About Xi Alpha Lambda

History of the Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter

Xi Alpha Lambda (XAL) Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is located in the Prince William County area of Virginia. For more than 30 years, XAL has grown to be the largest chapter in the state, the largest chapter in the Eastern Region and the third largest chapter in Alpha.

The impetus for chartering XAL began in the late summer of 1980 when Brother Needham Kelly, Jr. and Brother Randall Palmer, III met to discuss the ideas of a new Alpha Phi Alpha chapter to serve brothers in the Prince William and Southern Fairfax Counties. After a formidable amount of research and discussion, a consensus began to arise and later that year, Brothers Kelly and Palmer met with Brother Ulysses X. White to discuss an active group that was focused on doing work in the community. Brothers Otto Williams and Otis Cox expressed the same interest and quickly expanded the search for new brothers in the Northern Virginia area.

Several months later following an interest group meeting which was held at Blue Bird Supper Club in Triangle, Va., 15 brothers voiced their support for the idea of forming a new graduate chapter. The idea became a reality and on May 31, 1981, Xi Alpha Lambda was chartered.

The first chapter banquet was held at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club, which was also the location for the chapter’s monthly meetings. The meeting location has since been moved, and XAL currently meets at South County Middle School in Lorton, Va.

The men of XAL consists mostly of active and retired military officers, government civilians, educators, and businessmen, and are leaders in the community who are constantly striving to project the positive image of Alpha men as Servants of All. The brothers of XAL have formed partnerships and actively participate in various community outreach programs throughout the Northern Virginia area. Some of the programs include the Alpha Academy mentorship program, the sponsoring of the Boy Scouts Troop #1906, Hopkins House ‘Make a Difference Day,’ Thanksgiving Day Homeless Shelter Feeding, Adopt-a-Highway, March of Dimes March for Babies, and a myriad of additional projects and events.

More than 20 years ago, Xi Alpha Lambda created the Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc. (IDSEF) a 501 (c)(3)  nonprofit corporation founded in honor of our late charter Brother Ira Dorsey for the sole purpose of raising money for charitable and educational purposes. This organization is committed to providing one-time cash scholarships to prospective college students who meet certain academic and extracurricular criteria. Over the years, IDSEF has provided financial assistance scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 to more than 100 young men and women from throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and the greater metropolitan Washington D.C. area.

The brothers of XAL are continually at work in ongoing efforts to hold the Light of Alpha high in every aspect of life. XAL membership has consistently included brothers who serve at the National, Regional, and State level in various offices servicing the fraternity. As a chapter we have amassed several awards and achievements at all levels of the fraternity including Eastern Region and VACAPAF Chapter of the Year along with receiving recognition from local organizations for our contributions. We are a proud brotherhood and chapter with rich roots in service and scholarship and an ongoing legacy of excellence.

  • Bro. Otis G. Cox, Jr.
    Bro. Robert L. Dinkins
    Bro. Ira Dorsey
    Bro. Howard W. Gholson
    Bro. Arthur Gipson
    Bro. Clarence M. Griffin
    Bro. John Harper, Jr.
    Bro. Raymond C. Haston, Jr.

  • Bro. Edward Honor
    Bro. Clifton Houston
    Bro. Samuel A. Howell, Sr.
    Bro. Samuel Hurst, Sr.
    Bro. Avery J. Jackson
    Bro. Chester F. Johnson
    Bro. Paul L. Jones, Jr.
    Bro. Horace E. Jordan
    Bro. Needham N. Kelly, Jr.

  • Bro. Johnnie Lawton, Jr.
    Bro. Sylvester H. Lipscomb
    Bro. Abraham T. Logan
    Bro. Clifton V. Longshaw, Jr.
    Bro. David A. Madison, III
    Bro. Stephen M. Madison
    Bro. James McCall
    Bro. Randall P. Palmer, III

  • Bro. Glenn L. Shannon
    Bro. Sylvester L. Shannon
    Bro. Lamar N. Stroud
    Bro. Freddie L. Smith
    Bro. Roscoe A. Swann, Jr.
    Bro. Ulysses X. White
    Bro. Otto Williams
    Bro. Charles Young
    Bro. Ryan S. Yuille

  • 1981 – 1983 – Bro. Randall Palmer

    1983 – 1985 – Bro. Ira Dorsey

    1985 – 1987 – Bro. Otto Williams

    1987 – 1989 – Bro. Roland Fletcher

    1989 – 1990 – Bro. George Weaver

    1990 – 1992 – Bro. Beverly Scott

    1992 – 1994 – Bro. Will Griffith

    1994 – 1996 – Bro. Larry Henderson

    1996 – 1998 – Bro. Earl Richmond

  • 1998 – 2000 – Bro. Harry Lumpkin

    2000 – 2002 – Bro. Alvin Phillips

    2002 – 2004 – Bro. Richard Clemmons

    2004 – 2006 – Bro. William O. Wade, III

    2006 – 2008 – Bro. Joseph Ward

    2008 – 2010 – Bro. E. Christopher Washington

    2010 – 2012 – Bro. Clifford Wilborn

    2012 – 2014 – Bro. Floyd Jones

    2014 – 2016 – Bro. Darryl Sharp, Sr.

    2016 – 2018 – Bro. Jeff Dunn

  • 2018 – 2020 – Bro. Melvin E. Cloud

  • Eastern Region Chapter of the Year




  • VACAPAF Chapter of the Year










  • VACAPAF Patriarch of the Year

    2015 Bro. Darryl Sharp, Sr.

  • Xi Alpha Lambda Brother of the Year

    2006-2007 Bro. Richmond Hill

    2007-2008 Bro. Charles Johnson

    2010-2011 Bro. Gerald Jackson III

    2011-2012 Bro. Reggie Banks

    2012-2013 Bro. Darryl Sharp, Sr.

    2013-2014 Bro. Maurice Lane

    2014-2015 Bro. Desmond Rice

    2015-2016 Bro. Jason Calhoun

    2016-2017 Bro. Jason Calhoun

    2017-2018 Bro. Gerald Gladney

    2018-2019 Bro. Anthony Walker

    2019-2020 Bro. Jamere Morrow

    2020-2021 Bro. Jermaine Williams

  • Eastern Region Alumni Brother of the Year

    2012 Bro. Michael Files

    2014 Bro. Darryl Sharp, Sr.

    2018 Bro. Jason Calhoun

  • VACAPAF Alumni Brother of the Year

    2012 Bro. Michael Files

    2014 Bro. Darryl Sharp, Sr.

    2018 Bro. Jason Calhoun

  • VACAPAF Military Brother of the Year

    2018 Bro. Michael Files

  • Origins of Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter

    In the late summer of 1980, the idea of establishing an Alpha Phi Alpha chapter that would be directed towards serving the communities of Prince William and Southern Fairfax Counties took momentum. It was on May 31, 1981, that 34 brothers chartered Xi Alpha Lambda (XAL) in Prince William County, VA as Key Number #590. The men of XAL Chapter consists mostly of active and retired military officers, government civilians and businessmen. We are leaders in the community who are constantly striving to project the positive image of Alpha men as Servants of All.
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