S: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Rho Xi Lambda Chapter, Canton, Miss.
BC: Invictus Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. William Ernest Henley
FC: ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. | Proudly serving Canton, Miss. since Oct. 7, 2004 | Rho Xi Lambda Chapter Scrapbook - 2012-13
1: RHO XI LAMBDA - #668 Canton, Miss. President Bro. Jamaal S. Holloway Vice President Bro. Christian Patterson Recording Secretary Bro. Michael A. Gater Corresponding Secretary Bro. Robert Johnson Financial Secretary Bro. Robert Johnson Treasurer Bro. Adrian D. Hall Chaplain Bro. Dr. Percy Anderson, Jr. Historian Bro. Ben E. Jones Intake Coordinator Bro. Kenneth W. Miles Assoc. Editor of the Sphinx Bro. Ben E. Jones Dir. of Educ. Activities Bro. Kimball Hardeman Sergeant-at-Arms Bro. Donvasca Williams Parliamentarian Bro. Willis F. Finley, Sr. Book produced by: Bro. Christian Patterson | ICE COLD CONTENTS | www.facebook.com/RhoXiLambdaAlphas | National Programs | A Voteless People is a Hopeless People | Go to High School, Go to College | Project Alpha | My Brother's Keeper | National Partnerships | This book is dedicated to the life and memory of Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Larry Day | March of Dimes | American Cancer Society | Boy Scouts of America | Big Brothers, Big Sisters | Risk Management / IMDP | Additional Canton & Area Service Projects | Notable Events | Justice for Trayvon Martin | Metro Youth Initiative | New Beginning Church Fire Cleanup | Community Service Luncheon | Thanksgiving Dinner Service Project | World Aids Day | Christmas Canned Food Drive | Toys for Tots | MLK Jr. Commemorative Banquet | Charter Anniversary | RUSHING4SRVP | Tillman Inauguration | RM / IMDP Data | Cade Chapel M.B. Church IMDP
2: NATIONAL PROGRAMS | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels
3: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | A Voteless People is a Hopeless People Go to High School, Go to College Project Alpha My Brother's Keeper
4: A VOTELESS PEOPLE IS A HOPELESS PEOPLE | Voter Registration and Assistance efforts in full swing! | Bro. Kelsey Rushing answers voter complaints during "Protect the Vote 2012" on Nov. 6, 2012.
5: Rho Xi Lambda members assembled in Canton's historic square on Saturday, Sept. 29 to sign up residents to vote for the Nov. 6 election. Bro. President Jamaal S. Holloway, Bro. Christian Patterson, and Bro. Ben Jones were present during the community service project. In these photos, the trio signed up a Canton firefighter new to the Canton area. | (Spread) A Canton firefighter completes the form necessary in order to be eligible to vote in Madison County, Miss. He is new to the area.
7: (Spread) Bros. Jamaal Holloway and Ben Jones help an elderly Canton resident sign up to vote in the city's square.
8: A VOTELESS PEOPLE... | Another great photo of Rho Xi Lambda's A Voteless People, Is A Hopeless People efforts in Canton's historic square on Sept. 29, 2012. It was a very busy day in the area. Filming of James Franco's movie "As I Lay Dying" was underway just across the street from RXL's table.
9: Rho Xi Lambda signs up a first time voter! | This young lady was already registered, but received important American Cancer Society information. | IS A HOPELESS PEOPLE...
10: Bro. Christian Patterson convinces a young unregistered voter to register to vote through Rho Xi Lambda at Canton's SoulSet Barber Shop. | Bro. Jamaal Holloway provides American Cancer Society information to a movie technician working in the square.
11: After much convincing, the young Canton resident decides to complete the forms to register to vote. | (Spread) There were many Cantonians who were already registered to vote, but not aware of the dangers associated with cancer. Bro. Jamaal Holloway was eager to provide them with information that could one day save their lives.
12: GO TO HIGH SCHOOL, GO TO COLLEGE | Rho Xi Lambda purchases school supplies for Canton Public School District students | Bro. Michael Gater selects school supplies from an approved Canton Schools supply list at the Walmart Supercenter in Madison, Miss. | Just in time for the 2012-13 school year, Rho Xi Lambda members ensured that financially challenged families would have school supplies for their children. The chapter purchased approximately $200 in school supplies and prepared them for delivery to elementary and middle school students within the district. This annual initiative helps the chapter to kick off its "Go to High School, Go to College" efforts within the Canton Public School District.
