SPRINGFIELD – Senator Elgie Sims proclaimed May 1, 2024 as Alpha Phi Alpha Day– recognizing the significant contributions made by the fraternity, particularly in the areas of service, leadership and community empowerment.

"I am proud to recognize Alpha Phi Alpha for their unwavering dedication to uplifting communities and fostering positive change," said Sims (D-Chicago). "Their commitment to service and excellence serves as a guiding light for us all, and I am honored to proclaim May 1 as Alpha Phi Alpha Day in Illinois."

Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for Black men, was founded on Dec. 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Since its inception, the fraternity has been dedicated to the principles of scholarship, manly deeds, and love for all mankind, serving as a beacon of hope and inspiration for countless individuals across the country.

Sims, a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha, led Senate Resolution 931 to recognize the fraternity's longstanding commitment to social justice, civil rights, and community service. Through initiatives such as Project Alpha, which aims to educate young men about the importance of responsible fatherhood and healthy lifestyles, and the fraternity's ongoing support for historically Black colleges and universities, Alpha Phi Alpha continues to make a profound impact on society.

“Today we honor the fraternity's legacy of leadership and service while encouraging all citizens to reflect on the principles of brotherhood, scholarship, and service that Alpha Phi Alpha represents,” said Sims.

Senate Resolution 931 was adopted Thursday.