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Who is the history book dedicated?

To the youths who march onward and upward toward the light this volume is respectfully dedicated

What are the two titles of the introduction?

1. College Life and Fraternity Development
2. Social Action and Fraternity Development

What is the address of the first meeting place?

421 North Albany Street Ithaca, New York 14850

Who's residence was the first meeting place held?

Mr. Edward Newton

What is the title of Chapter 1?

The Origin of Alpha Phi Alpha

What is the address of the second meeting place?

411 East State Street Ithaca, New York 14850

What is another name for the second meeting place?

Ladies exchange

Who's residence was the second meeting place held?

Mr. Archie Singleton and Mrs. Annie C. Singleton

There was a banquet in the summer of 1906. Name the date and the committee.

June 9th, 1906;


Morgan Phillips,

JBB H. A. Callis,

JBB R. H. Ogle

Who discovered the fraternity at Ohio state University? What is the name of the news item this person read?

JBB R. H. Ogle read the Chicago Defender about a Pi Gamma Omicron

Who is the Mother of Alpha Phi Alpha?

Mrs. Annie C. Singleton

What is the date of the first meet of the 1906-1907 school year?

October 16, 1906

Who is known as the precursor to the fraternity?
Charles Cordoza Poindexter

Who served on the Constitution and Bylaws committee?

1, 3, 5

James Morton,

L. E. Graves

Date of the first initiation?
October 30, 1906

Where did the first initiation take place?

Masonic Hall/ Red Man's Hall/ Odd Fellow's Hall

Who served on the initiation committee?


JBB H. A. Callis

JBB C. H. Chapman

JBB G. B. Kelley

JBB V. W. Tandy

Who served on the new members committee?


JBB H. A. Callis

JBB C. H. Chapman

JBB G. B. Kelley

JBB V. W. Tandy

Who were the first initiates?

JBB E. K. Jones,

Gordon Jones,

L. E. Graves

Who proposed the name of the fraternity?

JBB G. B. Kelley

Who proposed the colors of the fraternity?

JBB R. H. Ogle

Who was the toastmaster of the banquet, and spoke on "Why Organize?"

JBB G. B. Kelley

Who spoke on "Welcome Brother"

JBB R. H. Ogle

Who spoke on "Freshmen?"
James Morton
Who spoke on "Brotherhood?"
George Tompkins

Who spoke on "Perseverance, Brother"

JBB N. A. Murray

Who spoke on "Courage, Brother"

JBB H. A. Callis

Who spoke on "Loyalty"

JBB C. H. Chapman

Who spoke on "Ideals"

C. C. Poindexter

How much money has been spent for towels? Who presented this bill?

35 cents, presented by J.B.B. V. W. Tandy

Who presented a bill for materials used in the making of the program? How much was this bill?

JBB V. W. Tandy, 25 cents

Who served on the topics committee?

1, 5, George Tompkins

Who served on the entertainment committee?

1, 2 George Tompkins

Give the name of the church and news article that was read on November 13, 1906?

Zion Church; The article was "The World Today"

Who served on the pin committee?

4, 7

Who served on the new fraternal organization committee?


James Morton

Give the date of the first meeting after Alpha Phi Alpha became a fraternity. What was the first item of business?

January 8th, 1907; The first item of business was the resignation of C. C. Poindexter

What are the three stages of Alpha Phi Alpha?

1. Social Study Club

2. Literary Society

3. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

On what day was the name "Alpha Phi Alpha" proposed?

October 23, 1906

On what day and date was the decision made to become a fraternity?

Tuesday, December 4th, 1906

What are the last five words of Chapter 1?

first national greek letter fraternity

What date were the arrangments made of the first banquet? Who was paid and how much?
Saturday, October 27th, 1906; Mrs. Rose Cohen was paid $5.00
Describe how brothers vote in Alpha Phi Alpha:
Open hand to denote affirmative, Closed fist to denote negative.
Give the quote describing the first initiates at the initiation? And who stated it?
the unhappy victims were led trembling into our midst - JBB R. H. Ogle
Who is the current and 34th general president?
Mark S. Tillman

Write or Say Invictus

by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever Gods may be,

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance,

I have not winced nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeonings of Chance,

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears,

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years,

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;

I am the captain of my soul!

Name the items on the first menu
Cream Tomato Soup
Salted Wafers
Broiled Lamb Chops
Hashed Brown Potatoes
Finger Rolls
Peas in Tubs
Wild Apple Jelly
Shrimp Salad
Neapolitan Ice Cream
Lady Fingers
Chocolate Cake
Alpha Phi Alpha Punch
Brotherhood Smoke

What is the title of Chapter 2?