13: (Top Left) Bros. Robert Johnson and Michael Gater finish loading the school supplies for eventual delivery. (Top Right) A close up shot of the numerous crayons, markers, note cards and other supplies for Canton's kids. (Bottom Left) Bro. President Jamaal Holloway prepares to load the supplies in backpacks purchased by Rho Xi Lambda.
14: Canton Elementary School Supply Delivery Day! | Rho Xi Lambda delivers help to students in need on August 14, 2012 | Bros. Willis Finley and Donvasca Williams prepare to enter the school with supplies in hand. | A new school year begins and Rho Xi Lambda was present to help in the learning process.
15: (All) The Rho Xi Lambda team moves indoors to coordinate the donation of supplies.
16: "It feels great to be able to give back to the children of this area. That's what we're founded on. One of our principles is giving back to the community and I think with us coming together and giving to these children that do not have--it enriches who we are as a brotherhood. It feels great to be here today!" Bro. Willis Finley Rho Xi Lambda | Bro. President Holloway presents the supplies to Principal Kescher Rankin
18: Nichols Middle School School Supplies Drop Off Aug. 14, 2012
19: Nichols Middle School 529 Mace Street Canton, MS 39046 | Rho Xi Lambda Brothers walk the newly constructed corridor portion near the entrance wing at Nichols Middle School in Canton. This was the last stop during the group's efforts to prepare students in need for the 2012-13 school year. Nichols has been a major supporter of Rho Xi Lambda's "Go to High School, Go to College" efforts since the chapter was founded on Oct. 7, 2004.
20: Bro. President Jamaal Holloway and Principal Tina Manning assemble a few school supply recipients and chapter members for a quick snapshot.
21: (Left and Top) Chapter members catch up with fellow Rho Xi Lambda member Bro. Dwight Luckett (necktie). | "Groups like Rho Xi Lambda of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are invaluable as far as what they do for these families. They enable students to come to school, be prepared with the necessary tools and resources to participate in a class and to have what they need to be successful." Bro. Dwight Luckett Superintendent, Canton Public School District and Rho Xi Lambda member
22: INSIDE OUR SCHOOLS | Oct. 22, 2012 - Bullying and Conflict Resolution | Rho Xi Lambda brothers visit approximately 100 Canton Elementary School students on Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, and 12.
23: Bro. Kelsey Rushing speaks with a Canton Elementary School student about situations where he has encountered a bully. The duo also executed a practical exercise for the students during the learning session. | Bro. Ben Jones works to decide who to call on to answer a question about conflict resolution. | Bro. Tony Yarber tells a story to the kids about how he was bullied as a child. | (Left) Bro. Kelsey Rushing greets Canton Elementary kids and introduces them to Alpha Phi Alpha's Rho Xi Lambda chapter on Oct. 22. Despite being on the road campaigning the evening before, the SRVP candidate was committed to being there for Canton's future.
24: Bro. Ben Jones selects one of the excited students to answer a question in front of the class. | Oct. 22, 2012 - Bullying and Conflict Resolution
25: Bro. Willis Finley provides a student with a prize for her correct answer to a question about Bullying. | Oct. 22, 2012 - Bullying and Conflict Resolution
26: Oct. 29, 2012 - Goal Setting and Teamwork | Bro. Kenneth Miles shows off his tablet to Canton Elementary kids who are eager to play his computer games.
27: Bro. Tony Yarber emphasizes the importance of goal setting in academics to the kids.
28: Oct. 29, 2012 - Goal Setting and Teamwork | Bros. Jamaal Holloway and Kimball Hardeman execute a practical exercise on teamwork for the children.
29: "There is NO 'I' in TEAM!" -- Bro. Tony Yarber, Rho Xi Lambda
30: Nov. 5, 2012 - Honesty and Respect | Bro. Christian Patterson reminds kids to respect those who are talking by putting your hands down and listening. | (Left) Bro. Tony Yarber reflects on his childhood and talks about a situation where the lack of honesty caused problems. | (Left) Bro. Willis Finley encourages the kids to finish up there assignments to allow for more follow-on discussion time.
