Tom Joyner Foundation highlights Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. 108 Years of Service

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[Dallas, TX – December 4th ,2016]

Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) the first Black, inter-collegiateGreek-lettered fraternity, celebrates 108 Years of Service Today.

Alpha Phi Alpha was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  It evolved into primarily a service organization and provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World Wars, and Civil Rights Movements. It addresses social issues such as apartheid, AIDS, urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues of interest to people of color.

The fraternity has more than 290,000 members and has been open to men of all races since 1940. Currently, there are more than 730 active chapters in the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia.Its founders are known as the “Seven Jewels”,they were no ordinary achievers. In coming together with this simple act, the fraternity created initiatives that preceded on-campus programs as Affirmative Action and Upward Bound. The students set outstanding examples of Scholarship, Leadership and Tenacity —preceding the efforts even of the NAACP and similar civil rights organizations.

Seven Jewels : Henry Arthur Callis , Charles Henry Chapman , Eugene Kinckle Jones , George Biddle Kelley , Nathaniel Allison Murray , Robert Harold Ogle, Vertner Woodson Tandy.

The Tom Joyner Foundation has had several members of Alpha Phi Alpha to be selected as Hercules Scholarship recipients. Take a look at those Herc Scholars here : Jordyn Glover , Jeremy Crum , Asenio Brown . Omar Ford Bey  Cornelius Spearman  Jeremy Thompson

Your donation matters today by supporting your  favorite HBCU. Give $19.06 to the HBCU where you or a family member became a member in the Fraternity , in honor of the Alpha Founders Day.

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