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Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is undoubtedly one of the most renowned Alphas of all time. Many know that King was an Alpha but few have seen pictures of what he looked like as a young member of the fraternity.

Dr. King became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in 1952. He crossed through the Sigma Chapter (Boston Metro chapter) of the Alpha Phi Alpha, as a young graduate student at Boston University where he was working on his Doctorate of Philosophy.

We at WatchTheYard.com have scoured the internet and found pictures of MLK from around the time that he crossed APhiA.

Martin Luther King Jr. (Bottom Right) pledging Alpha Phi Alpha, circa 1952

Martin Luther King Jr. (Bottom Right) pledging Alpha Phi Alpha, circa 1952

 

Dr. MLK Jr, attending his first Alpha Phi Alpha general convention as a neophyte were he was awarded the "Alpha Award of Honor".

Dr. MLK Jr, attending his first Alpha Phi Alpha general convention as a neophyte were he was awarded the “Alpha Award of Honor”.

 

MLK Jr. at age 25 wearing his graduation robes from Boston University where he received his doctorate degree.

MLK Jr. at age 25 wearing his graduation robes from Boston University where he received his doctorate degree.

n 1956, Martin Luther King was given the Alpha Award of Honor for ‘‘Christian leadership in the cause of first class citizenship for all mankind’’ at the 50th-anniversary convention of Alpha Phi Alpha (Papers 3:339). King called the event one of the happiest moments of his life and said that the award gave him ‘‘renewed courage to continue in the great and momentous struggle for justice’’ (King, 21 August 1956). http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_alpha_phi_alpha_fraternity/

“In 1956, Martin Luther King was given the Alpha Award of Honor for ‘‘Christian leadership in the cause of first class citizenship for all mankind’’ at the 50th-anniversary convention of Alpha Phi Alpha. King called the event one of the happiest moments of his life and said that the award gave him ‘‘renewed courage to continue in the great and momentous struggle for justice.’’ [Click here for more info]

Dr. MLK Jr., married his wife Corretta Scott King in 1953, just a year after crossing Alpha.

Dr. MLK Jr., married his wife Corretta Scott King in 1953, just a year after crossing Alpha.

 

Picture from Dr. King's graduation from Morehouse. He enrolled at Morehouse College in 1944 when he was just 15 years old.

Picture from Dr. King’s graduation from Morehouse. He enrolled at Morehouse College in 1944 when he was just 15 years old.

 

Picture from Dr. King's graduation from Morehouse

Picture from Dr. King’s graduation from Morehouse

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The Members of Alpha Phi Alpha at Duke Are Some Dapper Brothers

The brothers of the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha just released photos from their recent chapter photo shoot and we’ve got to say, these are some DAPPER young brothers.

The photo shoot was do at the nearby Tobacco Road Campus and features the brothers suited, highlighting their chapter’s professionalism.

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The Alphas at UNC Chapel Hill Just Raised the Bar With Their Fall 2017 Lookbook

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The Alphas at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill just did a Fall 2017 Lookbook to highlight their chapter and it has raised the bar by 1906%.

The chapter’s  “Mu Zeta Fall 2017 Lookbook” features photos of the chapter and individual brothers in addition to profiles. There is even a section on proper attire and etiquette for young men crafted by one of the chapter’s brothers.

Check out some photos from the lookbook below. At the bottom of this page click on the arrows to see the individual profiles and the segment they wrote on proper attire and etiquette for young men.

Click on the arrows below see each of the their individual profiles and pictures.

Trust us, the rest of the pages are amazing.

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Harlem Alphas Become the First BGLO in 18 Years to Have a Float in the African American Day Parade

Harlem Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated organized massive Alpha and AKA participation in the 2017 African American Day Parade in New York this year.

Joined by Alphas and AKA’s from every New York City Chapter, Long Island, Westchester and even Newark, NJ, the 2017 African American Day parade will be long remembered for how the Alphas and AKA’s represented Black Greek Letter organizations.

The Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter (Harlem Alphas) secured an “Alpha Float” for all members of their Fraternity. According to parade organizers, this marks the first time in 18 years that a Black Greek Letter Organization purchased a float for the parade.

“We are proud to have led this effort,” said Harlem Chapter President Larry Scott Blackmon. “The Brothers in New York stepped up like never before. Additionally, we are proud to have been joined by our Sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. We all are the talk of the parade.”

The Harlem Alphas are on the move and the parade proves it for all to see.

The chapter continues to throw impactful events for the community, just days ago they held an immigration forum to help immigrants get updates on developments in Washington D.C., understand their individual rights, and provide individual consultations.

For more information about upcoming events, visit www.Harlemalphas.org.

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