Black History Month 2020

  • Wilson_BHM2020Brother Jaron Wilson, a 28 years old Special Education Educator hailing from Southeast Washington, D.C. As the oldest of four, Mr. Wilson set the tone for academic excellence when he matriculated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology.  It was during his time at Old Dominion University where Mr. Wilson , demonstrated perseverance and tenacity. Mr. Wilson’s fervor for learning and impacting communities became clear during his postgraduate time at Liberty University where he earned a Master’s degree in Counseling. Presently Mr. Wilson serves as a fourth grade Special Education Teacher in Northeast Washington, D.C, and is the Head Cheerleading Coach at The American University in Northwest Washington, D.C. Mr. Wilson also serves as the chapter Historian and a member of the Social and Education Committees for the Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, and is a Spring 2019 initiate.


     

     

     

     

    Brother Preston Mitchum is a Spring 2018 initiate and current member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter in Washington, DC. He currently serves as the Chapter's Associate Editor to The Sphinx and the Chair of the Voteless People is a Hopeless People Committee. Brother Mitchum is a civil rights advocate, public speaker, writer, and professor hailing from Ohio.
    Brother Mitchum was born in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Carla Postell. From a young age, his mother – especially as a fan of Malcolm X -- taught him the importance of seeking the truth and never believing anything without research. Though this got him into trouble for most of h
    is schooling, he quickly turned this into his passion for writing, persuasion, and advocacy. Brother Mitchum has two older sisters, LeShauna and Ebony, who instilled in him motivation, drive, and learning when - and more importantly, when not - to pick battles. While in middle school, he lost his little brother, Paris. He continues to carry Paris with him, in the form of a tattoo of him on his right arm.
    Brother Mitchum attended Trotwood-Madison High School in Trotwood, Ohio, and graduated in 2004. Following High School, he enrolled at Kent State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a concentration in Public Policy. He then followed that by pursuing his Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. In 2010, he was elected student body president, and in 2011, graduated cum laude.
    Jackson_BHM20My name is Damon Jackson and I'm a native Washingtonian. I'm a certified public accountant. As a proud Christian, I am a member of the AME Zion church. I continue to uphold my family legacy as my late grandfather was on the Board of Trustees for the mother church in Washington, DC, Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church. I view with pride that his name is engraved on theoutside of the building along with the other trustees to commemorate their contributions in our community.I'm a dedic
    ated life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I was made in the Rho chapter in Philadelphia, PA in Spring 1998. At this time, my line brother (attorney) and I facilitated the Rho Education Foundation (REF) in becoming a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. REF provides scholarships and book awards to high school seniors and middle school students, respectively, in Philadelphia. I'm fortunate to still be a benefactor to these efforts since I crossed the burning sands.
    I am currently a member of the Omicron Eta Lambda (OHL) chapter in Washington, DC. I'm also the treasurer of the OHL Education Foundation, which provides support for youth mentoring, health education, and scholarships for college tuition. I also serve as the chair 
    of the audit committee of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Washington, DC (Divine 9).I'm married to my college sweetheart, Nneka. My wife is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Gamma - Spring 1996). She is actively involved in a regional chapter.I remain committed to upholding the aims and goals of this fraternity and will continue to serve the community in various endeavors. As we enter Black History Month in 2020, I would like all the members of the Divine 9 to remember our commitment to humanity, but especially to the African-American community.
    Who are we to be silent and complacent in the darkest hour? Who are we not to lift as we climb? Who are we not to give honor to the Living God? Who are we not to march to stop bullying, discrimination, and violence in any form (race, creed, color, or sexual orientation)?I will continue to humble myself before God and to fight for the most vulnerable in our community...I will not stop fighting...And when hell freezes over...I will continue to fight on ice for all mankind!!!
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    Brother KeShawn Harris is a Spring 2019 initiate and current member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter in Washington, D.C., and serves on the Voteless People is a Hopeless People Committee. He has been a public speaker, campaign manager, public relations and political advisor, and higher education professional.

     

    Brother Harris was born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia in a low-income neighborhood to a young mother worked during the day and went to school at night, wanting to provide a better life for herself and her son. Later on, he would realize it was his mother’s determination and strength that inspired him to work to make the lives of others better. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and The George Washington University in 2018 with a Master of Professional Studies in Political Management.

     

    Brother Harris has always believed in fighting for the underprivileged and underserved in his community. While at Georgia Southern, he actively worked to fight for equality for LGBT students by passing a resolution directing the University to begin researching how to form a resource center to support these students. As a field director for the Georgia NAACP, he worked to educate and register to vote disadvantaged Georgians before the 2016 election. Since moving to Washington, D.C., Brother Harris has immersed himself within all 8 wards and currently serves at the Ward 4 Community Liaison in the Executive Office of D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser.  


