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1. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was created to address the low retention rate at Cornell University during the times of Jim Crow Laws. 2. In 2010, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. decided to boycott Arizona and move their 2010 National Convention to Las Vegas, in protest of the recent Arizona law that allows for profiling of potential illegal immigrants. 3. Vertner Woodson Tandy became the first registered black architect in the state of New York. 4. Vertner Woodson Tandy became the first African American to pass the military commissioning examination and was commissioned First Lieutenant in the 15th Infantry of the New York State National Guard. 5. Part of Henry Arthur Callis's life was spent as a medical consultant to theVeterans Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama. 6. With the death of  Henry Arthur Callis on November 12, 1974, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. no longer had any living Jewels.  7. One of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. prominent members W.E.B. Dubois, came up with the idea of the Niagara movement, with later led to the NAACP. 8. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Member and former Washington, D.C mayor Marion Barry was the first chairman of the SNCC. 9. Seven Alpha men represented the United States at the politically-charged 1936 Summer Olympics: Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe, Frederick Pollard, Jr., Cornelius Johnson, Archibald Williams, Dave Albritton, and John Woodruff.   10. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the nation's entry into World War II, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity inc. fought to secure rights for its membership within the ranks of Officers in the Armed Forces. 11. In 1956, the fraternity made a "pilgrimage" to Cornell in celebration of its Golden Jubilee which drew about 1,000 members who traveled by chartered train from Buffalo, New York to Ithaca. 12. The Eta Tau Lambda chapter created Alpha Phi Alpha Homes Inc. with James R. Williams as the chairman to address these needs in Akron, Ohio. 13. In 1996, The World Policy Council (WPC) was created as a think tank to expand the fraternity's involvement in politics 14. In 2006, more than 10,000 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. members gathered in Washington, D.C. to participate in the fraternity’s centennial convention to lay the groundwork for another 100 years of service. 15. Alpha Phi Alpha is known as “The School for the better making of man”. 16. Alpha Phi Alpha has developed a “go green” initiative in doing so they have partnered with corporations such as Exxon mobile, GM, Ford, GM, Home Depot, sustainable agriculture companies, and environmental firms. 17. Jewel Henry Arthur Callis became a practicing physician, Howard University Professor of Medicine and prolific contributor to medical journals. 18. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has partnered with 50 million pound challenge, to create “Live Well O-Six”,  which stands for O- Opt for healthy  lifestyle choices; S – Seek opportunities to learn more about health; I – Identify health issues in your community; eXtinguish health disparities. 19. Alpha Phi Alpha does not take honorary members anymore 20. George Flectcher was the first honorary member in April 26, 1907, Edward Ulysses Anderson Brooks was the second honorary member in Feb. 29, 190 21. In 1945 Alpha Phi Alpha became interracial.

22. Brother Moses Alvin Morrison was Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. first general president. 23. There are currently 15 chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha in Pennsylvania. 24. Iota Sigma Chapter was chartered on December 15, 1975 25. Henry Arthur Callis was the 6th general president serving from 1915-191 26. Alpha Academy is a program that helps prepares high school students for college study. During an eight-week intensive program, high school seniors study English, mathematics, history, science and computer science. They are exposed to learning strategies and a wellness way of life involving nutrition, exercise and stress...
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