As the start of the academic school year at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, nears HBCU Buzz contributor and member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Xi Chapter at Central State University in Wilberforce Tevin Cameron created a guide to help HBCU students chart out their journey and enjoy an incredible life in Black Greekdom.
The guide includes helpful information such as rule of thumb, to do and not to do and details of what it takes to be an Alpha man.
Below is an excerpt of the guide:
✓ We have 7 Jewels, NOT Founders.
This is important.
According to Apaxal.com, the Founders, affectionately known as the Jewels of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., were no ordinary achievers. Given racial attitudes in 1906, their accomplishments were monumental. As founder Henry Arthur Callis euphemistically stated—because the half-dozen African American students at Cornell University during the school year 1904-05 did not return to campus the following year, the incoming students in 1905-06, in founding Alpha Phi Alpha, were determined to bind themselves together to ensure that each would survive in the racially hostile environment.
✓ Everyone training on the right leg is doing it wrong.
So practice training on your the left leg, if you must. But in your own discretion, of course.
✓ DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Have your mind made up that THIS is what you want. No “house hopping.”
✓ Follow your heart not legacy.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, was founded 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.
✓ Death to loose lips.
The less one knows, THE BETTER.
✓ The real works begins when your FINISHED.
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.
✓ DON’T QUIT!
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit-Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.