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FIRST VICE PRESIDENTS
J. H. Hilburn
J. H. Hilburn graduated from Lincoln and
Michigan Universities. He later worked as a
pharmacist and proprietor of Hilburn’s Pharmacy.
Brother Hilburn is a member of the Delta Lambda
Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha (Baltimore, Maryland).
He was chairman of the Meeting Place Committee
and the Committee for the Extension for the
Fifteenth Annual Convention. He was also on the
Committee of Reorganization. Brother Hilburn was
present when the Delta Lambda Chapter organized
on 23 May 1919. As president of Delta Lambda
Chapter, he called the Fourteenth Annual
Convention to order on 27 December 1921 in
Baltimore, Maryland. Brother Hilburn was elected
First General Vice President in 1922 at the
Fourteenth Annual Convention. Additionally, he
served as sergeant-at-arms of the chapter. He was
also present at the Fifteenth Annual Convention.
Brother Hilburn was made parliamentarian
at the Nineteenth Annual Convention, where he
also served on the Executive Council. An
undergraduate chapter, Beta Alpha, was established
at Morgan College in Baltimore under his guidance.
He was chosen as a delegate for the Inter-Fraternity
Council and the Columbus Convention. Brother
Hilburn was one of the members behind the “Go-
to-High-School, Go-to-College” movement.
Brother Hilburn married a teacher, Susie,
who worked at Baltimore’s City Recreation. He had
two daughters: Irma, a nurse’s helper Project, and
Alma, a house worker for a private family.
Raymond Pace Alexander
Raymond Pace Alexander was born on 19
October 1898 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He
graduated from Philadelphia’s Central High School
as valedictorian in 1917. He earned a scholarship to
the University of Pennsylvania. In 1920, he
graduated from Penn’s Wharton School of Finance
and Commerce, third in his class with honors. He
was the first black graduate of the Wharton School
of Business. He then worked as a tutor in the
Department of Economics from 1920 to 1921.
In addition to founding Philadelphia’s
premier back law firm, he also served as president
of the National Bar Association in 1933 and on
Philadelphia’s City Council from 1951 to 1958.
Additionally, he was associate counsel for the
N.A.A.C.P., playing a role in a number of high
profile cases. His work helped end de jure
segregation in Philadelphia public schools in the
1930s. In 1924, he was the plaintiff in a case against
the Chestnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia when he
was excluded from a showing of The Ten
Commandments. He took the owners of the theatre to
court and they pledged never to discriminate again.
After a successful legal career, Brother Alexander
was the first black judge appointed to the Court of
Common Pleas Pennsylvania in 1959.
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