Greetings! My name is Bro. Dele Oladapo. I am blessed to serve as the current president for the Premier chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., known as Alpha Alpha Lambda. Our great chapter was founded in 1926, by 14 dynamic black men, affectionately known as the Original 14 in Newark, NJ. The focus of our chapter is based upon Brotherhood, Service, Scholarship and Fraternity.
Brotherhood, which is the foundation of our chapter and fraternity, is all about ensuring the well being and success of every brother in our chapter. The importance of brotherhood is to enable our chapter brothers, so that they can be a service the community and fraternity. Our focus on brotherhood, spans formal programs on health, financial wellness and career advancement. Informally, we enjoy signature events like our Yankee outing, Wine Pairing, Super Bowl Parties, Summer Cookout and Brotherhood Smoke and Fellowship following meetings and gatherings.
First of All, Servants of All, We shall transcend all. This is the motto of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Being servants to our community is one of our most important areas of focus. We are proud sponsors of our national programs such as Project Alpha at S. 17th Elementary School in Newark, NJ, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, voter empowerment campaigns, Go to High School, Go to College, and various monthly community service projects through Newark and the greater Essex County area.
In addition, we proudly host an annual oratorical contest for middle-school aged boys named for our Brother and great orator Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The MLK Oratorical Contest is aims to give our young kings an opportunity to share their talents and shine amongst family, friends and the brothers of Alpha Alpha Lambda. The symbiotic relationship amongst our programs has recently produced the 1st and 4th place winners, who were also part of our Project Alpha class.
Scholarship is key to our history, as Alpha Phi Alpha, is the first intercollegiate African American fraternity in the history of the world. Through our foundation, we provide thousands of dollars in scholarship to young men that range from elementary school to college. AAL, also, supports a number of undergraduate chapters in the area including: Stevens Institute, Seton Hall University and Rutgers Newark, Kean College and Montclair State University. We feel by mentoring our college brothers early and often, they will more likely succeed in the academic journey and have access to a broad network of professionals to help guide their careers.
Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter was born in Newark, NJ in 1926. We sometimes go by the moniker the Brick City Alphas. We embrace this name to remind us of the unmovable foundation was laid by our founders and the hard work we must continue to strengthen and grow our House so that we may be Servants to All.