On Saturday, September 6, from 7-10 p.m., Xavier University’s Sigma Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will host a community building event for students called “Alpha Phi Alpha’s Block Party.” They will block off drives around the campus’ sand volleyball courts for barbeque, drinks, and music and expect to host approximately 100 students. The student body will have an early opportunity to meet and greet each other and the members of this year’s chapter and learn about the Chapter’s many activities.
The goal of Alpha Phi Alpha is to develop leadership and promote brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy to its communities. The Sigma Gamma chapter at Xavier serves its community in several different ways. They have worked with a detention center, elementary schools, soup kitchens, People Working Cooperatively, and March of Dimes. This year they hope also to work with Habitat for Humanity. The chapter hosts an annual Scholarship Pageant in the spring for the women of Xavier, awarding two scholarships of $1000 and $500. This year, they will partner with other campus organizations to encourage registering and voting in the presidential election. They also host social programs such as Alpha’s Guys' Night Out", a basketball tournament, and a women's appreciation event.
“This Block Party promises to be a welcoming, good time for a diverse crowd,” says Anthony Brown, Xavier chapter president. “We know that this will be a great opportunity for students to enjoy one of the new activities on campus provided by the Student Government Association.”
Founded in 1906 at Cornell University in New York, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is the first and largest African-American intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha has been committed to serving communities and has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights, through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, Retired Senator Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity serves the community through its nearly one thousand college and alumni chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.