The Alpha Movement Platform

The Next Meaningful Movement in our Fraternity.

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Inspiration

Robert Harold Ogle on the future of the fraternity –  25thAnniversary Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio – 1931

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is at an undeniable crossroads with respect to the contributions it must make to the global society during the next 100 years. In response to this “state of existence” in a letter to then nineteenth General President, Belford V. Lawson, Jewel Robert Harold Ogle wrote:

“Never before was it as incumbent upon every member to restate loyalty and exemplify fraternal obligation by consistent life and unimpeachable character. But these must be reinforced by a growing consciousness of the responsibilities that Alpha Phi Alpha faces in the world today, where if ever the problems which beset us are to be solved and a way of deliverance discovered, it must be by the application of those principles upon which we are founded…these thoughts, my brothers, are my conception of our duties and responsibilities to Alpha Phi Alpha.”

This same clarion call, issued by Jewel Ogle in 1931, is one that is still applicable TODAY. I am calling on all Alpha Men to join me in bringing our Fraternity to a place where the profound words of its Jewel Founder Ogle are realized. To set the Fraternity on a course that will ultimately amplify the services that it renders to its communities in new and unprecedented ways. To increase its global impact while simultaneously remaining true to its pledge to serve as a beacon to “the youth who march onward and upward toward the light.” Realizing that this can only be done with a surge of brotherhood, renewed commitments from every brother, a demand for excellence and a sincere desire to serve — with these things, I am convinced that our Fraternity will reach heights unheralded and we will realize the deliverance envisioned by Jewel Ogle.

In the days ahead you will learn more about our campaign platform. We hope you will join our effort as we begin to put real meaning into three simple, but powerful words: The Alpha Movement.

Remember:
When the Men of Alpha Move, families and communities are changed;
When the Men of Alpha Move, people are empowered to make a difference.
When the Men of Alpha Move, justice and quality are achieved.

I invite you – to join the Movement Today!

The Alpha Movement Platform at-a-glance

It. Is. Time. It is time for Alpha men around the world to join together in a movement that will transform our world into the place we know it can be. For far too long, the nation’s oldest historically black intercollegiate fraternity has been relegated to a spectator in the fight for justice and freedom. In both a contemporary and prophetic message, Alpha’s Fourteenth General President, Brother Charles Harris Wesley once said,

“Where leadership was required in these past years, an Alpha man could be found to furnish it. Where ideas were needed to call out the best within the group, Alpha Phi Alpha has been equal to the emergency. Our march has been ever onward and upward toward better life.”

With this rallying call in mind, I would like to introduce you to The Alpha Movement action plan. This plan was developed for brothers and most importantly, by brothers.

The Alpha Movement is a call to every Alpha Man to continue the legacy of our Jewel Founders – to be the LEADERS that the world so desperately needs today. As the Fraternity has reached another defining moment in its history our communities are faced with a number of significant challenges. Those challenges include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The miseducation of African Americans in K-12 School Systems;
  • The under representation of African Americans in graduate and professional schools;
  • The disengagement of African Americans in the politics of our communities and nation;
  • The increase in financial illiteracy rates among African Americans;
  • The pervasiveness of systematic injustices and inequalities in laws and policies of our Government;
  • The chronic health disparities effecting African Americans and other minorities;
  • The prevalence of poverty among children and minorities;
  • The brokenness of the African American Family;
  • The uncertain state of young black men in America;
  • The diminished presence of grassroots organizations in the African American Community;

The convergence of these challenges has caused seismic shifts in how African American Leaders respond and engage. As a result, the perpetuation of apathy and complacency has consumed our communities and silenced our organizations. The aforementioned challenges can no longer be ignored, they must be addressed. To do so will demand EXCELLENCE instead of mediocrity, ACTION instead of rhetoric, LEADERSHIP instead of spectatorship, and MOVEMENTs instead of meetings and conventions.

These Challenges present an excellent opportunity for the men of Alpha Phi Alpha to Ignite a Movement that will redefine its place in society as one of the preeminent leadership, service and advocacy organizations for African Americans. The Alpha Movement proposes five (5) strategic pathways to addressing the aforementioned urgent issues.

The Leadership Movement

Identifying and Preparing the Next Generation of African-American Leaders while simultaneously Strengthening Brothers for Greater Leadership, Service, and Advocacy

The Education and Economic Empowerment Movement

Redesigning Alpha’s National Programs and Special Projects to ensure their relevance in addressing today’s challenges of educational access and economic empowerment.

The Advocacy Movement for Justice and Equality

Creating and generating support for local, state and national legislative agendas and initiatives that promote the fundamental rights of Americans (especially underrepresented minorities).

The Development Movement (Strengthening Alpha’s Infrastructure and Diversifying Its Resources)

Securing the Future of the “House of Alpha” by Advancing Alpha’s Timeless Brotherhood Values and acquiring the adequate resources and revenue streams to support the mission-based work of the Fraternity.

The Service Movement

Addressing the myriad challenges of the African American Community by confronting key issues with Alpha’s innovative ideas, quality service and impactful actions and securing Brothers involvement in this movement.

Today, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. finds itself in a paradoxical situation. Alpha can continue to operate comfortably in the same manner that has allowed us to exist for 113 years or Alpha can dare to be bold and embrace the changing society. In 1929, Bro. Charles H. Wesley dedicated our history book to the “…youths who march onward and upward toward the light.” In 2019, I’m asking you to join me in a MOVEMENT that ensures those youths continue to march towards that light.

Today, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. finds itself in a paradoxical situation. Alpha can continue to operate comfortably in the same manner that has allowed us to exist for 113 years or Alpha can dare to be bold and embrace the changing society. In 1929, Bro. Charles H. Wesley dedicated our history book to the “…youths who march onward and upward toward the light.” In 2019, I’m asking you to join me in a MOVEMENT that ensures those youths continue to march towards that light.