Bert Andrew Rose
Bert Andrew Rose was born in
Mechanicsburg, Ohio. While he lived there with his
parents, Charles and Mary Rose, he attended the
public schools for his early education. General
President Rose went on to earn his M.D. from
Howard University in 1912 and received an
honorary M.S. degree from Wilberforce in 1922 for
achievements in the science department. After
completing an internship at Freedman’s Hospital in
Washington, D.C., he returned to Dayton, Ohio, to
practice medicine. General President Rose married
Mrs. Letitia Rose and they had a daughter named
General President Rose joined the Theta
Lambda Chapter in Dayton, Ohio, on 23 December
1921. He served as Second Vice President during
the final year of the Cannon administration.
Immediately thereafter, General President Rose
served as General President from 1928 to 1931.
After his tenure as General President, General
President Rose served as a lay member of the
Fraternity’s Executive Council. He was also
appointed to the 1933 Committee on Public Policy.
He held memberships in the N.A.A.C.P.,
Y.M.C.A., the National Medical Associations, and
Sigma Pi Phi (Sigma Boule). General President Rose
also organized and served as president of the
Buckeye State Medical Association.
General President Rose entered Omega
Chapter on 21 October 1953 in Dayton, Ohio.
Charles Harris Wesley
Charles H. Wesley was born on 2 December
1891 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Charles and
Matilda Wesley. General President Wesley attended
independent schools affiliated with the Presbyterian
Church for his early education and went on to
graduate from Louisville Central High School.
At age fifteen, General President Wesley
entered Fisk College Preparatory School and later
earned his B.A. in classics in 1911 from Fisk
University. In 1913, he received his M.A. in history
and economics from Yale University. After studying
at Yale, he attended Guilde Internationale in Paris,
France, where he studied French literature and
history. General President Wesley pursued his
Ph.D. in history at Harvard University, which he
completed in 1925. He was only the third African
American in the United States to earn a doctorate in
history from Harvard University. His thesis, A
History of Negro Labor in the United States, 1850-1923:
A Study in Economic History, was published by
Vanguard Press of New York in 1927. His other
works include: The Collapse of the Confederacy, Negro
History in the School Curriculum, A Seat of Negro
Learning, and The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A
Development in Negro College Life. Following his Ph.D.
work, General President Wesley then worked at
Howard University as a faculty member in the
history and modern languages department. General
President Wesley was the first African American to
receive a Guggenheim Fellowship when he received
it in 1930 and 1931. He also received honorary
degrees from the University of Columbia, South
Carolina, Allen Virginia State University, Morris
Brown College, Morgan State College, and
Tuskegee University. He served as President of
both Wilberforce and Central State Universities, but
retired from the latter in 1965. Furthermore,
General President Wesley served as an ordained
minister for the African Methodist Church from
1914 through 1937.
General President Wesley first joined the
Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at Yale University
on 29 March 1913. He initiated the Alpha Phi
Alpha Foundation, whose mission was
characterized by the slogan “Education for
Citizenship.” The Foundation was an expansion of
the Fraternity’s educational campaign and would
lead to the Fraternity’s “A Voteless People is a
Hopeless People” initiative. General President
Wesley was recognized for authoring the
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