The Period of Consolidation

Which of the members did not return to school?
BB Morgan Phillips
List the Jewels and their occupations?

1: Physician
2: Professor of Agriculture, Florida A&M U.
3: Executive Secretary, National Urban League
4: New York State Civil Engineer
5: Teacher, Armstrong Technical High School
6: Secretary, Office to the Committee of Appropriations to the United States Senate
7: Registered New York State Architect

What items were removed from the menu of the second initiatory banquet?

Cheese and Crackers.

Who designed the cover of the second annual banquet?
JBB Vertner Woodson Tandy
What is the date of the second initiation?
October 26th, 1907
Give the date of the first meeting held in October 1907 and the members present?
October 5, 1907;

1,3,6,7 and
L. E. Graves,
Gordon Jones
Whose residence was the October 1907 meeting held?
JBB 3,7
Give the results of the office elections held at the Oct 1907 meeting?
President: JBB E. K. Jones
Secretary: JBB R. H. Ogle
Treasurer: JBB V. W. Tandy
What date and time was set as the regular meeting schedule for the school year 1907-1908?
Saturday, 8pm
Where was the second annual banquet held?
Mrs. Rose Cohen's home; 321 West Mills Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850
Who were the second initiates?
James P. Boags,
Roscoe Conkling Giles,
Frank V. Plummer,
Frank B. Wilson,
John Eliot Smith
Who were the members of the fraternity at the time of the second annual banquet?
1-7 Jewels;
James Morton,
Gordon Jones,
L. E. Graves
Who was the Toastmaster of the 2nd Annual Banquet?
JBB H. A. Callis
Who spoke on "What Does College Life Mean"?
L. E. Graves
Who spoke on "Welcome Freshman?"
JBB V. W. Tandy
Who spoke on "Freshmen Humility"?
Roscoe Congling Giles
Who spoke on "Alpha Phi Alpha"?
JBB E. K. Jones
Who spoke on "Reminiscences?"
JBB G. B. Kelley
Who spoke on “The Possibilities of the College Man?”
JBB R. H. Ogle
Who spoke on “The College Man in Business?”
JBB C. H. Chapman
Who was on the committee for “a catalog for designs of fraternity pins?”
JBB E. K. Jones,
G. H. Jones,
L. E. Graves
On November 8th, 1907, how many pins were purchased and how much did each member have to pay?
20 pins were purchased, $3.00
Who spoke on “the lack of unity among the fellows?”
JBB H. A. Callis
How much was the fine issued for “the lack of proper spirit?”
25 cent
Who was on the first Shingle Committee?
JBB #1 and BB Lemuel Graves
The first shingles were ordered from whom and how many were ordered?
John Mitchell; 100 Shingles
Who designed the first fraternity pin?
JBB V. W. Tandy
What prevented the completion of the incorporation documents?
The absence of Lawyer Baker
What was the tax ordered for each member to pay for incorporation?
What was the name of the second attorney interviewed for the cost of the charter?
Mr. William Hazlett Smith
How much was the amount he proposed?
In what building did the chapter meet to adopt the resolution for the first step toward incorporation?
Young Colored Men's Club, 116 Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY
At what date and time did a vote on the first incorporation take place?
January 18, 1908, 8pm
The certificate of incorporation was filed and recorded on what date and in what office?
January 29th, 1908; Office of the Secretary of the State of New York
Where should the pin be worn?
JBB H. A. Callis moved that pin should be worn on the left side of the vest, or shirt
Who served on the Committee on Amplification of the Constitution
JBB #1,
BB F. V. Plummer
Who was on the Committee for the Grip
JBB #4,5,7
Who created the first Ritual?
JBB 4,6
What happened to the first ritual and who created another.
The first ritual was lost and JBB 1,3 wrote a new ritual from memory.
Who assisted with the procedural aspects of the ritual?
Research from R. C. Giles on Ethiopia and JBB H. A. Callis' consultation on Greeks.
How much was the bill and discount for incorporation
$25.27 with a discount of $0.27 cents totaling $25.00
Who was served on the Board of Trustees?
JBB #1,3,4,7 and L. E. Graves
What The Title of Chapter 3?
The First Steps in Expansion
What is the date founded, and seat of Beta chapter?
December 20, 1907, Howard University, Washington D.C.
Who is credited with the establishment of Beta chapter.

