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Does America Care About its Children?

We Should All Be Outraged about the Texas Shootings

The killing of eighteen children and three adults, and the injuring of others, by a shooter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas is a national disgrace. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. extends our deepest sympathy to the families of all those affected and expresses our outrage over the inaction of Congress in confronting gun violence in the United States. 

If we cannot protect our children, what does it say about our nation? Parents and families should have no fear in sending their children to school. Yet, in this present environment of gun violence, there is no guarantee that a child who walks out the front door will return home safely at the end of the day. What type of country do we live in when our most precious souls are deemed expendable, and when their bloodshed only results in 'thoughts and prayers?' A nation that cannot love and protect its children, is a nation that has lost its soul. 

When will the bloodshed be enough for adults in our nation's political leadership to cease their petty differences and arguments, and stop hiding behind archaic Constitutional amendments, and confront the epidemic of gun violence? We are burying our future with each mass shooting, and it should come as no surprise when children express doubts over the integrity of our nation. What confidence can children have in their future when we cannot protect them today? 

We need leaders in our country, real leaders, who take seriously the responsibility to protect children. If we continue down our current path of easy access to guns, no strong background checks on gun owners, and ignoring mental health issues, this nation will not see another century. We have accepted 'death by gun violence' as a normal occurrence and grown numb to the tears and heartache of parents who must bury their dead children. This is a political problem, but a moral failure. 

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. calls upon Congress, Democrats and Republicans, to take the necessary measures to reduce the incidence of gun violence in America. 

Sean D. Housen, Sr. 
23rd International Grand Polaris
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. 
"It takes a Man, be that Man" 
#oneiota

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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Mourns the Victims of Buffalo Mass Shooting

America must confront White Supremacy

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was founded just days after one of the most horrific incidents of racially motivated violence in the history of our nation. Four days before Iota came into existence, four little Black girls were murdered in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama by White supremacists. Now, almost 6 decades later, we have witnessed another episode of racist hate when an 18- year-old White supremacist walked into a Buffalo, New York supermarket and shot and killed ten Black people, with the intent of murdering more. This was a pure act of evil, rooted in racial paranoia. 

The Brotherhood of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. extends our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of this horrendous crime. We also extend our prayers to the people of Buffalo and the community that has been directly impacted by this act of domestic terrorism. 

America has a problem. It is a problem that is rooted in this nation's history of oppressing Black people and the perpetuation of White supremacy. The assailant in this case, a teenager, traveled two hundred miles with hate in his heart, determined to murder Black people. His every thought, evidenced by his 180-page White supremacist manifesto, was preoccupied with the idea that Black people were expendable and a threat to the White race. President Biden called that thinking a "sickness,' and the president was right, but it is so much more. It is tradition, extending from the violent enslavement of Africans, the inhumane treatment of Black people during the Black Codes and Jim Crow, the lynching and White mob violence targeting Black people, and the brutality we experience at the hands of law enforcement daily. America's problem is racism, and it was racism that drove Payton Gendron to Buffalo with murder on his mind. 

As we pause to remember the ten lives lost, those who will never return home again to their families and friends, we also urge states to act against hate crimes and to close loopholes in gun ownership laws. We also believe that it is imperative for public school districts' curriculum to offer Black history courses and a truthful accounting of American history. For an 18-year-old to harbor such hate is a clear indication that he was indoctrinated with misinformation that helped shape his warped ideas and racist ideology. While the prospect of federal action is remote at this time, we believe states must step up and implement legislation that will deter such heinous acts or impose penalties of significance that will offer a true measure of justice for victims and their families. 

