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Christophe named as 2015 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

posted Dec 24, 2014, 1:12 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Feb 11, 2015, 4:59 AM ]

Cleveland A. Christophe has served as a great role model to Upstate Entrepreneurs

Greenville, South Carolina - Gamma Gamma Lambda and Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation have announced their 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizenship Award winnerCleveland A. Christophe of Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. Christophe will receive the award at the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Gala on January 11th at 3 PM. 


Cleveland A. Christophe has been selected as 
the 2015 MLK Citizenship Award Winner

As an accomplished leader and entrepreneur of more than 40 years, this year's winner, Cleveland A. Christophe, has been a great example for our youth. In 2006, he was selected as a National BusinessMaker by HistoryMakers, a national program that records successful African American stories. 

Since moving to Greenville in 2008, Mr. Christophe has wasted no time in creating a tremendous involvement with Minority Economic Recruitment in Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina. Mr. Christophe has served on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board and Greenville Chamber of Commerce Diversity Committee, which led to the establishment of Greenville's Diversity and Inclusion initiative. That initiative has inspired many to pursue economic empowerment through the creation of their own businesses. 

His efforts have extended beyond the Upstate Community to the Medical University of South Carolina through a sponsored program for minority high school students interested in entrepreneurship and technology. Mr. Christophe currently serves on the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Board of Directors. He has served as a mentor to many local minority business individuals, entrepreneurs and students. 

Presently, Mr. Christophe is a member of Thornblade Club Board of Governors and Builders First Source, Inc., Board of Directors and serves on Greenville’s Peace Center Board of Trustees. He received an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1967, a BS from Howard University in 1966, and has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1975. He is married to Cheryl S. Christophe and they have two children, Jean-Paul and Kimberly. 

Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, established in 2012 as a public 501c3 non-profit, tax-exempted organization, our mission is to aid the poor and disadvantage and help them toward a life of self-sufficiency. Sometimes referred to as the Alpha Greenville Foundation, our programs address teenage pregnancy prevention, college preparation & awareness, educational scholarships, youth leadership development and other similar programs. We serve the Upstate area of South Carolina, and are affiliated with the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter of ΑΦΑ in Greenville, South Carolina. 

Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter is the Greenville, SC Chapter established in 1941. The Chapter was chartered as the third Alumni chapter in the District of South Carolina under the Fraternal administration of Brother Ray W. Logan, 16th General President and Brother Jos. H.B. Evans, General Secretary. For more than seventy years, and under the Umbrella of the National Organization, Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter has set as its objective to carry out the mandates of "Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind".

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., (ΑΦΑ) the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December 4, 1906. The Fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice – educationally and socially – at Cornell. The founders and early leaders of the Fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.


Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter
P. O. Box 5244
Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation 
P.O. Box 5263
Greenville, SC 29606-9998  
(864) 735-0880

Contact: Travis Posley, Bobby Clark
Telephone: (864) 441-9067