Meeting Congressman John Lewis
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African-American men. Founded December 4, 1906, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha has initiated over 175,000 men into its organization and has been open to men of all races since 1945.
Alpha Phi Alpha evolved into a primary service organization and provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World Wars, and the Civil Rights Movement. Our fraternity addresses social issues such as apartheid, AIDS, urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of color. In addition, the fraternity partners with philanthropic programming initiatives to include March of Dimes, Head Start, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.
Locally, nine men, chartering the chapter on January 1, 1947 with tenacious foresight and incredible resolve embraced the need for expanding the international borders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. January 1, 1947, the Delta Delta Lambda Chapter of our fraternity was established and formally recognized.
Alpha Educational Foundation DDL Inc., is the non-profit 501(c)3 charitable arm of the chapter and focuses on educational programs, training, youth leadership development, and the awarding of several scholarships annually to deserving students. Moreover, the foundation has oversight for the planning and implementation of special projects, fundraising, and scholastic excellence activities.
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"On April 4th, 2018; the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was honored to have shared a flight from Atlanta to Memphis with the civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis. As we mourn his passing and reflect on his legacy; I was blessed and fortunate to say Thank You. I expressed my gratitude and appreciation for his lifelong dedication to civil rights. I conveyed to him that he was a role model and had a positive influence on my life."
Bro. Morris Bell, Past President DDL