The Oracle - Fall 2021

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VOLUME 92 | NO. 43 |

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International Editor of the Oracle Brother Norm Senior 3951 Snapfinger Parkway Decatur, GA 30035



Undergraduate Editor

Brother Lynwood Adams

International Director of Photography

Brother James Witherspoon

District Directors of Public Relations

1st Brother Alexander Jones

2nd Brother Zanes E. Cypress, Jr.

3rd Brother Calvin Beidleman

4th Brother Marcus Bethay

5th Brother Irwin Todd

6th Brother Dr. Tim Hunter

7th Brother Sean Bland

8th Brother Eleualio Abraham

9th Brother Frank Watson

10th Brother Fred J. Saffold

12th Brother Jason Jones

13th Brother Dr. Carl Bampoe

Assistant International Photographers

Brother Galvin Crisp

Brother C. Delray Brown

Brother Jayson Jones

Brother Wayne Pollard

Emeritus Photographer - the late Brother John H. Williams

Copy Editors and Contributing Writers

Brother Darryl Blackwell

Brother Fred Cooke

Brother Ivory Gene Cooper

Brother Dr. Carl V. Hill

Brother Dr. Robert L. Gill

Brother Jonathan Matthews

Brother Milt Newton

System Program Engineer

Brother Cornelius Beidleman

Brother Byron Putman

Brother Nijel Redrick

Brother Sam Ryan

Brother Reginald Whitaker Jr.

Brother Ivy Williams

Brother Dr. Jerome Clayton Ross

On the Cover

(L-R Front) The family of Founder Cooper: Carrie Nelson-Robinson, Shelia Simpson-Lewis, Debbie Crump, Phyllis Crump (L-R Back) Dr. David Marion (41st Grand Basileus), John Howard (Executive Director). Philadelphia, PA


All eyes were on the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia PA, where brothers from all over the world witnessed the unveiling of both a historical marker and a street sign to recognize our esteemed Founder Dr. Oscar James Cooper.

12 FEATURES 04 06 08 Grand Basileus Message Brother Dr. David E. Marion 10 First Vice Grand Basileus Message Brother Ricky L. Lewis 11 Executive Director Message Brother John F. Howard 38 46 106 EDITORIALS 24 The District EvolutionGrowing the Omega Map 20 Carolina Panthers honor Brother John Coleman 22 Brothers recognized in “Forbes Next 1000” 16 The Invisible Shadow,
Robert L. Gill Part 1 31 Covenant Pastor’s Community Feeding Project 32 This is a Life of Perseverance: Bro. Milton M. Newton Need a Lawyer, here’s what you should do 100 Bro. Terrence Trammell Inducted into USATF Hall of Fame 98 Bro. Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, Honoring a Pioneer in Dementia Research Undergraduate News District News Omega Chapter Grand Basilei Supreme Council Roster 104 We are One Initiative: 100 Bikes for 100 Boys Project 102 Thinking Omega 103 Black Rhinos Mentoring Program 18 Colonel
Travolis Simmons nominated for








Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.




Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania


3rd DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE Virginia and Washington, D.C.






6TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE North Carolina and South Carolina


7TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi


8TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.



Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas


10TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin



Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming



Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Ghana, Hawaii, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, St. Croix VI, St. Thomas VI, St. Maarten, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom

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Undergraduate RepresentativeS









DR. EDWARD J. BRAYNON, JR. 30th Grand Basileus DR. DORSEY C. MILLER 35th Grand Basileus LLOYD J. JORDAN, ESQ 36th Grand Basileus DR. GEORGE H. GRACE 37th Grand Basileus WARREN G. LEE, JR. 38th Grand Basileus DR. ANDREW A. RAY 39th Grand Basileus
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The Dial
Pictured (L to R): Bros. Leroy Clay, Stewart Gee and Maurice Coates at The Dial at the Mother Pearl in the Spring of 1929. Original: Courtesy of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University. Edit by @Officialoppf


Dear Brothers:

Despite a pandemic, in the true spirit of perseverance, we have successfully executed our mandated programs, experienced numerous successes, and reached significant milestones. It has been an honor to participate in the many celebrations this season across Omegadom.

The celebrations of both our 94th International Achievement Week and 110th Founders’ Day were accented by centennial celebrations, such as the “Pearl of the 2nd District,” Pi Omega Chapter. Chartered in Baltimore in 1921, Pi Omega, most notably, is the home chapter of Founder Bishop Brother Edgar A. Love. This historical linkage is important because in a very real sense it makes clear to all of us the importance and viability of the local chapter to our founders.

In concert with their centennial celebration, Rho Chapter at Johnson C. Smith University awarded a check for $100,000 to the university’s scholarship endeavors. Similarly, at the Kappa Beta/Psi Rho Chapters Reunion Banquet, brothers established the Dr. William A. McMillan, Sr. Scholarship Endowment Fund at Rust College in the amount of $50,000 in the name of my mentor and our brother. Another event I attended invoked the memory of another mentor, our 33rd Grand Basileus, Dr. Moses C. Norman, Sr. The brothers of his home chapter, the Beta Psi Chapter, in his name created a $125,000 endowment on the campus of Clark Atlanta University. This form of generosity is embedded in the DNA of our Brotherhood. We invest in others because the beneficiaries of our investments grow stronger by us doing so.

Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter’s remarkable Achievement Week gathering was noteworthy in part because it signified a return to some semblance of normalcy in the face of a seemingly waning worldwide pandemic. Moreover, the fact that the event was hosted at the Andrews Airforce Base provided an ambiance of both resolve and authority.

Lastly, I firmly believe that these Founders’ Day reflections compel me to mention another founder. Founder Dr. Oscar James Cooper, established a thriving med-



ical practice in the heart of North Philadelphia from scratch. With family, friends, and Fraternity Brothers alike, I was blessed to attend and speak at an event where he was honored posthumously as his residential street and address were renamed 1621 Oscar J Cooper Way, Philadelphia, PA 19121.

In these expressed and very public moments, when we seek to gather for a unified purpose, the moment becomes electric. It becomes encouraging, galvanizing, and empowering. This must be our path forward Brothers. Remembering our Fraternal past…Celebrating our Fraternal Present…Preparing for our Fraternal Future. Let us move forward. The work awaits.


Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. International Headquarters

3951 Snapfinger Parkway Decatur, GA 30035

Telephone: (404) 284-5533 | Fax: (404) 284-0333


Greetings Brothers,

Oscar James Cooper, MD was an undergraduate student at Howard University in the city of his birth, Washington, DC; Founder of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and graduate of Howard University’s School of Medicine. These facts about Brother Cooper we know through our study of the history of our great fraternity—a union of kindred spirits based on friendship and service.

But who was the man, Oscar James Cooper? And what did he mean to the other two undergraduates? What kind of student was he, and what kind of man did he become? We know that he was born of parents who had high expectations of him. They wanted him to do great things in life, not just average things but great things! They insisted that when he leaves home and enters the greater world beyond his immediate family and friends, that he would be the type of man that could control himself, being neat in his dress, and always remaining fashionable, but to also have fun and enjoy life. Great things happened. Brother Cooper earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1913, and he earned a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1917.

But, that’s not all Brother Cooper did. He also met two other young gents with whom he struck up a friendship. And, out of that relationship, a new order was born. It has not only survived the challenges of the previous decades, some will say it has thrived. But to what end has the work of these three undergraduates been of benefit to themselves and others? Much like they found value in listening to the wisdom of their advisor and mentor, Brother Dr. Ernest Everett Just, their doctrine of pursuing a quality life for the community with liberty and justice has remained up-front and in the minds of its members.

Brother Cooper was healer who cared for those in need whether they had the resources or not. He was a man of Omega who like, his two other friends (Coleman and Love) wanted to align themselves with like-minded men on the campus of Howard University. From the beginning, they fought the battle to exist; they fought the suggestion that they not come into their own; they knew that they were about upholding a certain set of values that were good not only for themselves but for the community and for those who could not speak or do for themselves.

My dear brothers, I call on you to continue to be there for your community. Be there for those who do not have what you have; be there for those who are in need and who may not always know that they need help. I call on each of you be the man who can first: control himself, and then give back to be of service to our communities, have fun and enjoy life, be great fathers and great mentors in the name of protecting life and liberty in a good, indelible way and in service to others! Thank you again for this opportunity to serve as your First Vice Grand Basileus. I am honored! God bless the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Yours in Friendship,

1st VICE GRAND BASILEUS FROM THE DESK OF THE RICKYLEWIS@EARTHLINK.NET Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. International Headquarters 3951 Snapfinger Parkway Decatur, GA 30035 Telephone: (404) 284-5533 Fax: (404) 284-0333

Greetings My Brothers,

As the Executive Director of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., I often consider the far reaching and impactful legacy our beloved Fraternity has made in the lives of so many. I’m captivated by the work ethic, enthusiasm, and the resolve that our Founders and each of you have in servicing our communities. My goal is that you see commitment every time you interact with your international headquarters staff team.

As we approach the 83rd Grand Conclave this summer (July 22 – 26) in Charlotte, North Carolina, the international headquarters has been able to partner with multiple companies and organizations to make this event the most successful we’ve witnessed to date. We hope you participate in the various initiatives and programs they will offer the brotherhood. Our participation is important to the longstanding relationship we wish to establish.

Many of you have received the new purple fraternity card. The card is designed to certify your membership in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Our annual membership card will be digital and accessible via our mobile application. If you haven’t already, I ask that you download the Omega Psi Phi On-The-Go application—as this mobile application is important to your membership experience.

I encourage you to visit our website ( from time-to-time as we often have updates that will provide you with additional information and resources. If you have visited the website in the last 90 days you, will see a new job board, a partnership announcement, a brand guide and much more. The brand guide is important to the growth of Omega Psi Phi as it provides us with a guidance on how we present our beloved to the world.

During this time, let’s focus on our faith, families, communities, and commitments and reclaim others to do it with in good financial standing with the brand.

My brothers, I thank you for all that you do to make Omega bolder, brighter, and better, continue to stay safe.

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honoring founder dr. oscar james cooper


On Saturday, October 2, 2021, the Brothers of the “Mighty” Mu Omega Chapter hosted the event of the year! All eyes were on the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where brothers from all over the world witnessed the unveiling of both a historical marker and a street sign to recognize the vast accomplishments of our esteemed Founder Dr. Oscar James Cooper.

The ceremony began at 11:17am directly in front of 1621 West Jefferson Street in North Philadelphia, the former residence and medical office of Founder Cooper. The sun was out and the weather could not have been more perfect as Bro. Mark Edwards, Basileus of Mu Omega Chapter, served as the event’s Master of Ceremony. Pennsylvania State Senator Sharif Street gave a welcome to the sea of Brothers and friends of Omega, and also presented a citation to mark this auspicious occasion. Senator Street’s District Office is currently located inside Founder Cooper’s former residence to which the Senator stated, “it is an honor to come to work to serve people, and that I have a chance to sit in the office that Dr. Cooper occupied for so many years and continue his great legacy of service to the community.”

After the invocation that was given by Bro. Art Brown, Nancy Moses came forward to give remarks on behalf of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). Ms. Moses serves as the Chairwoman of PHMC and was directly involved with the approval of the historical marker. Ms. Moses shared that Founder Cooper joins only twenty-six other individuals in the state that have been honored with a historical marker.

Philadelphia City Councilmember Katherine Gilmore-Richardson also addressed the crowd on behalf of Mayor James Kenney and City Council President Darrell Clarke. Councilmember Gilmore-Richardson, who happens to be a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., was a chief proponent of Resolution #200121 which approved the renaming of the 1600 to 1700 block of West Jefferson Street to “Dr. Oscar J. Cooper Way.” A City Council Citation was also presented by Gilmore-Richardson to recognize the importance of the day and

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contributions of Founder Cooper. Councilmember Gilmore-Richardson was followed by the 41st Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Dr. David E. Marion.

Grand Basileus Marion first acknowledged many of the fraternity’s leaders who traveled to Philadelphia for the occasion. This list included the 34th 12th District Representative Bro. Kwame Dow, Second District First Vice District Representative Bro. Delrecole Gales, International History & Archives Chair Bro. Keir Pemberton, 36th Second District Representative Bro. J. Kendall Smalls, Chief of Staff Bro. Will Jemison, Assistant to the Grand Basileus Bro. Terrance Course, Executive Direc-

tor Bro. John Howard, Assistant Executive Director Bro. Kenny Foster, Interim Editor to the Oracle Bro. Norm Senior and Undergraduate Representative to the Supreme Council Bro. Eleualio Abraham. In addition, Bro. Marion acknowledged the 35th National President of National Pan-Hellenic Council and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Soror Vanetta Cheeks Reeder. Also in attendance were the Second District Keeper of Records & Seal Bro. Amir Sharif, the 26th Second District Representative and Past Grand Keeper of Records and Seal Bro. Terrel D. Parris, and the 29th Second District Representative Bro. Gregory Ackles.

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Grand Basileus Marion noted a little-known fact that while Founder Cooper was an undergraduate at Howard University, he was the link between the three friends and Dr. Ernest E. Just. The young Howard junior’s passion for biology landed Founder Cooper a position as laboratory assistant to then Associate Professor Just, where a friendship developed that would later be extended to Frank Coleman and Edgar Love. This bond between the “Three Musketeers” and Dr. Just established the foundation for what we now experience today as “the greatest fraternity in the world,” said Grand Basileus Marion.

Grand Basileus Marion closed by sharing that the lasting impression made on him from Dr. Cooper’s life was the notion of serving others. “It’s a blessing just to be in a position to help somebody, and it is our duty to give and help others,” says Grand Basileus Marion as he closes with his remarks. Mu Omega Basileus Mark Edwards called Grand Basileus Marion back up to the podium to receive a special gift from Councilmember Katherine Gilmore-Richardson. This gift was a miniature Liberty Bell as a small gesture of thanks for his visit to Philadelphia.

United States Congressman Dwight Evans spoke next and echoed the sentiments of the other speakers in stressing the importance of service to the community. Congressman Evans continued by stating that the community needs heroes and that we should all be intentional and mission-focused with our actions in continuing Dr. Cooper’s legacy of service. After Congressman Evans, the Executive Director of the Union Housing Development Corporation (UHDC), Mrs. Carol Smith was accompanied by her daughter Jordan Smith, representing the organization that now owns 1621 West Jefferson Street. It is fitting that UHDC has a mission of service which directly aligns to what Founder Cooper exemplified for nearly fifty years.

Mu Omega Chapter’s own Bro. La´Darreun Taylor performed a stirring rendition of the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Grand Basileus Marion then called Bro. Darryl Blackwell and Bro. Bill “Cabaret” Smith to the stage to present them with the Grand Basileus Coin for their steadfast dedication to making this day happen. Immediately following this presentation, Sheila Simpson-Lewis and Phyllis Crump (family members of Founder Cooper) accompanied Bro. Blackwell to the historical marker to remove the covering, and then did the same to the street sign. The days activities closed with a VIP Luncheon at the Delta Hotel Philadelphia Airport and an evening reception at the Mu Omega Fraternity House.

It is important to mention that the Mu Omega Chapter received enormous support from its charitable arm, The Mu Omega Foundation of Delaware Valley, Incorporated. The foundation’s chairman, Bro. Michael Horsey was in attendance and stated, “the renaming of the street and unveiling of the historical marker are one of the most historical events in Philadelphia African American history.” The foundation sponsored the chapter’s 101st Anniversary celebration held the night before, as well as the memorial service at Founder Cooper’s gravesite.

On Sunday, October 3, 2021, family members of Founder Cooper and Omega Men participated in the memorial service, which was the first time the fraternity officially recognized the new marker at the gravesite since its installation in 2017. The service was led by our Mu Omega chaplain, Bro. Richard Norris II. Mu Omega Centennial Chairman, Bro. Bill Smith, delivered the welcome. The chaplain delivered the opening prayer and proclamation of friendship. Bro. Luke Smith recited the poem, “When We Wear the Gloves”, followed by a scripture reading by the chaplain. Words of friendship were offered by Bro. Mark Edwards, basileus of Mu Omega.

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International History & Archives Chair Bro. Keir Pemberton, as the Founders’ Memorial Chair who led the effort in 2014 to install bronze and granite markers at each of the founders’ gravesites, delivered the marker presentation to the Cooper family describing the history and efforts behind the project. He thanked the family for allowing our fraternity to install the marker and reminded the brothers in attendance the importance of the engraved words of Founder Cooper, taken from a letter written in 1941, focusing on the importance of service. Bro. Pemberton stated that the selection of the personalized quotes was not done by accident but to serve as a reminder that Omega is first and foremost a service organization. Following the presentation, Bros. Bill Smith and Dave Benson performed the wreath laying ceremony. Remarks were made by Ms. Carrie Robinson, great niece of Founder Cooper, expressing the family’s gratitude for the weekend activities and thanking the

brotherhood for honoring their Uncle Oscar. The ceremony closed with a benediction from the chaplain and singing of the fraternity hymn.

“Our honorable Founder Dr. Oscar James Cooper, one of the Three Musketeers and for whom some would consider the knight without fear and without reproach, truly deserves the recognition of this historical marker and the renaming of the 1600 block of West Jefferson Street. This day would not have occurred without that 2018 conversation I had with Bro. Luke Smith” says Bro. Darryl Blackwell. The theme of the entire unveiling event was one of service, and it’s worth mentioning that Founder Cooper once said, “we live to serve our fellow man.” Let the historical marker located on Dr. Oscar J. Cooper Way, be a constant reminder to every brother that being of service to others must be a mainstay in our lives.

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All Brothers know that Dr. Robert L. Gill wrote the Fraternity’s second history book. He was the fraternity’s first and only Grand Historian, having been appointed at the 1949 Grand Conclave by Grand Basileus Milo C. Murray. The enormous figure he cast as manager of his father’s farm, scholar, athlete, teacher, Tuskegee Airman, university professor, family man, and sterling Omega man is of many layers. Many know a few layers but only a few know all about this “Invisible Shadow.”

Bob, as family and friends called, him was born in 1911 in Winnsboro, South Carolina but raised on his father’s farm in Spencer, North Carolina, just outside of Salisbury. At a young age, he began managing the farm, worked part-time as an engine valve and truck lubricator for the Southern Railroad, all while attending Dunbar High School. He was a top tier athlete in football, played guard on the 1929 basketball team that won a state championship, and played third base on the baseball team that also won a state championship. He was a scholar, even in high school, winning a cup as class valedictorian.

That fall, he enrolled into Livingstone College in Salisbury. He became a lampado and was number 10 of 14 young men initiated at Lambda Psi into the Fraternity in October 1929. Bro. Gill played football, bas-

ketball and baseball all four years. He was an All CIAA outfielder in baseball for three years, All CIAA lineman in football for one year, and All CIAA running back for two years. He was the captain of all three teams in his senior year. Gill was an English major and received the Scholar-Athlete Award when he graduated in 1933.

Dr. Gill taught English at Chatham Country Training School where he was assistant principal, athletic director and coach of the school’s teams. He was awarded Coach of the Year. He returned to Livingstone as Dean of Men, athletic director and coach of the school’s teams. Gill was also the faculty advisor for Lambda Psi chapter. He obtained his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Michigan. While earning those degrees, he taught history at what is now Arkansas Pine Bluff, and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. There, he was active with Eta Sigma Chapter.

In 1942, Gill was drafted by the U.S. Army and served in the signal corps. After making sergeant, he was sent to Officers Candidate School in Miami. In May 1944, Gill was commissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to the Tuskegee Army Air Field. Gill was invited to give the keynote address at the 30th

Grand Conclave in Little Rock, Arkansas. The title of his address was, ‘The Negro in Post War America.” Gill is in the famous Omegas at Tuskegee Army Air Field photograph. He is on the fourth row, fifth from the left.

After his discharge in July 1945 he moved his wife, Rubye, and son, Walter, to Baltimore where he began teaching history at Morgan State College. There, he would continue his legendary career of university professor, family man and stalwart Omega man icon.

Dr. Walter Gill (Pi Chapter, 1957) is the son of Dr. Robert L. Gill. The son is active with Pi Omega in Baltimore, Maryland.

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brother travolis simmons

Colonel Travolis Simmons, Beta Eta ‘96, University of Alabama was nominated for Brigadier General of the US Air Force.

He is an active duty WG/CC and currently commanding the 3rd Fighter Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

Brother Simmons is also an F-22 pilot. He is a great brother, and this is a well-deserved promotion to flag rank.

brother Winston “Hi IQ” Langham

Congratulations are in order for Bro. LCDR Winston “Hi IQ” Langham as he celebrated his retirement from the United States Navy after a 30 year career of distinguished service. After enlisting in 1991, Bro Langham earned 9 ranks including a Naval Officer Commission and retired as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer and Instructor.

