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63rd ANNIVERSARY GENERAL CONVENTION Houston, Texas THE SHAMROCK HILTON HOTEL CONVENTION HEADQUARTERS August 2, 1969 Convention Ends August 7, 1969 [[image - drawing of large white Phi and large black Alpha]] [[preprinted letterhead]] [[illegible type]] ERNEST M. MORIAL GENERAL PRESIDENT ROOM S 141 CLAVER BUILDING 1831 ORLEANS AVENUE NEW ORLEANS, LA 70116 GENERAL OFFICE LAURENCE T. YOUNG EXECUTIVE SECRETARY 4454 MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60656 LEVEN C. WEISS GENERAL TREASURER 4676 WEST OUTER DRIVE DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48666 MORRIS M. HATCHETT GENERAL COUNSEL 1456 E. ADELAIDE ST. LOUIS MISSOURI 63107 W. DECKER CLARKE EASTERN VICE PRESIDENT 66 DRY HILL ROAD NORWALK, CONN. 06851 GUS T. RIDGEL MIDWESTERN VICE PRESIDENT 312 COLD HARBOR DR FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY 40601 LUKE H. CHATMAN SOUTHERN VICE PRESIDENT P.O. BOX #1911 GREENVILLE, S. C. 29996 LILLARD G. ASHLEY, SR. SOUTHWESTERN VICE PRESIDENT P.O. BOX #347 BOLEY, OKLAHOMA 76850 CLIFFORD PAUL JOHNSON WESTERN VICE PRESIDENT 17963 99th N.E. BOTHELL, WASHINGTON 98011 CRAIG G. FOSTER ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT EASTERN REGION ???? YALE STATION NEW HAVEN, CONN. ????? WILLIAM PARIS ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT MIDWESTERN REGION ???? ? CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ????? MACK B. THOMPSON, JR ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT SOUTHERN REGION BLUE CITY STATE COLLEGE ELIZABETH CITY, N. C. ????? NAPOLEON L. FORTE ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT SOUTHWESTERN REGION 165 FULLER HALL PRAIRIE VIEW A & M COLLEGE PRAIRIE VIEW TEXAS 77645 CLIFFORD S. WEBB ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT WESTERN REGION 1500 S. PLYMOUTH LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ????? J. HERBERT KING EDITOR, THE ?? 4786 ?? BOULEVARD CHICAGO ILLINOIS ????? ISIDOR J. LaMOTHE, JR COMPTROLLER 1407 UNIVERSITY AVENUE MARSHALL TEXAS 76670 CHARLES H. WESLEY HISTORIAN 1684 TAYLOR STREET, N W WASHINGTON D C 20011 THOMAS D. PAWLEY, HH. CHAIRMAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION [[type obscured]] LAFAYETTE STREET JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI ???? [[type obscured]] AM M ALEXANDER, CHAIRMAN [[type obscured]] FOUNDATION [[type obscured]] WASHINGTON BLVD. [[type obscured]] MISSOURI ???? [[type obscured]] HALL CHAIRMAN [[type obscured]] GENERAL CONVENTIONS [[type obscured]] AVENUE [[type obscured]] [[type obscured]] PMAN* [[type obscured]] ONES* [[image - emblem of Alpha Phi Alpha]] Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity]] [[illegible type]] Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ERNEST M. MORIAL GENERAL PRESIDENT ROOM S 141 CLAVER BUILDING 1831 ORLEANS AVENUE NEW ORLEANS, LA 70116 May 2, 1969 Dear Brother: You and other educated and experienced men of Alpha Phi Alpha potentially are part of the most powerful new force in our nation's life. For, history has shown us that constructive and ennobling changes have come only when those oppressed and pushed to the margins of society unified and, together, pressed for change. Thus, it is my belief that we in Alpha Phi Alpha, who are blessed with the formal training of the best in our largely white society and the enlightening experience of oppression, not only have the need -- but also the historic mantle of responsibility -- to lead this nation to its potential and promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of unfettered happiness for all within its copious bounds. All of us who are becoming self-aware and beginning to understand the power of black-thinking have an excellent opportunity to get together for the benefit of ourselves -- and for the aid of our total nation -- at our 63rd Anniversary Convention to be held August 2-7, 1969 in the Shamrock Hilton Hotel, Houston, Texas. The theme of this year's convention is [[underlined]] Black Power: A Creative Force In America's Complete Development [[/underlined]]. Your coming to this convention will mean that we in Alpha Phi Alpha can reassess our roles as individuals, and as an ethnic group, so we can become as de Tocqueville so ably stated "a power seen from afar." In other words, we as Alpha men have to get ourselves together. You and all our other brothers who may have been inactive in the past are needed in Houston to unusual business in the name of Alpha Phi Alpha. We're going to explore the positive aspects of group unity in ways we've never done before with seminars on [[underlined]] Black Power as a Creative Force [[/underlined]] in the [[underlined]] Sciences, Arts, Government, Politics, Economics [[/underlined]] and [[underlined]] Religion. [[/underlined]] We will conduct a full day's Job Interviews and Recruitment in the Placement Center of Texas Southern University. The Black Power, Job Interviews and Recruitment sessions will be open both to our fellow greeks and non-fraternity people as well because [[underlined]] we truly are servants of all [[/underlined]]. Many in Alpha Phi Alpha believe that Black Group identity -- whether we call it black unity, black ethnocentrism or black nationalism -- can be a strong, redeeming and regenerative force in the life of this nation and, with your help, this will be explored at this historic meeting. We need you, we need previously inactive brothers who may have felt in the past, that the fraternity was not doing its share in community leadership. Please let me see you at Houston and with another brother you helped reclaim. As your national president, I believe, personally, that all of us, collectively, in Alpha Phi Alpha can help the true worth of your unique black perspectives become known and respected on your job and elsewhere. My commitment to you is that I will do all I can for, and with, you and my other brothers. Fraternally yours, [[signature]] Ernest N. Morial [[/signature]] Ernest N. Morial [[/typed letter]] NATIONAL CONVENTION COMMITTEE Kermit J. Hall, Director General Conventions Leven C. Weiss A. C. Herald, Jr., Chairman 63rd Anniversary Convention Isidore J. Lamothe, Jr. Laurence T. Young, Executive Secretary Ernest N. Morial, General President and Ex-Officio, General Conventions Wednesday, August 6, 1969 8:00 A.M. Undergraduate Breakfast* 8:30 A.M. Coffee Hour 9:00 A.M. Registration and Information 9:30 A.M. FOURTH BUSINESS SESSION 10:00 A.M. Ladies' Tour: City and NASA* and Luncheon 12:00 Noon Founders' Luncheon 2:00 P.M. FIFTH BUSINESS SESSION 6:00 P.M. Alpha Formal Reception 7:30 P.M. Alpha Formal Banquet 9:30 P.M. After Dinner Dance (* Fee Charged) Thursday, August 7, 1969 9:00 A.M. Board of Directors Executive Meeting 11:00 A.M. Building Foundation 12:00 Noon Education Foundation Post-Convention Tour: Mexico-Fiesta 9 Days incorporating the highlights of Mexico City, Taxco and Acapulco. Reservations made by: Henderson Travel Service, Inc. 931 Hunter Street, N. W. Atlanta, Georgia 30313
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