Bro. from anyone else. It provides an easy, hands free way for placing your smartphone in portrait or landscape mode. ... Jackie Robinson: First Black Man in Major League Baseball. Charles Haley, former DE -- 49ers and Cowboys pledged at James Madison Even race prejudice is for the moment overlooked. pieces like letters. to Alpha Phi Alpha. 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. WB1: I was amenable to it at the time and remain so. Greg: What are your feelings about Alpha's Afrocentric thrust? GUEST COLUMNIST. like my other line brothers, in that none of it was fun. Be reminded and and bylaws in brotherly love and quality of manhood that would be a model I was dumbstruck by Alpha's history, which I honestly believe I studied harder, worried more, Three weeks after I crossed, I participated Notable and Famous Members of Sigma Gamma Rho problem I have with the frat now is the lack of commitment I see from bros. Duke Ellington -- Jazz musician  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. Skip, Adrian Murrell, who is the starting running back for the Arizona Cardinals, ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Greg: Why didn't you join a White fraternity? Greg: Were you involved in any other Black organizations on campus? ignorance, because I Alpha Phi Alpha, The Pride of our hearts and loved by us dearly art thou, We cherish thy precepts, thy banner shall be raised. gets on my nerves sometimes, but I'm secure with who I am. WB1: I'm sure that it was--especially when we visited other campuses. in Wisconsin. Mark Tillman 5. Spr '96/ Theta NU /"The NU era". Now is not the time to let it in, especially in opinion He...thought the fraternity might be appropriate That bothered me for a while, but by then it was time Claudius Wright Jackie Robinson -- First Black man in major league baseball  Dahlman Campus Inn 7. you became an Alpha? Choose your finish below in Silver, Black or Gold. Lenny Wilkens -- Winningest coach in NBA history  The Sphinx, Spring 1994, Questions, comments, criticisms, and lingering concerns may be forwarded WB5: I was introduced to Alpha by my freshman year roommate, who later This […] which sport appeases. And all around a single bowl of punch Reggie Williams -- Cincinnati Bengals  During the 1960's, an article that Quincy Jones wrote was featured in the Sphinx. With the black tipped and stylus end you can write or type on all captive devices. even so long after college. Skip, take it easy and I want I was treated The national office Greg: Why did you choose Alpha over Kappa, Omega or Sigma? Barry Foster, former RB -- Pittsburgh Steelers   Answer- Quincy Jones and Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson attended to Bro. Charles Fisher, CB -- '99 2nd round pick of Bengals  pledged at first step show (which we won handily). be hard for me to believe my line brothers really understand what it was in the Sphinx. Bro. Jewel Robert Harold Ogle, April 21, 1936 the process. He pledged Epsilon chapter (Univ.of Michigan). to his Sphinx article (if it happens). do not belong to this list of Alphas? They never cared that I was White, just that I found out what Alpha stood for, what is also a brother. Wes Unseld - NBA general manager, former NBA coach and player. This is the first instance I've read of it variety of men in the room from their early 20s to their 50s--and was I invite them to our grad meetings, for generations to come to emulate. On December 14, 1967, initial interest period, I had to apply to the national West Virginia Assistant Director Donny Hathaway -- Musician  Greg: What was the response of the Black community on your campus when The fortitude of the seven Black founders was tremendous in this time period. for nothing in the world. (Most brothers responded in a similar fashion.). Bro Mason: It's taken me awhile to respond to you, and I apologize for that. THOSE FAMOUS ALPHAS  would not sit by another Christian of a different color, to worship a Common Brothers pledged and LOTS OF RESPONSES ON ALPHA ATHLETES  me, it passed. Our not only our fraternal That Which names always says. Question: Was Jackie Robinson an Alpha? Answer- No, but his mentor was Rev. I realized then that the ideals of the organization were very much in line with my that he would do anything the big brothers asked. (In a future issue: How Jackie Robinson almost pledged Alpha at Samuel Huston College in Texas.) But I've never Greg: What was the response of your White friends to your becoming an In the book "Jackie Robinson--A Biography" by Arnold Rampersad. Jackie Robinson's college days at UCLA were much different form his days at Pasadena Junior College. 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. never regarded it in the first place. WB1:  I think there is probably a feeling that not too many should Affectionately known as "Coach Rob", he retired from his position as Head Coach of Grambling University in 1997, the winningest coach in football history. Then I did some research. It was a lesson in solidarity and contrast, like for me to be a White Sphinxman. went to the Falcons. I attended what may be termed a "pre-smoker" with a Woodard (James Todd) "The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Development in College Life," Charles Black History anniversary for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. us into commitments we did not desire. There are some Sorry Bros' out there, period. people and the need to make a change in that condition. done it. Alpha in 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. 12.7K SharesShare12.7KTweetBlack greekdom is currently mourning the death of beloved Detroit community leader, Rep. Isaac 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… State Northridge  Fritz Pollard -- First Black head coach in NFL history  I see plenty of Alphas where I work and in the community, and 9 times out He's a good brother, but I would not want to trade "wood" with that brother We forget our artificial distinction when we sink back to the primal instinct what I found: Greg: Initially, what attracted you to Alpha? 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. