ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC Nu Omicron Lambda Chapter Fort Lee,Virginia
             ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC           Nu Omicron Lambda Chapter                    Fort Lee,Virginia

HISTORY

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated 

The Founding Jewels of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. were no ordinary achievers. Given racial attitudes in 1906, their accomplishments were monumental. As founder Henry Arthur Callis euphemistically stated—because the half-dozen African American students at Cornell University during the school year 1904-05 did not return to campus the following year, the incoming students in 1905-06, in founding Alpha Phi Alpha, were determined to bind themselves together to ensure that each would survive in the racially hostile environment. In coming together with this simple act, they preceded by decades the emergence of such on-campus programs as Affirmative Action and Upward Bound. The students set outstanding examples of Scholarship, Leadership and Tenacity —preceding the efforts even of the NAACP and similar civil rights organizations.

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Nu Omicron Lambda Chapter

Alpha Phi Alpha Farternity, Incorporated

 

Nu Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, received its charter in May 1981. The fundamental purpose of the chapter was to carry out the Fraternity's aims of manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind; to provide an opportunity for unified service and fellowship among the permanent assigned military brothers; and to provide a tailored program to meet the needs of the transient brothers attending courses at the Quartermaster Center of Fort Lee, Virginia.

 

With a watchful eye on the total scope of "Alphadom" and vision of its future, the charter members accepted the noble task of spreading the light of Alpha. Those members were Gambriel Alexander, Elgin Almond, Knowlton Bassard, Willie J. Bradley, Jr., Silas H. Christian, Ill, Tony Edwards, verard  A Hughes, Robert Jamerson, Paige P. Johnson, Melvin T. Jones, Joseph King, Thomas F. Law, Walter  Lowe,  Van J. Shaw,  and William  L. Sutton.

 

Under the capable leadership of Silas H. Christian, the chapter completed a very successful first year. Among the accomplishments of  that year  were a  contribution to the  Alpha's Million Dollar Drive (a national campaign of  the Fraternity), tutoring services to the youth of Chesterfield (Chesterfield Mental Hygiene Clinic), participation in the Virginia Association of Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity {VACAPAF), and the Founders Day Program.

 

Since our founding, the chapter has been engaged in equally outstanding ventures. The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity have a strong and long standing commitment to enhance the quality of life in the community. Because. of that commitment, the fraternity has often taken leadership roles in resolving community problems. Noteworthy, its annual King Holiday Memorial Breakfast has become a recognized forum that outlines our programs and recognizes others who share our vision and exemplify the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

 

The chapter has implemented numerous programs to educate the youth of Central and Southside Virginia on avoiding teenage pregnancy, the importance of attending college, and successful career planning. The chapter also takes pride in its participation and co-sponsoring of the Virginia Department of Social Services' program "Claiming Our Own through Adoption."

 

These are only a few of the socially and culturally active programs in which the chapter participates. You will also find members of the chapter collecting food for our Thanksgiving donation, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas, Walking-Against-Hunger, taking underprivileged children shopping at Christmas, hosting a Teen-Pregnancy Seminars through  one of our national programs-- "Project Alpha" with the March of Dimes, providing scholarships, and hosting talent searches for our youth. These expressions of caring are the way this great Fraternity has survived, grown, and will continue to be a viable force in this community and throughout the world.

 

The men of Nu Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated solicits your continued support in carrying out its national, state, and local, programs.