Bro. Langham was honored during a ceremony held at Norfolk Naval Station on August 27, 2021 surrounded by family, colleagues and friends. He received several commendations and awards including recognition from the Commander in Chief, President Joseph Biden, for his three decades of dedicated military service.

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From the Desk of the International Reclamation and Retention Committee

Brothers of Omega,

Your International Reclamation and Retention (R/R) Committee continues to work diligently to provide districts, chapters and Brothers with programs and initiatives focused on executing the goals and objectives of this committee while continuing to promote and execute our theme “Each One Bring One.” In this issue we wanted to recognize the committee members and to thank them for their commitment and dedication to this vital committee.

Committee Chairman and District: Darryl Moore – 4th District E-mail:; Vice-Chairman and District: Marion B. Williams – 7th District E-mail:

Committee Members & District: Jason Arnold – 1st District Reclamation/Retention Chair; Kenneth (KC) Calvin – 2nd District Reclamation/Retention Co-Chair; Dana Farmer – 2nd District Reclamation/Retention Co-Chair; Reginald Parker – 3rd District Reclamation/Retention Chair; Frank Borris -3rd District Reclamation/Retention Co-Chair; Ricardo Prude – 4th District Reclamation/Retention Chair; Gerald Dossett – 5th District Retention Chair; Gerald Few – 5th District Reclamation Chair; Darryl Jackson -6th District Retention Chair; Abram Liles – 6th District Reclamation Chair; Willie Curry -7th District Reclamation Chair; Jeff Robinson – 7th District Retention Chair; Darnell Buggs – 8th District Reclamation/Retention Chair ; Gary Jiles Sr. – 9th District Reclamation Chair; David Williams – 9th District Retention Chair; James Officer, III – 10th District Reclamation/Retention Chair; Taurus Richardson – 12th District Reclamation Chair; Damon Blythe – 12th District Retention Chair; Bryce Pringle – 13th District Reclamation/Retention Chair; At-Large Members: Theopolis

Washington – 4th District; Meltran Leach Sr, - 4th District; Kenneth Joe, Sr. - 7th District; Roger Henderson – 7th District; Henry Hankerson – 7th District; Lamar Cole – 4th District; Brian Stanfield – 5th District; Kendric Jackson –4th District. Brother Claude Tolbert – International IT Vice Chairman serves as the IT Representative on the committee. In addition to the committee members, Grand Officers (1stVG) Ricky Lewis, (GKF) Johnny Smith and (GKRS) Mark Jackson routinely participate on our monthly meeting calls and are an intricate part of this committee.

Our goals for 2021-2022 are to promote Reclamation and Retention at all levels (International, District, State and Chapter level), retain 90 percent of our membership from last year, reclaim a minimum of 5,000 members annually, and to exceed 35,000 financial members by 10.31.22. These are very reasonable and obtainable goals for this great Fraternity and with your help and support, we can make it a reality. If every financial brother reaches out and reclaims just one non-financial brother while continuing to retain his active status, we will double our financial membership. The stronger our numbers, the bigger our voice. As an added incentive, Districts, Chapters, and individual brothers who reclaim and retain the most brothers will receive financial awards as noted in our “Each One Bring One” incentive program.

Brothers, the Omega train continues to move to the next level, are you on board? If so, make Reclamation and Retention, our most important nationally mandated program, a major priority and your personal commitment to “Each One Bring One.”

brother darryl e. moore international reclamation and retention chairman
BRother marion b. williams international reclamation and retention vice chairman (678) 595-8282
(216) 659-5488
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CHARLOTTE, NC - On Saturday December 11, 2021, The Carolina Panthers christened the West Lobby entrance at Bank of America Stadium the “John Coleman Lobby,” honoring the genial security guard who greeted people at the front desk for 25 years.

Former Panther players were in attendance, Steve Smith, Muhsin Muhammad, Brad Hoover, Mike Rucker and Tre Boston to name a few.

Everybody loves the guy. “John Coleman is a soul-lifter,” Panthers owner David Tepper said. “I remember the doom and gloom of the 2001 season,” Rucker said. “We were 1-15, and here was this guy smiling at us when we came in every day, making us feel better. That meant something.”

Coleman and his wife, Elaine, have do not have kids, but Brother Coleman treated all the players as if they were

his sons. He will have a plaque honoring him that will hang in the John Coleman Lobby at the Stadium. Coleman worked at the front desk of the lobby for 25 years, greeting players, coaches, and everyone else who came through the door each day.

“I saw them the day they walked in the door after getting drafted, and I saw them the day they walked out the door for the last time,” Coleman said. “And I saw them a lot in between. Sometimes they’d come by and talk for a few minutes. The NFL is a family, you know. I’d make sure they knew that.”

An example of how much Coleman was well thought of, George Seifert only thanked a few people by name when he got fired as head coach after the 2001 season; Coleman was one of them. Former Panther Mike Rucker timed his retirement announcement so Coleman could attend.

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After purchasing the franchise and meeting John, Tepper asked Coleman for his business card that day so he could have Coleman’s phone number. Coleman said he didn’t have any, and so one of Tepper’s first acts when he bought the Panthers was to get Coleman a set of the cards to hand out, now in a new role as team “ambassador.”

Although officially retired, Brother Coleman still likes to work and works two days a week in Rock Hill at the Panthers’ under-construction new training complex. Coleman also volunteers with the park and recreation department in Rock Hill and at a local YMCA. On Coleman’s dedication day with the Panthers, Tepper spoke without notes before unveiling the new “John Coleman Lobby” sign. “The things that John Coleman could do for you, for your soul, to lift you up,” Tepper said later in an interview. “When you won a game, lost a game. Just the wisdom, the words of encouragement … The

sunshine he brought into your life. And all the sunshine he’s brought for all the years he’s been here … he was like a refresher for your soul.”

Cookies honoring Brother Coleman were part of the reception on Saturday. The “96” refers to 1996, the year Coleman came to work for the Panthers.

“I could still use Mr. Coleman every day in this building, I can tell you that,” Tepper said. Deeply religious, Coleman asked that a prayer be included during Saturday’s ceremony, as well as a song that he sang along with several his fraternity brothers.

Photos courtesy of Carolina Panthers Photographer Chanelle Smith-Walker Brother Coleman with Brothers of Kappa Alpha Chapter. Front Row: (L-R) Brothers Carl Dicks, Claude T. Williams, John Coleman, Jerrod Bridges (Chapter Basileus), Robert Parker, Eddie White, III Back Row: (L-R) Brothers Carl Ratliff, Torrance Robinson
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Brother Coleman and Carolina Panthers’ team owner David Tepper


momentous sports medicine

Dr. Tim Vidale is the CEO of Momentous Sports Medicine and the former Physical Therapist and Rehab Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he was a hurdler and decathlete on the track and field team. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and was initiated into the Pi Kappa Kappa Chapter in 2008. Dr. Vidale went on to attain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University. Following graduation, Dr. Vidale relocated to Washington, DC where he earned his MBA from George Washington University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), attained through the Institute for Athlete Regeneration. He has served as an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Howard University. He also represented Team USA as a Physical Therapist at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada with the United States Olympic Committee. He also currently serves as the Physical Therapist for USA Softball National team. Dr. Vidale is a published author, with publications in internationally distributed textbooks and scholarly journals and is also a content reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Vidale sits on the State Board of Physical Therapy for Washington, DC, and is also the chairman of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Jeanna and daughters, Taryn and Sage.

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david castro

ceo of complex apparel llc

David Castro is the founder and CEO of Complex Apparel LLC, an apparel conglomerate based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL focused on translating authentic street culture into elevated products. Castro serves as the President & Design Director of the brand Dungeon Forward, a storytelling and innovative head-wear brand striving to create crowns for the culture while also investing in the community via targeted scholarships.

Forbes Magazine listed Castro as one of the Next 1000 entrepreneurs to watch in December 2021. He is also a Licensed Architect, Artist, Writer, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Product Designer determined to convert design passion and entrepreneurial effort into abundant philanthropy. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University (‘06), and the University of Miami (‘10).

David Castro is a Spring 2005 initiate of Upsilon Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a current financial member of Sigma Alpha Chapter in Miami, Florida. He currently lives in Margate, Florida with his wife and daughter.

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The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has enjoyed an existence of over 110 years and has shown amazing growth over the course of its history. The Fraternity has established over 990 chapters around the world during its existence. Over the course of its growth, the Fraternity went through a number of territorial changes before arriving at its current global alignment. The moves at times were geographical in nature with small adjustments of a state or two switching from one jurisdiction to another. Some of these changes took place in short time spans, sometimes yearly, especially throughout the thirties.

Researching and referencing the most available information is a healthy task and one that future historians should look to expand upon. Recognizing the frequency of these realignments, this written examination of those movements presented an opportunity to focus on some of the biggest changes and how they led to a more final settling of territories.

The Fraternity now embarks on the 100th anniversary of utilizing a regional governing practice as districts. Looking at the trajectory of those early years, it is understandable that there would be a need to adhere to better organizational practices. This was a direct result of the explosion of chapters beginning in 1919 as the Fraternity entered its eighth year of existence. Prior to 1919, The Fraternity had

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established three undergraduate chapters. Alpha Chapter was located at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Beta Chapter at Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania and Gamma, represented by several colleges in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

Starting in 1919, under the guidance and groundwork of the 7th Grand Basileus Raymond George Robinson, the Fraternity did flourish with new charters being offered to schools in Nashville, TN (Delta), New York, NY (Epsilon), Richmond, VA (Zeta), and Atlanta, GA (Eta). Also, under Grand Basileus Robinson administration, the creation of the graduate chapter increased the opportunities for post-graduate participation for members. These graduate chapters opened the doors for college graduates who were not fortunate enough to have a chapter on their campus to join the Fraternity.


Recognizing the growth potential past the reach of individual college campuses, Omega had to consider the way governing her chapters would take form. As the Fraternity grew out of Washington, D.C. to Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and places as far as California, the need to have a uniform system in place for all chapters to adhere to grew stronger. In the book Baird’s Manual of American College Fraternities, author William Raimond Baird puts forward language for an organized government that suggests each fraternity should select a parent chapter to be called a Grand Chapter. From this centralized chapter, all chapters would communicate a set form and flow of information. He further explains that this Grand Chapter would be guided by the voices of delegates from its individual chapters. Such direction and occurring policies would be the results coming forth from the conventions of such delegates. In the case of Omega, the Grand Chapter was set up from the very beginning. This chapter consisted of the Grand Basileus, the Grand Keeper of Records, and the Grand Keeper of Seals (the three governing officers of the organization) and representatives (delegates) of each Chapter that convened annually for a meeting called the Grand Conclave.

Another opportunity for growth was solving the retention of Fraternity men once they were no longer undergraduates. The practice of creating alumni chapters in major cities allowed members to continue their interest in serving their organizations. It held forth the means to conduct Fraternity business, hold chapter meetings, and have a voice in governing matters by sending delegates to conventions. With times of such rapid growth, Omega adopted additional methods utilized by fraternities whereas territories would be divided into Districts.

Through the administrations of the 8th Grand Basileus Harold Hillyer Thomas and 9th Grand Basileus Jasper Alston Atkins, the Fraternity’s efforts to expand continued. In a period of four years starting from the beginning of 1919 to the close of 1923, the Fraternity grew from three chapters to forty-seven chapters across the United States. While brief, the placement of Theta Chapter at the University of California, gave the Fraternity temporary representation on both coasts. With the arrival of Lambda Chapter at the University of Southern California in 1923, Omega now claimed chapters on both sides of the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, and in doing so was recognized as the first Black Greek Letter organization to span the country. With the relocation of Sigma Chapter from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University in Chicago to McGill University in Canada in December of 1923, the Fraternity now had its first international chapter past the northern border of the United States.


The initial responsibilities of managing the new chapters fell on the Grand Basileus and, subsequently, the Vice

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Grand Basileus when that position was created. At the Eleventh Grand Conclave during the week of December 26-30, 1922, in Philadelphia, newly elected 9th Grand Basileus Jasper Alston Atkins was granted the authority to identify and appoint men to assist in supervising our chapters and the five districts he divided the Fraternity into. Grand Basileus Atkins appointed the following men to become the first District Representatives of Omega.

• Charles William White, Eta Chapter in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was assigned to the New England States which also included Sigma Chapter in Toronto, Canada.

• Carter Lee Marshall, Alpha Omega Chapter in Washington DC, was responsible for the Middle Atlantic States.

• Leander Raymond Hill, formerly of Delta Chapter, living in St Paul, Minnesota, was responsible for the

With each District Representative now in charge, their mandates were clear. In accordance with the Fraternity’s plans for expansion, they were to visit every chapter under their jurisdiction once a year, identify new locations for chapters, and inspire chapters to maintain health and financial wellness. One of the biggest opportunities the growing districts presented was the flowing of fellowship among neighboring chapters, states, and active members of the Fraternity as well as the rekindling of the fraternal spirit in detached members. Results showed that such interaction inspired bonding, sharing of ideas, and most importantly members working together on programs.

In a short time span, the Fraternity went from five districts in 1922 to eighteen districts in 1924. These new territories covered forty-eight chapters and the following men served as District Representatives in 1924.

• 1st District-Rudolph Ulysses Lanclos, Gamma Chapter in Boston, MA.

• 2nd District-Frederick Douglas Johnson, Epsilon Chapter in New York City, NY.

• 3rd District-Julius Scotland McClain, Mu Omega Chapter in Philadelphia, PA.

• 4th District-Joshua Lightfoot Heartwell, Delta Omega in Petersburg, VA.

• 5th District-Francis Marion Kennedy, Tau Omega Chapter in Winston Salem, NC.

• 6th District-William John Faulkner, Eta Omega in Atlanta, GA.

• 7th District-Daniel Bernetter Taylor, Iota Omega at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

• 8th District-Julian William Kelso, Theta Chapter in Marshall, TX.

• 9th District-James Arthur Redd, Theta Omega in Louisville, KY.

• 10th District-Nathaniel Braxton Bowen, Zeta Omega in Cleveland, OH.

• 11th District-Benjamin Wilbon Clayton, Sigma Omega in Chicago, IL.

Central States.

• William John Faulkner, Eta Omega Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia, handled the Southern States.

• Future 11th Grand Basileus George Louis Vaughn, Upsilon Omega Chapter in St Louis, Missouri, was tasked with governing the Western States.

These appointments were made to cover areas in the United States within the proximity of members and chapters. At the time, some states like Michigan, Minnesota, and Tennessee had only one established chapter, whereas in states like Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Georgia there were multiple chapters.

• 12th District-George Louis Vaughn, Upsilon Omega in St. Louis, MO.

• 13th District-Charles Augustus Chandler, Xi Omega of Tulsa, OK.

• 14th District-Dr. Leander Raymond Hill, Formerly of Delta Chapter. Dr. Hill was based out of St Paul, MN.

• 17th District-William McKinley Peterz, Lambda Chapter in Los Angeles, CA.

• 18th District-Walter Herbert Mazyck, Alpha Omega Chapter in Washington, DC.

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There were no territories or District Representatives listed for the 15th and 16th Districts.

The number of districts remained large over the course of the next few years and in his report at the 16th Grand Conclave of 1927, 12th Grand Basileus Julius Scotland McClain makes mention questions from the membership as to why so many small areas were considered districts. His response was that at that time the number of dedicated brothers appointed to each district would provide key attention to such territories and in the long run would be best for addressing the attention needed in keeping chapters functional, working on special projects, and reclaiming detached members - all of which was vital in strengthening the Fraternity. While the District Representatives were much needed, additional help managing the expanding fraternity was to come in the form of the Traveling Representative.

In 1927 under the 12th Grand Basileus McClain, the Traveling Representative role was created, and Fred B. Payton of Chicago, Illinois was the first member to be appointed to serve in this position. The Traveling Representative held responsibilities like those of the original District Representatives, such as reaching out to detached members, inactive or delinquent chapters, and looking into housing for undergraduates. This national role also gave deliverance of fraternal news from the Grand Chapter directly to individual chapters.

At the conclusion of 1927, Omega had chapters across 26 States and one in Canada. Under Grand Basileus McClain’s administration, the Fraternity transitioned from the eighteen districts that were covered

in 1924, to seventeen in 1928 to a reduction to almost half with nine in 1929. The Fraternity had 81 chapters heading into the thirties. The following men led their districts at the close of the decade.

• 1st District-Richard Edmond Carey, Xi Phi Chapter in New York, NY. and Malvin Proctor, Gamma Chapter in Roxbury, MA. shared responsibilities for the district.

• 2nd District-Mosley Bradley McAden, Phi Omega Chapter in Buffalo, NY.

• 3rd District-George Dennis Brantley, St Louis, MO.

• 4th District-Orlando J. Smith, St Paul MN.

• 5th District-Dr. Clarence Fitzhugh Holmes, Jr. (past 6th Grand Basileus), Chi Phi Chapter in Pueblo, CO.

• 6th District-Hayward P. Carter, Alpha Phi Chapter in Houston, TXs.

• 7th District-Harold Hillyer Thomas (past 8th Grand Basileus), Eta Omega Chapter in Atlanta, GA.

• 8th District-Stanley Herbert Adams, Pi Phi Chapter in Charlotte NC.

• 9th District-Dallas F. Nicholas, Mu Omega in Philadelphia, PA.

The beginning of the thirties marked some additional changes to the district alignments. While in 1931 a Tenth district was added back into the line-up a bigger shift was proposed in early 1933. A letter drafted to the Fraternity’s Grand Keeper of Records and Seal (GKRS) Walter Herbert Mazyck on February 18, 1933, by 14th Grand Basileus Lawrence Augustus Oxley put forth the following new district alignment.

• 1st District-Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Sigma Chapter in Toronto, Canada.

• 2nd District-New York, New Jersey.

• 3rd District-Pennsylvania, Delaware.

• 4th District-Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland.

• 5th District-Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio*.

• 6th District-North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee.

• 7th District-Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi*

• 8th District-Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas.

• 9th District-Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, California.

• 10th District-Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin.

*Grand Basileus Oxley put forth in his letter that Ohio be part of the Fifth District and Mississippi be part of the Seventh District. However, The Fraternity directories in the April and November 1934 Oracles still listed Ohio as part of the Third

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*Grand Basileus Oxley put forth in his letter that Ohio be part of the Fifth District and Mississippi be part of the Seventh District. However, The Fraternity directories in the April and November 1934 Oracles still listed Ohio as part of the Third District and Mississippi as part of the Fifth District. The state of Ohio remains in the Third District until 1937 when it became part of the newly added Eleventh District. The state of Mississippi would eventually show up in the Omega directory as part of the Seventh District in 1942 after reorganization in 1941.
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District and Mississippi as part of the Fifth District. The state of Ohio remains in the Third District until 1937 when it became part of the newly added Eleventh District. The state of Mississippi would eventually show up in the Omega directory as part of the Seventh District in 1942 after reorganization in 1941.

Additionally, as part of that letter, Grand Basileus Oxley asked that the GKRS Mazyck create a record of these new districts. He asked that this report list the total number of chapters in each territory and the names of each member in such locations. He asked that all chapters and members of the Fraternity active and detached be contacted by the District Representatives with assistance from the Supreme Council. Following the 1933 Grand Conclave, Grand Basileus Oxley appointed the following men as District Representatives.

• 1st District-Everett C. Yates, Eta Phi Chapter, Boston MA.

• 2nd District-Ellis Brown Weatherless, Xi Phi Chapter, New York, NY.

• 3rd District-George Billingslia, Ardmore, PA.

• 4th District-James Arthur Weisiger, Alpha Omega Chapter, Washington, D.C.

• 5th District-Julius Albert Thomas of Theta Omega Chapter, Louisville, KY.

• 6th District-Stanley Herbert Adams, Pi Phi Chapter, Charlotte, NC.

• 7th District-Harold Hillyer Thomas of Eta Omega Chapter, Atlanta, GA.

• 8th District-Herman S. Dreer of Upsilon Omega Chapter, St. Louis, MO.

• 9th District-Hayward P. Carter of Alpha Phi Chapter, Houston, TX.

• 10th District-Francis Morse Dent of Nu Omega Chapter, Detroit, MI.

Prior to and after the 1934 Grand Conclave, there was a slight difference listed for district alignments. It appears that for a short time an eleventh District was added to the organization after the 1934 Grand Conclave. These slight changes were common in the 1930s. While the following states were listed for 1935, the notes in parenthesis indicate the changes that were listed from the Chapter Directory in the April 1934 issue of The Oracle:

• 1st District-Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Sigma Chapter in Toronto, Canada.

• 2nd District-New York, New Jersey, Connecticut (previously listed in the 1st District)

• 3rd District-Pennsylvania, Ohio.

• 4th District-Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware (previously listed in the 3rd District).

• 5th District-Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana.

• 6th District-North Carolina, South Carolina.

