Greetings Brothers:

We have reached another defining moment in the history of our Fraternity. A moment that demands EXCELLENCE instead of mediocrity, ACTION instead of rhetoric, LEADERSHIP instead of spectatorship, and a MOVEMENT instead of another meeting.

It is with a profound sense of humility and deep pride that I place myself before the brotherhood to become your 36th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In doing so, I seek your ideas, prayers and support as we develop a platform that will bring multidimensional solutions and transformational actions to the challenges that face our fraternity and indeed our world today.

From “Go to High School – Go to College” to “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People,” the Men of Alpha Phi Alpha have always been at the forefront of establishing impactful Movements that have defined our contributions and service to society. Today is no different, as we give serious consideration to the world in which we live and the world that our children and grandchildren will inherit – we must conclude that the mandate for a strategic MOVEMENT is critical to the advancement and sustainability of our race.

The mechanics of a successful movement are quite simple; find a cause worth fighting for and a group of men willing to commit to the front lines. Several causes exist in society that are worthy of the attention of this fraternity and I have already committed myself to the front lines. Won’t you join me? We have the power to shape our destiny in Alpha and the communities in which we are privileged to serve. However, in order to do that, we must move and we must act with urgency.

Over the next few days, I will engage the brotherhood to hear your thoughts on where our fraternity should focus its energy as well as share a few ideas of my own. This movement cannot begin nor be sustained without your input and I hope that each of you is just as vested as I am in the future of this great fraternity and our world.

There is a lot to be discussed, so please reach out to me directly at: or on one of my social-media platforms below.

There is no ALPHA MOVEMENT without YOU!

–Brother Smothers