alpha_phi_alpha.jpgMIAMI GARDENS — Miami’s Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host the South Florida area chapters to mark National Founder’s Day.

The celebration will take place Sunday, Dec. 4, on the campus of Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, which is headed by a fraternity member, Henry Lewis III.

Alphas from colleges and college alumni and their guests from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties have been invited to join in observing the rich history of the first fraternity founded for college educated men of color.

The Founder’s Day Service will take place at 4 p.m. at the Susan C. Holley Religious Center.  The featured speaker will be Everett Ward, the fraternity’s past southern regional vice president, of Charleston, S.C.

Following the service, fraternity members will march from the chapel to the campus center for a reception.

The event is free and open to the public, including all fraternities and sororities.

Upcoming events being planned by Alpha chapters in the region include AlphaDisiac and Black Ice socials/parties throughout the year, a Black and Gold Ball in Broward County, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Services, an Evening with Black Artists in Palm Beach County, the Knights of Gold Mentorship event for Miami-Dade County and Alpha’s Men of Tomorrow events in Broward and Palm Beach counties. 

On Jan. 15, the Beta Beta Lambda chapter will hold the Alpha/Links MLK Memorial Services at the Church of the Incarnation in Miami’s Liberty City community, and the Black & Gold Gala at the Westin Colonnade hotel in Coral Gables, which will commemorate the King  Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. — a project which the fraternity led — and salute local contributors.

An Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Leadership Conference is planned for June 2012 at the Fontainebleau Resort on Miami Beach, and the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the Beta Beta Lambda Chapter will take place on Nov. 12.

Seven Cornell University students founded the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on Dec. 4, 1906. The organization seeks to develop leaders and promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for communities.

Miami’s Beta Beta Lambda chapter was founded on Nov. 19, 1937.

Those who wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Scholarship Program and/or Economic & Community Development initiative should call 305-206-8269, or e-mail or mail donations in c/o Beta Beta Lambda Chapter, P.O. Box 12447, Miami, FL 33101.

Photo: Henry Lewis III