Brother Marvin Vinson Randolph

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Discoverers of PHIRE…
Brother Marvin Vinson Randolph

When one can own the problem, then and only then can a potential solution be entertained.
Brother Marvin Vinson Randolph was born September 19, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois. Heis the third oldest of five, one of two twins. Brother Randolph was an optimistic youngman with dreams of changing the existing community to a more than just a community.Brother Randolph wanted the community to take an active part in its development.
Throughout grammar school, Brother Randolph saw gangs, prostitution, the sell and use of drugs, and the killing of youth, both on school grounds and within the community.Brother Randolph felt a sense of compassion for the community as being a part of him and that the problems within the community are not just the problems concerning the victims and the people who commit the crime, but they are also his problem. As a resultof the devastation that was going on in the communities, he wanted to work in the communities to better the communities. Brother Randolph wanted to make the communities better to live in by teaching people to help themselves and giving them asense of empowerment.
When Brother Randolph was in high school, he thought about how he could help improvet he communities. Brother Randolph excelled in all of his courses and remained on thehonor roll throughout his four years in high school. Among some of the extracurricularactivities he excelled in were band and swimming, where he exemplified leadership by maintaining the captain position of the swim team for two years.
When he entered college at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC), hebecame a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. It was here, wherehe united and helped to form a strong bond within the brotherhood of Phi Rho Eta Fraternity, Inc. It was at this time, where the conceptual idea and implementation of Phi Rho Eta Fraternity, Inc. came into existence. The common beliefs and principles whichwere engraved in the founders manifested into the creation of Phi Rho Eta Fraternity, Inc.The idea was to create and build a “standard of manhood” for men in today’s societythrough the widespread concept of community development.
Brother Randolph’s idea of community development involved working with thecommunity and becoming a part of the community for the sole purpose of owning theproblem, which is the first step in improving the existing conditions of a community.Once a part of the community, one can implement concepts and principles such as feltneeds, self-help, and participation. These concepts and many others assist in the buildingstructure for community empowerment, as well as, self-empowerment. BrotherRandolph believes that one can achieve these principles through the concept of Phi Rho Eta Fraternity Inc.’s principles Pride, Respect, and Excellence.


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