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IOTA CHAPTER COMMEMORATED Senior Kappas Representing Iota Chapter Through the Years

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The Kappa Alpha Psi ® Journal Established 1914 First Editor Frank M. Summers, Esq. Past Permanent Editors Lionel F. Artis 1921–1937 G. James Fleming 1938–1950 William L. Crump 1950–1975 Earl S. Clanton 1975–1985 Jonathan P. Hicks 1985–1989 Van Jordan 1989–1990 Mel L. Davis 1990–1999 Keflyn X. Reed 1999–2010 Jonathan P. Hicks 2011–2014 Thomas L. Cunningham IV 2014–2015 Cleveland Ferguson III, Esq. 2016— Editor Art Director Cleveland Ferguson III, Esq. Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Chapter KappaJournal1914@gmail.com Deputy Editor for Features Clarence Tucker Norfolk (VA) Alumni Chapter ctuckermpt@gmail.com Deputy Editor for Photography Michael L. Hume Belleville-O'Fallon (MS) Alumni Chapter mlhphotography@hotmail.com Feature Writer Aaron Williams Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter Richardson-Plano (TX) Alumni Chapter aaronwilli02@yahoo.com Graphic Arts Contributor Justin L. Tyson Atmore (AL) Alumni Chapter justin.tyson38@gmail.com Grand Historian Kevin P. Scott Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter GrandHistorian1911@gmail.com Advertising Sales Director Sherman K. Kizart Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter

The 13 th Annual National Founders' Day Observance featured many luminaries in Kappa Alpha Psi ® . Above: Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr., greets Laurel Wreath Wearers from left, Dr. C.W. Grant, Dr. Ullysses McBride, Robert L. Harris, Jr., Esq. and Dr. Ralph J. Bryson. 19 National Founders' Day Gallery

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Journal Notes

Grand Polemarch’s Message

Junior Grand Vice Polemarch's Message

11 National Founders' Day Message 14 National Founders' Day Observance 28 Feature: Senior Kappa Affairs Province Committee Chairmen 34 Senior Kappas Activities Spotlight 39 Special to the Journal: AARP 40 Cover Story: Iota Centennial 52 A Look Back at Iota Members 77 Senior Kappas Roll Call 88 Second Grand Polemarch Irven Armstrong: A Historical Reflection 92 Kappa Authors 98 Building the Dream Klassic Reflections 101 To the Chapter Invisible

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34 Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter Greets President Gallot as a Senior Kappa Affairs sponsored activity.

Above: P. Scott Montgomery, Chicago (IL) Alumni Polemarch with Richard J. Gallot, President, Grambling State University.

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Paying homage to “Those who Have Served the Longest” and recognizing the only Centennial to be observed this year

In the throes of production of this publication, four brothers in the Senior Kappas Roll Call transitioned into the Chapter Invisible. We cannot wait to capture the essence of those who have served Kappa and their communities the longest. And, no one particular medium is a fool-proof way to do so. And so, we must do it all. Please encourage your Keepers of Re- cords, your reporters and your historians to do all they can to preserve and protect the memories and the wisdom of those who have served the longest. We owe it to future generations to do so. In heeding the Grand Polemarch's call, in this issue, you will find a “Senior Kappa's Roll Call” (see page 77) as well as a small snapshot of activities from the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter that is representative of the very fine work on behalf of Senior Kappas completed by many chapters throughout Kappa Land (see page 34). You will also find a gallery of this year's observance of National Founders' Day (see page 19), where the keynote speaker was Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. In him, we have found a reliable scholar who routinely gives voice to the under- represented. Speaking of scholars, the 27 th Grand Polemarch Robert L. Harris, Esq., has published a book that recounts his life (see page 93). A once-in-a-century opportunity fell upon Kappa Alpha Psi ® and that is the Centennial of the University of Chicago Chapter, the Iota of Kappa Alpha Psi ® . Through an incredible amount of time,

research and dedication, Aaron Williams was able to write an extraordinary piece on the now-defunct Chapter. To the brothers who were initiated at Iota and participated in this issue, we owe you an eternal debt of gratitude. Because of their efforts in cooperation with Brother Williams, we have given this Centennial a good deal of coverage in these pages as it is likely we will not write about Iota Chapter again. Further, it is the only Centennial to be observed this year. Brother Williams' research is the kind of preservation we should all endeavor to create for each of our chapters, indeed for the fraternity. Grand Historian Scott also provided us with a gem in the historical reflections of Irven Armstrong, the Second Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi ® (see page 88) as shared with past Permanent Journal Editor Jonathan P. Hicks. The next issue will be primarily focused on the achievements of undergraduates and some of their chapters. We had greater success in getting information for that theme and it will be published shortly. For the Journal to maintain a high-quality publication, we will have to make further changes related to the timely submission of materials. These changes will be announced in the coming weeks once reviewed and approved by the Grand Chapter Public- ity and Publications Commission. Until then, enjoy this ode to Senior Kappas as we honor “those who have served the longest.”