Iota chapters across the nation stand with the people of Buffalo, and this fraternity will continue to challenge, push, and work for a better America in which Black people will stand as equals under the law and be treated as such. Sean D. Housen, Sr. 23rd International Grand Polaris Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. "It takes a Man, Be that Man" #oneiota

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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. applauds Brother/Rep. Bobby Rush’s Anti-Lynching Legislation

Historic bill codifies lynching as a federal crime after 200 attempts since 1900

(Baltimore, MD) On February 28, by a vote of 422-3, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 55, the Emmett Till Antilynching Act sponsored by Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), that for the first time would designate lynching as a federal hate crime. Voting "no" against the bill were Republican Representatives Andrew S. Clyde (GA), Thomas Massie (KY) and Chip Roy (TX). There had been more than 200 unsuccessful attempts since 1900 to codify antilynching legislation. According to a report from the Equal Justice Initiative, more than 6,500 Americans were lynched between 1865 and 1950. 

The legislation honors the life and memory of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy who was brutally lynched in 1955 during a visit to Mississippi. Till's death was a turning point for the civil rights movement. 

Representative Rush had this to say about the historic legislation. 

"I was eight years old when my mother put the photograph of Emmett Till's brutalized body that ran in Jet magazine on our living room coffee table, pointed to it, and said, 'this is why I brought my boys out of Albany, Georgia.' That photograph shaped my consciousness as a Black man in America, changed the course of my life, and changed our nation. But modern-day -more- lynching like the murder of Ahmaud Arbery make abundantly clear that the racist hatred and terror that fueled the lynching of Emmett Till lynching are far too prevalent in America to this day." 

The Emmett Till Antilynching Act was first introduced by Representative Rush in the 115th Congress. The bill was passed in the House with bipartisan support in the 116th Congress but was blocked in the Senate. 

Under the bill, a crime can be prosecuted when a conspiracy to commit a hate crime results in death or serious injury. The maximum sentence for a perpetrator convicted under this Act is 30 years, and the Act applies to a broad range of circumstances. On the same day, the legislation passed in the House, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced companion legislation in the Senate to make lynching a federal crime. The two senators had previously sponsored a bill with then-Senator Kamala Harris in 2018. The bill was previously held up in the Senate by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). 

Representative Rush is also the lead sponsor of bipartisan legislation, H.R. 2252, to award the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously to Emmet Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, as well as a bill, H.R. 4581, directing the United States Postmaster General to issue a commemorative stamp in honor of Mamie Till-Mobley.

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Statement on Bomb Threats at HBCU Campuses

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is deeply troubled by the recent bomb threats targeting some of our nation's historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). As an organization founded on the campus of one of our nation's oldest Black institutions, Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, we are outraged that students on our beloved campus and other HBCUs have been targeted in this way. We applaud the quick response of state law enforcement agencies that mobilized to protect these students and we commend the administrations of these institutions for their quick response to these heinous threats. 

It is our understanding that the United States Department of Justice has deemed these incidents 'hate crimes' and has mobilized the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces to apprehend those responsible. We consider these threats acts of domestic terrorism and want the individual(s) or group(s) responsible to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. It is not lost upon us that the latest incidents occurred on the first day of Black History Month and are part of a growing trend of retro-racism aimed at reversing the gains Black people have made in America. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was founded at the height of the civil rights movement, just days after four little Black girls were killed in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, so we are well aware of the cowardice behind the hate. 

We know what these threats represent. Racial resentment is at post-Civil War levels and there are some in this country that want to suppress the aspirations of Black students. This is occurring in our K-12 schools with the irrational wave of book banning and attempts to whitewash American history, and the wave of hate sweeping across college campuses. This fraternity will do everything within its power and reach to affirm that Black lives matter and protect our youth. 

We stand behind all of our students and Brothers on the campuses of our nation's HBCUs. We encourage them to stay focused on their academic goals but vigilant in their daily routine. If you see something amiss on your campus, such as a stranger walking the campus or in a building, or an unattended package, please report it to your campus security. If you receive a strange package or a parcel with no identification, do not open it. Stay observant. The best advice we can offer is if you see something, say something

We will not allow racism and hate to interfere with the aspirations of Black youth. Iota will work with its undergraduate chapters to make certain our Brothers are safe and that they are doing their part to keep their campus safe. We encourage Black college alumni around the nation to check on their Alma mater and offer moral support during this time of great anxiety. Our children and their families need to be assured that we are all doing our part in keeping our students safe. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. calls upon our federal government and state governments to provide the resources to historically Black colleges and universities to secure and protect their campuses. 

