Spring 2023 Quemmunicator

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Talented 10th District

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Talented Tenth District Que-mmunicator

Tenth District Representative

Bro. Sean T. Long

1st Vice Tenth District Representative

Bro. Marquis Sagnia

2nd Vice Tenth

District Representative

Bro. Joshua Gregory

Tenth District Keeper of Records and Seal

Bro. Jason Poindexter

Tenth District

Keeper of Finance

Bro. Marcel Clarke

District Counselor

Bro. Richard Jones

District Director of Public Relations

Bro. Michael Durrett Sr.

District Chaplain

Bro. Richard Keller

District Marshal

Bro. James Montague

Immediate Past

Tenth District Representative

Bro. Deek Ivory

www.10thdomegas.org

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ON THE COVER

A Message from the DDPR

Greetings Brothers of the Talented Tenth District,

It is of great pleasure and an honor to serve the brotherhood as your Tenth District Director of Public Relations. In my first term as Director of Public Relations we have accomplished many goals under the leadership of our 38th Tenth District Representative. The Public Relations team, five graduate brothers, two undergraduate brothers, and I, have worked diligently to “Be the Change.”

Our team consist of the following members:

Bro. Michael Durrett Sr., Director

Bro. Brandon White Bro. Jerome Nesbary

Bro. Dr. James Dix, III Bro. Dequincy Webster

Bro. Lawrence Price Bro. Kendall Moore

Bro. Fred Saffold, III (Advisor)

Over the course of this term, we have submitted the follow works on the District and International level:

District

•Adhered to the duties and responsibilities outlined in the Tenth District Bylaws

•Received and delivered outcomes as instructed by the Tenth District Representative Bro. Sean T. Long

•Served the District and executed assigned duties at the 83rd Grand Conclave, July 22-26, 2022.

•Attended and participated in the Tenth District Transition Meeting

•Assisted in the planning of the Tenth District Fall Council Meeting

•Served the District and executed assigned duties at the Tenth District Fall Council Meeting,

•Facilitated multiple Tenth District Public Relations conference calls.

•Development of marketing material for the Reclamation & Retention, Health Initiatives, and Social Action

•Managed social media, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, accounts for the Tenth District.

•Assisted in the development of the Tenth District Sponsorship Solicitation package.

•Assisted in the facilitation of undergraduates of the Tenth District to participate in the 2023 IUGS

•Created and published a new Tenth District publication, The Talented

•Created, published, and distributed the Tenth District Fall 2022 Quemmunicator

Together, we will continue to do the work of Omega and spotlight the great work of our brothers and chapters across the Tenth District. We are looking for good brothers who are willing to work and specifically in the areas of graphic design. Please, if interested, send an email to 10thdistrictdpr@oppf.org. Thank you for allowing me to serve the District in this capacity and I appreciate your continued support and uplift.

In service to Omega,

Bro. Michael Durrett Sr.

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Bro.
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10th District Officers

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Bro. Marquis D.P. Sagnia 1st Vice Tenth District Representative Bro. Sean T. Long 38th Tenth District Representative

10th District Officers

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10th District Keeper of Records and Seal Bro. Joshua A. Gregory 2nd Vice Tenth District Representative Bro. Richard Jones, Sr. 10th District Counselor
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Bro. Derrick Ivory Immediate Past 10th District Representative Bro. Rev. Richard C. Keller, Jr. 10th District Chaplain Bro. Michael Durrett, Sr. 10th District Director of Public Relations Bro. James Montague 10th District Marshal

“WE MUST MOVE WITH PURPOSE”

As Men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., we have been given a unique opportunity and responsibility to lead our communities by example. We must “Be The Change” we wish to see in the world by promoting voter rights, social justice, and economic development to have effective change in our communities and Chapters. I will draw upon the wisdom of three great leaders, Martin Luther King, Bro. Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Bro. Ben Crump, to provide insight and guidance on how we can effectively lead our chapters and communities in promoting these ideals.

Voter Rights

As Martin Luther King famously said, "the vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men." Voting is a fundamental right in a democratic society, and yet, we still see attempts to suppress the vote. We must fight against this suppression and promote voter rights in our communities. You look around us, and you see that there are forces that are hard at work to turn you away from voting, from the whispers of “your vote don’t count” to Gerrymandering and other techniques. While they cannot issue poll taxes or turn water hoses on you in anymore, the tactics being used are still just has harmful.

We must be vigilant in opposing attempts to suppress the vote. Bro. Ben Crump has said, "voter suppression is an attack on democracy, and we must stand up against it." We can work with local organizations and government officials to advocate for policies that protect voter rights and prevent suppression.

We must be the change we wish to see in the world by leading the charge for voter rights in our communities.

Bro. Rev. Jesse Jackson has said, "the right to vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it." To lead our communities in promoting voter rights, we must first educate ourselves and others about the importance of voting. We must encourage voter registration and turnout, and we must work to ensure that every eligible person has access to the polls. In Florida, the Governor is hard at work, making laws that could potentially damage the Divine 9 on campus statewide. This is just a test drive for what other states will try to do. You look at Tennessee and see that the two Black State Legislatures were expelled for expressing the need to have sensible gun laws, and while their white counterpart took the same action alongside of them, she was spared the same punishment. Here are some things we can do to protect and promote voter rights:

• Educate ourselves and others about the importance of voting.

• Encourage voter registration and turnout.

• Work to ensure that every eligible person has access to the polls.

It is important to stand behind political figures that share your values because they are the ones who will make decisions that affect your life. If you want to see change in the world, you need to support the people who are fighting for the same things you are. There are many ways to support political figures, including:

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• Voting for them in elections.

• Volunteering for their campaigns.

• Donating money to their campaigns.

• Talking to your friends and family about them.

Social Justice

Social injustice is the unfair or prejudicial treatment of an individual or group based on their social status, such as race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. It can take many forms, including discrimination, prejudice, and violence. As we meet in Minneapolis, this is the home to both Philando Castile and George Floyd, two Black men who were killed by police. Castile was shot and killed in 2016 during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Floyd was killed in 2020 while in police custody in Minneapolis. Their deaths sparked protests and demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice.

Social justice is a critical issue in our society, and we must work to create a more just and equitable world. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This means that we must not only be concerned with the injustices that affect us directly, but with all forms of injustice. As members of The Talented Tenth District, we must use our resources and our influence to promote social justice and to fight against discrimination and inequality. This may involve supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs, advocating for more funding for schools in low-income areas, and working to eliminate discriminatory practices in hiring and housing.

Bro. Rev. Jesse Jackson has stated, “we must never forget that we are the hope of the hopeless, the voice of the voiceless.” To lead our communities in promoting social justice, we must first educate ourselves about the issues facing our communities. We must then work to address these issues by advocating for policies that promote equality and

fairness. We must also be willing to speak out against injustice and to support those who are marginalized or oppressed.

Bro. Ben Crump has said, “we must be the strength for the weak.” We can work with local organizations and government officials to promote policies that address systemic inequalities and promote social justice. By being the change, we wish to see in the world, we can lead our communities in creating a more just and equitable society.

Economic Development

Economic development is crucial to the prosperity of our communities. We must work to create an environment that is conducive to job creation and economic growth. Martin Luther King said, “the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” We must work towards policies that promote economic growth and reduce poverty.

We must also be willing to invest in our communities and support local entrepreneurs. Bro. Ben Crump has said, “investing in our communities is investing in our future.” We can work with local organizations and government officials to promote economic development and create a business-friendly environment.

Bro. Rev. Jesse Jackson once said, “Our struggle is for shared prosperity, not trickle-down economics.” This means that we must work to create an economic system where everyone has the opportunity to succeed, not just the wealthy few. One way to achieve this is by supporting black-owned businesses. Black-owned businesses are more likely to hire black workers, which can help to close the racial wealth gap. They are also more likely to invest in their communities, which can help to improve the quality of life for everyone.

There are many ways to support black-owned businesses. You can:

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• Shop at black-owned businesses. This is the most important thing you can do to support blackowned businesses. When you shop at black-owned businesses, you are putting money back into the community and helping to create jobs.

• Invest in black-owned businesses. You can invest in black-owned businesses by buying shares in their companies or by lending them money.

• Spread the word about black-owned businesses. Let your friends, family, and neighbors know about the great black-owned businesses in your community.

By supporting black-owned businesses, we can help to create a more just and equitable economic system. We can create a shared prosperity where everyone can succeed. Be intentional on how and where you spend your money. While we are here in Minneapolis, be intentional to seek out black owned businesses and support them. Let them know that the Ques are here!

Leading Our Chapters and Communities

As members of The Talented Tenth District, we have a responsibility to lead our chapters and communities with integrity and purpose. We must use our talents and skills to create positive change and to promote the values of our organization.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” As leaders, we must be willing to face the challenges and controversies that arise and to stand up for what is right, even when it is difficult.

Bro. Rev. Jesse Jackson once said, “Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.” As leaders, we must work to bring people together and to promote unity and cooperation. We must be willing to listen to different perspectives and to find common ground, even when we disagree.

but we are a group of college educated black men who must be committed to leading our communities and changing the future, this can begin within our Chapters. We believe that we have a responsibility to use our education, talents, and resources to make a difference in the world. We believe that everyone deserves a fair shot at success, regardless of their race, religion, or gender, and are involved in a variety of activities that promote social justice, economic development, and educational excellence. We work with local organizations to address issues such as poverty, unemployment, and crime. We also provide scholarships and mentoring to young people. We believe that we can make a difference in the world by working together inside and outside of our Chapters, District, and Fraternity.

We must be committed to building a better future for our communities and our country. As Bro. Ben Crump once said, “We cannot change the past, but we can change the future.” Let’s move with a purpose and be committed to “Be The Change”!

