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Alphas March to End Gang Violence in Chicago

Way to step up, guys! Now get the Kappas and Omegas (and Sigmas and Thetas) in there to to provide an example of how real black men work and cooperate peacefully together.

Fraternity Marches Through Ongoing Gang War To End Violence In Chicago

Whenever protests against police brutality occur in the United States, critics of the Black Lives Matter movement and other race-related protests are quick to criticize marchers for ignoring so-called black-on-black crime and for only speaking out when a white police officer is involved in a black person’s death.

But last weekend, the men of Alpha Phi Alpha, a historically black intercollegiate fraternity, proved this is not the case.

Nearly 300 men marched in the freezing rain and snow in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood on Saturday to demand an end to violence in their community. Joined by Alderman Michelle Harris and Illinois state Reps. Marcus Evans and Elgie Sims, all Democrats, the fraternity marched down 79th Street, where community members say a gang war is raging.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Chatham has the 16th-highest violent crime rate of any neighborhood in Chicago.

“We wanted to show that the community was not giving up,” said Sims, who is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and currently represents Illinois’ 34th District, which includes portions of the South Side of Chicago. “We wanted the business owners to know that we stood with them and we were going to be there making a statement, standing with them, to encourage patrons to patronize those businesses, to encourage people to feel comfortable and safe in their community.”

The Rev. Roosevelt Watkins, pastor of Chicago’s Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, told the Chicago City Hall Examiner that the march’s purpose was to “confront the violence on these blocks and to reinvigorate economic development on 79th Street.”

“Black business owners, residents, were coming outside of their homes, opening their windows, customers were stepping outside of their shops,” Lamar Brown, a law student who participated in the march, told The Huffington Post. “They were applauding us, yelling ‘Good job,’ clapping. Even people in cars were stopping their cars, giving us thumbs up. I think the effort itself was really embraced by the community.”

Just added the Alphas to my “Giant Negro” list…

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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Giant Negros


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13 Charged in FAMU Hazing Death

About time…

13 charged in hazing death of FAMU drum major

Thirteen people have been charged with hazing crimes in the beating death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, a Florida prosecutor said Wednesday.

State Attorney Lawson Lamar said 11 people are accused of death with hazing, a third-degree felony punishable by up to six years for defendants with no criminal record. Two defendants face misdemeanor charges in the November death aboard a band bus in Orlando.

The state also has filed 20 counts of misdemeanor hazing against others in unrelated incidents. Lamar declined to identifiy those charged because they are in multiple jurisdictions and have not yet been arrested.

“I have come to believe that hazing is a form of bullying,” Lamar said at a news conference in Orlando. “It’s bullying with a tradition.”

Champion, 26, was a member of FAMU’s internationally renowned marching band, the Marching 100, which has a history of hazing incidents. He died after being beaten in what prosecutors said was a hazing ritual on a band bus following a football game Nov. 19.

Champion’s mother, Pam Champion, said she was hoping for charges that could bring longer sentences so that her son’s death would become a cautionary tale for students and administrators around the nation.

“I’m a little disappointed that it wasn’t a harsher penalty considering the case,” she said in a phone interview fromNorth Carolina, where she’s attending a seminar. “We are hoping to use this case to try to end hazing.

Pam Champion, whose family founded the non-profit Robert D. Champion Drum Major for Change Foundation to combat hazing, said she and her family will work to get a federal anti-hazing law passed. “We need a federal law in place with harsh and stiff penalties to deter this. We need to educate our students to the consequences,” she said.

In December, the state medical examiner’s office deemed Champion’s death a homicide resulting from multiple blows to his body so severe that he bled out into his soft tissue. There were no signs of drugs or alcohol in his body.

“This is a homicide by hazing,” Lamar said. He urged anyone with additional information in the case to come forward.

Douglas Fierberg, a Washington, D.C., lawyer and expert on hazing who has represented hazing victims in civil cases for 15 years, said he knows of no other hazing case that resulted in so many people facing criminal charges. He said Florida’s relatively stiff anti-hazing laws could result in jail time.

Fierberg said that would be a departure from what usually happens in hazing cases.

“Florida has a serious, comprehensive law on hazing,” he said. “Ideally, it would be fully expected to bring justice to the family, including jail time.”

Champion’s death touched off a series of criminal and administrative inquires into hazing on FAMU’s campus in Tallahassee and led to the indefinite suspension of the famed Marching 100 and its longtime director, Julian White. It also sparked a rancorous fight between Gov. Rick Scott and the university’s board of trustees that threatened the administration of President James Ammons.

Champion’s parents have filed a lawsuit against the bus company and sent FAMU a state-required six-month notice of their intent to sue for their son’s wrongful death.

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Domestic terrorism


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Kappas Paint DC Red

Kappa Red

Kappa Red

The Kappas are in town for their annual convention. DC Mayor Adrian Fenty is a Kappa, (along with John Singleton, talk show host Tavis Smiley, and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.)  to mention a few of the well known) , and has given the Fraternity a warm welcome. Kappas take pride in being well dressed, and are well known around many campuses for sporting their red and white canes at step shows and other functions.

Several thousand nattily dressed young and older men, distinguished by their crimson suit jackets, have been encamped at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel this week. They are members of Kappa Alpha Psi — a predominantly black fraternity founded in 1911 — and although they are holding their first large gathering since the election of the nation’s first African American president, they’re beyond swooning over Obama’s achievement.

That’s because they have serious work to do.

“Our membership is astute,” says Richard Lee Snow, executive director of the fraternity, which drew more than 3,000 members to its 79th Grand Chapter meeting. “Obama can’t turn around all of the ills this nation has built up since blacks were brought over here on ships. Obama is not a savior. But he is a breath of fresh air, and we fully embrace him and his administration.”

Boosting philanthropic giving, reducing obesity, improving access to preventive health care and increasing financial literacy and college graduation rates for black men topped the convention agenda. In the coming year, the last two priorities will receive the most attention from the fraternity, which has almost 200,000 members spread across 700 chapters, some of them abroad…

Like most black Greek groups, the Kappas are not just about fellowship. They are serious about community, charity, and assisting younger folks in becoming successful adults.

Dwayne M. Murray is the Grand Polemarch of the Kappa organization –

Murray is also determined to change the perception that blacks have a lackluster record when it comes to philanthropy. “We want to be not always on the receiving end, but on the giving end,” he says. “To that end, we’ve raised over $800,000, which we have given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

In 2011, the Kappas will celebrate their centennial.

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Posted by on August 9, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life


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