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Did you know that W.E.B. Du Bois’ daughter, Nina Yolande Du Bois Williams (1900-1961), was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.? We at WatchTheYard.com have obtained a receipt from Delta Sigma Theta to W.E.B. DuBois stating that he had completely paid her dues and that she was fully financial with the organization.

Yolanda was born in 1900 and because of her fathers’ fame within the Black community, became one of the most sought after mates of her generation. According to an article by  about Yolandas life,

“Yolande grew up to become one of the most prized mates of her Negro generation. For a time she carried on a torrid love affair with young Jimmie Lunceford, a bandleader in Harlem jazz clubs. But Yolande’s prickly father didn’t approve of jazzmen. Instead, her approved wedding in 1928 to Countee Cullen, a dashing literary leader of the Harlem Renaissance, was the Negro social event of the decade, bringing together two generations of America’s Talented Tenth. But the union ended in divorce in 1930 after it was rumored that Cullen was having a homosexual love affair with the “handsomest man in Harlem” — an intrigue that has since inspired a popular play, “Knock Me a Kiss,” by Charles Smith. It was a scandal of the black upper crust.”

Countee Cullen, Yolande’s first husband, was initiated into Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha in New York in 1923. W.E.B. Du Bois, her father, also happens to be one of Alpha Phi Alpha’s most famous members. He joined the Epsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at the University of Michigan in 1909, the same year he played a key role in founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Yolande taught history at Baltimore’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and later married Arnette Franklin Williams, a football player. The couple had a daughter in 1932, Du Bois Williams (“Baby Du Bois”), but their marriage dissolved and they eventually divorced in 1936.

Yolande died at the early age of 61 years old in 1961 from a heart attack. She was W.E.B. DuBois’ last living child and he mentioned his sorrow in writing stating, “Why? I am old; Yolande had so much life before her. Why should she go and I remain?”

According to  ‘s article, “For unknown reasons, Yolande’s grave was left without a headstone. Her grandchildren were unaware of where she was buried, until her grandson Arthur McFarlane II was informed of it during a visit in 2012.”

Shortly after Yolande’s passing, President Kwame Nkrumah, a member of Phi Beta Sigma and the man at the forefront of the Pan-African movement, invited W.E.B. DuBois to Ghana to take over editorship of a monumental international research project, the Encyclopedia Africana. At this point Du Bois had given up hope on living the USA and wanted to continue his work abroad.

“I just can’t take any more of this country’s [America’s] treatment,” the old man wrote to a friend, Grace Goens, on Sept. 13, 1961. “We leave for Ghana October 5th and I set no date for return… Chin up, and fight on, but realize that American Negroes can’t win.”

Check out the image below to see Delta Sigma Theta’s letter to W.E.B. Du Bois and click on the arrows under the image to see our slideshow of Yolande.

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Individual Members of Black Greek Orgs Are Putting Money Together to Help Alpha Phi Alpha Brother Pay for Brain Surgery

Individual members of the Black greek community are coming together to help Alpha Phi Alpha brother Kawan Akil Glover, a 23-year-old graduate from the University of Maryland College Park pay for his $100,000 brain surgery.

In August of 2014, Glover developed something called a cavernous malformation on his brain stem which caused him to lose control of right side motor functions, develop slurred speech, and have difficulty swallowing. The mass was found and removed and he returned to college but the problem came back.

“I was president of the campus chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, taking a full load, and pursuing opportunities outside the classroom. Due to my incessant work ethic, I was not able to slow down and I suffered a stroke on September 18, 2014,” he stated.

Following his stint in rehab, he returned to the University and completed a successful spring 2015 semester, graduating from college and went on to start his career while doing checkups with the doctor.

Earlier this month the problems came back full force.

“The left side of my face is numb and non-responsive, I cannot taste on the left side of my mouth, and the deficits on my right side are returning as I type,” he stated. “I woke up the next morning with double vision and nausea so It was back to the ER. It was discovered that yet another hemorrhage had taken place in the same area. The doctors had done two approaches already and the risks we high for a third entry so we were referred to a skull based specialist at Rutgers University hospital. All of my previous work had been done at  George Washington University Hospital. The doctor is highly qualified and is very confident that he can fix the problem in my brain.”

The current problem Glover and his family are facing is that his insurance does not cover surgery at the new hospital.

Friends, family and individual members of Black fraternities and sororities from across the nation are putting their money together to pay for the costs and in less than two days 1,000 of them have raised over $49,000 for Glover and his campaign for help is trending on the GoFundMe platform. He has $50,000 dollars left to go before the surgery takes place in October and is still looking for help, medical and insurance advice.

He recently shot this video explaining the situation.

Glover is a Spring 2013 initiate of the Iota Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

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Texas Alphas: Check out This Photo Shoot the Alphas at UT Austin Just Did

The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. at the University of Texas at Austin are ICE COLD!

The brothers of the Epsilon Iota Chapter got suited up in black and gold for their recent chapter photoshoot and the photos came out great.

For the photoshoot, the brothers teamed up with photographer James De’Rouen (IG: @j.derouen), check out their pictures below.

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The Davidson College Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Just Released This Video About Trump’s DACA Repeal

The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha at Davidson College are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s DACA repeal.

The brothers of the Tau Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. recently released a video publicly standing against the actions to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – with a six-month delay for current recipients.

On Tuesday, President Trump urged lawmakers to “do your job” with DACA.

In the statement that the chapter released, they stated that their chapter, “stands with the Dreamers and against the proposed DACA repeal.
This is about more than statistics or policy decisions. About 800,000 human beings currently hold DACA status in the U.S. These are our friends, our peers, our neighbors, our family and we have to stand against bigotry & xenophobia and fight with them now.”

Watch their full statement below.

Today, we want to make a public statement. The Tau Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. stands with the Dreamers and against the proposed DACA repeal. This is about more than statistics or policy decisions. About 800,000 human beings currently hold DACA status in the U.S. These are our friends, our peers, our neighbors, our family and we have to stand against bigotry & xenophobia and fight with them now. We ask that you fight with us in our aim to #DefendDACA by donating to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream, The Immigrant Defence Project, etc., attending a protest, using social media as a platform to spread awareness regarding this human rights issue, working with the campus community and administration at your institutions to protect your peers, and calling your Congressional representatives. The numbers for the NC Senators and websites for donations are listed below. Sen. Tom Thillis: (919) 856-4630 Sen. Richard Burr: (800) 685-8916 https://action.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=web_horiz_nav_hp https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/unitedwedreamaction?refcode=homepagebutton https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/donate/ #AΦΑ #ΤΟ #DefendDACA

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The brothers urged the people watching to defend DACA and pointed them in the direction of organizations that are fighting for the rights of immigrants in the United States.

“We ask that you fight with us in our aim to #DefendDACA by donating to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream, The Immigrant Defence Project, etc., attending a protest, using social media as a platform to spread awareness regarding this human rights issue, working with the campus community and administration at your institutions to protect your peers, and calling your Congressional representatives.

The numbers for the NC Senators and websites for donations are listed below.

Sen. Tom Thillis: (919) 856-4630
Sen. Richard Burr: (800) 685-8916″

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend these young brothers for speaking out and using their platform to help others. This is what it is all about.

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