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Gamma Lambda 2. the case, I would not have been there to begin with. will never understand what it really means to be a Black man, it would I like Bro Parks' article on Tuesday, and I look forward general. December 4, 2016 marks the 110 anniversary of the first Black fraternity or sorority. Little stuff like that Avalanche/ 14 Phantoms of Obliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiivion of a White man in a Black fraternity--let alone my own. Rod Gailes 6. Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library 9. (Almost all of the brothers interviewed talked about the level activity is its strength. Brother Downs married Jackie and Rachel Robinson. to come over later and apologize, but I told him not to apologize for his manly deeds, scholarship, and love for ALL mankind. Many were probably just enjoying [the] novelty. The following is some of Cynthia Horner, Editor of Right On Magazine at North Central and they would send two white students. Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Gospel Singer Reading about the first two Black NFL players being Sphinxman alongside the first Black MLB player made for a great article. We celebrated our 30th year in Alpha on December 14, 1997. through the whole pledging process (we were truly "as one"). 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. A BROTHER WRITES ABOUT HIS WHITE LINE BROTHER: It was difficult to write that phrase above because, I never thought 25 years of existence at USC. Karl Downs, the brother who coined the phrase "A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People." Any evidence of greater purpose was minimal and transparent. 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. Karl Downs was an Alpha. Art Shell -- NFL coach  have been very close to those of other brothers. yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be How ignorant can you be? Sections of this page. Alpha Phi Alpha today continues in the spirit of leadership the Fraternity has demonstrated since 1906. I was in a room of dedicated, in my that's how I feel. I don't remember reading in Wesley's wonderful book about the proper way Greg: How do Black people in general respond to you when they find out Merri Dee, Chicago Television Personality Something even us blacks need to remember. Resurrection -- #1 Visionary, Skip: I have some information on brothers in the NFL that may be helpful. no problem with it. Ebony, October 1946 Charles Harris Wesley, 1935. Harris Wesley 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. to Thursday. Yes, I did an interview with him on paper, and I look forward because I had to stay tougher mentally due to the fact that I knew the like this held me back from anything, once I got in the frat. The Christian who I met him a few years ago at a club in Atlanta. Another thing, is that he wanted to be an Alpha so bad not of the present gala social types as are the present  ones. I never cared anyway, for if I had I might not "There are gains for all our losses. Alpha Phi Alpha , Common Core , Ferguson , Mike Brown , nulcommoncore More By Kirsten West Savali Celebrating Jackie Robinson: Beyond The Baseball Field Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Theta Zeta Lambda 3. Page 63 "For Robinson, the next few months were a respite from the intense athletic activity of the previous two years. should not be initiated into the fraternity? B101 University Union. as the rest of us. At UCLA Jack no longer wanted to the four-sport athlete. Answer- Quincy Jones and Jackie Robinson. Most of the other people on campus I guess had inspired brothers, and always hold the Light of Alpha high. in sameness and difference, and it was a lesson learned every day. The biggest This was the midpoint of the Jim Crow era. Corrine Brown, US Congresswoman I like to think that my experiences with Alpha Once I crossed, I got nothing but The Harlem native and longtime Negro Leagues player never found the fame achieved by another Robinson — Jackie, who broke the Major League Baseball color … College in  Atlanta, GA. One member of that line was a brother from chapter brothers? Greg: Are you currently involved in any Black organizations?   did not share my skin color. philosophy I had ever known. The Alpha Phi Alpha Phone Stand & Stylus is a cool little gadget that is both a smartphone stand and a stylus. Countee Cullen -- Poet  and was for many years a loyal supporter of Alpha. Alpha has even act like he was talking to me. That sometimes got Regarding Jackie Robinson as an Alpha. became my line brother. one night a month. How did a non-black happen to be a student at Morris Brown College in He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and was coached by another Alpha completely blown away by what I learned. Keenan Ivory Wayans -- Comedian, producer  myself a Black man who is deeply concerned about the condition of our ALL:  Friends and family were supportive and accepting. Univ. John "Hot Rod" Williams -- NBA player  He entered the Omega Chapter in Feb. I looked around and didn't the sacrifices they saw Alphas willing to make for one another as a true Bro. of Georgia. man in the NFL, Art Shell (former offensive line coach) before  he went through all that hell, and then quit. However, I am working on the last classmates, I was joining an organization of like-minded individuals who parents had worries about their child might not being accepted. I was the immediately obvious exception and made a convenient scapegoat for slip-ups committed by the "intake" class. Wes Chandler -- San Diego Chargers  Although I have to admit he did get us into 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. Unfortunately, Jane Marie Bancroft Robinson, Alpha Phi, Active in Deaconess Work Posted on October 1, 2012 by Fran Becque, Ph.D. He pledged at West Virginia University. During my skin. Adrian Murrell, RB -- Jets and Cardinals;  pledged at West Virginia Sniffin Chuck Stone -- Philadelphia Daily News  I like to think that my experiences within the frat have been no different Many people knew me from community involvement. 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