Herman "Skip" Mason, Jr. Elected National President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Atlanta Native Takes Helm of Nation's Oldest, Most Influential, Black Fraternity in January
Alpha Phi Alpha President-Elect Herman "Skip' Mason will
assume office in January 2009. He stands by a bronze model of the Martin
Luther King Memorial to be dedicated in 2010.
Morehouse College Administrator and Historian Herman "Skip"
Mason, Jr. will assume the national presidency of Alpha Phi Alpha in
Kansas City, MO (BlackNews.com) - At their 102nd annual convention, in Kansas City July 17-22, members of the nation's oldest African-American Greek-lettered organization named Rev. Herman "Skip" Mason its next national president.
Mason is interim vice president of student services at Morehouse College and a pastor. He's also a noted historian, author and documentary producer. Mason was nominated at the fraternity's Orlando convention in August, 2007 along with Darryl Peal, of Columbus, Ohio. The two campaigned for the fraternity's highest office for the past year crisscrossing the country and abroad to meet and greet fellow Alpha men.
When Mason takes the oath of office the weekend of January 23-25, 2009, he will formally become Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's 33rd general president, the official title of the office. The Inaugural Celebration is to take place in Downtown Atlanta's Marriott Marquis Hotel and on the campus of Morehouse College. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, and Retired U.S. Justice Department Community Relations Director (and the 26th General President of Alpha) Ozell Sutton, and Congressman David Scott are honorary co-chairs of the Inaugural. Vice President of the United Negro College Fund Maurice Jenkins has been appointed chairman of the Inaugural Celebration.
"Alpha Phi Alpha has always led on the great issues of the day--in America and around the world," said Mason. "My election as general president will provide a unique opportunity to further that part of our work and I look forward to the challenge."
In 2010, Mason will lead a delegation of thousands of Alpha members to Washington, D.C. for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The monument project was spearheaded by the fraternity, of which King was initiated into and is a member of its Omega Chapter for deceased brothers.
Mason, who was named national Alumni Brother of the Year in 1989, is the past president of the Atlanta chapter of the fraternity, and was elected for a four-year term. He succeeds General President Darryl Matthews, Sr., of Johns Creek, Ga.
Mason was initiated while matriculating at Morris Brown College in the heart of the Atlanta University Center in 1982. A graduate of Morris Brown with a bachelor's degree, Mason also holds a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science Degree from Clark Atlanta University. He is the pastor of Greater Hopewell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
Mason is married to Harmel Codi Mason. They are the parents of two children and reside in Ellenwood, Georgia just outside Atlanta.
Founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world.
The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights, through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, John H. Johnson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Willie Brown. Other prominent members include: Professor Cornel West; Entertainers Keenan Ivory Wayans, Joseph Phillips and Lionel Richie; Entrepreneur Randal Pinkett; Oakland, Calf. Mayor Ron Dellums and Members of Congress including: Emanuel Cleaver, II (Mo.), Charles B. Rangel (N.Y.), Danny K. Davis (Ill.), Chaka Fattah (Penn.), Al Green (Tex.), Gregory Meeks (N.Y.), David Scott (Ga.), Robert C. Scott (Va.).
The fraternity through its college and alumni chapters serves the community through nearly a thousand chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
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