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By M. Dion Thompson | August 6, 1991
Raymond W. Cannon, 99, has a few words of wisdom for today's young black men."The first thing I'd tell them is to behave; that's got a great deal to do with it," said the former pharmacist and lawyer. "Then I'd tell them to stick to education and fashion an instrument out of it that they can use to fight the battle of life."Mr. Cannon spoke yesterday during a break at the 85th anniversary convention of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The nation's oldest black fraternity, and one of the most influential, its membership has included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
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December 20, 2013
Genealogy program The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society presents "An Early African-American Quaker, Journey from North Carolina to Home" by Margo Lee Williams at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road. Refreshments and networking follows the presentation. All are welcome. Information: 410-760-9679 or aagensoc.org. Stargazing "Community Observing Night," sponsored by the AACC Astronomy Club, begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. Bring your own telescope and binoculars or use one of the eight telescopes provided by the club to view planets, stars and the moon.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,Evening Sun Staff | August 5, 1991
The move of the headquarters of Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation's oldest and largest black Greek letter organization, from Chicago to Baltimore almost did not happen.When the group's national search team came to Baltimore last year, the building it eventually decided to buy, the Goucher Mansion, was not for sale, said Wilbert L. Walker, a member of Baltimore's Delta Lambda chapter of the fraternity who worked with the search committee.Soon after the committee left Baltimore, the Goucher Mansion, a state historical landmark, became available.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter | January 15, 2007
It began as a grand dream, chatter around the dinner table between a pair of old fraternity brothers. Alfred Bailey and George Sealey reasoned that if presidents and Civil War heroes could be immortalized on the National Mall, why not a human rights giant renowned the world over such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.? Sure, they thought. Maybe one day. Twenty-four years and $72 million later, that idea is close to becoming a reality. Ground was broken two months ago for the memorial that will rise on a four-acre site along the Tidal Basin, the first tribute on the Mall for an African-American leader.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | September 11, 2002
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the country's oldest black fraternity, has entered into a $30 million deal with Church's Chicken to acquire franchises in inner city neighborhoods and create a new pool of African-American business owners. The Baltimore-based fraternity will acquire at least one franchise and help its members buy 49 others over the next five years. The agreement is part of an initiative by the fraternity to develop neglected neighborhoods and open the door to business opportunities for minorities.
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By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas,Evening Sun Staff | March 22, 1991
Baltimore's success at luring the nation's oldest black fraternity from Chicago is being hailed as moving the city a step closer to its goal of becoming a hub for non-profit organizations in the country.A beaming Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke yesterday formally announced that Alpha Phi Alpha, which claims more than 100,000 members nationwide, will be moving its headquarters from Chicago to Baltimore before August.The fraternity, with a staff of about 14, will be moving into the Goucher House, an historic landmark in the 2300 block of St. Paul Street.
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June 11, 2004
On June 7, 2004 MERVIN THOMPSON beloved husband of Zelma Thompson (nee Pullen); father of Kirk Thompson (Janice); grandfather of Jasmine Thompson. Also survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home, P.A., 1721-27 N. Monroe Street (Westwood Avenue) Friday 3 to 7 p.m. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternal Services 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, La Fayette and Wheeler Avenues. Family will receive friends 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at which time funeral services will begin.
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February 23, 2006
On February 16, 2006, JOSEPH PHILLIP PRESS, Beloved Husband of Ernestine Press, Devoted father of Sharon Grotevant of New Rochelle, NY, Dwane and Gary Press of Baltimore, MD. He is also survived by His dearest sister Nicey Arnold of Cheriton, VA, one daughter-in-law Melissa Press, one son-in-law Mark Grotevant, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, five sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, His...
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July 20, 2006
REV. KENNETH BEVINS departed this life on June 22, 2006. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System. He was a graduate of City College, Morgan State University (B.S. 1971), University of Maryland (J.D. 1975) and Virginia Seminary, B.A. (Theology). A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Tau Alpha Upsilon Fraternity. He leaves to cherish his memory: son, Maurice; daughters, Demetria, Kairla and Kaitlin; grandson, Asher; sister, Vivian; uncles, Raymond, Pinkney and Clifton; aunts, Thelma and Florine; nieces, Bronte', Terry, Joann and Cheryl; nephew, Anthony, special cousins, Jacqui and Darrell; and his "best friend", Edward Smith, Jr., Esq. and a host of relatives and friends.
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By Maria Mallory | January 15, 1991
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the nation's first black Greek-letter organization, whose membership roster includes the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and New York Mayor David Dinkins, is considering moving its national headquarters to Baltimore, fraternity General President Henry Ponder said yesterday.At a meeting over the weekend, the Alphas' relocation committee had, in fact, chosen Baltimore's Goucher House at 2313 St. Paul St. as superior to the building in Winston-Salem, N.C., that was vying for the fraternity's approval, said Stuart D. Entwistle, vice president of the Downtown Office Marketing Task Force of the Baltimore Economic Development Corp.
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December 24, 2006
Build a nature park on the Smith farm Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Howard County Chapter, formed a partnership with the Thunder Hill Park Alliance when we heard of and reviewed that organization's proposal to have a nature park built on the old Smith family farm. Representing my fraternity, I testified at the county executive's budget hearing on Dec. 12. Among other things, I said that Alpha Phi Alpha "congratulates the new administration and the new County Council and welcomes your openness to new ideas and approaches to issues in Howard County.
