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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s Statement on the Passing of Mi
06.25.2009 – BALTIMORE, MD □" “Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. mourns the death
of a pop music icon, Michael Jackson. As we observe Black Music Month and make
plans to celebrate Motown’s 50th Anniversary at our 103rd Anniversary Convention in
New Orleans, we join with the world in sharing our sadness of this loss.
“As a child growing up in the late 1960s and 1970s, Michael Jackson and his
brothers were a part of the fiber and fabric of America and gave me and many
members the songs and sounds of our youth. I recall watching the on the Ed
Sullivan show. It was my pleasure to see Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five in
Atlanta in 1971 at the first Martin Luther King Birthday concert at the old Atlanta City
Auditorium. I shall never forget it. As a historian I accumulated a large collection
Jackson Five memorabilia,” remembers Skip Mason, General (national) President.
Our prayers go out to the Jackson family. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will celebrate his
legacy and the great musical contributions that he and his brothers made while at
Motown during our Public Program in New Orleans on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at the
Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.
About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
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 for civil rights,
through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood
Marshall, Andrew Young, Retired Senator Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The
fraternity through its college and alumni chapters serves the community through
nearly a thousand chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
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