St. Jude Welcomes Back Kappa Alpha Psi as a National Volunteer Partner! Thank you for all you have done and will do for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ® .

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I n late January 2018, Grand Kappa Affairs.

Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr. de- cided to commission this issue with the theme of focusing on Senior

As such, the call was sent through In- ternational Headquarters across Kappa Land to secure headshots of brothers who were at least 75 years of age by February 15, 2018. Due to the mate- rial submitted (or lack thereof) that call lasted through June 2018. We have some wonderful opportunities to capture the history of our Fraternity from the "Greatest Generation" through to our youngest members. We do not yet possess the appropriate infrastructure to easily do so however. Grand Histo- rian Scott has laid out a path for archive recovery (see page 76). When I served as Grand Historian, I encouraged the fra- ternity to collect oral histories and make them a part of the Smithsonian Memory Project archives.


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It’s time that we support those who have served Kappa the longest.... As Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity has entered the second century since our founding and continues to grow, many of our members have achieved senior status (60 years or older); yet remain active and engaged. Thus it is time to give back to those that have given to Kappa for so long.

My Brothers in the Bond - Good Kappa Stewards:

E very now and then, I hear duck. A lame duck is an elected of- ficial whose successor has already been elected. In Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, my successor has not yet been elected (Grand Polemarch). A lame duck is of- ten seen as having less influence due to their limited time left in office. Projects uncompleted may fall to the wayside, as their influence is greatly diminished. Also, a lame duck is often seen as one who does nothing while waiting on the successor to take office. I say to you, my brothers that this Grand Polemarch does not plan to accept this label as the 33 rd Administration continues to work hard fulfilling the promises we made in 2015 when you elected us to serve. Forget about that “lame duck” my broth- ers; we’re leaving that duck in the pond and going full speed ahead for Kappa NOW! There’s still time for you to step up to the plate and make Kappa greater because of you. While the “lame duck” was limping around the pond, Kappa Leaguers were being taught and mentored, enabling them to learn the precepts of Kappa brothers questioning if your Grand Polemarch and the 33 rd Administration will be a lame

“Keep Giving Nupes”

Robert Sengstacke Abbott — Second Laurel Wreath Wearer (1924) Founded the Chicago Daily Defender Newspaper Thomas Gillis Nutter, Esq. — Third Laurel Wreath Wearer (1926) First African American West Virginia State Legislator Donald Lee Hollowell, Esq. — 18 th Laurel Wreath Wearer (1968) First African American Regional Direc- tor of the Equal Employment Oppor- tunity Commission and Attorney to Dr. King Thomas Bradley, Esq. — 22 nd Laurel Wreath Wearer (1974) First African American mayor of Los Angeles Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan — 28 th Laurel Wreath Wearer (1979) Founder of the Opportunities industrial- ization Center (OIC) General Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr. (USAF) — 29 th Laurel Wreath Wearer (1979) The first African American officer in the military to attain the rank of four-star general

Alpha Psi ® , enabling them to achieve and aspire to higher levels of learning. Also, members of the Membership Training Academy (MTA) have begun the process for initiating new members in the fraternity, and the Undergraduate Leadership Institute team is preparing for the 2018 ULI class. We are vigorously working to meet our goal of $1 million to St. Jude through the “Sunday of Hope” program, as well as asking brothers to continue to donate a minimum of $33 personally through the St. Jude's Mobile Cause portal. We call on every brother to give $33 to this initiative. Thank you for your contributions to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. With your help, Kappa made a considerable donation toward this monumental shrine to our people. The lame duck was watching as we continue to be a fraternity highlighting our community outreach through phil- anthropic activity like the Kappa Klassic hosted by the Foundation.

Congressman George William Crockett, Jr., Esq. — 38 th Laurel Wreath Wearer (1986) The first African American attorney hired by the U.S. Department of Labor Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr., 39 th Laurel Wreath Wearer (1986) — Won 33 professional tennis titles, including three Grand Slams and the 1975 Wimbledon title Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. — 50 th Laurel Wreath Wearer (2001) - First African American to walk in space William G. Mays — 61 st Laurel Wreath Wearer (2007) First African American chair of the United Way of Central Indiana; chair of the Indianapolis Chamber of Com- merce; first African American elected to the University of Indiana Foundation board; and the first African American chair of the Indiana Lottery Commis- sion. As you can see, we’re accustomed to many firsts in Kappa. I am sure that when you read the Fall 2017 Journal, you saw living proof that the 33 rd Admin- istration is carrying the torch you hand-

Let us roll-up our sleeves and make the year 2018 a year of new beginnings for Kappa Alpha Psi ® . During our National Founders’ Day in Nashville, TN, we were honored to have Brother Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D. academic, writer and activist, and member of our Public Policy Commit- tee, serve as our speaker. Brother Hill reminded us that listening and action are the keys to carrying on Dr. King’s legacy. In that good ole Kappa tradition, chap- ters held Founders’ Day observances throughout the country. These obser- vances reminded brothers that we were founded as an undergraduate fraternity, by undergraduate students on the cam- pus of Indiana University in Blooming- ton, Indiana in 1911. In February 2018 we paused to pay trib- ute to the many African Americans who played important roles in our history. As you think about history remember members of our fraternity who etched their names in the sands of time. Here are 10 of them:


