Posted Nov. 26, 2008 – Sen. Edward Brooke and his wife donated $100,000 to Alpha Phi Alpha, confirmed Darryl R. Matthews, the fraternity’s president.
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The donation will go to the Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation and used primarily for scholarships for young African American males seeking careers in education, specifically teaching. The donation took place during a private luncheon held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, Florida on Saturday.
The 89-year-old senator, who is an Alpha, is the first African American to be elected by popular vote to the Senate since Reconstruction, and one of only five African American Senators which includes now President –Elect Barack Obama.
The Fraternity, which was founded on Dec. 4, 1906 at Cornell University, has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights. Famous Alpha activist include Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, Retired Senator Edward Brooke and Cornel West.
Others include members of the 110th Congress include: Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO), Charles B. Rangel (NY), Danny K. Davis (IL), Chaka Fattah (PA), Al Green (TX), Gregory Meeks (NY), David Scott (GA), Robert C. Scott (VA).
The fraternity through its college and alumni chapters serves the community through nearly a thousand chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.