Alpha Phi Alp
Alpha Phi Alpha Salutes NAACP and ASALH
Fraternity pays tribute to pioneering organizations during Black History Month
02.10.2009 – (BALTIMORE, MD) – As Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., America’s
oldest African-American Greek-lettered organization, celebrates Black History Month,
it also honors the work of two pioneering organizations of Black History: the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Association for
the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
Founded by historian, scholar and Alpha Phi Alpha member W.E. B. DuBois, the
NAACP has advanced the African-American agenda and worked for political,
educational, social and economic equality since its inception. Alpha Phi Alpha
congratulates the NAACP as the organization reaches a remarkable milestone in
2009: one hundred years on the forefront of civil rights advocacy.
The Fraternity also honors the contributions of the ASALH and its founder Carter G.
Woodson. Both share responsibility for creating the now widely celebrated Black
History Month. What began in 1926 as Woodson’s Negro Achievement Week has,
under the stewardship of the ASALH, evolved into a month-long worldwide
celebration of black history and culture.
“We are forever indebted to these pioneering organizations of African-American
history,” said Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr., general president of Alpha Phi Alpha. “We
thank Woodson for having the wisdom to record, archive and celebrate black
achievement, and we honor DuBois for wisely anticipating the need for an advocacy
to fight on behalf of all people.”
Both the NAACP and ASALH have counted numerous Alpha men among their ranks.
Olympian Jesse Owens and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall were
both active members of the ASALH. Martin Luther King, Jr. counted heavily on the
NAACP to organize and mobilize its members during the Civil Rights Movement of
the 1960s and Marshall was chief attorney for the NAACP.
“Our mission in this new er