Brothers Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe in 100-meter sprint at the 1934 AAU National Track & Field Championships. Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries photo.
History illustrates that whenever African Americans are given an equal opportunity to succeed, we thrive and excel; and when we look back at some of the obstacles that had to be overcome in the struggle for freedom and equality, Alpha Brothers were in the forefront. This is exemplified by Brother W.E.B. Du Bois spearheading the need for education and self-determination; by Brother Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading the Civil Rights Movement; and by Brothers Charles Hamilton Houston and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall dismantling the doctrine of "separate but equal."
This impulse to lead also extends to science where Brother Herman Branson was the co-discoverer of the Alpha helix; and to military service where Jewel Vertner Woodson Tandy was the first black American to pass the military commissioning exam and Brother Samuel L. Gravely was the first African American to command a U.S. Navy ship. It also extends to countless Alpha musicians and Brothers elected to serve in government.