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ed us in New Orleans at the 82 nd Grand Chapter Meeting. You saw evidence that brothers across Kappa Land were demonstrating by their achievements that our Founders were right. They were right in predicting that the seeds they planted in Bloomington would bear fruit that would be harvested for more than a century, and that they would be able to look down from “Chapter Invisible” and be proud. Our Founders will see the Senior Kappa Endowment Fund that was authorized by the Fraternity and managed by Kappa Foundation. I’m pleased to report that we are well on our way to reaching our initial goal of one million. The purpose of the fund is to develop a pool of capital that, when invested conservatively, can produce sufficient income to fund increased and sustain- able programs and services for senior members of Kappa Alpha Psi ® and other programs such as ULI and Kappa Kamp. We call on every brother to leave a Legacy through the endowment as we work together to ensure that Kappa will have a future. This edition of the Journal will feature our Senior Kappas led by our chair- man, Brother John Stewart (The Light House Chapter). These are our stal- wart members of the fraternity who have reached the age of 60 and above.

We pay deference to and honor these brothers for their commitment and long-standing contributions to our Noble Klan and years of service. As Nupes we will all learn how to grow old gracefully standing on the shoulders of our Senior Kappas. These are giants who have stood the stiffest test and climbed “Kappa’s Mountain.” Our Senior Kappas are still working! Each year, they spearhead Senior Kappa Week. All over Kappa Land, chapters are working on initiatives geared toward Senior Kappas and seniors in general. They are making positive differences in the lives of our seasoned brothers and the community. Chapters partner younger brothers with senior brothers in an effort to increase the bonds of brotherhood. Other chapters focus on the elders in the community such as collecting fans for seniors, to help them endure the hot weather. An annual celebratory meal, like breakfast or dinner, is another way some chapters choose to honor Senior Kappas. They register for the Konclave first and they register early, they remember and honor widows. Senior Kappas are holding offices, participating in Guide Right, tutoring

students, providing counsel and guid- ance to undergraduate chapters, all while holding high, the banner of Kappa Alpha Psi ® . Thank you Senior Kappa’s, for giving us a good foundation. Here’s to you!

Have a great Kappa 2018 and

I Say Yo!

Yours in the Bond,

Thomas L. Battles, Jr.

Brothers All:

O n behalf of the undergradu- ate Grand Chapter Officers in the 33 rd Administration, we give our greetings. Our work continues as we facilitate initiatives that enhance undergraduates nationwide. Whether it’s strengthening our humani- tarian efforts through iKare, reversing the disenfranchisement of undergraduate chapters, or even challenging the current perceptions of mental health in commu- nities of color, the Young Six is steadfast; and dedicated to the cause. As we continue to lead the charge, it is important that we train up the next generation of undergraduate leaders. In tandem with our Junior Province Vice Polemarchs and other provincial un- dergraduate leadership, we must reach back and extend a hand to our new initiates. The most powerful thing we can do in this fraternity is to be positive role models for our new members as we usher them into the bond. Alumni role models are important, but having our

young leadership embrace positions of mentorship leaves a substantially longer lasting impact. As undergraduates, we must recognize that we have a strong voice of influence within our fraternity. It must never be forgotten that our Founders were 10 undergraduate men who harbored the special vision to conceive such a mighty organization. The phrase “no Kappa’s di- amond is bigger than another's” applies here. As collegiate men, we must learn to stand for issues that are effecting us and generate efficacy for those causes. We must gain legitimacy by being active in our university chapters as well as in provincial meetings. Our undergraduate administration vows to reassert Kappa’s relevance in an era where more African American voices must be heard. We will utilize our unique perspectives and skill sets in or- der to do work that moves the fraternity forward. As we prepare for the Under-

graduate Leadership Institute and C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Confer- ences, we must remember to make our issues a priority. God bless Kappa Alpha Psi ® , and peace to brothers all.

– Yours in the Bond,

The Young Six

Junior Grand Vice Polemarch Christopher Cross

Grand Board of Directors (Undergraduate) Andre Juwan Earls Ivan Garcia Christopher Raxton

While the “lame duck” was limping around the pond, Kappa Leaguers were being taught and mentored, enabling them to learn the precepts of Kappa Alpha Psi ® , while learning to achieve and aspire to higher levels of learning.