• 7th District-Georgia, Florida, Alabama.

• 8th District-Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois (previously listed as part of the 10th District).

• 9th District-Texas, Oklahoma, California.

• 10th District-Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin.

• 11th District-Virginia, West Virginia (previously listed in the 4th Districts).


As Omega celebrated its 25th year of existence in late 1936 there were ten organized Districts. In looking at the years prior and the number of changes to the territories, most of the recent district alignments were still consistent in geography based on the direction given by Grand Basileus Oxley in 1933. However, the biggest change happened in the Fifth District with a total switching of states. It previously consisted of Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, and Ohio. Both Kentucky and Indiana were moved to the Tenth District, and Ohio and West Virginia were moved to the Third and Fourth Districts respectively. The new district alignment was as follows:

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• 1st District-Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Sigma Chapter in Toronto, Canada.

• 2nd District-New York, New Jersey, Connecticut.

• 3rd District-Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio.

• 4th District-Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia.

• 5th District-Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

• 6th District-North Carolina, South Carolina.

• 7th District-Georgia, Florida, Alabama.

• 8th District-Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota.

• 9th District-Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, California.

• 10th District-Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin.

Along with these new changes, 15th Grand Basileus William Edward Baugh appointed the following men to manage the districts:

• 1st District-Everett C. Yates, Dorchester, MA.

• 2nd District-Ellis Brown Weatherless, Xi Phi Chapter, New York, NY.

• 3rd District-Robert D. Baskerville, Mu Omega in Philadelphia, PA.

• 4th District-Clifford Richard Alexander, Baltimore, MD.

• 5th District-Zephaniah Alexander Looby, Nashville, TN.

• 6th District-Stanley Herbert Adams, Pi Phi Chapter in Charlotte, NC.

• 7th District-Marcellus Meyer Austell of Atlanta, GA.

• 8th District-Ulysses Simpson Donaldson of St. Louis, MO.

• 9th District-Hayward P. Carter, Alpha Phi Chapter in Houston, TX.

• 10th District-George A. Isabell, Nu Omega Chapter in Detroit, MI.

A few of these men had served previously as District Representatives for their territories, namely Everett C. Yates, Ellis B. Weatherless, Stanley Herbert Adams, and Hayward P. Carter.

While there would be some additional tweaks to the states between 1936 and 1937, the last of the new changes for the year 1937 yet again saw the addition of the Eleventh District with Ohio and West Virginia as the two states composing the district. Unlike the previous year, this alignment of the districts remained in place and there were no adjustments as Omega was heading into the forties.

Part II of the District Evolution to appear in the next publication of the Oracle


community feeding project covenant pastor’s

On Saturday February 26, 2022, Bro. Bishop James Jones, (Gamma Xi 2018) pastor of Greater Grace Church, partnered with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and the “Covenant Pastor’s Community Feeding Project.” The group distributed over 800 meals (36,000 pounds) to families in need. Families began to line up almost an hour prior to the scheduled event.

Bishop Jones has been in the ministry for 32 years and is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Greater Grace Church for the last 13 years. He has a heart for the people in his community and gives back continuously throughout the year. “I have a tremendous passion and burden for those who are marginalized by the vicissitudes of life.” said Brother Jones.

Several organizations assisted the distribution including the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., (Eastern Area Chapters 1 and 2). Other organizations such as, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Order of the Eastern Star participated. Each or-

ganization helped place food items such as fresh chicken, beef, ham, sweet potatoes, cabbage and other items into each vehicle.

Brother Turan Smith (Gamma Xi 1984) gave each family a special gift card donated by Food Lion Grocery. A father that volunteered at the event stated: “I’m so glad I was able to support Bishop Jones. It was a great example of showing my kids how to support the community. It was a great all-around experience for me and my kids”. The father also was thankful for being a part of something that was bigger than himself.

Bishop Jones was asked about being a pillar in his community and he said: “I believe leadership at its best, is about transformation. I believe transformational leaders not only change circumstances and conditions, but change mindsets.” The community can look forward to Bishop Jones being that pillar that impacts his community as well as bringing those in the community together.

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our 2021 NBA Champions! Milwaukee Bucks! Hearing those words is a dream come true for me. A dream I have prayed for many times in the past. Isn’t that why we play sports…to reach the pinnacle? My mother asked me at age 5 what I wanted to be when I grew up. At that age you really do not know what you want to be, but I told her I wanted to be an NBA player or a Park Ranger. As a kid I loved the outdoors and thought it would be fun to work outdoors. I have come a long way since I was a little boy. My life is a story of Perseverance: a cardinal principle close to my heart.

I grew up on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was there that perseverance was instilled into my character, even before I knew what the word meant. I was born with pneumonia and had to fight through that. You could say I have been a fighter since birth. I grew up in a single parent home. Mommy was the boss. I remember feeling angry and neglected because my biological father was a ghost and practically showed me no love. My anger was the rudder that determined how I dealt with obstacles and adversity as a kid. Through it all, my grandmother, the matriarch of the family, along with aunts, uncles and cousin fiercely kept me sheltered.

Growing up in a single parent home with limited resources relegates you to the “needs category” and keeps you from the “wants category.” It can be an obstacle. Anything outside of food was a luxury. I remember in the 7th grade; I wanted a new pair of sneakers because the pair I had had a hole in the bottom of them. But we could not afford new sneakers, instead, I improvised and stuffed some strips of cardboard into my shoe to cover the hole and kept it moving. My mom was raising 3 boys

and 1 girl on a very limited budget. We were the ones borrowing sugar, flour, and other necessities. I was ripe for recruiting into a gang to deal drugs or steal to get new sneakers and other things I wanted, but my desire to play basketball was the thing that helped me make the right decisions most of the time.

I found out early the value of hard work. I decided that if I wanted something, I had to work for it. No one was going to give anything to me. I got a job selling the local newspaper until I made enough money to buy a new pair of white Pro-Keds. Working hard was not an issue for me, but school was more of a challenge.

I was a smart kid but did not necessarily like school at that young age. I remember having to repeat the 7th grade for being truant from one or all classes during that school year. My mother was too busy working to notice. All she knew, was that I got on the school bus, or she dropped me off at school. As far as she was concerned, I was going to class. Receiving that final report card was an embarrassing moment in my life. That moment woke me up. I began making choices that gave me the best chances to succeed in life. I decided I would control the things I had control over, like going to class and investing in myself.

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Regardless, by the 8th grade, I was becoming too difficult for my mother to handle. At the age of 14 she sent to the states to live with my cousin. My cousin taught me lessons about manhood and straightened me out when I got out of line. However, I did not keep my end of the deal to control my anger. I got into it with my cousin frequently. My stay there lasted only one school year. I had a dilemma, move back to the islands or move to Washington, D.C. to live with my aunt, a 25-year Air Force veteran. There was no way my mom would allow me to move back to the Islands. So, to Washington, D.C. I went.

That is when my life turned around and I was taught what it was to be and act like a man. As the man I call my dad would say, “being a positive contributing member to your community.” That man is Brother Kent Amos, an Omega Man, Psi Epsilon Delaware State 1967. He is the man who helped shaped me into the man I am today. He encouraged me to see adversity as opportunities to practice perseverance. Brother Amos is the most generous person I have ever known. He has looked out for me since the day we met, he even invited me into his home.

I lived in Northwest D.C. and attended Coolidge High School. When my aunt enrolled me in school, my goal was to make the basketball team. I knew no one at the school or in area at the time. First day of school for me was memorable. One of the guys felt he had to test me, and I got into a fight. After we finished taking care of our business, with the approval of our principal, he told us we had to clean the cafeteria for a month. I knew that basketball tryouts would be coming up and I could not spend my time getting into trouble. Coolidge had one of the top teams in the district. If I could make the team, I would have a shot at a basketball scholarship. I knew I had to be about my grades. I found new focus on my way to becoming a national student scholar. I made varsity as a 10th grader. My lighthouse kept me focused after that initial hiccup.

I was good enough to be invited to the famed Five Star basketball camp where I caught the eye of Hall of Fame coach John Calipari. At the time Coach Calipari was an assistant coach at the University of Kansas. I eventually attended University of Kansas and played for two other Hall of Fame coaches, Larry Brown and Roy Williams. During my time at Kansas, I was a starter on our National Championship team in 1988, making the Midwest Regional All-Tourney Team and the All Final Four Team. While at Kansas, I also earned both a Bachelors and Masters degree.

I went un-drafted in the 1988 NBA Draft. It was a big

blow to my dreams. Fortunately, I was selected by the Lakers to attend vet camp. However, that is where my dream to play the NBA was cut due to injury. Bloody but unbowed, I figured if I could not play in the league, I would like to work in the league and one day run my own team. My coach Larry Brown helped me to get my first job in the NBA in 1993. I have been in the business of basketball ever since.

I worked my way up the sports executive ladder, first as the Denver Nuggets/Community Relations Coordinator for a year. My 24-year career includes USA Basketball, Assistant Director of Men’s Program; Philadelphia 76ers Talent Scout; NBA League Office, Director of Player Personnel; Washington Wizards, VP of Player Personnel; Minnesota Timberwolves, General Manager, and I have been with the Milwaukee Bucks going on 5 years now.

There have been many experiences I persevered through along the way, but I have always believed that I would realize my dreams. As a result, my dreams to be an NBA Champion have come true. Additional blessings include having my childhood playground being renamed in my honor, the Milton M. Newton Playground on the island of St. Thomas. Those things are not even the best things about my life, I am the father of 2 gems, Shaniya and Miles Newton, and I’ve had the love and support of Shalaun Newton for over 27 years.

This is a story of Perseverance.

YOUR AD HERE please contact Executive Director John Howard @ 404-284-5533.”
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If you have just been involved in a significant traffic accident, if you think that you want to file for bankruptcy, if you are involved in a child custody dispute, or if you have been charged with a crime, you know that you need a lawyer. In other situations where you think that you may need a lawyer— buying a house, starting or expanding a business, or another matter—but you are not sure whether you need a lawyer or not.

There are many lawyers with many specialties to choose from. You may ask yourself questions like: Where do I find a lawyer? How will I know which lawyer is best for me? How do I know if a particular lawyer can handle my legal problem? How should I pay the lawyer? What should I do if I am unhappy with my lawyer?

In the following paragraphs, I will attempt to answer those questions, and attempt to present some general advice about how you, a family member, or a friend can find and hire a lawyer.


There are many ways to find a reliable lawyer. One of the best ways is a recommendation from a Fraternity Brother, a trusted friend, relative, or business associate. You should keep in mind, however, that each person’s legal matter is different and that the lawyer who is the right lawyer for someone else and their legal matter may or may not be the right lawyer for you and your legal matter.

State or local Bar Associations are also a good resource for finding a lawyer who practices in the field in which you require assistance. Online sources often include consumer reviews and can also be a resource for finding a lawyer.

Some employers, labor and credit unions, and other groups have formed “legal insurance” plans. While the plans vary greatly, many cover most, if not all, of the cost of legal consultations, document preparation, and court representation in routine legal matters. Other such programs cover only advice and consultation with a lawyer. Most such plans assign your matter to a lawyer who is a member of the plan’s panel of attorneys which does not give you complete freedom to select the lawyer who will represent you. Before joining a legal plan, make sure you are familiar with its coverage and rules, and that you know whether you will be required to make any out-of-pocket contributions.

Legal service providers offer inexpensive or free legal services to those meeting certain income requirements. You can search online or in the yellow pages under topics such as “legal clinics,” “legal aid,” or “legal advice,”. Most legal aid programs have requirements for eligibility, often based on where you live, the size of your family, and your income. Some legal aid offices have their own staff lawyers, and others operate with volunteer lawyers. Note that people do not have a constitutional right to a free lawyer in civil legal matters.

If you are accused of a crime, the U.S. Constitution guarantees you the right to be represented by a lawyer in any case in which you could be incarcerated for six months or more. State constitutions, however, may give you a right to a lawyer for lesser crimes. If you cannot afford a lawyer, either the judge hearing the case will appoint a private lawyer to represent you with no charge to you, or the government’s public defender agency (or equivalent) will handle your case, also at no charge.


Once you have identified a potential lawyer or even better a short list of potential lawyers, you should interview the lawyer(s). Most lawyers offer a free or reduced fee initial consultation. You should prepare a list of questions to ask the lawyer during the initial consultation, and you should make notes so that

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you can compare the lawyers who are interviewed.

Among the questions you should ask during the interview(s) are:

• Where are you licensed to practice law?

• What is your legal experience?

• How many cases or matters of this type have you handled?

• How would you approach resolving my problem?

• Are there things I should do to improve my situation?

• What can I expect to happen over the next few weeks, the next few months, and until the conclusion of the matter?

• How long do you estimate it will take to conclude this matter?

• Will you send me copies of correspondence and court filings?

• Are there any deadlines I should know about?

Based on the answers to these and other questions, you will need to decide whether a particular lawyer is the one for you. You will want to make sure you and the attorney are a good fit when it comes to personality. Ask yourself do you feel at ease with the attorney? Will you feel comfortable asking him or her any questions about issues that concern you? Do you believe that you can work with this person? Is the lawyer’s approach practical and sensible? Is he or she going to let you participate in the process as much as you want?


Also, during the initial consultation, you should discuss the fees that the attorney will charge you. Most lawyers charge by the hour, or part of the hour, they spend working on a case. Some lawyers charge a flat fee for a service, like writing a will. Others charge a contingent fee and get a share of the money their client gets in a case. Your lawyer should tell you if in addition to paying a fee he or she will charge you for expenses related to your case: for example, copying documents, court filing fees, or depositions.

If you pay a lawyer by the hour, your final cost depends on the total hours it takes to complete your case. A lawyer’s hourly rate depends on their skill and experience. An experienced lawyer may charge a higher hourly rate than a beginner, but the more experienced attorney may take fewer hours to complete the work. Ask the lawyer for an estimate of the total fee will be for different out-

comes, such as a settlement before filing suit or taking the case to trial? Before you agree to pay a lawyer an hourly rate, get a written estimate of the number of how many hours it will take to complete your matter, so you have an idea of your total costs.

If you pay a flat or “fixed” fee, you pay the lawyer a set dollar amount for a service, like writing a will. Many lawyers charge a flat fee for uncomplicated services like drafting incorporation papers, handling an uncontested divorce, filing a simple bankruptcy, or representing you in a minor traffic matter. Before you decide to pay for a service with a flat or fixed fee, find out exactly what services the fee does and does not cover. It’s also a good idea to ask the lawyer what will happen if a matter needs more work than initially expected.

If you hire a lawyer on a contingency basis, it means their fees will be a set percentage of the total amount you get if you win your case, plus reimbursement for case-related expenses like depositions, expert witnesses, and filing fees. In a contingency fee arrangement, the lawyer takes on the risk that your case might not be successful. If you do not get any money, your lawyer will not get attorney’s fees. In some contingency fee arrangements, you might have to reimburse the lawyer for case-related expenses even if you do not win your case. Be sure you know exactly what your contingent fee agreement covers.

You may want to request a contingency fee arrangement if you do not have money to pay a lawyer’s retainer or hourly fees up front. When considering a contingency fee arrangement, you should know that:

• Most states limit the kind of cases that are allowed to have contingency fee arrangements. For example, many states don’t allow contingency fee arrangements in criminal cases.

• You can negotiate the size of the contingency fee

• The size of the contingency fee should be based on how much work the lawyer will do. You may be able to negotiate a fee agreement that gives the lawyer a lower percentage if the case settles quickly and a higher percentage if the case lasts longer and goes to trial.

If the lawyer will be charging you either a flat fee or an hourly rate, you likely will have to pay some money when the lawyer is hired. This is a fee advance (sometimes incorrectly called a “retainer”) which is credited against the fees you will owe the lawyer. You should find out how much the lawyer wants as the fee advance and whether

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the fee advance must be paid before the lawyer begins any work on your matter. Do not assume the lawyer will begin work before you have paid any money. You should also discuss whether the lawyer expects you to pay your bill in full each month or whether you can pay over time. Some lawyers will accept monthly payments and others expect to be paid in full each month. Ask questions so that you have a full understanding of the lawyer’s payment expectations of you.

In most states, the legal ethics rules for lawyers require that all fee arrangements with first-time clients be put in writing. It is advisable to have a written fee agreement for any matter that a lawyer will handle for you. The written fee agreement should state specifically what the lawyer has been hired to do for you and what the fees are. The written fee agreement should state how much you must pay the lawyer before work begins and when and in what amounts further payments are due. It should also explain anything that is not included in the legal fees, such as out-of-pocket expenses (e.g., copying, postage). If you are being charged a flat fee, the agreement should state what is included in the flat fee and what is not. A written agreement helps prevent misunderstandings later. You should ask any lawyer you are considering hiring to provide you with a written fee agreement.


Your lawyer also expects certain things from you to handle your case most effectively. They include:

• Honesty. Just as you have a right to expect honesty from your lawyer, so does your lawyer. You should provide your lawyer with full and complete information about your matter, including, especially, information that may be bad for your case. Remember that the lawyer must keep this information confidential. Your lawyer cannot represent you well if you hold back or lie about the facts.

• Cooperation. You and your lawyer must work together as a team. You cannot simply turn your problems over and expect him or her to call you when it is resolved. Gather the documents the lawyer asks for, fill out the forms, write down what happened, gather the names and addresses of witnesses, and try to follow the lawyer’s advice.

Clients who cooperate with their lawyers will generally get better results than clients who do not. If you do not cooperate, your lawyer may withdraw from the case and you will have to find another lawyer.

• Payment of Fees. If you have agreed to pay fees or costs, your lawyer expects you to comply with your agreement.


Sometimes the lawyer you first choose turns out to be a dud, and you want to fire him or her and hire someone else. As the client, you have an absolute right to fire your lawyer at any time, with or without cause.

However, you and the lawyer may be able resolve the problems you are having. If you have a complaint or are unhappy about something, have a frank discussion with your lawyer and explain your point of view. Ask the lawyer to explain the things that concern you. You should receive satisfactory answers to your questions. If the problem was the result of a misunderstanding, perhaps the lawyer–client relationship can be preserved.

If you are still not satisfied after talking the problem out with your lawyer, you should seriously consider changing lawyers. Whether you do so depends on several things. Is the lawyer handling your case incompetently, neglecting to do things that need to be done, missing deadlines frequently, or repeatedly showing up late to court and making the judge angry? Is the lawyer doing a competent job but your personalities clash? You have a right to change lawyers even over a clash in personality, but you will have to weigh how important it is to you to change lawyers against the additional cost and inconvenience involved in getting a new lawyer up to speed on your matter. If an important court date, such as a trial or a pretrial conference, is coming up soon, changing lawyers at that stage could be very risky and difficult. Therefore, if you are having doubts about your lawyer, you should resolve them early and not wait. If your case is pending in court, the lawyer will need court permission to withdraw from your case. That could leave you without a lawyer if you cannot find one willing to come into the case at the last minute.

If you believe your lawyer has acted in an unethical manner, you may file a complaint with the organization in your state that handles attorney disciplinary matters. In most states that organization is the state Bar Association, but that may vary from state to state.

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Rev. Courtney Carson of Rainbow PUSH, Family Members of Jelani, fraternity brothers and students who came to support the marches.


His body was discovered weeks later in the Illinois River and beyond recognition; he could only be identified by DNA samples taken.

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cameron Barnes, National Youth Director for Rainbow PUSH, stepped in to aid the Bolden-Day Family in their quest for answers and “Justice for Jelani Day”. Two marches were held, organized by Cameron Barnes and Rainbow PUSH, to bring awareness to the issue of Jelani’s mysterious disappearance.

The first march was held on October 26th, 2021 in Peru, IL, where Jelani’s car, keys, lanyard, wallet, and body were found -- all in separate locations. The second march was held on November 5th, 2021 in Bloomington, IL. Marchers marched from the Bloomington Police Department to the campus of ISU, where Jelani was last seen alive. Both marches were attended by well over one thousand citizens of all races and ages who were demanding justice for Jelani Day.

Since our involvement, Brother Ben Crump, Grand Counselor of Omega Psi Phi, has come on as the lawyer for the Day family, and the State of Illinois has passed the Jelani Day Bill. This bill amends the Missing Persons Identification Act and requires that if human remains are not identified after 72 hours by a coroner or medical examiner, the FBI must be notified for further assistance.



Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cameron Barnes, Carmen Bolden-Day (mother of Jelani Day)
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Rev. Courtney Carson of Rainbow PUSH, family members of Jelani, fraternity brothers and students who came to support the marches.

alpha delta chi

service & duty

Keontae K. Singleton, Alpha Delta Chi

March 12, 2022 10 am to 12 pm. With the absence of a grocery store in the town of Whitmire, SC, I tagged along with a local food bank to give a helping hand. We distributed fresh meat and vegetables to 380 households.

