Each day above ground can be considered a blessing. In the same vein, each year of existence can be viewed as a positive and encouraging accomplishment. For members of predominantly black fraternities and sororities, some are approaching 100 years of leadership and service to their communities (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.), while others, highlighted by the centennial celebration of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, have reached or slightly surpassed this mark of longevity and relevance (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.).
And there is one fraternity, the first intercollegiate fraternity created for and established by African-American descent, whose presence is still one to be reckoned with, especially as today marks its 107th year. As in multiple locales throughout the state, region, country, and other countries, the Metro Atlanta Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are hosting their Founders' Day Celebration.
"This year's celebration promises to provide quality and highly impacting programming to not only celebrate our 107 years of leadership and service, but ways to continue to engage our communities", notes co-chairman Marshall Taggart.
After a series of fraternity-only programming on the actual Founders' Day (December 4th), the subsequent days of programming provide multiple segments of the community with opportunities to interact, address, analyze, and act upon areas of concern in their immediate and interrelated communities. Thursday's Public Policy Forum provides the Metro-Atlanta community a chance to learn more and gain improved access to resources related to the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Taking place at the Emory University School of Medicine (1648 Pierce Drive) on Thursday, December 5th (the doors open at 6pm), the forum, moderated by by Erica M. Long, JD (Long Strategies Group, LLC), provides an opportune time for the community to address their areas of concern related to the implementation of the new law, along with in-depth questions and evaluations in a town-hall style format. The panel includes Jeryl Spencer, Jr (President and CEO of JSW Public Health Group, LLC), Marcus Dumas (Professor of Public Health at GA Perimeter College), Dr. Anton C. Bizzell (President and CEO of Bizzell Group, LLC), Dr. Richard E. Wild (COO, Atlanta Regional Office Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), and Dr. Patricia G. Ketsche (Associate Professor of Health Administration at GA State University), whose work and knowledge base lend favorably to helping the community separate fact from fiction regarding the health-related law.
Co-chair Robert Cunningham emphatically suggests, "Friday evening (December 6th) provides our professional community a great opportunity to network with fellow professionals, add to their reference bases, and enjoy a good night out".
The evening (December 6th) kicks off with a networking event at the Loews-Atlanta Hotel (1065 Peachtree Street NE) from 6-9pm. The business-casual themed event (taking place at the lobby/lounge) encourages attendees to bring their business cards and enjoy a relaxed, mature audience at one of the city's more upscale hotels. The evening continues with an after-party at Reign Nightclub, literally located around the corner (1021 Peachtree Street NE) from the hotel from 9pm-2am; by registering online, there is free admission until 12am for the Friday evening function (at Reign).
Saturday includes both a service project and another mature-themed outing. From 10:30am-12:30pm at the Favor Academy of Excellence (408 Sawtell Ave SE), members of the fraternity are "rolling up their sleeves" to provide some beautification of the organization's property to better serve and support its target audience (teen parents and providing them with professional and personal tools for success). The evening concludes with the recently added Alpha Alumni Takeover at Suite Food Lounge. While patrons are able to RSVP for free, members of the fraternity (along with members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.) are able to RSVP for the "Phirst Pham" special section to provide additional networking and social opportunities (which include a live band and dj), which includes free entry until 11:30pm.
On Sunday, the fraternity concludes its Founders' Day Celebration by worshiping at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church (1879-1921 Glenwood Ave SE) for the 11:30am service. The general public is invited to worship with members of the fraternity where one of their fraternal brothers, Dr. William Flippen, is the pastor.
"All who plan on attending are strongly encouraged to visit our Alphas of Atlanta website", adds Michael Jones.
The community is encouraged to follow the chapters’ Facebook (AtlAlphasFoundersWeek), Twitter (ATLAlphas), and Instagram (ATLAlphas) platforms.
Time to worship, network, perform community service, address community issues, and renew their fraternal bonds is what makes the Metro Atlanta chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and their Founders' Day celebration a special set of days. With chapters from Morehouse, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Clayton State, Kennesaw State, Southern Polytechnic Institute, and West Georgia, along with graduate chapters based in Atlanta, Decatur, Marietta, College Park/East Point, Duluth, Stockbridge/Henry County, Carrolton, and Loganville-Conyers, along with a lineage of leadership that includes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the celebration and promotion of outreach and service promises to be like none other for the oldest intercollegiate fraternal organization for African-American men.
Well put, and well put-together from the "oldest and the coldest".