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Fraternity celebrates 105 years

Ellis Albright will speak Sunday (Dec. 4, 2011) at the 105th anniversary celebration of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Ellis Albright will speak Sunday (Dec. 4, 2011) at the 105th anniversary celebration of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

ALBANY — Gamma Omicron Lambda, Delta Delta and Mu Delta Chapters will observe the 105th anniversary of the founding of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. 0n Sunday.

The Founders Day Celebration opens with the fraternity worshiping at 11 a.m. with the C.K. Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church Family and its pastor, the Rev. Darrell L. Leggett. The celebration concludes with a closed Banquet featuring the 12th District director of Georgia, Ellis B. Albright, as speaker.

Albright, a native of Savannah, is a product of the public schools of Savannah/Chatham County and he graduated from Savannah State College — now Savannah State University — in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting with minors in business administration and history and currently serves as president/CEO of the CSRA Business League, a not-for-profit organization that provides business and technical assistance to women, minority and disadvantaged businesses. Ellis taught history in the Savannah/Chatham County School System, is an 11-year veteran of the U.S. Army Finance Corps, a former executive director of the CSRA Classic and a part-time reviewer of fiscal operations for Head Start programs for Danya Inc.

A single father of two, he attends Broadway Baptist Church, is a life member of the Savannah State University Alumni Association and parliamentarian of the Augusta Georgia chapter, president of the Capitol City Bank Toastmasters Club, and a 10-year member of the CSRA EOA Inc. Head Start Policy Council. A life member of Alpha Phi Alpha, he has held many leadership positions on all levels since his initiation in 1975 at Savannah State.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1906.