JBB 3, JBB 5

What is tap day?
On the day assigned the fraternity, outfitted in clad in blue and white caps, Howard's colors, Beta Chapter marched around the campus headed by the University Band, and lined up opposite that of the interested students. Each member of the fraternity broke rank and sought out the man he had been designated to tap. Taking off the candidate's hat, he was slapped on the shoulder and commanded to retire to the assembly room.
What happened to Tap Day?
The report of Tap Day aroused the disapproval of Alpha Chapter and was later discontinued by Beta Chapter.
Who were the first 2 honorary members, and their dates of induction?
George Fletcher, 04/26/1907; Rev. E. U. A. Brooks 02/29/1908
What is the date founded, and seat of Gamma chapter
December 30, 1907, Virginia Union University, Richmond Virginia
Who is credited with the establishment of Gamma chapter?
What is the date founded, and seat of Delta chapter?
April 11, 1908, University of Toronto; Toronto Canada
Who is credited with the establishment of Delta chapter?
JBB 3, JBB 7
How was the report of the establishment of Delta Chapter received?
President Jones' report was at first attacked. It was said that his action was "rash" and "unwarranted" by some, and it was praised by others.
Why did meetings stop at the Young Colored Men's Club?
This type of environment was objectionable to the majority of the members, and the rooms of the members afforded more privacy.
What are the dates, host chapter and location of the first convention
December 28, 29, 30, 1908; Main Building, Howard University Campus. The room which was used was on the fourth floor
What was the room of the Convention once used for?
It was once used as the office of the Howard University Journal.
Who opened the first session as chair?
BB George Lyle
Who was the presiding officer at the convention
Why did the 1st General President come from Beta Chapter?
The Alpha delegates, realizing that the fraternity would grow more rapidly if the chief general officer was located nearer to the larger number of black students, yielded to this suggestion and accepted the second place upon the list of general officers.
Who were the first general officers?
M. A. Morrison - President;
JBB H. A. Callis - Vice President
S. S. Booker - Secretary,
R. C. Giles - Treasurer
What was the program developed by the Freshmen Committee?
The program proposed as the serious purpose of the fraternity the encouragement of scholarship on the part of the freshmen, who were prospective members of the fraternity. It was voted later in the year, however, that after the entrance of the Class of 1918 no freshmen were to be admitted to Alpha Chapter. The report was so comprehensive and suggestive of advantage to all members that Brother Giles urged that the committee look after the work of all members in the manner in which it was proposed to aid the freshmen.
What was the title of Chapter 4?
Local and National Strivings
Why were fines administered?
Fines were administered for conduct unworthy of a member within the fraternity room
What are the purposes of Alpha Phi Alpha?
The purposes of Alpha Phi Alpha were not only to provide for social occasions but also for mutual and co-operative endeavors. Scholarship was to be advanced, character to be built and no brother was to be allowed to fall by the way if his fraternity brothers could help him.
What is the date founded, and seat of Epsilon chapter?
April 10, 1909; University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan
Who is credited with the establishment of Epsilon chapter?
What is the date founded, and seat of Zeta chapter?
April 10, 1909; Yale; New Haven, Connecticut
Who is credited with the establishment of Zeta chapter?
BB Roscoe C. Giles
What is the date founded, and seat of Eta chapter
June 5 1909, Columbia University, New York, New York
Who is credited with the establishment of Eta chapter?
BB Roscoe C. Giles
What are the dates, host chapter and location of the second convention?
December 27, 28, 29, 1909; Virginia Union University;
Where did the second convention move to, and why?
New York; There was a misunderstanding concerning the place of meeting, part of them were in New York and the other part in Richmond.
Who is the second General President?
BB Roscoe C. Giles
What is the date founded, and seat of Theta chapter??
February 21, 1910, Chicago
Who is credited with the establishment of Theta chapter?
BB George Ellison
What is the date founded, and seat of the original Iota chapter?
March 28, 1910, Syracuse University, Syracuse New York
Who is credited with the establishment of Iota Chapter?
BB Roscoe C. Giles, Lemuel E. Graves, Frank V. Plummer, and Joseph R. Fugett, but JBB Nathaniel Murray and Lemuel E. Graves assisted
What is the date founded, and seat of Kappa chapter?
January 13, 1911; Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
What organization did the Kappa chapter develop from?
The Omusu Club
What is the first alumni chapter, founding date, and seat.
Alpha Lambda, April 11, 1911, Louisville, Kentucky
Who is credited with the establishment of the first graduate chapter?
JBB E. K. Jones
Who is the 3rd general president?
Frederick H. Miller, 1911-1912
How did convention feel about alumni chapters?
"The majority of the members of the convention were more anxious to perfect the organization of the fraternity at its present stage, than to secure a vast, unwieldy and loosely organized membership." Alumni members were encouraged at first to join the undergraduate chapters and assist in the development of these units of the fraternity.
What are the dates, and location of the 3rd convention?
Eighth Ward Settlement House, 922 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 27, 28, 29, 30, 1910
Who do designed the shield and what chapter was he from?
James A. Dunn; Kappa Chapter
What are the dates, and location of the 4th convention?
Epsilon Chapter, Ann Arbor, Michigan,; December 27, 28, 29, 30, 1911
What is the title of Chapter 6?
Expansion and Internal Development
What was the second incorporation date?
April 3, 1912
What were the puposes expressed in the incorporation
The purpose of the organization as set forth in the instrument "shall be educational and for the mutual uplift of its members as expressed in its constitution, and in general to do and perform every lawful act and thing necessary or expedient to be done or performed for the efficient conducting of said society as authorized by the laws of Congress."
What was done in 1912 to address the Alumni issue?
First Alumni Reunion
Who wrote Espirit de Fraternite?
Charles H. Garvin , 4th and 5th General President
Who was the 4th General President?

