Black Fraternity Comes Out in Force for Their Undocumented Brother
Channing Kennedy , Colorlines| January 28, 2011
Yesterday at the Center for American Progress, Sam Fulwood III introduced us to an young immigrant’s story that’s all too familiar, but with a ray of hope. Mario Perez is a 22-year-old college student in Nacogdoches, Texas, who came to the United States with his family as a five-year-old, and who didn’t find out about his own undocumented status until he was a high school senior. Engaged to his girlfriend and on his way to engineering grad school, Mario’s world came crashing down with a single routine police stop in December of last year. The difference between Mario and any other undocumented college kid? He turned to his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha — the nation’s oldest black Greek-letter fraternity.
Alpha Phi Alpha doesn’t play any zero-sum games with racial equality; in addition to rallying for the DREAM Act, the fraternity also moved their summer convention from Arizona to Nevada in the wake of SB 1070. As Fulwood, an Alpha Phi Alpha alumn who learned about the story through Facebook appeals from the national office, writes: (Read more)