Sep. 19, 2017


What Does 54 Mean To Me


Back in 1963 in B’more I Phi was founded

12 brothers who sought so much more were certainly not in the least confounded

These men whose fate was meant for more are now a part of historic Iota lore

12 brothers made that pledge to built this organization

That was directed to restore dreams and hopes of black men who reached for more

That pledge of honor amongst these men divined a cause of betterment

For all of them could have chosen different routes

You see each of them was of proudly chosen fruits

Any group would have easily been made better

However, these 12 men choose different paths

Not one of them cared about the math or other people’s wrath

So what does 54 mean to me?

It means that since 1974 I saw also that path to restore

You see these 12 men saw in their dreams this I Phi fraternity indeed would soar

That’s why the symbol they aligned with the mighty centaur

They knew that Iota would spread from shore to shore

From mountaintop to valleys low

From urban heights to urban blight

The search was on for brothers who believed in right

Stood for justice and would show no fright

Those who could keep the candles shining bright

You see the streets of brown and gold were shining lights

Those magnificent five stars filled up the night

Those who didn’t believe Iota’s door slammed tight

Yes, my brothers, we are still building

So 54 means to me that the task of building means never yielding

From the Movement to The Family from each Chapter’s Page, I can see

That our organization is sprouting like a leader’s fruit tree

Just as the 12 men were fruits on that black leader’s tree

I am simply glad that I chose to be on that same Iota Phi Theta Leader’s Tree

I pledged at Morgan, yeah it was tough but I felt that I had the right stuff

The same steps the 12 walked I walk too and I to this day am Iota true

I will remain Iota until this body is through 

My spirit will forever bleed gold and brown

You see even after 42 years I will lift up the brown

I will lay down the gold and I will build this story up so bold

You see even though my bones are old the complete Iota story is yet to be told

So what does 54 mean to me

It means that Iota still creates dreams and hopes

Iota Phi Theta brothers avoid getting caught on the ropes

So come on now and lift that shield

Yes, my brothers, we must never yield

You see to us who wear the founder shirts  

We paved the way and pushed the dirt

From 12 to 15 to the last brother just in

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity was built to win.