Contributions to the community

The Alpha Delta Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., known for its steady contributions to the community, took the opportunity to expand its community service, compassion and helpfulness during Achievement Week 2021.

Although Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and fellowship with loved ones, there are members of the community who do not have the means to have a bountiful meal during the holiday season. The pandemic has exacerbated some of those situations. Because Alpha Delta Chi is attuned to the needs of its community, the brothers took the time to give turkeys for families unable to afford the same.

The turkey drive was held at F.B. Pratt and Son Funeral Home. The chapter members gave almost two hundred turkeys to families in need. Needless to say, the turkey drive was a huge success, warmed many hearts and blessed many souls. The members of Alpha Delta Chi are actively planning a number of meaningful community service events for the near future. Stay tuned!


tau psi/ lambda kappa

90th chapter anniversary

The Tau Psi & Lambda Kappa Chapters of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., share a unique history of working tougher and brotherhood. Tau Psi was chartered on November 8, 1931. Since its chartering, Tau Psi Chapter has been continuously active except for a period between 1941 and 1945 and a brief period in the midto-late 1970s when Lambda Kappa Chapter served as the organ by which men at North Carolina Central University were able to become members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - hence, the special brotherly bond between the two chapters.

The Tau Psi / Lambda Kappa Chapter celebrated its 90th Anniversary from November 3, 2021 through November 7, 2021. The week was filled with fun and meaningful activities, including a “Meet & Greet Social”, a “90th Anniversary Banquet” , a “Fish Fry”, and a “Homecoming Tailgate”. All of the celebratory events were well attended and memorialized yet another set of occasions to cement the brotherly love and lifetime bond.

Pictured are brothers who were honored at the banquet for their years of service to the community and the fraternity.

L-R: Bro. Floyd Ferebee, Bro. Evester Bailey, Bro. Don Daniel, Bro. Mickey Michaux, Jr, Bro. Robert Woods & Bro. Kenneth (Tito) Koonce who served as the master of ceremony.

achievement week

The Mighty Tau Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., hosted a number of programs and events for the students on the campus of North Carolina Central University for Achievement Week 2021.

On Sunday, the chapter partnered with the student faith department and held a Sunday Service. This event offered an opportunity for students to come worship and fellowship.

On Monday, the chapter partnered with the Men’s Achievement Center and hosted an event called Ties of Honor.

This event was catered to male students. They were taught lessons on grooming, hygiene, and learned to tie neckties and bow ties. It also provided an opportunity for male students to vent and talk about the importance of mental health.

On Tuesday, the chapter partnered with career services and hosted a resume workshop for students to get advice on resume writing.

On Founders’ Day, the chapter hosted a luncheon for chapter members and brothers who work on campus. At the luncheon, many impactful stories

were shared and brothers had a chance to fellowship.

On Thursday, the chapter partnered with ProjectSafe and hosted an STD screening event to promote safe sex.

On Friday, the brothers hosted a campus cleanup event during which they picked up trash on the campus to restore and maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the campus.

tau psi nc
central university durham, nc
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tau sigma

University of arkansas at pine bluff. pine bluff, ar

thanksgiving meals

Xi psi

South Carolina state university. Orangeburg, SC.

On March 4th, 2022 the brothers of Tau Sigma Chapter, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, took the initiative to read to students at Thirty-Fourth Elementary School. The project was a part of the “Read across America” initiative. Brothers had the opportunity to engage with the youth regarding education, college, and personal development.

Carter G. Woodson once said, “I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.” The brothers of the Tau Sigma exemplified character traits of Omega men by giving the children great mentorship, leadership and guidance. These brothers took a moment to encourage the young students to go after their aspirations in life and uplift them. They wanted to give the students a positive outlook black men in the community.

The Xi Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has been a positive, impactful, visible part of the South Carolina State University campus since 1928. South Carolina State University is an icon as the only public, historically black, fully accredited land-grant institution in the state. Because of South Carolina State University’s significance, it is no surprise that Xi Psi is also significant and renowned for its impassioned love for the brotherhood, the university, and the community. Xi Psi sets the bar high.

Community service comes as second nature to Xi Psi, and Thanksgiving Day 2021 was no exception. On that day, the brothers of Xi Psi, donned in purple, gold, smiles, and helpful hearts, provided less fortunate individuals in the city of Columbia, South Carolina area with Thanksgiving meals. The Brothers count themselves as fortunate to be in a position to assist their community and are exceedingly grateful for all who lended a hand in this endeavor.

As the holiday season continues, so will Xi Psi’s myriad acts of service to its university, its community, and to all those in need. Xi Psi continues to make the community proud.

xi psi achievement week

black history upsilon


lamar university

Beaumont, tx

month program

The brothers of the Upsilon Theta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held a Black history program in partnership with the NAACP, Black Influencers Association, Psalms 150, and Poetic Souls; the program reminded Lamar students of the deep and powerful history of African American people. Students were taught about some of the great civil rights activists as well as those that were willing to be a martyr for the cause so that others could be pillars for success. In addition, the presentation shed light on the father of Black history, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, and even went into details about his Novel, “The Miseducation of the Negro.”

This year, the annual program was held on February 28, 2022. Brothers of the Upsilon Theta Chapter led a march around Lamar University to exemplify the importance of African Americans on campus. The march educated students as well as faculty and staff about Black culture and the many hardships that are faced. Several black student organizations were featured in the march and gave detailed speeches on how they impacted black history at Lamar University.

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In the Summer 2021 Oracle, we stated that Brother Bryce Deadmon was the second Omega Brother to earn an Olympic gold medal in Track & Field next to the late Bro. William DeHart Hubbard. That was incorrect.

Brother Ray Armstead was the second Omega Brother to earn an Olympic Gold. Brother Armstead was a member of the 1984 US. 4x400 Meter realy team which won the Gold with a 2:57.91, and was initiated at Iota Theta Chapter in 1981.

In the Summer 2022 Oracle, we featured Omega Psi Phi’s College Presidents.

We omitted Brother Elwood L. Robinson. Bro. Robinson was elected Chancellor of Winston Salem State University in September of 2014.

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lifting as we climb what fatherhood means to us

Brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., have been living by the principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance & Uplift for well over 110 years. As Omega men, we abide by these four cardinal principles, while also imparting the lessons of these principles to the community. Out of these four, the notion of manhood can immediately be shaped by society and most importantly by the men who are fixtures in our daily lives. Manhood can also be the precursor to another stage in the lives of men, known as fatherhood.

Brothers of the 1st District led a roundtable discussion on June 10, 2021 titled “What Fatherhood Means to Us.” The panel was hosted by the 1st District Chaplain, Bro. Anthony Lilley, with five participating panelists: Bro. Sim Williams (4-2014-Tau Iota), Bro. Kendall Streeter ( 2-2016-Delta Chi)), Bro. Tequan Shorter (2-2018-Tau Iota), Bro. Derrick Perry (1-2018-Lambda Rho) & Bro. Josh Benjamin (4-2019-Gamma). In addition to the host and panelists, other contributors included 1st District DR Bro. Lennitt Bligen, 1st District 1VDR Bro. Raymond Bailey, 1st District 2VDR Bro. Solomon Egbe and Bro. Jamal Chambers.

Brothers engaged in thought-provoking question and answer sessions. Bro. Lilley challenged each panelist to give their best take on several questions regarding fatherhood. Examples of these questions ranged from “Knowing how your life turned out, what advice would you give your father?” to “What was the most impactful moment when you realized you wanted to be/not be like your father? The panel offered a broad perspective on the questions because some panelists had active fathers in their lives, others never had a relationship with their fathers, or some are currently working towards establishing and repairing relationships. The vulnerability of the panel really added to the intense and sincere nature of this event.

Brothers from several other districts also participated in the discussion, including Bro. 1VGB Ricky Lewis. As Omega continues to set the standard of excellence for community service and duty, we must also lend ourselves to one another. This discussion is a great starting point in continuing to build the lives of men in our community and most importantly, amongst ourselves.

tau iota chapter

celebrates 75 years of service

1st District News - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut

eta phi achievement week

100 years of achievement week in boston

International Achievement Week: The city of Boston has a rich history and the brothers of Omega have been dedicated to education, leadership, and service for over 100 years. The Eta Phi Chapter proudly continues to honor the legacy of Negro Achievement Week; this year, we reignited our dedication to service with a myriad of programs designed to assist underserved families relying on our continuous support.

Omega Men in Action Food Pantry: Omega Men in Action Food Pantry is an Eta Phi Chapter staple initiative. Twice a month, brothers prepare bags of canned goods, fresh produce, and other non-perishable food items and distribute them to more than 85 families. During this month’s Thanksgiving edition of the Food Pantry, brothers also distributed turkeys, stuffing and other holiday essentials.

Toy Drive Fundraiser: The next project Eta Phi Chapter conducted was our 6th

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On June 28, 2021, the brothers of Tau Iota Chapter celebrated 75 years of work and fellowship. The chapter celebration began with a virtual meeting to commemorate John Bell, Arthur Johnson, Earl Costin, Tom Nixon, George Goodman, Orice Smith, Vascoe Hale, Fred Warden, Donald Harris, Sr., John West, Dr. Alan Jackson, and Alvin Wood the charter members of Tau Iota and their many accomplishments in the Hartford area. The virtual meeting included a roll call of lines that have come through Tau Iota. Brothers were

able to share stories and enlighten younger brothers regarding the rich history and traditions of the Tau Iota chapter - including the establishment of Omicron Eta which has been a brother chapter of Tau Iota since it began in 1975.

The virtual event was followed by an outdoor barbeque, where again brothers spanning the decades gathered to celebrate 75 years of service.

Tau Iota Chapter Brother Donald Harris, Jr., son of Tau Iota Chapter charter member Donald Harris Sr, was presented with a com-


Tau Iota Chapter Basileus Joseph Santana writes, “Tau Iota has served Hartford and the surrounding communities faithfully for 75 years. The Legacy of Omega Men in the Capital District has allowed the chapter to flourish and continue to provide important and much needed service. As Basileus, I am blessed to be here to celebrate 75 years of excellence and to be a part of this illustrious chapter’s history.”

memorative plaque honoring all of the Tau Iota Chapter charter
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Omega Psi Phi - sigma nu chapter stem program

sigma nu builds a bridge to gilbert stuart middle school

annual Toy Drive Fundraiser. Each year, we collect donations of toys, books, games, and puzzles for families in need. This year, we collected over $4,000 worth of presents and will be hosting a Christmas celebration in collaboration with the local 12th Baptist Church, Boston ABCD and Family Movement nonprofit organizations.

Omega Care Packages:

Omega Cares is another Eta Phi Chapter staple program designed to provide care packages to our homeless community. Brothers collected over 800 items and consolidated care packages with toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, feminine care products, hand warmers, COVID masks, granola bars and Stop & Shop gift cards. The care packages were then issued to individuals living in the St. Francis House homeless shelter of downtown Boston.

The brothers of Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Nu chapter, held a STEM program for male students who attend Gilbert Stuart Middle School.

The program was held on August 21, 2021. Students were assigned a tutor for classes for the academic year. Chromebooks were given to each student along with a backpack filled with school supplies.

The first half of the day started with a recap of mathematics and science skills as they entered the school year. Also, Dr. Kizzy Parks (President of Kizzy Parks Consulting) spoke to the children about the importance of STEM in their everyday life.

The second half of the day was hosted by Bro. Terrance Hamilton. Bro. Hamilton introduced the students to computer science education and Python. Each student was taught how to design a robot using Code Space.

This event was the beginning of a year-long coalition with the school district to host different events at the school. These youth empowerment events are designed specifically for youth leaders. It is the goal of this program to provide interactive tools and practical strategies that encourage leading with a higher degree of enthusiasm and authenticity.

Achievement Week Service Awards: Achievement Week concluded with our Service Awards Ceremony where we recognized brothers who continue to uphold the values and principles of our beloved fraternity. Brothers in Boston congregated in friendship and celebrated these recipients with food and fellowship.

Eta Phi Achievement Week Continued...
1st District News - Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut

pi omega chapter

centennial celebration

On December 4, 2021, the Brothers of Pi Omega Chapter celebrated 100 years of dedicated service, community engagement, and leadership to Baltimore and the surrounding communities.

The Centennial Committee successfully executed the in-person event, to include fraternity dignitaries such as Grand Basileus and keynote speaker Dr. David Marion and Second District Representative Kelvin Ampofo. At the local political level, Pi Omega Chapter’s Nick Mosby (Baltimore City Council president) provided welcoming remarks as well as representatives from the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office.

The centennial program shed light into Pi Omega’s rich history. In 1921, the late Brother Linwood G. Koger, a local attorney and initiated into Alpha Chapter in 1915, recognized the need for a graduate chapter in Baltimore. Bro. Koger, along with George W. Evans, J. Steward Davis, William T. Carr, Harry F. Pratt, John Hurst, and R. Garland Chissell received the charter for Pi Omega. Shortly thereafter, Brothers Edward N. Wilson and James H. Carter were initiated into the Brotherhood.

In 1923, Pi Omega Chapter supported the chartering of Pi Chapter of then Morgan College. Since then, Pi Omega also supported the chartering of several other undergraduate chapters, including Delta Beta Chapter at Coppin State University in 1971, Chi Delta Chapter at University of Maryland in 1973, and Iota Epsilon and Beta Kappa Chapters at Towson State and Frostburg State Universities, respectively, in 1976.

As keynote speaker, 41st Grand Basileus, Dr. David Marion showcased how our fraternity founders set the standard, and through perseverance, combined with high aspirations, scholarship, and perseverance, allow us to continue the work of Omega. Brother Grand complimented Pi Omega for consistently producing leaders in all areas of society, as well as within the fraternity, with brothers holding positions as district and grand officers.

In recent years, Pi Omega brothers formed two nonprofit organizations to further support community outreach. The Pi Omega Foundation raises funds to support college scholarships and fraternal social action initiatives. For 10 years, the Omega Baltimore Foundation has managed the daily operations of the Easterwood Recreation Center and provided STEM, mentoring, nutrition, and sports programming activities for youth in west Baltimore.

Under the current leadership of Basileus Brian Foster, Pi Omega Chapter (the Pearl of the Second District— Charm City Ques) are uniquely positioned to continue carry the torch forward in working with local youth and the entire Baltimore community.

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pi omegA


Saturday, November 20, 2021, Pi Omega Chapter’s Staying Alive Community Health Festival Committee, in conjunction with the Pi Omega Chapter, LLC and Pi Omega Foundation, held a vaccination clinic at the Omega Center located in Baltimore, MD.. Twenty-seven people participated in the clinic and received the Pfizer vaccine. In addition, most of the participants also received a bag of groceries including a box of energy efficient light bulbs.

This was the fourth vaccination clinic held at the Omega Center. Pi Omega, LLC and Pi Omega Foundation were awarded a $10,000.00 grant from the Baltimore City Health Department and Civic Works for participating as paid volunteers (“Community Ambassadors”) for BCHD’s COVAX Project initiative. The goal of the COVAX Project initiative is to create more awareness in the community regarding information on the COVID-19 vaccines. As Community Ambassadors, we worked with other organizations to

2nd district assault on illiteracy committee promotes season’s readings

Brothers of the 2nd District’s Assault On Illiteracy Committee invited friends, families, and most of all, children from five states to put on their pajamas, get some hot cocoa and gather around the Zoom call to hear some of the most enthusiastic, and entertaining virtual story telling this side of the North Pole. The AOI chairman, Brother Xavier Holiday and 2nd District Representative Kelvin Ampofo donned their festive Santa Claus hats while safely bringing anxious children gifts of storytelling and UPLIFT.

This year several members of the Delta Sigma

engage the community to provide valuable information such as vaccine awareness (to uncover any misinformation), vaccine clinics (to communicate dates for upcoming clinics), and meetings at the Omega Center for our community partners and community members. During the three month grant period, we successfully distributed 1,296 clinic and information fliers; held 393 one-onone community engagement conversations, participated in six (6) partner and community meetings at the Omega Center, and hosted one (1) vaccination clinic where 27 people received vaccinations. Our partners included the University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore City Health Department, Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation, Matthew A. Henson Elementary School, Matthew A. Henson Community Association, Fulton Heights Community Association, and the Maryland Food Bank.

Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha sororities joined with the Brothers of the 2nd District to spread cheer and read during the festivities. 2nd District Chairman of the NPHC Committee, Brother John Berkley will be connecting with other members of the Divine 9 for future reading programs.

This virtual event came a few days after the Iota Phi Chapter’s “Visit With Santa Claus” activity where children received toys, music, books and a free photo with Saint Nick himself. The “Season’s Readings” event was sponsored by the Iota Phi Chapter in Pittsburgh.

Pictured standing L-R: Brothers Roland Dale, Nii Sowa, Charles Summers, William Banks, Cornell Johnson, Dr. Mohan Suntha, President UMMS, Theron Perry, Clarence Jeffers III Pictured kneeling L-R: Michael Breeden, Lasava Tidwell
2nd District News - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland

xi phi chapter celebrates 95 years of

exceptional service to new york city residents

Xi Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., celebrated its 95th Anniversary of service to New York City residents on November 11, 2021.Xi Phi marked the occasion with a reunion attended by dozens of members from around the country, a rededication ceremony where Second District Representative Bro. Kelvin Ampofo delivered the keynote address and recited the sacred oath, and an Achievement Week program where Reverend Que English, Senior Pastor at Bronx Christian Fellowship Church, and Chair of the New York City Faith-based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, was named Xi Phi’s Citizen of the Year for her trailblazing work in combating sex trafficking. During the program, the chapter also presented Trejah Brown with a $500 college scholarship for her first-place essay on why it’s important for young people to become and remain politically active.

“I’m overjoyed that Xi Phi Chapter has reached this important milestone,” said Bro. Harry Watson, Basileus. “The outstanding men of Xi Phi have been dedicated to serving the Harlem community and beyond for almost a century, and guided by our anniversary theme - Building Tomorrow Today - we remain committed to offering our considerable talents to support and assist the disproportionally marginalized and most vulnerable. We understand the challenges facing residents in the communities we serve, so we invest time and resources to help them achieve more successful outcomes.”

Chartered in Harlem in 1926, Xi Phi’s members have included men from all walks of life, as well as luminaries such as Langston Hughes and Count Basie. The chapter’s pioneering programs include the Omega Black College Tour (OBCT), founded in 1986, and Emerging Leaders Tomorrow’s Gifted (Emerging Leaders), with each recently reaching historic milestones: OBCT surpassed 1,500 tour participants in 2020, and Emerging Leaders helped college bound students receive approximately $2.1 million in merit scholarship awards in 2020-21.

Bro Dr. Adam Mckee

Founders’ Day Stand-In for

Bro. BISHOP Edgar Amos Love

Bro. Paul Scott, Silver Spring, Maryland

On November 17, 2021, Mu Nu Chapter hosted a meeting with over 50 brothers in attendance to listen to the Founders’ Day message and to reflect on the calling of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. to our lives.

This meeting was special to the brothers of Mu Nu Chapter because of the special role of Bro. Dr. Adam Mckee, former 1st Vice Grand Basileus and the 16th 2nd District Representative who was one of the designated speakers as a stand-in for founder Bro. Bishop Edgar Amos Love.

Bro Dr. Mckee who was celebrating over 70 years of continuous service to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in his talk reflected on his journey in Omega and the special bond he has experienced with founder Bro. Bishop Edgar Amos Love and his connection to Bro. Jon Love son of Bro. Bishop Love.

Mu Nu Chapter has served the community of Montgomery County, Maryland for over Fifty-One (51) years.

Bro. Dr. Adam McKee Pictured Center
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Dover, DE, November 13, 2021. The Brothers of Psi Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated 75 years of outstanding service in the Dover, Delaware community and to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Eleven (11) influential and forward thinking men along with three newly initiated men in Dover, DE, charted Psi Iota Chapter on November 16, 1946. These Brothers envisioned a chapter that would always provide support and service that would have a profound impact on the citizens of this great city and the State overall, while fulfilling the national mandated programs of our beloved Fraternity.

The Chapter’s Anniversary Gala fittingly themed, “Commitment to Service…Leading the Charge”, was also combined with the Chapter’s Achievement Week Program and Theme, “Omega Men Protecting Life and Liberty”. The momentous occasion marked 75 years of service by the Chapter and the Fraternity’s 110 years of accomplishments. The Achievement Week Program honors public service within and outside the fraternity, recognizing those individuals who have distinguished themselves through service in the local and national community.

