Special to the New Journal and Guide
The historic Norfolk (VA) Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., inducted 18 young men into its national award winning Guide Right Program Saturday December 1, 2018 at the Murray Center in Norfolk. The Chapter was the first graduate chapter to be established in Virginia October 5, 1940, and established its first Guide Right Program in March, 12, 1941 under the guidance of the late Judge James Overton.
Guide Right is the national service program of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The purpose of the Guide Right program is to place the training experience and life lessons of successful men at the disposal of youth for educational and occupational guidance, primarily inspirational and informational in character.
During the 83rd National Grand Conclave of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. held in July 2017, the Chapter Guide Right program won the National Jay Crosby Award for medium size alumni chapters.
The current Guide Right Program Kappa Instructional leadership League evolved under former Polemarch Anthony O. Walters, Sr. at the Y on Granby Street, Azalea Garden Middle School and currently at Booker T. Washington High School. It was led by John J. P. Paige, and the Kappa League was coordinated by Hughes Valmond.
In 2018, Dr. Juan M. Alexander, Executive Director of Admission Norfolk State University was appointed the Chapter’s Right Director, and Mr. Hughes Valmond continued as the Kappa Instructional Leadership League coordinator.
The Chapter Polemarch, Mr. Keith Chapman, has increased the Chapter’s commitment to Guide Right with increased finances and manpower to provide a comprehensive approach to mentoring the 23 young men currently in the Kappa Instructional leadership League. The Kappa Instructional Leadership League focuses on discipline, assurances, awareness, appearance, academics, career choice/advancement, religion, the arts, physical fitness, and leadership development.
Eighteen young men were initiated into the Kappa Instructional Leadership League Saturday December 1, 2018, at the Murray Center on Brambleton Avenue in Norfolk. They were Darnell Pelzer, James White, Corey Chapman, Alden Logan, Nevin Good, Jordan Council, Vctor Goode, Eric Brazell, Giovanni Harris, Chris Atkins, Juan Alexander, Jr., Anthony Walters, Jr., Jamaris Council, Tre Harper, Alprentice Dunn, Roderick Clark, Tremaune Cuffee, and Deshawn Cobb. Active Kappa Leaguers Dion Gaston, Sinsear Brooks, Ashard Vincent, Deshawn Bulcher, and Ronnie Whitehurst assisted in the induction of the 18 new Kappa Leaguers.
The Chapter Polemarch, Mr. Keith Chapman, welcomed parents, teachers, and relatives to the induction ceremony. He also provided an overview of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s Guide Right Program and congratulated the inductees. Mr. Hughes Valmond, coordinator of the Kappa Instructional Leadership League introduced each inductee and the four existing Kappa Leaguers assisted by presenting each inductee with certificate of membership and crimson blazer with the embodied Kappa League symbol.
After the presentation of the membership certificates and blazers, Mr. John J. P. Paige, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Eastern Province Region Five Guide Right Director, commented on the success of the Guide Right Program under the leadership of Dr. Juan Alexander, citing the good things that these young men have accomplished that go unnoticed so often by the media and community. One of the parents, Mr. Victor Goode, who was a Kappa Leaguer from 1991-1994, noted the importance of the program in guiding him, and noted the two of his sons, Victor Goode, Jr. and Nevin were inducted today into the Kappa league.
A reception was held for the parents, teachers, and relatives following the induction ceremony. Other members of the Chapter in attendance included: Kevin G. Edwards, II, Jerry Abbey, Chapter Reporter, Anthony Smith, Omar McDonald, Rashaun Chambers, Tony Wright, Frederick Clottery, Dominic Corprew, Sterling White, Ray Love, Dr. George F. Reed, Keith Chapman, Jr. and Kamron Blue. Davida Chapman, president, Norfolk (VA) Alumni Chapter Silhouette Corp, and former Silhouette president Tosha Walters also attended the ceremony.