Alphas to honor former New York Mayor on Nov. 23
For Immediate Release
Alphas honor David Dinkins with a special tribute in Harlem
NEW YORK, NY – (November 7, 2013) Members of the Wall Street Alphas and the Beta Chapter Alumni Association (BCAA) will host a special tribute to former New York City Mayor David Dinkins Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Red Rooster Harlem.
The event – entitled “An Alpha Man from Gotham” – will bring together members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. from across several generations of the fraternity’s initiates to honor the legacy of Dinkins, an Alpha who pledged the organization’s Beta Chapter during his college years at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
“We are looking forward to paying homage to Brother Dinkins’ historic living legacy, gaining insight into his upbringing, college life and his dignified public service career; as well as listening to his advice for the next generation of leaders,” said Sean C. Gayle, president of the Wall Street Alphas and member of the BCAA.
Several high-profile members of the organization are confirmed to attend including: Congressmen, Charles B. Rangel, Greg Meeks, Chaka Fattah, National Urban League President, Marc Morial, journalist and social advocate Kevin Powell, ESPN sportscaster Stan Verrett, Ambassador and former Atlanta Mayor, Andrew Young, and Alpha Phi Alpha General President, Mark Tillman.
In May, several members of the fraternity met with Dinkins following graduation ceremonies at Columbia University, where he is a professor in the School of International and Public Affairs. After spending some time with the venerable former New York City mayor, the idea of having a tribute – to allow many other fraternity members to meet and relish in the myriad of stories Dinkins shared that day – was born.
“We’re really excited as this event has been promoted across fraternity social networks on Facebook, Twitter and email around the country,” said BCAA President Theodore P. Cummings, a patent attorney from Cincinnati, who will also be attending. “We’re most excited about how a diverse group of men have coalesced and are working together to produce a historic event to honor a great man.”
Alpha members have been assembling their collective talents and businesses to pitch in and help us make this happen,” said Cummings.
The event will be held at the famous Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem which is owned by world famous chef Marcus Samuelsson and Derek Fleming, who is also a member of the fraternity.
Videography is being done by Sun Chase Media, owned by John Ledbetter from Virginia and music will be performed by New York City jazz vocalist Cornelius Bates. Event logos and collateral materials were produced by Ramon Parelta, of Connecticut’s Parelta Design and Paul Woodruff, owner of Washington D.C.’s Artisan Blue with Darrius Gourdine, an East Orange, N.J. native, who will be making a special fraternal history presentation.
While the 86-year-old mayor was recently hospitalized with mild pneumonia, “we’ve recently spoken to his assistant and we’re told he’s very excited about the fellowship and tribute we’ve planned for him,” said event producer Alonza Robertson.
“An Alpha Man from Gotham” is open to members of the fraternity only, but autographed copies of Dinkins’ new book “A Mayor’s Life” and the “Soul of Alpha” CD is available for purchase at the website http://www.alphamanfromgotham.
Media inquiries or additional information about the event please contact Alonza Robertson, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.