J.C. Rawls Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarship – Spring 2017

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Greetings Brothers,
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The Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters is currently inviting Alumni and Undergraduate Brothers of the Florida District to apply for the J.C. Rawls Educational Foundation Scholarship being offered for the Spring 2017 term.
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This scholarship is named in honor of one of our most beloved and respected Brothers in the Bonds, Brother J.C. Rawls, Life Member #21, and former District Director of Florida for his sterling example of Service, Brotherhood, Leadership, and Commitment to the ideals of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Florida District.
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The deadline date to submit a complete application is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The address at which the applications must be received is listed within the application contents.  Please click the link below to download.
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JC Rawls Ed. Found Scholarship Application 2017

On behalf of the Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters and the J.C. Rawls Foundation Education Scholarship Committee, we look forward to announcing the recipients of the Spring 2017 scholarship in the coming weeks.

Standing Our Ground: Alpha Supports Dream Defenders’ Petition to Change Unjust Law

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General President Mark S. Tillman, Southern Region Assistant Vice President Ismael Brown and Florida District Director Matthew Bradford implore you to support the Dream Defenders’ fight for justice and equality as they March on the Florida State Capitol Friday, April 11, 2014.

Fraternally,
Brother Matthew S. Bradford
District Director • Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Call to Action Message : February 2014

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Brothers,

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.

Fraternally,
Brother Matthew S. Bradford
District Director
Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Brother David Jackson Honored with American Historical Association’s Equity Award

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) Professor David H. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., was recently honored with the American Historical Association’s (AHA) 2013 Equity Award. The AHA, established in 1884, is the oldest and largest professional historical association in the nation.

Jackson received the award during the organization’s annual meeting held in January in Washington, D.C. The award is one of the association’s most distinguished scholarly and professional awards, and serves to honor individuals or institutions that have achieved excellence in recruiting and retaining underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the historical profession.

In an announcement about the award, the organization recognized Jackson for his achievements in “inspiring African-American undergraduates to enter graduate programs in history and earn professional degrees,” and applauded him for being an “outstanding community leader and teacher.” According to Jackson, although the award was presented to him as an individual, the honor represents the success of the unified efforts of FAMU faculty and administrators to mold future historians and history educators.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by our nation’s largest professional historical association for the work we have done to motivate and encourage our students to earn the doctorate in history, and work as historians to present a more accurate view of our history,” said Jackson, a professor of history and the chairman of the Department of History, Political Science, Public Administration, Geography and African American Studies.

Reginald Ellis, Ph.D., has known Jackson for more than 10 years, as a professor, mentor, and now as a colleague. Ellis, along with other colleagues, nominated Jackson for the award. While a student at FAMU, Ellis said that Jackson piqued his interest in history with his dynamic lectures and keen ability to make each subject relevant for his students.

“His desire to create an active learning environment was one of the chief reasons that, as a freshman, I changed my major from physical therapy to African-American Studies,” said Ellis, an assistant professor of history at FAMU. “Taking every class that Dr. Jackson offered, I often found myself in his office after class sessions probing him to gain a deeper understanding of historical debates. Never once did he shun me. To the contrary, he often engaged me for hours after class discussions, and directed me to a number of secondary sources that would help my maturation process.”

A native of Atlanta, Jackson received his bachelor’s degree in history education and a master’s degree in public administration from FAMU. He earned his doctorate in history at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. in 1997 and began his professorial career at FAMU that same year.

He has made a number of research accomplishments since joining the FAMU faculty in the fall of 1997. Jackson has published more than four-dozen scholarly articles, book chapters, short essays and book reviews. He has also published five scholarly books with academic presses and has presented more than 100 scholarly papers and speeches throughout the United States.

Jackson was named the FAMU “Teacher of the Year” in 2000 and 2010, and received the FAMU Research Excellence Award in 2010. In April 2011, he was enshrined into FAMU’s College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Gallery of Distinction. He served on the Florida National Register Review Board from 2000-2003 and the Florida Historical Commission from 2002-2003. Currently, Jackson serves as a member of the University Press of Florida Advisory Board, chairman of the board for the John G. Riley Center Museum of African American History and Culture and as president of the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc.

