Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 24, 2015)—In wake of the Jamar Clark shooting and protests, Brother Dr. Lamar Hylton (Interim President) addresses the Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter:
The events that we have witnessed nationally, internationally, and locally have caused myriad emotions to swell in our society. Anger, rage, fear, despair, and sadness, to name a few, have permeated our homes, our communities, and our greater society. It is in these moments that we must work together to ensure that we are developing a strategy that is constructive and creates the opportunity to see the change that we are hopeful for. This will require us to listen to one another, equip ourselves with historical knowledge and context that shape our worldviews, acknowledge & respect our differences, and be solution oriented in our approach to solving the critical challenges we face.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. has been on the forefront of some of the most pivotal social issues in America. Our involvement and leadership within landmark historical periods, such as the Civil Rights era, coupled with our more recent leadership addressing race relations in Ferguson and abroad, should serve as a reminder about our commitment and responsibility to social action. Moreover, these examples of leadership should also serve as a blue print for involvement in current issues. Our chapter Director of Social Action, Bro. Ron Harris, has recently emailed us with a litany of ways to become active in the issues at the local level. I implore each brother to be reminded that the only way our cause continues to speed on its way is if brothers answer the clarion call to become involved in addressing these grand challenges.
My brothers, we are in the middle of, what I consider to be, our generation’s civil rights era. Let’s exercise our individual and collective voices in a manner that uplifts and unites our community. This is a critical time in our society right now and we must be mindful not to undo the freedoms our ancestors have fought hard to obtain by remaining complacent. Stay safe and, most importantly, stay active.
Bro. Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D.
Zeta Nu Sigma Chapter
About Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.:
Since its founding in 1914, the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. has promoted a noble culture of service to the community. Members of our fraternity have committed to promoting leadership and embodying the values that will create a new era of successful young people is, above all, in the spirit of fraternity. The Fraternity is committed to uplifting and strengthening the next generation of young men of color.