Beta Beta Lambda Chapter, Incorporated has been an active part of the Greater Miami community since its inception in November 19, 1937. Like many chapter across the country, the chapter was established by men with a common interest in improving the community through education and public service.
The chapter’s founding members are Dr. Felix E. Butler, MD, Dr. Nathaniel Colston, MD, Dr. Ira P. Davis, MD, Dr. Aaron Goodman, MD, Frederick J. Johnson, Dr. Samuel H. Johnson, MD, Leo A Lucas, and Dr. William H. Murrell, MD. Under the leadership of Solomon C. Stinson, Ph.D., the chapter was incorporated in the State of Florida as a legal entity on November 30th, 1978. Under the leadership of Earl H. Duval Ph. D., the Beta Beta Lambda/Alpha Foundation was created and incorporated on September 25th, 1995. In June 2006, AlphaLand Community Development Corporation was created and incorporated under the leadership of Gregory D. Gay, Dana C. Moss, Sr. CPA, Lyonel Myrthil, and Eric Hernandez, Esq. The foundation and CDC are 501©3 not-for-profit organizations. The chapter’s executive board also serves as the Board of Directors of the foundation and the CDC has a separate board of directors with membership from the chapter.
Beta Beta Lambda Chapter and its subsidiaries are providing leadership through its many service activities such as Alpha Outreach, Project Alpha, Alpha-Dade Youth Sports Program, Alpha/Big Brothers & Big Sisters Partnership, Sankofa Project, Knights of Gold, Boy Scouts Troop 1906, Alpha/Head Start Partnership, Voter Education Project, and Scholarship Award Program.
In August of 1990 [during the Alpha National Convention on Miami Beach, the local Miami chapter and national leadership Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. led a civil rights march on Krome Detention Center where many Haitians were being held unjustly. This march, along with the local Cuban community and leadership denouncing the arrival of Nelson Mandela of the ANC was one of many catalyst events which led to the “Boycott on Miami” which promoted positive changes in the civil and economic atmosphere of Greater Miami, i.e., the inception of The Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Hotel, the first African American owned and operated resort hotel. Although the boycott has ended, the struggle for equality continues, and the fraternity will remain ‘a cog in the wheel’ to promote equal rights and prosperity for all.
Beta Beta Lambda Chapter and its foundation, the Beta Beta Lambda-Alpha Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has played a significant role is one of the leading fundraiser for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Project in Washington, DC in the Southern Region. Since this fundraising project was initiated in 1997, the chapter has locally raised in funds and pledges exceeding $100,000.00 for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Project. In 2006, a member of our chapter, on behalf of the National MLK Memorial Foundation, played an instrumental role in motivating and securing a $1,000,000.00 donation from the ExxonMobil Corporation towards the MLK Memorial project.
For its effort during the last seven decades, Beta Beta Lambda Chapter has been honored four times [1975, 1985, 1986, & 2006] as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s National Alumni Chapter of the Year. In addition, the Beta Beta Lambda has been a consistent winner of the Florida Federation of Alpha Chapter’s District Chapter of the Year Award for more than 25 years. The chapter has also hosted three National Conventions [1954, 1975, & 1990] and it poised to host/co-host another national convention in South Florida the very near future.