Grand Strategus Terrell Richardson

Grand Lt. Strategus Nathaniel Girma


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Bringing Brothers Back Home to Kappa

A Tribute to Our Senior Kappas “Take Us Back”

by Paul Robinson, National Reclamation Committee Chairman

by Rev. Dr. Tony C. Evans, National Chaplain

D uring this year’s Found- ers’ Day weekend, broth- ers "Pass[ed] the Loving Cup,” reminisced and shared laughs from days past, and rededicat- ed themselves to our beloved fraterni- ty. While it is unfortunate that the vast majority of these brothers are not active in the fraternity, nor affiliated with an alumni chapter, I see Founders’ Day as a tremendous opportunity to bring broth- ers back home to Kappa. It is every single member’s responsibility to serve as an ambassador for reclama- tion when coming into contact with a brother who is “not in good standing.” First, we should start with our line brothers. As the saying goes, “Sweep behind your own back door before you try to sweep around mine.” Are your line brothers financial with Grand Chapter? When you go back to home- coming or chapter reunions, is there a reclamation component where brothers are asked about their current fraternity activities? Dr. Marc Lamont Hill gave a rousing speech at the 2018 National Founders’ Day celebration. His speech focused on how much Kappa is needed in our communities and how we need to change the culture where we celebrate and focus on becoming a Kappa, but do nothing towards living as a Kappa. That What can you do?

message must be spread throughout our ranks if we are to bring about the positive change needed for the next generation.

go anyway he desires, but God tells him to ask for the old paths, where is the good way. Instead of just traveling blindly on, this traveler is to stop and ask for directions. Many are too filled with pride to stop and ask, and as a result, they waste much valuable time seeking their way. Of course, this is all in a religious context. The Lord wants his people to travel the right path. He wants them on a path that will lead them in His direction. While this word of correction was spoken to the Jews many years ago, there is a lesson in this verse for the people of today, and yes Kappas of today. It is my opinion that the Lord would still have his people to ask for the old paths. Let’s take a moment to consider this verse as we consider it under the theme “Take Us Back.” I want you to know that there is a right path and there is a wrong path. We must be sure we are walking the one which God has ordained, the one that He can bless, the one that honors Him. In this season, we honor our Founders and the Grand Polemarch has focused us on honoring our Senior Kappas, especially those that have reach the age of 75 years and older— the ones who may remember the old Kappa songs: “Give Me That Old Kappa Spirit,” or “Oh You Must be a Kappa Alpha Psi ® .” We remember the strong faith, persistence and determination they had in pursuing their education and career aspirations to deliver results of achievement in every field of human endeavor, under extreme situations such as the Jim Crow south. We salute you

for staying the course and weathering the storms! We need you more than ever to “Take Us Back.” Take Us Back to a time when we were not led astray by those brothers that introduce the damaging impact of hazing and the demeaning of men they would one day call brother. Consider the command that God is issuing to His people is for them not to allow themselves to be led astray by the false prophets and leaders of their day. They are to look back to men like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and others who walked the path of obedience and holiness before the Lord and they are to seek that path for themselves. God’s command is that they not just go anywhere, but that they take the time to find the right path, that old, well-worn path that represents the best way. I can recall spending some time with Founder Edward Giles Irvin and asking many questions about the early days of Kappa. What he shared brought tears to my eyes and redirected the type of Kappa man I wanted to be. Take Us Back. I challenge all brothers to link up with Senior Kappas and take a walk down memory lane. A journey that recalls uniting brothers on the campus of Indiana University to survive the attempts to stop their quest for educational degrees and establishing our fraternity. A journey that placed brothers in a bond of achievers in every field of human endeavor such as: Mayor Thomas Bradley, General Daniel

Next Steps

Chapter Reclamation Chairs, Keepers of Records, or Polemarchs should con- tact their Province Reclamation Chair to obtain a list of inactive members in their area. Some of the best out- reach practices include a personal letter from the Chapter Polemarch asking the brother to come home, followed up by a letter from the Reclamation Chair inviting the brother to upcoming events. Another best practice that casts an even wider net is the use of social media plat- forms such as Facebook ® , Instagram ® , and Twitter ® . In some cases, members have not updated their information with Kappa since graduation so their ad- dresses may be incorrect. However, a great amount of brothers use social media and may be inspired to come out after seeing a post from the local alumni chapter about a Guide Right, social action, or regular social event where brothers will fellowship. The bond of fraternity continues to grow stronger and stronger all around the world. Let this new year bring new opportunities to “Rebirth, Reclaim, Recommit, By Leaving No Brother Behind.”

B rothers all, I am reminded of the Book of Jeremiah 6:16: Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. In this scripture text, the days of Jeremiah’s ministry to the people of Israel were days of deep spiritual wickedness. The people had sinned against God to the point where he was ready to give them up into captivity. And, in fact, they did go into captivity in just a few short years. Yet, even while they perched on the edge of judgment, the Lord desired to see them turn back to him. In this verse, we are given the image of a traveler who comes to a fork in the road. He has the opportunity to


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"Chappie" James, Mayor Wilson Goode, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Arthur Ashe, and many others. Take Us Back. Let us not make past mistakes. During World War II, during the Battle of the Bulge, there was a group of Axis soldiers who dressed themselves in the uniforms of the Allies, went behind enemy lines, changing road signs to confuse Allied forces. This deception almost gave them the victory. We cannot let anyone purport to lead us, away the road signs of achievement in Kappa Alpha Psi ® . Some of them are: 1. Salvation through the Blood. 2. Belief in the infallible, inerrant, inspired word of God. 3. Love for the Church. 4. The reality of Heaven and Hell. 5. The value of the human soul. 6. The soon return of Jesus. 7. The holiness of God: we try to bring God down to man’s level. He is holy. Regardless of which signs the world changes, it does not change the road! The Word of God is still settled in Heaven. We still know the “old paths.”

