FIRST BLACK MAYOR
OF CINCINNATI, OHIO
IN UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI HISTORY
45TH GENERAL CONVENTION
The Delta Gamma Lambda Chapter was chartered December 20, 1947 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The influx of many new and young professionals in the Cincinnati area created a need to change the status and affiliation with the Alpha Alpha Chapter at the University of Cincinnati, chartered December 20, 1920. This valuable experience helped these men to provide a steady influence through the 1930’s. Delta Gamma Lambda was established during the fraternity’s era of “militant liberalism”. During the era, the fraternity took aggressive action to eliminate segregation and discrimination against Negroes and to secure full civil rights.
December 26-30, 1959, Delta Gamma Lambda and Alpha Alpha Chapters hosted the 45th General Convention. During this convention, Bro. Theodore M. Berry presented the NAACP award of honor to the General President, Bro. Myles A. Paige. It was also the event where the announcement was made to the brotherhood of the passing of Jewel Brother Nathaniel Allison Murray on December 6th of the same year.
The 1950’s thru the 1970’s were shining years and Delta Gamma Lambda was successful in maintaining and owning a chapter fraternity house at 1012 Chapel Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. It served as a consistent meeting place and a dormitory for fraternity brothers. It was customary to meet twice a month; the 2nd Monday – Business Meeting; and the 4th Monday – Social Meeting. Also during this period, the Alpha Wives Club provided amiable and dedicated support to the chapter.
The 80’s and 90’s were very productive periods for the Delta Gamma Lambda chapter as well. During this time the chapter established the Delta Gamma Lambda Foundation. It was created as a youth development and education entity with 501(c)3 tax status. The chapters’ ability to raise funds for scholarships was significantly enhanced. The group has hosted several district conferences for Ohio and has hosted two conventions for the Midwestern Region.
As Alumni chapter, DGL serves the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region and provides mentorship to four college chapters, Alpha Alpha chapter (University of Cincinnati), Sigma Gamma chapter (Xavier University), Delta Upsilon chapter (Miami University) and Rho Gamma chapter (Northern Kentucky University). The chapter has partnered with the March of Dimes, The Boy Scouts of America, Planned Parenthood, Big Brother/Big Sisters and others to better serve the community.
The Brothers of Delta Gamma Lambda are men committed to the objectives of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love of all mankind.