31: A Canton Elementary student completes an honesty and respect themed assignment. | Bro. Willis Finley stresses to the kids "All We Need is a Little Respect!" | Bro. Tony Yarber calls students up to explain why "Honesty is the best policy." | Bro. Christian Patterson
32: CHECK ON LEARNING | Rho Xi Lambda reinforces knowledge gained over three weeks of Bullying, Conflict Resolution, Goal Setting, Teamwork, Honesty and Respect instruction at Canton Elementary School. | Bro. Tony Yarber leads a review of the Friendship/Respect crossword puzzle exercise. | A Canton Elementary student works to find words in a Friendship/Respect crossword puzzle furnished by Rho Xi Lambda.
33: Nov. 12, 2012 | (Right) Bro. Kimball Hardeman tells the boys and girls that they must respect each other to be a success in life. He also talked about the importance of adopting values such as honesty, loyalty and personal courage. | (Left) Bro. Willis Finley discusses good behavior in the classroom with Canton Elementary kids.
34: PROJECT ALPHA | dec. 5, 2012 nichols middle school, canton, miss. | Bros. Willis Finley, Xavier Amos and Dr. Percy Anderson, Jr. | In a renewed partnership with Nichols Middle School, Rho Xi Lambda brothers proudly smile for the camera with Project Alpha kids.
35: Bro. Percy Anderson, Jr. talks with Nichols Middle School students about the consequences of teenage pregnancy. | (Top and Bottom) Nichols students are exposed to the topic of birth control by Bro. Percy Anderson, Jr. The kids were shown how to properly use condoms.
36: MY BROTHER'S KEEPER | bro. reuben myers | Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Reuben Myers has been experiencing health challenges over the past several years. He is a former Superintendent of the Canton Public School District and leader of the chapter's "Go to High School, Go to College" efforts. In 2012, Rho Xi Lambda has been actively keeping in touch with Bro. Myers and ensuring that he has everything needed to combat his health issues. During a recent conversation, he indicated that he had everything that needed, but stated "I know that I can depend on my brothers from the chapter if I need anything." | Bro. Myers mentors Nichols Middle School kids in 2007.
37: bro. kenneth miles | Bros. Ben Jones, Jamaal Holloway and Antuwan Shade present Bro. Kenneth Miles with an Edible Arrangement at his home on July 17, 2012. The Rho Xi Lambda brother was recovering from surgery.
38: NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels
39: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | March of Dimes American Cancer Society Boy Scouts of America Big Brothers Big Sisters
40: MARCH OF DIMES | Jackson Metro Area March for Babies - April 28, 2012 - Jackson, Miss. | Rho Xi Lambda and Alpha Epsilon Lambda brothers pause for a photo prior to the start of the 2012 March of Dimes Jackson Metro Area March for Babies in Jackson, Miss.
41: Bro. Adrian D. Hall greets Bro. Antuwan Shade as the marchers prepare for the pre-march stretch. | Bro. Percy Anderson Jr. and his fellow brothers march in place to limber up for the downtown stroll. | March of Dimes supporters fill the Miss. State Supreme Court building east lawn during the pre-walk stretch session.
42: Bro. Adrian D. Hall listens to instructions from physical trainers leading the pre-walk stretch. | Bro. Patterson's wife Latrice falls in with the Rho Xi Lambda team!
43: Bros. Tony Davenport and Jamaal Holloway remember the good ole' days of Alpha along the walk route. | Bros. Percy Anderson, Jr. and Adrian Hall Walk for Babies! | Rho Xi Lambda brothers near the walk's finish line! | Rho Xi Lambda walks for healthier, stronger babies...
44: Bros. Travis Parks and Antuwan Shade lead hundreds of walkers along the three-mile March for Babies route in downtown Jackson, Miss.
45: Bro. Robert Johnson and Alpha Kappa Alpha's Ada Gater on the home stretch towards march completion.
46: MARCH OF DIMES FUNDRAISING EFFORTS! | THE BROTHERS OF RHO XI LAMBDA raised approximately $5,000 in support of the 2012 March of Dimes Jackson Metro Area March for Babies on April 28 in downtown Jackson. The figure almost doubles the amount the chapter provided to the non-profit organization during its 2011 fundraising drive. “This year we decided to be a little more creative than just relying on online donations from friends and family,” said Brother Michael Gater, Chairperson, Rho Xi Lambda March for Babies committee. “We canvassed in the Canton square, which netted us approximately $1,000. We also introduced a raffle this year, which raised about $500 and held a yard sale as well.” The increase in funds didn’t go unnoticed by the Mississippi March of Dimes chapter. The group is well aware of the Canton Alphas’ commitment to support programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies. “Rho Xi Lambda has really doubled their efforts this past year and that’s critical to everything we’re trying to do here in Mississippi,” said Dina Ray, Mississippi State Director, March of Dimes. “Eighteen percent of our babies are born too soon here. Every little bit of support we can get can help us have the tools, the ability to address those issues.” To view more coverage of Rho Xi Lambda’s service, visit www.facebook.com/RhoXiLambdaAlphas.
