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Alpha Phi Alpha Congratulates, Supports Brother Roland Burris
Nation's oldest African-American Fraternity stands with
01.07.2009 – BALTIMORE, MD—Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the country’s oldest
African-American Collegiate Greek-lettered fraternity, congratulates our member
Brother Sen. Roland Burris in his recent appointment to the U.S. Senate,
representing the State of Illinois. We observe this accomplishment as just one of
many Bro. Burris has made during his career.
Sen. Burris was the first African-American National Bank Examiner in the Office of
the Comptroller of the Currency at the U.S. Treasury Department. He also was the
first African American elected to statewide office in Illinois as Comptroller, then
elected Attorney General. Now, he is the sole African-American member of the U.S.
Senate. Sen. Burris stands as a true trailblazer.
He joins a long list of Alpha Brothers including former Sen. Edward Brooke (R-
Mass.), Justice Thurgood Marshall, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell (D-NY),
Oscar Depriest and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., where in being the “first” they opened
doors of opportunity from which we all have walked through and benefited.
Alpha will honor Sen. Burris along with other pioneers at our “Celebration of Firsts”
Inaugural Reception & Program in Washington, DC on January 19 at The National
Press Club at 1 p.m.
Alpha Phi Alpha has always been at the forefront of national and world issues
affecting humankind—supplying voice and vision to concerns of those who often
have no voice and are rarely seen. Our Brother Roland Burris continues this legacy
in his new role in the United States Senate, and we are proud of him.
Founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 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 f