In 1987, the Inter Collegiate Council was created to promote camaraderie and Brotherhood between the college and alumni Brothers in metropolitan Detroit.
In the 1990’s, Gamma Lambda experienced a significant increase in membership and continue to be one of the largest chapters in Alpha. “34 – The Sacred sum of S.E.V.E.N.” became the chapter’s largest line in December of 1995. Gamma Lambda hosted the 85th General Convention in August 2003, which had the largest attendance of registered Brothers in Alpha history.
In recent history, the Chapter’s Project Alpha in conjunction with the Alpha Esquires has worked with over 300 youth in the Detroit area including current commitments to local young men in the 9th grade. Platforms of male responsibility include sexual abstinence, personal hygiene and excellence in academic performance. The Education Foundation has awarded over $80,000 to worthy scholarship recipients.
The Brothers of Gamma Lambda continue to co-sponsor the area’s Meals on Wheels program, delivering hundreds of meals to Detroit citizens during the holidays. After a devastating fire at a local church, the Alpha House became the distribution center for the event.
Gamma Lambda’s current working relations with other local Greek organizations as well as the local undergraduate Alpha chapters in the Detroit area have improved exponentially in the chapter’s recent history. Chapter Brother Alex Johnson currently serves as president of the local Detroit chapter of the Pan Hellenic Council.
There have been numerous renovations to the Historic Alpha House, championed by Bro. Past President William J. Lyons, IV during the administration of Past President George Wayne Watkins. Updates include a new basement, “the Gold Room”, commercial kitchen and bar, renovated landscaping, new windows and a dramatic two-story stair case leading to a new rear porch and “Jewel Park.” Most recently, the technology in the house has been modernized, the roof was replaced, and the electrical work throughout the house was updated. The house is truly a “jewel“ in Alphadom.
In May 2007, the Gamma Lambda Community Development Corporation was established. This organization is a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established under the guidance of Past Presidents Bro. Alonzo F. Terry, Jr., William J. Lyons, IV and Dr. Richard T. James, Jr. This non profit was tasked with creating programs that educate and enhance the lives of urban, at-risk males. Corporation programs assist urban males in their educational and social endeavors. It is through these programs that Gamma Lambda Community Development Corporation aims to strengthen at-risk families and prevent the generational cycle of poverty, teen pregnancy and educational stagnation. The vision of Gamma Lambda Community Development Corporation is to develop and sustain efforts and services that encourage strong, healthy and self-sustaining families and supportive communities.
Notable Brothers of Gamma Lambda Chapter, include:
- Bro. Dennis Archer Sr., former Mayor of Detroit and former President of the American Bar Association.
- Bro. William Pickard, entrepreneur
- Bro. Mark S. Tillman, 34th General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Bro. Craig Strong, Judge, 3rd Judicial Court
- Late Bro. Myron Wahls Sr., Federal Judge
- Late Bro. Damon Keith, Federal Judge
- Bro. Adam Hollier, Michigan State Senator
- Bro. James Tate – Detroit City Council Member
- Bro. Scott Benson, Detroit City Council Member
- Bro. Reginald Turner, President of the American Bar Association
Gamma Lambda was the host alumni chapter of the Midwestern Region’s Centennial Anniversary Convention for 2006 as well as the host chapter for the 2006 40th Anniversary of the Super Bowl in Detroit. In 2015, at the 93rd General Convention in Charlotte, NC, the Gamma Lambda Chapter was named the Alumni Chapter of the Year.
The year 2019 marked an important milestone for the Gamma Lambda Chapter. The chapter celebrated one hundred years of service and advocacy to the Detroit Community. The Centennial Celebration Gala was held on October 19, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center. More than eight hundred brothers and guests were in attendance. The formal conversion of the Alpha House attic into the Gamma Lambda Chapter Museum was unveiled during the centennial weekend. The attic was repainted, and display cases were added to showcase awards, artifacts, documents, photos, and memorabilia acquired over the first one hundred years of the chapter.
We are proud of our organization’s history and truly excited about the future, the true Spirit of Alpha is alive and well at Gamma Lambda Chapter.