We are The “Talented” Tenth District!

We know that the past is full of injustice and inequality,

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NEXT UP: INNOVATION & COLLABORATION

I hope this communication finds the Brotherhood doing well.

We have over the course of the last year put in a significant amount of work in our District. From our Executive team to our State Representatives, as well as one of my personal favorites the Committee Chairs!

Our committee chairs continue to push the envelope in their respective areas. Our kick-off event ‘The Committee Chair Open House,’ carried us into a rolling wave of information sharing and feedback. We have had an IT Summit, Health Summit with panel discussions, Achievement Week Seminar, Social Action Package Seminar, Talent Hunt Blitz, Parliamentary Procedure Training, History & Archive presentation, Scholarship Training, MSP Training(s), UG Advisor Panel Dicussion, Brother You’re On My Mind Campaigns, Solidified a curriculum for OMEGA Lead, and many many more individual activities. All this was done, with the District in mind. Moving us forward, sharing best practices, and cultivating an inclusive environment.

I cannot thank every chair and brother enough, for your participation and continued hard work. Outstanding job!

Internationally, we supported our 2nd Vice Grand Basileus Bro. Ryan Thomas and 2nd Vice District Representative Bro. Joshua Gregory, as they navigated the landscape of coordinating and hosting an international meeting. Congratulations Bro. Grand on putting on a wonderful display of training, seminars, and career fair the largest ever in Omega.

What’s next? Only more from the Talented Tenth District. With your support stay tuned for 2023-24, more innovation and collaboration, to come.

‘Be the Change’

Bro. Marquis Sagnia

In service to Omega, Bro. Marquis Sagnia, First Vice Tenth D.R.

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Message from the First Vice Representative Message

THEN THE DENTIST OF ST. PAUL

In May of 1951, Brother Albert Morrello Butler was elected as the fraternity’s 10th District Representative, he would be the tenth man to serve in that role since Brother Frances M. Dent was appointed by Grand Basileus Lawrence A. Oxley in 1932 as the district’s very first representative.

Albert “Doc” Butler as he was often referred to was regarded as the “Dentist of Saint Paul”, between 1926 until his death in 1975 he served as the dentist for St Paul Minnesota’s largely African American community. Simultaneously while practicing dentistry, he worked as a janitor for the state of Minnesota, a position he held for 50 years.

“Doc” Butler was born on October 30th, 1900, in a small town nestled in the northwest corner of Wisconsin named Superior. He was the youngest of eight children born to Mulatto parents James and Louisa Butler. James Butler was a caterer and his wife Louisa stayed at home to raise their large family. His eldest sibling Helen Butler was a saleswoman for a local department store and his oldest brother Benjamin was a bartender for the town’s railroad. In March of 1913 tragedy visited the Butler family as James Butler passed away. Albert Butler was 13 years old when he lost his father.

Young Albert Butler was a standout athlete in high school, he ran the 100-yard dash in 9.9 seconds and played alongside College and NFL Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers. Had it not been for an injury he received after being kicked near his eye in a 1920 game, he might’ve had the opportunity to play college football. On May 8th, 1921, as a college freshman A.M. Butler and eight of his classmates became the chartering members of XI chapter at the University of Minnesota, the fourteenth chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. It would be 41 years before another chapter was established in the State of Minnesota (Epsilon Rho - March 9, 1962).

While completing his studies in Dentistry in the mid 1920’s Brother Butler inquired about employment with the state of Minnesota. He was told the only position available to him would be as a janitor and thus began his employment with the State of Minnesota’s Highway Department, where he would clean offices. Brother Butler completed his degree and passed the state licensing exams in dentistry on July 7th, 1926, he immediately began practicing dentistry in St Paul. The Great Depression coupled with issues with his depth perception due to the earlier injury he received meant that he would have to maintain his position as a janitor to sustain himself and his family financially.

Years after graduating from the university and well

into his adult life Brother Butler remained close to his undergraduate chapter, often serving as an officer. Many meetings of XI chapter took take place in the home of Brother Butler including the “victory reorganization meeting” held in November of 1945, where Brother Butler was elected to complete the calendar year as the chapter Basileus. By the mid 1940’s the state of Minnesota and its solitary chapter had been moved from the fraternity’s 8th district to the 10th district of which Dr. Butler had become a well-respected member throughout its five states.

In May of 1951 members of the 10th District elected Brother Albert M. Butler to succeed Gilbert Stephens Marchman as its representative. Marchman was a skillful and highly sought after public accountant who served as an auditor for many organizations including the national NPHC office and the Shriners. Brother Butler was re-elected for two additional terms through 1954, and there have been no 10th District Representatives from the state of Minnesota since this time.

In May of 1971 Dr. Albert M. Butler received a plaque from the Governor of Minnesota, he had been given a prestigious award for completing 50 years of service to the state, at this time he was only the third person to receive this honor. He was quoted as saying “I am receiving today the recognition that is basic to every man’s nature”, He retired just a few days after the ceremony but continued to practice dentistry until his death on May 13th, 1975.

Dr. Albert Morello Butler by all accounts was the second African American to practice dentistry in the state of Minnesota. Leander Raymond Hill, a graduate of Meharry Medical College and member of Omega Psi Phi is believed to be the first. Albert “Doc” Butler was a devoted family man, he lived a life indicative of our cardinal principles, he was a true leader of men. He was the Dentist of Saint Paul, the Janitor, and the District Representative.

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LEROY KEYES ‘PUT HIMSELF AT RISK FOR WHAT HE BELIEVED IN’

An Indiana Journalism hall-of-famer and a former Purdue defensive end remember Purdue legend Marvin Leroy Keyes as a football sensation, as do legions of Purdue fans. But both people also recognize Keyes as a vocal activist and someone who wasn’t apt to give staid speeches. Enthusiasm radiated from the man. “Leroy was a special person for Purdue,” said John Norberg, who wrote for the Lafayette Journal & Courier and is a Purdue historian.

Keyes, a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, All-American and Purdue Athlete of the Century, was a force to be reckoned with on and off the field. Keyes, a native of a heavily segregated area in Newport News, Virginia, did not attend a school with nonBlack students until he went to Purdue in 1966, Norberg said. He chose Purdue in part because most segregated universities across the South would not allow Black students to play football, according to Purdue archives. He came to Purdue during one of the most conflict-ridden decades in American history, the 1960s. Protests broke out in campuses across the country, mainly pertaining to a suppression of Black Americans’ civil rights and the Vietnam War.

A hotbed of student protest and sit-ins, Purdue’s campus was one of many to be rocked with controversy as hundreds of student protesters were arrested during the 1968-69 academic year. The man’s life as an activist and a voice for change, however, define a major portion of his legacy. In the spring of 1968, during Keyes’ junior year at Purdue, about 150 students staged one of the biggest and most significant protests to happen on Purdue’s campus at the steps of the Administration Building, now known as Hovde Hall of Administration. The peaceful demonstrators took red bricks from the then-construction site of the Pharmacy Building and marched to the Administration Building. They laid the bricks down and planted a sign that read, “The Fire Next Time,” a reference to the classic book by civil rights icon James Baldwin in which he elucidates Black Americans’ struggle for equality and the structures of white supremacy. Keyes was joined by Eric McCaskill, a track star who also hailed from Keyes’ Virginia hometown, and Roger Blalock, a forward for the Purdue basketball team at the time. All of

the men are featured in the documentary “Black at Purdue,” which documents efforts to overcome the inequality of 20th-century Purdue.

The stand that Keyes, McCaskill, Blalock and hundreds of other students took that day urged then-Purdue president Frederick Hovde to recognize that Purdue was not doing all it could to support Black students. The march played a role in the formation of the Black Cultural Center in the early 1970s. “Leroy was a trailblazer, a true renaissance man.” BCC Director Renee Thomas said. “Leroy was celebrated for his athleticism and he chose not to be silenced during times of racial turmoil.” Through fiery speeches and a contagious positive attitude that he consistently maintained, Keyes left a legacy that would affect the University for generations to come.

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“They were risking their scholarships to go and take part of this demonstration in front of Hovde Hall,” Norberg said. “The fact that they were willing to risk that gave that much of a credence to what they were saying. They were serious about this.”
Source: Journal & Courier Newspaper

Working Together

Hollies Winston made history by becoming the first Black mayor of Brooklyn Park. Winston, the DFL-endorsed candidate, received 59 percent of the vote with 96 percent of precincts reporting. His opponent, Wynfred Russell, received 40 percent of the vote.

In his victory speech, Winston said that his win is historic because he’s the city’s first African American mayor. “It’s also history, though, because I ran on a platform of going in a very different direction,” Winston said. His platform started with addressing livability and crime issues at the Huntington Place apartment complex and deciding “we shouldn’t be tolerating that in the city of Brooklyn Park.” He said addressing those issues led to a broader platform to support “the folks who are just struggling to come up,” along with concerns related to crime and disparities in education and wealth. It’s historic, he said, because “We came saying we want to help those that are struggling.”

Prior to election, Winston told Sahan Journal: “God works on his own time. To overcome some of the issues that we’ve dealt with to get where we are now, we had to do the hard work of learning how things work, building the coalition, collaborating with people, building personal relationships across the city.” Winston won the primary election in August by a wide margin. Public safety has been a key issue throughout the race. Winston detailed a threefold approach. He plans to fully fund the police, invest in services that support the police such as community-based violence prevention organizations, and increase funding for youth programming, especially south of 85th Avenue North, an area with older housing and more poverty. Winston describes his approach to public safety as “upstream”—one focused on preventative measures. He supports groups like The Village BP, which has advocated on behalf of the 2,500-plus residents at the Huntington Place apartments, and the African American Women Awareness Group, a community-based organization that supports women experiencing domestic violence.

