Greek Name: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Chapter: Mu Sigma Chapter
Motto: First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All
Goals/Pillars: Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love For All Mankind
The Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation, Inc. is the non-profit charitable arm of the Fraternity, which focuses on scholarship, programs, and training and development of the membership. Education Foundation encompasses the implementation of Go-to-High School, Go-to-College, Project Alpha, voter Education / Registration efforts, The Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest, The John Hope Franklin Collegiate Scholars Bowl, The Hobart Jarrett Debate Competition, Leadership Development Institutes, and the professional and personal development thrusts of the Fraternity via Alpha University.
National Founding Date: December 4th, 1906
Chapter Founding Date: January 22nd, 1977
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. Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, 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.
The Mu Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was the first African American based organization to be established in Rochester, NY. It was chartered on January 22, 1977 on the campus of the University of Rochester by nine men known as the "Gold Line of the Junkyard Dog." They include: LLoyd Armon, Terrence Conner, Jeffrey Gardere, George Jenkins, Allen Newell, Raymond Oliver, Christopher Richardson, Stanley Watkins, and Vincent Whitelock.
Since the establishment of Mu Sigma, over 100 brothers have been initiated into Alpha in Rochester, NY from the University of Rochester, Hobart College, Syracuse University, SUNY Brockport, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, and SUNY Geneseo. These brothers have lived through the fraternity aims, "Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind," and provided outstanding service to the Rochester community.