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Chairman of the RNC
02.05.2009 – The selection of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele as chairman
of the Republican National Committee is yet another milestone in the long journey
for freedom and justice in America. What’s more, he was not the only African-
American candidate for the post; former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell
offered his name too.
This selection by Republicans—after a majority of Americans elected Barack Obama
as the nation’s first African-American president—stands as an example to all
Americans; especially African Americans that the dream of our Alpha Brother Martin
Luther King, Jr. continues to become a reality.
On behalf of the thousands of men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the country’s
oldest African-American Collegiate Greek-lettered fraternity, I offer congratulations to
Chairman Steele in becoming the first African American to head the RNC.
Our fraternity is proud to have among its ranks Democrats, Republicans and
Independents. We recognize the historical significance of Mr. Steele’s election in the
history books and celebrate with America and the world the spirit of change that
continues to permeate the fabric of our society and culture.
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. We stand ready to continue to help influence the
change in which we seek through our various initiatives and partnerships that serve
to directly address the issues of education, health, and civic and social justice.
Again, we congratulate Chairman Steele and wish him much success.
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 lon