Sep. 19, 2019
A Founders Salute "12 Strong Black Brothers" joesmoke6A1974
The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project
Reflects On The 12 Founders
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.
56 years ago at 5:55 PM on an early fall evening history was made in this nation. As 12 black men met to start a movement that would eventually encircle the globe with the magnificent colors of gilded gold and audacious brown and a shield that measured a man's content far beyond simply the color of that man's skin. These 12 men centered their remarkable consciousness on five principles that became binding stars of fellowship and strength, brotherhood, citizenship, scholarship, fidelity, and leadership.
Today, we brothers of this marvelous fraternity that each of us esteems as unique in format and most powerful in collective visions, celebrate our 56th anniversary. Collectively brothers from all over the globe will remember those 12 dynamic young black men who were seeking to bind together everlasting relationships on the campus of Morgan State College in 1963. While 7 of those founders has passed on to the final chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Alpha Iota Omega Chapter, we are celebrating the fact that 5 of those founders are still alive Michael Williams, Louis Hudnell, Charles Brown, Frank Coakley and of course 1A1963, Lonnie Spruill.
So, when 5:55 PM comes around today we ask that all brothers take a few moments to reflect on how far Iota Phi Theta Fraternity has come and far Iota Phi Theta Fraternity has to go before it reaches the pinnacle point and shines as brightly as the Polaris Star in every region of the globe.