As those who follow The Family Meeting are aware and those who are exploring us for the first time will learn, the main focus of our Blog is the encouragement of critical thinking, most often about family and family related issues.
Consequently, I thought that I would take a moment to say thank you and more importantly celebrate the positive impact and influence of our fraternities and sororities on families and family development. I speak now of both our immediate families as well as the larger village.
As the husband, son-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin, and friend of women who are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, I am extremely happy for them and their sorority as they recently celebrated their centennial anniversary. I likewise extend my heartfelt congratulations to my sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for their 105th anniversary.
I too am a member of the African-American Greek Community. I am a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. I am married to a Delta legacy and I am extremely positive and hopefully that our son and daughter will also become legacies.
All of our organizations in their own distinct ways emphasize the pursuit of higher education and scholarship; this commitment is underwritten with hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual scholarship awards. We are all dedicated to community service, community building, and an aspiration to a lofty set of organizational principles by which one is expected to carry him or herself.
Since the early 1900’s, specifically December 4, 1906 (the day that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated was founded), African-American men and woman through their fraternities and sororities have cultivated and helped to finance higher education in our communities. Indeed, higher education is perhaps the most crucial underpinning for advancement and success in America. This advancement and success has been one of the pillars of stable familial life in the African-American community.
Another aspect of this familial stability has stemmed from the emphasis that our organizations have placed on community service and community building. Our immediate families and our larger communal families have benefited tremendously from the mentoring, community programming, and our personal and organizational attention to issues that run counter to the development of solid family life.
Finally, all of us have been indoctrinated with a lofty set of ideals and organizational principles that we have pledged to uphold. It is this personal dedication to a commitment to service, to scholarship, and an affinity for our fellow-man that resonates in our communities and our homes, all of which help to create family stability.
We have celebrated some sorority anniversaries recently. We are fast approaching the celebration of the life of my fraternity brother, Brother Dr. Martin Luther King, whose life speaks to commitment to service, commitment to the human family, as well as commitment to his personal and communal families.
So, we felt it appropriate that The Family Meeting take this time to say thank you and celebrate the great work of all of our fraternities and sororities done in furtherance of the uplifting of our families and communities.
Congratulations, keep the faith, stay strong, and let’s continue to put family first!