There is no question about which way is the right way. And God’s requirement has not changed.

Take Us Back. As there is a reward that awaits. God’s promise to those who walk in his paths is that they will find rest for our souls. That is, in His paths we can be assured of three great truths. One: we can be sure that we will arrive at the proper destination! When we take the Lord’s highway, we can be sure that it will end in his presence! Two: we can travel in safety knowing that the Lord is guarding our way. Not only will we end up where we want to be, but we will get there in the safest, most peaceful manner possible. Three: we can know that while we are on the Lord’s path, the deepest needs of our soul will be met! There will be fellowship with Him and joy in His presence at the end of the way! However, those who fail to ask for the old paths (Our Senior Brothers) will find themselves walking in the ways of destruction and misery. When we turn our backs on the way God has chosen as the right way, we will find that the way is difficult, there is no peace or safety, and the destination is ever in question. There is a reward for those who will walk in the Lord’s pathway! Senior Kappas…Take Us Back.

A view from Downtown Nashville, Tennessee across the Cumberland River the site of the 13 th National Founders' Day Observance. Photo by Cracker Clips Stock Media


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T he 13 th Annual National Founders Day was held from January 4-7, 2018 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, TN. Held in the South Central Province, host chapters included: the Meharry Medical College Chapter, the Kappa of Kappa Alpha Psi ® , the Tennessee State Univer- sity Chapter, the Alpha Theta of Kappa Alpha Psi ® , the Middle Tennessee State University Chapter, the Eta Gamma of Kappa Alpha Psi ® , the Vanderbilt University Chapter, the Nu Rho of Kappa Alpha Psi ® , the Nashville (TN) Alumni Chapter, the Murfreesboro (TN) Alumni Chapter, the Hendersonville (TN) Alumni Chapter and the Brentwood (TN) Alumni Chapter. “For 107 years, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. has padded the way to make a difference in this world,” stated Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr. tout- ing such partnerships as the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center to “ensure the lives of our children and educat-

ing parents on safe sleep methods” to internal initiative such as the Senior Kappa Affairs Endowment Fund to “guarantee we can leave a legacy and build a future,” Grand Polemarch Battles praised the membership for its demonstrated brotherhood, dedication and hard work. Chapter Polemarchs John Henry Ford, MBA, Nashville (TN) Alumni Chapter; Michael Lane, Sr., (Eta Gamma 1975) Murfreesboro (TN) Alumni Chap- ter; Ronald Douglas, Jr., Hendersonville (TN) Alumni Chapter; and Billy Williams, Brentwood (TN) Alumni Chapter worked with Kendrick D. Darneal, Chairman of the Local Planning Committee and the undergraduate chapters to provide a first-class experience in the “Music City.” Gov. Bill Haslam, Congressman Larry J. Miller and Mayor Megan Barry all extended greetings to Kappa Alpha Psi ® .

On hand to participate in the Observance with the

The members of the dais of the 13 th Annual National Founders' Day awaits as Grand Board Member Andre Earls introduces 33 rd Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr.


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Grand Chapter Officers and Board Members were 26 th Grand Polemarch Dr. Ullysses McBride, 27 th Grand Polemarch Robert L. Harris, Esq. and 31 st Grand Polemarch Dwayne M. Murray, Esq. They were joined by hundreds of other brothers repre- senting all of the provinces of Kappa Alpha Psi ® . The observance allows members to reflect on the realization of a vision shared our Revered Founders. The solemnity, the dignity of the Ob- servance, regardless of what city it is held in the country, is something every man of Kappa Alpha Psi® should experience. The Observance was called to order by Grand Board Member André Juwan Earls. Ivan Garcia, Grand Board Member, established protocol. Rev.

Dr. Tony Evans, Sr. provided the Invocation with South Central Province Polemarch Leonard E. Clemons providing greetings. Grand Board Mem- ber Ronald V. Julun responded to the greetings and Grand Board Member Jimmy McMikle fixed in the minds of the attendees the evening's occasion. After words from Foundation President Michael J. DuBose, Grand Board Member Christopher C. Raxton introduced the evening's speaker. The National Founder’s Day Banquet Obser- vance was headlined by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (Abington-Ambler (PA) Alumni 2011) one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. Hill serves as host of BET News and is a political con- tributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, Dr.

The 33 rd Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr. has arrived. The room is filled with joy. Under his leadership Kappa's Six-Point Plan has been an excellent success in moving the fraternity forward.