If you are aware of a threat against a historically Black college or university, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324). 

For further information contact Director of Communications, Walter L. Fields at [email protected] 


Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., one of America's 'Divine 9' National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities was established on September 19, 1963, on the campus of one of the nation's great historically Black Colleges and Universities, Morgan State University (nee College) in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Supports the Appointment of a Black Woman to the High Court

Statement of the International Grand Polaris on the retirement of Justice Stephen A. Breyer

With the announcement that United State Supreme Court Justice Stephen A. Breyer will retire, the nation is poised for the historic appointment of a Black woman to the high Court. During his campaign for the presidency, candidate Joe Biden committed to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court. Now, President Biden has an opportunity to fulfill that promise and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. expects him to do so. For too long, the voice of a Black woman has been absent from the nation's highest tribunal. Now is the time to correct that historical omission. 

Black women have borne the burdens of our nation, often with quiet dignity and too frequently in public pain. The value that a conscious Black woman would bring to the Supreme Court is beyond debate. The fact that a Black woman has never been appointed as one of the nine justices is a grave injustice. The United States will never be the nation it purports to be if it continues to discount its Black and brown progeny. This pending appointment will represent a significant course correction in our nation's quest for real justice under democratic rule. 

We can recall the historic nature of the appointment of Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court and how the addition of that brilliant jurist brought a new perspective to deliberations before the Court. During Marshall's tenure on the court, the nation's most disadvantaged populations – Blacks, Latinos, and women – knew he would protect their constitutional rights and he never wavered from his belief that the Constitution existed to protect the powerless as much as the powerful. Iota Phi Theta was founded during the period when this nation benefited from Justice Marshall's jurisprudence. The appointment of a Black woman will be no less significant. In many ways, considering the tenor of this Court, the addition of a Black woman will not change the ideological bend of the Roberts Court but it will inject a world view that has been missing since Justice Marshall's retirement from the bench in 1991. 

We are faced with significant challenges to our voting rights, environmental protections, elections security and civil rights, and these weighty issues are coming before the Supreme Court. We need the assurance that our concerns will be heard deliberations before the Court and that we have a justice who recognizes the need for the Constitution to be more than just words on parchment. 

As a fraternity with a large membership of Black men, Iota Phi Theta is excited for our sisters in the struggle as they are on the verge of gaining a voice on the highest legal body in our government. Let there be no mistake. Their time is now and we stand 100% in agreement that the next appointment to the Supreme Court should be a Black woman. There are a number of highly qualified and accomplished Black woman who can honorably serve this nation on the United State Supreme Court. 

President Biden, we call on you to keep your campaign promise and nominate a Black woman to replace retiring Justice Stephen A. Breyer. 

For further information contact Director of Communications, Walter Fields by clicking here.

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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Mourns the Passing of Delta Sigma Theta's National President

We Extend our Condolences to our Divine 9 Sisters

(Baltimore, MD) – The Men of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. are saddened to learn of the passing of Cheryl A. Hickmon, the National President and Chair of the National Board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We extend our sincere condolences to Ms. Hickmon's family and her sorors. 

Iota Phi Theta's 23rd International Grand Polaris Sean D. Housen, Sr., stated, "We are heartbroken over the news of Cheryl Hickmon's passing and we will keep our Divine 9 sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in our prayers. We know this is a challenging time for Deltas around the world and we want you to know we are here to be of assistance during this period of bereavement. Our Brotherhood shares your grief." 

