Greek Day at St James AME Church “Black Greeks – Woven Into the Fabric of Our Community”
I always find it enlightening to learn the history of a subject; in this case, the Black Greek Letter Organizations, which is what I’ve decided to do as a lead-in to this article. This history was
found at the http://www.collegeview.com/articles/article/the-greek-life website:
Why were Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO) founded?
First and foremost, it is important for you to understand why these organizations exist. During the time in which the first BGLO was established, African Americans across the country were faced with the harsh realities of race-related discrimination. Repercussions from slavery were well saturated in the fabric of the American culture, and due to situations resulting from these discriminatory practices, various organizations established by the African American community began to surface and some of them were Black Greek Letter Organizations. Since 1906—the founding year of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.—nine fraternities and sororities (affectionately known as the Divine Nine) have had the privilege of developing and establishing chapters throughout the United States and the world. These organizations provided a common ground for a common purpose. The establishment of these brotherhoods and sisterhoods brought together men and women who were passionate about the goals and ideals of their organization and made a commitment to work together to make a difference in the world in which they lived.
What is the purpose of these organizations?
If you were to research the initiatives of each Black Greek Letter Organization, you would discover programs ranging from voter registration drives and economic empowerment programs to campus clean-up initiatives and beyond. Underneath the surface of most nationally recognized activities implemented by these organizations lies the desire to enhance the local and international community. Community service plays a significant role in the foundation of all BGLOs. For example, the first public service initiative completed by the newly founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, DC. Members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. also showed a unique interest in women’s rights during the early stages of their organization’s existence. Early interests of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., founded in 1914, also heavily focused on the enhancement of the world in which we live. Their interests included anti-lynching laws and international issues occurring in the Republic of Haiti. As you can see, the scope of these organizations does not solely lie on each respective college or university campus, and their impact is evident worldwide.
Members of several local Greek Letter Organizations attended this very special service at St. James AME Church on March 19, 2017. It was clear that the program was carefully chosen to reflect the purpose of the service as indicated by the Call to Worship delivered by Brother Leroy Smith of Omega Psi Phi:
Leader: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, said the Lord, which is and which was and which is to come almighty.
People: God be merciful unto us and bless us; and cause your face to shine upon us
Leader: O let the nations be glad and sing for joy! Let all the people, Fraternities and Sororities, sing praises to His name.
People: Let us praise Thee, O God: let all the people, praise Thee.
Leader: Let the righteous be glad. Let them rejoice before God. Let them rejoice exceedingly!
People: Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.
All: O let us worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Other participants during the service were Brother J. Albert Diggs, Alpha Phi Alpha; Brother Rico Jackson, Kappa Alpha Psi; Sister Gina Nater, Zeta Phi Beta; Brother Daren Etienne, Alpha Phi Omega; Brother Arthur Edwards, Omega Psi Phi; Brother David Jackson, Alpha Phi Alpha; Sister Miriam Jackson, Delta Sigma Theta; Sister Rochelle Bookhart, Alpha Kappa Alpha; Brother Frederick Moss, Omega Psi Phi; Sister Cornelia Cadore, Zeta Phi Beta; Brother Michael Cadore, Sr., Phi Beta Sigma and Rev. A. J. Davis, Alpha Phi Alpha.
Community Leader, Michael Cadore, the guest speaker was introduced by his lovely wife Cornelia. In his speech, he talked about commitment to community as it relates to “it takes a village.” He noted that we need to be concerned about our children. He asked the congregation, what are you doing to protect our village? He encouraged us to develop a relationship with your bible and with your God. In addition, he recognized our teachers and our men and women who serve our country, and finally, he encouraged young people to learn how to pray.
Mr. Cadore has more than three decades of experience in education public service, organization management, public safety and mentoring. He is a native of Brevard County who currently serves as the Associate Provost for the Palm Bay Campus at Eastern Florida State College where he is also an adjunct professor. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Corrections and Administration of Justice from Eastern Kentucky University.
He continues to protect and serve his community as a life coach, consultant, educator and mentor. As founder and President of Magnus Solutions, Incorporated he provides life skills coaching, business workshops and inspirational speeches. He was recognized as the 2014 Central Florida Humanitarian of the Year by Space Coast Daily and in 2017 was the recipient of the Dr. Harvey L. Riley Bridge Builder Award for his commitment to the community.
Mr. Cadore keeps faith and family first. He has been faithfully and happily married to his high school sweetheart Cornelia Cadore for 25 years and they are the proud parents of three wonderful children.
After the benediction, all of the Greek attendees gathered in the church fellowship hall for a group photo. Mr. Art Edwards was the chair of this great recognition Sunday. Rev. A. J. Davis is the pastor of St James AME Church located at 625 Dummitt Avenue in Titusville.