Like some of you I find my thinking to be radical and I could not bear to have someone try to curb my thoughts to fall in line with “the chapter”. As a current student in undergrad coming into my junior year I am coming into a moment of intellectual and spiritual enlightenment. You’re not a real brother unless you’ve gone through some adversity, the thinking goes. One member argued, the oath you took. 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. What organization are you currently a part of? Such limited concepts of change are not worthy of a fraternity with claims of distinction. 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. Yes there are other organizations that are supposed to be devoted to the black experience designed around concepts of European social structure. I figured it was better to drop. That pledge period is something I would never go through again, but at the same time, I am glad I was able to endure, because it allowed me to know that I can make it under any circumstances. Monday, August 17, 2009 | Reply. Thursday, August 7, 2008 | Reply. Alpha Phi Alpha has been a goal of mine for some time now and I will hopefully become one a member of such a great organization. The next thing that i’m hoping my undergraduate chapter and the rest of Alpha part takes in is the 50 million pound challenge. 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. | Reply. 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. Alpha is a prime example of the poor choices the black community continues to make with our limited resources. Comment by andre | If you reside in the Kansas City area, i encourage you to attended the national convention being held there from July 17-21….Come and see what the fraternity has become rather than being so judgmental about it. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. When I read the news article I felt nothing but disappointment in my former fraternity. Its funny that the gentleman’s name is peacemaker when he is deliberately disturbing the Peace!) Afghan Blanket. Can anyone tell me what it is to be white? Change is only going to come about through “agitation”. I understand your complaints with the MLK project and the struggles with your chapter…But what i can’t understand is why you are abandoning the frat when you feel it has lost its way…We are obligated as Alpha men to uphold the high standards of Alpha. Speak with members at both levels and then make a decision based on what you think is best. I also challenge you to join a grad chapter and push your agenda because we may need to take a look at issues from a different perspective. Otherwise, it is you who are the one who is just complaining. I have already proven committment and a stick-to-it-ness through the many organizations and my academic background. The traditional Ifa worship was hijacked a long time ago by people whose main concern is now getting paid and enriching themselves. | 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 … Therefore, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. represents a last tribute to a man who greatly impacted not only America, but the entire world. However, my devotion is geared more towards the black community in general. But i do feel the memorial will serve the black community also. From reading what you wrote, I am convinced that the reason you became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, was to become part of a great legacy, rather than to create your own. :D Either way, once made a fun time is guaranteed to be had by all :D :D, Now I remember what its called!!! In terms of Alpha Phi Alpha being a “Greek” 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. I was wined and dined. But if you look closely to my previous statement, I made a reference to African ancestors practicing rituals of European finery. Friday, July 4, 2008 What is at issue is the points of criticism that are worthy of intellectual engagement. Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, February 8, 2008 It's so expensive they can only make it max 3 times a year, but when they make it, they make LOTS and they serve it and bottle it...it's tradition for new guys to bottle their first time making it and by the time they graduate, it's turned white and can only be drank mixed with a non-alcoholic drink.....it's the STUFF!! And if we cannot stop it at least we can stop being a party to it. Whether or not brothers such as yourself agree or disagree is not my concern. Both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, at one time, were considered elitist documents. The sweet concoction tasted like seriously fruity Kool Aid. Your points are very valid and I sense a high degree of not only frustration, but disappointment with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. That is neither here-nor-there. Are you now saying that no one in Nigeria is materialistic? 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 also joined the Divine 9 and I too feel like you.. We didn’t let the history of Alpha and the schism within our chapter define us. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I love the "frat punch" that Ive had at one of the fraternity parties here. I also didn’t like the taunting. Learn to let go of that black and gold chip you are wearing on your shoulder. Do not judge Alpha on the behavior of a few but from an overall perspective of the fraternity as a whole. However, I do understand some brothers perception that I am attacking the fraternity. 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 agree with you that the money could be better spent on improving the community. Wow! My line got the ball rolling slowly at first at our home chapter and now they are progressing wonderfully. In the case of the Declaration of Independence, anti-slavery statements were eliminated from the final draft. Comment by Marcus-Kwabena | Thanks for the feedback Olaniyi Akinsanya. 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 can take everything and separate it into its own separate entity and explain it away. The biggest difference between us is that I have experienced Alpha Phi Alpha and I have decided first hand that it is not for me. Comment by Panamajck | If anyone from a sorority/fraternity would be interested in an interview please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. That was the first night I ever regretted pledging. For my remaining time in school, certain folk wouldn’t let me forget I was an “eternal Sphnixman.”