Post Convention Recap: Alpha Men in the "Queen City"


Post Convention Recap:

Alpha Men in the "Queen City"


The world’s oldest intercollegiate fraternity founded by African-American men—Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity—hosted its 109th-anniversary convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The "Queen City" hosted Alpha and its 700+ chapters worldwide, in five days of leadership development and service projects.

 Ann Blakeney Clark, superintendent for the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools, met with General President Tillman, a longtime mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and local Alpha brothers during the fraternity's community service project to donate school supplies to Charlotte youth as part of Alpha Phi Alpha’s national “Go to High School, Go to College” program. The school supply drive raised enough money to send over 800 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools youth back to school with backpacks filled with school supplies, including a 2-year-old girl who was so excited she wore her new backpack home. During a black history trivia game, a representative from our platinum-level convention partner, Merrill Lynch, gave out an iPad as a game-winning prize.
The newly crowned 2015-2017 National Miss Black & Gold winner, Ms. Jasmin Eatman, a student at Spelman College, spoke with some of the children after they picked their backpacks.
The children would like to thank you all.
It all starts with one.
Fun with the kids
Above: Ann Blakeney Clark, superintendent for the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools met, with General President Tillman, a longtime mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, during the fraternity's community service project to donate back to school supplies to local Charlotte youth.
In addition to the backpack donations, 2014 North Carolina teacher of the year, Brother James Ford, facilitated a youth leadership development program while the fraternity hosted a week-long voter registration and education program as part of its “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” program designed to increase civic engagement. On Friday, August 7, Alpha Phi Alpha also held a community health fair at the Charlotte Convention Center that featured resources for health awareness such as screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and obesity as well as a blood drive. The health fair included games and other activities, along with giveaways and health care information.

State of the Fraternity

Click here to download General President Mark S. Tillman's second 2015 Charlotte Convention State of the Fraternity Address (visual, speech). You can also download the 2015 General Presidential Alpha Roadmap.
General President Mark Tillman presents Brother Warren M. Washington, the second African-American to earn a doctorate in the atmospheric sciences and former chair of the National Science Board, with the Alpha Award of Merit.
Accepting the Alpha Award of Merit for Brother Stuart Scott
Presidential Citation
Awarded the Alpha Phi Alpha Presidential Citation
Top: Brother Stan Verrett, an anchor on the ESPN and ESPNEWS networks, and General President Mark Tillman present Brother Stuart O. Scott's Alpha Award of Merit to his biological and fellow Alpha brother, Stephen Scott.
 Middle Left: Presidential citations were presented to Brenda Wright and Laraine Davis of Wells Fargo.
 Middle Right: Brother James Ford is presented with a presidential citation for his excellence in molding young minds and winning the 2014 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
 Bottom: Brother William Barber is presented with a presidential citation for his advocacy.
General President Mark Tillman presents donation to Dr. Jennifer L. House president of March of Dimes.
Alpha Phi Alpha district directors worked to raise $2,700 for the Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation. In addition to those funds, the brothers of Beta Beta Lambda, located in Miami, Fla., helped to win $25,000 through the Lincoln Motor Company for the APAEF. This has been a great year for the foundation and we are asking for brothers to donate more money to the foundation by clicking here.
Brother George E. Battle is presented with a presidential citation.
Brother Norman C. Francis, past Alpha Award of Merit recipient and Xavier University president emeritus, is presented with a presidential citation during the Public Program.
This year’s recipients of the Alpha Award of Merit were presented to North Carolina’s son and ESPN Sports anchor, Stuart Scott; former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry; and Warren M. Washington, world-renowned atmospheric scientist and climate researcher. Their outstanding accomplishments in their professional careers, and impactful leadership and service to their community deems them worthy to be this year’s award recipients. It is because of members like these that the Alpha Award of Merit exists and continues to recognize extraordinary brothers who are contributing to the betterment of society in all walks of life.

On Wednesday, August 5, a public program was held with ESPN anchor and Alpha Phi Alpha member, Stan Verett, at the Charlotte Convention Center. The topic of the program mirrored the theme of the convention “Focused on the Future: Investing in Community, Health, Wealth, and Self.” The event was open to everyone in the Charlotte community, including the media.
Brother Roland Martin facilitating a panel on School Choice in African-American Communities
Panelist Pamela Jolly and Kevin Johnson
Brothers engaging in the discussion.

