Comment by profunksticated | This is silly and rather antiquated from my perspective. I challenege you to back and read the first paragraph of Esprite De Fraternity, by Brother Charles H. Garvin. Many black people enjoy the pomp and circumstances that comes with participating in such events as cotillions and debutant balls. Has names of members and sponsors on the back. Afghan Blanket. although i accidently stumbled on to this pg, i did some research about MLK and i thought, would an Alpha man actually beat/discourage MLK whether mentally/physically? In terms of the United States Constitution, slavery was legalized and supported by fugitive slave annotations. Certainly, we realize that the work does not end after we have left our undergraduate years behind. There are plenty initiatives that doesn’t require 96 million dollars. Is your interest in Alpha for “recognition”? You are a prime example of Alpha’s inability to change. No one can give or take away Doctor King’s accomplishments. I challenge you and Alpha Phi Alpha to raise ninety million dollars for the black community instead of ninety million dollars for statues. The chapter here does not have a good reputation (undergrad chapter); Most of them are not in school, have very low GPAs. It's not made very often, but it was developed by one of the Chapter's Founding Sisters, its bright red and tastes the same with and without alcohol. It is also true that black people separating themselves from each other permeates throughout the black community. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Ninety million dollars could go a long way for helping black people do something wonderful in the community. I love my current org but they don’t fulfill my need to uplift the black community and advocate for social justice. FYI: a sphinx is not African…it is greek. Hopefully one day, you too may learn to put it all in perspective and discover what is truly important for the entire black community. “We promoted debutant balls and high dollar evenings of pomp and circumstance that had little to do with being black or African. How ever this discussion has called things into question for me. The very term itself is greek. Of all the black fraternities, we by far, receive the most criticism and ridicule. would he want a statue of himself? Did anyone else think this thread was gonna be about the donkey punch? My experience has made me more sensitive to the practice of exclusion and separation and self promotion. Friday, November 4, 2011 Alpha Phi Alpha was developed to help Black men excell academically. For many years, I began to regret the decision I made to join Sigma. As a current and active member of Alpha Phi Alpha I respect your position. 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. The fraternities would compete with each other to impress the rest of the campus as the most distinguished of the fraternities. In some respects that would actually be a compliment. | Reply. The only changes I feel that are worth attempting are the ones that you criticize. Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 3.9 out of 5 stars 17. I can agree that there is much internal and external growth needed within the organization and to give new members much needed guidance beyond what occurs at the collegiate level. To this i would say just simply return your shingle back to the international headquarters and renounce your letters. There was one night when the whole school was in an uproar when a fight broke out between the Alphas and the members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. It is true that elitism was not the cornerstone of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. when it was founded. Comment by Panamajck | My question to any of the members, disgruntled or content, concerns the benefit of the intake process as an undergraduate compared to that of a possible intake in a graduate chapter. Monday, February 4, 2008 This isn’t for me or other black people who may have a little conscious. The future can only hope. While these documents promise much for the nation, regardless of their words, they do not apply equally to all. 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. I completely agree with you. Being that I am far younger than you and many of the people that have commented on this piece, I find it very interesting how many people of the generations before mine have come to shape their feelings on Greek life and our community as a whole. We (men) sometimes don’t finish school, drop out due to drugs, alcohol, new borns, etc… Having an opportunity to see individuals of great worth, with higher learning a God given right has allowed many of my brothers the ability to continue on their paths, not be swayed by outside influences and achieve their dreams. You could have done the same thing. If you go through the grad chapter or you choose not to go through and undergrad “made” process; thus, resulting into dislike. The organization of brothers could help when it comes time to network for a job. Lately I have been considering pledging not because of the social aspect because personally I am not the party type but because of what the org stands for. Do I love Alpha Phi Alpha? | Reply. Nevertheless, good luck with your choice. I would much rather have renounced brother than a inactive brother who is disgusted by the fraternity and speaks of the negativity rather than the positive.I t almost reminds me of the perspective people have of HBCU;s they constantly speak of the negative and never acknowledge the good or the significance and importance they have played in history and american society.