A message from FAMU UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT
For more information contact: Kanya Stewart | 850-412-5211 | kanya.stewart@famu.edu

A New Face to an Old Dream

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In various ways, the plight of youth today can be said to mirror those of their grandparents’ decades ago. The struggle for social acceptance is universal to us all and may be referenced from adolescent memories at one point or another. However, a great divide has been said to exist between the youth of the civil rights movement and the social attitudes of the present generation. In light of the victories achieved by their forefathers, today’s youth are often accused of being apathetic to the ongoing struggles for social justice and equality. Contradictory to this belief, there has been a growing resurgence of youth activism sweeping across the nation.

One emerging leader in this movement is Bro. Phillip Agnew, a Fall 2005 initiate of the Beta Nu chapter, who works to guide the next generation of civil activists. Bro. Agnew began his career as a public servant during his tenure as student body president at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). There, he worked with his peers from FAMU and neighboring institutions to call attention to community hate crimes and criminal profiling of young adults. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, a grassroots coalition whose mission is to improve our nation’s social condition by bringing an end to systems that target, disenfranchise, discriminate, and impoverish select groups. Their message is simple; it is a call to reform policies that purge the inalienable rights of all people. Dreamer activities are driven by youth and empower them to become catalysts of change through education, civic engagement, and political activism.

The Dream Defenders maintain several progressive campaigns across the state of Florida. Recently, the Dreamers’ cause has received national attention for its organized efforts on Florida’s Capitol Hill in response to the controversial verdict in the wrongful death of Trayvon Martin. In this movement, the group is seeking the adoption of Trayvon’s Law – an end to racial profiling, suspension of the school-to-prison pipeline, and the repeal of the Stand Your Ground Law. Within a month, protestors received support from a number of social groups from across the nation. Most notably, the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, Harry Belafonte, and Talib Kweli are the most prominent of the campaign’s endorsers. A number of Alpha men have also taken a stand with the Dreamers to champion this cause. Among them include Bro. Abuznaid (Iota Delta, Florida State University) legal counsel to the Dream Defenders and Bro. Kevin Powell (Delta Iota, Rutgers University) another rising community leader from the state of New Jersey making a mark in our nation’s capital. Despite a month of stage sit-ins, Governor Rick Scott did not fulfill the Dreamers request to convene a special session of legislature to address the state’s “youth crisis.”

With the end of the group’s occupation of the state capital in August, a secondary phase of action has been triggered into effect. Though their original request for state legislative hearings on Stand Your Ground laws was denied, the Dream Defenders successfully persuaded Speaker of the House Will Weatherford to call for a subcommittee to host hearings in the fall. The Defenders have secured meetings with the heads of both the Florida Departments of Education and Juvenile Justice to discuss “zero tolerance” school policies. Youth organizers authored a bill, Trayvon’s Law, which they hope will provide state lawmakers a blueprint to amending current policies that aversively target youth and minorities. In addition to filing this bill, the group prompted a legislative poll – a head count to assess legislators’ current position on the issue – to which over 30 state policy makers have noted their support for revision of Stand Your Ground laws. Lastly, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has agreed to discuss racial profiling policies, where Defenders will have the opportunity to bring experts in the field to testify before the department.

For more information on the Dream Defenders, please visit www.dreamdefenders.org

IPL and Devon Aire Bring Christmas Cheer to South Dade Youth

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Brothers of Iota Pi Lambda partner with Devon Aire K-8 Center to spread Christmas cheer to youth in South Miami-Dade.  Through our collective efforts, we were able to distribute toys to children at two primary schools – Leisure City K-8 Center and Robert Russo Elementary School.  In total, we distributed toys to over 150 children in the West Perrine community.

Brothers Dawson, Handy and Stevenson working along side students from Devon Aire unload a truck load of toys for distribution.

Brothers Dawson, Handy and Stevenson working along side students from Devon Aire unload a truck load of toys for distribution.

Iota Pi Lambda Brings Good Tidings to Goulds Head Start Center

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In collaboration with Walmart and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, the Brothers of the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter donated over $2,000 in toys and classroom materials to the Isaac A. Withers Head Start & Child Care Center.  This center provides developmental and child care services during the work week t…o over 150 children between 6 months to 6 years of age.  Items donated to the Withers Head Start Program included text books, teacher guides, student workbooks, educational devices, and instructional tools for the classroom.  The Goulds Head Start program was selected from a pool of fraternal and community recommendations as a site in great need for such a donation.

Pictured above are Bro. Leslie Elus, Ms. Allison McMillon (center coordinator), and Bro. Chris Stevenson with some of the donated goods.

Pictured above are Bro. Leslie Elus, Ms. Allison McMillon (center coordinator), and Bro. Chris Stevenson with some of the donated goods.