Ms. Hickmon was a graduate of South Carolina State University, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 1982 and had served in various capacities in the organization before elected as the 27th National President in November 2021. She was a member of the Hartford Alumnae Chapter

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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Upholding King's Legacy in a Nation Divided


(Baltimore, MD) – Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. recognizes the birthday of the great civil rights leader and humanitarian, the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, King, Jr., on this King National Holiday. The legacy of Dr. King places him at the forefront of patriots in American history as his life serves as an example of the possibilities of our democracy. Today, now more than ever, as our country is being threatened by internal forces that seek its demise, we must summon the spirit of Dr. King and reengage in the fight for equality in our nation. 

On this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday, the 23rd International Grand Polaris of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Sean D. Housen, Sr. reflected on the life and service of Dr. King. International Grand Polaris Housen recalled, "There is a symmetry between the apex of Dr. King's role in the civil rights movement and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. The year 1963 is recalled as a pivotal period in the fight for Blacks' civil rights, as the year was marked by political assassinations and racist violence, and a remarkable march in our nation's capital. During that year 12 Black men, students on the campus of Morgan State College, founded Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. just days after the murder of 4 little Black girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Our founding represented the restlessness of a people unsatisfied with the status quo and seeking a better path forward." 

Today, and every day, the men of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. are dedicated to community service and civic engagement. Iota's chapters throughout the nation actively participate in community impact projects designed to meet the needs of individuals and families in -more- communities our chapters represent. The fraternity promotes voter registration, works in partnership with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on voter outreach, and calls upon Iota men to exercise their right to vote in every election. 

International Grand Polaris Housen added, "Dr. King was a man of the people, a leader committed to community and citizenship. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc, shares those ideals and since our founding we have focused on citizenship and leadership as defining principles of our organization. Iotas around the country are playing leadership roles in community and civic organizations, and our organization encourages our Brothers to lead by example. As we honor Dr. King, we seek to show the nation the potential of true brotherhood and the benefits our society can gain if we judge all women and men by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin." 

Today, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. also recognizes and acknowledges that Dr. King was a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and part of the civil rights legacy of the Divine 9. Like so many other leaders in our nation's history, Dr. King, as a graduate of Morehouse College, understood the value of historically Black colleges and Black Greek life. We know that his fellow Morehouse alumni and Alpha Phi Alpha Brothers are remembering Dr. King with extraordinary pride today. 

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was founded on September 19, 1963, on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, just days after the murder of four Black girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama and just a month after the historic March on Washington. Established by a group of older students, the fraternity has a historic commitment to community service and civic engagement given its founding during the civil rights movement. Today, as a member organization of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. continues to advocate for voting rights and is calling upon Congress to protect the voting rights of Black Americans. The fraternity maintains its national headquarters in Baltimore. ### For further information contact Walter Fields, Director of Communications by clicking here.

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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Supports the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

Fraternity Urges Senate to pass H.R. 4


(Baltimore, MD) – Citing the urgency to protect the voting rights of millions of Black and Latino voters across the nation, the 23rd International Grand Polaris of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. called upon the United States Senate to pass H.R.4., the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. The legislation restores many of the voting protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that were subverted by state laws and the United States Supreme Court. 

International Grand Polaris Sean D. Housen Sr., declared, "The time has come for the United States Senate to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. We agree with President Joe Biden that you either stand on the side of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or with segregationist Governor George Wallace. Across the nation, but particularly in southern states, the voting rights of Black and brown voters are being suppressed. We must not allow Jim Crow to rear its ugly head in America again." 

The United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 4 in August 2021 with no Republican support and the bill has faced opposition by the Republican Senate minority. There is not sufficient bipartisan support to overcome an expected filibuster by Senate Republicans. President Joe Biden has called upon the Democratic majority in the Senate to suspend the chamber's rules to allow a straight party-line vote on H.R. 4. However, two Democratic Senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, are opposing any change in the Senate rules. 