Distinguished guests in attendance included the Lieutenant Governor of Delaware; Bethany Hall-Long,


Delaware State Senator, Trey Paradee, City of Dover Mayor, Robin Christiansen; Family Court Commissioner, Gretchen Rocha; At-Large City Councilman Brother Andre Boggerty; and Dover Police Chief, Mr. Thomas Johnson, Jr. Resolutions were presented from State Representative Sean Lynn, and the Kent County Levy Court, sponsored by Commissioner Eric Buckson. The Chapter also received letters of support from several local and national entities. The program was highlighted by an inspirational virtual message from the 41st Grand Basileus, Bro. Dr. David Marion and 1st Vice Grand Basileus, Bro. Ricky Lewis respectively. The 37th 2nd District Representative, Bro. Kelvin Ampofo, gave an uplifting Keynote address entitled, “It’s Time to Take A Stand”, encouraging the Brothers to “Stand-Up, Step-Out, and Show-OWT”, stressing the importance of not only being present as leaders in our community, but remembering we must act to strengthen our communities through our Cardinal Principals.

Winners of the Achievement Week Awards included: Citizen of the Year – Bro. Calvin Jackson; Educator of the Year – Bros. Darien Robinson and Jamel Trott; Entrepreneur of the Year – Bro. Omari Fennell; Spiritual Leadership Award – Bro. Eddie Armor; Law Enforcement Officer of the Year – Bro. Reggie Laster; Ernest E.

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Just Award – Jalen Lee; Colonel Charles Young Award –Bro. Corey Nowell; Outstanding Auxiliary Service Award – Quette Nyesha James; Basileus Award – Bros. Carl St. Surin and Travon Cromwell; James R. Harris Superior Service Award – Bro. Stephen A. Smith; Founders Award – Bro. William Hill; and The Omega Man of the Year Award – Bro. Weston James.

A special presentation highlighted Brothers within the Chapter for their significant contributions to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., on a local, district, and international level. The Decade Award awardees included: Bro. Luke Chappel, Bro. David Sauls, Bro. Charles Hammond, Bro. William Hill, Bro. Reggie Laster, Bro. Gregg Bunkley, Bro. Charles Moore, Bro. Kevin Lucas, Bro. Hugh James, Bro. Daryl Moore, Bro. Cedric Davis, Bro. Gary Morris, Bro. Teran Goldsborough, and Bro. Andre Boggerty.

kappa omicron Achievement

week program

On November 20, 2021 The Kappa Omicron Chapter in Harlem, New York held their virtual Achievement Week Program. Our keynote speaker was the 35th First Vice Grand Basileus Brother Ricky L. Lewis. He gave an enlightening heartfelt speech on this year’s theme “Omega Men Protecting Life and Liberty”. He ended with a statement that the Men of Omega will continue to stay on the frontline advocating for Life, Liberty, and Justice.

The Kappa Omicron Chapter awarded the following individuals for their hard-work and their impact in the community: Citizen of the Year - Ms. Pearl Emmanuel & Ms. Yolette Green; Superior Service - Bro. Christopher Ashe, Manley Khaleel; Lifetime Achievement - Bro. Woody Victor; Omega Man of The Year - Bro. Eddie Torres. Mr. Julius T. Guest started the program off with a nice melodic tone as he sang “I Won’t Complain” by the Reverend Paul Jones. Later on, in the program the poet Ms. “RYP” recited a beautiful poem titled “Life and Liberty”.” Our program was well received and attended. The awardees were all appreciative. The Kappa Omicron Chapter is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating our community’s heroes.

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zeta iota Chapter

Celebrates 80 years of service to omega psi phi fraternity, inc.

Portsmouth, VA. On the weekend of September 10-12, 2021, the Zeta Iota Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., celebrated its 80th chapter anniversary. Zeta Iota Chapter received its charter on September 12, 1941, in the city of Portsmouth, VA. The first chapter meeting took place at 30 Manley Street, Portsmouth, Virginia, at the home of Brother Talmadge Johnson. Brother Ellis F. Corbett, Fourth District Representative from Lambda Omega Chapter, presided at the chartering ceremony. When Zeta Iota received its charter, Virginia was the only state in the Fourth District. Brothers in attendance were

Joseph H. Tazewell, George E. Roundtree, Talmadge Johnson, M. R. Dinkins, Thaddeus Shelton, Curtis Parker, Mark L. Andrew, Charles Wilson, Charles Whidbee, Elmer Gordon, W. O. Watts, Joseph N. Green, Sr., and Dorsey Vick.

Over the years, Zeta Iota Chapter has contributed to the history of Norfolk County, Hampton Roads, Virginia, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Iota Chapter brothers have been groundbreakers in politics, public service, military, religion, sports, and education.

Upsilon nu chapter celebrates

50 years of honorable and unselfish service

On October 12, 2021, the Upsilon Nu Chapter, Third District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., celebrated its 50th Year Anniversary. Upsilon Nu was chartered in Mechanicsville, VA, on October 12, 1971, and has been dedicated to Omega’s cardinal principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift for 50 years. Upsilon Nu continues to serve the

city of Richmond, VA, and surrounding areas, enhancing the brand of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. –helping and uplifting the communities at large.

In 1972, Upsilon Nu petitioned for the establishment of the Phi Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Inc. at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Brothers of Upsilon Nu have

received various awards and recognitions at the District level throughout its history. Upsilon Nu does not look at things and wonder, “Why?” Rather, Upsilon Nu dreams of new ideas and asks, “Why not?” while always UP to something NU.

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fatherhood initiatives and mentoring programs

blessed thousands of families as the brothers led by example via their back-to-school and mentoring events

Delta Omega – Petersburg City Public Schools Back-to-School

“Welcome Celebration” | On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Brothers of Delta Omega Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., participated in the 2021 Petersburg City Public School’s “Back-to-School” Welcome Celebration.

The Delta Omega Brothers welcomed students at three locations, including Cool Springs Elementary School, Pleasant Lane Elementary School, and Blandford Academy. The Brothers were greeted by staff at the schools mentioned above by Pam Bell (Executive Director for Student Advancement of PCPS) and the media.

Kappa Iota Iota’s Young Men of Distinction and Gamma Epsilon Chapter Distribute

1,300 Backpacks to Students | On August 28, 2021, Kappa Iota Iota (KII) and Gamma Epsilon (GE) Chapters, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., stuffed backpacks to support the Southeast Community of Newport News, VA – Back-To-School Block Party. Kappa Iota Iota’s Young Men of Distinction (Mentorship Program) had 16 young men volunteer for the event. Additional volunteers included members of the Newport News Fire Department, Zion Baptist Church, and Achievable Dream Middle/ High School staff. The group filled backpacks with over $3,000 worth of school supplies and presented them to 1,300 deserving students. Brothers Jehlan Williamson and Zyon Sebree from GE Chapter filled backpacks and conducted a step show with enthusiasm that received a loud ovation from all the participants. Kappa Iota Iota Brothers Baron McKeithan (KII Chair, Fatherhood and Mentoring Committee), Robert Smith, and Lloyd Boxley all agreed that this project was an overwhelming success for the community.

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Psi Nu Chapter Helps Hundreds of Families in Back-2-School Bash – Alexandria, VA | The Brothers of the Psi Nu Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., supported more than 200 families during an annual back-to-school supply giveaway hosted by the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Association. On Sunday, August 22, 2021, nine Brothers attended the event that offered over $10,000 worth of free haircuts and hairstyles, backpacks, school supplies, and clothes for all ages. With the poverty rate of Alexandria, VA exceeding ten percent, the drive helped to ease the back-to-school burden on less fortunate families. Other volunteer organizations included Alexandria Toyota Dealership, Chadwick’s Restaurant, and Departmental Progressive Club.

Pi Lambda Lambda’s Omega U Extending the Boundaries of Mentoring | Prince William County, Virginia | In October 2021, the Omega U Program hosted a virtual youth financial literacy presentation by Apple Federal Credit Union. This program provided students with the ability to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, investing in creating a foundation

The Brothers volunteered at two different locations – the Samuel Tucker Elementary School and the Charles Houston Recreation Center. This year, 2021, marks the 13th year that the Brothers of Psi Nu have participated in the community event.

of their relationship with money, and its lifelong journey of learning beyond retirement. On October 16, 2021, the Omega U Program hosted a virtual SAT Prep/ACT Prep presentation by Huntington Learning Center. Huntington Learning Center’s goal for the students in this training was to teach them test-taking time management to improve their scores. Another goal was to encourage them to properly prepare for school success, be more confident, and become motivated learners for years to come.

Psi Alpha Alpha, Fairfax Virginia | The MANUP Mentoring Program carried out its ten-week lecture series at Mount Vernon High School (MVHS) every Monday from September 2021 thru November 2021. The program featured multiple guest speakers engaging with 80+ students on pre-college initiatives, financial literacy, military, and career readiness post-high school. Students who participated in the Fall 2021 program received certificates for their active involvement. The MANUP Program supports 82 students at Mount Vernon and 27 students at John Lewis High School. This is the third year the MANUP program has been at MVHS. The program exposes students to life experiences outside the traditional classroom and incorporates post-high school initiatives that introduce career interests for consideration after graduation, including military enlistment options.

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Omicron Omega Mentoring Through Football | On August 30, 2021, the Brothers of the Omicron Omega Chapter partnered with the players and fathers of the Hening Athletic Association to promote fatherhood through the game of football. The Omicron Omega Chapter hosted a “Father-Son Decal Ceremony,” during which the Brothers discussed the Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift. The fathers told their sons what the principles meant to them and how these principles would support their sons in the future. The culmination of the

day was the ceremony where each father put their son’s helmet decals on. The ceremony represented the ongoing support that each father promised to give their son throughout the season and their life. The Brothers and other fathers stood in the gap for those players who did not have a father present. The Brothers of the Omicron Omega Chapter understand that it takes a village to raise a child. The Brothers hope each player knows that they have the love and support of their community every time they look at their helmet.

100 years of excellence

third district celebrates omega psi phi fraternity, inc.

During the Achievement Week 2021, the Chapters and Brothers of the Third District celebrated Founders Day of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The Third District offers its heartfelt thank you to all Chapters for its participation in this endeavor to honor our illustrious Fraternity.

Zeta Iota - Portsmouth, Virginia – The Brothers of Zeta Iota chapter honored Brother (Sheriff) Michael A. Moore as Citizen of the Year, Brother Alvin Coleman as the Superior Service Award recipient, and Brother Korey “KJ” Jones as Omega Man of the Year. The 2021 High School Essay Contest Winner was Jae-Ann Carter from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Upsilon Nu and Phi Delta – The Brothers of Upsilon Nu presented the following: Citizen of the Year Award –Dr. Shantelle Brown, Superior Service Award – Brother Theodore Braggs, and Omega Man of the Year Award – Brother Stephen B. Wilson Sr. Phi Delta presented the following: undergraduate Citizen of the Year Award –Brother David DeJesus, undergraduate Superior Service Award – Brother Lawrence Smith, and undergraduate Omega Man of the Year Award – Brother Carrington Hill.

Tau Rho – Fredericksburg, VA – The Brothers of the Tau Rho Chapter presented: Brother Terry Lee –Omega Man of the Year, Brother Meddie Brown – Superior Service Award, Brother Pitman Rock – Founders’ Lifetime Achievement Award, Brother Madrice Hamn –Colonel Charles Young Leadership Award, Lisa Crittenden – Citizen of the Year, and the Essay Contest awardee

Cooksey from Caroline High School, Caroline County, Virginia.

Sigma Mu Mu – Ashburn, VA – The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Achievement Week award recipients were Mr. Brian Mitchell (Citizen of the Year); The Burg Family Reunion Club (Community Partner of the Year); Brother Derrick Clarke (Superior Service Award); Brother Curtis Hollie, Jr. (Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award); Brother Robert Myles, Jr. (Founders’ Lifetime Achievement Award); and Brother Van Corbin (Omega Man of the Year). The High School Essay Contest winner was Mr. Ryan Myers.

Sigma Kappa Kappa – Chesapeake, VA – Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter awarded Brother Delegate Cliff Hayes – Citizen of the Year, Brother Tory Barner – Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award, and Brother Tim Jones – Superior Service Award and Omega Man of the Year awards. The Basileus Award recipient was Kodi Fleming. Brother Brian Glover was presented with his Service Award for his unwavering and unselfish 45 years of service in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Brother Douglas Knight was presented with his Service Award for his outstanding 35 years of service in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Psi Nu – Alexandria, VA – The Psi Nu Chapter presented the following: Basileus Service Award – Brother Owen Wilson, Superior Service Award – Brother Mel-

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vin Stallings, Founder’s Lifetime Achievement Award – Brothers Roger Hicks and Edgar Brookins, Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award – Brother Corey Griddine, Citizen of the Year – Mrs. Jacqueline Person, and Omega Man of the Year – Brother Melvin Stallings.

Psi Alpha Alpha – Fairfax County, VA, Brother awarded: Omega Man of the Year – Brother Willie J. Williams, Jr., Superior Service Awardee – Brother Michael W. Frazier, Founders Lifetime Achievement Award – Brother Alcindor R. Rosier, Sr., and the Citizen of the year Awardee – Ms. Pamela Michell. Basileus awardees: Brothers James W. Cherry II, Hector Sheppard Jr., Oscar Dailey, and Rodney Wyche. The High School Essay winner was Ms. Jada Sheppard.

Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter – Awarded Brother Anthony White (Omega Man of the Year), Brother Crispin Abad (Founders’ Lifetime Achievement Award), Brother Charles Hunter (Superior Service Award), Brother Jacque Nixon (Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award), and Mrs. Norma Fields (Citizen of the Year). The following students placed in the 2021 Essay Contest. Cayla Morgan, 1st Place, Eric Kelly, Jr., 2nd Place, and Theodore Strange IV, 3rd Place.

Omicron Omega – awarded Mr. Paul Nichols – Citizen of the Year Award, High School Essay Contest winner –Ms. Alyssa Rivas, and Brothers Floyd Fields (66 years), Elmore Jones (64 years), Bowman Burton (63 years), Colonius Avent (53 years), and Dr. Robert Stacher (62 years) – Omega Men of the Year

Delta Omega and Nu Psi – Delta Omega awarded Brothers Michael T. Bass, Sr. – Citizen of Year, Dr. Rossie Johnson – Omega Man of Year, Bryan Rhodes – Superior Service Award, Dr. Claudie Grant – Lifetime Achievement Founders Award, SGM Dorian K. Green –Colonel Charles Yong Leadership Award, Terence Spence – Social Action Award, Dr. Bruce Brown – Basileus Community Activist Award, Henry J. Davis – Vice Basileus Committee Chairman Award, Troy Mitchell – James R. Clark, Sr. Enthusiasm and Endurance Award, and Janae B. Thompson, Delta Omega Chapter Essay Contest Winner. Nu Psi awarded Brothers Daniel Dunn – Undergraduate Omega Man of Year and Deondre Davis – Undergraduate Superior Service Award,

Alpha Iota – Suffolk, VA – Brothers awarded Brother Michael Artis – Omega Man of the Year; Brother Rick Green – Superior Service Award; Brother Keith Wilson –Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award; and Dr. John Gordon – Citizen of the Year Award. The essay winner was Mr. Griffin Laney.



The brothers of Eta Nu Nu Chapter in Columbus, OH celebrated their first Charter Day on November 21, 2021. In the first year as a chapter the brothers of Eta Nu Nu have made their presence felt in the Central Ohio. The brothers have been active with social action programs. More specifically, they have adopted the Linden-area, an area of Columbus where the brothers have committed their time, talent and treasure to help improve the lives of those in that community. One of the programs the brothers have hosted this year is, “Fishing with the Dads” which provides a setting for men to spend more quality time with their children. The brothers have also partnered with the United Negro College Fund and promoted more healthy lifestyles through weekly “Walking with the Ques” and the Charles R. Drew Blood Drive event.

Eta Nu Nu has also spent time raising awareness and having conversations around domestic violence andstrong household structures. The brothers of Eta Nu Nu also donated four custom Omega Psi Phi Inc., chess board tables to four recreational centers in the Linden Community area to give the young people in these recreation centers access to the thinking man’s game.

hrough a collaboration with the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta, the brothers of Eta Nu Nu established a backto-school book bag drive. The two groups collected and distributed over 300 book bags to students in need.

Like no other event on Eta Nu Nu’s calendar, the Charter Day Ceremony displayed the Chapter’s strength in many dimensions. With a Virtual Achievement Week Awards celebration, the Chapter recognized the enduring qualities of excellence and leadership necessary to establish and operate a successful chapter. The Achievement Week Awards celebration was followed by a Founder’s Day Celebration and Rededication Service on November 17th.

The final initiative of the chapter’s inaugural Charter Day Celebration was recognition of the high school essay contest winner, Miss Kendhyl Wilder, with a check for $500. Eta Nu Nu also recognized its first intake class of eight newly initiated members. The new members were able to don their new purple blazers and received their fraternity book, white gloves, and pin. The brothers of Eta Nu Nu have proclaimed themselves the reclamation chapter as they work tirelessly to reclaim brothers, serve the community, and develop new relationships in the Central Ohio area.

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zeta omega conducts youth mentoring

at 1,000 ties robotics day program

The Fatherhood Initiative and Mentoring Committee (FIMC) of Zeta Omega Chapter has been working with a youth mentoring program known as 1,000 Ties for the past three years. 1,000 Ties is a program for young boys where they can learn various life skills, one of which is how to properly tie, and wear, a necktie. One of the schools participating in the program this year is Wade Park Elementary in one of Cleveland’s predominantly African American eastside neighborhoods. Brothers conducted mentoring sessions there from October to December teaching sixth grade boys about respect for themselves and others, how to carry themselves, goal setting, career guidance, social etiquette, and helping them think about their own personal branding.

On a crisp, bright, sunny day in mid-November, some of those same boys are bustling with excitement because they do not have to physically be in school on this day. Instead, they get to take a field trip to visit the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College in downtown Cleveland. Once on campus, the students file into a large conference room where they each receive a purple tee-shirt with 1,000 Ties blazoned on the front, and are treated to a continental breakfast. It is in this environment that they are first introduced to the field of robotics.

They begin the formal part of their day learning some basic information about robotics, what it is, and what they can do with it. This introduction is led by Ms. Tandi Allen. She

and her husband Terrance founded Urban City Codes, a company that provides culturally-focused, community-based technology training solutions that empower under-represented individuals, groups, and companies to develop and stay competitive in the technology industry.

According to the Allens, “Black and Brown people make up only 2% of tech industry/STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals, so we work to teach our youth to take control of their futures by learning about STEM careers through culturally focused tech training and projects. We provide them with insight into careers in robotics, engage them in building their own robots, and show them how it can be innovative and fun.”

They further engage the students by leading them in playing a robotics game, which proves to be not only fun, but also informative. After another brief presentation, they bundle up for a quick journey back outside and across campus to the Youth Tech Academy laboratory in the Advanced Technology Training Center. And this is where the real fun begins!

First they hear a brief presentation on what it takes to build a robot. Then, each young man gets a chance to operate a remote controlled robot that resembles a mini monster truck

in a large pen. They take turns guiding the robotic arm to pick up rings and attempt to place them on pegs strategically placed around the pen. It resembles a game one might see in an amusement park or at the county fair.

After the young preteens devour a boxed lunch, now it is their turn to try their hand at actually building a robot! Each of them receives a robot kit and their own work table to spread out the contents of their kits and get to work. The students work in tandem with their assigned mentors for the day, as everyone pays close attention to step by step instructions being given by Ms. Allen, who sits at the front of the room with a video camera focused on her workspace. She can be observed on large projection screens throughout the room so that the boys and mentors can easily follow her direction.

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And after about a 90 minute working session, each student completes his day by taking home a solar-powered and battery-operated robotic car that he built himself! The expressions of wonderment, pride, and satisfaction are easy to see on their faces as they pack up their kits and head for the school bus for the ride back to their school. There could be some future robotic engineers in their ranks.

The brothers of Zeta Omega became involved in the program through the

delta alpha


Dayton, OH

efforts of Brother Jermel Carr (1994 Xi), who serves as liaison between the program and the chapter. He works closely with Ms. Jowan Smith, CEO and Director of the 1,000 Ties school-based mentoring program, who said “We want to make sure our students have exposure to various career paths so they can see all of the possibilities open to them through science, technology, engineering and math. We are excited for them to learn about robotics and have this hands-on experience today, working

in collaboration with our sponsors like Cuyahoga Community College, Finish Line sports apparel, and the men of Omega Psi Phi.”

Denise McCory, Ed.D., a young African American woman, is President of the Metropolitan Campus for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). She is proud to host the students on campus. “We have been partnering with 1,000 Ties for over a year now, and this is our first opportunity to collaborate in person due to Covid-19. We think it is important to have these kinds of programs in person because it’s a hands-on experience. Tri-C is committed to helping students find their path, including those in technology, because we can be their next stop once they finish their K-12 education. We will continue our relationship with Wade Park Elementary and keep following up with these students. We are looking forward to doing more partnerships like this in the future.”