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Michigan State Board of Education

Bro. Marshall Bullock II, of Detroit, was a state senator representing District 4 in Detroit, Allen Park City Lincoln Park City, and Southgate City. Bullock is a graduate of Detroit Public Schools. He is an active member of Tau Kappa Kappa Chapter in Southfield, MI. Mr. Bullock has been appointed for a term that begun January 1, 2023, and will expire on January 1, 2029. He has succeeded Jason Strayhorn who resigned this past year.

The State Board of Education has leadership and general supervision over all public education, including adult education and instructional programs in state institutions, except as to institutions of higher education granting baccalaureate degrees, is vested in a state board of education. It serves as the general planning and coordinating body for all public education, including higher education, and shall advise the legislature as to the financial requirements in connection therewith.

T E N T H D I S T R I C T H I S T o R Y

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10th District Commitee

BROTHER YOU’RE ON MY MIND

Brothers we have a Mental Health Movement on our hands at full tilt. The Movement is a Zeitgeist Moment, Spirit of the Times response to a Paradigm shift in the universe. Since the COVID19 Pandemic traumatized the world in general and America, in particular, the normal is abnormal. Brothers are simultaneously experiencing a Renaissance of ideas in solutions to communal problems. We are at the precipice of a new age in the 21st Century for African Americans in Managing our Mental Health and Omega Psi Phi is at the forefront of this Change. At the Undergraduate Summit in Atlanta on January 27th the Grand Council Hosted a Brother You’re On My Mind Discussion. We in the Talented 10th District had the opportunity to attend this session which capped a year of demonstration project activities in our district.

We, The Talented 10th District Brother You’re On My Mind Mental Health Committee have gone all out this year to help reduce stress and depression amongst the Brothers, our families and the communities we serve through mental health education. Since Inaugural Brother You’re On My Mind Day, November 16th 2022 we have sponsored Panhellenic Panel Discussions on Mental Health at Local High Schools, Webinars, Group Sessions at our Fraternity House and even during Monday Football Games. The Program was founded in 2017 by Past Grand Basilei Antonio F. Knox and Dr David Marion. Its mission is to Change the Dialogue on African American Men and Mental Health in America. It is a partnership between Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc and The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

There are two

There are two goals:

Goal 1: To collaborate on efforts to educate brothers, their families, and the communities we serve on the effects of depression and stress, and Goal 2: To communicate the importance of seeking help for mental health problems and to encourage affected individuals to get information from their health care providers and others to obtain appropriate treatment.

Our 38th District Representative Bro. Sean T. Long decided to put boots on the ground to this Fraternity wide effort during his administration. We set up an organizational structure with mental health professionals at the helm which gave us a distinct advantage. Brother Dr Ural Hill, a Licensed Professional Counselor became the first Chairman of this Special Committee, in his recruiting he sought passionate advocates for Psychological and Social Change. We added Vice Chairman Brother Dr Trenton Frederick, a Clinical Psychologist and Secretary Brother Larry Ato Polk, JD an Attorney. We appointed Statewide Coordinators for each of the 5 States in the 10th District. Brother Dr Michael Till, a Clinical Psychologist over Michigan, Brother Ryan Mason, a committed mental health advocate over Indiana, Brother Paxton Collins a Psychologist over Illinois, Brother Dr Kweku Smith, A Clinical and Sports Psychologist over Wisconsin and Brother Ronnie King over the State of Minnesota.

We invite all Brothers to this this very active and impactful Movement. Our success as a people begins with the breaking of the chains of psychological slavery which rests on a foundation of mental

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Commitee Spotlight

health. We Challenge you to Start your own committees and feel free to join us each 3rd Friday night there is a Brother You’re On My Mind Zoom Session hosted by our own Brother Chris Ford and Sigma Omega Chapter at 8pm CST Zoom Meeting ID 826-1033-1310

Passcode 778539. Let’s Set Our People Free Brothers, Lifting As We Climb!

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Thank you for supporting our 2022 fund raising campaign for the St Jude Children & Research Hospital. We surpassed our goal of $150,000 with an outstanding effort of $177,395 in total donations. Our goal this year is $150,000, and we need your leadership and support in promoting our St. Jude & Omega -The Power of Giving 2023.

Our St Jude & Omega - The Power of Giving 2023 has officially started. The key action items to kickoff the fund-raising campaign are as follows:

• Chapter Basilei are requested to appoint a Chapter Team Captain

• The Team Captain should register the chapter team through the following district link as soon as possible with the chapter name displayed.

• Chapter Team Captains should promote participation and update the chapter on a monthly basis until we end the campaign on June 30, 2023

• To jump start the fund-raising efforts, please consider the following minimum campaign goals:

Undergraduate Chapters - $50 to $100 Minimum

Graduate Chapters with less than 50 Members - $300 Minimum

Large Graduate Chapters with 50+ Members - $600 Minimum Districts - $1000 Minimum

We encourage ALL chapters to participate!

Submitted By: Bro. Michael Ward, Chairman Civic Engagement Committtee

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RECLAMATION & RETENTION TOUR

The Tenth District Reclamation and Retetntion Committee, chaired by Bro. Darrell Comer, have activated the District Representative Bro. Sean Long’s vision of reaching 3,000 financial brothers in the district by using our age-old tradition, road-tripping. Through the implementation of a series of events, The Tenth District Reclamation & Retention Tour was created. This tour was created to serve many purposes. The main goal is to offer brothers who are not financial an opportuntiy to get financial. The secondary g was to offer the brotherhood to fellowship amongst friends. This connectivity aspect was in affect on two levels. Throughout the tour, multiple Tenth District committees and officers collaborated to ensure the brothers had the ability to fellowship, take a mental break, and engage in service at some level for every event.

The Tenth District Brother You’re on My Mind, chaired by Bro. Hill and Reclamation and Retetntion Committee collaborated with the Kappa Phi Chapter (Milwaukee, WI) for a Monday Night Football event. This event had over 50 brothers in attendance in which all participated in a mental health discussion.

The State of Indiana hosted the second stop on the Reclamation and Retention tour. Upsilon Kappa Kappa Chapter and the Uplift Foundation partnered to host the annual Statewide Marchdown. The three active undergraduate chapters participated in an highly competitive event. ZE took home the trophy.

The Brothers of Rho Gamma Gamma, Chicago, IL, hosted the third and last stop of the Reclamation and Retention Tour. The Super Bowl Fellowship was fully supported by the sororities of the Divine 9 and multiple local chapters. Fans of both the Eagles and Chiefs overwhelmingly supported of fraternity brother, Bro. Jalen Hurt.

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Submitted By: Bro. Darrell Comer Chairman Reclamation & Retention Committee

UNDERGRADUATE SECTION

Undergraduate brothers came together at our Fraternity’s first International Undergraduate summit since January 2020. Undergraduate brothers and advisors from all over the globe gathered in Atlanta, GA for a weekend full of information, networking, and good ole brotherly fellowship. Hosted at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in the heart of the 7th district. The 2023 IUGS had the largest number of registrants in the history of the summit. The planning, leadership, and courage of 2nd Vice Grand Basileus Ryan Thomas led the summit to be so successful in gaining those registration numbers. Along with the help of his International Undergraduate Representatives: John Faison, Jr., C’Jai Payne, and Tyler Span. The summit showcased helpful training for both undergraduates as well as advisors. We had sessions for undergrad brothers dealing with topics such as risk management/sec training, QueZone Training, Brother You’re On My Mind, and even Omega Training Camp for our brothers with style, soul, grace and expression. A Brother You’re On My Mind session, in which some shared stories moved some brothers to tears As well as career development tips with a career fair in which some brothers left Atlanta with job offers. Brothers from IHQ also provided the opportunity to get MSP certification, as well as other opportunities to fellowship amongst brothers with a TopGolf event as well

brothers to tears As well as career development tips with a career fair in which some brothers left Atlanta with job offers. Brothers from IHQ also provided the opportunity to get MSP certification, as well as other opportunities to fellowship amongst brothers with a TopGolf event as well as an undergraduate after party.

Atlanta proved to be a great place for this summit. The last summit was in 2020, and 2023 will go down in history as one of the best yet after a global pandemic; “Don’t call it a comeback. We were able to accommodate our young brothers, even with registration going over 900. Within the sessions, brothers could let loose and be their real and authentic selves,” said Bro. Grand Thomas. Multiple brothers left the summit both graduate and undergraduate with a multitude of good things to say about how the summit went. Bro. Jasahn Rankin (5-21- Mu Epsilon) is quoted saying the following; “I enjoyed myself tremendously. The thing I loved the most was how it got Real during the roundtable session. Not only was it a real authentic conversation, but it stayed that way throughout the session and weekend.” Overall, IHQ out did themselves and then some to host our bloodline in “the A.” Our young brothers left here well equipped to take on the business of Omega at their respec-

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Submitted By: 2nd Vice Grand BasileusBro. Ryan Thomas

tive chapters.

There were a good number of brothers that pledged in the 2022 year which made the summit their first official meeting. In between sessions, events, and meals, it was a great sight to see with brothers taking time to fellowship amongst one another. The grand counselors as well as DRs were looking to connect younger brothers to themselves and to brothers of high esteem alike. There were a number of sessions where brothers got the opportunity to ask questions on how to improve their chapter, districts, and even their school as well. The goal of the undergraduate summit is to cultivate and build leaders for the future so that Omega can continue to be the shining light and example for the world. This goal was met and exceeded. The bar is set high for 2024.

