Aug. 16, 2019

Talked To A Brother Today, It Was An Amazing Experience

I want to say sometimes your day starts off in such a way that you know something special is going to happen. Today was that day for me because I got a chance to have a phone conversation with one of the most intellectually powerful and creative brothers I have ever encountered. In some ways, Iota Phi Theta may be lacking in establishing true brotherhood across the regions. We are indeed individual black men with different purposes and different lifestyles. Yet, the key to me is that Iota Phi Theta Fraternity should never lose its uniqueness, the blackness that resounded in our twelve founders and the blackness that resounded in the first lines of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. That blackness actually should be one of the founding stars along with brotherhood, leadership, citizenship, scholarship and fidelity. That blackness is what makes the foundation and structure of Iota Phi Theta unique, powerful, and binding. I sense that if we hold true to black humanity and humaneness we will indeed grow our fraternity to unbelievable levels. Back to what made today a special day I got a chance to talk to Abdul Kenyatta. Brother Abdul was one of the original brothers who assisted in developing the West Coast Region. We have such a richness of talented brothers in our fraternity. Sometimes we are so busy thinking of ways to grow the fraternity we forget to nurture and support the crops that we already harvested. That, I believe is the reason why we have such a difficult time securing retention and also securing brothers willing to financially support the fraternity after the initial rush of excitement dies down after joining the fraternity, We need to ensure that we maintain contact with our brothers. We need to make sure we encourage and support our brothers through the difficult and uplifting periods of their lives. I hope that we can regain the energies that created the atmosphere of the outlaw spirit that moved Iota Phi Theta Fraternity growth in the 80s', and 90s'. We were smaller of course then but we care more about every brother because every brother mattered. I will now put Brother Abdul Kenyatta on my monthly call list. If you live in the Bay Area stop by Brother Kenyatta's performances. He is a creative poet who delivers magic with a mike. We need to love our brotherhood's members because that is the true basis of a thriving organization, more important than community service to others is our community service to ourselves and our members. I know this is a long post that's why I am putting it on my blog. I just ask that we as members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity really look out for each other and support each other. We should never neglect the honest efforts put forth by members of our fraternity. I hope you understand what I am trying to say here. In order for this fraternity to press forward, it has to be about more than building traditions. It also has to be about ensuring brothers truly care for one another in meaningful ways.