Early in 1984, brothers of Alpha most of whom had recently moved into the Fredericksburg area began to meet regularly [Brothers George Miller, Russell Waller, Chavis Reid, Eric Henderson, Sansberry Harvey, Timothy Smith, and Sidney Hankerson should credited for initiating these meetings].
At first, these meetings were informal--primarily opportunities to share in the Brotherhood that is Alpha. But, as the number of brothers involved grew, so did the desire to form a local chapter. On 24 May 1984 (at the home of Brother Sansberry Harvey), Brother Russell Waller moved (with a second from Brother Timothy Smith) that a formal interest group be formed for the purpose of establishing an Alumni chapter. This motion passed.
One month later, on 28 June 1984, at a meeting held at the home of Brother Sidney Hankerson, The Rappahannock Areas Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was born when the interest group voted (with motion from Brother Hankerson and second from Brother Reid) to select this as its name.
Founding of Omicron Alpha Lambda
From June through September, the Brothers continued to meet and prepare for chapter establishment. On 25 October 1984, the Brothers officially petitioned the General Organization for the establishment of an alumni chapter in Fredericksburg. The names of sixteen (16) brothers were included in the petition. They were: