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|About||Delta Phi Lambda dutifully serves the West Alabama community through numerous community service projects and special events.|
|Mission||Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.|
The award-winning Delta Phi Lambda has a rich history of commitment and participation in the civic affairs of the West Alabama community. The Tuscaloosa, Hale, Sumter, Marengo, Greene, and Pickens counties have all been benefactors of the service provided by this group of men. The belief in the credo “where there is unity there is strength” led to the 1947 loose association of Alpha men, educated at various colleges and universities throughout the southeast, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Nevertheless, upon petition to the 35th General Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia, seven men, dubbed “Chapter Jewels”, formally chartered the Delta Phi Lambda Chapter on February 15, 1949. They were Jesse L. Anderson, James W. Beatty, Maceo T. Bowie, Hezekiah T. Carstarphen, W. Richard Jones, William L. Kimber, and Herman B. Smith, Jr.
Chapter brothers have held high the principles of the fraternity through participation in nearly every facet of our community. The chapter’s only surviving founder, Bro. Dr. Herman B. Smith, Jr., served as chancellor of the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. Most notably, Bro. John H England, Jr. served as one of the first African-Americans elected to the Tuscaloosa City Council, the first African-American circuit judge in Tuscaloosa County, and only the third African-American to sit on the Alabama State Supreme Court. Bro. Bryant Melton is a member of the Alabama House of Representatives. Committed to the health of our community, the Chapter established the Sickle Cell Disease Association of West Alabama in 1986 to helping in the fight against this disease, which disproportionately affects African-Americans. Bro. Benjamin Winston is the current Executive Director and along with others brothers held to establish the Kappa Alpha Chapter.
Adopt-A-School partner at Oakdale Elementary, providing mentoring, tutoring, and moral support to local elementary school children, faculty, staff, and parents.
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1. Bro. Jesse L. Anderson
2. Bro. James W. Beatty
3. Bro. Maceo T. Bowie
4. Bro. Hezekiah T. Carstarphen
5. Bro. W. Richard Jones
6. Bro. William L. Kimber
7. Bro. Herman B. Smith Jr.