At the start of the 20th century, black students at American universities were often excluded from associations enjoyed by the predominantly white student population in the form of fraternal organizations. During the 1905–06 school year, at Cornell, black students organized the first Greek letter fraternity for black students, by black students, with the aim to provide an opportunity for association and mutual support among African American students. At the outset, there was disagreement about the group’s purpose: some wanted a social and literary club where everyone could participate; others wanted a traditional fraternal organization. The society decided to work to provide a literary, study, social, and support group for all minority students who encountered social and academic racial prejudice


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Brothers of the Midwestern Region,

On behalf of myself, Brother Kiel Barton, Midwestern Region Assistant Vice President and the Midwestern Regional Leadership, it is my pleasure to issue the Official Convention Call for the 85th Annual Midwestern Region Convention to be held March 15 – 19, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL

This convention weekend will be a time to renew the bonds of brotherhood and have a fraternal good time. The Host Chapters and Committees are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that we have a great time Chicago.

During this convention weekend, we will conduct workshops, establish new goals and intensify our commitment to our National Programs and Special Projects. We will expand our personal knowledge and make decisions that will help mold our future.  We will continue to engage in conversations about the future of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

In addition to the items described above we will have the opportunity to:

We will also have the opportunity to fraternize with our Alpha luminaries – including the  candidates who are vying to be elected as our General Treasurer. This is a convention that you do not want to miss!

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. continues to be a champion for change and justice for all and the current events in our communities screams for us remain ALL IN to the aspects of our mission and aims.  This weekend will provide a means for us revitalize our Alpha Spirits and strategize on how to be effective at our chapters and homes.

Make your plans now to be among the many who remain true to our mission. Act now! Register Now!

The host hotel, is located at 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL 60018.  Room rates are: $129.00/night.  The cut-off date for this rate is Monday, February 27th, 2017.  Parking is $20.00 per day with unlimited in and out privileges for convention attendees.  Reservations may be made by clicking on the Hyatt Regency – Alpha Phi Alpha Hotel Reservation Link.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago, IL!

Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III
Midwestern Region Vice President

Kiel Barton
Midwestern Region Assistant Vice President