On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the Middle Eastern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated joined the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg Alumni (FFBA) and Epsilon Beta Chapter brothers in celebrating the legacy for the past 20th Middle Eastern Province Polemarch, the late Brother Melvin R. Pierce Endowed Scholarship. A special thanks to Chancellor Darrell T. Allison, Fayetteville State University's 12th Administration, for being so gracious in celebrating this great Bronco. He was a faithful Alumnus, Class of 1967, and an educator for 32 years and inspiring leader for Cumberland County Schools. Representatives of the Endowed Scholarship Committee (Bro. Wesley Fountain-FFBA, Brother Dr. Rodney McCrowre-Chapter Advisor, and FFBA) provided observations favoring this endeavor. Brother Benjamin Cureton, FFBA Polemarch, and the MEP's 23rd Province Polemarch, Brother Michael F. Brown, gave astounding remarks, detailing his leadership as a God-fearing man and innovator for education and a voice for Kappa at large. On behalf of the Alumni Chapter and the Middle Eastern Province, the Polemarch’s presented notable contributions in honor of Brother Pierce's memory. He was in fact a positive role model who left a footprint for many to fill. Standing to receive these gifts were his lovely wife, Silhouette Helen Pierce, and family. The family revered him as an upright man, a loving husband of 46 years, a proud father of three that included a host of grandchildren. While we think about what a "True Kappa" signifies, this bond-fraternity speaks of Brother Pierce.
Brother Pierce is a spring 1965 initiate of the Fayetteville State University Chapter, the Epsilon Beta of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and was a Life Member. Brother Pierce was a dedicated member of the Fayetteville Fort Bragg Chapter. During his time with the chapter, he served in numerous offices to include Historian, Guide Right Director and Chapter Polemarch.
Brother Pierce served faithfully for many years in the Middle Eastern Province to include Province Vice Polemarch and as the 20th Middle Eastern Province Polemarch from 1997-2003.
Throughout his professional years, Brother Pierce served as a middle school teacher, a high school assistant principal and retired as an elementary principal. He received a Master of Administration Degree from North Carolina A & T State University and an Education Specialist Degree from East Carolina University. During his education career, Brother Pierce received Assistant Principal of the Year for the Fayetteville City Schools and Principal of the Year in the Southview District.
Brother Pierce’s humanitarian work was exhibited through his service to community, civic and charitable organizations. He was a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He was also a member of the E. E. Smith Senior High School Think Tank Advisory Committee, Fayetteville City Parks and Recreation Board, Cumberland County Planning and Zoning Commission, Seabrook Community Watch, State Employees Advisory Board, North Carolina Retired School Personnel Association, Fayetteville State University National Alumni Association, and the Fayetteville State University Athletic Club.
Brother Pierce was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, member of the usher board, Sunday School Teacher and superintendent. He later joined College Heights Presbyterian Church where he faithfully served as elder and member of Presbyterian Men.
As our Kappa Alpha Psi hymn remains to be true, O noble Kappa Alpha Psi, The Pride of all our hearts. True manliness, fidelity, thou ever dost impart. The source of our delights and joys, and happiness thou art, O noble Kappa Alpha Psi, from thee we will never part was the last call to our dear Brother Melvin R. Pierce.
Rest in Phi Nu Pi until we meet again!
Eternally and Fraternally Yours in the bond,
Fayetteville-Fort Bragg (NC) Alumni Chapter Middle Eastern Province