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Miami-Dade County Alphas Honor Founders’ Through Service

By Jason T. Smith

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated celebrated the fraternity’s 117 anniversary on Saturday, December 4, by serving the residents of the Overtown community in Miami.

The Iota Pi Lambda and Beta Beta Lambda chapters hosted the service event at The Green Haven Project, 1160 NW 2nd Ave, Miami. The Green Haven Project is a community garden created to combat the epidemic of urban food deserts found in low income communities. Members from both graduate chapters worked to remove weeds, compost, harvest, and maintain the garden space.

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Miami Alphas pose for a group picture following a half day’s work in the Overtown garden space.

“Our fraternity was founded to provide service and advocacy for our communities. This was a great way to honor our legacy of our founders and our continues commitment to the community,” said Leslie Elus, president of the Iota Pi Lambda chapter.

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Alpha Brothers lay down barriers as a deterrent to weeds in new clearing.

Green Haven Project

The Green Haven Project is a nonprofit with a focus on creating community gardens. Plus, sustainable ecosystems in areas that are predominantly known as food deserts. Food deserts are urban areas where residents generally reside in low income housing with little to no access to fresh produce within a ten mile radius.

Green Haven also focuses on educating youth on horticulture and nutrition. Residents have the opportunity to learn more about various types of plants, fruits, and vegetables. Plus, the basic skills necessary to grow healthy crops.

History of Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men. It was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men. They recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country.

The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha’s principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.


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