Top: Brother Roland Martin speaks during a breakout session, hosting a panel on school choice.
 Bottom Left: Pamela Jolly speaks about wealth building in Black communities. See more about Ms. Jolly by clicking here. 
 Bottom Right: Virginia congressman, Brother Robert "Bobby" Scott (D-VA) speaks during a business session at the convention.
Roland Martin, host of TV One’s News One Now and also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, facilitated a panel on School Choice in African-American Communities. Other special guests included Russlyn Ali, the former assistant secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education; Kevin Johnson, the 55th mayor of Sacramento, California, and Pamela Jolly, founder and CEO of Torch Enterprises.

Finally, during one of the business sessions, the fraternity approved a resolution for Alpha Phi Alpha to become a Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture founding donor with a $1 million pledge. The museum will be located in Washington, DC, making it the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

Convention top-level partners included Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Novant Health, Nationwide Insurance and AARP. Each of the partners set up booths and also held a forum for the brothers to enjoy. At each of these sessions, Alpha gifted an Apple iPad Air.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s mission is to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy to the community. Alpha has served the community in multiple facets including its members being outspoken political advocates for the African-American community. Prominent members include Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Cornel West, Cornell Williams Brooks, Hill Harper, Harry E. Johnson, John H. Johnson and many more. In-service efforts to the community, national programs and partnerships include Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; Boy Scouts of America; March of Dimes; A Voteless People is a Hopeless People; Go To High School, Go To College; and Project Alpha.

Take a look at the journal online.

Click here to see all the letters, events, sponsors and advertisers who helped support the convention. Brothers worked hard to make this a great convention.
 2015 Alpha Phi Alpha Omega Service Names 

Saying Goodbye to our Dear Brothers

Here are the 2015 Charlotte Convention Omega Service names. We ask that brothers use this video to reflect on our brothers' service to our dear fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. To all our brothers in Omega Chapter, may you rest in peace.
 Alpha Phi Alpha and the Peace Corps: Global Engagement Though Acts of Service 

Alpha and the Peace Corps

 Why have #APhiA men and the @PeaceCorps partnered together? Because, together, we can change the world. Join us by going to and learn how you can become a change agent in your worldwide community. #DevelopingLeaders
 Alpha Phi Alpha and Nationwide: A Valuable, Rewarding Partnership 
Nationwide is a different kind of company. They put members first because they don’t have shareholders. And because they put members first, we know how committed they are to the success of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Find out more by clicking here. Save money with an exclusive discount for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers. Click here to view more videos from our partners.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Wells Fargo | Morgan Stanley

Novant Health | Nationwide | AARP

Belk | Carolinas HealthCare System | Ernst and Young | University of Texas - Austin

Teach For America


Merrill Lynch | Federal Bureau of Investigation | Duke Energy | Sonoco

RealGreek Apparel  | Havana Watches | Peace Corps | City Year | St. Jude | March of Dimes 

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About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. The fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 600 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Visit and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.


About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in North Carolina

Alpha Phi Alpha serves the Charlotte area and surrounding cities/communities through 41 chapters. Of this total, 17 are alumni chapters, which are located in Charlotte, Winston Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, Elizabeth City, Greenville, Goldsboro, Kinston, Jacksonville, Henderson, and Rocky Mount. Four chapters seated in North Carolina are also serving as host chapters. The remaining 24 college chapters are seated at Johnson C. Smith university, NC A&T State University, Elizabeth City State University, Winston-Salem State University, Shaw University, NC Central University, Livingstone College, St. Augustine's College, Fayetteville State University, East Carolina University, NC State University, Duke University, University of NC - Chapel Hill, University of NC - Charlotte, West Carolina University, Wake Forest University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, University of NC - Wilmington, University of NC - Greensboro, Appalachian State University, Elon University, University of NC - Pembroke, Davidson College, and Chowan University. All of these chapters, both college and alumni, serve the communities through a wide range of programs including Go-To-Highschool, Go-To-College which concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement. Chapters also service the community through a host of other programs and initiatives including providing scholarships to college-bound students, mentoring young men, and promoting voter registration and education. ESPN sports anchor Stuart Scott is among the most notable brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha from North Carolina. The host chapters are part of Alpha Phi Alpha’s Southern Region. Ronald Natson, Sr. is the Regional Vice President.


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