Media Advisory

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and NAACP to Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding During Annual Board Meeting

February 16, 2019

The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, and the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) share common priorities and interests in ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminating race-based discrimination. Because of the shared principle commitment to equal rights and social justice, and the significant impact which can be made through the magnitude of combined resources, expanded core capacities, and infrastructure, the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated are collaborating to fulfill the mission of both organizations. Last year, the Fraternity, as part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, signed an MOU with the organization designed to help mobilize voters for mid-term elections and increase membership. Interestingly, the NAACP was founded by one of the Alpha Phi Alpha’s earliest and pre-eminent members, Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, as well as many of its top officials, including then-NAACP Legal Defense Fund consuls Thurgood Marshall and Robert Carter have also been men of the Fraternity.

WHAT: The United States’ oldest African American intercollegiate fraternity, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, Md, and the nation’s leading civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will sign an historic memorandum of understanding during its annual board meeting. The MOU will allow the two advocacy organizations to formally collaborate nationally, regionally, statewide and locally on education & outreach, civic engagement, issue area advocacy priorities, leadership development, membership and community building.

WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. ET

WHERE: The Metropolitan Ballroom

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, 811 7th Avenue, W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

The meeting is open to the public.

WHO: NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Brother Everett B. Ward, Ph.D., 35th General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

For interviews with NAACP leadership and the Alpha Phi Alpha General President Everett B. Ward and others, in person or via telephone, please request in advance.