All black

Alpha Phi Alpha is the only all black fraternity from Ohio University campus. They only have 12 members and this June five of them are graduating. The black population on campus is not that big and the black people look out after each other. They are a very closed group. At their events there are no white people that participate this is not just because they are a spot of color in an ocean of white and they are marginalized, but also because they choose to be that way. The fraternity stands for friendship, hard work and dedication to the things that are important.

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The members of the step team from the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha are praying before going on stage to perform in the step contest organized during the Black Alumni Weekend at Ohio University, May 21, 2010, Athens, Ohio.
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Gregory Richards and Harvey Smith practice a segment from the choreography for the step contest that took place in the Templeton-Blackburn Auditorium at Ohio University during the black alumni weekend. “We have practice every night this week, the contes
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Anthony Feagin and Athur Green assist at a step rehearsal that their brothers are doing. “Arthur has a small role in the show, he is not dancing, but I just come to show support. I really hope they win.”, said Anthony.
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Brandon Campbell, Albert Williams, Julian Reeves, Donald Lindsay participate at one of the weekly meeting of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Even though they are the smallest fraternity on campus with only twelve members, they are involved in many student activities. "We don't even have a house from the university like any other fraternity because we are only twelve and we are supposed to be at least fifteen", said Julian Reeves.
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On the last week of classes the members of Alpha Phi Alpha are putting together different events to celebrate the end of the academic year and to engage in activities the seniors with younger students. The Alphas sell ice cream during a community event at the Elementary School in Athens, Ohio, June 1st, 2010.
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Donald Lindsay enjoys a night out with his girlfriend, Victoria Little, at the hookah bar, June 2nd, 2010. They have been dating for a year now and he is suppoused to leave for Japan in the fall on a scholarship.
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Albert Williams, Harvey Smith hang out back stage with the other participants in the step contest that took place during the Black Alumni Weekend at Ohio University. "It's hard being black in a predominant white campus. We try to look after one another", said Smith.
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Donald Lindsay, Harvey Smith, Gregory Richards, Arthur Green and Brandon Campbell just got of the stage after performing in the step contest organized during the Black Alumni Weekend at Ohio University, May 21, 2010. “We did good, man! We did good don’t worry about it!”, said Harvey Smith.
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After the police shut down one of the Alpha Phi Alpha parties their friends, most of them members of other fraternities and sororities, scattered. "The black student community is very small and we all look after each other like brothers and sisters", said Harvey Smith.
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Jerome Williams dances at the last big party of spring quarter, organized by the Alpha Phi Alpha for honoring the seniors. “Five of us are graduating this spring so we need to have fun before that”, said Julian Reeves. At the fraternity parties there are no white guests.
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Julian Reeves receives a hg from a friend after the graduation ceremony at Ohio University, June 12, 2010. After getting his degree Reeves moved back home to Cleveland, Ohio, in order to get a job and attend grad school.
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The members of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha (APA) perform on the Auditorium stage after the step contest that took place during the Black Alumni Weekend at Ohio University, May 21, 2010. Alpha Phi Alpha won first place. APA is the only all black fraternity on the OU campus.