Members of the Alpha Phil Alpha Fraternity Incorporated have inducted into office their new leadership that will steer the affairs of the entity for the next couples of years.
The officials who were inducted on Sunday, 4 February at the Corina Hotel in Sinkor include Bro. Nathaniel E. Kelvin president, Bro. William K. Morris vice president, Bro. Paul J. Hinneh Financial Secretary, Bro. Prince W. Kieh Treasure, Bro. Marcus S. Wleh, Recording Secretary and Bro. J. Alben Greaves, Chaplain.
Addressing the audience on Sunday evening, the Master of Ceremony at the induction program Gerald B. Sherman said the fraternity was established on December 4, 1906 and has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world.
He told the audience that Alpha Phil Alpha Fraternity was established in New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country.
According to him, the Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. He says the Jewel founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
Turning the mantle of authority over to the newly elected officers, the president emeritus, and Former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC) Mr. T. Nelson Williams said it was with great pleasure given him by his colleagues to have served the Alpha Brothers.
Recounting his achievement as head of the institution, Mr. Williams said in 2013, distinguished men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity – Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter were recipients of the Golden Image Award (GIA) at the 3rd Annual Golden Image Awards Program held at the Executive Pavilion in honor of former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf.
He said Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter raised $21,500.00 for scholarship and educational programs between 2012 and 2013, adding that the funds benefited 114 junior and senior high school students in Montserrado and surrounding counties.
Delivering his acceptance message, the newly elected president expressed delight to have been elected by his colleagues to steer the affairs of the Alpha Brothers.
“I celebrate today knowing that my peers have recognized my God given potential to award me with the presidency of this great institution. I pray that God will give me the strength to lead,” says Mr. Kelvin.
He reminds his colleagues of the collective challenges faced by the founders of the organization in 1904, saying it defines the very essence of the work the leadership is called to do. “We are to promote the education of the youth and citizens of this country. We are to advance the social causes that will eradicate segregation, discrimination, racism, mistreatment, among others in our current dispensation,” Mr. Kelvin urges.
By Lewis S. Teh