- just food for thought “open your eyes/mind”, Comment by jeremy | Wall Pin. Were not founders and Jewels Callis, Chapman, Kell, men with dark skin men? I am very serious about helping those in my community, the black community, and think that even attempting to undergo the process as a senior would show that. I’m not surprised. I do, however, wish that you would consider returning to the “folds” of the fraternity. I’m glad and supportive of the fact you are attaining a level of enlightenment. 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. It is good to hear that your experience with the fraternity was a good and positive one. No man should ever let any organization define who he is but instead he should define that organization. Is there a way I can get your email address? Sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha 1978 Crimson Ball. your own Pins on Brother Peace maker, I do hope you receive thus message in good favor. We see the blatant racial discrimination every single day and it does not stop. to black men, women, and children. “I didn’t know you weren’t an Alpha!” one young lady exclaimed to me in my senior year, thinking because I still friends with some of the Alphas I was one of them. Tuesday, April 28, 2009 For my remaining time in school, certain folk wouldn’t let me forget I was an “eternal Sphnixman.”. p.s.Are you willing to commit to the 96 million dollar challenge or not? Comment by Eugene | Sort of weird I suppose. Fraternally, Bob J. McNeil, Comment by Bob J. McNeil | But the job is far from over. However, my thinking is a little more unique and is not shared by many individuals such as you. I’ll put that building fire out with a suffocating mixture of bile and vomit. Comment by John | BGL fraternities have specific recipies, known only to members. I don’t consider anyone in Nigeria an ancestor. | Reply. My process taught me how to handle these situations, increase my faith, and always hold my head high. It beats you, it humiliates you, and causes you so much stress that you could die. So when we see it loosing its way, we are not supposed to jump ship…Rather we are supposed to fight to put it back on its path. Learn about what it means to be an Alpha Phi. After personal deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that, whatever we do, we must serve as role models for those that we wish to lead. Anyway, i mention this to state that my reasons for joining have now changed and that there are other options to be an Alpha man, and it is soon to that time when i must make a clear decision. ( … Vintage Alpha Sigma 1978 Crimson Sorority Beer Pitcher . But that doesn’t mean the fraternity deserves a tribute or blind devotion. But a lot of people hear this “complaining” and it actually challenges some brothers to think about what is happening and to inspire them to do better. I believe a brother of yours mentioned above, it is an individual’s personal duty to seek change if things are not the way it should be. Thursday, August 19, 2010 I also joined the Divine 9 and I too feel like you.. We were fighting over nothing. When I was in college I wanted to join a Black sorority- Delta Sigma Theta to be precise. I guess my principal concern is one of what is this thing we call Alpha Phi Alpha? But lemme tell ya it will get you really messed up. Brother’s before you label entire orginizations as such things, try getting to know each and every individual who wears those letters, because ot them it means more than a character in the greek alphabet. There was a great schism between lines within the chapter. As a leader of various organizations, both as an official, and as a general member, I have been given the privilege of having positive influence over people and communities. He is part of the past. And don’t worry about me. I am sorry that you where left on a campus with little or no leadership in our dear organization. I have yet to witness any presence wishing to stray from the main goal of a Black orginization in my experience. Free shipping on many items | Browse your favorite brands | affordable prices. Thursday, August 7, 2008 | Reply. However, years later and many decisions later, I decided to follow a different path. Comment by andre | Thanks for this post.. That’s why we struggle as a people, We hold each other down! Your point is well taken. P.S. Thanks to all. Such limited concepts of change are not worthy of a fraternity with claims of distinction. My question is are the intake officers aware of the time constraints of research needed to complete a thesis/dissertation during the process? Comment by Rashid Fai'Sal | I have already begun to and will continue to help my community in a number of ways. It is logical for us to ignore the beauty of these documents because of their white supremacists origins? 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. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Very interesting article. He has taught me many things but that does not mean that he is still alive. I attended a historically black college that had already seen the best of its days. I could spend all my money on a grandpa memorial and then turn around and say if I could find the money for the memorial I can find the money to pay for my son’s food, education, shelter, and such. Change can happen from within. I say ask not who looks down on you. Is the mission truly to develope leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities? Many of my college buddies had joined Omega via various grad chapters. I applaud your audacity to put “it” out there for all to see. Or should one expect deception and not be disappointed with the elitism? But Doctor King wasn’t working to build a memorial so people could worship him. Any organization would be that much greater with your affiliation. But where we differ most is a matter of priorities. They might be using grain alcohol, which, when it's mixed into a drink, is tasteless. Otherwise, criticism shall continue to come and much of it shall be justified. | Reply. But doesn’t the answer of your question depend on the person you ask? Tikis. Is it wishful thinking to expect a fraternity that bills itself as designed for the fellowship of black men to actually think it is for the fellowship of all black men? Otherwise, it is you who are the one who is just complaining. My experience with Alpha Phi Alpha is different than yours. | Reply. The fact that we accomplished this goal will motivate us to push ahead with harder to reach goals than this. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΑΦΑ) is the first intercollegiate historically African American Greek-lettered fraternity.It was initially a literary and social studies club organized in the 1905–1906 school year at Cornell University but later evolved into a fraternity with a founding date of December 4, 1906, at Cornell. Why would you want to join an organization that you feel would look down upon you. I feel the call to lead and I know I am a born leader. I know that it has Everclear, Vodka, Grenedine, Midori and like country time lemonade I believe thats all thats in it cause Ive helped make it once before but that was like over 2 yrs ago so I cant remember all thats in it. When my line brothers and i entered the chapter. Friday, July 4, 2008 Is it a fraternity (in what sense)? To clear some things up; I do not feel as though Alpha as a whole will look down upon me. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Comment by Called toLead | The past is the past. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Comment by Rashid | It went down very smooth. So what is the argument here? Imbuing the sense of self, community, brotherhood and manliness in one during the process. We don’t give tributes to people who build tributes. An you should not be verbally penalized for expressing sentiments of what you have undergone. License Plate. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Therefore, it is only logical that certain elements of these twin-cancers would be present in Alpha Phi Alpha. Comment by John | Some people start to feel inferior. This Brother gave you pertinent and real examples of the redundancies that occurred during his affiliation and which still occur: case in point a so called Black fraternity that discriminates against it’s own members with darker pigment or skin, another writer mentioned the subjugation, and senseless fighting over turf or campus yard, or simply because you belong to fraternity B and I belong to A. I am a student at Morehouse College and thinking about joining Alpha Phi Alpha. The fact that the black fraternities are based on a Greek society instead of an African society should be another clue. Why did he not become an alpha at morehouse? Your criticism of the monies being directed at building the King monument are valid and worthy of debate. Help me out here, anyone? That’s to blame on the individuals for straying from the main purpose of a fraternity, not the name. It is another indication of the extent of the European influence. Yes there are other organizations that are supposed to be devoted to the black experience designed around concepts of European social structure. Tuesday, April 15, 2008 $20.99 $ 20. America was not founded on a foundation of racism. I do my best to impact my organization and community as much as possible. A black organization with a history of discrimination against darker black people could not be all that concerned about the welfare of the black community. come and listen to the future goals the fraternity has set for itself and how we plan to accomplish them. Shop the latest Alpha Phi merchandise from our licensed vendors on our brand new store. For more information on screen printing or to get a proof for your next shirt order, visit www.jcgapparel.com. Friday, May 9, 2008 | Reply, […] was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans. 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. I am interested to know your take on what they have contributed. Each frat has their own type of punch,i.e. When I left, there were eleven brothers on the yard. Looking back, I was pledging for all the wrong reasons – wanting to belong, getting noticed by girls, etc. If you are interested in gaining recognition from a set men who will only acknowledge you as an Alpha if you go through the “pledge” process then, I guess, you would have to submit to this avenue–although, by doing so, you are also participating in a non-sanctioned activity. The frat would rather build ninety million dollar temples to the past than invest in the black community’s future. In terms of Alpha Phi Alpha being a “Greek” organization. See more ideas about aephi, alpha epsilon phi, sorority. Man….. Change can happen from without. When he would leave the Alpha chapter on the yard would die unless some new recruits were made. I too, am pondering whether I should seek induction into a Grad chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha; I