On November 19, 2021, the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Alpha Chapter, served the homeless at the Gettysburg Shelter for Men located at 1921 S. Gettysburg Avenue Dayton, Ohio. We could feed approximately 151 men in their time of need, with many coming back for seconds. In attendance was past Basileus Bro. Derrick Thomas and his son DJ, Bro. Ferguson Johnson, Bro. Lionel Pittman, Bro. Kunta Jackson, Bro. Brent Hogan, and newly initiated brothers.

The event gave the newly initiated brothers a chance to fellowship with some of the men coming through the

line, the workers who bring the food, and each other. The brothers of Omega were supervised by Mrs. Nicely, an outstanding supervisor over the evening’s food service. The brothers were very efficient with serving, and the thanks from the men in need were well received.

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Zeta Omega Conducts Youth Mentoring, Continued...

Delta Alpha Serving the Homeless, Continued...

This humbling experience was made possible with the help of St. Vincent de Paul services. Masks were worn, and social distancing was performed to meet state requirements. The brothers of Delta Alpha are UNSEFISHLY scheduled to serve every third Friday of the month. This opportunity gives them, as volunteers, meaningful assignments with full involvement and participation. The brothers who volunteer are committed to performing the duties to the best of their abilities and to remain true to the values and goals that the shelter maintains.

Xi iota iota founders’ banquet

Dr. R. Charles Byer stressed four things integral to success when he visited Piqua to deliver the keynote address for the 30th annual Achievement Week Celebration for the Xi Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

“I want you to always take into consideration those four things: knowledge is power, individual differences, readiness, and know thyself. Those of you, the scholars that we are recognizing, if you take those four things into serious consideration, you will find that you will go far, and you will find that people will recognize you,” Byer said.

Byer, who is emeritus provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia State University, addressed four area students — David Anderson of Piqua, Isaiah Russell of Lima, Donavin Johnson of Sidney and Kristefer Williams of Troy — who were honored at the Achievement Week Scholarship Banquet at Edison State Community College on Friday, Nov. 19, in Piqua.

For the 30th year, the Xi Iota Iota Chapter of the fraternity presented the four students with $1,000 scholarships.

“It feels good that we have continued this for 30 years, right here in Sidney, Piqua, Troy and Lima. I love it,” Vice Basileus and District Representative Jarrett Thomas said.

For the first year, each student was offered a full scholarship worth $10,000 each to Edison State Community College, awarded by Edison State President Dr. Doreen

David Anderson, left, of Piqua, accepts a $1,000 scholarship from the Xi Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. as presented by keynote speaker Dr. R. Charles Byer. (Photo: Blythe Alspaugh | Sidney Daily News)
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Donavin Johnson, left, of Sidney, accepts a $1,000 scholarship from the Xi Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. as presented by keynote speaker Dr. R. Charles Byer. (Photo: Blythe Alspaugh | Sidney Daily News)

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Larson.“Right now, Edison State is doing very well, and we’re able to use some resources — I can’t think of a better way to use these resources than to offer these students full scholarships,” Larson said. “Whatever their aspirations are, UCLA, Purdue, whatever — they’ll get a great start here.”

Bro. Byers said that he considered it an honor when he was asked to speak at the banquet because he would be talking to students. With a career in education spanning over five decades, Byer has always enjoyed talking to students and used his keynote address to speak directly to the four students being honored at the banquet.

“They are the lifeblood of our nation of the world, because they are the individuals that are going to bring a better life for all of us,” Byer said.The key thing that Byers imparted in his address was the Sir Francis Bacon quote, “Knowledge is power.” Bro. Byers emphasized that no one ever stops learning, be it formal or informal learning, positive or negative.

“The more you know, the better off you will be. It’s extremely important that you are abling yourself to learn as much as you possibly can about things, about concepts, principles, people, whatever — you never stop learning. Knowledge will give you power,” Byer said.

Bro. Byers also emphasized that it is important to recognize individual differences and to stay true to oneself, to treat others fairly even when they can’t be treated equally, to show readiness when thinking about future choices, and to know who oneself is and what their purpose is.

Isaiah Russell, left, of Lima, accepts a $1,000 scholarship from the Xi Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. as presented by keynote speaker Dr. R. Charles Byer. (Photo: Blythe Alspaugh | Sidney Daily News) Kristefer Williams, left, of Troy, accepts a $1,000 scholarship from the Xi Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. as presented by keynote speaker Dr. R. Charles Byer. (Photo: Blythe Alspaugh | Sidney Daily News)
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sigma lambda lambda

serves and celebrates achievement

Sigma Lambda Lambda brought in Achievement Week 2021 with service and celebration. The week began on November 17, as the chapter continued its longstanding partnership with Mid-South Food Bank. Mid-South Food Bank supports food-insecure families from 31 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi, and Eastern Arkansas. Pursuant to Her cause, the chapter purchased and distributed food to feed countless individuals in the Mid-South region. Later on that evening, Sigma Lambda Lambda hosted the nationally mandated Talent Hunt competition at Grace Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The event featured some of the city’s most skilled youth, and it culminated with a $200 prize to the first place winner.

Achievement Week 2021 ended on November 21 with the heralded Founders’ Day program. The event was held at Grace Church in Memphis, and representatives from across the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) were present to celebrate awardees. This year’s recipients included Bro. Dr. Kendrick Brown (Omega Man of the Year award), Bro. DeWayne Sweet (Founders award), Bro. Dr. Billy D. Holcombe (Superior Service Award), Bro. Emile Sigee, Jr. (Colonel Charles Young award), and J. B. Smiley, Esq. (Citizen of the Year award).

sigma lambda lambda set on thanksgiving service

In November 2021, Sigma Lambda Lambda sponsored Thanksgiving baskets for scores of families. The chapter has partnered with Millington, Tennessee’s SOUL Out Ministries and Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church on their Thanksgiving initiative for nearly a decade. SLL is affectionately known as “The Service Chapter” to many in the Memphis metropolitan area. Under the direction of Bro. Tramayne Jenkins, the chapter assisted with organizing, packing, and distributing care packages with hams and non-perishable goods to dozens of families. Families, clergy, and event organizers thanked the chapter for continuing its longstanding partnership and ensuring that the unserved and underserved would want for naught. The acts of service were also documented by a local newspaper and published for greater distribution.

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local sport hero honored

by the tennessee sports hall of fame

Research shows that Christmas can have both positive and negative impacts on one’s mental health. There is a rise in alcohol-related deaths over Christmas, and there is potential for increased feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and helplessness. The Brothers of Epsilon Phi Chapter wanted to cheer up the Widows of brothers that have transitioned to Omega Chapter. Three years ago, the Brothers decided that the chapter should acknowledge our deceased Brothers’ wives during the holiday season. Christmas is one of the most challenging times for families who have lost loved ones. The Chapter wanted to do something that would let these ladies know that we care deeply about them and that we remember the long and loving relationship they had with their deceased Omega man. The brothers made donations that were used to purchase Poinsettias for our widows, as a token of affection for our 24 widows. We used mapping technology to develop routes for those who volunteered to make deliveries in an efficient and expedited manner. Some of the widows were willing to take selfies with the Brothers to allow us to document the memory as well as bring a smile to their faces. We know that this small gesture makes a difference and many of the women will send a thank you card to the chapter letting us know that our efforts touched them and put a smile on their faces at Christmas. We will continue this Epsilon Phi tradition and are preparing our young brothers to carry out this tradition for years to come.

On January 27, 2022, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame led to the Trevecca vs. Walsh halftime ceremony to surprise Brother David Suddeth with the news that he is to be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. As a member of Gamma Phi Chapter, Suddeth makes history as the first Trevecca University athlete to be enshrined in the hall. Finishing his career as a Trevecca Trojan with 3,004 career points and 14 men’s basketball records, Suddeth is the university’s all-time leading scorer. He was responsible for 993 rebounds (422 offensive rebounds), 490 assists, 276 steals, and 92 blocked shots. Playing for the Trojans from 1988-1992, Suddeth was also a three-time NAIA All-American. His impressive talent, character, and career are already recognized in the Trevecca Hall of Fame, which he entered with the Class of 1997.

Established in 1966, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame enshrines and honors athletes, teams, coaches, sportswriters, and sports administrators who have impacted the history of Tennessee sports. As a member of the class of 2022, Suddeth is the second inductee after former Tennessee Titan defensive end Jevon Kearse who was announced on January 21. The Nashville native has always represented the values of Omega Psi Phi – on the court and off. He went on to play for the Jackson Jammers of the Global Basketball Association and eventually stepped in as a steward of the community by becoming Site Director of Nashville’s Downtown YMCA. Suddeth has continued his noteworthy sports career by coaching football and basketball in the Nashville Metro Public School system, living out the Omega Psi Phi principles by mentoring the young men of the Nashville community.

The complete 2022 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame induction class will be released in the coming weeks. The induction ceremony with be hosted by the Tennessee Titans. Date & time to be announced.

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fifth district achievement week

district wide blood drive

Achievement Week 2021, On November 11th and 14th the Fifth District completed its 3rd annual Charles R. Drew District Wide Blood Drive across the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. This mandated program project was led by the District Social Action Committee under Committee Chairman Bro. Charles Griffith and under the 5th District leadership of Bro. Sam McKenzie, 23rd District Representative. One of the goals of the 5th District leadership was to move to “Move The 5th Forward” and to continue to bring awareness and focus to blood donations in the African American community in our various cities.

The commitment to this District wide project was to complete the mandated program in the focus cities of the Fifth District and to combine resources of the Chapters in that city by executing the project together in that each versus completing multiple individual blood drives. As part of Achievement Week, during

the month of November our chapters conducted simultaneous blood drives. Brothers, family, friends, churches, students, military, and community donors came together to donate blood and platelets in the name of Omega Psi Phi and our deceased Brother Dr. Charles R. Drew, the inventor and perfecter of the blood procurement process. All during Achievement Week you could see the visual work of Omega displayed on social media pages for the 5th District and numerous chapters

throughout the district. This innovative display increased the awareness of the importance of giving blood as well as enhanced our Omega brand in a very positive light. Continuing this District wide project yielded several tangible and non-tangible attributes including the unified participation of our undergraduate and graduate brothers working together to complete and execute the district wide Charles R Drew Blood Drive, encouraging friendly competition among the focus cities, strengthening the relationships and bonds of the Fifth District Brotherhood, growing and strengthening the relationships with our communities, instituting a formal network with our blood donor organization partners, and collecting blood for our communities that will be used to affect the lives of three (3) people for every pint collected. There are many rare blood types however many blood types fall into one of the following type categories: A, B, AB, and O. But for a small part of the population, finding someone else with the same blood type can

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be as difficult as looking for a needle in a haystack. Rare blood types can be specific to race: Red blood cells carry markers called antigens on their surface that determine one’s blood type. There are more than 600 known antigens besides A and B. Certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. The

best blood match for patients often comes from donors of similar race or ethnicity. When blood is closely matched between the donor and the patient, the patients are at a lower risk of developing complications from ongoing blood transfusions. It is extremely important to increase the number of blood donors from all

the broken heart of america

Some call this Kentucky town “Heart of America” and it was recently named among America’s top places to live by Money Magazine. It’s home to many immigrants and refugees from across the world. Now, the Bowling Green community is picking up the pieces after the deadly tornado swept through the night.

In the early morning hours of December 11, 2021, tornado alerts woke up the citizens of Bowling Green, Kentucky and the EF-3 tornado began barreling its way through Bowling Green neighborhoods. As the community now rallies around those who lost family members and loved ones, and whose homes were

racial and ethnic groups. When you indicate your race during the check in process, you help the Red Cross better search for rare blood types to best meet the needs of patients of all backgrounds. This noble project undoubtedly continues to help us Move the Fifth Forward and bring awareness to the importance of us honoring Dr. Drew by giving blood.

5th District News - Kentucky and Tennessee

The Broken Heart of America, continued. destroyed by the brutal winds, those who survived are still in shock but consider themselves lucky.

Many families were displaced, and residents anxiously wondered where they go from here. The Brothers of Theta Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., acted swiftly in response to the aftermath of the tornado and placed boots on the ground. Bro. David Clement authorized his State Farm Insurance office as a drop-off location and accepted monetary donations through the chapter’s cashapp: $TAAQUES.

The outpouring help from the community and the Brothers of Theta Alpha Alpha has been tremendous. Brothers John Potter, Theo Marks, James Brown, JaMarvin Durham, Omar Rogers, Steve Bell, Jimmy Welch, Curtis Johnson, Tay Sears, and Karstin Howard, joined forces with the community and provided water, toiletries, blankets, clothes, food and shelter for displaced families.

There is an abundance of work left undone from this devasting tragedy. For now, the tight knit community will work together to pick up the pieces and mend the broken Heart of America!

The Brothers of Theta Alpha Alpha would like to thank everyone who has donated money and their time to uplift the community of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

the legacy we leave behind

We come into this world as innocent as we can be, We long to make our mark and take our place in history, We seek to be remembered, and what we come to find, Is history will judge us by the legacy we leave behind, The question one may often ask, is what will that legacy be Will this be something beautiful for all the world to see, Are people going to sing your praises when they hear your name, Or will people simply stay quiet and hold their heads in shame.

Is there a distinctive mark that you leave no matter where you go

Do you leave a certain mark so that it’s you the world will know Do you meet each task head on, or did you tap dance around it, Will you leave an organization in better shape than when you found it Stories, songs, and tales will be recorded in due time, Will there be many thoughts of joy when your name comes to mind. You are an omega man in word, but are you a man in deed, Is do you seek to fill your lamp with knowledge, do you really live your creed. Do you meet Omega Standards did you seek to raise the bar, Will other men in this way of life respect the man you are, Do you provide assistance, to help a brother along, Are you always welcome in the fold, do brothers miss you when you’re gone Do you build a bridge of friendship so that younger brothers may cross, Or you do you haze and shame them no matter what the cost, As a friend do you provide uplift, were you willing to forgive Will people see the 20 pearls in this life you choose to live Do your children know the man you are and the status you proclaim, Are the proud to belong to you and carry on your name

If you live your creed with honor with God and family in mind Then that is the most beautiful legacy a man can leave behind

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kappa alpha chapter kappa alpha chapter founders’ celebration

ROCK HILL, SC – “Omega Men

Protecting Life and Liberty” was the theme for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s 2021 Achievement Week. Kappa Alpha Chapter and Winthrop University’s Psi Kappa Chapter held its annual joint Founders’ Celebration on Friday, November 19, 2021, at the new Gray – Corkerell VFW Post 3746 facility.

Sixth District 1st Vice District Representative Bro. Al White was the keynote speaker for the evening. He stated there is a serious threat to what is often referred to as the moral fabric of our society. “Brothers, it is time to think seriously about education, about our commitment to civic engagement, it’s time to think about mentoring our young people, it is time to think seriously about economical self-sustainment, among them all, it’s time to think about how technology will play a role in the future,” said White.

The 2021 Kappa Alpha Chapter Achievement Week winners are as follows:

Citizen of the Year

Chester Summer Food Program

Members vs Men

Brother Jason Mitchell

Father of the Year

Brother Vincent Goree

Superior Service

Brother Dwayne Davis

Founders’ Award

Brother Dr. Jesse Gardner

Psi Kappa Omega Man of the Year

Brother David Brandyburg

Kappa Alpha Omega Man of the Year

Brother Bishop Herbert Crump, Jr.

Sixty Year Gold Jacket Installation

Brother Thomas Colter, Sr.



Brother Jerrod Bridges

Vice Basileus

Brother John O. Sanders

Keeper of Records & Seal

Brother Torrance Robinson

Keeper of Finance

Brother Isaiah Venning


Brother John Coleman


Brother Jerwon Avery

Keeper of Peace

Brother Antoine Anderson

6th District News - North Carolina and South Carolina
Photo Caption: 60 Year Brothers with their Gold Jackets (L-R Brother John Ramsuer, Brother Charles Smalls, Brother Thomas Colter, Sr., and Brother Dr. Jesse Gardner) Brother Al White was presented with a Proclamation from the City of Rock Hill’s Mayor, John Gettys, which proclaimed November 19th, 2021, as Al White Day in the city. The presentation was made by City Councilwoman Ms. Nikita Jackson.
following Chapter Officers were also installed during the event:

phi lambda lambda

chapter dinner

Jacksonville, NC

On September 10, 2004, fourteen stalwart men chartered Phi Lambda Lambda as the 93rd chapter in the Sixth District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Nicknamed the “Devil Dog Ques”, Phi Lambda Lambda Chapter is composed of mostly active duty and veteran Marine Corps and Navy service members currently stationed at or retired from Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune.

On Friday, September 10, 2021, the men of Phi Lambda Lambda galvanized in true friendship as they broke bread together in celebration of the chapter’s chartering. They witnessed the reading of the chapter’s charter and every brother in attendance spoke of their love for the fraternity and appreciation for the consistent uplift provided amongst members of the chapter. Similar to the founding of our beloved fraternity, the chartering of Phi Lambda Lambda Chapter is forever linked to those brave servicemen serving in the military during times of war. The Omega men of Phi Lambda Lambda continue to serve the nation as well as fight against social injustices and inequalities within their communities.

zeta alpha donates

water to the school

Oxford, NC – When the call was made to supply the students of Dabney Elementary School with bottles of water due to their not being able to use the water fountains, the brothers of Zeta Alpha Chapter rose to the occasion. Bro. Dr. Michael Putney Sr., principal, reached out to the chapter Basileus, Dr. Abram Liles, to ask for assistance and immediately car and truck loads of water were delivered to the school. The students are not allowed to use the water fountains in the school according to COVID-19 protocols.

The school has approximately four hundred students in grades prekindergarten through fifth. Over one thousand bottles of water were donated to the school.

Zeta Alpha Chapter, serving Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties in North Carolina, was chartered on October 1, 1934, and recently celebrated eighty-seven years.

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iota iota chapter

omega giving back for the holidays

Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted its annual Christmas projects on Saturday, December 18, 2021. This is a special time of the year when the chapter enjoys giving back to the community. As the fourth principle of the fraternity, Uplift truly comes alive during the holiday season.

Iota Iota Chapter’s first project of the season began with the O.M.E.G.A. Champs mentoring program’s Annual Hats, Socks, and Gloves Drive. The men of the Iota Iota Chapter and the mentees of O.M.E.G.A. Champs donated hundreds of hats, socks, and gloves to the Helping Hand Mission on 623 Rock Quarry Rd in Raleigh, NC. Our efforts supported individuals and families in need with these necessities, as we approach the winter season.

The men of Iota Iota Chapter collaborated with the ladies of the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Walmart, located on 4500 Fayetteville Rd. This joint effort provided $50 gift cards to 40 unserved children to shop for Christmas. The Walmart Raleigh-Fayetteville Road has been a long-time partner with Iota Iota Chapter for this project. Walmart presented the chapter with a $7500 check to help further the chapter’s community service initiatives.

6th District News - North Carolina and South Carolina
Photo: Brothers of Iota Iota Chapter with O.M.E.G.A. Champs mentees

brother fred d. gray, sr. celebrated with a street dedication ceremony

The city of Montgomery, Alabama under the leadership of Brother Mayor Steven Reed honored Brother Fred D. Gray, Sr. with a dedication ceremony by renaming West Jeff Davis Avenue to Fred D. Gray Avenue! The ceremony was a firstclass affair with the Men of Sigma Phi, Omega Iota Iota, and Gamma Sigma Chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., other men of the Omega Psi Phi throughout the State of Alabama, Alabama State University Marching Band, and other ASU students giving support. Montgomery County Commissioners along with the Montgomery City Councilmen were on hand as well as unsung members of the community who witnessed Brother Gray fight for many community members over the years like Mrs. Rosa L. Parks.

Brother Gray was extremely honored and expressed that there is still work to be done about racism! He closed by addressing the youth that if they see something that needs to be done don’t wait for someone to tell you it needs to be done! The ceremony concluded with a prayer and Brother Gray attending the expunging of the adjudication of delinquency for Ms. Claudette Colvin who was arrested at the age of fifteen for not giving up her seat on the Montgomery bus before Mrs. Rosa Parks got arrested nine months later. Ms. Colvin was pregnant at the time of her arrest and due to her circumstances the community didn’t want to put her through such a publicized matter.

However, 66 years later Ms. Colvin gets her day in court and Brother Gray gets to witness a civil right come to an end. Sigma Phi, Omega Iota Iota, and Gamma Sigma Chapters were proud as Brothers Mayor Steven Reed

(1st African American Mayor in Montgomery, Alabama), Sheriff Derrick Cunningham (1st African American Sheriff of Montgomery County, Alabama), Dr. Quinton Ross, Jr. (President of Alabama State University), and Oronde Mitchell (Montgomery City Councilman) were on hand and leading the celebration. In conclusion it was a proud day for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as all the brothers in attendance fellowshipped and took pictures with Bro. Gray who was more than happy to oblige.