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July 20, 2006
REV. KENNETH BEVINS departed this life on June 22, 2006. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System. He was a graduate of City College, Morgan State University (B.S. 1971), University of Maryland (J.D. 1975) and Virginia Seminary, B.A. (Theology). A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Tau Alpha Upsilon Fraternity. He leaves to cherish his memory: son, Maurice; daughters, Demetria, Kairla and Kaitlin; grandson, Asher; sister, Vivian; uncles, Raymond, Pinkney and Clifton; aunts, Thelma and Florine; nieces, Bronte', Terry, Joann and Cheryl; nephew, Anthony, special cousins, Jacqui and Darrell; and his "best friend", Edward Smith, Jr., Esq. and a host of relatives and friends.
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By HOLLY SHIVER and HOLLY SHIVER,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 4, 2006
The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, founded Dec. 4. 1906, at Cornell University, will celebrate its centennial this year. The 200,000-member group is the oldest African-American Greek organization, and has produced many leaders known throughout the United States for their achievements, including civil-rights activist Adam Clayton Powell, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The organization, headquartered in Baltimore, was...
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February 23, 2006
On February 16, 2006, JOSEPH PHILLIP PRESS, Beloved Husband of Ernestine Press, Devoted father of Sharon Grotevant of New Rochelle, NY, Dwane and Gary Press of Baltimore, MD. He is also survived by His dearest sister Nicey Arnold of Cheriton, VA, one daughter-in-law Melissa Press, one son-in-law Mark Grotevant, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, five sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, His...
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October 7, 2005
REGINALD "Reggie" JAMESWASHINGTON, SR. passed away at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida on Thursday, September 22, 2005. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and educated in the public school system. Reggie started working at an early age. His first job was delivering newspapers every Tuesday and Friday after school. After high school, Reggie worked for the United States Post Office. While working for the federal government, he obtained his bachelor's degree in accounting from Morgan State College and Masters of Business Administration.
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June 11, 2004
On June 7, 2004 MERVIN THOMPSON beloved husband of Zelma Thompson (nee Pullen); father of Kirk Thompson (Janice); grandfather of Jasmine Thompson. Also survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Friends may call at Phillips Funeral Home, P.A., 1721-27 N. Monroe Street (Westwood Avenue) Friday 3 to 7 p.m. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternal Services 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, La Fayette and Wheeler Avenues. Family will receive friends 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at which time funeral services will begin.
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October 7, 2005
REGINALD "Reggie" JAMESWASHINGTON, SR. passed away at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida on Thursday, September 22, 2005. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and educated in the public school system. Reggie started working at an early age. His first job was delivering newspapers every Tuesday and Friday after school. After high school, Reggie worked for the United States Post Office. While working for the federal government, he obtained his bachelor's degree in accounting from Morgan State College and Masters of Business Administration.
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By Maria Malloryand Edward Gunts | March 21, 1991
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the nation's oldest black fraternity, whose members include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, New York Mayor David Dinkins and the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has decided to move its headquarters to Baltimore from Chicago by August.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. today to announce the move, which has been in the works for months.Alpha Phi Alpha, which has initiated more than 125,000 men since its founding at Cornell University in 1906, plans to complete its move to Baltimore in time for its 85th annual convention, which will bring 3,000 fraternity members to the city Aug. 1-7.The fraternity employs an administrative staff of 14 and expects to maintain and possibly increase that number following the move.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | September 11, 2002
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the country's oldest black fraternity, has entered into a $30 million deal with Church's Chicken to acquire franchises in inner city neighborhoods and create a new pool of African-American business owners. The Baltimore-based fraternity will acquire at least one franchise and help its members buy 49 others over the next five years. The agreement is part of an initiative by the fraternity to develop neglected neighborhoods and open the door to business opportunities for minorities.
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By Sloane Brown | January 21, 2001
For the 26th year, supporters and members of the Kappa Phi Lambda chapter Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity gathered for a breakfast honoring the life of fraternity brother the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More than 1,000 people gathered in the Martin's West ballroom to honor the late civil rights leader at the annual breakfast -- this year themed "Making the Dream a Reality." One of the morning's big topics of conversation was the planned King memorial in the D.C. Tidal Basin, the site of which was dedicated Dec. 4. The morning's guests included: Richard Shepherd, event chair; Clarence Hall, Frederick Moss and Edward D. Young, event committee members; Dennis G. Kemp, Kappa Phi Lambda president; Wayne E. Rock, James B. Smith, Willie A. Eggleston Jr. and Gerald L. James, chapter officers; Vincent Harris, MLK Memorial Project chapter contact; Adrian Harpool, 21st Century Group president; Tom Maze, Polaris consultant; Ken Jennings, vice president of the African American Coalition for Howard County; Natalie Woodson, NAACP Howard County branch education chair; Denise Harris, Bank of America assistant vice president; Dr. Marshall Shepherd, NASA research meteorologist; Ramona Carroll, Latham & Watkins attorney; Calvin Zellars, Radio One senior corporate accountant; Harry Evans III, "That Show With Those Black Guys" executive producer-host; Dr. Jean C. Hundley, Baltimore obstetrician-gynecologist; Angela La Croix Brade, National Association of Securities Dealers program manager;...
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