STATE OF INDIANA

The Indianapolis Uplift Foundation and the 10th District Reclamation and Retention Committee, in collaboration with the Brotherhood in the state of Indiana held an Inaugural Indiana Statewide Marchdown. The first rendition of the Marchdown featured three undergraduate chapters who shared the stage in a friendly competition. This event was held at the historic Madame CJ Walker Theatre in Indianapolis, IN on February 4, 2023, and had a crowd of over 500 members of the community and Divine Nine. The chapters who performed in the Inaugural Statewide Marchdown were Rho Sigma, Zeta Epsilon, and Chi Sigma. This event also featured a guest performance from the Step Team from The Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Master of Ceremonies for this event was Eric Saunders (2005 Zeta Epsilon), also known under his performance name of The Green-Eyed Bandit. This event was the first of many of its kinds, as brothers are looking

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known under his performance name of The Green-Eyed Bandit. This event was the first of many of its kinds, as brothers are looking to focus on creative and engaging approaches to reclaim our members across the state. The “Hop Teams” competed for approximately ten minutes a piece and engaged the crowd with a mix of introductions, traditional hops, party hops, chants, transitions, and showmanship that was all intertwined into the performances. This event featured a diverse panel of Ques as judges. The panel of judges were Alex Newall (1987 Rho Sigma), Willie Gupp (1984 Chi Sigma), Dane Middlebrook (1991 Zeta Phi), Quentin Hunter (2007 Zeta Epsilon), and Arin Stallworth (2014 Upsilon Kappa Kappa). At the conclusion of the event and after the final tally of scores, Zeta Epsilon took home the first ever Marchdown championship trophy! This event has plans to return next year, at an even larger scale.

ZETA EPSILON CHI SIGMA RHO SIGMA

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Submitted By: Bro. Arin Stallworth, Indiana State Representative

GRADUATE SECTION

NU OMEGA

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SERVICE

Nu Omega Chapter is the second oldest chapter in the State of Michigan. It was chartered in Detroit on January 24, 1923, less than two years after Phi Chapter at the University of Michigan in 1921. The graduate chapter was chartered by Bros. Dr. DeWitt Talmadge Burton; Francis Morse Dent, Esq.; David Smith; Odie T. Davis; Livingston Jeffries; and Charles Washington. From its inception, it has been called The Doctor’s Chapter. However, its roster has been graced by many professional men from physicians, educators, corporate executives, to religious leaders, government officials, lawyers, and judges. In 1931, the Chapter hosted the 19th Grand Conclave at a time of the nation’s Great Depression era.

wards the down payment for the purchase of the three-story, 14-room, Romanesque mansion located at 235 E. Ferry, (in the Cultural Center area). The Chapter purchased the facility from the YMCA in 1942.

As the organizational structure for the Fraternity was developing, Francis Morse Dent, Esq., was appointed by the 14th Grand Basileus, Lawrence A. Oxley, as the 1st Tenth District Representative. He served from 1933 to 1934. He was succeeded by another Nu Omega member, Bro. George A. Isabell, who served from 1934 to 1936. Bro. Isabell would go on to be elected as the 10th Grand Keeper of Records and Seal in 1947, making him the only Grand Officer to date to have hailed from Nu Omega Chapter.

Nu Omega Chapter members Bros. Chester Smith and George Reed, through extraordinary foresight, spearheaded the movement to purchase a permanent meeting place. It

The property is referenced in the Gill history book, and it is listed on the State of Michigan’s historic register. This historical purchase was especially significant as it was made during WWII and several years before the Fraternity purchased the building for the first National Headquarters located in Washington, DC in 1949. Just a few years after acquiring “the frat house” the Chapter hosted the 33rd Grand Conclave in 1947. The mortgage was retired in 1965, the very same year that the Chapter hosted the 50th Grand Conclave again in Detroit. The Brotherhood has always seen the need to give back and nurture youth in the community, and it was through the true Omega Spirit that the chapter helped to establish both Nu Sigma Chapter and Chi Gamma Chapter respectively at Wayne University in 1938 and the University of Detroit in 1969, the latter being the first Black Greek letter organization on its campus.

Men of Nu Omega Chapter have always distinguished

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themselves as leaders in the community. In 1961, Bro. Otis Smith served as the 1st Black American on the Michigan Supreme Court and the 1st Black American to serve as the legal counsel for General Motors in 1967. In 1963, Bro. Nicholas Hood II, Pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church of Christ, supervised a 2.3-million-dollar housing development in the City of Detroit. At that time, it was the single largest development by a Black American in Detroit. That same year Bro. Hood, as Secretary of the SCLC, assisted in organizing Dr. Martin Luther King’s March in Detroit, which was the forerunner to the March on Washington later that year. Bro. Hood also served as a member of Detroit’s Common Council for 28 years.

In 1964, Bro. Robert Millender, attorney, assisted as campaign manager in the election of John Conyers to the US House of Representatives and in the same capacity, assisted in the election of Coleman Young, the 1st African American Mayor of the City of Detroit, in 1973. In 1965, Bro. Dr. Charles H. Wright solicited and received from the brothers of the Nu Omega Chapter, the first public funding for the establishment of the Museum of African-American History in Detroit. It was the largest museum of its kind in the United States only recently surpassed by the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History in Washington DC. Bro. Charles Allen became President of 1st Independence Bank in 1982, one of the largest Black-owned banks in the United States.

It was in 1982 that members again showed extraordinary vision in founding the Detroit Omega Foundation, Inc., (DOFI) as its social action charitable arm. As the fraternity’s mandated programs grew, a number of the programs were delegated to DOFI to carry out. Such programs included the Talent Hunt for musically inclined high school students, the awarding of four-year college Scholarships annually, and providing Holiday Food Baskets for families in need to name a few. The old Boblo Boat Ride on the Detroit River and the Monte Carlo Casino Mardi Gras events served as both a fundraiser opportunity for the Chapter’s various programs and for entertaining the many friends and supporters throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. It was again in 1990 when the chapter would once again host the 66th Grand Conclave.

In 1998, Bro. Walter Watkins became president of Banc One Michigan. He was the 1st Black American to serve in this capacity. In 1998, the Chapter celebrated its 75th Anniversary in grand style as Omega has always been known; having a great time fellowshipping and enjoying the brotherhood to the fullest. Throughout the new millennium, the Chapter has played host to its many programs and social functions. A few include the 1000 Que Rally; and the holiday favorite, the Hanging of the Green for members’ families; along with its

staple of hosting First Friday events every month for members and guests to fellowship and network. Following in the footsteps of Bro. Nicholas Hood, Bro. Andre Spivey, Pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church was elected to the Detroit City Council in 2009.

The Chapter received the Tenth District Social Action Award for its outstanding community service efforts from 2005 to 2011, consecutively. Additionally, it earned consecutive Tenth District Reclamation Award for Large Chapters. The Chapter’s roster, at present, has more than 200 members. It is one of the largest chapters in the Tenth District and the Fraternity worldwide. It also boasts some 67 brothers (over 25% of the roster) as members of the Omega Life Membership Foundation, Inc. Today members continue to be proud of all their individual endeavors and successes as professional Omega men. The Brothers have contributed to the Chapter and the community’s overall success through many noble causes and deeds for officially 100 years now.

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STATE OF MICHIGAN

RHO MU NU

FAMILY, FRATERNITY, & COMMUNITY

“Brown Bag on Black Friday” is a program that was inspired by One Act of Kindness. Jordan Tipton, son of Bro. John Tipton, was out shopping with his Dad during the holiday season some 5 years ago when he saw a homeless man shivering in the cold. Jordan turned to his father and asked, “Dad could we buy him a hat and give him some food?” This story inspired the Tipton family giving and inspired the Brothers of Rho Mu Nu to adopt this effort as an official program 2019.

The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Rho Mu Nu Chapter, have been distributing bags to the homeless in Metro Detroit going on 3 years. This year the program expanded with additional partnerships to meet the need of those without a place to call home. Partnering with Covenant House of Michigan, Manna Community Meals, a soup kitchen in the city of Detroit that was started in 1976, the Wave mobile shower project, and St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Each year the chapter packs 100-150 Brown Bags to distribute to the homeless. The items that are included in the brown bag are a hat, gloves, scarf, pair of socks, hand warmer, PPE items, draw string bag, additional cloth masks, large garbage bag, a sandwich, snack and bottled water. As Basileus Bro. John Tipton put it ‘While others are out shopping on Friday the day after Thanksgiving, We are out giving back.’

To date the Brothers of Rho Mu Nu Chapter have distributed more than 500 bags to the homeless. Feel free to contribute and see the story at www.likemindsfoundation.com

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OMICRON ALPHA ALPHA

OMICRON ALPHA ALPHA POURS INTO

PONTIAC’S SCHOOL DISTRICT

Since its May 19th 1980 charter, the Omicron Alpha Alpha chapter has served as a consistent staple in both the community as well the local Pontiac school district. As one of the several projects and programs implemented into the schools, the brothers of OAA host their “Winter Warmth” hat and glove giveaway to each student at Alcott elementary. The program derived from noting the numerous amount of students outside without proper clothing necessities during Michigan’s cold winter months, prompting the chapter to host the event at three schools in total.

One significant aim of the chapter is to continuously pour into the students who will ultimately become the city’s future leaders. With that goal, the “Pontiac Ques” provide year around programs and support to the city’s elementary, middle and high schools by way of: elementary classroom visits and read aloud, annual career day, Real Talk breakout sessions, Lunchtime with the Ques, Dress for Success, supporting the school athletic events and distributing annual scholarships to college bound seniors.