7th District News - Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi

iota omega & lambda epsilon chapters

achievement week

On November 19, 2021 Iota Omega and Lambda Epsilon chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held their Achievement Week Program in Tuskegee, AL. This event took place at the National Guard Armory. It is here where men of like minds gathered to honor fellow brothers that have performed exemplary work in the community on behalf of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Bro. Brigadier General Shawn A. Harris, who currently serves as the Senior Defense Official-Defense Attache at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, served as the keynote speaker. Bro. Harris, an alumnus of Tuskegee University, was initiated into Omega via the 1990 line of Iota Omega/Lambda Epsilon. During the event he received the prestigious Basileus’ Award, after which he addressed the audience delivering an inspirational and compelling speech. The focus of the speech was “If not me, then who.” In his speech he emphasized the importance of meeting challenges head on and accepting leadership roles to overcome entrenched obstacles which included both psychological and physical barriers.

Iota Omega Chapter awarded “Citizen of the Year” to Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, the second female president and the ninth president of Tuskegee University overall. In her leadership capacity she continues to secure critical funding and guide the university through this critical period of COVID-19 and continued racial unrest. The Coveted “Founders” award went to Bro. Joseph T. Williams. The distinguished COL Charles Young Award was presented to Bro. Ira Phillips. Bro. Tyric Webster was awarded the esteemed Super Service Award, and Bro. Terrance Platt received the illustrious Omega Man of the Year Award.

This event was a spectacular success and the recipients of the awards were proud and delighted.

upsilon gamma gamma fatherhood initiatives

On December 4th, 2021, the brothers of Upsilon Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the mentees of Andrew A. Jefferson Chapter of Omega Lamplighter Program volunteered and participated in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign bell ringing at the Kroger grocery store in Grovetown, Georgia where we gave over 250 community service hours to the Salvation Army.

Upsilon Gamma Gamma Chapter, the mentees of Andrew A. Jefferson Sr. Chapter of Omega Lamplighter Program, and parents volunteered on December 18th, 2021, and donated over 200 Community Service Hours for one of our annual toy drive giveaways. We also provided lunch and gave away boxes of food for over 150 families in the Augusta common housing area located downtown in Augusta, Georgia.

On the 20th of December 2021 Upsilon Gamma Gamma Chapter, and mentees volunteered over 100 hours of community service for our second toy drive giveaway. We also provided snacks for over 50 family in the community outreach in the Keysville, Georgia community.

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chi omega chapter

2021 achievement week celebration

The Tallahassee Chapters of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. completed one of the Fraternity’s mandated programs known as the Achievement Week, continuing Omega’s tradition. The National Achievement Week is an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. mandated program that originated from the suggestions of Bro. Dr. Carter G. Woodson at the Fraternity’s Nashville Conclave in 1920. Bro. Dr. Woodson believed that Blacks should dedicate more effort and time to learning and researching their history. The Achievement Week is dear to all Omega Men and African Americans. It was initially designed to promote the study of African American life and history. His inspiration and advocacy prompted the Fraternity to institute an annual observance of Negro History and Literature Week. All chapters were encouraged to display information in schools, communities, churches, and exhibits. This celebration was renamed in 1925 as National Achievement Week. Eventually, it developed beyond the Fraternity, and this commemoration evolved into what would be known as Black History Month in 1976. Presently, the purpose of the National Achievement Week has been to promote, educate, celebrate, and appreciate the African Americans’ contributions in a public forum. In addition, it recognizes those individuals on local and national levels who have made significant contributions toward the improvement of African Americans’ lives.

Chi Omega Chapter, Upsilon Psi Chapter, and Chi Theta Chapter united to accomplish the 2021 Achievement Week Celebration in November. These brothers hosted various noble and worthy events. These events included: a church service at Family Worship and Praise Center, Healthy Lifestyle Seminar, Bible Study, Thanksgiving Turkey drive, Fitness workout, and community service. As the Fraternity is renowned for its close bond and fellowship among its members, the brothers held the reclamation and retention Fish Fry and a cookout, promoting the importance of our motto, “Friendship is Essential to the Soul,” a phrase that our fraternity brothers live by daily.

Our virtual Achievement Week Ceremony highlighted the week. The Grand Chaplain Bro. Rev Dr. Walter T. Richardson was our guest speaker. Bro. Brad Johnson

from Chi Omega Chapter gave the welcoming speech followed by Bro. Andrew Shirley from Chi Theta Chapter who did the occasion. Bro. Robert Tucker II from Upsilon Psi Chapter gave the invocation from Bro. Anthony Thomas from Chi Omega Chapter introduced our guest speaker. Bro. Rick Ardley from Chi Omega Chapter announced the recipients of the High School Awards. The immediate Past Basileus Bro. Anthony Woodley from Chi Omega Chapter gave the Acknowledgment, followed by the award presentation given by Bro. Curtis Rush II. The 2021 award recipients were as followed: Bro. Rick Ardley, recipient of the Superior Service Award; Bro. Carlos Bates, recipient of the Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award; Bro. Willie Barnes, recipient of the Founder’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Bro. James Morell, recipient of the H. Manning Efferson Unsung Hero; Bro. Akhenaton Thomas, recipient of the Julius Fisher Award; Bro. Benjamin Crump, recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award; and last but not least, Bro. Anthony Thomas, recipient of the Omega Man of the Year Award. Bro. Rev Dr. Walter T. Richardson installed the following Chi Omega chapter officers: Bro. Willie Vann as Basileus, Bro. Larry Harris as the Vice Basileus, Bro. Dwayne Brown as the Keeper of Record and Seal, Bro. Akhenaton Thomas as the Assistant Keeper of Record and Seal, Bro. Nick Maddox as the Keeper of Finance, Bro. Gino Bullock as the Chaplain, Bro. Konan J. Kanga as the Chapter’s Reporter, and Bro. Karl Knight as the Keeper of Peace. Bro. Darron Toston (Chi Omega), the FSO State Representative, and Bro. Willie Vann, Chi Omega Basileus, gave the Closing remarks. Because this event was virtual, we had various individuals from across the globe in attendance.

We want to thank all the brothers who served on the Achievement Week Committee team.

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tampa’s native son is florida’s

first african american federal defender

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Attorney Alec Fitzgerald Hall received his appointment letter from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals with Chief Judge William Pryor, formally installing him as the new Federal Defender for the Middle District of Florida. This is history for both the Middle District of Florida and for the State of Florida as there has never been an African-American to lead the Defender’s Office and one to be named in the State of Florida. The Honorable Charles R. Wilson, Eleventh Circuit Judge, swore Attorney Hall in as the new Federal Defender on June 21st. The Middle District of Florida’s jurisdiction extends from Jacksonville south covering all areas including Ocala, Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Myers. The Middle District is the second largest district in the country. The motto for the Federal Defender’s Office is “Representing Those Who Cannot Represent Themselves.”

Attorney Hall is a native of Tampa and was reared by his maternal grandmother, the late Maggie Cleggette, along with his two brothers and sister in the Riverview Terrace Housing Projects in Tampa, Florida. Attorney Hall is a graduate of Hillsborough Senior High School, and Project Upward Bound, and he later attended and graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history (post-bellum America). Attorney Hall formerly worked for the Florida Department of Corrections as a probation officer and later worked for the Florida Parole Commission as a parole examiner prior to attending law school. Attorney Hall received his Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University, Shepherd Broad Law Center, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. At Nova Southeastern, Attorney Hall was his first-year section winner for Moot Court and he was on the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy traveling teams. Attorney Hall subsequently received his Master’s of Divinity degree (in ministry) from Luther Rice University and

Seminary in Lathonia, Georgia.

Attorney Hall has practiced law for over 23 years beginning his career as a state assistant public defender for Seminole and Brevard Counties. He has been an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Florida for over 20 years. Attorney Hall specializes in vertical criminal representation, which includes trial, appellate, and habeas corpus practice. Attorney Hall has tried numerous cases and is known as a tough litigator. He is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars. He is also a member of the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh Circuit, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. Attorney Hall has appeared before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for oral argument on several occasions and had his client’s conviction reverse/vacated in United States v. McCarrick, 294 F.3d 1286 (11th Cir. 2002) (published opinion) and obtained a certificate of appealability from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing the district court, in Barrett v. Secretary Florida Department of Corrections, Case No. 13-15153-EE (first-degree murder - life case).

Attorney Hall is an over 31 year and life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He has previously received the Omega Man of the Year Award for his chapter, Pi Iota, for the State of Florida (two times), for the Seventh District (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi), two times, and has received the Superior Service Award three times. He was recognized with the Hometown Hero Award by the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau of Tampa, Florida for his efforts in helping to secure the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s 82 Grand Conclave now rescheduled for Summer 2024.

Attorney Hall wishes to thank all of his supporters for their support over the years and in the instant achievement especially his wife, Yvette Renee Evans Hall, and their daughter, Maiyah, and a host of others which are too numerous to name.

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omicron chapter scholarship

Des Moines, IA


first all-black crew officiates

an nsaa playoff semifinal game

Omaha, NE

Brothers of Beta Upsilon was again apart of another milestone in high school foot-ball officiating history. After becoming the first all black crew to officiate a high school football game, the brothers decided to continue to be apart of history. For the first time in Nebraska Sports Activity Association history, an all-Black officiating crew worked together for a playoff semifinal football game. The officiating crew is part of the Metro Football Officials Association. Brother Skyler Johnson had the opportunity during the 2020 football season to be part of the first all-Black football officiating crew to work a game in Nebraska high school sports history. This season he and Brother Whitted joined three other Black officials to form the first fulltime all-Black officiating crew.

Brother Johnson who is the umpire on the crew, and Brother Whitted who is the back judge, both stated it’s an honor to be part of the first full-time, all-Black officiating crew. Both brothers feel it was an essential step in sports officiating in the state of Nebraska, especially in a sport that has so many Black players. Brother Johnson

On Sunday August 1, 2021, at the Franklin Avenue Library in Des Moines IA, Mu Omicron Chapter awarded scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to the following high school graduates: Vijay Williams, Kaleb Nichols, and David Aregbe. The funds will aide these students in pursuing their educational dreams of attending college. In addition to congratulating the young men on their accomplishments, Mu Omicron brothers stressed the value of scholarship, the importance of having a study strategy, and the benefits of seeking out help during difficult times. Each honoree expressed his heartfelt thanks and commitment to work hard to be successful. Additionally, they all welcomed the opportunity to return as role models to encourage future awardees. The scholarships were made possible through a grant from the Mu Omicron Foundation.

added, “Football, baseball, it doesn’t matter; This should be in all sports. Representation matters.”

Both brothers also added it’s an even greater honor to have been chosen to work a semifinal playoff game during the crew’s first season together. Being chosen shows that coaches and state evaluators think they were doing a great job on the football field. Brother Johnson and Brother Whitted have been close friends since playing football together at Peru State College, so being a part of such a historic moment together is special for them. Brother Whitted stated that “The moment I put on these stripes, it was always the ‘What if, what does it look like, what it could be?’ To be a part of what is now is an amazing accomplishment.”

8th District News -
Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota mu


keynote speaker at fort carson dr. martin luther king’s observance Denver, CO


August 22, 2021, Xi Pi Brother Dr. Michael E. Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies and the Department of English at Colorado College supported Fort Carson Service Members by delivering keynote addresses in commemoration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Black History Month. The King address was at the invitation of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson and was based upon Reverend King’s speech from March 3, 1968 entitled “Unfulfilled Dreams”. Please visit for the official news article from the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office.

phi xi provides assistance to multiple communities in east central kansas

The Brothers of Phi Xi are no stranger to community service. During the Pandemic the Chapter has partnered with other organizations in packing food boxes for families in need. Through a combined effort they packed over 2300 boxes in the Tri-City Community of Junction City, Manhattan, and Ft Riley Ks. Phi Xi has been involved with this project since the beginning of the Pandemic.

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Bro. Jamal Richardson

northern illinois university coaching staff

Brother Jamal Richardson Fall ’18 Initiate of the Mu Theta chapter is the newest coaching staff member at Northern Illinois University. Bro Richardson made a huge decision in his football career. Rather than pursing a professional career after college at Iowa State, Richardson opted to coach safeties at NIU. Bro Richardson choose NIU for the opportunity to work with Coach Hammock and to have the opportunity build young men through the game of football.

upsilon omega and naacp food distribution program may 8 to september 12, 2021

In St. Louis, MO. A series of drive thru Food Distributions was held by the St. Louis County NAACP Chapter. Volunteers from the St. Louis Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. handed out food as well as free masks and baby diapers. During this 8-week period, over 3800 boxes of healthy produce and perishable items were given away every week to the St. Louis community from (May 8 to June 26, 2021). Each weekend over 25 Upsilon Omega Brothers contributed an average of 5 hours per day to assist the NAACP and feed families in need.

8th District News - Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota

nu phi chapter

blue triangle historical site Renovation preparations

christmas que iT


Since its humble beginnings on the Howard University campus on November 17, 1911, the Omega Psi Phi fraternity has sought to champion causes that speak to our four cardinal principles. Those four cardinal principles are: manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift. These cardinal principles are essential to the inner workings and the outreach of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. In response to the rising food prices that are plaguing so many of our disenfranchised families of the community, it was suggested that we use the cardinal principle of uplift to alleviate the financial burden of some of the families for this Christmas season. Rho Omega termed this project “Christmas Que It Forward”

The brothers were looking forward to blessing a few families this Christmas by choosing random people and paying for their groceries. “Christmas Que It Forward” was held on December 23, 2021.We met at the Shopper’s Value Grocery Store on Greenwood Road in Shreveport, Louisiana. Initially we were hoping to raise $1000.00 through donations from the brothers and help at lease ten families in our city. Fortunately, we were blessed to receive over $2100.00 and exceeded the number of families that we were able to make their holiday season just a little bit better and brighter. Just to show you that the proof is in the pudding and that the men of Omega take to heart the concept that Friendship is essential to the Soul. The brothers of Rho Beta Chapter out of Houston, Texas collaborated with the brothers of Rho Omega and contributed $600.00 from their chapter to help fund and support this noteworthy effort. This endeavor between the two chapters of Omega Men truly expresses brothers living up to the cardinal principle of Uplift.

Brothers of the Nu Phi and Tau Epsilon chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. volunteered to move furniture and help prepare the Blue Triangle Community Center for major restoration. The event occurred on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 3005 McGowen St. in Houston’s historic 3rd Ward community. The Blue Triangle is a Texas Historical site, and was originally founded in 1919 during World War I as the first branch of the YWCA in Houston, TX.

Mrs. Charlotte Bryant, Director of Blue Triangle Community Center, stated, “Being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and part of the Divine 9, I can always count on the brothers of Omega Psi Phi to volunteer and provide service to the community.” The Blue Triangle Multi Cultural Association, Inc. has provided educational and recreational services to the Houston community for decades.

Bro. Andre Stokes, who coordinated the volunteer effort, stressed the importance of investing into predominantly African American inner-city institutions so that they may continue to help enrich our seniors and empower our youth. Brothers and other volunteers spent sweat equity and donated their time to improve the community. Ms. Jones, Program Coordinator, provided the marching orders and laid out plans for the placement of furniture and other items that filled five large shipping containers.

The Blue Triangle Community Center received a grant to renovate the property while maintaining certain areas for historical purposes. One such area includes the $1 million mural called “The Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education” by Dr. John Biggers which features historic African American women such as Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Renovations are targeted to be completed in 2022.

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psi alpha achievement week service 2021

This was the Day the Lord had made and Psi Alpha Chapter started our Achievement Week in great service by worshiping together in celebrations of 110 years of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Services were held at New Light Baptist Church in San Antonio. Pastor Paul G. Wilkinson, Sr. provided the message “Promise and the Purpose” from Romans 8:2831. What a blessing to each one of you who came together for this purpose. We know this was a tremendous sacrifice for your own Sunday services as well as other important obligations to attend this worship service. We

psi alpha brothers in the community

thank those who wanted to come but was unable to do so because the Holy Spirit guided you in various directions. This was our first time out in a while, and we adhered to our COVID Policy and Procedures as directed. Our presence as Omega Men showed our community the commitment in unity as we worship together our Lord and Savior as believers to the transcendent, just, Holy, merciful, and true and living God. “A frat that worship and pray together stays together;” supported by Mathew 18:20 and Hebrew 10:25.

The word uplift depending on the source that you use means to raise the level or improve. Each minute, day, week, moment, or hour you can change someone’s life for the positive.

Brother John Cooper continues to provide service in many forms throughout the San Antonio Metropolitan Area. On January 25th and 27th, Bro. Cooper provided his services to West End Baptist Church for their free food distribution and giveaway. Approximately one hundred (100) needy families were provided food and other essentials during the bi-monthly outreach program. Along with his contribution to West End Baptist Church and Blessed Angels Community Center, Brother Cooper takes it upon himself to provide uplift and spiritual wellness visits for Bro. Bernard Hartfield at least 3-4 times out of the month. This serves as an opportunity to provide fellowship to a friend over a hot plate of food. Thank you Bro. Cooper for your continued services in the community and in Omega!

9th District News - Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas

First-time homebuyers

program bro. thomas j. williams

One September 18, Brother Thomas J. Williams (SPR 18), of Arvest Bank, partnered with the City of Little Rock Down Payment Assistance Program and hosted a First-time Homebuyers Fair. The program provides up to $5,000 for low to moderate-income homebuyers. Brother Williams encouraged low to moderate-income first time homebuyers to apply for down payment assistance of up to $5,000. During this event, they were able to connect with 39 Little Rock residents. This assistance bridges the gap from being a renter to being a homeowner. Brother Williams’ Social Action efforts to UPLIFT his community, is a true example of a service-minded Omega man.

omega nu phi educational center

hosts the city of houston health department vaccine family & community event

sionally it was conducted and more importantly, how warm and welcoming you were.”

The Omega Nu Phi Educational Center (ONPEC) and members of the Nu Phi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted the City of Houston Health Department Vaccine Family & Community Event on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Free vaccines for COVID-19 were provided to the 3rd Ward community which was held from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm at the ONPEC Educational Center located at2615 Calumet St. in Houston, TX.

Sharon Evans-Brooks, Director of Friends of Riverside Park Houston, stated, “What an amazing event today! As usual, you (Omega Men) elevated service with excellence. I shared notice of the event with our Riverside network and several have texted complimenting how profes-

COVID-19 vaccines were available for children from 5-11 as well as teens and adults. There were 100 people who were vaccinated which included 10 Pfizer pediatric doses and 90 adult doses of Pfizer, Moderna & J&J vaccines. The ten children who were vaccinated were amongst the first children in the Houston community to be vaccinated as a result of the CDC recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer pediatric vaccine on November 2, 2021.

Roselynn Ruth, RN Division Manager with the City of Houston Health Department Community Based Vaccine Clinics coordinated this event with Bro. Glenn Gundy, Chairperson of ONPEC. Mrs. Ruth has worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure peo-

ple in the Houston community had the opportunity to get vaccinated for the deadly disease that disproportionately affects the African American community. For her efforts, she was awarded the Nu Phi Chapter Citizen of the Year award.

The City of Houston Health Department will have a follow up Vaccination Community event in December in conjunction with ONPEC. This will give the opportunity for citizens to get their second doses and/or boosters.

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Achievement week and a year of accomplishment

brothers breaking bread and building a legacy on founder’s day

Achievement Week - The Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift have been exemplified in countless capacities through Omicron Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc during 2021 & highlighted during Achievement Week.

Manhood – Bro Derrick Britton (2008) spearheaded the launch and past two years of development of The Lamplighters Mentorship Program, facilitated in conjunction with Bro Bryant Nolden, Basileus (2018), and the Friends of Berston organization, on the North Side of Flint, MI. They have skillfully forged relationships throughout the community to host monthly meetings, community service, and recreational outings. As a result, we are paving a priceless pathway for Men of Omega to mentor, encourage and inspire young men, ages 11-19 yrs old, as they aspire for personal greatness and success. Recent sessions have included: Car Care 101– facilitated by Bro Chris Holmes, KF (2018), How to Properly Interact with the Police, by Officer Donzell Ward (2021), and sponsorship for 35+ Men & mentees to attend a Detroit Lions Game at Ford Field.

Scholarship –The chapter was chartered in 1964 under the leadership of educated men, including several medical doctors –Dr. Warren Southall, Dr. Samuel Dismond (1950), and others. This tradition of scholarship attainment and medical service has continued through recent decades of Obstetric & Gynecological Care by Dr. Larry Young (1975). In addition, this legacy is perpetuated through brothers like Javon Gill (2021), who successfully passed his board exams this fall and is now preparing for residency placement.

