The Psi Lambda Alumni Chapter and the Eta Phi (UTC) Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated will serve as the host chapters for the fraternity's 2014 annual Southern Regional Convention.
The convention, which runs from March 20-23, is expected to bring nearly 2000 people from seven states to the Scenic City.
The Chattanooga Area Visitor and Convention Bureau expects that the convention will generate a local economic impact of about $793,000.
“We look forward to welcoming the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Southern Regional Conference back to Chattanooga later this month," said Bob Doak, president of the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau. "It has been over 20 years since this group last met in Chattanooga and we know they will appreciate all the advancements and improvements our city has made.”
Below is a list of public events for the convention and a brief synopsis. Most of the events will take place at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center.
Friday, March 21
Public Forum on Chattanooga Violence Reduction Initiative (Mediated by Paul Smith, city of Chattanooga public safety coordinator): 7 p.m.
In an effort to fight crime in the city of Chattanooga, Alpha Phi Alpha is taking a stand, raising awareness about the issue and hoping to be a part of the solution. Mr. Smith will moderate the forum. Mr. Smith is the city’s public safety coordinator and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Step Show: 9:30 p.m.
There will be a step-show taking place at the Trade center. It’s a competition among the best step teams in the southern region representing Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc.
Saturday, March 22
Go To High School Go To College Program: 8 a.m.-noon
This program is hosted by GE for 50 middle school and high school students from Chattanooga. The purpose is to educate the local youth about the importance of education and appearance.
Free Health Fair: 8 a.m.-noon
This event is being sponsored by the fraternity to promote reclaiming health. Screenings will include blood pressure, stress massages, sickle trait identification, and more.
Belford V. Lawson Esq. Oratorical Speech Luncheon: noon-2:30 p.m.
This event will take place on Saturday immediately following the Health Fair. Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha will compete in an oratorical contest on a chosen topic.
Miss Black and Gold Pageant: 8:30-10:30 p.m.
The southern regional Miss Black and Gold Pageant begins at 8:30 p.m. This event will not only display the beauty of seven contestants from seven states, but also their intellect, poise and talent.