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                Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity celebrates Women’s History Month
                Honors notable women in month-long March celebration

                03.09.2009 – BALTIMORE, MD – Members of the nation’s oldest African-American
                fraternity of collegiate men are joining millions of Americans in honoring women              Twitter Pitc
                during “Women’s History Month” this year.                                                     Members of th
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                The observance is a result of a demonstration on March 8, 1857 when women from
                New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. An International            News Facts
                Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress                  Alpha is the
                established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second                         Greek-letter
                week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month.                                  Recognize n


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                The plain simple truth is that we still have a long way to go to achieve equality for all,”
                said Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr., the fraternity’s (national) general president. “Despite        Tags
                having women in the Senate, a female speaker of the House, and women at the top               Women's hi
                of corporate America, last year women only earned 77.5 cents for every one dollar             Alpha, Debbi
                earned by men.”                                                                               Alpha Kappa
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                Alpha Phi Alpha also acknowledges the significant contributions of women of color
                in American and abroad. This summer at its 103rd Anniversary Convention in New
                Orleans, Louisiana, the fraternity will honor and celebrate a group of phenomenal
                women including Christine King Farris, sister of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Hazel
                O’Leary, President of Fisk University, Susan Taylor, founder of Essence Cares,
                Xernona Clayton, founder, The Trumpet Awards; Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson of
                the hit Motown groups the Vandellas and the Supremes. In addition, the fraternity will
                recognize a group of women whose fathers are members of Alpha Phi Alpha
                Fraternity, Inc. They include Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian Museum
                of African Art; The Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett, Bishop Vashti Murphy
                McKenzie, Singers Lalah Hathaway and Yolanda Adams; Actresses Jasmine Guy,
                Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, and Sheryl Lee Ralph to name a few who will be
                recognized.


                “On behalf of the more than 200,000 men who have been initiated into our fraternity,
                we salute all the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma
                Gamma Rho and Zeta Phi Beta Sororities,” Mason said. “The women that comprise
                these four extraordinary organizations have made valuable contributions to our
                whole society through the arts, business, education and government. We consider
                each of them our strategic partners in our mission to develop leaders, promote
                brotherhood and academic excellence, and provide service and advocacy to our
                communities.”




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About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of
African Americans and people of color around the world. The Fraternity has long
stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights,
through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood
Marshall, Andrew Young, Retired Senator Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The
fraternity through its college and alumni chapters serves the community through
nearly a thousand chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.


Contacting Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
2313 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-554-0040
Website: http://www.apa1906.net

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