“First of all; Servants of all; We shall transcend all.”

President's Corner



Keith-ClaytonFirst, I want to thank the Brothers of Iota Omicron Lambda for allowing me to serve as their 2018 - 2019 President and to represent this great fraternity that not only promotes knowledge and service but also fosters true brotherhood in the process. A new fraternal year is upon us, which brings with it, new opportunities, new challenges and a new list of goals for our chapter to accomplish, which includes and is not limited to providing continuous service and advocacy to the City of Colorado Springs and its surrounding communities.

I am thrilled to welcome new Brothers who have transferred their membership to our chapter. I believe that our collective minds and energy will birth new thoughts, and renewed fraternal regard for one another and that together we will be able to advance further the aims of our fraternity. I look forward to another year of serving our communities, growing together, and furthering our reach with Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind.

Simultaneously, I would like us to remember and never forget that we chose this path of commitment, through our acceptance into this GREAT Fraternity, which is why we must play an increasingly vital role in our global society. With each day that passes, the need for leaders who can and will help individuals, families, businesses, and communities thrive, becomes ever more apparent.

We will be very busy providing the next generation with scholarships, facilitating workshops at the annual African American Youth Leadership Conference, sustaining Project Alpha, and other special initiatives and national programs. As trusted leaders, we must remain engaged with our communities through broad collaboration with other like-minded organizations who share our desire to achieve our fraternal objectives, which are:

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Objectives)
  • to stimulate the ambition of its members
  • to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual
  • to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood
  • to aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic and intellectual status

Therefore, my brothers, we must continue to assume greater responsibilities of leadership to advance the communities we serve by preparing our young and underserved students to become the next generation of successful community leaders, change agents, community activists, and professional contributors.

We must remain committed to our national programs, our partnerships, and our special initiatives. However, and more importantly, we must continue to seek out and challenge ourselves to introduce new programs, expand or improve on initiatives already in existence, and engage with new partnerships in enhancing the education and services we consistently provide. In doing this, we will garner our fair share of recognition and awards, which we as a Chapter will continue to rejoice in and share as one body!

As this fraternal year gets underway, I want to pause and wish each of you, my Brothers success in your professional and personal endeavors. I look forward to growing and serving with each of you as we continue to be of service to all in our nation.

Please don’t hesitate to share your ideas, thoughts, and concerns with me by emailing at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via telephone (719) 330-0248. It is only through open communication that we can develop our passports to the future, for tomorrow, belongs to those who prepare for it today.

In closing, I want to loudly and clearly state - FIRST OF ALL, SERVANTS OF ALL, WE SHALL TRANSCEND ALL.

Fraternally submitted,

Brother Keith E. Clayton, Ph.D.


Past Presidents

2016 - 2018 Eric Graham
2014 - 2016 Louis Fletcher
2012 - 2014
Robert D. Fowler
2010 -2012 Willard E. Bell, Sr.
2008 - 2010 Elton Kirkwood Jr.
2007 - 2008 Kevin Hagans
2006 - 2007 Patrick Showell
2004 - 2006 Ralph Thompson Jr.
2002 - 2004 Leonard Williams
2000 – 2002 William Gamble
1998 – 2000 Edward Cox
1996 – 1998 Larry Richardson
1994 – 1996 Thomas Bennett
1992 – 1994 Elvis Miles
1990 – 1992 Freeman Gault
1988 – 1990 Loran Smith
1987 – 1988 Joe Gentry
1984 – 1987 Julius Darrington
1983 – 1984 Robert Dixon
1981 – 1983 James Poole
1979 – 1981 Ernest Martin
1978 – 1979 Lloyd Stark
1976 – 1978 Norvell Simpson
1975 – 1976 Arthur Trapp
1973 – 1975 Leon Jenkins
1972 – 1973 Phillip Mallory
1971 – 1972 Med D. Cullins
1970 – 1971 Sylvester L. Shannon

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