The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity convention could add nearly two-million dollars to the city of Jackson’s economy.
Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom marched in and pumped up the crowd at the start of the 88th Southern Regional Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
More than 1400 registered members are expected at the conference and
Charles Hardy is one of them.
Charles is visiting from Greenville and says he comes to the convention to learn new ideas with the goal of making the world a better place.
Alpha Phi Alpha Member Charles Hardy says, “We have a lot of brotherly contacts, we just have a wonderful time being together. We’re gearing up to try to do things in our communities… in our different states and that’s what we’re all about…we’re all about service to mankind. “
According to Floyd Williams Jr., the convention is estimated to bring in $1.6m for the Jackson economy.
Williams is the Director of Conventions for Visit Jackson. He is in charge of media relations with this southern region of Alpha Phi Alpha.
“Dr. Martin Luther King is one of our former members of the fraternity. And the fraternity has a holistic approach to serving the community, especially our young brothers of African-American descent. I encourage them to go to high school go to college.”
The convention started on Thursday and it will come to an end on Sunday.