On Monday, November 15, 2016, the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, as well as the Mobile Alumni Chapter Guide Right Programs (Kappa Knight and Kappa League), hosted a “Learn to Live” program with the Mobile Police Department. Thanks to Officer Curtis Graves, for representing the MPD.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., "Learn 2 Live" is a collaborative effort with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (Noble) to formally address one of the most critical issues affecting people of color in the United States. Incidents of racial profiling, a lack of comprehensive policies, a lack of trust and legitimacy within the community, and the increasing frequency of tragic outcomes between law enforcement and persons of color have produced an environment of anger and frustration.
The "Learn 2 Live" provided those who attend the following information:
- Increased awareness on law enforcement and community policing
- Factual understanding of legal rights
- Practical strategies and tools to utilize when dealing with police
- Opportinityfor more desirable outcomes when encountering law enforcement officials.
The “Learn to Live” program was lead by Mobile Kappa Leaguer, Johnathan Maize, who serves as the first-vice president. Closing remarks were give by the Polemarch of the Mobile Alumni Chapter, Mr. Frank Rodgers Jr. A special thanks to The Lovely Ladies of Psi for attending the event as well. There were 70 youth who attended the event. A total of 30 pizzas were purchased for the refreshments following the event.
Submitted by: Renado Pettaway, Director of Public Relations for the Mobile Kappa League
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.
on Saturday January 14th, 3 young men culminated their journey in Boy Scouting with the acension to its Highest Rank of Eagle.
Antonio Gray, Joshua Roberts and Mark Williams; Scouts in the Troop 768 in the North Florida Council serving Northeast Florida; and members of the Jacksonville (FL) Kappa League since 2014 were officially awarded their rank at the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Greater Payne AME Church. In addition to being attended by a host of family and friends who have served in the troop and supported these young men throughout their journey, the event was officiated by members of the North Florida Council professional staff and congratulations on behalf of the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi were extendted at the reception by NF Council Professional Staff member, Brother John Carter III.
The three of these gentlemen have amassed well over 100+ merit badges and individual achievements among them throughout their scouting tenure and still aspire to earn their Eagle Palms; which are awarded to Eagle Scouts who achieve in Scouts above and beyond the 5% of Scouts who achieve Eagle Rank.
Congratulations Antonio, Joshua & Mark!
Court of Honor Ceremony