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This is in contrast to other fraternities that traditionally echo themes from the golden age of Ancient Greece. The Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award of the United States Congress, was awarded to Jesse Owens and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. [23] The charter at the University of Toronto also made Alpha Phi Alpha the first international intercollegiate black Greek letter organization. BIOGRAPHY George Biddle Kelley, born in Harlem New York on July 28 of 1884 was one of the founding members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the first chapter's president. [13] Callis said that these fraternities, SAE and BTP, were the original source of the fraternity rituals. Thirty-two Alpha men were granted commissions (four were made captains and many were first lieutenants). A Senior U.S. District Judge upheld earlier federal court decisions in the case, which also found private entities have a right under the NVRA, to engage in organized voter registration activity in Georgia at times and locations of their choosing, without the presence or permission of state or local election officials.         2. Seven of the original 12 men from the initial meeting in December 1905 would continue on as members of the fraternity. Formerly Miss Matilda Decker, Mrs. Kelley was born at Newburgh in 1842, where she lived several years. The Great Pyramids of Giza, symbols of foundation, sacred geometry and more, are other African images chosen by Alpha Phi Alpha as fraternity icons. Birmingham saw Arthur Shores organize for civil rights in Lucy v. Adams. The Alpha Phi Alpha delegation was one of the largest to participate in the March on Washington. The Kelley family lived at 1 113th Street in Lansingburgh starting around 1909. The event was hosted by the Beta Pi Lambda chapter of the fraternity in which Jewel, George Biddle Kelley was an active member. Some of its members who were trial lawyers argued many of the nation's major court cases involving civil rights and civil liberties. "[28][72], The Council is headed by Ambassador Horace Dawson and communicates its position through white papers which are disseminated to policymakers, politicians, scholars, journalists, and chapters of the fraternity. The leadership of the fraternity encouraged Alpha men to buy war bonds, and the membership responded with their purchases. There were also four men and a woman from New York State: George Kelley, Henry A. Callis, James Thomas, Gordon Jones, and Paul Ray. God grant from this assembly, this noble assembly of fraternity men, some of the leaders of our nation will emerge. Alpha Phi Alpha is a social organization with a service organization mission and provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World Wars, and Civil Rights Movement. b Y X 2 g m 1 p My presentation is about a black engineer named George Biddle Kelley By: Ariana exton F E Early life Kelly was born in New York,on July 28th 1884. [4] On October 23, 1906, George Kelley proposed that the organization be officially known by the Greek letters Alpha Phi Alpha, and Robert Ogle proposed the colors black and old gold. [86], "A Voteless People is a Hopeless People" was initiated as a National Program of Alpha during the 1930s by the Alpha Omicron chapter (Johnson C. Smith University), when many African Americans had the right to vote but were prevented from voting because of poll taxes, threats of reprisal, and lack of education about the voting process. However, the citizens were mostly dark-skinned black and brown people" according to journalist and Alpha member Tony Brown. [68], In 1976, the fraternity celebrated its 70th anniversary with dual convention locations: New York City and Monrovia. [6] Two founding members learned about fraternity rituals from other fraternal organizations: Henry A. Callis worked in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity House, and Kelly worked at Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. We must not shoot in the air, but accomplish results. The reasonable endeavor to participate in general college activities and social service and to excel therein He attended RPI, graduated from Cornell, co-founded Alpha Phi Alpha at Cornell, was active with the United Negro College Fund, and founded the Troy Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. [60][61], In 1956, the fraternity made a "pilgrimage"[c] to Cornell in celebration of its Golden Jubilee which drew about 1,000 members who traveled by chartered train from Buffalo, New York, to Ithaca. NNA lawyers, including Lawson and Thurgood Marshall, fought back – all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States in New Negro Alliance v. Sanitary Grocery Co.[46] This ruling in favor of the NAACP became a landmark case in the struggle by African Americans against discriminatory hiring practices. Ron Dellums' campaign to end the racist, apartheid policies of South Africa succeeded when the House of Representatives passed Dellums' anti-apartheid Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act calling for a trade embargo against South Africa and immediate divestment by American corporations.