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Submitted By: Bro. Darnell Payne

TAU KAPPA KAPPA

OMEGA SPOTLIGHT – KIRKLAND MEN IN BUSINESS

Detroit, MI – Sam Kirkland (Phi, 1989) owns D’Bo’s Spirits & Daiquiris. Brother Kirkland is a life member and an active Tau Kappa Kappa Chapter member. He has two sons, Kyle and Jaren Kirkland, also fraternity members. He worked diligently to teach both sons how to run a business, and now they are also successful business owners. I had the pleasure of sitting down with the Kirkland trio to get insight into their Business and how it all started.

machines around the state. Other business ownership includes FedEx Ground and Kirkland Estates and several rental properties in Michigan. He mentions how growing up around the Fraternity helped him see sermons of leadership and perseverance.

Sam Kirkland was the mastermind behind it all. I had to know his initial motivation and why he needed to teach his sons his Business. Sam was adamant that money wasn’t the motivation. He was a former schoolteacher and knew the importance of education. He wanted to teach his sons the entrepreneurship his father taught him when he was younger. Sam knew the freedom and influence of owning a business and wanted his sons to experience it.

to, D’Bo’s Daiquriris, Wings & Seafood, all in Michigan, a Little Caesars in Philadelphia and Kirkland Estates with his son Kyle. Sam also partners with Larry Price (Tau Kappa Kappa, 2001) with Ace Tre Logistics. He credits Jaren and Kyle, stating that “they have reenergized me,” and even said they are more innovative and talented than him.

A high level of group cooperation and dedication are the reasons for their success. This family embodies the true Omega Spirit as they lift each other as they climb to the top.

Beginning with the youngest out of the group, 24-year-old Jaren Kirkland (Phi, 2017) earned his Bachelor’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan in 2019. His business resume includes being a service partner with Amazon Delivery, owning a Little Ceasars in Philadelphia along with his father, a Maayco in West Virginia, and rental properties in Maryland, where he currently resides.

While speaking with Jaren, the

Sam received his Bachelor’s in Business at the University of Michigan and a Masters’s degree in Mathematics from U- Detroit Mercy. His primary motivation has always been his family. “Your kid is supposed to be better than you,” stated Sam. His business ownership includes three “Big Salads” restaurants, an X-Golf Indoor center, 8 Degrees Pla-

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TAU MU NU

TAU MU NU CHAPTER SPONSORS FREE LEGAL CLINIC FOR THE COMMUNITY

On Friday, March 24, 2023, the brothers of Tau Mu Nu Chapter in Macomb County, Michigan sponsored a free expungement clinic in Warren, Michigan. The event was a collaboration between Tau Mu Nu Chapter and the local nonprofit organization, Lakeshore Legal Aid. Expungement is a legal process that gives individuals the opportunity to have their criminal records sealed, granting them the opportunity to start fresh and become productive members of society.

There were ten volunteer attorneys, four of which were men of Omega including: Larry “Ato” Polk Esq., Vincent Toussaint Esq., James R. Harris Esq. and Myron Lloyd Esq. Attorneys advised clients on nearly 40 convictions, assisted clients in the preparation of their expungement applications and provided general legal advice. Clients expressed appreciation for the legal services and the chance to start over. The clinic was held at the Maybell Burnett Library in Warren.

Attorney Myron Lloyd, who coordinated the clinic said “this was created in response to the increasing need for expungement services, particularly among those in our underrepresented communities. It’s a powerful statement to see Omega men leading the charge in providing free legal services to help others live a better life.”

The entire Tau Mu Nu Chapter, under the leadership of Basileus Dave Forney was keen to support this event, recognizing the importance of providing citizens with the opportunity to start a new life with a clean slate.

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SIGMA RHO

SIGMA RHO’S 2ND ANNUAL TURKEY DAY GIVE AWAY AND DR. CHARLES R. DREW BLOOD DRIVE

On November 15, 2022, the Brothers of Sigma Rho partnered with the Ann Arbor Community Center providing Thanksgiving Food Baskets to families in Ann Arbor, MI.

Thanksgiving can be burdensome for families as they may not always have the additional resources. In an effort to relieve this burden and uplift families in our community during the holiday season, the Brothers of Sigma Rho donated turkeys, canned goods, and other food items for distribution. Brothers not only donated, but were boots on the ground checking in families and loading up cars with baskets while spreading the enthusiastic spirit of Omega. With the help of the Ann Arbor Community Center, Brothers were able to provide enough food to feed over 100 people.

The following day, November 16, 2022, the Professional Men of Sigma Rho Chapter led by Bro. J. M. White, held the second annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive to benefit the American Red Cross. The blood drive took place at the Ann Arbor Red Cross Blood Platelet and Plasma Donation Center located on 4624 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan. Red Cross Blood Representative and sister of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. DeAndre Smith launched this worthy endeavor with a diligent request, sharing her story about her battles with sickle cell.

There are approximately 100,000 people in the U.S. with sickle cell disease. Most of the sickle cell population is African American or of African descent. Sickle cell disease changes the shape of red blood cells from soft and round to hard and crescent shaped. As a result, blood flow is not as

fluid making it difficult for oxygen to flow to the rest of the body. This can cause severe pain, organ/tissue damage, or even strokes. There is only one method of treatment for sickle cell disease, blood transfusion.

Brothers of Sigma Rho Chapter heard the request for donations and responded swiftly. Brothers Mel Anglin and Maurice Brown volunteered to work the check in table: while Brothers Dr. Ural Hill, Rev. Jeffrey Harrold, Rickey Sanders, J.M. White, Paige Williams, Greg Anglin, Keith Syrkett, and Dana Greene Jr. took the time to donate blood. The second annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive more than doubled last year’s African American participation totaling 30 donors and yielding a total of 30 pints of blood. Blood that can be used for transfusions for sickle cell patients.

Service is a fundamental element of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. because Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is dedicated to uplifting the community. We are proud of the impact that our beloved Fraternity has had on our many communities this year and plan to carry the momentum forward into next year.

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING AND SHOP WITH THE QUES

During the winter holiday season, the Brothers of Sigma Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. dedicated time to support the community of Ann Arbor. Brothers coordinated 3 days to help raise money for the Salvation Army through their bell ringing initiative at Briarwood mall in Ann Arbor, Mi on November 25th, December 10th, and December 17th. In addition, the Brothers held their annual Shop With The Ques initiative on December 6th allowing students from Holmes Elementary School to do some extra Christmas shopping this holiday.

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Brothers stood located inside the mall just outside of Macy’s department store spreading smiles, stories, and the Omega Spirit to passersby as they finished up some last-minute shopping. Shoppers showed immense support as they stopped to chat, donate, and meet the Brothers of Sigma Rho. Some even sent over their children to donate as well. A few shoppers even shared their experiences with the Salvation Army. One anonymous donor shared how he appreciated the service Brothers were doing and the impact the Salvation Army had on his life. Noting that he himself had been a recipient of the donations raised through the bell ringing initiative and how proud he was to see the Men of Omega uplifting such an amazing

cause. Another shopper stopped to share she too volunteers to ring the bell for the Salvation Army and to wish the Brothers a Merry Christmas.

As Christmas closed in, the Brothers of Sigma Rho took 50 students from Holmes Elementary School in Ypsilanti to a local Meijer so they could do some of their own Christmas shopping. Each student received a $100 gift card and were allowed to pick out whatever they wanted. Students raced through the aisles grabbing toys, snacks, and other items. They even went the extra mile to grab things they knew their families needed at home or gifts for their siblings. It was extremely humbling and heartwarming to see these students put some of their

desires aside to look out for their families. The Brothers of Sigma Rho showed up and showed OWT this holiday season. Sigma Rho would like to thank the Salvation Army for allowing us to participate in such an impactful event. As well as Brothers J.M. White and Miles Booker for their due diligence in coordinating and carrying out these initiatives. These initiatives not only uplifted the community of Ann Arbor, but the Brothers of Sigma Rho as well.

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN CHAPTERS HOST JOINT OMEGA MEMORIAL SERVICE

On Sunday, March 12, 2023, the brothers of the six graduate chapters in Southeast Michigan came together to host a Joint Omega Memorial Service (JOMS). It was the first JOMS that we were able to hold since 2019 due to the pandemic. The service was held at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Pontiac MI, where Brother Rev. John Tolbert is the pastor. Our guest preacher was immediate past Grand Chaplain Brother Rev. Dr. Walter T. Richardson of Miami FL, who delivered a powerful and dynamic message. Inspiring music was provided by Nu Omega Chorale comprised of Brothers Jeffery Smith, Darryl Shackleford, Arnold Simmons, Terrence Watson, Leonard Stone, Ed Davis, and Marsialle Arbuckle and accompanied by Brother LaShawn Gary. The event was attended by seventy brothers from the six Southeast Michigan graduate chapters: Omicron Alpha Alpha (Pontiac), Nu Omega (Detroit), Rho Mu Nu (Canton), Sigma Rho (Ann Arbor), Tau Kappa Kappa (Southfield), and Tau Mu Nu (Macomb County).

Family members of the twenty-one memorialized brothers were invited to attend, and those who did were presented with an engraved bible during the service. The service was well received by the family members who attended. One appreciative family member wrote, “Thank you so much for our invite to the memorial service. Know my husband, sister, and I enjoyed the program immensely and are very thankful for the lovely gift presented to us. We also feel very honored to be included in the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. We know how much our dad enjoyed being part of this brotherhood, as much as the fraternity enjoyed having him

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as a brother. The Omega Psi Phi fraternity will always hold a special place in our hearts. Many blessings to you and this wonderful organization.”

