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Black Belt Alphas donate to March of Dimes

The Dallas County chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc. made its yearly donation to the March of Dimes.

The Delta Pi Lambda Chapter also known as the Black Belt Alphas presented their annual donation to the March of Dimes.

The Black Belt Alphas overcame the COVID-19 pandemic and donated $1,200 to the Alabama chapter of the March of Dimes.

For over 25 years, the Black Belt Alphas have partnered with the March of Dimes, raising awareness of premature births and complications through various projects and programs in the Selma/Dallas County area.

Chapter members each made personal contributions and raised funds on a website created by the March of Dimes to exceed their

$1,000 goal.

The  donation was presented to Alabama March of Dimes Senior Development Manager Ashley Gorum by Edward Armstrong, President; Tony Richardson, Membership Chairman, and Immediate Past President Warren “Billy” Young.

“Supporting March of Dimes during the global pandemic is important,” Armstrong said. “The services provided by March of Dimes are critical to the health of the community. I am pleased that Delta Pi Lambda can provide much needed financial support during these trying times.”

Young, also the Selma City Council President, said the fraternity has a great relationship with the March of Dimes.

“Our partnership with the March of Dimes serves as one of the national programs of Alpha Phi Alpha,” Young said. “I am very pleased that this partnership continues to serve the mothers and babies of our various communities.

“The health and well being of our young is pivotal to the survival of our beloved community. I am thankful that our chapter continues to do the work and surpassed our goal.”

The Black Belt Alphas have served Selma and the Black Belt since 1949.  The motto of Alpha Phi Alpha is “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All.

Plans are already underway for next year’s fundraising drive. The Chapter intends to raise their goal and consequently raise awareness of the challenges faced by mothers and babies in the Selma/Dallas County.