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 commitment and dedication to the citizens of Tampa Bay. I believe our role in the community to be a significant one as we serve 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 exist to support laws that promote 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, which was last reauthorized by Congress in 2006, but gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. We exist to support 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. We exist to support policies that eradicate systemic racism which impact our communities. We exist to perform community outreach services, such as our “Now You Know” series on providing valuable information on various topics to the community; our Guide Right Foundation which provides financial support in the program’s areas of social, academic, and health awareness; and our Kappa League Program, which is a career development program for male students in grades 6 through 12.
We, the brothers of the Tampa (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. are in Tampa Bay to stay. We are committed to improving the lives of our members, community youth, and those underserved/underrepresented community members. In July 2023, we will bring our national convention to Tampa Bay, 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, dynamic organization.
Collis H. Ivery III
Tampa (FL) Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.