Brief History of Xi Kappa Lambda Chapter
The origin of Xi Kappa Lambda began in 1982 when concerned members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, residing in the Missouri City, Texas area, expressed an interest to the national leadership of establishing a local chapter. The nucleus of Alpha men desirous of this project was lead by William A T Byrd and James Grady Prestage. This vision came to fruition when Xi Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., seated in Missouri City, Texas, was chartered on Tuesday, April 26, 1983.
The nine charter members of Xi Kappa Lambda Chapter are Brothers:
- – Archie Lee Blanson
- – William A T Byrd (Ω)
- – Glenn Ray Etienne
- – Wilfred Joseph Green
- – Lavonne Harrell
- – Edmund Livingston Hendon
- – Alton Honore’
- – Raymond Willis Kelly
- – James Grady Prestage
The current Chapter membership consists of over 110 Alpha brothers (including 42 life members) who are involved in professional endeavors of business, education, government, politics and religion.
The Chapter actively supports the fraternity’s national programs and projects such as “Project Alpha” (male adolescence, teen pregnancy and health initiative) in collaboration with March of Dimes, “A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People” (voter registration) “Go To High School, Go To College” (youth counseling/high school mentoring programs), Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Boy Scouts of America. The Chapter’s local programs include an annual Scholarship Cruise, Gala and Awards Program, HBCU Bus Tour, Educational Foundation Golf Tournament and many other projects that have become major voices in community service for the Fort Bend / Southwest Houston area.
December 4, 2006, marked the centennial milestone of “Leadership & Service” rendered by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation’s first intercollegiate fraternity organized by African Americans. The Chapter remains steadfast in fulfilling its obligation envisioned by the seven founding fathers known as the “Jewels.” Our motto shall remain:
“Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love for All Mankind”