Saturday, November 29, 2014

Former PVAMU Professor Lucius R. Wyatt to address Alpha Phi Alpha Founders Day

The members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Prairie View join Alphas around the world in commemorating its 108th Anniversary with a special Founders’ Day Observance Program on December 7, 2014. The program begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel at Prairie View A&M University. The speaker for the occasion is Dr. Lucius R. Wyatt, a retired Professor of Music and former head of the department of Music and Theatre at Prairie View A&M University.

The program is open to the public and is being hosted by the Eta Gamma Chapter (PVAMU), Epsilon Tau Lambda (Prairie View), Pi Omicron (TAMU) and Pi Alpha Lambda (College Station) Chapters, and Sigma Gamma Lambda (Cypress-Katy), all members of Area IX of the Fraternity.

In Wyatt’s 32 years at the university he held several positions including Chairman of the university’s Performing Artists Series for fourteen years, director of the PVAMU Symphonic Band which presented more than 120 concerts on the campus and in cities of the Southwest and released four compact disc of concert music. He is the author of more than twenty-five articles on African American music published in books and journals. He formerly served as director of bands at Tuskegee University, and was elected as the Alabama College Band Director of the Year. During his military service he was a musician stationed with the US Army in Heidelberg, Germany.

Wyatt is an honors graduate of Florida A&M University who later earned the degrees Master of Music and the PhD in music theory from the prestigious Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Among his many honors is his election to Who’s Who in America, the recipient of two New Achiever awards from PVAMU, a Visiting Scholar at North Carolina Central University, and he was awarded a doctoral fellowship by the Southern Fellowships Fund, Inc., of Atlanta. He is a member of the Prairie View First United Methodist Church where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Wyatt and his wife Christine organized and directed the Annual Christmas Cantata with singers and musicians from churches in the community for twenty-three years. He is the former president of the Prairie View Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association and a fifty-year member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a member of Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter in Prairie View.

Since its founding, the fraternity has provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movements, and addressed social issues such as apartheid and urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of color. The fraternity’s mentoring, academic achievement and voter education programs and its relationships with the March of Dimes, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boy Scouts are priority-one for the fraternity. Some of its major programs include the Million Dollar Contribution to the National Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the United Negro Scholarship Fund and its lead role in the management and construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Washington Mall. Dr. King was one of the most revered brothers of the fraternity. Attorney Harry E. Johnson, Sr., the fraternity’s 31st General President serves as the President of the MLK Foundation. The fraternity is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with Mr. Mark Tillman as the General President.

The fraternity’s membership is more than two hundred thousand college trained men dispersed in more than 1,500 college and 900 alumni chapters throughout the United States, Korea, Europe and the Caribbean. Some of its prominent members are Justice Thurgood Marshall, Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver, Al Green, William Gray, Ralph Metcalf and Charles Rangel; Ebony Publisher John H. Johnson, former PVAMU presidents Alvin I. Thomas, E. B. Evans, Charles Hines and E. B. Evans; Mayors Lee P. Brown, David Dinkins, Maynard Jackson, Frank Jackson, Raymond E. Carreathers, Jiles P. Daniels, Sr., Michael Wolfe and Ernest Morial, Texas Representatives Al Edwards, Sylvester Turner, Boris Miles and Ronal Reynolds; musicians Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie; Rhodes Scholar and Activist Paul Robeson, W. E. B. DeBois; Olympian Jesse Owens, and legendary coaches Eddie Robinson and Lenny Wilkins, to name a few.

Contact: Frederick V. Roberts – 979-221-8430

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