    Taylor_BHM20Harry W. Taylor Initiated at Beta Omicron Chapter (BO-22-61Fa), Tennessee State University. He earned a Civil Engineering degree (B.S.) from Tennessee State University and a Masters in Engineering Administration from The George Washington University. He retired from the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation as Team Leader for Road Departure Safety.  He is married to Jannie (JP) Taylor and has one daughter, JoycelynHope Taylor, and one grandson, Jeffrey Kyle Taylor. In 1993, Brother Taylor received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University where he remains active with the Alumni Association. Brother Taylor remembers, “In 1985, I had been a member of Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter in Silver Spring. At the time, J.P. who is now my wife,was riding to work with Brother Eugene Thomas. In conversation, Gene told her he was leading an effort to start a new chapter in the District of Columbia with a number of like—minded Brothers. She informed him that I was a Brother and might be interested. Gene invited me to a Happy Hour at, I believe, The Ibex Club to meet the other interested Brothers and I liked the potential for progress and Brotherhood. I became involved”


     

    Pierce_BHM20Dr. Derek E. Pierce was raised in San Antonio, Texas, to his parents Edward E. Pierce and Ceathrie A. Jones. Brother Pierce is a Spring 2018 initiate and current member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter in Washington, DC.  For two consecutive years, Brother Pierce has served as the Chapter's Recording and Corresponding Secretary and serves as a member of the Education, and a Voteless People is a Hopeless People committee. Brother Pierce received a bachelors' degree in Counseling and Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2001, a Master's degree in Special Education from Abilene Christian University in 2011.  Recently, Brother Pierce completed his doctorate in educational leadership from Abilene Christian University.  

     

    Brother Pierce continues to be a dedicated and committed educator to educational reform and equity for all students with varying disabilities.  His work experience has extended between PK3- high school students and local education agencies.  Among those years of experience, Brother Pierce taught three years as a music and performance director for a local public charter school; while servicing and focusing on students with disabilities.  With 21 years of continued and faithful service, Brother Pierce currently serves as the Compliance Inclusion Specialist at a local public charter school.  As their Compliance Inclusion Specialist, Brother Pierce supports all grade levels and the special education department lead that ensures the campus maintains all goals, objectives, promote parent-teacher collaboration, and a variety of other school-wide initiatives.  In 2014, Brother Pierce established a mentoring program that encourages young males scholars to make solid academic and behavior choices.  The mentoring program supports and works collaboratively with school leadership to consistently promote the school's three core values: Character, Excellence, and Service. 


     

    Lewis_BHM20A native of Jeanerette, Louisiana, and a resident of Upper Marlboro, MD, Brother Jubria Lewis has been on the forefront of change and leadership since the young age of 13, empowering and mobilizing young people in the Acadiana region of Louisiana. Jubria Lewis is a graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU -Baton Rouge) with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts from Howard University in Educational Administration and Policy.

     

    Upon graduation from LSU, Jubria decided to join the DC Region of Teach For America where he served as a 5th grade teacher at James G. Birney Elementary in SE Washington, DC and then Prince George’s County Public Schools as a Social Studies and College Summit educator at Surrattsville High School, where he was the recipient of the 2009 Capital Region College Summit Educator of the Year Award for doubling the college acceptance rate for SY 2008-2009.  Jubria’s impact extends beyond the doors of a school where he has served on several boards and continuing his public service through various organizations.  He served as the board’s Vice Chair of Capital Cause, Inc. and currently serves as a voting board member of The MySchoolDC Common Lottery, the governing body of the lottery system in which parents select public schools for their children in the District of Columbia. Additionally, Brother Lewis is a member of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA where he is a member of the HBCU Festival and the Career Development Committees.

     

    Brother Jubria Lewis became a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. through the Nu Psi Chapter at Louisiana State University in April 2000 where he served as the Treasurer for his undergraduate chapter.  Within the same year, he rose to the position of Assistant District Director for the State of Louisiana, where he was awarded the A. Maceo Smith Award for his leadership. Brother Lewis currently serves as the Vice President of the Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter and was recently awarded the Meritorious Award and the Ryle A. Bell Distinguished Service Award.

     

    Currently, Brother Jubria Lewis serves as the Director of School Improvement for The SEED Foundation, the nation’s first and only college-prep network of public boarding schools for students grade 6-12 in DC, Maryland, Miami, and Los Angeles.  Prior to joining SEED, Dr. Lewis served for eight years as the Principal of Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School, a high performing PreK-8th grade day school in Washington, DC where the school gained Rising School Distinction by the Office of State Superintendent of Education for its increasing student performance, becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP World School, and AALE accredited all under his leadership.

     

     Jubria received his Doctor of Education degree at Howard University in Education Leadership and Policy Studies.  Jubria Lewis has recently completed the Urban Superintendent’s Academy, a partnership between Howard University and The Superintendent’s Association (AASA). He was awarded the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund 40 Under 40 Award in 2018.  He is married and the father of a high school junior daughter, Brianna Jordan Lewis.


     

    Warner_BHM20On Sunday afternoon, March 1, 2015, Brother Reverend Keithlyn Stephen Warner was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Eta Lambda Chapter. Since his induction Brother, Reverend Warner has served as the chapter’s Webmaster, Chaplain, Director of Education, Vice President and currently serves as Its President. In addition, at the regional level, Brother Warner serves as a chaplain to the MAAC.

     

    In 1986, Brother Warner obtained his Bachelor of Science with a Pre-Med /  Computer Sciences emphasis of study from Howard University. While at Howard, Reverend Warner was an active participant in the West Indian community.  

     

    In 2001, Reverend Warner graduated from Payne Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio where he completed his Master of Divinity, and was inducted into Who’s Who Amongst American Theological Education. While at Payne Seminary he served as the Computer Lab Technician and Youth Minister, in addition, Reverend Warner was elected to the Board of Trustees of Payne Theological Seminary serving as the President of the Student Government Association.

     

    In 2012 while pursuing an Associates Degree in graphic arts at Montgomery college in Rockville, Maryland., he was inducted into the of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

     

    In 2004,Brother Reverend Warner was ordained as an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Currently, Reverend Warner serves at St. Mark AME Church. He also serves as the Christian Education Director, teaches the noonday Bible study, as well as church school classes. In addition, Reverend Warner teaches graphic and media courses at Saint Mark.