In the spring of 2008, two of Alpha Phi Alpha’s brightest Mississippi collegians lives were exterminated by a senseless and tragic act of drunk driving. This story has an unexpected twist to an all too often occurrence of reports involving fraternities and the loss of life as a result of alcohol abuse. These Brothers were not intoxicated; they were killed by a drunk driver.
The Mississippi Alpha Network Leadership Team obtained permission from the victims’ families to implement The Cannon/Dozier Project (CDP). The goal of this project is simple: Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and supporters alike vowed that their loss of life will not be in vain. We will educate college students on the dangers of alcohol abuse, especially driving under the influence of alcohol and “SAVE LIVES”!
On February 7, 2009 at the District Conference, the Mississippi Alpha Network with families of these two Brothers by our sides, announced the Cannon/Dozier Project: An ongoing alcohol education and awareness campaign. Southern Region Brother Everett Ward and Assistant RVP Tristan Allen announced the support and adoption of the project for the Southern Region.
This project is now an “Alpha Week” mandate. All college chapter advisors are mandated to include CDP as a community service to its campus.