Charles H. Garvin, 1912-1914

What is the year, location, and host chapter of the 5th Convention?

1912; Kappa Chapter; Columbus OH;

Who was the 5th General President?

Henry L. Dickason, 1914-1915

What is the year, location, and host chapter of the 6th Convention?
1913; Beta Chapter; Washington D.C.
Name the men identified as Jewels at the 6th convention?
JBB 1,2,4,5,6,7 Morton
Who was the 6th General President?
JBB H. A. Callis (1915-1916)
What is the year, location, and host chapter of the 7th Convention?
1914; Theta Chapter; Chicago IL
When was the Alumni Reunion established?
5th General Convention
What two things were needed for a chapter to established?

Standards had to be met and a sufficiently large number of students must be present

What chapter came up with the journal idea?

Gamma Chapter

Who was the journals first editor?

Raymond W. Cannon

What is the title of Chapter 7?

The Leaven of Self-Examination

Who was the 7th General President?
Howard H. Long (1916-1917)
What is the year, location, and host chapter of the 8th Convention?
1915; Omicron Chapter; Pittsburgh PA
Who was the 8th General President?
William A. Pollard (1917-1919)
What is the year, location, and host chapter of the 9th Convention?
1916; Gamma Chapter; Richmond VA
What was the quote by General President Dickason
"Think Alpha Phi Alpha, talk Alpha Phi Alpha, promote Alpha Phi Alpha, and labor for the broad principles of idealism for which Alpha Phi Alpha was created, so that humanity shall look on us as a body worthwhile."
Which chapter later became an alumni chapter?
Rho Chapter
Chapters were directed to do what 2 things at the 7th convention?
Appoint a chapter historian; collect the dues from its own alumni members
What are the two types of honorary membership, and their differences?
Active and Exalted; The active honorary members were to meet the same educational requirements as the undergraduate members, but they were to have the status of alumni members. The exalted honorary members were to include those who had achieved distinction in some particular field of activity.
Fill in the blank...Alpha Phi Alpha for _________
Who is the last Jewel and what year did he become a jewel?
JBB 3 ; 1952
Who were the officers elected of the Social Study Club on June 2, 1906?
C. C. Poindexter - President
JBB H. A. Callis - Secretary
JBB G. B. Kelley - Treasurer
Where was the meeting held in June 2, 1906?
Room of JBB N. A. Murray
Which members of lived at the home of the mother of the fraternity?
JBB R. H. Ogle,
Morgan T. Phillips
Who made the motion of the Voting sign of Alpha?
JBB R. H. Ogle
Who designed the first fraternity shingle at Cornell University?
JBB H. A. Callis,
L. E. Graves
What is Esprit de Fraternite'?
How much can I do for my fraternity

Member's duties should be:

- Prompt payment of financial obligations
- Maintain strong scholastic performance
- Excel in general college activities and social service
- Maintain high moral standards
When was the fraternity coat-of-arms introduced?
36th General Convention in Kansas City, MO, December 1930 by Bro. John W. Fleming
What is the scope of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc?
From the early beginning, the a Jewels of Alpha Phi Alpha, though unknowingly, had set the scope which the Fraternity enjoys today - limitless. It should be noted that the personality, versatility, and outlook of the Jewels themselves, helped to set the pace for the present versatile scope of the Fraternity. Alpha men have always been leaders in their respective vocations. Scores upon scores of Alpha men have made history in practically every field of human endeavor. The following pages attempt to depict (in a bird's eye view) a panorama of outstanding Alpha men, along with their present and/or past contributions to society and the world.
What is the last SENTENCE of the poem "If"?
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
Give the names of the Chapters in your cluster and their founding dates:
Iota Pi - August 8, 1974
Delta Epsilon Lambda - December 14, 1947
A chapter was not established simply because a group of students made a petition for the certain of one. It was the policy to establish chapters only where standards were met AND a sufficiently large number of students existed. (T/F)
During the Seventh General Convention, legislation was passed exclaiming that no organization should be permitted to be a Chapter of the Fraternity and the Chapter of another collegiate fraternity at the same time, and this same rule applied to individual members.
Conflict is inevitable in any interpersonal relationship or among members of any group and can be a very positive experience, if managed properly.
Your Sphinxhead represents or symbolizes the following thing(s):
A Sphinxman's badge of honor and his identity

Has also been used as a representation of a Sphinxman's "heart and soul"

- No man can exist without a heart and soul, as such, no Sphinxman can exist without his Sphinx head
- A Sphinxman must tackle each task with tenacity; putting his heart and soul into its completion
According to Chapter 4, through the actions of Brothers following the convention, the purpose of Alpha Phi Alpha
The purpose of Alpha Phi Alpha were not to only provide for social occasions but also for mutual and co-operative endeavors Scholarship was to be advanced, character to be built and no brother was allowed to fall by the way if his fraternity brothers could help him.
Who was elected as the second General President?
Roscoe Conkling Giles
Who was elected as the fourth General President?

Henry L. Dickason

Who was elected as the third General President?
Frank H. Miller
During the sixth annual convention, this Brother was elected General President?
Charles H. Garvin

What are the elements of that constitute proper "Alpha Attire"?

A dark suit, a long sleeved dress shirt, a conservative tie (preferably black, gold, or combination), dark socks, and black dress shoes.

Fraternity Prayer

Oh Lord, May the true spirit of fraternity,

rule our hearts, guide our thoughts and control our lives so that we may become through thee,

servants of all.

Who are the regional officers?

Regional VP: Midwest - Elgie R. Sims, Jr.

Regional AVP: Midwest - Jameson Taylor

District Director: Ryzell McKinney

Assistant District Director: Paul Julion

Who are the executive officers?

General President - Mark S. Tillman

Immediate Past General President - Vacant

Executive Director - William Lyle

General Treasurer - Hyacinth C. Ahuruonye

Comptroller - Steven Sims

General Counsel - Wayne C. Harvey

Director - General Convention - Van L. Strickland

Parliamentarian - Lucien J. Metellus

The objective of the fraternity?
The objective of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. shall be to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood, and to aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic, and intellectual status
Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love For All Mankind
What are the national programs?

Go-To-High School, Go-To-College

Project Alpha

Brother's Keeper

A Voteless People, Is a Hopeless People

First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All
What is the corporate structure of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc?

The Corporate Structure

The General Organization

The General Convention

The Board of Directors

The General Office

Committees and Commissions Foundations


Regional Conventions

Regional Vice Presidents

Regional Assistant Vice Presidents

District/ Area Organizations



What greek letter are the Alumni Chapters designated?
Lambda. The Greek Letter, Lambda, is always used as a suffix.
This chapter is reserved for the many deceased brothers of the fraternity established in 1920.
Omega Chapter
Describe the characteristics of Life Membership

Life Members shall be exempt from paying Grand Tax

Life Member #1 is O. Wilson Winters.

The current cost of Life Membership is $3,000

The official magazine of the fraternity?
The Sphinx. The second oldest black publication in the nation. First edition was in May 1914. First editor was Raymond W. Cannon
What is the General Convention?
The General Convention is the sole and supreme legislative body of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. It has the powers to enact legislation for the regulation of all matters pertaining to the organization.
Go-To-High School, Go-To-College

Established in 1919

Concentrates on completing high school and collegeProvides young men with information and strategies to succeed

Serve as role models for young men to emulate

Project Alpha

Collaborative effort with March of Dimes

Developed to increase the knowledge of African-American males about the consequences of teenage pregnancy from a male perspective

Seeks to assist young men in developing an understanding of their role in preventing untimely pregnancies through responsible attitudes and behaviors

Write or Say: Test of a Man

Test of a Man

The test of a man is the fight that he makes,

The grit that he daily shows.

The way he stands upon his feet,

And takes life's bumps and blows.