47: YARD SALE! April 21, 2012 - Canton Community Center | (Spread) Rho Xi Lambda sold donated items on a sunny Saturday morning in Canton for healthier babies!
48: 2012 MARCH FOR BABIES ALPHA ALUMNI CHAPTER OF THE YEAR! | The March of Dimes selects Rho Xi Lambda as the top March for Babies Alpha Alumni Chapter in America!
50: 2012 MARCH FOR BABIES ALUMNI BROTHER OF THE YEAR! | The March of Dimes selects Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Michael Gater as the top Alumni March for Babies Brother in America!
51: Dina Ray, the Mississippi State Director of the March of Dimes, presented Bro. Gater's plaque to Bro. Jamaal S. Holloway on Monday, Nov. 12 in Madison, Miss. Gater was unable to attend the ceremony. Michael is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's Rho Xi Lambda chapter, seated in Canton, Miss.
52: Rho Xi Lambda Community Health Advisors work to defeat cancer! | Congratulations Bros. Jamaal Holloway and Christian Patterson!!! | Bros. Jamaal Holloway and Christian Patterson distribute American Cancer Society information during Rho Xi Lambda fundraising efforts in Canton on April 21, 2012.
53: Bro. Christian Patterson, a Community Health Advisor with the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society, pauses for a photo with members of the new Canton-based "Angels of Triumph" group on Jan. 10, 2013. The organization was assembled to help those with cancer to cope with the disease and to discover resources in the community to help in the fight. | (Spread) Angels of Triumph members fellowship following their Jan. 10, 2013 meeting at the Canton Multipurpose Complex building. The meeting was a great opportunity for those who feel alone with the disease to discuss their fears and receive information about treatment efforts.
54: 2012 | "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk | Bros. Willis Finley and Christian Patterson represent the "Old Gold" team at the 2012 ACS MSABC Walk. | Bros. Gater and Finley on the steps of Mississippi's State Capitol.
55: Oct. 27, 2012 - Jackson, Miss. | An ACS Walk organizer issues last minute instructions to the crowd. | Thousands of walkers were on hand to "Make Strides Against Breast Cancer."
56: Bro. Christian Patterson (photographer), gets another "money shot" as the RXL group completes the final mile of the walk. | Despite cold temperatures, that didn't stop a sea of walkers from participating in the 2012 ACS Walk.
57: Bros. Finley and Gater pass Jackson's City Hall building at Pascagoula St. | Another photo of Canton's Alpha men leading the way in combating breast cancer. Rho Xi Lambda is a committed partner with the American Cancer Society. In addition to the walk, the chapter is also involved in the Community Health Advisor program.
58: BOY SCOUTS | Rho Xi Lambda donates approximately $120.00 in school supplies to Boy Scout Troop 164 on Jan. 14, 2013 | (1) Rho Xi Lambda members assemble for a photo with Boy Scout Troop 164 leader Craig Dillon and his son Brenden. (2) School supplies for members of Troop 164. (3) Troop Leader Craig Dillon and Bro. Harace Powe. | (4) Boy Scout Brendan Dillon packs up the supplies for members of Troop 164. (5) A Troop 164 Scout and his new supplies. (6) Troop 164 badge. (7-9) Bro. Holloway, supplies, and Bro. Cedric Wilder.
60: (Spread) Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Arthur Jones hits the Courthouse Gym in Byram, Miss. with his little, T.J. Sutton. The two worked out regularly in the fall of 2012. | BIG BROTHERS,
61: BIG SISTERS | CARING FOR HIS LITTLE... Bro. Arthur Jones was the Rho Xi Lambda chapter’s leader in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program in 2012. Bro. Jones’ little is T.J. Sutton, a senior at Hillcrest Christian School in south Jackson. Over the course of the year, Bro. Jones and his little exercised, dined, and worked with school leaders in an effort to prepare T.J. for college.
