Brother Dr. LaMont Theolonus B. Taylor
"Every individual’s responsibility in life is to benefit another individual. For no matter how small
the deed, or how large it has some impact on another individual’s life."
Brother Dr. LaMont Theolonus Brown Taylor was born January 12, 1972 at Cook CountyHospital in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout Brother Taylor’s childhood, he was faced withmany difficulties. Among some of the things that he was faced with were financialmisfortunes, violence, and other unfortunate shortcomings growing up in the city of Chicago.
As a child, many told Brother Taylor that he was very mature for his age. During the period of grade school, he began to question things that he thought was not right or fair.The birth of leadership was exemplified in the 7th grade. Brother Taylor had ideas to improve the social conditions of students and the faculty of the school. Brother Taylor further developed his leadership potential by running for freshmen and sophomore Vice President of James H. Bowen High School. His philosophy and campaign during this period was, “Its time for a change, a change for the better.”With this theme, Brother Taylor won the election and went on to represent James H.Bowen in the District #33 Student Council, where he expresses a big concern for peer counseling and became the chairmen of the board. Brother Taylor transferred to Chicago Vocational High School (CVS), where he graduated and received his diploma in Business/Accounting in 1990.
Later, Brother Taylor attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC). It was at this moment where the founders met; in a fraternal service organization called Alpha Phi Omega. Through Alpha Phi Omega, Brother Taylor reaffirmed his purpose to serving the community. Brother Taylor met another individual with similar interests during the time of his service with Alpha Phi Omega. This individual was a leader, who was strong in decision, firm in character and racial in his beliefs. This person was Brother Marvin Vinson Randolph. It was these individuals who saw the need for community and service to work hand and hand using the principles of “Community Development.”
Brother Taylor’s belief is that “every individual’s purpose in life is to benefit another individual; for no matter how small the deed or how large, it has a specific impact on another individual’s life.” On August 22, 1994 at 8:50 P.M. the founders pledged to build a positive standard of mankind; provide service to all humanity; to uphold the laws and principles of brotherhood and to preserve and help humanity by continuing to exemplify leadership.
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 improve the communities. Brother Randolph excelled in all of his courses and remained on the honor roll throughout his four years in high school. Among some of the extracurricular activities 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), he became a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. It was here, where he 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 which were 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 society through the widespread concept of community development.
Brother Randolph’s idea of community development involved working with the community and becoming a part of the community for the sole purpose of owning the problem, 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 felt needs, self-help, and participation. These concepts and many others assist in the building structure for community empowerment, as well as, self-empowerment. Brother Randolph believes that one can achieve these principles through the concept of Phi Rho Eta Fraternity Inc.’s principles Pride, Respect, and Excellence.