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Grand Board Member Ivan Garcia established protocol during the 13 th Annual National Founders' Day Observance Opposite Page: Clockwise: 27 th Grand Polemarch Robert, L. Harris, Esq.; Grand Polemarch Battles recounts the Founding of Kappa Alpha Psi ® ; Junior Grand Vice Polemarch Cross readies for the Observance; the local Chapter Polemarchs and South Central Province Polemarch Leonard Clemons receive national recognition ; Rev. Dr. Tony C. Evans, Sr., National Chaplain, exhorts the brothers to keep the Christian principles upon which Kappa Alpha Psi ® was founded "as a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our pathway." Below: Junior Grand Vice Polemarch Christopher Cross, left, with Grand Board Member Ivan Garcia.

Hill has received numerous awards from such organizations as the National As- sociation of Black Journalists, GLAAD and the international Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Also, Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solu- tions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia Univer- sity and Morehouse College. Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hill exhorted the members pres- ent to appreciate the times that we live in, to listen and reflect on the experienc- es of our Founders and our forebearers and to make sure we teach those coming behind us to persevere.

as a fully financial and active Kappa man.

Waymond Caine, George Wesley Ed- munds, Guy Levis Grant, Edward Giles Irvin and John Milton Lee. With our energy renewed, the broth- ers were once again reminded as in Romans 8:37... in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Here’s to Kappa Alpha Psi ® !

Dr. Hill's message so transfixed the audience with a spirit of rededication to Phi Nu Pi, until his effects of his oratory will long be remembered. There was a palpable sense of pride in Brother Hill and his delivery, particularly given that he is called upon by the media to give voice to the context of our times. He so moved the audience that the Grand Polemarch was able to appeal again, as last year, to the brothers and channel that Good Old Kappa Spirit that was ablaze from Dr. Hill's remarks into raising five figures within minutes in support of Kappa initiatives. Thereafter, all hearts and minds were cleared to receive the reflections in the tribute to the Founders: Elder Watson Diggs, Dr. Ezra Dee Alexander, Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Henry Tourner Asher, Marcus Peter Blakemore, Paul

Dr. Hill also discussed reclamation and offered examples of what it means to the community when a brother lives


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Opposite page: Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Senior Grand Vice Polemarch Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq. enter the hall during the 13 th Annual National Founders' Day Observance.

Above: Dr. Marc Lamont Hill begins his message. Right: Middle Eastern Province Polemarch Michael F. Brown delivers his first Roll Call message as Province Polemarch. The Brothers are arrayed to take in a fiery message from award-winning author, commentator and professor, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill.


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Grand Polemarch Battles poses with Laurel Wreath Wearers Dr. CW Grant, Dr. Ullysses McBride, Robert L. Harris Esq., and Dr. Ralph J. Bryson. Below Grand Polemarch Battles poses with the Council of Province Polemarchs chaired by Senior Grand Vice Polemarch Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq.

Above: Members of the administrative team to the Grand Polemarch, Eric Battles, Ronald E. Range, Dr. Leo T. McAuley Brown, 74 th Elder Watson Diggs Awardee Myron L. Hardiman, Grand Polemarch Battles and E. Kenneth Glass, Jr. Below: The members of the 33 rd Administration of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. assemble prior to the opening of the 13 th National Founders' Day Observance. Front row: Chester Leaks, Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq., Thomas L. Battles, Jr., Christopher G. Cross, Back row: Terrell Richardson, Christopher Raxton, Linnes Finney, Jr., Esq., Ronald V. Julun, Jimmy McMikle, André Juwan Earls, Ivan Garcia, Nathaniel Girma and Chauncy E. Haynes.


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Above, left: Elder Watson Diggs Awardee Dr. Edward R. Scott II, poses with 26 th Grand Polemarch and Laurel Wreath Wearer, Dr. Ullysses McBride. Right: Elder Watson Diggs Awardee and Kappa Foundation President Michael DuBose, poses with Grand Polemarch Battles. Below, Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr., poses with Senior Grand Vice Polemarch Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq., and the Council of Senior Province Vice Polemarchs.

Above: Members of the Young Six pose with the Grand Polemarch, Nathaniel Girma, André Juwan Earls, Christopher Cross, Christopher Raxton and Terrell Richardson. Below: Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr., and Junior Grand Vice Polemarch Christopher Cross pose with Grand Board Members André Juwan Earls and Ivan Garcia, Grand Lt. Strategus Nathaniel Girma and members of the Council of Junior Province Vice Polemarchs.


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Above left: Grand Board Member Christopher Raxton brings greetings during the 13 th Annual National Founders' Day Observance. Above right: 26 th Grand Polemarch Dr. Ullysses McBride, 27 th Grand Polemarch Robert L. Harris, Esq., 31 st Grand Polemarch Dwayne M. Murray, Esq., and Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr.

Below: Guy L. Grant Awardees, from left: Ryan Tucker, Dr. Mark Rigsby and Damon O. Barry, Esq. pose with Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr.

Above: Grand Board Members Linnes Finney, Jr., Esq., Ivan Garcia, Ronald V. Julun and Jimmy McMikle. Below: Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr. visits with the members of the Membership Training Academy in attendance at the 13 th Annual National Founders' Day Observance.


