by M. Wilkes
This past Saturday, the newest chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in Florida was chartered in Orange Park. Thirty-two members of the nation’s oldest fraternity for African-American men founded the new chapter servicing the Tri-County area of Northeast Florida (Clay, St. Johns and Duval counties).
The weekend’s activities included a President’s Dinner, Brotherhood Social Luncheon, After-Party and a worship service at Open Arms Community Church.
The Sigma Pi Lambda chapter, the fraternity’s 962nd chapter, will focus on the national programs Go to High School-Go to College, Project Alpha, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People and Brother’s Keeper. In addition to the national and local programs, the chapter will award scholarships to deserving high school students, perform community service and serve as mentors. The newly chartered chapter’s president is Douglas Young.
Alpha Phi Alpha was founded on December 4, 1906 and is the oldest intercollegiate fraternity and bolsters membership of more that 200,000 college-educated men.