The JOMS committee consisted of the following brothers: Basileus Frankie Brooks and Chaplain Coley Gracey (Omicron Alpha Alpha); Basileus Alto Polk and Chaplain Marsialle Arbuckle (Nu Omega), Basileus John Topton and Chaplain Edwin Davis (Rho MU Nu), Basileus Dana Greene and Chaplain Rev. Jeffery Harrold-JOMS Committee Chair (Sigma Rho), Basileus Ruben Fowlkes and Chaplain Corey Davis (Tau Kappa Kappa), Basileus David Forney and Chaplain Lynn Sanders (Tau Mu Nu), Tenth District Pastoral Committee Chair Rev. Marcus Hillie, and 34th Tenth District Representative Arnold Simmons.

BEHOLD, HOW GOOD AND HOW PLEASANT IT IS FOR BRETHREN TO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY! IT IS LIKE THE PRECIOUS OINTMENT UPON THE HEAD, THAT RAN DOWN UPON THE BEARD, EVEN AARON’S BEARD: THAT WENT DOWN TO THE SKIRTS OF HIS GARMENTS;AS THE DEW OF HERMON, AND AS T HE DEW THAT DESCENDED UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ZION: FOR THERE THE LORD COMMANDED THE BLESSING, EVEN LIFE FOR EVERMORE.

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Submitted By: Bro. Rev. Jeffery D. Harrold, Michigan State Chaplain

GAMMA GAMMA GAMMA CELEBRATING

111 YEARS OF ACHIEVEMENT

Achievement Week in Madison, WI brought many reasons for the chapter to celebrate. On Saturday, November 12, 2022, Gamma Gamma Gamma welcomed new initiates, Bros. Ebrahim Amara II and Korbey White. The chapter also brought in four undergraduate Brothers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and reactivated Epsilon Theta chapter with Bros. Elijah Ikard, Asad Ali, Louis Hilson, and Rodney Vakunta.

Brothers worshipped together at Mt. Zion Baptist church the following Sunday morning (Nov. 13) and invited the NPHC to the chapter’s weekly Monday Meetup with a Divine Nine social mixer on Nov. 14. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, in an effort to strengthen relationships with police in the community, there was

a community talk with the Madison Police Department. Founders’ Day was a time of celebration and reflection with a rededication dinner before going up to Green Bay on Friday and Saturday (November 18th and 19th, 2022). Nu Kappa Kappa chapter hosted the Wisconsin Statewide Founders’ Day luncheon, which took place on site at Lambeau Field. Omega men from every chapter in Wisconsin were in attendance fellowshipping with one another celebrating this monumental occasion.

Founders’ Day kicked off on Friday November 18th, 2022. Brothers arrived at the Hotel Northland located in Green Bay Wisconsin. Upon arrival, Omega men fellowshipped at the Prohibition Spirits and Cigar Lounge and the Bay Bar and Lounge. The very next day brothers went to work immediately providing community service. On Saturday morning November 19th, 2022, Omega men from every chapter of Wisconsin came together at the We all Rise All Seasons Transformation Shelter to clean, move out old furniture and move in new furniture to the shelter. All Seasons Transformation (AST) is a 49-bed transitional living facility for men who are experiencing a transition in their lives. This secure and sober facility serves men of all ages through advocacy, safety, and support. Tenants and staff of the shelter expressed

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their extreme gratitude for the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated for taking the time to make sure men of this facility had a more than adequate living facility to call home.

The final event of Achievement Week took place later Saturday night. At Wisconsin’s historic Lambeau Field representatives of every Wisconsin chapter gathered for the official Founders Day luncheon. Draped in Omega attire, brothers celebrated as awards were distributed to fellow Omega men in recognition of their service, activism, and outstanding community engagement. This luncheon also provided brothers from every Wisconsin chapter an opportunity to network and fellowship. One of the most inspirational moments was when Brother Noah Cotton of the Epsilon Theta Chapter served as the keynote speaker and expressed deeply what Omega means to him.

the ballot for Supreme Court in the State of Wisconsin. Although he did not win, this was a historical moment for Omega in the State. He was not the only brother on the ballot. Bro. Korbey White will also be on the ballot for Verona Area School District Board of Directors. Bro. James Howard represented the chapter at the Urban League of Madison’s Mayoral Candidate forum on the same night Bro. Carlton Jenkins addressed the State of the District for the Madison Metropolitan School District.

On February 1, 2023, In Business magazine released its annual “Forty Under 40” list of 40 of the most civic-minded professionals under the age of 40 in the greater Madison area. The 2023 Forty Under 40 is the Blackest class in Madison history – nine of the honorees (22.5%) are Black in a metropolitan area that is only 5.5% Black. Of those nine, seven are members of the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) Young Professionals (YP) program, and four are members of Divine Nine organizations. Bro. Rodney Saunders, Jr. (3-20-ΓΓΓ) falls into all of the above categories. This year’s honorees were featured in the March 2023 issue of the magazine. Bro. Saunders is the third Madison Omega to make this list, behind Bro. David Hart, III (2-ΝΛ-93) in 2006 and Bro. Rafeeq Asad (1-15-ΓΓΓ) in 2018.

BLACK EXCELLENCE

Every February, we take the time to recognize and celebrate Black excellence throughout history. During Black History Month, we honor the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to society. This year, Gamma Gamma Gamma has had the opportunity to celebrate several achievements of its members. Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization is incredibly important in the frat, it is however equally as important for us to have representation on ballot Honorable Bro. Everett Mitchell was the first Omega Man to be placed on

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STATE OF WISCONSIN
Submitted By: Bro. Muhammad Shehata

RHO TAU

2ND ANNUAL BRO. VERNELL WHITAKER TOY DRIVE/ BRO. DR. CHARLES DREW BLOOD DRIVE

The Rho Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., in conjunction with the American Red Cross (ARC), hosted the Annual Bro. Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive at the Zion Fire Department, located at 1303 27th Street, Zion, Illinois. The event was sponsored by the American Red Cross (ARC) which provided all the medical resources and health information, as well as prizes and t-shirts to every blood donor.

The blood drive was supported by the community, fire department personnel, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and the brothers of Rho Tau. Bro. Marvin Burruss, who is the Basileus of Rho Tau and the coordinator of the blood drive stated, “There were a total of (27) units of blood, which can save approximately (81) lives.”

The brothers also held the 2nd annual Bro. Vernell Whitaker Toy Drive on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the North Chicago Community Center, located at 1730 Lewis Ave., North Chicago, IL 60064. Multiple toys were donated by the brothers, citizens, and distributed to over 60 children.

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Bro. Rodney Saunders Honorable Bro. Everett Mitchell Bro. Korbey White Submitted By: Bro.Peter J. Payne

SIGMA OMEGA

90TH UNSELFISH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Family, friends, and fraternity brothers were invited to celebrate the birthday one of Sigma Omega’s Chapter most stalwart Brother’s on February 19, 2023. Brother John Moore celebrated his 90th birthday at the Hilton Hotel in Oak Lawn, IL. The seated dinner event was held in a ballroom and was attended by over 100 guests. Brother Art Norman was the MC for the evening birthday celebration. The evening also included a live performance of Whitney Houston songs from a local singer. Family, Friends, and Fraternity Brothers spoke to the character and man of Brother Moore. District Representative Sean Long presented Brother Moore with a proclamation that February 19, 2023 will be known as John Moore Day in Omega Land across the five states in the 10th District. Brother Moore is a retired teacher from DuSable High School. Later in the evening Brother John Moore displayed true unselfishness at his own birthday celebration.

A special acknowledgement and recognition was made to all present about his former colleague and Fraternity Brother, Dr. Emiel Hamberlin. Brother Hamberlin, is a retired biology and horticulture teacher recognized throughout his career as Illinois teacher of the year and Biology Teacher of the Year by the Scientific Research Society at Argonne National Laboratory. Brother Hamberlin was initiated at Eta Chapter, Alcorn State University in 1964. All Brothers in attendance thoroughly enjoyed witnessing Brother Moore and Brother Hamberlin as true examples of our motto Friendship is Essential to The Soul. At 90 years of age Brother Moore serves Omega in many ways through Sigma Omega Chapter. He currently Chairs the Legacy Brotherhood committee. Brother Moore was initiated through Iota Chapter in 1959.

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Submitted By: Bro.Wade Watson

CHI LAMBDA LAMBDA

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE: A STORY OF MENTORING

poem, then revealed to the audience how that verse helped them through their life journey. The feedback from these young men left you knowing the right thing was being done and at the same time there was more that could be down.

In Matteson, IL on February 25th the men Chi Lambda Lambda Chapter, partnered with the ladies from Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Joliet Area South Suburban Alumnae Chapter (JASSAC) as they held their 8th annual Youth Empowerment Conference. The men of Chi Lambda Lambda conducted several mentorship sessions that focused on setting goals, making good first impression, proper attire/tie tying and hygiene. The discussions were well received by the young men in attendance that ages ranged from 10 to 17.

Bro. Michael Davis Jr. assisted by Bro. Maurice Coffey and Bro. Charles Robinson spearheaded a discussion on the poem, “See It Through”. The brothers started by breaking down each verse of the

Chi Lamba Lambda’s Basileus Bro. Rashad Nuruddin led a discussion on proper hygiene and skin care. Bro. Joseph Wesley, along with several other members of the chapter that demonstrated tie tying as well as the correct wearing of bowtie and ascot. Also, in attendance was the 10th Districts very own 38th District Representative Bro. Sean Long. Bro. D.R. took the opportunity to speak with the audience about some of the challenges he faced growing up in Chicago and how hard work and dedication pays off when you plan and see it through.

Chi Lambda Lambda remains focused in its duties to achieve excellence in all of the mandated programs of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Always focused on the Four Cardinal principles of Omega Psi Phi Inc. Chi Lambda Lambda Mentorship program (Project Manhood) chaired by Bro. Marcus Taylor meets bi-monthly at Prairie Hills Junior High School in Markham, IL where agenda is always to educate, motivate, and inspire.

