The Rhodes Scholarship is by most accounts the most venerable of all academic recognition in the world. It is awarded annually by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, England for the demonstration of superior academics and character.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated has amongst its brotherhood 4 recipients of this distinguished award, acknowledged throughout the world.
The first was Norman Washington Manley who received the title of Rhodes Scholar in 1914. Manley was born in 1983 and passed away in 1969. His father was a freed slave and his mother the product of an interracial relationship. Manley studied law at Jesus College, Oxford and was a veteran of World War I. He was one of Jamaica’s most respected barristers. Brother Manley served as Jamaica’s Chief Minister from 1955-1959 and that country’s Premier from 1959-62. Manley’s speech “To Unite in a Common Battle” was given in 1945 at the Fraternity’s 31st General Convention. His second son Michael went on to become the 4th Prime Minister of Jamaica.
Dr. Randal Pinkett, 1994 Rhodes Scholar, says that he “tries to live his life according to the 5 F’s of faith, family, friends, fellowship, and fun.” Brother Dr. Pinkett has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, where he also served as Captain of the Varsity Men’s Track and Field Team. He holds a Master of Computer Science degree from Oxford University, England as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Pinkett has additional masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration from MIT and its Sloan School of Management. He secured his PhD in Philosophy from the MIT Media Laboratory.
This businessman, speaker, author, scholar, and community servant is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners a Newark, New Jersey based multimillion dollar management, technology, and policy consulting organization. (Source http://www.randalpinkett.com/index.asp where you can read and learn more about this extraordinary Alpha Man).
Also in 1994, Alpha Brother Andrew Zawacki received the academic award of Rhodes Scholar. This American critic, poet, editor, and translator was educated at The College of William and Mary. He received advanced degrees including his Rhodes scholarship at Oxford University, Oxford, England and the University of St. Andrews. This former Fulbright Scholar to Australia earned his PhD at the University of Chicago. His essays and reviews have appeared all of over the world and his fellowships are too many to list here.
The Fraternity’s fourth Rhodes scholar is Westley Moore, a recipient of the high academic achievement in 2001. Brother Wes Moore was born in Maryland in 1978, where as a small boy he watched his father pass away before his very eyes. After struggling in school, he was sent to a military academy in Pennsylvania where he ultimately graduate as Class President with the rank of Regimental Commander. Moore is a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and College as well as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University.
Brother Moore earned his Masters of Letters in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. As a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, he served a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division from 2005 through 2006. As a White House Fellow during 2006-2007, Moore served as Special Assistant to then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. After his fellowship, Moore joined Citigroup where he focused on global technology and alternative investments. Moore is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Other Wes Moore and is currently the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey network.
What an impressive group of men, all members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated?
I think we will listen to some music tomorrow!
Show this to one of our inner-city or detached young men and then read, learn, and share…..Have a Family Meeting!
C. Randolph Keller ’06
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