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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΑΦΑ) is the first African-American, intercollegiate Poindexter was stated to have a relationship with the other students of the in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity House, and Kelly worked at Beta Theta Pi Sigma Gamma Rho () and Iota Phi Theta () were founded at Butler. May 22, By May , Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternities and Alpha Sigma Gamma Rho joined in and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity completed the percussive rhythms that emerge from the marriage of precise and. Indiana Luv!!.(kinda). Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Gamma Rho. What Da Deal? **UPDATE**UPDATE**UPDATE**UPDATE**03/25/
In Africa, the circle dance predominated everywhere, sometimes with solo dancers or musicians in the middle, other times with couples and was an essential element of both religious and secular ceremonial dancing. When viewed in a broader context, the anthropological influence of the circle as representative of consistency, continuity and endurance as most commonly displayed in the exchange of wedding rings during marriage ceremonies, also lends the symbol to uses in the black fraternal tradition.
Believe it or not, stepping and step shows were not always a part of the black fraternal tradition.
Most older members of BGLOs readily acknowledge that the present incarnation of stepping is a rather recent phenomenon in the long history of black fraternal life. Up until the s and s, stepping was virtually unheard of. Her first encounter with the emerging tradition was viewing the Omega men of Marching Eta Psi, after she joined the staff at Fisk University during the s. We stuck to recitations, poetry and serenades.
Likewise, its performance as a part of the Olympic Games opening pageant catapulted the practice to global fame. Today, the ever-growing popularity of the art-form is evident in movies, music videos and even, exercise videos. What followed in its wake, were accusations of reverse racism as well as race-based taunting and name-calling.
Now, placed within the broader context of black fraternal traditions, members of the BGLO-community can readily acknowledge that good-natured and sometimes, not-so-good-natured taunts have long been par for the course.
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Recently, the secret nature of black sorority and fraternity rituals have come under attack by a small sect of members and some non-members, who have characterized by them as being ungodly. Such characterizations are not only inaccurate but also stem from what Charles S. Leading this charge, are the respective national governing bodies of BGLOs, which is in part, why it is necessary for members to remain personally, ideologically and financial connected with their respective fraternal organizations.
Black lives must matter to us. As a community, we must decide whether our futures must look exactly like our pasts, in order to keep alive the dreams of our founders. Collectively, we must recommit ourselves to our most scared tenets and continue to share the mantle of fraternity and collective responsibility, through scholarship and service. These are the aspects of black fraternal life which are central to BGLO history and while they have not been captured by popular culture, these are the traditions that are most important as we step into the future.
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Supreme Court case styled Brown v. Board of Education which declared segregation unconstitutional.
Alpha men were pioneers and at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement during the s. Birmingham saw Arthur Shores organize for civil rights in Lucy v.
Board of Educationin which the Court decided against segregation in public schools. Marshall employed mentor and fraternity brother Charles Houston's plan to use the de facto inequality of "separate but equal" education in the United States to attack and defeat the Jim Crow laws. The bomb exploded the previous day. Inafter the assassination of fraternity brother Martin Luther King Jr.
The efforts of the fraternity gained momentum in after King's birthday was designated a national holiday. They created the Washington D.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. The older social programs and policies were still supported, however; under the direction of General President Ernest Morial the fraternity turned its attention to new social needs.
This included the campaign to eliminate the ghetto-goal on numerous fronts with housing development and entrepreneurship initiatives. The Federal Housing Act of requested non-profit organizations to get involved with providing housing for low-income families, individuals and senior citizens.
Alpha Phi Alpha was poised to take advantage of this program with government in improving urban housing living conditions. Williams as the chairman to address these needs in Akron, Ohio. Channelwood contains additional structures named after General Presidents James R.
Williams and Charles Wesley, and streets named for fraternity founders Tandy and Ogle. The Alpha Towers in Chicago and three other urban housing developments in St. New York City and Monrovia. The fraternity's 28th General President, Henry Pondersaid, "We would like the public to perceive Alpha Phi Alpha as a group of college-trained, professional men who are very much concerned and sensitive to the needs of humankind; We will go to great lengths to lend our voices, our time, our expertise and our money to solve the problems that humankind must solve as we move into the 21st century.
The fraternity developed a national strategic plan which outlines the processes that Alpha Phi Alpha will utilize in its continuing efforts to develop tomorrow's leaders, and promote brotherhood and academic excellence.