62: RISK MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION / INITIAL MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels
63: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | Rho Xi Lambda RM/IMDP Data Cade Chapel M.B. Church IMDP Session
64: RISK MANAGEMENT AND IMDP | Rho Xi Lambda strives for increased knowledge and safety across the Burning Sands | Account info shielded to protect brothers personal info.
65: District of Miss. Director, Bro. Rickey Thigpen discusses IMDP site navigation with Area IV brothers. | Area IV brothers listen to sponsorship instruction. | The training roster. | Miss. District Director Rickey Thigpen and RXL Vice President, Bro. Christian Patterson. | Cade Chapel M.B. Church IMDP - Jan. 12, 2013
66: ADDITIONAL CANTON & AREA SERVICE PROJECTS | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels
67: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | Justice for Trayvon Martin Metro Youth Initiative New Beginning Baptist Church Community Service Luncheon | Annual Thanksgiving Project World Aids Day Christmas Canned Food Drive Toys for Tots
68: JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN | Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Tony Yarber organizes a rally at Jackson City Hall on March 25, 2012 | Jackson city councilman Bro. Tony Yarber responds to Alpha Phi Alpha's call to demand justice in the shooting of teen Trayvon Martin. His rally at Jackson City Hall attracted numerous protesters and local attention to the tragedy. Martin, 17, was shot and killed Feb. 26 as he walked in a Sanford, Fla. gated community.
69: Hundreds of protesters assembled on the steps of Jackson City Hall in support of Trayvon Martin. (All Photos courtesy of the Clarion-Ledger)
70: Metro Youth Initiative, Alpha Phi Alpha Black Boys Forum | May 24, 2012 - Jackson Medical Mall - Thad Cochran Center | Alpha Phi Alpha and the Metro-area community aim to strengthen the futures of young Black males.
71: Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Councilman Tony Yarber speaks about the future of young Black Boys at the Jackson Medical Mall during the Metro Youth Initiative/Alpha Phi Alpha forum on Black Boys. He was joined by members of the Jackson Pan-Hellenic Council and local law enforcement. | Bro. Yarber discusses potential Black teen school dropout prevention solutions with Hinds County and Jackson Police personnel.
72: New Beginning Baptist Church Fire Cleanup | Canton's New Beginning Baptist Church burned down on July 21, 2012 as a result of an early morning lightning strike. Rho Xi Lambda was there to assist with their cleanup.
73: Bro. Christian Patterson separates burned wood from insulation during cleanup efforts with Rev. J.C. Smith (below). | (Top and Bottom) Daily high temperatures in the upper 90's and heat from the rubble prompted Rho Xi Lambda to donate water towards the cleanup effort.
74: Bro. Patterson works to remove debris from the church's foundation. Services will continue on the grounds in a temporary trailer until the new facility is built. The congregation is thankful to God that no one was present in the church when the lightning struck the structure.
76: Much of the New Beginning Baptist Church is gone, but HIS spirit lives on!
77: "First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All"
78: 2012 COMMUNITY SERVICE LUNCHEON | Sept. 8, 2012 - Hampton, Inn - Canton, Miss.
79: Bro. Percy Anderson, Jr. blesses the meal prior to serving during the 2012 Rho Xi Lambda Community Service Luncheon at the Hampton Inn in Canton, Miss. | (Left - 2012 Award Recipients) Dr. Erika Goodloe, Rev. Dr. Walter L. Johnson, Sr., Emma Anderson, Kenny Wayne Jones, Robert Dearon, and Cassandra Williams. (Not pictured - Landres Cheeks) | Bro. Ben Jones prepares to honor the first award recipient. | Participation was excellent during this year's luncheon. Approximately 40 attended the event.
80: Bro. Michael Gater selects a number and looks for the winner of a door prize. | Rev. Dr. Walter L. Johnson and family. | Bros. Dr. Percy Anderson, Jr., Ben Jones and Jamaal Holloway share a laugh just prior to the start of the luncheon. | Saluting Canton's Finest!
81: Bro. Jamaal Holloway accepts a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Cancer Society's Tamara Butler. The honor was awarded to Rho Xi Lambda for the group's participation in ACS' Community Health Advisor program.
82: Members of Jackson State University's MADDRAMA team following their performance during Rho Xi Lambda's 2012 Community Service Luncheon. | (Top Right) Bro. Adrian Hall reads an award recipient's biography during the plaque presentation portion of the luncheon. | (Right) Bro. Donvasca Williams and Paula Harrison.