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My Brothers in the Bond:

Senior Kappa Affairs Committee Province Chairmen

I bring you greetings as the Chairman of the National Senior Kap- pa Affairs Committee and from the Southeastern Province Senior Kappa Affairs Committee, where our seniors are “Continu- ing the Journey.” In 1993, the Grand Board of Directors mandated that all alumni chapters have a standing Senior Kappa Affairs Com- mittee. The 33 rd Grand Polemarch has asked that an emphasis be placed on increasing the number of alumni chapters with a standing committee. We in the Southeastern Province have made steady progress over the last five years, starting in 2013 with only 16 percent of alumni chapters reporting a standing committee. We are elated to report that as of January 2018 that each and every active alumni chapter in the Southeast- ern Province is reporting having a standing commit- tee, reaching our goal of

100 percent. Senior Kappa Week was an initiative that was the brain child of Stockbridge- Jonesboro (GA) Alumni Chapter in 2013 and approved as a province initiative in 2014. In 2015 the National Senior Kappa Affairs Committee peti- tioned the Grand Board of Directors to consider each chapter sponsoring a Senior Kappa Week as a national initiative. With the support of Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr., the Grand Board of Directors voted at the Grand Board Meet- ing in January 2016 that Senior Kappa Week be deemed a national initia- tive to be celebrated the third week of May going forward. In 2017, the Southeastern Province had 62 percent of its alumni chapters participating in activities during the week. We have celebrated Senior Kappa Week 2018, May 14-20, 2018 in fine fashion. Your posts on

social media such as your chapter websites, Face- book ® and Reddit ® , your feeds, such as LinkedIn ® , Instagram ® and Twitter ® , all bespeak of a success- ful week on behalf of our Senior Kappas. Brothers of the South- eastern Province con- tinue to support the Senior Kappa Affairs Endowment Fund (SKAEF). The National Senior Kappa Affairs Committee continues to promote and support the SKAEF. We look forward to reaching our goal of $1,000,000 in support this year and to begin providing grants to local Senior Kappa Affairs Committees to support their initiatives in the fall of 2018.

Dr. Lee Esprit East Central Province

Samuel L. Greene Middle Eastern Province

Col. Vandy L. Miller Eastern Province

Odell Barry Middle Western Province Co-Chairman

Thomas J. Brown, Jr. Middle Western Province Co-Chairman

Terrance R. Holliday Northeastern Province

Roderick L. Kilgore Northern Province

Tommie L. Pruitt South Central Province

Yours in the Bond,

John L. Stewart, Jr. Senior Kappa Affairs Committee Chairman

Southeastern Province Chairman

Raymond E. Marbury North Central Province Senior Kappa Affairs Vice Chairman

Herman Thomas Southwestern Province

George C. Sims Western Province

Dr. Richard Showers, Sr. Southern Province


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North Central Province: Raymond E. Marbury

Middle Western Province: Thomas J. Brown, Jr.

Raymond Edward Marbury was born in Leeds, Alabama to the union of the late Will H. Marbury, Sr. and the late Mary Etta Davis Marbury. Upon graduation from high school, he ma- triculated to Tuskegee University. His educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Tuskegee in 1967; a Master of Arts Degree from Ball State university in 1968, and a Master of Science Degree in Business Management from Troy State University in 1980. Marbury was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Epsilon Chapter in the Spring of 1965. He was Polemarch of the undergraduate chapter his senior year.

Thomas J. Brown, Jr. (Epsilon Eta 1973) is a proud Charter Member of Eta Kappa Chap- ter. He has been active with the Independence (MO) Alumni Chapter and the Kansas City (MO) Alumni Chapter. He has served on the Grand Chapter level as an inaugural member of the Membership Status Review Commission as well as the author of the initial Membership Status Review Commission Guidelines under the Administration of 30 th Grand Polemarch Samuel C. Hamilton. On the Province level, he has served the Middle Western Province as Senior Vice Polemarch, Political Action Committee Chairman, Social Action Committee Chairman and

He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1968. He served as a career officer in the military for 20 years, retiring as a Major in 1989. He has also enjoyed careers as a corporate officer and as a teacher in the St. Louis. Missouri school system. Marbury is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and is presently a member of the East St. Louis (MO) Alumni Chapter. He is married to Jacqueline Walker Marbury. They are parents of two sons and one daughter. They also have four grandchildren.

Senior Kappa Affairs Chairman. Has served Kappa on the local level with Independence (MO) Alumni Chapter and Kansas City (MO) Alumni Chapter including as Chapter Polemarch He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science and History Education from Culver-Stockton College and a Master of Science Degree in Public Services Administration (Transportation and Safety Programs). He has worked in the field of transportation for 40 years with Greyhound Bus Lines, Kansas City Area Transpor- tation Authority, Community Development Corporation and as the Owner/President of T.J. Brown & Associates. Ad- ditionally, he has taught Management Principles and Leadership in Business for Baker University. While in college he was a four-year letter winner in football and was a Deans List Student for six semesters. He is the father of two sons (Travis and Tyrell) and one grandson. He is a passionate sport fan and is a 38-year season ticketholder with the Kansas City Chiefs. He loves football, basketball, baseball and golf.