[d][129]. Not only was he the strongest proponent of the Fraternity idea among the organization’s founders, the civil engineering student also became Alpha Chapter’s first President. Not only was he the strongest proponent of the Fraternity idea among the organization’s founders, but the civil engineering student also became Alpha Chapter’s first President. [66] King was a member of the fraternity, initiated into the organization via Sigma Chapter on June 22, 1952,[94] while he was attending Boston University. General Presidents of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. harvnb error: multiple targets (2×): CITEREFWesley1981 (, harvnb error: multiple targets (3×): CITEREFMason1999 (. Alpha men served in almost every branch of the military and civilian defense programs during World War II. As the 21st century approached, Alpha Phi Alpha's long-term commitment to the social and economic improvement of humanity remained at the top of its agenda. [80][81] The bill has been called the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in decades.[82]. © 2021 The Lansingburgh Historical Society — Powered by WordPress, Correspondence of Lansingburgh Historical Society, Melville family in the City of Albany (1830-1838), Chester A. 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Burnham (abt 1840-1881), Congressional Medal of Honor recipient John Gordon Morrison (1842-1897), Anna Carpenter Garlin Spencer (1851-1931), Democratic Press and Lansingburgh Advertiser, Rensselaer County Gold and Silver Mining Company, Lansingburgh Community Association (1930s), Lansingburgh Community Council (1960s-1970s), Tordenskjold Grove United Ancient Order of Druids, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Rensselaer County, George Biddle Kelley (1884-1962) engineer, Alpha Phi Alpha cofounder, Troy NAACP cofounder. George Biddle Kelley (born on August 24, 1884 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States) was one of the seven founders (commonly referred to as Jewels) of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906, and Alpha chapter’s first President.. Kelly served on committees that worked out the fraternity handshake and with Robert Ogle on the ritual. [102], The NIC serves to advocate the needs of its member fraternities through enrichment of the fraternity experience; advancement and growth of the fraternity community; and enhancement of the educational mission of the host institutions. Charles Houston, a Harvard Law School graduate and a law professor at Howard University, first began a campaign in the 1930s to challenge racial discrimination in the federal courts. [121], Roland Burris became the only black member of the 2009 U.S. Senate when he assumed the seat vacated by President Barack Obama.[122]. The chief significance of Alpha Phi Alpha lies in its purpose to stimulate, develop, and cement an intelligent, trained leadership in the unending fight for freedom, equality and fraternity. [145], Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-lettered fraternity in the United States established for people of African descent, and the paragon for the Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) that followed. This included the campaign to eliminate the ghetto-goal on numerous fronts with housing development and entrepreneurship initiatives. One known pledge was hospitalized due to excessive bleeding. Du Bois, Duke Ellington, Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson and Whitney Young with a commemorative stamp in their Black Heritage Stamp series. [73], On the eve of the Inauguration of Barack Obama, the fraternity under the new leadership of 33rd General President Herman "Skip" Mason hosted a Martin Luther King Holiday program at the National Press Club "to honor yesterday's 'firsts'—those in history who paved the way for the nation to be able to celebrate the first African-American president. George Biddle Kelley became the first African American engineer registered in the state of New York. [110] At the 1940 General Convention, a pledge manual was discussed that would contain a brief general history, the list of chapters and locations, the achievements of Alpha men, outstanding Alpha men, and pledge procedures. Honorary members include Vice President Hubert Humphrey (who is Caucasian), jazz musician Duke Ellington, and activist W. E. B. Members journeyed across campus and unveiled a new centennial memorial to Alpha Phi Alpha. In it he dictated: An Alpha Phi Alpha man's attitude should not be 'how much can I derive from the Fraternity' but 'how much can I do for the Fraternity?' "[citation needed], In 1940, true to its form as the "first of first", Alpha Phi Alpha sought to end racial discrimination within its membership. [9] There was disagreement about the group's purpose: some wanted a social and literary club where everyone could participate; others wanted a traditional fraternal organization. [84], Alpha Phi Alpha asserts that through its community outreach initiatives, the fraternity supplies voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans, the African diaspora, and the countless special problems that affect Black men.