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Alpha Phi Alpha Fratnerity, Inc. Announces Andrew Young Social Justice Initiative
TCR hdrYesterday on Sunday, November 10, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc announced the launching of the "Alpha Phi Alpha Andrew Young Social Justice Institute". It is housed in the Office of the National Chaplain, as a model for faith-based collaboration to encourage local chapters to engage in social justice ministries, just as Young did as a member of the clergy. The announcement was made at St. Joseph, Durham where the Reverend Jay Augustine serves as pastor. Reverend Augustine is also the National Chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha.

alphaNamed in honor of Young, the institute celebrates his 70th anniversary of service to Alpha Phi Alpha, initiated through Howard University's historic Beta Chapter. The public announcement, in partnership with St. Joseph, was done to coincide with the church's quarterly "Social Justice Sunday". The full house included local chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha, as well as the Durham and Triangle Park Chapters of The Links, Inc., who both gave scholarship contributions to St. Joseph.

Several public officials, including Durham's District Attorney, County Commissioners, and justices from the North Carolina Supreme Court were in attendance. In presenting Young with a plaque, as a keepsake of the day, the above picture includes (L to R): Kelsey Rushing, Esq., Alpha's Southern Region Vice President; Harry Johnson, Sr., Esq, Alpha's 31st General President & President/CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation; and Rev. Jay Augustine, Alpha's National Chaplain.

The Andrew Young Social Justice Initiative, one of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.'s newest national initiatives, seeks collaboration between faith-based leaders and community stakeholders to address pressing social issues, such as immigration reform, public education, and voting rights, among others. The initiative, under the Office of the National Chaplain, seeks partnerships in Alpha's respective locations, through local chapters – which will vary based on local needs.

"Ambassador Young's global leadership and dedicated service to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity as a champion for Social Justice led to the establishment of the Andrew Young Social Justice Institute," said General President Dr. Everett B. Ward. "Now more than ever, the world community requires more courageous advocates for social justice to confront injustice with positive solutions. Brother Young exemplifies a legacy of Alpha Advocacy in Action."

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