Teen Voter Education Forum takes home top honor.

MACON (Nov. 18, 2017) — Pi Gamma Lambda won Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s “Alumni Voter Registration Award” during the fraternity’s 62nd Georgia District Convention.

The win came just weeks after the chapter, seated in Morrow, Ga., hosted an interactive forum for teens to learn about the various branches of government as well as the voting process. The Nov. 4 “Teen Voter Education Forum,” held at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, drew hundreds of teenagers, elected officials and community stakeholders.

Voter education and registration have been priorities for the fraternity for decades. “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” was initiated as one of Alpha’s national programs during the 1930s when many African-Americans had the right to vote but were prevented from doing so because of poll taxes, threats of reprisal and lack of education about the voting process.

During the event, mock elections were held, sample ballots were cast and eligible teens registered to vote

The forum was the result of a collaboration between Pi Gamma Lambda, Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton Gregory, the Clayton County NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sigma Omega Zeta Chapter and other community organizations.

“It looks like we have started something that we hope can continue to get even bigger and better as the years go by,” said Bro. Thomas Walters, a charter member of Pi Gamma Lambda and a key organizer of the forum.