Housen added, "This is a time for the Senate to rise above pettiness and put the interests of our nation first. We appeal to Senators Manchin and Sinema to drop their opposition to the rules change and join their fellow Democrats to pass this important bill. It is time for good trouble in -more- America and our fraternity is recommitting our efforts during this critical time in our nation's history. We cannot sit by silently as the rights fought for and won by our ancestors with their blood, sweat and tears is being systemically taken from us." 

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was founded on September 19, 1963, on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, just days after the murder of four Black girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama and just a month after the historic March on Washington. Established by a group of older students, the fraternity has a historic commitment to community service and civic engagement given its founding during the civil rights movement. The fraternity maintains its national headquarters in Baltimore. 

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For further information contact Walter Fields, Director of Communications here.

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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Mourns the Passing of General Colin Powell

International Grand Polaris Sean D. Housen, Sr. Issues Statement

(Baltimore, MD) - Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. mourns the loss of retired General and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, and we offer our condolences to the general's family.

General Powell was a true American patriot. Born and raised in the South Bronx in New York City, the general was a graduate of the City College of New York, where he participated in ROTC and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He was a White House Fellow under the administration of President Lyndon Johnson and rose to the rank of four-star general. General Powell served in Republican and Democratic administrations and in addition to being the first Black Secretary of State, served as National Security Advisor and the first Black Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff. The general also served as Chairman of America's Promise, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing the nation's youth to public service.

General Powell twice received the nation's highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and also received the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. has a history of service in the military and recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of our women and men in uniform. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the Powell family and his many friends and colleagues, and the enlisted members of the United States Army.

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For further information, contact National Director of Communications, Walter Fields, at 973.738.7876 or [email protected]

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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. called to "D9" White House Meeting

Meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss critical issues

(Baltimore, MD) – At the request of the 23rd International Grand Polaris of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Sean D. Housen, Sr., the immediate past Grand Polaris, Andre Manson, will join the other presidents of the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations for a meeting this afternoon with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House. The NPHC organizations, popularly referred to as the 'Divine 9,' will meet with the vice president to discuss a myriad of issues impacting the Black community. Vice President Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., one of the Divine 9 sororities.

International Grand Polaris Housen stated, "We are pleased that Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. will be represented today by my immediate predecessor, Brother Andre Manson. Iota is an organization that was birthed during the civil rights movement and continues, to this day, to have a very strong social justice orientation among our hundreds of undergraduate and graduate chapters." 

The meeting today will take place against the backdrop of several urgent matters confronting the Biden administration. The topics on the agenda include a discussion on voting rights and efforts in certain states to implement laws that will curtail access to the ballot for Black people and people of color; the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on communities of color, and equitable health care in the United States.

"These are all issues," remarked Mr. Housen, "that impact Iotas and our families across the country. I am pleased that our 22nd International Grand Polaris, Mr. Manson, will join with our fellow Divine 9 organizations to discuss these critical issues. We are thankful to Vice President Harris for the invitation to participate. As always, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is prepared to do its part to uplift our community any and every way possible."

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., with its national headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, was founded on September 19, 1963, on the campus of Morgan State University (nee College). Today, the fraternity has over three hundred chapters nationwide and overseas. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. became a member of the National Pan Hellenic Council in 1997, formally transforming the NPHC into the 'Divine 9,' a designation for the fraternities and sororities that were originally founded to include Black students in Greek life.

For further information, contact National Director of Communications, Walter Fields, at 973.738.7876 or via email.

                                 These are all issues, that impact Iotas and our families across the country. I am pleased that our 22nd International Grand Polaris, Mr. Manson, will join with our fellow Divine 9 organizations to discuss these critical issues. We are thankful to Vice President Harris for the invitation to participate. As always, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is prepared to do its part to uplift our community any and every way possible.

Bro. Sean D. Housen, Sr. - 23rd International Grand Polaris

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Understanding the Trait & Disease: Sickle Cell

Sickle Cell Disease, a group of inherited red blood cell disorders, and Sickle Cell Trait, an inherited blood disorder that affects approximately 8 percent of African Americans are both evolutionary traits that individuals develop in response to help protect them from malaria.