Perseverance – We celebrate the persistent leadership of men like Edward Payne (1998), Anthony Stewart (2008), and others committed to properly executing the MSP guidelines to bring new members into the Fold this year. It was just as impactful to see the Neophytes, led by Bro Marvin Miller (2021), immediately engage in service

and tradition as they facilitated our Annual Founders’ Day Celebration.

Uplift – Our Brothers have remained tremendously active in our community – with exceptional service to children and families through an annual Halloween Trunk or Treat, Back Pack & Supplies Event, and Elementary School Enrichment Initiatives spearheaded by Coach David Bush (1999) & Bro Jason Rogers (2005). This spirit of service uplifts and inspires seasoned brothers, such as Bro. Shelby Johnson (1980) to find true friendship and renewed active membership in Omicron Rho.

Founders’ Day 2021: Celebrating Our Honorable Founders – Brothers Cooper, Coleman, Love & Just.

Laughter, joy, mourning, and celebration filled the room – as Bridge Builders – ranging from Donald Brown (1966), Lawrence Moon (1970), Nathaniel Perry (1970), Ladale Woods (1970) and others - shared their lifelong commitment and fulfillment in the brotherhood of Omega. We were blessed by the accounts of brothers who have walked and served together to develop their Christian faith, rearing families, losing loved ones, business, and personal growth. Additionally, enduring transitions in health, employment, education, influence, and impact. Amazing reflections on the bonds of friendship that have knitted our souls in fraternal brotherhood – in the spirit by which our founders intended.

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Friendship is Essential to the Soul.

our past guides our future

Minnesota omegas celebrate 100 years of impact

sigma xi

celebrates achievement week 2021

This year, Sigma Xi Chapter successfully hosted their annual Achievement Week activities. The week began with a Sunday Church Service at the Church of the Living God. Following the church service, Brothers were able to have a Fellowship outing at Neil St. Blues, a Black-owned business.

During Founders Day, the Brothers conducted their Assault on Illiteracy service project by reading to Martin Luther King Elementary School students. Later in the evening, several Brothers got to Fellowship at Buffalo Wild Wings.

On Thursday, the Chapter closed the week by conducting our first official meeting of the fiscal year under the FY2021-2022 Executive Team:

Basileus - Bro. Anthony B. Sullers Jr.

Vice Basileus - Bro. Christopher Jones

Keeper of Records and Seal - Bro. Christian Beal

Keeper of Finance - Bro. Christopher Fuller

Thank you to all the Brothers who helped make this week a success!

Achievement Week this year had an enhanced meaning in Minnesota as Xi chapter celebrated its centennial this year. The brothers of Xi and Epsilon Rho spent the week in fellowship, celebrating and continuing the legacy of service; the Star of the North chapter has done well. To start the week, brothers had a fellowship watching Monday Night Football at Taste of Rondo in the historic Rondo Neighborhood of St. Paul, home to Xi charter member Bro. Roy Wilkins. Taste of Rondo is a black-owned restaurant that opened in 2020. Tuesday, Epsilon Rho chapter provided a $200 donation to Safe Families of Minnesota, a non-profit that hosts vulnerable children and supports families facing a crisis, to help the homeless get their clothing laundered.

On Founder’s Day, brothers spent the night at the home of Bro. LaTroy Spann (2019 EP) watching the Founder’s Day presentation, uplifting one another, singing, and marching. Thursday, brothers conduct community service in their spaces. Bro. Jareck Horton (2019 EP) participated as a mentor for the Sankofa Circle Fellowship Program at Augsburg University, a newly formed fellowship program created in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The program accepted ten

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junior students of color and provides scholarships, professional development, and access to business leaders and owners in the Twin Cities.

On Friday, the brothers celebrated at their annual Founders’ Celebration and Awards Dinner. The dinner was held at Mill City Museum, where brothers worked with the Minnesota Historical Society to create an Omega Psi Phi exhibit celebrating 100 since Xi chapter was established and to highlight multiple Omega men that impacted the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. The exhibition opened on November 20 and will be up until mid-March 2022. At the dinner, many brothers received awards, including Epsilon Rho’s remaining charter member, Bro. Ray Pleasant (‘47 ΔE) as the Lifetime Achievement Winner. A Korean War veteran, Bro. Pleasant became the second black person ever elected to the Minnesota State House of Representatives in 1973. In addition,

he blessed the crowd with a speech giving insight into his path to Minnesota from Kansas. Bro. Charles Bruce (‘69 PΣ) gave the keynote speech. He discussed leadership, relating to migratory birds that fly in formation, led by one, and how a bird from the rear must work extra hard to get to the front and lead as this is essential for the success of the birds’ migration.

Additionally, Bro. Stanley Osuagwu (‘03 Ξ) presented a ceremonial check for a scholarship endowment of $25,000 to the University of Minnesota Provost and Dean Executive Director for the Scholarship Programs,

living our creed

formidable phi nu nu Chapter Third annual achievement week celebration

Phi Mu Nu Chapter, located in Fishers, Indiana, celebrated their beloved fraternity’s Achievement Week. Our week events began Saturday, November 13, 2021. Phi Mu Nu partnered and sponsored a virtual symposium with the Minority Health Coalition of Marion County. This event was named “Too Sweet For Your Own Good”: Managing Diabetes Virtual Conference. This webinar hosted up to 85 registrants. The conference highlighted four health professionals from various fields that discussed topics around diabetes, nutrition,

kidney management, and mental health awareness.

On Sunday, November 14, 2021, Phi Mu Nu held its Third Annual Achievement Week Founders’ Banquet. This joyous occasion allowed Phi Mu Nu Chapter to acknowledge newly-elected officers while simultaneously honoring the previous year’s officers and award recipients for their service and accomplishments.

On Monday, November 15, 2021, Phi Mu Nu hosted a private Reclamation and Retention event at a local Bar &

establishing a plan to complete this donation within five years. IHQ, which authorization from the Grand Basileus Bro. Dr. Marion provided $10,000 on behalf of Xi chapter towards this endowment.

Brothers worshiped together at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in St. Paul to finish the week. The committee presented $200 to the church, helping support their Student Scholarship Fund.

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Grill: Ale Emporium. Brothers from around the city and neighboring cities gathered to fellowship and connect.

On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Phi Mu Nu brothers gathered on a zoom meeting to make a virtual toast, and we were out in the community fellowshipping with brothers throughout the state of Indiana.

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, Phi Mu Nu Vice-Basileus assisted with the chapter’s donation of over 150 books. They dropped them off at Sand Creek Elementary School in Fishers, Indiana. This event is the chapters’ Assault on Illiteracy program, aiming to improve literacy programs in local schools.

Ending the Achievement Week celebration on Sunday, November 21, 2021, Phi Mu Nu held its Inaugural Basileus Brunch at a local restaurant – The Garrison Restaurant. This new tradition allows chapter brothers to connect with the new Basileus to fellowship and share unique ideas for the upcoming year for the fraternity.

tau kappa kappa’s men of valor

aid in providing comfort during a national tragedy

On November 30, 2021, a mass shooting occurred at Oxford High School in the Detroit suburb of Oxford Township. This tragedy left 8 injured and four fatally wounded: Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Justin Schilling, 17.

The suspect, a 15-year-old, was taken into custody moments after the carnage took place. After extensive evidence, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald, charged both parents with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, and instructed both parents surrender to local authorities the following day. However, when the

attorneys for the parents were unable to produce their respective clients, a local manhunt ensued.

In the early hours of the following morning, Brother Robert Mitchell, a member of Tau Kappa Kappa Chapter, and a Captain of the Detroit Police Department Metropolitan Division, stood alongside Detroit Police Chief James White during a national press conference announcing the apprehension of the fugitive parents who

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were discovered hiding in a warehouse in downtown Detroit. Captain Mitchell stated, “I am pleased that we were able to capture these two fugitives without further loss of life”.

Brother Kevin Scott, the Social Action Committee Chair for Tau Kappa Kappa, and a combat-era Marine Corps Veteran of the Persian Gulf War, felt incumbent to reach out to this emotionally fractured community and put into action the cardinal principal of UPLIFT. When asked why he felt compelled to get involved, Brother Scott replied, …”every morning on the prayer call, we hear our immediate past Grand Basileus Brother Dr. Antonio F. Knox extolling the brothers that ‘we make a difference in our community every day’…and that everyone is watching what the men of Omega do”.

Brother Scott took that as a sign of conformation, and personally presented all four families with a card of bereavement from the men of Tau Kappa Kappa chapter.

Brother Dr. Jay Marks, a Diversity & Equity consultant with Oakland Schools and a member of Tau Kappa Kappa Chapter, was on-site at Oxford High School the day after the shooting and played an integral role in facilitating the healing process for the students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Marks stated, “My heart goes out to the students, parents, families, and staff of the Oxford community.”

Unbeknownst to this small rural community, the mighty men of Omega continue to leave an indelible footprint in the communities we serve.

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Psi xi chapter oxnard, ca

compassionate service to the community

The Brothers of Psi Xi Chapter located in Oxnard California assisted in the quarterly Bread of Life feeding of the hungry in conjunction with Bethel AME Church, Oxnard. Over sixty Thanksgiving Day dinners complete with all the trimmings were handed out to those in need. The handout occurred at three unique locations where we can find those in need, who unfortunately may not have transportation to make it to the church.

Food also was distributed to the hungry in two other locations, an Oxnard park and the Oxnard Transit Station. Brothers handed out food at the Church and fanned out into the community using personal vehicles and dinners were distributed to members of the community. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, macaroni & cheese, cornbread dressing, fresh bread, a desert, and water were donated and packed at the church for distribution.

Brothers arrive at the Church, set up the food packing and delivery lines, pack plates in take-out cartons due to COVID-19, hand out food to the

community, take down and perform cleanup before dispersing on our way. Psi Xi is a small chapter overall but as you can see, turnout of the brotherhood remains at a high percentage and enthusiasm at an alltime high.

The feeding is a joint project of area churches and occurs each Sunday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Oxnard. Bethel Oxnard has a quarterly responsibility. Psi Xi also participates with St. Paul Methodist Church of Oxnard when it is their turn to serve. Psi Xi has participated in this event for the last 2+ years. Several Chapter Brothers are members of Bethel AME Church, and the church relies heavily on Psi Xi manpower for this activity based on our willingness to serve and stellar performance. During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, Psi Xi was called upon to continue feeding the hungry and we indeed responded. Proper COVID protocol was in place and the Chapter continued doing what we do in the community with pride. Oxnard area churches regularly

call on the brothers of Psi Xi to assist in the community.

As a chapter, Psi Xi was founded in 1978 and has been of service to the community ever since. Our service area includes Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties totaling 5866 square miles. Members of the community affectionately referred to us as “The Purple Jackets” in part because we proudly sport purple blazers when attending public events along with proudly wearing fraternity shirts when we need to get down and do the dirty work. We look forward to fraternizing with the brotherhood so if you’re planning on coming to the area let us know, there’s plenty to do here.

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The brothers of Phi Omicron Chapter (San Diego, Calif.) did not wait until Achievement Week to immerse themselves into the community leading up to Omega’s annual celebration of excellence amongst the brothers and citizens we support.

Phi Omicron began Oct. 31, 2021 by participating in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk along with their Dr. John Arrington Mentoring program mentees. Susan G. Komen is a breast cancer organization in the United States. Komen focuses on patient navigation and advocacy, providing resources for breast cancer patients to understand the American medical system. It has also funded research into the causes and treatment of breast cancer.

Phi Omicron chapter has walked annually over the last six years to help cure breast cancer. This year the brothers along with their friends and family were able to donate over $1,000 for research and treatments to help cure breast cancer.

The brothers conducted their annual Charles Drew Blood Drive on Nov. 7. Supporting the needs of the San Diego community, the blood drive was hosted by Bayview Baptist Church, in

phi omicron participates in

the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk

coordination with the American Red Cross. Bro. Terry Brooks, Spring 2020 Phi Omicron, is the pastor of Bayview Baptist Church. Bro. Rashad

C. Wilkerson, DO, Fall 94 Xi Sigma Chapter, was the chairman for the event and coordinated with Mrs. Belita Butler and Mrs. Bridget Knox, members of Bayview Baptist Church.

The blood drive concluded in 24 units of blood being donated, with a benchmark level of success being 14 units of blood per Ms. Breanne Battezetto, American Red Cross San Diego Area Manager. Phi Omicron

Basileus Eric Johnson was very proud of the execution of the event and outpouring of community and fraternal support.

Phi Omicron Chapter and the Dr. JAM Mentoring program partnered with Christian Life Center of San Diego, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc -San Diego Alumnae Chapter, Restore, Uplift & Hope (RUH) San Diego Inc and the Grandparents Connection keeping the tradition of the Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway presenting over 100 turkey dinners on Nov. 22.

The purpose of this event was to bring Thanksgiving to families in need in the Southeast San Diego community. Phi Omicron was able to ensure that over 100 families had a Thanksgiving Day meal. This event is also a key event for the Dr. JAM Program, where young men participate at an early age and learn the importance of social service, community involvement, giving back to those that are less fortunate as well as earn community service hours that go towards their college enrollment applications.

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zeta upsilon provides

books and backpacks to middle schools

Zeta Upsilon Chapter, in partnership with Omega Charities of Seattle, recently held its first Book Bag Drive to ensure that local students have the necessary tools to be successful in the classroom. The chapter set out to provide book bags and school supplies for 50 students at Rainier Valley Academy and Washington Middle School in Seattle.

The chapter was looking for an impactful way to connect with the local community and youth, and the book bag drive provided an excellent opportunity for them to partner with the schools and to promote academic excellence.

“[I really wanted] students to have more visibility to Black men who are doing different things,” Hunt said. “I don’t want to give anybody’s career any kind of negative connotation, but most of my students think they’re going to be football players, basketball stars, or rap artists. And I just wanted them to see some engineers, doctors, dentists, and businessmen of color to support a different track and let them know that you can do both.”

This project was originally slated to start at the beginning of last school year, but due to the pandemic, it was delayed. Along with Washington Middle School, Zeta

and Rainier Valley Leadership Academy in Central Seattle. These schools allowed the brothers to impact several youth in those inner-city areas that really were hit hard either by the pandemic or don’t have the resources that some of the other schools or students in other areas of the city have.

Why is this so important? Seattle-based Equity in Education Coalition reported “Washington has one of the largest and persisting opportunity gaps in the country… we can effectively predict a child’s grades based on their race, family’s income level, and zip code.”

“The book bag drive is a great start to their relationship with Omega,” said Katrina Hunt, principal at Washington Middle School. “I am extremely excited about the long-term impact the partnership will have on their students.” Hunt said presence of Omega on her campus was especially impactful and provided the students with examples of excellence in different walks of life.

Upsilon also partnered with Rainer Valley Leadership Academy (RVLA). RVLA CEO, Baionne Coleman, also believes that her students will benefit from seeing members of Omega being involved and giving back to their community.

“We’d rather for you to be a part of something that’s academic based and still gives you that support with other men that look like you and have had shared experiences,” Coleman. “Being able to see the older brothers with Omega Psi Phi [will give them the] opportunity to see successful men who have really grounded themselves in the academic foundation, created a brotherhood and then can continue to pass that on and become mentors to the younger brothers and community.”

Zeta Upsilon’s drive to support local communities is backed with their passion for youth development, education, mentoring, and community service. Ultimately, based on their community outreach, Zeta Upsilon was able to exceed their goal of 50 book bags and provided 90 to scholars at both schools.

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drake dillard, architect designs

that inspire

Carrying on the Legacy of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and Howard University

Brother Drake Dillard of Zeta Rho Chapter Los Angeles Ca. Board Member of Bridge Builders Foundation (Non-Profit arm of Chapter) was honored September 2021 for his Positive Contribution to Society and the youth of Greater Los Angeles. October 28,2021 Drake received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles chapter, Presidential Honoree prestigious Robert Kennard, FAIA award for Equity Diversity and Inclusivity. This award recognizes Brother Dillard’s efforts as a trailblazer who creates pathways into this profession for Black architects and designers, elevates the profession and increases the field of architectures capacity to positively impact society.

Drake is a Senior Project Manager for the design firm Perkins + Will Los Angeles, a practice of global architecture. His career spans over 35 years with expertise in project management design and construction management. Drake considers himself to be a citizen’s architect one who works to better society through design as it relates to culture. He has dedicated his career to giving a voice to those who find it difficult to advocate for themselves through design and social engagement. “Every community and its residents deserve a well thought out design that is inclusionary “he says, and he works tirelessly to ensure that the communities he serves transform physically, while remaining sensitive to the residents and the users his projects serve.

His current work as Project Manager includes the much-anticipated Destination Crenshaw project a 1.3mile outdoor art corridor built along Crenshaw Boulevard and the Los Angeles new Metro line at street level- a first of its kind celebrating Black LA. The open-air-public art and cultural experience will tell the countless and too often overlooked stories of the great contributions African Americans made to Los Angeles and the world at large. Other local projects include the renowned Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Compton (the Cobb building) the first structure to be built on this campus, Kaiser Permanente-Bellflower-Inglewood-West LA. His international and national works are comprised

of project in Dubai (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Iran, Africa, Chicago, New Orleans, San Diego and Washington D.C.

A native of Chicago Drake earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, and a master’s degree in architecture from Howard University in Washington D.C. As a product of Southside Chicago Drake is proud to have triumphed over racial disparities. His dedication to his goal, his tenacity while navigating the conjunctures to become part of this profession is his blueprint for success. He is actively involved in numerous community and professional organizations. Drake currently serves on the Crenshaw Corridor Design Review Board, La Fayette Square HPOZ Board, North University Park Design Review Board, California Commission on Disability Access (an appointee of Governor Gavin Newson) , International Society of Black Latinos (ISBL) Advisory Board Member, past Board Chair for Family Crenshaw YMCA, American Institute of Architects (AIA) LA Chapter Board of Director and past National President of the National Organization Minority Architects (NOMA) and SoCal NOMA President.

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committed to community

Birmingham, England - In the almost 10 years of Chi Mu Mu’s existence, the hallmark of its existence has been service to its community in England. This past Achievement Week, the Chapter had the opportunity to participate in a number of projects in service to various sectors of the community.

The Brothers of Chi Mu Mu Chapter in the United Kingdom recently donated a supply of non-perishable food items to a Women’s Shelter in Birmingham, England. This is the Chapter’s longest standing community partnership and was established two years prior to the formal charter of the Chapter in April of 2012. Throughout the year, the Chapter makes denominations of food, toiletries books and other items that disadvantaged families, particularly children can benefit from. Additionally, the Chapter hosts an annual Christmas party to bring holiday cheer to the families who otherwise could not enjoy the holiday season due to their circumstance. Over the course of decade plus partnership, the Chapter has invested almost $20,000 to support over 700 families who have fallen victim to domestic

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supports prostate cancer charity

Birmingham, England -

While 1 in 8 men will suffer from the effects of Prostate Cancer, this statistic is halved for men of colour. 1 in every 4 black men in the United Kingdom has been affected by this dreaded disease and Chi Mu Mu Chapter is committed to addressing this issue.

During the recently concluded Achievement Week, the Brothers of Chi Mu Mu hosted a virtual Prostate Cancer Awareness Round

table to discuss the risks, conditions that affect the prostate, common symptoms, test aversion and resources within the community. The discussion was facilitated by Mr. J. Dodds, a 74-year-old Prostate Cancer survivor. Mr. Dodds noted that many men are diagnosed much later than desired as they avoid what they perceive to be invasive tests. He further noted that Prostate Cancer is treatable, and in many instances, curable, if diagnosed at an early stage.

Not only did the Chapter sponsor this very useful discussion, but it also raised funds for Prostate Cancer UK, a prostate cancer research, awareness and support organisation which is a registered char

ity in England and Wales, as well as in Scotland through its annual Bowling with the Ques fundraiser to support the important work of this charity.

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Charitable donation to local Battered Women’s Shelter
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lambda xi chapter

annual achievement week banquet

Seoul, South Korea - On November 20, 2021, Lambda Xi Chapter brought Achievement Week to a close with its Annual Awards Banquet at the Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul, South Korea. Brother Carl Reed, initiated Fall 1965 Eta Epsilon, served as the keynote speaker for the evening. His uplifting message of, “Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Protection of Life and Liberties” inspired everyone in attendance with how far the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. have gone to serve their community and the world at large.

Lambda Xi honored the following winners from the International High School Essay Contest, local citizens, and members of the Fraternity for outstanding achievements during the Omega Year from November 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021:

1st Place International High School Essay Contest

Anne Mountecastle from Osan Middle High School

2nd Place International High School Essay Contest

Michael Jones – from Daegu Middle High School

3rd Place International High School Essay Contest

Kayla Randall – from Daegu Middle High School

Citizen of the Year Award

Mrs. