There Goes An Alphaman

"Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest of Negro Fraternities, with all of its members presumably far above the average American and having a good and practical understanding of the salient factors involved in the Negro's problem...should be able to take into their hands the leadership in the Negro's struggle for status." - Jewel Eugene Kinckle Jones

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Brother Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bro. M.L.K. was a civil rights leader and champion of non-violent civil disobedience. He was at the helm of numerous civil rights demonstrations and produced lasting change for African-American equality.

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Brother Justice Thurgood Marshall

Bro. Marshall was the lawyer who dismantled legal segregation in America and was the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice. His impact on equality is felt across the country every single day.

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Brother Mayor McKinley Price, D.D.s.

Bro. Price (Zeta Lambda, '74) is the first African-American elected mayor of Newport News, Virginia and is a successful dental surgeon in the community.

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Brother W.E.B. Du bois, Ph.D.

Bro. Du Bois was a prominent civil rights leader and founder of the NAACP. He was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard university.

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Brother Congressman Bobby Scott

A member of Zeta Lambda, Bro. Scott is a United States Congressman. To date he has served Newport News and VA's 3rd Congr. District for 13 consequtive terms.

The honor, I assure you, was Harvard’s.
— Bro. W.E.B. Du Bois

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Brother Jesse Owens

Bro. Owens was a distinguished track and field athlete who handily defeated Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan Supremacy at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, winning four gold medals and demolishing two world records.


Brother Stuart Scott

Bro. Scott was a beloved ESPN commentator who overhauled sportscasting lexicon and pioneered broadcasting for the 21st century. In 2014 Bro. Scott was given the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

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Brother Duke Ellington

Bro. Ellington was a master composer and originator of big band jazz. His orchestra toured the world and regularly featured jazz's greatest living musicians.

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Brother Dr. Cornel West

Bro. West is a leading democratic intellectual and American philosopher. He is prominent voice in liberation theology and a widely published author.

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Brother Lionel Richie

Bro. Richie is a funk/soul icon with multiple award winning albums and singles. He was the front man in the popular 80's R&B group The Commodores

Our truncated public discussions of race suppress the best of who and what we are as a people because they fail to confront the complexity of the the issue in a candid and critical manner.
— Bro. Cornell West

Countee Cullen, Poet

Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist

Bobby Bell, NFL

Maynard Jackson, Mayor, Atlanta

Rayford Logan, Nat'l Urban League

Winston E. Scott, Astronaut

John H. Johnson, Ebony  and Jet

Andrew Zawacki, Rhodes Scholar

Dick Gregory, Activist

David H. Blackwell, Nat'l Academy of Sciences

Samuel Pierce, Sec. Housing and Urban Development

Omari Hardwick, Actor

Edward Brooke, Senator, Massachusetts 

Hill Harper, Actor

Ron Dellums, Congressional Black Caucus

Horace Dawson, Ambassador

David Dinkins, Mayor, NYC

Robert L. Carter, Attorney

Frank Yerby, Author

James Comer, Psychiatrist

Otis Davis, Gold Medal Olympian

Nate Archibald, NBA

Hilyard Robinson, Architect

Donny Hathaway, Singer

Herman Branson, Scientist

Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., Admiral

Malvin Russel Goode, ABC Correspondent

Chuck Stone, Tuskegee Airman

Horace Ward, Senator, Georgia

Noble Sissle, Jazz

Terence Todman, Ambassador

William F. Pickard, C.E.O., Professor

Max Starks, Super Bowl Champion

Norman Washington Manley, Rhodes Scholar

Westley Moore, Author

John Hope Franklin, Pres. Medal of Freedom

Luther H. Foster, Sr., President, VA State Univ.

Kelly Miller, Intellectual

Lionel Hampton, Nat'l Medal of Arts

William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr., Sec. of Transportation

“Remember, boy, anything you do to that chicken, we’re gonna do to you.”

”So I put down my knife and fork, and I picked up that chicken and I KISSED it.”
— Bro. Dick Gregory, Civil Rights Activist