83: Emma Anderson | Robert Dearon | Rev. Dr. Walter L. Johnson | Kenneth Wayne Jones | Dr. Erika Goodloe | Cassandra Williams | Grip and Grins with the President
84: Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Service Project | Bro. Percy Anderson, Jr. blesses the food prior to serving. | Rho Xi Lambda provides Thanksgiving meals for approximately 50 seniors at Canton's Joe Pritchard and Pat Doherity public housing complexes on Nov. 21, 2012. Some of the food items on the menu in 2012 included turkey, ham, green beans, and yams. Journalists from WLBT-TV3 and Fox-40 provided media coverage of the event and showcased Rho Xi Lambda on their evening news reports. The chapter is truly blessed to be able to perform this service each and every year!
85: Bro. Harace Powe leads the serving assembly line in the Joe Pritchard complex community center. | Another great food lineup in 2012! | Bro. Jones, one of RXL's Alpha educators, wraps a piece of cake for a resident. | Bros. Rushing and Holloway discuss Alpha political campaigns as they prepare meal plates.
86: Led by Tena Carson (right), volunteers ensure that meal deliveries are made for seniors at Canton's Joe Pritchard and Pat Doherity public housing complexes.
87: Bro. Kelsey L. Rushing, candidate for Southern Region Vice President, gives a Canton senior a Thanksgiving meal.
88: (Left) Bro. Kevin Gilbert and a Joe Pritchard resident smile for the camera. (Right) Bro. Xavier Amos provides project updates via text message to brothers who were unable to participate. | (Right) A Canton senior thanks volunteers for their service to the community.
89: (Bottom) Bros. Tony Davenport and Harace Powe prepare meal plates for distribution. | Bro. Kelsey L. Rushing, candidate for Southern Region Vice President, adds a serving of turkey and ham in a Thanksgiving meal plate.
90: Bros. Arthur Jones and Harace Powe with a thankful and affectionate Pat Doherity public housing complex resident.
91: Bros. Jones and Powe help Canton's Tena Carson locate seniors at the Pat Doherity complex.
92: Bro. Tony Davenport talks with WLBT's Marsha Thompson.
93: Bro. Jamaal Holloway discusses RXL's legacy of service in Canton.
94: WorLD aids day | An Ice Cold team leading the fight to combat AIDS!
95: Bro. Cobby Williams provides AIDS statistics to the community center audience. | Bro. Cornelius Johnson discusses the spiritual aspects of living with AIDs. | Panel members listen to Rho Xi Lambda brothers speak about ending the AIDS crisis. | Bro. Cobby Williams (left) and fellow panelists listen closely to Bro. Cornelius Johnson's comments.
96: Rho Xi Lambda donates approximately 220 canned goods to the Madison County Stewpot Services branch in Canton on Dec. 21, 2012 | CHRISTMAS CANNED FOOD DRIVE | Bro. Michael Gater takes the first box of goods into Canton's Catholic Church. | Bro. Ben Jones removes his truck's bed cover to access donated canned goods from Rho Xi Lambda. | Bro. Michael Gater takes the first box of goods into Canton's Catholic Church.
97: Bro. Jones rests after hauling a box of food. | Bro. Gater carries the last box of goods into the pantry.
98: The Rho Xi Lambda team hard at work in the food pantry!
99: (Top) Bros. Ben Jones and Michael Gater and a volunteer with the Madison County Stewpot Ministries. (Bottom) Bro. Michael Gater and a Stewpot Ministries volunteer.
100: TOYS FOR TOTS | Rho Xi Lambda helps to provide Christmas gifts for metro-area kids! | (1, 2, and 4) Bro. Christian Patterson loads toys for parents needing Christmas gifts for their children at the Jackson Convention Complex on Dec. 15, 2012. The six-year member of Alpha served for three hours during the community service opportunity. (3) Inside the convention center, thousands of toys are on hand for those in need during the Christmas season.
102: 2013 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Banquet | Rho Xi Lambda salutes Alpha's "Drum Major for Justice" on Jan. 12, 2013
103: "I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land! -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
104: The Clarion-Ledger's Jerry Mitchell discusses Bro. Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and his civil rights reporting with Mississippi's largest newspaper | (Top Left) The MADDRAMA dance troop performs to a musical selection featuring Bro. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. audio clips. | Bro. Michael Gater scans the audience for the winner of a door prize. | (Left) The banquet's buffet was an excellent display of food and dessert!