am currently a junior. The fact that you say that people in Africa now indulge in such events of European finery doesn’t surprise me considering my experience with Nigerians. vBulletin® v3.8.7, Copyright ©2000-2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc. I do agree with puting the money to a better use rather than just building a memorial. | Reply. What is at issue is the points of criticism that are worthy of intellectual engagement. My ways are not the ways of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. A black organization should base its foundation not on Greek culture but on African culture. It is rather ironic that you suggest that I follow the frat in order to lead the fraternity to changes. Wow! One member argued, the oath you took. We worked everyday for the next 3 years gaining the respect of our community, by actually promoting the organizations own community service based initiatives. My question to any of the members, disgruntled or content, concerns the benefit of the intake process as an undergraduate compared to that of a possible intake in a graduate chapter. My decision to take a different path is not a criticism of the men of Alpha Phi Alpha at all. ( Log Out /  Hey. It is in this spirit that I make my comments. Mine is a personal choice to pursue another direction. I was Number 3 of a four-person line. Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Your ways are not my ways. Today’s new black Greeks are looked down upon by their older bretheren because the newer members aren’t required to undergo all that hazing bullshit. He was part of the sigma chapter which includes students that pursue studies from boston u. The fact you don’t consider us part of your ancestry is a shame…yet you took it upon yourself to study our culture. In my view, it is better for you to go through the legally sanctioned process. Alpha Phi Alpha is a black founded and focused organization with a Greek name–just as many of you today were born to black parents and embrace black culture, although you may carry an English or French name. Comment by cornel | Regardless of your choice, I am sure you will choose what is right for you and what is right for your community and that which is important to you. Security got involved. After all, my grandfather was a great man and I remember him well. No offense but they would take just about anybody. Why? | Reply. Alpha Phi Alpha has more than enough leaders ready to lead thank you very much. I do wonder why Frat brothers take criticism of the frat personally, perhaps it is Love for the frat, perhaps it’s delusion. So someone explain to me proper reasons for wanting to join and become apart of alpha phi alpha. Without giving too much away, are the processes different in anyway? But, at the end of the day, I must agree that any organization that is not built on trust, genuine brotherhood, and the like is a waste of your damn time–especially if it requires you to all of sudden become stupid (e.g., falling grade point average). 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. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Hey, I know this is an old post but do you mind telling me what forum you got this from? Comment by W.E.B. As a man of Alpha, I embrase your opinion because we unlike others love to grow and that only comes from debate. There were lots of parties. I commend Brother Rashid Fai’Sal for his enlightful responses and for taking the “higher road” (not resorting to name-calling and personal attacks). | Reply. Although MLK’s connection was a huge reason of why i considered to be part of the organization, it was not my sole purpose but i still pondered that thought. I do not know much about the other organinzations, but what I do know is that in the South, we are taught to be the best at what you want to do. Alpha Phi Alpha has done great things. Thanks for the feedback and positivity Rashid Far’Sal. 1. still remained friends with me after he went over. | Reply. Our ancestors are somewhere ashamed at the very thought. Founded on December 4, 1906, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as a social fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha has initiated over 175,000 men into the organization and has been open to men of all races since 1945. Why don’t you start a ninety million dollar fund? Kappa Alpha Psi Brother from University of Maryland Creates Video Paying Homage to His School and Nigerian Heritage. | Reply. This November my other 9 line brothers and I will proudly celebrate 20 years in the fold. | Reply. Being that you still consider your self a non-active member there is obviously something about Alpha Phi Alpha that has a meaning or a hold for you. And, this issue of racial bigotry among our own is utterly infuriating. Comment by Charles | 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. On the campus at which I attend school, frat punch is very popular. Friday, September 13, 2013 I don't know about the "frat punch" your refering to. Feb 20, 2012 - Explore Courtney Grannis's board "aephi <3", followed by 301 people on Pinterest. The goal is to stand shoulder to shoulder and pull those who may not be able to do it on their own, up and work as a unit. 