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We shall transcend all. 



The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.



Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were established at other colleges and universities, many of them historically black institutions, soon after the founding at Cornell. The first alumni chapter was established in 1911. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its form as the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.



Alpha Phi Alpha™, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, was founded on December 4, 1906™ at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country.



Since its founding on December 4,1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world.




For several years during the seventies ten Alpha Brothers of Longview, Texas belonged to the Delta Upsilon Lambda Chapter in Marshall, Texas.  In March 1977 the Longview group requested that they have their own chapter since there were as many people from Longview in that chapter as Marshall.  The chapter declined that request.  However, after petitioning the Texas district, the request was submitted to the National Convention in July and approved.   The Mu Rho Lambda Chapter of Longview, Texas was chartered September 30, 1977. Charter members were as follows: 


Fred Armstrong

Clyde Austin

Harold Barlow

Calvin Brookins

Silas Cullins

Bennie Dade

Alexander Duncan

Clifford Harkless

Billy Jacobs

and Dr. Isaac Willis

Dr. Willis served as the first chapter president.  The chapter established its Miss Black and Gold Pageant scholarship fund raiser the next year.  Miss Elaine Moore was its first Miss Black and Gold.  Gary Jones received the first scholarship.  In subsequent years, the chapter sponsored golf tournaments to supplement its scholarship fund.

The Next Steps


In 1984 the Texas Council of Alpha chapters held its district convention in Longview.  In cooperation with Brother John Johnson, owner of Johnson publishing company, the chapter hosted the Ebony Fashion Show tour for nearly twenty years through its final tour in 2001.  Since then, the chapter has continued its Miss Black and Gold Pageant as well as a Gala.  The Galas included a formal dinner, dance and program featuring an Alpha speaker. 

Impact & Legacy


Over the years, Alpha speakers have provided the program themed message as Alpha National and Regional Presidents, college presidents, superintendents, department operational managers and community leaders.  The chapter has also become a fixture in the Juneteenth parade with their accompanying Brisket Sale.  In addition to supporting the fraternity’s National March of Dimes  Partnership, the chapter has supported local Alzheimer Awareness and Heart Disease Initiatives. 


Our fraternity runs on the leadership from its members. Our board of directors, committee chairs, and brothers working diligently at the chapter level all over the world and give up their time and talent to help the fraternity run.

Please see a listing below of members who volunteer on a daily basis at the national level.

General President 

Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III

General Treasurer

Densel Fleming

Regional Vice President - East
Lucien J. Metellus

Regional Assistant Vice President - East
Travis Nelson 


Donald E. Jackson

Regional Vice President - Midwest
Ronald D. Stovall, Jr.

Regional Assistant Vice President - Midwest

Anthony J. Ruckermidwest


Regional Vice President - West
Dondrell Swanson


Regional Assistant Vice President - West
Asante' R. Day


Immediate Past General President
Everett B. Ward, PH.D.

Regional Vice President - South
Kelsey Rushing

Regional Assistant Vice President - South
Kingsley C. Nwaokorie


Regional Vice President - SW
Tarrynce Robinson


Regional Assistant Vice President - SW
Christian L. Coleman


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