A coward can smile when there's naught to fear,

And nothing his progress bars.

But it takes a man to stand and cheer,

While the other fellow stars.

It isn't the victory after all,

But the fight that a brother makes.

A man when driven against the wall,

Still stand erect and takes the blows of fate.

With his head held high,

Bleeding, bruised and pale.

Is the man who will win, fate defied,

For he isn't afraid to fail.

Write or Say: Don't Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to weep but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns

As everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don't give up though the pace seems slow

You might succeed with another blow.

Oft the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man,

Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victor's cup.

And he learned too late, as the night slipped down,

How close he'd been to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;

And you never can tell how close you are

It may be near when it seems so far.

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit

It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Write or Say: The Man Who Thinks He Can

If you think you're beaten you are,

If you think you dare not you don't.

If you'd like to win but think you can't,

It's almost a cinch you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you've lost,

For out in this world we find,

Success begins with a fellows will,

It's all a state of mind.

If you think you're out classed you are.

You've got to think high to rise,

You've got to be sure of yourself,

Before you can ever win a prize.

Life's battles does not always go,

To the stronger or faster man,

But soon or late, the man who wins,

Is the man who thinks he can.

National Foundations

Building Foundation

Educational Foundation

Business & Economic Development Foundation

MLK National Memorial Project Foundation

Founding Date of Delta Epsilon Lambda
Sunday, December 14, 1947
Chapter Presidents of Delta Epsilon Lambda?

Judge Dr. William "Billy" Jones, 1947-1958

Harold Thomas, 1958-1961

Elliot McKinney, 1961-1964

Arthur Adams, 1965-1966

Frank Lyerson, 1966-1977

Jesse P. Gurley, 1977-1980

Elijah Langford, 1980-1981

Scott Randolph, 1981-1984

Dr. Garland Hawkins, 1984-1987

John Reeves, 1987-1994

Robert C. Eubanks, 1994-1997

Rev. Dr. Phoenix Barnes, Jr., 1997-2000

Teron D. Bowman, 2000-2002

Reginald Riddle-Young, 2003-2005

Hezekiah Webb, 2005-2007

Michael Boyd, 2007-2012

Jeremy L. Harmon, 2013-Present

Who are the Delta Epsilon Lambda Charter members?

Booker T. Blackwell, Sr. (Educator)

Edgar Green (Businessman)

Julius E. Higgins (Educator)

Ramon C. Hill (Educator)

Dr. William "Billy" Jones (Attorney)

Elijah Langford (Educator)

Ross Miller

Joseph O. Perry

Judge Ora Polk (Educator)

G. V. Quinn

Alvin Roundtree

Write or Say: To Be An Alphaman

To be an Alphaman means more than just to wear a pin.

It requires intrinsic qualities that are developed deep within.

It calls for lasting brotherhood, a word sometimes used in vain.

It means an honest devotion, not anticipation of personal gain.

Fraternity speaks of brotherly love, that's something to achieve,

It's more than just a grip of hands, it's an ideal to conceive.

You're proud to be an Alpha, and share her praises won,

Before you inflate yourself with pride, ask yourself, honestly, how much have I done?

To realize the wealth of personal satisfaction, from knowing you've given your all.

To have helped her cause unfalteringly, when you rally to her call.

To combine all these qualities, and root them deep within.

The product would be an Alphaman, deserving of his pin.

So take an honest inventory of your character within,

And for every virtue you find missing, try and weave it in.

For a man without these virtues isn't worth a grain of sand.

It's plain to see, it's more than just a pin, that makes an Alphaman

Write or Say: He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother

Our Family trees are not the same,

we both have a different mother

And yet I'd proudly tell the world that this man is my Brother.

It's like we've lived our lives together,though we meet for the first time

As this powerful sense of Brotherhood makes everything seem fine.

Spectators stand and look with awe

as we do our secret shake,

Never realizing that this clasping of hands

does not a Brother make.

We are Brothers in a deeper sense

than they can comprehend,

For when our bond has just begun,

their's are about to end.

When we were searching for the light,

as all Sphinxmen must do,

They stood aside and laughed out loud, and said'I wouldn't do that! Would You?

and yet when we had crossed those sands

and the light we could finally see,

They stood aside and whispered softly,

'Oh how I wish it were me!'

I know the decision I made was wise,

of this I'm sure and have no doubt

Each day in my life will have blue skies,

for I'm an Alpha from here on out.

And never again will I be lonely

for I have Brothers everywhere,

In cities of population two,

I even have a Brother there.

