Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Men are also OBEDIENT. They understand that there are certain aspects of life and society that are meant to round out the complete capacities of manhood. Therefore, all Alpha Men swear to uphold the laws of those within.
Alpha Men are also DEFERENT. He subordinates his desires and wishes to those that are more seasoned members of society in order to learn from their years of skill, wisdom and knowledge. He also subordinates his will to that of the will of his God. The Lord is the “Light of his life” and he attempts to live in a manner that will reflect the true illumination of His spirit.
In describing an Alpha Man, it is safe to conclude that he is versatile, scholarly, ambitious, gentlemanly, tenacious, obedient, deferent… and more. As is stated in Ephesians 4, once a man becomes a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., “he no longer walks as other men walk.” He is a versatile, intelligent, true gentleman, who is the master of his fate and the captain of his soul as is stated by William Ernest Henley in the poem, Invictus.” He also understands the true meaning of “Manly Deeds,” which is defined below:
To stand for character, integrity, justice, righteous; well representing the principles of Alpha before an observant society who desires and cries out for such men.
To maintain the standard of Alpha as the originator of the fraternal ‘ideal’ for all college educated African- American men, for the benefit of all mankind.
To protect the rights and civil privileges of all mankind, through voting and active participation in the political process at all governmental levels.
To be willing to stand and fight to protect the liberties and rights of all people of society as granted by God.
To provide for the needs of the oppressed, unrepresented, disenfranchised, socially ostracized and economically marginalized.
To esteem the institution of marriage between one man and one woman as the cornerstone institution of society and an ideal basis for family, regardless if an individual person chooses not to enter into this institution or select to live a life of life-long singleness.
To always protect our women, mothers, daughters, young girls and babies, from hurt, harm or danger, to be chivalrous and gentlemanly in all our dealings with them, and to positively portray them and hold them high before society.
To guard young boys in their early years, and to develop them as young men so that they will become honorable leaders, good fathers, and productive men, and to uplift all men of society.
To live a principled life so that all men and women when they see an Alpha man they know that they have seen a true man.
To walk as a humble but strong man-servants of all submitting our abilities, gifts, talents, and resources to serve Alpha and all of mankind.
Our illustrious 30th General President, Adrian L. Wallace, sums up the essence of an Alpha Man in the following
poem: THE ESSENCE OF AN ALPHA MAN
When you can achieve and not make achievements your goal, When you can accept praise but remain mindful of your failings too, When you can strive to make the dream a reality by deeds and not hollow words, When you can give of yourself freely and cheerfully and not grudgingly nor of necessity, When servants of All is a privilege and not a task, When “Transcending All” means “First of All”, transcending self, and realizing that I First help my Brother to transcend, i f I am to transcend. When you can do not only a good thing but also the right thing. When you can extend a helping hand to friend or foe alike and expect nothing in return, And never remind them of the deed, When you can cherish and respect the past but neither live in it nor rest upon it. When you can dare to choose the road less traveled, and lead the pack and not run with the herd. When our courage of character will not allow us to remain silent in the face of injustice to anyone. When the love of our mothers and the strength of our fathers holds us and guides us to our true calling. When you can light candles rather than curse the darkness. When you can view obstacles as challenges. When your only weapon against lies shall be an uncompromising truth. This is the essence of an Alpha Man.
Adrian L Wallace Past 30th General President
15th Draft 9/18/07