Over the past week, the temperatures in the metro-Atlanta are experiencing a noticeable change, and one that is getting colder. With the colder temperatures and “The Hawk” (an older and regional saying that means there’s a cold wind), it is certainly feeling more like autumn and the advent of winter is slowly inching forward.
In a similar yet steady manner, it is likely to get even colder during the days of December 3-7. And it has little to do with the temperature, but more to do with the first and foremost intercollegiate fraternity established by African-American men and their annual Founders’ Day Celebration.
The collegiate and graduate (alumni) chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are coming together during these days to host their annual Founders’ Day Celebration. Over the course of the aforementioned dates, the chapters, under the leadership of their chapter based in Riverdale (Pi Gamma Lambda), have a balanced slate of programming to celebrate 108 years of leadership, as the fraternity is established on December 4, 1906 on the campus of Cornell University (Ithica, NY).
But it’s more than just having a party; it is about reinforcing its larger mission and purpose.
“Our celebration provides events open to the general public, along with a meaningful way to share our story and remain focused on providing leadership, service, and advocacy to our immediate and surrounding community”, notes Shomari Sanford, who is serving as a key part in the team that designs the celebration.
Wednesday, December 3rd, kicks off the celebration with a public forum focusing on the topic of engagement with law enforcement. Entitled Properly Asserting Your Rights and the Do’s and Don’ts When Interacting with Law Enforcement, a panel of city officials, law enforcement officials, and local leadership are providing the general public with information and resources related to this critical area of interest. The forum takes place on the campus of Morehouse College at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel (830 Westview Dr. SW Atlanta, 2nd Floor) starting promptly at 7pm. This event is free and open to the general public.
On Friday, December 5th, the chapters are hosting a professional networking mixer at the Lowes Atlanta Hotel (1065 Peachtree Street, NE) from 6pm-9pm. Individuals are encouraged to attend and foster professional relationships with Alpha Phi Alpha members along with other local professionals from across the metro area in a business-casual themed event. Afterward, participants are invited to attend an after-party at Vibe Restaurant and Lounge (30 Ivan Allen Blvd in Atlanta) for continued social activity and engagement.
On Saturday, December 6th, the public is invited to accompany the chapters on a tour of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum (100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd, Atlanta) from 4-6pm. The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements.
The celebration concludes on Sunday, December 7th, at Ebenezer Baptist Church (407 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta) for the 11am service. The general public is invited to worship with fraternity members where Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, serves as senior pastor. Warnock is also a member of the fraternity.
Events taking place on the fraternity’s actual Founders’ Day, December 4th, and on Saturday, December 6th (Metro Atlanta Service Project) are limited to members of the fraternity only. For additional details, you may contact the Founders’ Day leadership team at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as viewing their social media pages for updated information, including information for Friday’s events.
The fraternity has active undergraduate chapters at Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Georgia Tech, Clayton State University, Kennesaw State/Southern Polytechnic State, Oglethorpe University, Emory University, and the University of West Georgia. Graduate chapters in the metro-area include the city of Atlanta, Morrow, Decatur, Marietta, College Park/East Point, Duluth, Stockbridge/Henry County, Carrolton, and Loganville-Conyers. Combined with a lineage of members such as former Atlanta Mayors Andrew Young and Maynard Jackson, ESPN anchors Stuart Scott, Jay Harris, and Stan Verrett, and Civil Rights icons Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., members of the fraternity are making a positive impact in the public and private arenas on a consistent basic, as well as remaining entrenched in community affairs and concerns.
On December 3rd, the “Alpha Train” is making its move in the metro-Atlanta area to celebrate and promote continued service and outreach in our communities. You may want to get your ticket and get on board…