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Ten years ago (August 4, 2001), I became a Fellowman of Groove Phi Groove, S.F.I.
For those of you still in the dark, Groove Phi Groove is one of the largest non-Greek fraternal organizations in the country. The organization started in October of 1962, and since then thousands and thousands of college men have become Groove Fellowmen. It’s a unique fellowship founded on principles of brotherhood, wisdom, and community with a mission to promote social fellowship, academic achievement, ethical standards, and unity among undergraduate and graduate college men.
What I like most about the fellowship is that Groove fellowmen live their lives in ways that are nothing but truly positive. We make a pledge to support academic excellence and to promote positive images of Black men, while remaining closely tied to our history as Black men in this country. This was embodied flawlessly in my DP (Dean of Pledges) Jon “Skeeter” Weber. Skeeter was one of the strongest and wisest Grooves ever. He became a Groove back in 1977 at Tuskegee, and when he passed away, he left a large hole in the Los Angeles Graduate Chapter that can never be filled.
There’s nothing like being a Groove. Looking back on these ten years , if I could go back and do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.