During the month of February, we pause to pay tribute to the African-American trailblazers who have and continue to pave the way for the future success of our nation.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act passed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. But as we celebrate this historic legislation and the contributions of our brothers and sisters this month, it is a travesty that we are continuously forced to deal with the horrifying shortcomings of our judicial system. Both Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are examples of how the very laws written to protect us are being used to systematically justify our extermination.
Brothers, as Alpha Men, our mission statement should mean something to each of us: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. We often talk about how Alpha Phi Alpha is the greatest Fraternity in the world by touting the contributions of our prominent Brothers, many instrumental in the Civil Rights movement. However, we do little today to keep their past sacrifices from being in vain.
When will WE answer the call?
The Martin, Davis and countless other families need Alpha Phi Alpha to be an advocate standing with them, working to make certain no other family deals with such unnecessary loss.
Brothers, in an attempt to bring awareness to the issues that are affecting of our community, we will converge on the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, FL for our “Alpha Day on the Hill” on Friday, April 11th. There, we will speak with legislators to voice our concerns about current legislation and open the discussion for immediate solutions. I have spoken with Southern Region Vice President Ronald Natson as well as General President Mark Tillman and have been assured that we have the complete support of the Southern Region and the national organization regarding this effort as this is not just a Florida issue; it’s a national issue. As a result, we will invite Brothers throughout the entire organization to stand with us.
Additional information will be forthcoming regarding our day at the Capitol but we need the widespread support of the District for our voice to be heard.
Please make the sacrifice to attend.
Brother Matthew S. Bradford
Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.