to Alpha Phi Alpha for your own personal reasons. When Alpha Phi Phi was established in 1906, elitism and colorism–byproducts of slavery–was common in the African American community. We were fighting over nothing. Over 175,000 worth. Looking back, I was pledging for all the wrong reasons – wanting to belong, getting noticed by girls, etc. 1/8 c. powdered sugar 1/2 c. fruit salad dressing (boiled fruit juice and cornstarch) 1/2 c. mayonnaise 1/4 tsp. However, I have to disagree with you that our community’s success doesn’t hinge on the activities of any organization. One of our advisors, who just so happened to be one of the deans of the college, once told a pledge that he should be thankful that he wasn’t pledging back in his day because Alphas don’t take kindly to members that were too dark. As a whole I see Alpha Phi Alpha as the best because of what it has done not only for me but for our community. I also helped with an Alpha Chapter at a non-traditional school and they are doing great. The fraternities would compete with each other to impress the rest of the campus as the most distinguished of the fraternities. I am a junior in college and all of my friends are in a greek organization. Sunday, August 24, 2008 Comment by Rashid | Discover (and save!) Did you know this information about these fraternities and sororities? As a former member of Alpha Phi Alpha, I was merely writing what I felt at the moment I wrote the article as well as how I felt about my experience with the fraternity. Such limited concepts of change are not worthy of a fraternity with claims of distinction. An Omega hit an Alpha in his jaw because he felt like he was being disrespected. Anyways, I ran across this recipe about two years ago from my lil bro’s girlfriend who was an Alpha Phi at UC Irvine. . Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Comment by Rashid Fai'Sal | I was introduced to fraternity parties black people style. Comment by Called toLead | But we must ask what one means by alive or dead. In my endeavor to put my college life and the fraternal spirit of Alpha Phi Alpha behind me, it would be inevitable that one day I might appear as an outsider. Sunday, July 6, 2008 Did anyone else think this thread was gonna be about the donkey punch? Thanks for the post. The Fraternity’s mission is just that – as you stated. lemon rind, grated 1 c. whipping cream, whipped Hey guys.. But where we differ most is a matter of priorities. Chapters Canada. Order Alpha Phi Alpha Recreational and Golf Items from Greek Gear and come back whenever you need more fun products for your fraternity gatherings. Comment by Marcus-Kwabena | You challenge me to raise ninety million dollars for the black community? | Reply. The last I heard of the great Alpha Phi Alpha they were working to establish a ninety million dollar memorial in Washington, DC for our late great brother Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A list of chapters of the Alpha Phi sorority. All. Comment by W.E.B. Sunday, August 24, 2008 This isn’t for me or other black people who may have a little conscious. But, I continue to reach out and extend myself to those with whom are less amicable. Not because you post comments that question the fraternity, but the way you posed them, you almost speak as an outsider of this fraternity, and lack any objectivity, because anyone involved with the fraternity, could tell you the positives and negatives, but like others have mentioned, it comes down to what kind of change YOU have worked to implement. Sort of weird I suppose. $20.99 $ 20. Maybe if some of that ninety million dollars that’s going to build statues for Doctor King could be used to spread the organization’s message about a voteless people and about going to school. He was part of the sigma chapter which includes students that pursue studies from boston u. I wanted to make a difference to the school, to the chapter, as well as to myself. I would first like to thank you for writing such an interesting piece. Our ancestors are somewhere ashamed at the very thought. Alpha is obviously fortunate to have such brothers as you. ( Log Out /  We see the blatant racial discrimination every single day and it does not stop. And I’m not talking about how much you’ve towed the line and carried out the fraternity’s agenda. Tuesday, February 5, 2008 I’m not surprised really. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | I’m all for brotherhood…it’s very much needed, but not at the expense of my culture and heritage. ( Log Out /  When I made the choice to pledge the fraternity I made the sacrifices to become part of the organization and do what I could to help the frat, help the college I was attending, and help the black community. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Alpha Phi Alpha™, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, was founded on December 4, 1906™ at Cornell University in … The only way a sister can get the recipe is either by helping to make the punch, which is rare or by becoming the Social Chair. But its hard when we were just trying to rebuild the chapter. African Americans, Black Community, Black History, Life, Thoughts. To me, maybe ninety million dollars isn’t that much for the price he payed, his life. Just as Alpha Phi Alpha can and has deemed men unworthy of membership, there are men who deem Alpha Phi Alpha unworthy of their participation, loyalty, or support. Doctor King was trying to build a community. It is a lose-lose situation. Friday, August 8, 2008 Other black organizations have tributes to the past. I have browsed over your blog and subsequent responses with a bit of an outside perspective. And, this issue of racial bigotry among our own is utterly infuriating. | Reply. We claim we do this to honor King’s works. So I pursued a non-NPHC organization and was successful in becoming a member of a fraternity not considered BGLO. I have descended from no one in Nigeria and no one there is my forebear or progenitor. There is alot of that in Black sorors. Thanks for reading, and I appreciate your comments. 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