[41][85]. The figure also includes $10 million in matching funds provided by the United States Congress. Its aims are "Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love For All Mankind," and its motto is "First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All." (Scan by Fultonhistory.com). [22], Founders Eugene Kinckle Jones and Nathaniel Allison Murray chartered the second, third, and fourth chapters, at Howard University, Virginia Union University,and University of Toronto respectively, in December 1907 and January 1908. [5] In December 1905, Poindexter organized a meeting of students which included Murray, Ogle, Phillips, Chapman, Kelley, Callis, Tandy, and George Tompkins. [70], In 2006, more than 10,000 Alpha Phi Alpha members gathered in Washington, D.C., to participate in the fraternity's centennial convention to lay the groundwork for another 100 years of service. It evolved from a social fraternity to a primarily community service organization. [5] Coincidentally, an article about a Negro fraternity Pi Gamma Omicron's ambitions to become a national fraternity was noted by a Beta Theta Pi correspondent at Ohio State University. In a biography of Justice Thurgood Marshall, the authors recounted how certain chapters of the fraternity used a "brown paper bag test" and would not consider students whose skin color was darker than the bag. The fraternity's Nu Mu Lambda chapter of Decatur, Georgia, held a voter registration drive in DeKalb County, Georgia, in 2004, from which Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox rejected all 63 voter registration applications on the basis that the fraternity did not follow correct procedures, including obtaining specific pre-clearance from the state to conduct their drive. The fraternity assisted in a similar case that involved fraternity brother Lloyd Gaines. Try our monthly plan today. Doyley was taken to a local hospital for emergency surgery, and he later died. [45], In 1933 fraternity brother Belford Lawson Jr. founded the New Negro Alliance (NNA) in Washington D.C. to combat white-run business in black neighborhoods that would not hire black employees. [111], In 2001 and 2007, the chapters at Ohio State University and Oklahoma State University–Stillwater were suspended for two and five years respectively for hazing and incidents involving prospective members injured seriously enough to require medical care. In August 2008, the foundation's leaders estimated the memorial would take 20 months to complete with a total cost of US$120 million. [143] Mason was inaugurated as the fraternity's 33rd General President in January 2009. The doing of good scholastic work in his chosen vocation, thereby accomplishing the real end of a college course In 2012, Herman "Skip" Mason was suspended from the fraternity amid allegations of financial improprieties and was summarily removed as General President. [5] The other members of the group felt that Poindexter, as a graduate student, dominated the meetings of Alpha Phi Alpha. There are attendant titles he must earn. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. 1884-1962. In 1946, fraternity brother Paul Robeson, in a letter to the editor published in The New York Times, referring to apartheid and South Africa's impending request to annex South-West Africa, a League of Nations mandate, appealed: to my fellow Americans to make known their protest against such conditions to the South African Ministry in Washington; to send to the Council on African Affairs, an expression of support for these grievously oppressed workers in South Africa; to keep the South African situation in mind against the time when General Smuts will come to the United Nations Assembly to demand the annexation of South West Africa, which means more Africans for him to exploit. Aspirants must not submit themselves, or agree to submit themselves, to any membership activities that are prohibited by the fraternity. The decision "of placing Brother [Eugene] Jones in his true historical setting resulting from the leading role which he had played in the origin and development of the early years of the fraternity history" was made by a special committee consisting of Jewels Callis, Kelley and Murray and fraternity historian Charles H. Wesley. Not only was he the strongest proponent of the fraternity idea among the organization’s founders, the civil engineering student also became Alpha Chapter’s first president. It employs an icon from Ancient Egypt, the Great Sphinx of Giza, as its symbol. A resident of Troy for 50 years, Mrs. Kelley had lived in Lansingburgh for the last 16 years. Kelly’s father was a … The GBK Foundation is named in honor of Troy, NY native and resident George Biddle Kelley. Fraternity brother Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the keynote speech at the 50th anniversary banquet, in which he spoke on the "Injustices of Segregation". Chapters were chartered at Howard University and Virginia Union University in 1907. [6] Poindexter was stated to have a relationship with the other students of the group that was more faculty to student than peer-to-peer, given that he was the secretary of a professor at Cornell. [93], The memorial is a result of an early effort of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity to erect a monument to King. In 1996, the United States Congress authorized the Secretary of the Interior to permit Alpha Phi Alpha to establish a memorial on Department of Interior lands in the District of Columbia, giving the fraternity until November 2003 to raise $100 million and break ground. [147], In 1940, Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Kappa Alpha Psi hosted conventions in the Municipal Auditorium of Kansas City, Missouri, and held a historic joint BGLO session. [72], The period in which a candidate for membership in the fraternity engages in before applying and being initiated as a member. The family hired an attorney to help hold the fraternity accountable for his death. [11] The society decided to work to provide a literary, study, social, and support group for all minority students who encountered social and academic racial prejudice. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: A Centennial Celebration The “Seven Jewels”: Students, Then Brothers George Biddle Kelley, 1881-1963. 1884-1962. [96] Soon thereafter, a full-time fundraising team began the fundraising and promotional campaign for the memorial. [27] Each newly elected General President is automatically considered one of the "100 most influential Black Americans. [112][113] In 2010, the fraternity suspended new membership intake indefinitely in response to hazing activities in 2009 that again caused pledges to be hospitalized. Born to Richard and Mathilda Decker Kelley, George was the grandson of one of the most cultured and [157], In 2010, the fraternity was banned from the campus of Mercer University for three years for hazing. This period is the time the candidate learns the organization's history, objectives, aims, and the tenacity of brotherhood. [148], In 1989, Joel Harris an Alpha Phi Alpha aspirant, age 18, a student at Morehouse College died following suspected hazing. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, designed to recognize individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors", has been awarded to many members including Edward Brooke and William Coleman. [163], In 2014, six Alpha Phi Alpha men at the University of Akron were arrested and charged with assault for severely beating pledges. Authorities found convincing evidence that hazing was the reason for his death. [26], The first general convention assembled in December 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., producing the first ritual and the election of the first General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, Moses A. Tyler went with other pledges and members of the fraternity to Mount Rubidoux where the ambulance was called to pick him up and take him to the hospital before his death. [153], In 2008, Mcandy Douarin, age 26, a student at the University of Central Florida (UCF), died from "heart-related failure less than 12 hours after a punch to his chest". C.T. [160], In 2013, four Alpha Phi Alpha members were arrested and plead guilty to severely beating pledges (misdemeanor charge) and violating Virginia State University's code of conduct. [154] Douarin shared with his family that he was frequently punched in the chest by members of Alpha Phi Alpha as part of the pledging process, and his family released photos of bruises on his chest to validate that was the reason why he died. That event brought over 700 fraternity members who gathered for a day-long program. Since its founding in 1906, more than 290,000 men have joined the membership of Alpha Phi Alpha and a large percentage of leadership within the African-American community in the 20th century originated from the ranks of the fraternity. [32] The Crisis and The Sphinx are respectively the first and second oldest continuously published black journals in the United States. [95] King remained involved with the fraternity after the completion of his studies, including delivering the keynote speech at the fraternity's 50th anniversary banquet in 1956. His father Richard C. Kelley served in the Civil War, while his mother Matilda Jane Decker was the daughter of Rev. [6] The initial study group consisted of 14 students. Austin Kilgore [Lee receives probation in Alpha case], Aaron Crutison (acting), April-December 2012, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, North American Interfraternity Conference. Jewel George Biddle Kelley. [86] Members are required to be registered voters, and to participate in the national voter registration program.[90]. William H. Decker, active in the Underground Railroad. Initial Membership Development Process (IMDP). Without his serious and eager leadership, it is probable that the fraternal organization would have advanced more slowly. The NNA instituted a then-radical "Don't Buy Where You Can't Work" campaign, and organized or threatened boycotts against white-owned business. [66], In 1968, after the assassination of fraternity brother Martin Luther King Jr., Alpha Phi Alpha proposed erecting a permanent memorial to King in Washington, D.C. [28] The United States Congress authorized the Secretary of the Interior to permit Alpha Phi Alpha to establish a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King on Department of Interior lands in the District of Columbia. His father migrated from Virginia as a fugitive B George Biddle Kelley hails from Troy, NY and studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before entering the College of Engineering at Cornell University in 1905. [14] In his absence in the meeting on November 1906, the fraternity idea was pushed for a vote by Murray and was seconded by Robert H Ogle. The efforts of the fraternity gained momentum in 1986 after King's birthday was designated a national holiday. The Federal Housing Act (of 1963) requested non-profit organizations to get involved with providing housing for low-income families, individuals and senior citizens. 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