There is nothing in this whole wide world

that we wouldn't do for one another

I'm sure I'd even give my life

to save that of my Brother.

But there are still those in darkness

who cannot understand

Why I would share the burden

which belongs to another man.

When asked,'Why weigh yourself down

with the load of another?'

I simply smile at them and say,

'He ain't heavy...he's my Brother!'

Brothers Keeper
Brother's Keeper improves the lives of brothers, spouses, and widows who are retired, are elders, have disabilities and are ailing.
What are the special projects?

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Boy Scouts of America

Leadership Development Institute

College Life 2 Corporate Life

A Voteless People, Is a Hopeless People

Established in the 1930's

Major purpose is voter registration

In 1990's, focus is also on political awareness and empowerment

Write the Greek Alphabet in Upper and Lowercase letters.

Do it.

Write or Say: House of Alpha
GOODWILL is the monarch of this house.Men, unacquainted, enter, shake hands, exchange greetings, and depart friends. Cordiality exists among all who abide within.I am the eminent expression of friendship.Character and temperament change under my dominant power.Lives once touched by me become tuned, and areThereafter, amiable, kindly, fraternal. I inspire the musician to play noble sentiments, and assist the chemist to convert ungenerous personalities into individuals of great worth.I destroy all ignoble impulses.I constantly invoke principles which make for common brotherhood andthe echo resounds in all communities and princely men are thereby recognized. Education, health, music, encouragement, sympathy, laughter - all these are species of interest given on self-invested capital.Tired moments find me a delightful treat, hours of sorrow, a shrine of understanding -at all times I am faithful to the creed of companionship. To a few, I am the castle of dreams - ambitious, successful, hopeful dreams.To many I am the poetic palace where human feeling is rhymed to celestial motives;To the great majority I am the treasury of good fellowship. In fact, I am the college of friendship, the university of brotherly love,the school for the better making of men. I AM ALPHA PHI ALPHA!
Write or Say: If
If you can keep your head when all about you arelosing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about don't deal in lies,Or being hated don't give way to hating,And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise, If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;If you can meet with Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two imposters just the same,If you can bear to hear the truth you've spokenTwisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,Or watch the things you gave your life to brokenAnd stoop and build them up with worn-out tools, If you can make one heap of all your winnings,And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,And lose, and start again at your beginningsAnd never breathe a word about your loss,If you can force your heart and nerve and sinewTo serve your turn long after they are gone,And so hold on when there is nothing in youExcept the will which says to them: "Hold On!" If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtueOr walk with Kings nor lose the common touch,If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,If all men count with you but none too much;If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds worth of distance runYours is the Earth and everything that's in it,And which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
What is the fraternity design?
The Fraternity Coat of Arms. It is approved for use on rings, sweetheart pins and other small jewelry, sweaters, fraternity house equipment, etc.
What is the official emblem of the fraternity?
The Fraternity Shield. It can not be used on rings, sweetheart pins and other small jewelry, sweaters, fraternity house equipment, etc.

What was on the menu at the second initiation banquet?

Cream Tomato Soup

Salted Wafers

Broiled Lamb Chops

Hashed Brown Potatoes

Finger Rolls

Peas in Tubs

Wild Apple Jelly

Shrimp Salad

Rolled Bread

Olives Pickles

Neapolitan Ice Cream

Lady Fingers

Chocolate Cake


Alpha Phi Alpha Punch

Brotherhood Smoke

What was the first order of business following the founding of the fraternity?
The resignation of C. C. Poindexter
What was C. C. Poindexter's reason for his resignation?
Mr. Poindexter had expressed the idea that the Negro in America had no cultural background upon which to build a framework of a college Fraternity, and that this should be work for a later period
What are the first 10 Alumni Chapters?

Alpha Lambda - Louisville, KT, 4/11/1911

Beta Lambda - Kansas City, MO, 1/19/1919

Gamma Lambda - Detroit, MI, 3/22/1919

Delta Lambda - Baltimore, MD, 5/23/1919

Epsilon Lambda - St. Louis, MO, 12/3/1919

Zeta Lambda - Newport News, VA, 4/3/1920

Eta Lambda - Atlanta, GA, 5/20/1920

Theta Lambda - Dayton, OH,

Iota Lambda - Indianapolis, IN, 4/17/1922

Kappa Lambda - Greensboro, NC,

Who designed the second fraternity shield?
Ferdinand L. Rousseve of Sigma Chapter
Who are the founders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc?

