Voorhees holds an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Founders’ Day Program
December 05, 2018
President W. Franklin Evans recently served as the keynote speaker for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Founders’ Day celebration held on Dec. 4 in Massachusetts Hall.
Evans said after 112 years of service, transformation, and leadership, the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha truly have something to be proud of.
“Our organization was founded by seven jewels in 1906 who were men of distinction. They wanted to establish a brotherhood and achieve higher social, economic, and intellectual status together,” Evans said.
He added that people who want to achieve something for the moment move fast and alone, but people who want to achieve something lasting will go at a slower pace and together.
“We set the foundation for the rest of the divine nine organizations to come into existence. We may have different names, colors, and mottos, but we each are committed to be of service to our communities and the world. By working collaboratively, we can do so much more,” Evans said.
Evans closed with saying Alpha men are diligent in their work efforts to promote change and sustainability. He explained that was one of the reasons their legacy has continued for 112 years and counting. “I am unapologetically Alpha, and we have a long line of celebrities, educators, doctors, reverends, and lawyers in our esteemed organization. However, our titles are not what define our greatness, but instead our contributions to society,” Evans said.
At the conclusion of the program, there was a Divine Nine tribute, where members from the other eight Black Greek-lettered sororities and fraternities were recognized. This was followed by the Alpha hymn and prayer.