Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, the 18th president of Alcorn State University, received a presidential citation from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated at the fraternity’s 105th Anniversary Convention held in Chicago, Illinois. The citation, presented by Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., the 33rd general president of the fraternity, is given to Dr. Brown in recognition of his leadership and community service achievements.
“Today, I am elated to award one of the fraternity’s best and brightest - Dr. M. Christopher Brown II,” said President Mason. “For years, he has been serving as a role model to our youth and a stellar example of personal and professional achievement.”
“As I receive the presidential citation, I am thankful and humbled for the honor,” stated Dr. Brown. “This award will serve as a motivation to continue to support our mission of developing leaders, promoting academic excellence, and providing service and advocacy to our communities.”
Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy. Dr. Walter Washington, the 16th President of Alcorn State University, served as the fraternity’s 24th General President from 1974-1978.
Alpha Phi Alpha today continues its commitment to members of the fraternity and the African-American community through Alpha University. Via Alpha University, the fraternity has dedicated itself to fostering the spirit of brotherhood, training a new generation of leaders, building the technological capacity of members, bringing consistency to the implementation of the fraternity's national programs and ensuring that chapters have the necessary preparation to implement fraternal initiatives and day-to-day operations. (Retrieved from http://www.alpha-phi-alpha.com on 06/24/2011)