George E. Higgs Building
117 University Dr.
P.O. Box 3427
Prairie View, TX 77446
Since its founding, the fraternity has provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movements, and addressed the social issues of apartheid, urban housing, and economic, cultural, and political concerns affecting people of color. The fraternity’s major programs include Voter Education, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Brothers Keeper, and March of Dimes. The organization also contributed a Million Dollars to the National Urban League, the NAACP, and the United Negro Scholarship Fund. The fraternity led the management and construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Washington Mall. Dr. King was one of the most revered brothers of the fraternity.
The fraternity’s membership is more than two hundred thousand college trained men dispersed in more than 1,500 college and 900 alumni chapters throughout the United States, Korea, Europe and the Caribbean.
Some of its prominent members are Justice Thurgood Marshall, Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver, Al Green, William Gray, Charles Rangel; Ebony Publisher John H. Johnson, former PVAMU presidents Alvin I. Thomas, E. B. Evans and Charles Hines, Mayors Lee P. Brown, David Dinkins, Maynard Jackson, Frank Jackson, Raymond E. Carreathers, Jiles P. Daniels, Sr., Michael Wolfe and Ernest Morial, Texas State Representatives Al Edwards, Sylvester Turner and Boris Miles, musicians Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie; Activists Paul Robeson, W. E. B. DeBois, Olympians Ralph Metcalfe and Jesse Owens, and legendary coaches Eddie Robinson and Lenny Wilkins.
The fraternity is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with Mr. Mark Tillman as General President. Brian E. Rowland is president of Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter and
Prentiss McGary is president of Eta Gamma Chapter.
The fraternity will also present special awards to several brothers and members of the community.
This U.S. holiday can actually trace its origin back to a palace in France. On June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles, World War I was at its end with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. According to the United States Veteran Affairs, fighting ceased seven months earlier, on Nov. 11, 1918. It was the year 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared November, 11 Armistice Day.
Congress named November, 11 a legal holiday in 1938. While the holiday was meant to commemorate World War I veterans, its meaning was broadened following World War II. The 83rd Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day because of this its broadning. On Nov. 11, 1954, the United States celebrated the first Veterans Day, designed to honor all veterans who serve in a war.
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln
“How important it is for us to recognize our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou
PARTIAL LISTING OF ETL BROTHERS WHO SERVED:
Brother Jay Pennywell
Brother James Johnson
Brother Jimmy Garrett
Brother Eric Dargan
Brother Frank Jackson
Brother Lucius Wyatt
Brother George Higgs
Brother Mark Morris
Brother Quinn Jenkins
Thank you for your dedication and service to our country!
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Epsilon Tau Lambda