1. Henry Arthur Callis

2. Charles Henry Chapman

3. Eugene Kinckle Jones

4. George Biddle Kelley

5. Nathaniel Allison Murray

6. Robert Harold Ogle

7. Vertner Woodson Tandy

Who is the author of the history book?
Charles Harris Wesley, 14th General President (1932-1940), Zeta Chapter - Yale University and President of Central State College
Name the Delta Epsilon Lambda Chapter Executive Board?

President - Jeremy Harmon

Executive Director - Michael Boyd

Vice President - Earl Winfrey

Recording Secretary - Michael Boyd

Corresponding Secretary - John Bonapart

Financial Secretary - William Lloyd

Treasurer - Antonio Webb

Chaplain - Phoenix Barnes

Historian - William Mason

Intake Coordinator - Earl Winfrey

Assoc. Editor of Sphinx - Pierre Smith

Dir. Educational Activities - Reginald Riddle-Young

Sergeant-at-Arms - David Ladipo

Parliamentarian - Elliot McKinney

What is the official flower of Alpha Phi Alpha?
Yellow Rose

What are the first 10 College Chapters?

Alpha - Cornell U, Ithaca, NY, 12/4/06

Beta - Howard U, Washington, DC, 12/20/07

Gamma - Virgina Union U, Richmond, VA, 12/30/07

Delta - Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, TX 1939 (Originally Univ of Toronto, Dec 1908)

Epsilon - U of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 4/10/09

Zeta - Yale U, New Haven, CT, 4/10/09

Eta - Columbia U, New York, NY, 6/5/09

Theta - U of Chicago, Chicago, IL; U of I, Urbana, IL; Northwestern U, Evanston, IL; 2/21/1910

Iota - Morris Brown College, 1941 (Originally Syracuse U, Syracuse, NY, 3/28/1910)

Kappa - Ohio State U, Columbia, OH, 1/13/1911

What are the districts in the Midwest region?
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Canada
What are the regions of Alpha Phi Alpha?
Eastern, Western, Midwestern, Southwestern, South
Illinois College Chapters

Θ - U of Chicago; Chicago

Τ - U of Illinois, Urbana; Champaign

ΑΜ - Northwestern U; Evanston

ΒΗ - Southern Illinois U; Carbondale

ΕΚ - Bradley U; Peoria

ΕΦ - Northern Illinois U; Dekalb

ΖΝ - Eastern Illinois U; Charleston

ΗΗ - Western Illinois U; Macomb

ΕΤ - Illinois State U; Bloomington

ΘΟ - Millikin State U; Decatur

ΙΠ - Southern Illinois Univ; Edwardsville

ΜΜ - Elmhurst College; Elmhurst

ΝΔ - Chicago State U; Chicago

ΝΡ - Illinois Institute of Tech; Chicago

ΟΞ - Roosevelt U; Chicago

ΠΣ - Aurora U; Aurora

ΥΞ - U of Illinois at Springfield

Illinois Alumni Chapters

ΔΕΛ - East St. Louis

ΙΔΛ - ChicagoΚΧΛ - Waukegan/ North Chicago

ΚΠΛ - PeoriaΜΑΛ - Dekalb

ΜΧΛ - Rock Island

ΜΔΛ - Springfield

ΜΚΛ - Carbondale

MΜΛ - Glen Ellyn

ΝΨΛ - Bloomington

ΡΖΛ - Evanston/ West Chicago

ΘΜΛ - Joliet City

ΞΛ - Chicago

ΖΞΛ - Champaign

Name an Alpha in each of the following 9 fields: Politics/Government, Entertainment/Arts, Law, Civil Rights, Sports/Athletes, Education, Business, Medicine, Science/Technology

Politics/Government: Dennis Archer

Entertainment/Arts: Duke Ellington

Law: Thurgood Marshall

Civil Rights: W. E. B. DuBois

Sports/Athletes: Donald Driver

Education: Dr. Cornel West

Business: Delano Lewis

Medicine: James Comer

Science/Technology: Garrett Morgan


ΑΦΑ - 1906 Cornell U.

ΑΚΑ - 1908 Howard

ΩΨΦ - 1911 Howard

ΚΑΨ - 1911 Indiana U

ΔΣΘ - 1913 Howard

ΦΒΣ - 1914 Howard

ΖΦΒ - 1920 Howard

ΣΓΡ - 1922 Butler

ΙΦΘ - 1963 Morgan State U

What year did H. A. Callis die?
1974 at the age of 87
What chapter did C. H. Chapman found?
FAMU's Beta Nu Chapter
What is C. H. Chapman known as?
A brother beloved in the bonds