Michael D. Page, former chair of the Durham County Board of Commissioners, was honored by Past Polemarchs and current Polemarch of the Durham (NC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. They were celebrating with Page on a job well done after he served on the Durham County Board of Commissioners for 8 years.
Michael Delano Page is a native of Roseland, Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, majoring in Public Administration. In May, 2000 he was awarded the Master of Divinity Degree from Shaw University in Raleigh and the Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in September, 2011. Page currently serves as Senior Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Durham.
Page’s community and civic affiliations are extensive, however he was elected to the Durham Board of Education in May 2000 and was also elected as the first black chairman of the newly merged Durham Board of Education. He serves on the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and the Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Steering Committee.
Page received the Chancellor’s Merit Award during the 2003 Founders Day Celebration at North Carolina Central University and was recognized as Tarheel of the Week by the Raleigh News and Observer. He was recognized and selected as 2004 Citizen of the Year by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity for the local, regional and national level. Page was named Spectacular Magazine 2013 Man of the Year in the Community Service category.He was distinguished with the honor of being selected 2014 Kappa Man of the Year for the Durham Alumni Chapter and the Middle Eastern Province Region.
He also serves as the Director of Campus Ministries at North Carolina Central University where he is advisor to the several student ministries. Page is the founder of Antioch Builds Community, Inc. a non-profit created and developed to improve the quality of life in the Durham community. He is married to the former Deborah Gyant.
PICTURED ABOVE: L-R: Willie F. Boyd, Fred Black, Mark Melton, John W. Perry, Michael D. Page, Harry Leak, Lascel A. Webley, Jr., Renaldo Dorsey and current Polemarch Bryon Turner.
Kappa Alpha Psi was founded in 1911 on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The fraternity is the second African American fraternity incorporated as a national organization. Elder Watson Diggs and nine other African American students at Indiana University embraced a mutual vision to form a fraternity.
Durham Alumni Chapter was founded 10 years later as the first graduate fraternity in the city of Durham. The fraternity is committed to helping African American youth fulfill their potential as productive men.
Since its inception, it has trained more than 150,000 men, particularly undergraduates, for leadership roles in their communities and the attainment of a high degree of excellence in their academic pursuits. There are over 700 undergraduate and alumni chapters on college campuses and in major cities throughout the world. Kappa Chapters exist in Germany, South Africa and Korea. The International Headquarters is in Philadelphia.
Kappa has undergraduate chapters at Duke, NCCU and UNC. Dr. James E. Shepard, founder and first president of NCCU, was a member of the Durham Alumni Chapter.
Some nationally known members of Durham Alumni are: A. Moore Shearing, past grand polemarch and founder of the North Carolina Mutual Provident Association, the forerunner of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, and southeastern province polemarch; James T. Hawkins, past senior grand vice-polemarch and local business leader ; James “Babe” Henderson, past grand board of directors member, past grand keeper of records and exchequers, and laurel wreath laureate (highest award presented by the fraternity and past financial vice president of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company; J. M. Hubbard, past southeastern province polemarch; Charles Clinton Spaulding, past president of North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company and laurel wreath laureate; Frank G. Burnett, past middle eastern province polemarch; Conrad Pearson, civil rights pioneer and director of Region 3 (province polemarch); John L. Stewart, recipient of Journalistic Award at the 58th Grand Chapter Meeting in Miami; Lenzie G. Barnes, Elder Watson Diggs Award (second highest award presented by the fraternity); Randal M. Rogers, past middle eastern province polemarch; Joseph King Davis, Jr. past middle eastern province polemarch: late Ronald O. Rohadfox, CEO of Construction Control Services; and Charles Johnson, past president of the National Black Medical Association and Bert Collins, past president of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company.