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63rd ANNIVERSARY
GENERAL CONVENTION

Houston, Texas
THE SHAMROCK HILTON HOTEL
CONVENTION HEADQUARTERS

August 2, 1969
Convention Ends August 7, 1969

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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
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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
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[[type obscured]] PMAN*

[[type obscured]] ONES*

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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

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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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