The Beautillion


 
The Beautillion and Beau Recognition event was launched in 1983. It is a scholarship and charity fund-raiser featuring recognition for excellence and scholarship awards. The evening of celebration marks the climax of a series of educational seminars social and cultural events for local college-bound males. This event serves as a "Rites of Passage" for participants who have completed the innovative and intensive Alpha Lite Education program.

More than 200 young men chosen for their academic accomplishments and leadership potential have participated in the Beautillion. There is a 98% success rate of those young men entering college and attaining their career goals. Over the period, the event has outgrown four banquet facilities and is currently viewed by an audience of more than 1600 people along with 700 additional contributors to both the souvenir program and the annual scholarship fund. The Mu Mu Lambda Education Foundation has contributed to numerous area and national charities.

OBJECTIVE: The Members of Mu Mu Lambda Chapter and its Education Foundation are committed to the service to mankind, knowledge, the promotion of scholarship, achievement, and the nurturing of young minority males.

The following is an excerpt from the an article in the 85th anniversary THE SPHINX magazine written by Brothers Roderick W. Pugh, Jadonal E. Ford*, and Roy A. Jones, Jr.

"The Beautillion is an annual African-American "rite of passage" and self-esteem reinforcing a gala event in late spring that celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating and college-bound Beau Ideals. The honorary hosts of the evening are high school juniors who look forward to being Beau Ideals the following year. Most participants are products of the Alpha Lite Program. Preparations amount to a nine-month tour de force emphazaing values, goal-setting, African-American culture, personal presentation, grooming, decorum, and acceptable dating practices. Beyond the choreography, the truly magic moments of the Beautillion banquet and ceremonies are: fathers place the mantle of African-American manhood on the shoulders of their sons; Alpha Brothers in African or formal attire encircle the "new men" and anoint them with the Alpha Hymn; Mr. Beautillion is crowned by the previous Mr. Beautillion who has returned to address the audience after completing his first year of college; and finally, the scholarships are announced."
*Omega Chapter

The 30th General President Adrian Wallace, in his PRESIDENT'S LETTER in THE SPHINX magazine, is quoted as stating :

"... the annual Beautillion is one of the most elegant presentations to be seen anywhere, which showcases the best of our young African-American males. The program rivals productions on the Broadway stage. It must be seen in person for one to fully appreciate its meaning."