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 Hope

    less 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 h

    er 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 Universi

    ty 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”