The Alpha Foundation of Howard County provides support and funding to the educational programs of Howard County’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The goal is to raise the educational achievement of young Black men and help them avoid falling into the nationwide educational achievement gap that limits the advancement of most African American men.
Inspired by the intellectual contributions of Asa Hilliard, Jake Caruthers, Molefie Asante and Maulana Karenga, AFHC establishes a higher education standard for students built on the leadership’s experience, the storied history of the Fraternity and a understanding of the contribution African American men have made to the political, economic and culture successes of the United States and around the world.
History of the Foundation
In 2000, the brothers of Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. began to consider forming a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation in Howard County, Columbia, Maryland to facilitate fundraising for its educational programs.
In consultation with the leadership of Alpha chapters in Baltimore and Montgomery County, Brothers Cecil Christian, Dennis Kemp, Jon E. Offley, and Freeman Sands explored the steps necessary for establishing such a foundation in Howard County. On March 10, 2001, Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter (KPL) approved the establishment of the Alpha Foundation of Howard County, Inc. (AFHC) as a separate legal entity with its own by-laws and officers. KPL’s rules stipulate that the chapter president and the director of educational activities automatically become members of the foundation’s board of directors.
AFHC’s Articles of Incorporation were signed on May 17, 2001 and approved by the State of Maryland Department of Treasury on August 3, 2001. August 13, 2001 marked the first AFHC Board elections with the selection of Board Chair, Cecil Christian; Vice Chairman, David Barrett; Secretary, Salvador Waller; Treasurer, Freeman Sands and Jon E. Offley was appointed AFHC Legal Counsel. All KPL members in good financial standing automatically became AFHC members.
AFHC’s chief fundraising initiatives are its annual golf tournament and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast; additional support comes from grants, corporate partnerships and individual donors. AFHC has also established an endowment, with the Community Foundation of Howard County. The goal is to build a corpus of $500,000 to generate annual income of at least $25,000 for educational programs.
History of the Fraternity
Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the Fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were established at other colleges and universities, many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. The first Alumni Chapter was established in 1911. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African-Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through leaders such as: W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its form as the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945. For more information about Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity visit http://www.alpha-phi-alpha.com/index.php
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