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. I am not affiliated with any organization up to this point in my college career. We claim we do this to honor King’s works. Do you really value the opinions of others in a social club that much? Omega Psi Phi fraternity has been starting a new chapter every month for two years, and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has grown by more than a third in … Far from it. Read his article, then check your recipe for Alpha Phi Alpha Punch . You’re not a real brother unless you’ve gone through some adversity, the thinking goes. anyway if you do drink it, i suggest that you make sure that you have a reliable ride home and that it is with someone that you trust!!!!!! I understand that you do not particularly care for the polititics within the fraternity (quite frankly, neither do I), but I feel that you (along with others) would be a good base to start change within the fraternity. I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I’m really not here to get your approval. I’d much rather have Alpha Phi Alpha truly represent the black community instead of being beholden to the ideas that promote an air of elitism and self importance. 1912. | Reply. You, like a lot of people, feel that if change is needed it can only come from within the organization. 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. Did you part take in these Debutante balls and etc…? It is a fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Metal License Plate Frame for Front Back of Car. it was some great stuff and you couldnt taste the liquor in it but damn 3 drinks and you were feeling pretty darn good lol. There are special events that are designed to promote bourgeoisie behavior and aristocratic airs. I know it is my own, but i am leading to the point that joining does not have to be the way i thought it should be.. One reason is that at 48 I feel I’ve got enough on my life’s plate without adding a frat to the mix. I've had Omega Oil. I also come from a different breed. Why should Alpha Phi Alpha be different? That stuff makes you do things or so I've heard. Paddle. The ones who have do well and the ones without would do well to get theirs. But if you feel this strongly about it, then i challenge to start a 90million dollar fund raiser in Alpha or your local community to help the Black community. And like all organizations, if the members allow themselves to be misguided by a few then those members need to stop and take stock of an organization that was so easily misled. I love the "frat punch" that Ive had at one of the fraternity parties here. And when the spring semester rolled around I pledged Alpha Phi Alpha with two other pledges. I feel that it is necessary for all young men who consider the route of Alpha Phi Alpha, or any other Greek organization, to be privy to this sort of discussion. Monday, June 22, 2009 We took it upon ourselves to build a better legacy for us. Exclusive Classic Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Gold Color Face Watch w/Shield. So to say you don’t see the initiatives here for black children lets me know that you haven’t researched any of these programs because they are all intended for the black children. The King Memorial is just more confirmation that my choice to leave was the best one. Speak with members at both levels and then make a decision based on what you think is best. Did you know this information about these fraternities and sororities? The next thing that i’m hoping my undergraduate chapter and the rest of Alpha part takes in is the 50 million pound challenge. I would pose to you the question did you make it better or worse. 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. very strong, and barely a alcohol taste if it was made right :). Definitely I agree, the Process i believe is what builds up the “Alpha Man”. I come from a different path. But the more I wanted to, the more that I held back. | Reply. Would one need to denounce one org to be in your org? I am as a proponet for racial justice, equality, and the pursuit to see and maintain the humanity of others (regardless of color or group). I have already proven committment and a stick-to-it-ness through the many organizations and my academic background. I’m sorry if this information saddens you. Any proud African American can see that our community is struggling. Monday, February 11, 2008 Purchase jewelry, clothing, gifts and more. Before a person considers membership in any fraternal organization, they must have a thorough understanding of the purpose of the organization. | Reply. Why should Alpha Phi Alpha be different? I could spin stories of how he did wondrous feats. Once I crossed over I lost a number of friends. As beautiful as the intent may have been the reality is that it is flawed in its execution. I am sure I won’t be the last. Criticism encourages reflection. Alpha Phi Alpha is. That was well over twenty years ago. No one said that Alpha Phi Alpha was exclusive to this arrangement. You challenge me to raise ninety million dollars for the black community? I highly doubt when the by laws were established, such self hatred and racial rhetoric were non existing as-well. There was a dance in the recreation center. We were a black people whiter than we knew. I say, if you have to try it, as I must admit I did, just drink as if you would any other alcoholic beverage, RESPONSIBLY. In regards to beating I must say plain and simple that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil War, 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, and so forth. Of course, being on the outside looking in, I can only guess. And if we cannot stop it at least we can stop being a party to it. Comment by Tori | I totally agree. 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