Dear Tampa Bay Community,

As I begin my tenure as the Polemarch (President) of the Tampa (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., I want to remind you of our unwavering commitment and dedication to the citizens of Tampa Bay. I believe our role in the community to be a significant one as we strive to build better lives for ourselves and those around us. Tampa Bay, like our fraternity, has a strong cultural history of providing opportunities for those seeking prosperity, regardless of their color, religion, or national origin. Our fundamental purpose – achievement in every field of human endeavor – means we pursue excellence and are committed to uplifting our members, African-American youth, and those underserved and underrepresented in the Tampa Bay community.

We exist to support laws that promote equal justice under the law. We stand firmly behind initiatives like the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which responds to current conditions in voting today by restoring the full protections of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965, reauthorized by Congress in 2006 but diminished by the Supreme Court in 2013. We believe in equity in education, which recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal, successful outcome. Our commitment extends to supporting policies that eradicate systemic racism impacting our communities.

Our community outreach services are designed to make a tangible difference. Our “Now You Know” series provides valuable information on various topics to the community, while our Guide Right Foundation offers financial support in the areas of social, academic, and health awareness. Our Kappa League Program is a career development initiative for male students in grades 6 through 12, aiming to prepare the next generation of leaders.

We, the brothers of the Tampa (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., are here in Tampa Bay to stay. Our commitment to improving the lives of our members, community youth, and those underserved and underrepresented is unwavering. In July 2023, we proudly brought our national convention to Tampa Bay, marking the first time ever for a Divine Nine (the Pan-Hellenic Council of traditionally African-American fraternities and sororities) organization. The positive economic and social impact on the community will be tremendous. We hope the city of Tampa, Hillsborough County leaders, and their constituents are ready and willing to continue supporting our vital and dynamic organization.

As we move forward, I encourage each of you to engage with us, participate in our initiatives, and join us in our mission to uplift and empower our community. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.

Yours in the Bond,

Sincerely,

Darrell X Johnson
Polemarch (President)
Tampa (FL) Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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