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Lawrence Thomas Wins Ed Block Courage Award

​A huge congratulations to Bro. Lawrence Thomas (3-Gamma Mu-15) for receiving the Ed Block Courage Award. The 40th Ed Block Courage Awards program was held on March 10th at the Renaissance Hotel - Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD.

Ed Block Mission

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the well-being of abused, neglected and at-risk children throughout our Courage House National Support Network for Kids. Through our partnership with the National Football League, the Foundation cultivates awareness at each Courage House and helps to raise funds for their programs and initiatives.  -

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Inauguration Ceremony 2018

Join us for the inauguration of our International Grand Polaris, Bro. Andre R. Manson and International Grand Vice Polaris, Bro. Sean D. Housen! 

The event will take place on Friday, January 12th, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The ceremony will feature founders of the Fraternity, current and former fraternal leaders, and a host of friends and associates.

Grand Council members will be duly sworn into office during this event.

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Council of Presidents Response to Incident in Charlottesville, VA

The Council of Presidents stand together with our membership against the violence and protest that occurred this weekend in Charlottesville, Va. by the evil, racist, thoughtless individuals who identify themselves as white supremacist. As anti-racism organizations, we are committed to purposefully identifying and challenge issues of race and color and the impact on our members and others.

Click here to read the full response.

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2017 St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

GREETINGS, Iota Family and supporters,

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Iota Teams and IOTA Family members will once again walk/run on behalf of children fighting cancer and their families. I want to extend my deepest gratitude and say THANK YOU and God Bless ALL those who supported our Fraternity and participated in Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.'s National Fundraising drives for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital over the past 4 years of the Clark/Gilbert administration.

Our Iota Phi Theta/St. Jude partnership allows our Fraternity to show its societal relevance by serving a population of the most deserved, 'at risk' youth in our country. With over 40% of the children and families receiving the FREE treatments for the most dangerous cancers being African American, St. Jude is truly a charity worthy of our support. In the course of one day, the IOTA Family presents a unified, coordinated group that impacts children worldwide. It is an opportunity for the world to see that the Brothers of Iota and the Sweethearts of ISI, Inc. are a true 'family' that works together to improve the conditions of our people, especially our children.

Therefore, I hope that we ALL continue our tireless efforts to support St. Jude. For those of you who have visited St. Jude, you know firsthand the importance of this endeavor; for those who have never visited St. Jude, I hope you have an opportunity to do so, in the near future, to see how your efforts make a TRUE difference in the lives of the children and families St. Jude serves.

Again, THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU and GOOD LUCK in your St. Jude fundraising endeavors this year!

Robert Clark, Grand Polaris
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Oakland, CA
"One Focus, One Direction, One Fraternity!"

St. Jude in African American History:

To view the agreement between St. Jude and Iota Phi Theta as a National Silver Team, click here.

To view our National Page, click here.

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Joint Statement on Hazing in Response to the Movie Burning Sands

NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations exist.

In 1990, the NPHC organizations issued a joint statement announcing the elimination of pledging and each has instituted within its respective organization, a revised membership development and intake process.

Each NPHC organization has instituted strong policies against hazing and has taken steps to reinforce and strengthen its stand against prohibited conduct whether it is displayed though movies, books, or any type of social media.

NPHC and its member organizations have developed and instituted policies against hazing and have taken steps to reinforce and strengthen their stand against this prohibited conduct. Equally important NPHC and its member organizations do not condone, support, or encourage the production of movies, books, or any type of social media that promote hazing.

National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. Council of Presidents

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Everett B. Ward, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Paulette Walker, Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Mary Wright, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Robert Clark, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Thomas L. Battles, Vice Chair, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Deborah Catchings-Smith, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Jonathan A. Mason Sr., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Antonio (Tony) Knox, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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