| League has strong ties to giving back to the community. As a result, the Mobile Kappa League participates in community service events throughout the entire year. I serve as the Second Vice President of this leadership development organization. One of my office duties is coordinating community service projects for the organization. Every summer season, individual Kappa Leaguers complete various projects to meet their required service hour goal. From June 1 – August 10, the Kappa Leaguers collectively acquired over 3,000 hours of community service. These hours were completed at some of the following locations: Providence Hospital, Mobile Rescue Mission, Prichard City Council, Boys and Girls Club, USA Medical Center, and LeinKauf Elementary School.
|I interviewed Johnathan Maize who is a senior at Faith Academy, and Paul Lockett who is a junior at Murphy High School. As Johnathan states, "I collected the most service hours at Camp Smile over the summer where I learned that showing love and being a positive role model can change someone's life". He goes on to say that his community service impacted his life as a result of working with a young man with Cerebral Palsy, which showed, how blessed and grateful he was. As Paul states, " Most of my volunteer hours came from Mobile Baykeeper events which in part has helped me to learn more about the large amount of planning that goes into large events". He also explains that the amount of community support for non-profit organizations in Mobile is amazing and seeing such high attendance at events showed him a side of Mobile he would have never seen had he not been volunteering.
|Community Service is not just a random act of kindness to society. It is a purposeful goal of our expanding economy. In Mobile, Alabama, we are reminded by the Mobile County Public School that “It Starts With Us.” Paeton Harris Mobile Kappa League Second Vice President .
Submitted by : Paeton Harris, Mobile Kappa League, Second Vice President
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the Mobile Kappa League traveled to Jackson State University to tour the campus and attend the Alabama A & M vs. JSU football game. The Kappa Leaguers received an excellent tour from their advisors Carl Cunningham Sr., who is a 1970 graduate and Carl Cunningham Jr., who is a 1995 graduate.
Carl Cunningham Sr., explained to the Kappa Leaguers about the Jackson State University Tragedy. According to Carl Sr., on May 15, 1970, dozens of Jackson, MS city and state policemen unloaded more than 460 rounds of gunfire into JSU's Alexander Hall after claiming to have seen a sniper in a window on the building's top floor.
The shooting was the culmination of years of racial tension in the city. Phillip Lafayette Gibbs, 21, a junior, and James Earl Green, 17, a senior and James Earl Green from nearby Jim Hill High School, were killed. Carl Sr. stated, “I jumped in the bushes right across the street from where we are standing as watched everything take place. We had to immediately evacuate the campus. Because I had a car, I transported students from campus to the bus station so they could get home.
I never had a commencement ceremony because everybody was sent home.” All the Kappa Leaguers were deeply moved by this history lesson from our advisor. After the college tour we headed to the stadium to enjoy the football game and the marching bands of Alabama A & M and the Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South.
I asked Kappa Leaguer Bert Horace what he enjoyed the most about the trip and he said, “I enjoyed the history lesson of the Gibbs-Green shootings. I did not know that took place. These are the things we do not learn in our history books at school. I am glad that I came on this college tour.”
Submitted by: Renado Pettaway, Director of the Mobile Kappa League Public Relations
The holiday season can be a hard time for some families in the Mobile community due to a lack of food. The Elite Chapter of the Mobile Kappa League decided to collect cans during the holiday season to donate to the Bay Area Food Bank.
Second-Vice President of the Mobile Kappa League, Paeton Harris, pictured in the photo, stated that, “This service project was important for the Mobile Kappa League because it gave others who may not have been fortunate enough to have food for the holidays. This project helped all the Mobile Kappa Leaguers understand the importance of giving and the opportunity to give to our community.”
The Mobile Kappa League consists of 82 young men in grades 9th-12th grades in the Mobile, Alabama, community. The Mobile Kappa League is sponsored by the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. You can like their Facebook page at The Elite Chapter of the Mobile Kappa League or follow them on Twitter @MobileKL.
Submitted by: Renado Pettaway, Public Relations