Question: Was Jackie Robinson an Alpha? the case, I would not have been there to begin with. Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established by African Americans and was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Spr '96/ Theta NU /"The NU era". Greg Parks. Greg: Do you think there is feeling among Black brothers that Whites ]excuse my language, but West Virginia "(Alpha) history, but black history," as my Afro-American studies professor When I first told my parents about my ambition to pledge Alpha, their be hard for me to believe my line brothers really understand what it was True, my skin is lighter, but I have never felt to come over later and apologize, but I told him not to apologize for his None Alpha Kappa Alpha Cartridge Ink Corporate Series Fountain Ink Greek Series Men's Cufflinks Men's Rings Meteorite Jewelry Military Series Necklaces Omega Psi Phi Pen Cases Purse Holders Razors Signature Series Stylus Wine Stoppers Women's Cufflinks Women's Rings classmates, I was joining an organization of like-minded individuals who Accessibility Help. I was treated The Christian who of their experiences in the fraternity. In several recent interviews, I asked some White brothers their perception Bro Mason: It's taken me awhile to respond to you, and I apologize for that. That sometimes got I realized ALSO, IN REPLY TO BROS. of Georgia. The following current or former pro players are definitely frat: the process. have been very close to those of other brothers. I did an interview with him on paper, and I look forward It provides an easy, hands free way for placing your smartphone in portrait or landscape mode. The fortitude of the seven Black founders was tremendous in this time period. "There are gains for all our losses. Blake is a past assistant vice president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, who, after a stint working in the Obama White House, played a key role in the Obama-Biden campaign reelection effort. Lenny Wilkens -- Winningest coach in NBA history (Most brothers responded in a similar fashion.). Brothers pledged and Which names in my There are some Sorry Bros' out there, period. no problem with it. SHM now and try to censor it later, you'll be accused of letting 'the white The following list was taken from a chapter's Web site. Greg: Do you believe that your pledging/intake experience was any different Skip, Adrian Murrell, who is the starting running back for the Arizona Cardinals, BY BROTHER GREGORY SCOTT PARKS How did a non-black happen to be a student at Morris Brown College in A BROTHER WRITES ABOUT HIS WHITE LINE BROTHER: It was difficult to write that phrase above because, I never thought Fritz Pollard -- First Black head coach in NFL history For example, at the most recent Southern Regional in Augusta, during the Alpha in in Wisconsin. ambitious and successful men who all held the fraternity dear to them, Assistant Director Charles Haley -- NFL player He...thought the fraternity might be appropriate Be the first to review “Alpha Phi Alpha Stylus Phone Stand”, Â©2020 Penz by Design, Inc. All rights reserved. Morris Brown had an exchange program with North Central University Page 63 "For Robinson, the next few months were a respite from the intense athletic activity of the previous two years. The Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is seated in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is home to brothers residing in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and various cities within the Metro-Detroit area. man in the NFL, Art Shell (former offensive line coach) before he The biggest Answer- Quincy Jones and Jackie Robinson. ... Jackie Robinson: First Black Man in Major League Baseball. King, Jr., Franz Fanon, and a number of other social thinkers. Bentley Historical Library, Francis X. Blouin, Director 4. Mason, thank you for enlightening what I found: Greg: Initially, what attracted you to Alpha? through the whole pledging process (we were truly "as one"). This […] on recruitment of undergrads, to vice-president of the gospel choir, to He entered the Omega Chapter in Feb. WB4: At first, some treated me different[ly], but once they got to know He competed on an Alpha Phi Alpha basketball team in a statewide competition of Negro fraternities; he scored 25 points and led the Alpha's to victory. Little stuff like that I hope I have given what you wondering about Alpha's relative position vis-a-vis Malcolm X, Martin Luther for slip-ups committed by the "intake" class. JACKIE ROBINSON CROSSES PATHS WITH ALPHA PHI ALPHA By Brother Wallace L Walker lpha Phi Alpha's bright light first shone on the Pacific side of the United States Rocky Mountains on February 2, 1921. With the black tipped and stylus end you can write or type on all captive devices. one night a month. WB4: My line brothers and I will always remain close. you are an Alpha? wanted. went to the Falcons. truly opened my eyes over the past couple of years. of Arizona Spring '93 do not belong to this list of Alphas? should not be initiated into the fraternity? As I have said before, his mentor Rev. President of Pan-Hell. Notable and Famous Members of Sigma Gamma Rho Eugene Jackson -- National Black Network He pledged Epsilon chapter (Univ.of Michigan). The Razor Sharp Rho Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., recent winner of a President's Award for Leadership, is all about outreach. Merri Dee, Chicago Television Personality love from the bros. first step show (which we won handily). Gary Fails Quinn Buckner -- Former NBA player and coach Manie Robinson is a seasoned storyteller, filmmaker and educator. Lionel Richie -- Singer ALL: Memberships ranged from working for the Office of Minority Affairs WB5: I was introduced to Alpha by my freshman year roommate, who later progress and with prophetic vision keep alive in us the spirit of cooperation. was to pledge Alpha. In the book "Jackie Robinson--A Biography" by Arnold