History of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York December 4, 1906 by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
The Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was the fifth chapter organized outside the continental United States of America on May 11th, 1977, Nassau, The Bahamas.
The local chapter Iota Epsilon Lambda was chartered on May 11, 1977 in New Providence The charter members included: Brothers Charles Albury – President; Theodore Nottage – Vice-President; Hugh Chase – Treasurer; Aluchifer Rolle – Recording and Corresponding Secretary; Alfred Forbes – Dean of Pledgees; Rupert Smith – Historian / Sergeant at Arms; Kendal Darling; Marcian Mortimer; Rev. Maynard Turner, Jr.; Arthur Fountain; Rev. Peter Pinder; Leroy N. Thompson; Dr. Cyril Vanderpool; William R. Walkine; Barrington C. Smith; Godfrey Pratt; the late Rev. Dr. O. A. Pratt; Julius Cox; Luther Darville and the late Patrick Taylor.
The men of Alpha Phi Alpha develop leaders, promotes scholarship and service amongst other things. In line with some of the National Programs such as Go to High School, Go to College, local Initiatives include the Annual Honours Day where the two top graduating high school males from both Private and Public-School across The Bahamas are recognized, honoured and provided with scholarships. To date, over $500,000.00 in scholarships have been provided and as recent as May 2018, the Fraternity provided $40,000.00 in scholarships. Additionally, there is a Mentoring Program at Sandilands Primary School where boys are tutored, mentored and counselled by Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Other Community Service programs are the Red Cross Fair, Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Bahamas Cancer Society, Sandilands Rehabilitation Push-a-thon.
The Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter is led by President Kevin A. Basden.
ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
The "Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College" program, established in 1922, concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement. Statistics prove the value of this extra impetus in making the difference in the success of young African-American men, given that school completion is the single best predictor of future economic success. Through the Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College educational initiative, young men receive information and learn strategies that facilitate success. Alpha men provide youth participants with excellent role models to emulate.