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Beta Psi Lambda welcomes two new members to Alpha Phi Alpha

 

Brothers of Beta Psi Lambda Chapter welcomed in two new members into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Brothers Sedwitz Dumont and Jay Stallworth were initiated on March 23, 2019.  Below they reflect on their journey of becoming a member of the fraternity.  

 

(L-R) Brothers Jay Stallworth, Jason Lewis (Dean of Intake), and Sedwitz Domont

(L-R) Brothers Jay Stallworth, Jason Lewis (Dean of Intake), and Sedwitz Dumont.




Brother Sedwitz Dumont

Experiencing the process of becoming an Alpha through Beta Psi Lambda for me was just as long as it was rewarding. When I started coming around and meeting some of the Brothers, I was met with a variety of different personalities, most of which were very welcoming. The process itself for me started and stopped a couple times so with that in and of itself made it quite unique.
 
The men that were involved directly with my process, such as my sponsor Theodore King, recommender Cedrick Bridgeforth, Dean Jason Lewis, President De Shon Andrews and Vice President Sean Allen just to name a few, helped to mold my experience. It’s was challenging but also focused and gratifying. These men made it clear that excellence was the standard and with those high expectations, coupled with the high expectations that I have for myself, led the experience to be more than I thought it was going to be.

Coming through the cluster with 16 other men also proved to be great learning experience since there were so many different personalities and characters. I’ll rememberer that for the rest of my life. Chief Dean Raymond “Smitty” Ball and Assistant Dean Jacin Scott kept us on our toes and kept us challenged throughout the process. The initiation ritual was confusing and I look forward to learning more about it now that I’m on this side.

Since being duly initiated as a member of Alpha phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated I have been able to feel the fellowship and brotherhood as well as throw my hat into the ring to join the executive board, join the committee for the March of Dimes event and fundraiser and look forward to introducing our voting measure as soon as possible.

In all my experience has been nothing short of miraculous. I look forward to serve.


Brother Jay Stallworth

“Se wo were fi na wosankofa ayenkyi,” or “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.”

It was in this spirit embodied by the Swahili word “Sankofa” that I, during a Thanksgiving 2017 visit, was inspired by the vision of the L.A. Alpha House to cultivate a seed that had been planted in my mind during my formative years by influential Alpha Men in his Marshall, TX community. The following summer, my wife Calaya and I manifested our vision of relocating from Atlanta to L.A. to support her career aspirations as a screenwriter. At that moment I decided it was time to make my interest known to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, through the local chapter, Beta Psi Lambda.

From the day I met Brother Jason Lewis, our intake coordinator, the path toward initiation was filled with moments of both challenge and support as I became more knowledgeable about the history and unifying tenets of the brotherhood.

I enthusiastically reached out to many Brothers to get acquainted, and I attended as many events that I was invited to as possible – even volunteering to play Santa Claus at the Christmas Sickle Cell fundraiser. Playing Santa was fun because of the youthful energy the children had as we shared a few moments, and some of their answers to my questions were priceless.

With my line brother Sedwitz Dumont, and later 15 additional cluster brothers, I recall memorable experiences that forged lifelong bonds. United through the intake process, the initiation ritual, and an informative/inspirational experience at our first regional convention, the cluster continues to work together on an initiative to combat voter suppression.

If we were to extend the tradition of creating Swahili line names to the cluster, I’d put my money on ‘Chachu,’ the Swahili translation of the word ‘Leaven,’ because we all took to heart the discussion around the concept of Alphas committing to being an uplifting factor to meet societal needs of today.

After nearly a full month in the fold, I look forward to my first chapter meeting and to doing my part to fulfill the mission of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

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