105: The Alpha Artist known as Bro. Tony Davenport. His work was featured during the banquet's Silent Auction. | Mississippi NAACP President, Derrick Johnson reminds the audience to not "rest on their laurels" as Bro. King's dream lives on. | Bro. Ben Jones, MLK Jr. Banquet Project Officer, smiles at the realization that the event is almost over and was a success. | You cannot go wrong with a Black and Old Gold sheet cake!
106: Bro. Dr. Mark Henderson introduces the MADDRAMA team from Jackson State University during the banquet's entertainment period. Henderson is the group's founder and currently serves as the Director of Theatre at JSU. | RXL's Chidozie Adindu (left) and MADDRAMA. | Welcome to the banquet!
107: Bro. Tony Yarber | Bro. Dr. MLK Jr. and Black culture tributes.
108: Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Kelsey Rushing recites "There Goes an Alpha Man" as the banquet concludes. | "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Rev. Bro. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
109: Guest Speaker Jerry Mitchell and Bro. President Jamaal Holloway. | Guest Speaker Derrick Johnson and Bro. President Jamaal Holloway.
110: Alphas from around the metro-Jackson area assemble for a photo after the banquet. | Kudos to Bro. Ben Jones and his staff for an excellent banquet!
111: Bro. Cassius Rudolph, Derrick Johnson, and Bro. Kelsey Rushing. | Bros. Adrian Hall and Tony Davenport.
112: NOTABLE EVENTS | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels
113: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | 2012 Charter Anniversary Rushing 4 SRVP Tillman Inauguration
114: 2012 Charter Anniversary | Rho Xi Lambda marked its seventh year by attending worship services at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Canton on Oct. 7, 2012. Leading the services was Dr. Walter L. Johnson, Sr., a recent recipient of a Rho Xi Lambda Community Service award for Religion.
115: Following worship services, Rho Xi Lambda members assembled for a group photo on the church's lawn.
116: RUSHING4SRVP | Rho Xi Lambda's Kelsey Rushing hits the campaign trail in hopes to lead Alpha South!
117: ALPHA SOUTH V.I.S.I.O.N. PLATFORM Viable Chapters The Regional Office will be a resource to strengthen, educate, and promote chapter development. The Office will take proactive actions to ensure chapters remain in good standing and revitalize chapters to be considered in good standing. Invigorate Brothers The Regional Office will ensure that all chapters are engaged in the work of the Fraternity. During this time of transition, the Office will commit to the core values and aims of the Fraternity which speaks to the positive development of brothers. Brothers will know that they are heard and that their opinions are considered. Additionally, measures will be taken to ensure the personal development and well-being of brothers. Strengthen Alpha South The Regional Office will identify issues germane to Alpha South. Harnessing our strength inside and outside the Fraternity, we will address those issues while promoting solidarity within our Brotherhood. Increase Membership The Regional Office will increase membership by working with the National Board of Directors to create incentives not only for the chapter’s reclamation efforts, but also for the brothers who return to the active membership. Objective Standards The Regional Office will create a uniform set of policy and procedures to ensure objectivity in all areas of administration. These objective standards will help to safeguard the integrity of Alpha South and the Fraternity. Networking Skills The Regional Office, via the brotherhood, will use our considerable wealth of personal and professional resources to create a tangible and useful professional network. We will promote job fairs for our College Brothers and professional associations for our Alumni Brothers.
118: Bros. Kelsey Rushing and Gen. Pres. Mark Tillman | Bros. James Crumel and Kelsey Rushing | ON THE TRAIL...
119: Through the internet and travels from district to district, Bro. Rushing wants to be your SRVP!
120: TILLMAN INAUGURATION | Rho Xi Lambda brothers travel to the Motor City to welcome Alpha's new General President | Bros. Kelsey Rushing and Percy Anderson Jr. get a photo in following Gen. Pres. Tillman's installation. | Alpha West Vice President, Bro. Aaron Crutison and Alpha General President Mark Tillman smile for the camera with Bro. Percy Anderson, Jr. at the Detroit Marriott hotel.
121: Bro. Anderson and Assistant Miss. District Director Cassius Rudolph represent the Magnolia State in Detroit. | Bro. Anderson and fellow Brothahood Smokes!