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Submitted
Submitted By: Bro. Rashad Nuruddin

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPOINTS BROTHER JUDGE RODNEY HOLMES U. S. MAGISTRATE

Congratulations to the Honorable Brother Judge Rodney H. Holmes, for his appointment as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Brother Judge Holmes was sworn into office on February 6, 2023, and is the first African American man appointed to the judicial bench as a United States Magistrate Judge.

Brother Judge Holmes is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, and a 1985 graduate of East St. Louis Senior High School. He earned his undergraduate degree at Lincoln University in Missouri, while on an academic scholarship. A talented student-athlete, he was a member of the university’s baseball team, and played with the jazz ensemble and marching band. While at the University Brother Judge Holmes crossed the burning sands into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at Eta Sigma Chapter in the Fall of 1986.

Brother Judge Holmes received his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. He began his legal career working in the Federal Public Defender’s (FPD) Office for the Eastern District of Missouri. He worked five years with the FPD office prior to joining the Assistant United States Attorney’s (AUSA) Office. He later joined the Cochran Firm, and worked there for 3 years, before starting his own private practice, where he worked from 2004 –2015, managing a variety of legal matters, including federal criminal cases as a member of the Court’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel. In 2015, Brother Judge Holmes returned to the Assistant United States Attorney’s Office where he served as Chief of the Violent Crime Unit, and Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator.

An avid baseball player and enthusiast, Brother Judge Holmes played semi-pro baseball from 1992 -2007 for the East St. Louis Colts and the St. Louis Wildcats. As a result, Brother Judge Holmes is a recent inductee into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2020. He is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and an active member of Nu Chi Chapter in East St. Louis IL.

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Submitted By: Bro. J Karstin Howard and Shawon Harrison Honorable Brother Judge Holmes being sworn into office by the Honorable Chief Judge Steven Clark. Submitted By: Bro. Ben Trotter

CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM GOD

Psalms 127:3 states, Children are a gift from the LORD, they are a reward from him. Every single life, every single child, is a reward and blessing. Whether they’re bringing parents pride and joy, or whether they are teaching us how to be more patient and forgiving, children are a gift from God and a source for the growth of His Kingdom here on Earth!

On December 16, 2022 the brothers of Theta Xi partnered with Marine Toys for Tots. We gathered at the local Salvation Army in Peoria, IL to distribute toys to less fortunate kids. The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Through the gift of a new toy, helps bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.

In 2022, Toys for Tots distributed an unprecedented 24.4 million toys, books, and games to 9.9 million children in need. The brothers of Theta Xi was blessed with the opportunity to serve our community while putting smiles on the faces of less fortunate children. Parents were full of joy and many expressed their gratefulness as well.

It’s always more fun and more rewarding to give. Seek out opportunities to give and the same measure will be given unto you. Let us not forget that every good gift comes from the LORD and children are a gift from God.

The Theta Xi chapter would like to thank Brothers LaColis Reed, Jerry Harris, Andy Hendrix, John Clayborne, Karstin Howard and Spanky Edwards for their time and service.

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THETA XI
Submitted By: Bros. Karstin Howard and Andy

RHO GAMMA GAMMA

EXCELLENCE DISPLAYED BY OUR TALENTED YOUTH

Rho Gamma Gamma Chapter’s 2023 Talent Hunt was an outstanding gathering of very gifted youth who had their talent on full display!! The Talent Hunt’s theme of “Rho Gamma Gamma’s Got Talent” was the perfect definition of the entire showcase. There were seven con-testants that participated with a myriad of talents ranging from Spoken Word to Drum, to Guitar, to Vocals, to Viola to Piano. Under the leadership of the Talent Hunt Committee Chair, Brother Ladar Jones, the team of brothers put together a great program that was well attend-ed by parents, friends, and a host of Rho Gamma Gamma Chapter Brothers.

was so gracious to announce our winners and give them some enthusiastic encouragement as well. The winners were as follows: 3rd Place went to Kristen Payne, who sang “Skyfall” beautifully; 2nd Place went to David Roache, who played Arpeggione Sonata (A Minor) - Franz Schubert on the Viola; and 1st Place went to Zachariah Elliot, who played Ballade #1 (G MinorOpus 23) - Chopin on the Piano.

Rho Gamma Gamma thanks the judges, Mrs. Deneen P. Brooks, Mr. Evel Knight, and Rev. Marc K. Vines, the contestants and their par-ents, and the audience. Lastly, Rho Gamma Gamma sends a special thanks to the Sponsor, State Farm - Agent Brother Renny Smith.

It was an OUTSTANDING event!

OMEGAS ARE DOING SOME GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

We had a young third grader, Kameron, bless the crowd with his ren-dition of “Lift Every Voice”, which was very impressive for someone so young. The emcee for the evening was Brother Brian Alwyn, who was very engaging. He encouraged each contestant to introduce them-selves, acknowledge family members in the audience, and take a bow after their performance. This was very uplifting as well. Each con-testant was awarded a participation medal, and there were three places that were awarded

”1 in 5 Chicago Households are Experiencing Food Insecurity ~ Hunger is what you feel when you don’t have enough to eat. Food insecurity is the set of circumstances that prevent your access to food.” (Greater Chicago Food Depository)

The Brothers of Rho Gamma Gamma Chapter understands that and have been actively working with communities across the city of Chicago. Led by Golden Bridge Builder, Hank “Food Bank” Beaty, Brothers enthusiastically have gone to various communities to feed the hungry. Each time Brothers show up, more than 300 families receive food that will sustain them for 3-5 days. The locations that Rho Gamma Gamma has recently assisted are: The Lord’s Way M.B. Church; Phenomenal Fitness; Sister Thea Hall/St. Benedict African Catholic Church; and Good Hope M.B. Church. These communities were very thankful for the Brothers showing up and doing good in their neighborhood. Brother Ed Clark is also an intricate part of this Social Action Sub-Committee. Both him and Brother Beaty encourage and motivate the chapter monthly to ensure that we are feeding our communities.

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STATE OF INDIANA

ONE OMEGA

Over the last several years the State of Indiana of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, has made a significant effort to expanding the imprint Omega through the collaboration of programs and activities of chapters throughout the state. Through the leadership of district officers, past and present, district committee chairmen, state representatives, and chapter officers collectively the chapters have combined forces to put on several mandated programs and community service events.

Throughout the year participation by both Central and Northern Indiana chapters spearheads a sense of unity that promotes a sense of brotherhood from Membership Selection Process to social justice movements to Omega Service. There is no perfect brother, process, or chapterm but if we continue to strive to uphold the ideals of Omega we can present a more perfect fraternity for the generations of brothers coming behind us. In alignment with 38th Tenth Distirct Representative Bro. Sean T. Long we are Being the Change and changing the culture of the Omega in the state of Indiana.

UNDERGRADUATE CHAPTER ROLL

Chi Sigma Chapter - Indiana State University

Rho Sigma Chapter - Purdue University

Sigma Beta Chapter - Indiana Univ./Purdue IUPUI

Upsilon Beta Chapter - Ball State University

Zeta Epsilon Chapter - Indiana University – Bloomington

GRADUATE CHAPTER ROLL

Alpha Chi Chapter - Gary,IN

Alpha Kappa Kappa Chapter - Gary,IN

Beta Xi Chapter - Evansville,IN

Epsilon Beta Beta Chapter - Southbend,IN

Nu Alpha Alpha Chapter - Bloomington,IN

Nu Mu Nu Chapter - Kokomo,IN

Phi Mu Nu Chapter - Fishers, IN

Tau Nu Chapter - Fort Wayne,IN

Upsilon Kappa Kappa Chapter - Lafayette,IN

Zeta Phi Chapter - Indianapolis,IN

MEMBERSHIP SELECTION PROCESS

Chapters who participated in Spring 2023 MSP:

Sigma Beta Chapter - Indiana Univ./Purdue IUPUI

Upsilon Beta Chapter - Ball State University

Zeta Phi Chapter - Indianapolis, IN University

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Submitted By: Bro. Michael Durrett10th District Director of Public Relations

JOINT OMEGA SERVICE

On March 11, 2023, the Men of Omega joined together to pay homage to those Brothers who had entered Omega chapter over the past year. Zeta Phi Chapter lead the charge with Bro, Basileus Dr. Gabriel Tate orchestrated the logistics of gathering the four chapters present. Hosted at St. Mark Baptist Church, Pastor Joy Thornton, the Brothers of Zeta Phi, Phi Mu Nu, Nu Mu Nu, and Upsilon Kappa Kappa particapated in the ritualistic ceremony. We were graces by the voice of Bro. Dr. Scott and led with the Scripture by Bro. Willie Gupton. We also recieved a mighty word that led us to His grace and rededicating ourselves to our core beliefs.

OMEGA DAY AT THE CAPITAL

On March 21, 2023, the Men of Omega of Indiana took to the Capitol Building to address key issues facing the Black community. Facilitated by State Representative and 24th Tenth District Representative Br. Vernon Smith, assisted by Legal Advisor/Parliamentarian Managing Principal for Crossroads Public Affairs, LLC Attorney, Law Office of Bro. Tim J. Brown the day’s program provided strategy and information to take back to our various communities. We were visited by several representatives who addressed local, statewide, national, and international issues that our Black community faces on a daily basis. Thoughtful and directed conversations led to proposing an active agenda that focused on education of the youth and active particpation in the democratic process if we wish to alter the treatment of Black/African people in this country.

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STATE OF INDIANA

ALPHA KAPPA KAPPA

BRO. CLYBURN VISITS GARY

Formally welcoming visiting dignitaries, particularly distinguished Omega Men like Bro. Jim Clyburn is both honored tradition and awesome responsibility for local chapters.