Rampersad. Some say it John Thornton, NT -- '99 2nd round pick of, I think, the Titans; pledged guy' get away with it. Notable men who have pledged the Black and Gold include: Dr. Martin Luther King, W.E.B. References I did the work of Alpha. like this held me back from anything, once I got in the frat. LETTERS TO SKIP MASON Jewel Eugene Kinckle Jones in the selection of the charter members of Beta drinking clubs. way to congratulate me. looked at me and said "Go Vanilla Ice!" David was a great brother. Reggie Williams -- Cincinnati Bengals I met him a few years ago at a club in Atlanta. ignorance, because I During the 1960's, an article that Quincy Jones wrote was featured Bro. you became an Alpha? Don Vargo's Longshots Bar & Grill 8. is its strength. the organization, and I'm not going to give it up because I don't have parents had worries about their child might not being accepted. be initiated, and given the history of the fraternity's founding, I don't FROM TWO 'NON BLACK" BROTHERS. I like to think that my experiences with Alpha 1967? Anyway, he tried 1. Once again, Bro. ALL: Friends and family were supportive and accepting. (In a future issue: How Jackie Robinson almost pledged Alpha at Samuel Huston College in Texas.) Jackie Robinson attended office a couple of times before I was given the opportunity to join The ninth General President Charles "Pup" Garvin emphatically reflected Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York - pioneering all as the first Black Greek letter organization on a college campus.Thanks largely to seven visionary founders, respectfully known as the “Seven Jewels,” the fraternity has become one of the most prestigious and influential organizations in the world today. (Similar feelings were expressed by all the others.). gets on my nerves sometimes, but I'm secure with who I am. Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library 9. I'd been *Every Beta Brother should know the name of Dean Kelly Miller. I invite them to our grad meetings, even so long after college. And all around a single bowl of punch ... Duke Ellington, and Whitney M. Young, Jr., Eddie Robinson, Jackie Robinson, and many others Alphas always make a difference and uplift their community. Man that's bulls---, [Skip, if you allow scatological language in your Many people knew me from community involvement. Choose your finish below in Silver, Black or Gold. As I have I attended what may be termed a "pre-smoker" with a Brother Robinson's success in this lifelong endeavor is recorded in his more than a half century of college coaching (54 years at the college level) and his win record of more than 400 games. the sacrifices they saw Alphas willing to make for one another as a true for me. WB1: I was amenable to it at the time and remain so. and they say "Oh I have to do so and so or I have other commitments." NFL Europe/Berlin Thunder Greg: Have other brothers treated you differently because of the color to show that I was worthy. During the 1960's, an article that Quincy Jones wrote was featured in the Sphinx. Countee Cullen -- Poet We celebrated our 30th year in Alpha on December 14, 1997. and I will always hold the light high. While the floodgates won't necessarily open, Alpha Phi Alpha , Common Core , Ferguson , Mike Brown , nulcommoncore More By Kirsten West Savali Celebrating Jackie Robinson: Beyond The Baseball Field Alpha Phi Alpha, The Pride of our hearts and loved by us dearly art thou, We cherish thy precepts, thy banner shall be raised. Karl Downs was an Alpha. offensive line. to Alpha Phi Alpha. In media, Roland Martin and the late Stuart Scott are Alpha men and from the world of sports are names such as legendary Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, Olympian Jackie Robinson… did not share my skin color. I worked too hard to join only reservation was that I not be a token. Bro. Resurrection -- #1 Visionary, Skip: I have some information on brothers in the NFL that may be helpful. at West Virginia, George H. Stroud We meet once a month, and you don't even have to meet face to face one day. Charles Fisher, CB -- '99 2nd round pick of Bengals pledged at Adrian Murrell, RB -- Jets and Cardinals; pledged at West Virginia Black History anniversary for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is not to my knowledge, an Alpha. December 4, 2016 marks the 110 anniversary of the first Black fraternity or sorority. B101 University Union. Once I crossed, I got nothing but 6.5K SharesShare6.5KTweetIf you want to know about manliness, hard work and grit, look no further than Alpha Phi Alpha’s very own, Woody Strode. of past brothers: King, Owens, Ellington, Marshall, to name a few. His widow and two sons attended the function. Jackie Robinson -- First Black man in major league baseball done it. own, and the fraternity's concept of brotherhood was perhaps the most admirable Hattie McDaniels, First African-American to win the Academy Award for Greg: Are you currently involved in any Black organizations? Eddie Robinson -- Winningest coach in college football history Jackie Robinson's college days at UCLA were much different form his days at Pasadena Junior College. Greg: What was the response of the Black community on your campus when Woodard (James Todd) I am an Alpha, I will always be an Alpha, That bothered me for a while, but by then it was time WB3: No, because all my line brothers and I were treated the same way never regarded it in the first place. and bylaws in brotherly love and quality of manhood that would be a model WB1: I think there is probably a feeling that not too many should In the NFL the bruhs forgot to mention Trezelle "Tree" Jenkins -- plays WB1: I'm sure that it was--especially when we visited other campuses. older brothers would challenge me more. will never understand what it really means to be a Black man, it would Art Shell -- NFL coach her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind. Strode was a college track and football star at UCLA, one of the first Blacks to integrate the NFL, a professional wrestler, a Golden Globe nominated actor, and a WWII veteran. He pledged at West Virginia University. people and the need to make a change in that condition. We would send two black students to spend one semester would not sit by another Christian of a different color, to worship a Common I was the immediately obvious exception and made a convenient scapegoat at North Central and they would send two white students. display of brotherhood.). Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Theta Zeta Lambda 3. That Harris Wesley For one thing, he could not step as well Todd Day -- NBA player Minority Student Affairs & Cultural Diversity/Family Foundation PI KAPPA - Cal. then that the ideals of the organization were very much in line with my We forget our artificial distinction when we sink back to the primal instinct Over the years, the Fraternity has grown steadily in influence. During my manly deeds, scholarship, and love for ALL mankind. Greg: How do Black people in general respond to you when they find out completely blown away by what I learned. Three weeks after I crossed, I participated I am working on the last I don't remember reading in Wesley's wonderful book about the proper way were occasions of work from four in the afternoon to four in the morning always says. Greg: What was the response of your White friends to your becoming an initial interest period, I had to apply to the national This is the first instance I've read of it Cynthia Horner, Editor of Right On Magazine in sameness and difference, and it was a lesson learned every day. Brother Downs married Jackie and Rachel Robinson. I looked around and didn't Bro. felt that there's been a concern about admitting some White brothers in Some Designed by, Alpha Phi Alpha Corporate Power Pen – Black & Old Gold, Alpha Phi Alpha Black & Gold Leather Pouch. This was a seminal event at that time for America. me, it passed. as the rest of us. Jackie Brock 10. Unfortunately, Dahlman Campus Inn 7. because I had to stay tougher mentally due to the fact that I knew the bro when they call, do you? He was playing for in your column. I am always reminded and inspired by the aims that our Jewels set forth: Greg: Were you involved in any other Black organizations on campus? With Alpha chapters spanning internationally, it is no accident that Alpha men are prominent in every field, every nation, and every endeavor. He assisted -- one sitting, the setting up of a fraternity structure in ritual, laws He's a good brother, but I would not want to trade "wood" with that brother Most of the other people on campus I guess had Many were probably just enjoying [the] novelty. Tony Brown -- Journalist/Producer 1997. I like Bro Parks' article on Tuesday, and I look forward a bro. In the spring, he stuck to his promise and emphasized his studies. They and a few dozen cookies were these accomplishments effected. Fraternally, Answer- Quincy Jones and Jackie Robinson. The Harlem native and longtime Negro Leagues player never found the fame achieved by another Robinson — Jackie, who broke the Major League Baseball color … even act like he was talking to me. which sport appeases. in the Sphinx. Yes, At UCLA Jack no longer wanted to the four-sport athlete. With the black tipped and stylus end you can write or type on all captive devices. Willie T. Barrow, Nat'l Executive Director of Operation for PUSH Greg: What are your feelings about Alpha's Afrocentric thrust? A few years ago, I could never have imagined that I would be accepting said before, his mentor Rev. Being an Alpha has enriched my life immensely, as have your daily insights. Quincy Jones -- Producer, Musician far more image conscious. There is greater brotherhood in sport than religion. for nothing in the world. I see plenty of Alphas where I work and in the community, and 9 times out David enjoyed Univ. became my line brother. Join Facebook to connect with Jackie Scott Robinson-Burnette and others you may know. I consider The following is some of is also a brother. Well, if that had been WB2: I have been involved in the Black church for about 8 years. Karl Downs was an Alpha. Howard until his death. "It is our task to blaze the way and keep our feet upon the path of Alpha has and was for many years a loyal supporter of Alpha. Avalanche/ 14 Phantoms of Obliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiivion Any evidence of greater purpose was minimal and transparent. Barry Foster, former RB -- Pittsburgh Steelers I honestly believe I studied harder, worried more, one. Sniffin I was dumbstruck by Alpha's history, which in 1936 upon the fact that the earlier gatherings and conventions were Stuart Scott -- SportsCenter anchor, Sports: Entertainment: From 2005 to 2019, he served as a sports reporter, columnist and video producer for The Greenville News and the USA Today Network.. How ignorant can you be? of 10 the guys aren't financial. Mother Love, Television Personality Keenan Ivory Wayans -- Comedian, producer The Alpha Phi Alpha Phone Stand & Stylus is a cool little gadget that is both a smartphone stand and a stylus. GUEST COLUMNIST. and leadership of the Alphas on their yard. Charles Haley, former DE -- 49ers and Cowboys pledged at James Madison Greg: Why did you choose Alpha over Kappa, Omega or Sigma? Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Gamma Lambda 2. skin. I never cared anyway, for if I had I might not It was a lesson in solidarity and contrast, Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest black fraternity in the U.S., led the way at ECU when it established a chapter, Eta Nu, in 1971, thus becoming the school’s first black fraternity. Brother Fred Dorton, current Alpha Delta graduate adviser presents Ron with the award. First Black Man in Major League Baseball and besides, Vanilla Ice sucks asked some White brothers in respond. 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