. Thursday, August 19, 2010 Friday, August 8, 2008 On the campus at which I attend school, frat punch is very popular. Becoming a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity requires an investment of your personal time, talents, and money. The fraternity's symbol incorporates the Great Sphinx of Giza and began accepting members from all races in 1945. I don’t consider anyone in Nigeria an ancestor. Wall Pin. I have had the opportunity to hear valid points on both sides of the issue. It’s good to see that Alpha Phi Alpha is meeting its goals. Jul 12, 2020 - Greek sorority and fraternity custom shirt designs featuring founder's day themes. Exclusive Classic Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Gold Color Face Watch w/Shield. 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. Me being the naïve nincompoop that I was this man helped take care of me and helped me adapt to my first semester in college. 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. Check out the website! Sunday, November 23, 2008 Without giving too much away, are the processes different in anyway? The Alphas, like all the other fraternities, had these events that the entire campus would wait all semester to see. Alpha knows the job is far from over….that’s why embark on new goals each and every year for us to meet. Far from it. But at the same time I see peace’s logic that it has lost sight of it’s true intentions. 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. Understanding the goals and values of this organization have only been a small part of what has driven me to want to become a part of such a great brotherhood. 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. | Reply. Dec 20, 2020 - Explore Shauntelle Douglas's board "Happy Founder’s Day" on Pinterest. | Reply. But as far as the organizations portraying “White,” I do not fully agree with. Before a person considers membership in any fraternal organization, they must have a thorough understanding of the purpose of the organization. And in bram stockers dacula. Why? I transferred to a school where the undergraduate chapter there is actually the ONLY Black Greek Lettered Organization there, and it is not an HBCU. I guess it depends on the club you’re referring to. My chapter did not have one brother when i entered it, but we only had a handful of workers who shared the same goals. Comment by Olaniyi Akinsanya | The whole purpose of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity was to generate an air of sophisticated distinction and exclusivity. 1986 marked the first official federal holiday in honor of the birth of Brother Martin Luther King, Jr. P.S. Thanks for the post. I know individuals who were not members of NPHC (in my org as well as others) who have become members. If you were so disgusted with it why did you not seek to change it? We've all been warned never to drink that stuff at mixers and parties and whatnot. Black people are regularly relegated to second citizen status. However, this does not mean that it is not a problem. Monday, October 7, 2013 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. we have the community service based initiatives…i.e. Did you engage? However, my school has a Grad chapter, much better than the undergrad. We need organizations to help push our community’s agenda and our organizations should reflect that agenda of they are to reflect the needs, wants, and desires of the community. Please be careful with that stuff, you could down a whole bottle and not even know it. Alpha Phi Alpha is not for everyone and everyone is not for Alpha Phi Alpha. The choice is entirely yours to make. Feb 20, 2012 - Explore Courtney Grannis's board "aephi <3", followed by 301 people on Pinterest. 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. There was a dance in the recreation center. But, after attending Homecoming at Morehouse College a few years ago, the bond and brotherhood I felt with my frat brothers was as strong as ever. There are Blacks today who have English, French, German, Italian, etc. I, too, agree that there are other uses that could be better served with $90M in the black community. No offense but they would take just about anybody. You brought back some bitter memories. The line I pledged had three brothers. Wednesday, October 5, 2011 A bit of tongue in cheek but the point is the same nevertheless. Alpha Phi Alpha was the first African-American Greek fraternity in the United States. We took it upon ourselves to build a better legacy for us. | Reply. Why should Alpha Phi Alpha be different? I rejected BGLO’s the moment I became a freshmen because the black greek affiliated men on campus are some fools (no offense). I should be laying down my letters soon enough! 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. Our ancestors are somewhere ashamed at the very thought. I totally agree. I truly welcome the opportunity to use the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights as analogies for this discussion. I also know that senior intake is fairly low, and I understand that the bureaucracy behind a lot of it sometimes does not consider many individuals that believe in the organizations core beliefs. | Reply. I would like to talk to you about a few things. p.s.Are you willing to commit to the 96 million dollar challenge or not? Please learn not to take it so personally. I’m sure the Boy Scouts Club of America, as an organization created by and fully embraced by the dominant community, that has a number of members who have gone on to do some great things, would disagree. Matter of fact, elitism and colorism is still a major factor affecting Black people today. My question is are the intake officers aware of the time constraints of research needed to complete a thesis/dissertation during the process? Thanks to all. Dubois, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Can Alpha be used to foster eilitism–of course by those who believe in this philosophy. I helped to keep the chapter from dying off. Second, I am disapointed with you because as an member of Alpha Phi Alpha you are supposed to be a leader of change…if something isn’t up to the standards of Alpha, YOU not others are supposed to change it.Third, Alphas aren’t Greek and if you are true Alpha you would understand what I’m talking about. We were on line for six weeks. I am a rising sophomore and initially thought greek life was not for me. Wednesday, March 12, 2008 God Bless, Comment by dejavu | Sorry to hurt your feelings. 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. Alpha Phi Alpha Umbrellas & Golf Items The Greatest Selection. One of the fraternities here makes this drink called Yuk which is basically gummy bears, vodka, and fruit/ fruit juice. 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