On Friday, November 18th, 2016 in a community clubhouse in Montclair, New Jersey, a snow white projector screen flashes the Kappa League shield. The rustling of feet and anxious voices fill the room until the humble voice of Montclair Alumni Guide Right Director Henry Appiah requests everyone for their attention and to take their seats. It is time to begin the annual Montclair Kappa League induction ceremony at 6 pm on the dot. As he stands at the podium and states with a chuckle that he does not like microphones, 10 new young men sit to his left dressed in plain white button up shirts, khaki colored pants and shiny dress shoes. To their left, 11 Montclair Kappa Leaguers sit wearing their traditional, bright maroon Kappa League cardigans and hands clasped in their laps exemplifying distinguished gentlemen. The audience comprised of Kappa Brothers, parents, guardians, family and friends sit with eagerness to witness the induction of the Zeta Klass.
The highlight of the evening was not only these young men being brought into the Kappa League fold but the powerful message that keynote speaker Justin T. Manning bestowed upon them. He spoke about “encountering obstacles and although they seem impossible or we may feel unprepared and incapable. We should attempt anyway because that's how we find out what we're made of. When we find something we love to do, we need to take advantage of it. Don't wait for people to make you feel part of the table...you need to work so that people want to be at your table”.
Montclair Kappa League President Justin Davis and MKL Vice-president Quinton Hines Jr. presented an award of appreciation to Brother Justin T. Manning of Brooklyn Long Island Alumni Chapter and Founder of Medal Addicts for taking the time to make the event extraordinary. The young men received their Kappa League ties and certificate of membership. The evening concluded with a reception for all attendees which was organized and provided by Ms. Beverly Latta and the parent/guardian committee.