On Monday, October 24, 2022, Alpha Kappa Kappa joined U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan, D-Highland in welcoming the House Majority Whip to Gary at the U.S. Steel Yard’s Diamond Center. Bro. Basileus and 28th Tenth District Representative Rev. Dwight E. Pointer presented Bro. Clyburn with a plaque for exemplary service and provided background and inspiration for those in attendance. For his part, Bro. Clyburn gave a rousing speech rallying support for Rep. Mrvan who was locked in a tight race with a wellfunded and MAGA-backed Republican candidate. He also had the crowd laughing and nodding in agreement with his historical perspective on politics and Greek life. Make no mistake, Bro. Clyburn is a proud member of the greatest fraternity in the universe and a consummate Omega Man.

Joining Bro. Basileus at the campaign rally were 24th Tenth District Representative Dr. Vernon G. Smith, Bro. Corey Jackson, Bro. Kenneth Hill, Bro. Derrick Puckett, Sr., Bro. Alex Dunlap, and yours truly.

Bro. Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, was most gracious in accepting the plaque and he thanked the Infamous AK2 for our strong showing. He also took time to converse and fellowship with each Brother who attended the campaign rally.

OMEGA MEN READ

Literacy is ingrained in our beloved fraternity from SCHOLARSHIP being the second Cardinal Principle to Assault on Illiteracy being an internationally mandated program. On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Alpha Kappa Kappa Chapter promoted literacy to Gary school children through the Real Men Read Initiative. Led by 24th Tenth District Representative, Dr. Vernon G. Smith, eight members thoroughly immersed in true Omega Spirit read children’s books at 21st Century Elementary School. “This was a great entre to service for our new initiates,” said 28th Tenth District Representative and Basileus, Rev. Dwight E. Pointer.

“Men are always enthused to become members of the greatest fraternity in the universe, but they don’t actually become Omega Men until they completely embrace our WATCHWORD.” Bro. Basileus was on hand to ensure our neophytes learned that lesson by dishing OWT a healthy dose of community service by reading a selection of children’s books to eight classes of first through fifth graders. Of course, it was Bro. Smith who suggested Alpha Kappa Kappa support Real Men Read, a nationwide program that brings positive male role models into schools to promote literacy and mentorship. “I’ve been a proponent of Real Men Read for many years and have personally witnessed the positive impact on young children, particularly Black boys who often lack positive male role models at home,” said Dr. Smith. “I can’t think of a better way to marry our Cardinal Principle with the Fraternity’s Assault on Illiteracy than to have professional Black men, especially Omega Men, going into classrooms and reading to our children.” Well said, Bro. Smith and well done Alpha Kappa Kappa! FIETTS!

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NU MU NU A BUSY YEAR OF SERVICE AND CELEBRATION

Nu Mu Nu Chapter Brothers Ed Foster and Willie Stroman were Branch #3055 state representatives at the NAACP 62nd Annual State Convention. The Host Branches were Lafayette / West Lafayette, In, Branch # 3056, and Kokomo, In, Branch # 3055. This was a 4-day event with the initial day being kicked off in Kokomo on Thursday, October 27, 2022 with a Press Conference, Religious Leaders Summit and a tour of the Kokomo Black History Trail. The remainder of the convention was conducted in West Lafayette / Lafayette, In with a powerful agenda through the Closing Plenary session on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

The Pink and Purple Scholarship Fundraiser is an annual fundraiser to support Scholarships and other Educational endeavors. This fundraiser has been identified as a premier community event and well attended by representatives of various key organizations. The event is co-sponsored with the ladies of Omicron Phi Omega Chapter of AKA, we have collaborated on other successful community activities. This is the first since 12-19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the event was a sellout this year.

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This activity is part of our Achievement week and an opportunity to identify brothers who have exemplified leadership in certain categories as identify by the Chapter. Just to name a few, the Community Service Award – Brother Willie Stroman, Omega Man of the Year – the Basileus, Brother Angelo Youghbor, Omega 50th Year Member Award – Brother Ed Foster and Superior Service Award, Brother Curtis Shaw. One of the evenings highlights was the performance of the 2022 Talent Hunt winner, Miss Rylie Morris, she entertained the attendees with a beautiful song. This event serves as an opportunity for key community networking along with sharing our value to the community.

The Nu Mu Nu Chapter has consistently supported Indiana University Kokomo for the Walk against Domestic Violence. We as a Fraternity are certainly against these actions. This is a 1 mile walk around campus with numerous non-profit and profit organizations from the Howard County community. During the kick-off, there is always a keynote speaker usually a victim of Domestic Violence, this testimonial review really is always very emotional but a reality check. The walk typically starts after the keynote but was delayed due to the rainy weather. Funds collected are provided to the local Domestic Violence Shelter. Brothers Ed Foster and Willie Stroman completed the walk, there was a delay due to the rain, and eventually, it started with the rain. We were joined with a few sisters from the Omicron Phi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. This is one of the Nu Mu Nu Chapter mandated events that we support annually.

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UPSILON KAPPA KAPPA

WHEN A BROTHER DIESOMEGA’S STAR IS DIMINISHED

Upsilon Kappa Kappa (YKK) Chapter, Indianapolis, IN, Basileus, Bro. Gerrick Bo Williams. YKK, the Talented 10th District and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. have suffered a great loss in Bro. Taurese Edge who went home to Omega Chapter on February 26, 2023. Bro. Edge was 1-Rho Sigma 01 Purdue University. Upon graduation, YKK Chapter, founded 1998, became Bro. Edge’s Graduate Chapter Home. Bro. Edge was the number one on his line along with Bro. Keith Dix 2-Rho Sigma 01. Bro. Edge was with some his chapter brothers celebrating a chapter brother’s wife’s birthday hours before departing this world and we will always remember him as a fun-loving, hardworking brother. Bro. Edge would have been so proud of the awesome outpouring of Love from the 100’s of Brothers, friends and family members that traveled to Indianapolis, IN, from all around the country to say a final good bye to our brother. One brother was overheard saying “Taurese was the Bruhz” while looking in amazement over the sea of many brothers that showed up for the Omega Memorial Service held on March 11, 2023. In Friendship, we thank you all for all your undying and continued support.

Our historical tradition teaches us that it takes 10 Omega brothers to replace one Omega brother and YKK will find this to be an enduring loss for some time to come, and while God forever reigns in Light, Life and Love we shall somehow find the strength to See it through. We asked that the 10th district and all brothers that knew Bro. Edge please join YKK in keeping his family in all of your prayers and keep his spirit alive by taking care of yourself, calling an absent brother, check on a sick brother, reclaim a brother remembering the motto, Friendship is Essential to the Soul and let manhood continue to be our eternal shrine until Omega Chapter calls on each one of us home. Genesis 4:9 Am I my brother’skeeper?

R.I.P. Bro. Edge

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OMEGA CHAPTER

MAY 2022 - APRIL 2023

Bro. Virgil Anderson - Nu Omega

Bro. Alan Bacon, Sr. - Zeta Phi

Bro. Charles Batt, Jr. - Nu Omega

Bro. Donald Linder - Iota

Bro. Jesse Matthews - Sigma Omega

Bro. Talmadge McKinney - Nu Omega

Bro. Leon Trawick, Esq - Epsilon Rho

Bro. Darryl Milsap - Rho Gamma Gamma

Bro. Robert Mitchell - Iota

Bro. Namario Moore - Iota

Bro. Charles Moore, Jr. - Nu Omega

Bro. Kenneth Nash - Rho Gamma Gamma

Bro. Stephen Odle - Zeta Phi

Bro. Wallace Peace - Nu Omega

Bro. Charles Pettus - Nu Chi

Bro. William Pierce III - Mu Xi

Bro. Ray Pleasant - Epsilon Rho

Bro. John Porter - Sigma Rho

Bro. Maurice Randle - Rho Gamma Gamma

Bro. Earlie Roberson - Sigma Rho

Bro. Walter Hall - Nu Omega

Bro. Ralph Hargrave - Sigma Rho

Bro. Randolph Jackson - Nu Omega

Bro. Vince Johnson - Nu Chi

Bro. James Johnson, III - Zeta Phi

Bro. Charles Jones II - Tau Kappa Kappa

Bro. William Lewis - Sigma Rho

By: Bro. Donald Ratliff

Bro. Bobby Robinson - Nu Omega

Bro. Darius Sanders - Iota

Bro. Anthony Smith - Nu Chi

Bro. Malcolm Stewart - Nu Omega

Bro. Tyrone Stewart - Nu Omega

Bro. Michael Towns - Iota

Bro. Leon Trawick, Esq - Epsilon Rho

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Submitted

WHEN WE WEAR GLOVES BY BRO. DR. CARVER A. PORTLOCK

WHEN WE WEAR THE GLOVES A BROTHER HAS GONE FROM OUR MIDST AND SAILED TO GOLDEN SHORES.

WHEN WE WEAR THE GLOVES A BROTHER LEAVES THE CHAPTER ROLLS AND MOVES TO OTHER WORLDS FOR WHEN WE SAY OUR LAST GOODBYE HE WALKS ON STREETS OF PEARL.

WHEN WE WEAR THE GLOVES

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ALPHA KAPPA KAPPA BRO. CLYBURN VISITS GARY

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JOINT OMEGA SERVICE

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STATE OF INDIANA

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RHO GAMMA GAMMA

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CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM GOD

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPOINTS BROTHER JUDGE RODNEY HOLMES U. S. MAGISTRATE

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE: A STORY OF MENTORING

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TAU KAPPA KAPPA

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PONTIAC’S SCHOOL DISTRICT

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RHO MU NU

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NU OMEGA CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF SERVICE

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STATE OF INDIANA

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10th District Commitee

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