As we approach a significant milestone in American history, the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington, I am writing to emphasize the importance of the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.'s active participation in this momentous event, in particular the District, Maryland and Virginia Alphas (DMV Alpha's).
As proud members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., we have always stood at the forefront of civil rights and social justice movements. Our beloved fraternity has a long-standing tradition of advocating for equality and justice, and one of our most revered members, Bro. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., played an immeasurable role in shaping the course of civil rights in this nation. The March on Washington holds a special place in history as it was on this day, 60 years ago, that our dear brother delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream'' speech, which continues to inspire generations.
Supporting and actively participating in this event aligns directly with our fraternity's aims, mission statement, motto, and objectives. As "First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All," we must seize every opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the principles of brotherhood, leadership, and service that define Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Standing together at this historic commemoration is not only a display of unity but also a testament to our ongoing dedication to the cause for which Bro. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and countless others fought and sacrificed.
Furthermore, this anniversary presents us with an excellent opportunity to unite and strengthen our fraternity's bond, as well as support our dear brother Martin Luther King III, who has dedicated his life to the civil rights movement, following in the footsteps of his iconic father. The history of our fraternity and the history of the civil rights movement are intertwined, and we owe it to ourselves, our community, and our future generations to continue championing the cause of justice and equality. As we have recently lost several human, political and civil rights that our dear brother fought and lost his life to make our lives better. "The struggle continues!!!! "
In light of the occasion, Alpha made an announcement at our National Convention in Dallas to mobilize brothers throughout the United States to come to Washington DC to support this historical march. I will be working with Bro Carl Pickney, Political and Civic Engagement Chair who will be the National POC for this event. Alpha will like to mobilize as many brothers as possible for this event. I have been asked during our National Convention in Dallas to coordinate the local response in the DMV (all 13 Alumni and 6 College Chapters), I am working closely with the National Action Network (NAN) and both District Directors of VACAPAF and MAAC to spreading the word among our brothers in the DMV.
Please use the following link, http://bit.ly/3ORcIB3 to sign up, as we would like to get a head count.
Additional information will be distributed concerning the actual route. By coming together on this day, we will once again demonstrate the strength in numbers and the power of our collective voices. It would be great to have maximum participation in this effort.
Let us show the world that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. remains steadfast in its commitment to social progress, and that the legacy of our brotherhood continues to shape a better future for all. I believe that our involvement in the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington will not only honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but also leave a lasting impact on those who follow in our footsteps.
In the end may I leave you with this “Jewel Callis stated" "We are necessary for the advancement of human rights in this decade. Indeed, I am not certain we are prepared for the responsibilities of this period. Our interests have become too narrow. Dances and cocktail parties replace discussion of current problems and active participation in community and regional affairs.”
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and I look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with you and the Brothers in the DMV on this historic day.