Groove Phi Groove Celebrates 50th

Barrington M. Salmon | 10/10/2012, 11:08 a.m.

Hampton said the organization incorporated in 1962 and took on a line of 25 young men. Soon the organization spread and was chartered at schools including North Carolina A&T, Delaware State, South Carolina State, Cheyney and Lincoln universities. It has 40,000 members.

"We were in black schools in southern states but we had a lot of people in New York and New Haven, Conn., too," said Hampton. "We were very powerful at Cheyney and Lincoln."

The conclave will be held Oct. 10-14 at the Baltimore Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. Groove member, Vernon "Earl the Pearl" Monroe, will be the guest speaker during the Founders Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 12:30 p.m. Monroe, an NBA Hall of Famer, played for the Baltimore Bullets, now the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks. Hampton said activities include a golf tournament; a prayer breakfast; boat ride; church service; and a Black and White Ball.

"This is a historic moment in the annals of our organization, and to celebrate it with our founders makes it even more so," said Henderson. "We are fortunate to be able to honor and interact with [them]. The strength and commitment of these 14 men are a result of who we are today."