Statement of Darryl R. Matthews, Sr. General President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on Passing of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. stands with the nation in recognizing and celebrating the life and legacy of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. stands with the nation in recognizing and celebrating the life and legacy of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. On behalf of all the members of Alpha, I send my condolences and prayers to the family and friends in this time of mourning.

She was a woman of change and her life was lived in such a way that must be recognized by us all. Over the next days and weeks, tributes will be made recognizing and celebrating all the ways in which this great woman impacted the world through her influence, passion for change and commanding voice.

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones' steadfastness to make a difference reminds us that we are the change we seek. As a trailblazer, she paved the way for others by becoming the first African American woman to represent the state of Ohio in the U.S. Congress, the first African-American woman to chair the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (Ethics), and the first to serve on the Ways and Means Committee. Her many career accomplishments in and out of politics are all respected and appreciated.

As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a historically black Greek-letter collegiate organization, Tubbs Jones truly stood as a woman of distinction. Her life and legacy will truly be a part of history.

Founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights, through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, Retired Senator Edward Brooke and Cornel West. Others include members of the 110th Congress including: Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO), Charles B. Rangel (NY), Danny K. Davis (IL), Chaka Fattah (PA), Al Green (TX), Gregory Meeks (NY), David Scott (GA), Robert C. Scott (VA). The fraternity through its college and alumni chapters serves the community through nearly a thousand chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.

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