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Today marks the one year anniversary of the passing of a modern legend of Kappa Alpha Psi, Bro. Jonathan Hicks.

Brother Jonathan P. Hicks transitioned into Chapter Invisible just after day-break on Monday, November 3, 2014. He was a renowned journalist who wrote for the New York Times, a civic leader in Brooklyn, NY and was widely known as one of the most popular and brotherly Nupes in Kappa Alpha Psi where he served as the editor of the Kappa Journal.  As the Journal editor he raised its quality to be competitive to any similar publication in the world.

“Brother Hicks was born December 4, 1955; was initiated in to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at the University Missouri, the Delta Omega of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and January 3, 1977.” Kappa Alpha Psi’s website states. “He received the Elder Watson Diggs award during its 81st Grand Chapter Meeting in Houston, Texas on August 7, 2013, the second highest competitive honor awarded a member of the fraternity. At his death, Brother Hicks was a member of the New York Alumni Chapter.”

Brother Jonathan P. Hicks’s legacy will never stop in the world of Kappa Alpha Psi not just because of his warmth and friendliness but also because he was the singing voice of the fraternity. Bro. Hicks was premier soloist of the fraternity, who traveled regularly as guest soloist and keynote speaker to chapters everywhere.

We at WatchTheYard.com had personal ties to this brother and instead of mourning him sadness today we are doing what he would have wanted and are honoring his legacy with song. We have compiled the following list of videos of him singing Kappa songs that we would like to share with you.

Please share this list of videos on your Facebook and social media accounts with as many Nupes as possible so that we can collectively celebrate the life of this loving brother on this day.

Please leave your thoughts and memories in the comment section below.


While this is not the best quality video it is what we at WatchTheYard.com want to start off this gallery of videos with because it perfectly explains the presence of Brother Jonathan Hicks. At any fraternity event or gathering he would always sing a song even if it was in a hotel room. This video is from the North Eastern Province Council Meeting in 2003.

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This Is How the Kappas Reveal New Initiates at Tennessee State University

The Kappas at Tennessee State University revealed a line that will go down in history!

The brothers of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Tennessee State University introduced their Spring 17 initiates to campus and these brothers put on a show!

Check out their video below and show these brothers some love if you think they HELD IT DOWN!


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Kaepernick Just Donated $25,000 to Help Immigrant Youth Affected By Trump’s Repeal of DACA

San Fransisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided to use his own money and the money he has made from his jersey sales to help the people of the Chicago area by supportingthe largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation to deal with Trump’s removal of DACA.

The 28-year -old member of Kappa Alpha Psi, who refused to stand during the national anthem during NFL games last year said he would donate the first $1 million he made from last season to organizations assisting communities affected by racial injustice and police brutality.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said. “I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed,” he said last year.

“I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months,” he said on his website.

One of these communities just so happens to be immigrant children who are currently being threatened by the repeal of DACA.

For his recent pledge, which was announced yesterday,  Colin donated $25,000 to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.

“We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status,” the about section on United We Dream‘s website states.

According to Kaepernick’s website, the $25,000 will go toward the following:

  • Addressing the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth. Over 100,000  members. Current focus: Organize and work for immigrant children to keep DACA in force.
  • 10k for upcoming travel. Air, hotel, lodging, and ground transportation.  United We Dream recently held event in Washington DC and sent 300 dreamers to lobby to keep DACA. This budget will pay for 75-100 attendees for a similar rally upcoming.
  • 10k for series of upcoming local gatherings in NY, CT, TX, FL, NM. Facilities rent and security, transportation, food, technology
  • 5k for text service for the network of over 100,000 members.

Along with this $25,000 donation, Kaepernick has donated to DREAM (Formerly RBI Harlem) a baseball program in Harlem, Coalition For The Homeless, and War on Children.

 

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The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi in Houston Just Published This List of Things You Can Do to Help Hurricane Survivors

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. just released the following “Disaster Response Update” regarding Hurricane Harvey and the work that the members of the fraternity are doing to help survivors in the city. The message, which was penned by the alumni chapter’s Polemarch Ronald J. Lockett, II, covers FEMA, volunteer opportunities and ways that people can donate.

Read the full letter below

The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is working with the other area alumni chapters, the Kappa Disaster Response & Recovery Team, FEMA, the Red Cross, and the City of Houston.  We have offered the Houston Alumni Kappa House as a POD (Point of Distribution) related to the flood recovery effort.  There are truckloads of resources that are already moving into position to service the area.  This will allow us to play a vital role in the response and the ongoing long-term recovery efforts.  At this time, the Kappa House (3349 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004) has not been activated as an official FEMA Point of Distribution, but we will begin accepting supplies from those able to donate starting Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00am – 4:00pm and continuing daily (*Suggested supply list attached)

There are many immediate volunteer opportunities at shelters in Houston and the surrounding communities where our assistance is greatly needed.  If you are safely able to leave your home to serve our fellow neighbors at a shelter, please do.  We encourage you to wear Kappa Alpha Psi paraphernalia. (Thank you to those who were able to volunteer over the past few days)

Monetary donations can be made directly to the Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to purchase supplies, water, clothing, food for displaced members & their families along with the citizens of Houston communities: www.houkappa.com/donate 

We have recently spoken to the Polemarchs of the Beaumont & Port (TX) Arthur Alumni Chapters and they are dealing with the storm as well. They have several brothers who are currently waiting to be evacuated from their flooded homes while the rain is still pouring down. Please keep them and their families in your prayers as well as those in the Lake Charles, LA area.

We encourage affected individuals to immediately register with FEMA. Registering online at: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance.  Those who do not have access to the internet may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Those interested in becoming a part of FEMA’s standing disaster workforce should visit: https://careers.fema.gov/reservists-program

Please stay safe and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities.  Keep the Faith and remember your life is more important than any material possessions.

Yours in the Bond,
Ronald J. Lockett, II
Polemarch, Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
info@houkappa.org
“Brotherhood, Achievement, Service & Social”

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