Join Iota Phi Theta and our panel of experts, Dr. Jahnavi Gollamudi, Hematologist with Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Yvette Miller Executive Medical Director with Red Cross, as we go deeper into the traits origins, how it affects us in the present-day, and how to cope with it.

On September 30 at 7:30 pm EST. Ask your questions and share your thoughts via Facebook.com/IPT1963 or Youtube.com/IPT1963/ 

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Brother Kwame Fields Named CDO of FHLBank of San Francisco

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco has named brother Kwame Fields Sr.,1BetaPiSpr95, as Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) 


Bro. Fields is a member of the Bank's leadership team and serves as the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion Officer. This promotion recognizes Bro. Fields' accomplishments in advancing the Bank's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies since he was appointed acting CDO in July 2020. Bro. Fields will also retain the position of Chief Information Security Officer that he has held since he joined the Bank in 2017.


Join us as we congratulate Bro. Fields on his amazing accomplishment.


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Iota Phi Theta Joins the National Poor People's Assembly

Join us and our partners on June 21, 2021, as we gather online from across the nation simultaneously with a socially distant rally in Raleigh, NC at the state legislature for a mass assembly. 

This hybrid online/in-person National Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers'⁠ Assembly will raise a chorus of voices demanding a moral revolution that puts the suffering of the 140 million+ and low-income people in the U.S. at the center of every policy debate.


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Candidates for 23rd International Grand Polaris and International Grand Vice Polaris

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Iota Phi Theta Mourns Honorable Founder Frank B. Coakley


It is with great sadness that we must inform you that our Most Honorable Founder Frank B. Coakley has transitioned into Alpha Iota Omega Chapter. Funeral Arrangements for MHF Frank B. Coakley


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Friday, March 5, 2021

March Life Tribute Center

5616 Old Court Road

Windsor Mill, Md. 21244

410-655-0110

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Alpha Iota Omega Service, Family Hour & Funeral

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Morgan State University

Gilliam Concert Hall

1700 East Coldspring Lane

Baltimore, Md. 21251

Family Hour 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Alpha Iota Omega Service – 11:30 AM


*All attending members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. are asked to arrive by 11:00 AM

Funeral to commence immediately after the family hour

**By request of MHF Frank Coakley all attending brothers are asked to wear Brown & Gold.

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Honorable Founder Spruill and 15th Grand Polaris Stephens Speak on Iota Phi Theta Saturday

Join Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc, as we listen in on The Legacy of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. ​The speakers of the event will feature our own Honorable Founder Lonnie Spruill and the 15th Grand Polaris, Theodore (Ted) Stephens.


This virtual event will take place on Saturday, January 23rd at 1pm EST.


Tune in live at https://tinyurl.com/NSTVA

Password: MLK2021 (ensure capitalization)

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COVID-19 Precautions from Director of Health Initiatives

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated wants to assure you we are keeping an eye on all information coming from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Local Department of Health, and the Public Health Departments.

In honor of our commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our families and communities, there are steps that you can take to maintain a healthy environment:

If you are not feeling well (particularly if you have a fever of 100.4 or more), please refrain from going to work, or outside of your home until all symptoms have subsided. If you have a fever, please make sure that you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to work.

* ¬ Please wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or longer- frequently!

* ¬ Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing. If a tissue is not available, be sure to use the upper part of your arm/sleeve to cover your mouth and nose.

* ¬ Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes.

* ¬ Be conscious of shared surfaces such as doorknobs, computer lab surfaces, bathrooms, counters and microwave handles, etc.

* ¬ If you are planning to do any personal travel in the coming months and during the upcoming spring or summer break season, please familiarize yourself with information about the areas where infection rates are high and the chance for disease transmission is heightened.

For anyone that would like more information about the Coronavirus, The CDC Website contains helpful up-to-date information. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


Brother Victor K. Peoples
Director of Health and Service Initiatives
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated

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