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It is with great sadness that we at WatchTheYard.com inform you that Antonio Davon Brown, a member of our very own Black greek community, was among the 50 people killed at the PULSE nightclub shooting in Orlando, the biggest mass shooting in recent US history.

Brown, graduated from FAMU in 2008 with a degree in criminal justice as well as commission as a second lieutenant in the ROTC. After graduating he was deployed to Kuwait from April 2010 until March 2011, according to U.S. Army Media Relations.

In 2011, Brown was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.’s Kansas City Alumni Chapter where he was an active member in good standing until his life was taken from him.

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“Our hearts go out to all of the families of those affected in the tragic shooting that took place in Orlando on Sunday morning,” FAMU President Elmira Mangum said in a statement. “The horrendous incident happened not far from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Law School in downtown Orlando.”

“In the meantime, the Florida A&M University community stands with the entire Orlando community in the wake of tragedy,” she said. “Our thoughts, and prayers for peace are with everyone in central Florida and across this nation.”

Since the shooting friends, family and the Black greek community have memorialized Brown online. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. have released official statements about the shooting and we expect other D9 organizations to follow suit.

Brown had worked as a human resources manager at the Lowe’s in Fern Park since September 2015, a company spokesman said.

We ask that you keep Brown’s family, friends and fraternity brothers in your thoughts. We also ask that you leave your condolences and memories of Brown in the comment section below so that his family can see how much he meant to all of us.

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How Kappa Alpha Psi Helped Stop Richard Spencer’s White Nationalist Group From Speaking at Michigan State

A SPLC listed white nationalist group by the name of The National Policy Institute requested to reserve space for a speaker at Michigan State University and the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi were not having it.

On Wednesday, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon released a statement saying The National Policy Institute wants to have a speaker on campus, and that MSU was “reviewing the request closely in light of the deplorable violence in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend.

While the statement didn’t say who the group wanted to have speak, the Lansing State Journal notes that Richard Spencer, the high-profile white supremacist who has advocated for a white homeland for a “dispossessed white race” and called for “peaceful ethnic cleansing” to halt the “deconstruction” of European culture, is president and director of the The National Policy Institute.

The brothers of the Northern Province and specifically the Delta Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi issued a letter to the Michigan State University President urging her to deny The National Policy Institute’s request.

“We urge you in the strongest terms to DENY the request for the white nationalist group to speak on our beloved campus. We recognize that Michigan State University is a public institution and that “free speech” is a right of all Americans. However, after the most recent incidents at the University of Virginia, the saftey of our students, faculty and staff are far more important. We also must realize that “free speech” must be responsible. Spreading a message of hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism is not healthy for the campus of Michigan State University, nor our country, nor our world.”

They followed by stating that the Kappas would be there in numbers to support the university president’s denial of the request.

“We are proud to be holding our annual leadership conference September 15-16, 2017 at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development on your campus. We will have over 200 Kappa Men from Michigan, N.W. Ohio and Western NY visiting the campus on that weekend. Please know that the more than 5,000 members of the Northern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. are ready to stand with you and support you in denying this request.”

Other groups around campus and the community also issued their concern and this was part of a huge local outcry.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, the university said it denied the request.

“This decision was made due to significant concerns about public safety in the wake of the tragic violence in Charlottesville last weekend,” the statement said. “While we remain firm in our commitment to freedom of expression, our first obligation is to the safety and security of our students and our community.”

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend these Kappas on standing up and speaking out. We believe that this letter can be used as an example for all D9 undergrad and graduate chapters when concerned about white supremacist at their schools or in their communities.

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Bust out the guitar, because its time for some Kappa blues!

Singer, songwriter and musician, Aaron Marcus Payne, posted the following rendition of the song “Standing Tall” to his official YouTube page to celebrate Kappa Alpha Psi’s Founders’ Day.

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Read the Official Letter Kappa Alpha Psi Just Sent to the NFL Regarding Colin Kaepernick

The Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. published a letter that he wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently supporting his fraternity brother Colin Kaepernick on behalf of the fraternity.

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Click here to read our article #NPHCforKaepernick: 5 Reasons Black Greeks Should Admire Colin Kaepernick which has been shared over 37,000 times.

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