Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, (Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, (Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter) joined forces on Jan. 21, for the Martin Luther King Unity Brunch. The below freezing temperature was not a deterrent to a sold-out audience that filled the Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center. With Erin Clarke (WPXI–TV) and Brian Cook (Golden Sky Media, LLC) as mistress and master of ceremonies, guests enjoyed a delightful brunch and met the winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest.
The winners in the middle school division included: First Place, Brandon Watson/Manchester Academic Charter School; and Second Place, Kayla Wiggins/Manchester Academic Charter School. In the High School Division, Vincent Folkes/City Charter High School received first place and Mikeiya Bennett/Pittsburgh CAPA received second place. Academic scholarships were presented to Jamir Howard and Eric Ellis, both are students at the Neighborhood Academy.
The centerpiece at each table included a framed quote by Martin Luther King Jr., one that stood out: “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
The Alpha Wives presented a donation to James and Staci Flint of Kyle’s Hope. Kyle’s Hope is named after their son who was born with a special need. Kyle’s Hope Ministry is a Faith-Based Support Service for all needs. For the past 12 months both the AKAs and the Alphas have been collecting toiletries for those in need to donate to the East End Co-operative Ministries. A small portion of what they collected was presented to McAdoo’s of EECM.
The afternoon concluded with the presentation of the Brother Edward Ray Lifetime Service Award to Arthur Outen Jr. The award is presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in the form of a gold jacket sports jacket to a senior member of the fraternity. The jacket was presented by Kevin Cooper. Later that afternoon, Robert Smith received his jacket at his home—due to a recent surgery he was unable to attend the brunch.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity president, Davie Huddleston, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority president, Rhonda Taliaferro, jointly thanked everyone for spending the day honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
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