Brother James B. “Tiny” Blanton III served Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in many capacities. He was initiated in Gamma Omicron at Knoxville College in 1968. He joined Xi Lambda in 1973, when he landed the job as Assistant Executive Secretary of Alpha Phi Alpha. In 1977, he was named Executive Secretary. When the title of the office was changed, Tiny became the first Executive Director of Alpha Phi Alpha. He served in this post until 1995. In 1995, he was elected Midwest Vice President. In 2003 he received the Alpha Award of Merit, the highest Honor bestowed upon a Brother. During his speech, he stated that the Brothers of Xi Lambda will always be dear to his heart for their eternal love and support”.