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Alpha Phi Alpha, 1981

"Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as the first black Greek letter fraternity. This organization has been interracial since 1945. Since its founding, over 70,000 men have been initiated into over 500 chapters across the country, including such places as Africa, Europe, S. Korea, the West Indies, and the Virgin Islands.

"The 'A Phi A' fraternity stresses the importance of high scholastic standards, high moral character, personal progress, brotherly love, and the respect of womanhood. Through these ideals, Alpha men have been found in all aspects of society. A list of notable brothers would include names such as former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, the late actor Paul Robeson, composer Quincy Jones, pro basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few.

"The Theta Iota chapter at Virginia Tech was founded on January 29, 1973, with nine members. Theta Iota has won many awards during its short existence. It has been State Chapter of the Year four times, and Eastern Regional Chapter of the Year twice. Other awards include the American Heart Association service award, and the Upward Bound Talent Search Service Award.

"Many projects are undertaken throughout the year such as a free Blood Pressure Clinic, tutoring of Upward Bound high school students twice a month, the Annual Black and Gold Ball, and fund raising for organizations such as the United Negro College Fund, the Heart Fund, and the fight against Muscular Dystrophy."

-- from the 1981 Virginia Tech Bugle, page 316

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