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Published on October 1st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: Mending the Broken Relationship between Law Enforcement and the Community

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated will host a public symposium “T.R.U.S.T.” Mending the Broken Relationship Between Law Enforcement and the Community, Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:30 AM at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia SC. The public is invited to attend.

The symposium is a direct call to action delivered by the Alpha Phi Alpha South Carolina District Director William Spears to address the issue of distrust that currently exists between law enforcement and the citizens of South Carolina. The 2015 South Carolina District Conference Symposium entitled T.R.U.S.T, an acronym for “Together Reaching a Unified Sense of Trust,” will feature a panel discussion that consist of law enforcement professionals, a judicial representative, youth and family executive, community activist, clergyman, business owner, and a conflict resolution specialist. The symposium will comprise of three impactful sub-sessions: Honesty, Accountability, and Commitment to Change.

The community is invited to join the South Carolina Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. as a volunteer to create opportunities that will foster a more cohesive relationship between local law enforcement and the public throughout the entire State of South Carolina.

The South Carolina Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated have served the state for more than 80 years. There are over 2000 distinguished gentlemen currently upholding the principals of this great fraternity within our community. The Men of Alpha are dedicated to empowering and uplifting individuals; they registered more than 800 people during their Voteless People is a Hopeless People campaign in 2014. Their Project Alpha initiative educates over 300 young males about sexual and personal health annually. Furthermore more, the House of Alpha is most proud of their Go to High School, Go to College program because each year they award more than $20,000 in college scholarships to graduating males from midland area high schools.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the first intercollegiate Greek letter fraternity established for African Americans was founded at Cornell University at Ithaca, NY, December 4, 1906. The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudices, both educationally and socially. The organization is now international with more than 175,000 members and has included such prominent members as Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young and Adam Clayton Powell. The fraternity’s mission is to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for the community.

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