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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter, Inc.

The 123rd House of Alpha

Founded October 13, 1926

Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter
PO Box 1885
Montclair, New Jersey 07042

Twenty years after the founding of our dear Fraternity, the Brothers in the State of New Jersey experienced a need to establish a local chapter to sustain them in their efforts to address what has been called the problem of the 20th Century – the problem of the color line; while pursuing, ambitiously their professional careers.

Therefore on a fall Wednesday evening, October 13, 1926, in the home of Brother Dr. Clarence S. Janifer, Sr., at 208 Parker Street, Newark, New Jersey; Bro. Peyton Anderson, Eastern Regional Vice President with Bro. James Fladger and Bro. Leslie Thompson of Eta Chapter (Columbia University) along with the following Brothers met to form a New Jersey chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Thirteen alumni Brothers made application for charter. Ultimately, fourteen were recognized as charter members.

"The Original 14"

  • Dr. Walter Gilbert Alexander, Physician
  • William Mobile Ashby, Author & Social Worker
  • Dr. Richard Bruce Carter, Pharmacist
  • Sgt. Ernest Fuller Clarkson, 372nd Infantry
  • John Wester Douglas, Lawyer
  • Dr. John Henry Hayes, Sr, Dentist
  • Dr. Edward Gaylord Howell, Physician
  • Dr. Clarence Sumner Janifer, Physician
  • Dudley Armstead Johnson, Farmer & Landscaper
  • Dr. Julius Caesar McKelvie, Physician
  • James Orlando Randolph, Lawyer
  • Dr. Frank French Thompson, Sr, Physician
  • Dr. Arthur Conrad Thornhill, Physician
  • Dr. Ferdinand DeLeon Williams, Dentist

On October 13, 1926, a charter was granted and the formation of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter was authorized.

The History of Alpha Phi Alpha - A Development in College Life

By Charles H. Wesley

Page 161, 2000 Edition


NJ District Chapter of the Year

2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018

Pictorial  History of the Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter

This brief history was selected from decades of Chapter minutes, The Sphinx, The Press and ‘New Jersey History’. Early on our Brothers were role models. They overcame severe challenges when the scope of occupational opportunity was blocked from African-Americans in the early 20th Century. Only through courage and persistence did Alpha Alpha Lambda Brothers offer inspiration to those who followed. The Brothers strove and continue to strive to overcome scorn, hostility, and the hurdles of social discrimination to document their attainments.



The following are some, but by no means all, of the activities of Alpha Alpha Lambda Brothers over the past 80 years. Brothers of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter have always taken the lead in many activities in the State of New Jersey. Alpha Alpha Lambda Brothers have shown the way in many disciplines as they dealt successfully with the challenges of the past and even today...
First of All

Brother Harry Hazelwood - Newark City Magistrate (1954)

Brother Ramon S. Scruggs
– Public Relations Manager, AT&T

Brother Verner V. Henry
First African-American President of Newark Board of Education (1963)

Brother Dr. Josephus C. Carr
Admitted as the First African-American Physician at Newark Beth Israel Hospital. Also, the first African-American Surgeon to perform surgery in St. Barnabas, Clara Mass and Presbyterian Hospitals. Founder/President of City National Bank.

Brother Raymond D. M. Hicks
First African-American nominated for the prestigious Bobs I Award – Warner-Chilcott. First African-American to be promoted to Division Sales Manager with Warner-Chilcott.

Servants of All

Brother Lester G. Granger
Past Executive Director of the National Urban League for 20 years

Brother James E. Abrams

Elected Judge of the Surrogate’s Court of Essex County (1964)

Brother E. Frederic Morrow

Former Administrative Assistant to President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1960s)

Brother Simeon F. Moss

Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Labor and Industry for New Jersey and later Superintendent of Schools for Essex County

Brother Richard S. Cooke

Fellowship Teacher of the Deaf at Gallaudet College

Brother William Glover

Vice President for Administration of New Jersey Institute of Technology (1980s)

Brother Jim Dave Wilson – Moderator, Newark Presbytery

We Shall Transcend All

Brother Dr. Robert E. Fullilove
Urologist and former President Essex County Medical Association (1965)

Brother Dr. Walter G. Alexander

New Jersey State Legislature Assemblyman from 1920-23; acted as Speaker of the Assembly. Brother Alexander’s bills banned discrimination in all public accommodations, which weakened the Klu Klux Klan; and permitted Judges to appoint women as probation officers

Brother Dr. Ferdinand D. Williams
Organized Delta Mu Lambda Chapter

Brother Hugh R. Hill

Former Deputy Director, Newark Housing Authority

Brother Leo B. Marsh
Former National YMCA Executive

Brother Harry B. Webber

 Received the Lorraine Hansberry Lecture Series Honor to the New Jersey African-American Journalist (1980)

Brother Dr. Joseph Darden, Jr.

Appointed Chairman of the Department of Health and Recreation, Kean College and was named University Teacher of the Year (1990)

We have only cited a few of the Brothers of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter but rest assured that men of this chapter are still on the cutting edge in various fields and endeavors.