Eastern Province: Col. Vandy L. Miller, U.S. Army Retired

Vandy Leonard Miller was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina. Brother Miller instilled the inalienable virtues of hard work, education, service, and integrity into his core family values. Brother Miller’s belief in education is demonstrated in his academic achievements including attaining his Bachelor of Science degree in 1954 from West Virginia State University and his Master’s Degree in Radiation Biology from The University of Rochester in 1961. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from West Virginia State University in 2014. Brother Miller served in the United States Army for 24 years where he retired as a Colonel. Upon retirement from the military, Brother Miller took a position with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission where he served 18 years and retired as a senior

Northeastern Province: Terrance R. Holliday

Terrance R. Holliday is a 1968 initiate of Omicron chapter and a member of the New York (NY) Alumni Chapter in Harlem. He holds a BA in History from St. John’s University, Brooklyn, NY and an MBA from New York Institute of Technology, Westbury, NY. He retired from Allstate Insurance Company in 2006 after a 38 year career. A member of the New Jersey Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, he retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel in 2007. His journey included staff assignments to the Secretary and the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. He was the official spokesperson for the Office of Military Commissions at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. Brother Holliday is most proud of his service as the NYC Commissioner of the Mayor’s Of-

executive. Since Brother Miller’s two retirements, he has been active in community services such as: AARP Volun- teer, Vice President of the Walter Reed Society, Trustee of the Bethany House Senior Citizen Condominiums, and an Officer of the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of West Virginia State University. Brother Miller’s highlights outside of his career has been his dedication to his home church 12 th Street Christian Church located in Washing- ton, DC. Where he has served as Deacon, Trustee, Elder and Presiding Elder for over 40 years. Brother Miller has received numerous military and civilian awards. He is a widower; He married his college sweetheart Sylvia B. Miller. They share three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

fice of Veterans’ Affairs during the administration of Michael Bloomberg. He active with veteran and historical orga- nizations. Brother Holliday offered, “The Northeastern Province chapters are beginning to get into a ‘Battle Rhythm’ with Senior Kappa Affairs. Many chapters are geared to make contributions to our Seniors and the communities they live in. That is a part of our brand.” Brother Holliday and his wife Marta are residents for Hempstead, NY. Their daughter, Marta, is an Assistant Professor at Alabama State University and are the proud grandparents of Walter Terrance.

Middle Eastern Province: Samuel L. Greene

Northern Province: Roderick L. Kilgore

Samuel L. Greene was born in Forest City, North Carolina and attended Carver High School in Spindale, North Carolina. Upon graduation, he attended Fayetteville State Univer- sity for his undergraduate degree and received his master’s degree from North Carolina Central University. Brother Greene was initiated in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg (NC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi in December 1968 and is a Life Member of Raleigh (NC) Alumni Chapter. In addition to being the Senior Kappa Affairs Committee Chairman of the Middle Eastern Province, he has served in a number of leadership positions including Polemarch of the Fayette- ville (NC) and Raleigh (NC) Alumni Chapters and Senior Vice Polemarch of the Middle East-

Roderick L. Kilgore (Gamma Sigma 1980) is the Keeper of Records for the Ann Arbor- Ypsilanti-Inkster (MI) Alumni Chapter as well as the Undergraduate Advisor for the University of Michigan (Sigma Chapter) and Chairman of the Senior Kappa Affairs for the Northern Province. He is a Life Member of the Fraternity. Brother Kilgore was raised in Jackson, Michigan. He graduated from Parkside High School in 1978. Kilgore went on to attend the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He is currently employed by the State of Michigan as Resident Unit Manager with 33 years of service. Brother Kilgore graduated from UAPB with a BS in Business Administration, specializing in Criminal Justice 1983. He began working at Michigan Department of Corrections in 1984.

ern Province. Professionally, Brother Greene has served as a Department of Corrections sixth grade teacher, Wake County Schools teacher, Science Department Chairman, athletic director, baseball and basketball coach and as an award-winning principal. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Raleigh, NC, where is the Superinten- dent of Sunday School, member of the deacon’s ministry, Christian education, advisory board and men’s ministry. He also serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the School of Education at Fayetteville State University. He resides with his wife of 47 years, Iantha Greene in Raleigh, and are the proud parents of one son Samuel O’Keith.

He has received several promotions during his employment. During his tenure with the Department he taught sev- eral Criminal Justice classes at Washtenaw Community College and the Michigan Department of Corrections New Employee Training Division. He is a lifetime member of the UAPB Detroit Alumni Chapter where he assists the Chapter President with recruitment for college-bound students. Brother Kilgore is also active in the community with participation in the Meals on Wheel Program. He attends Word of Faith Church and is married with one son and one daughter.


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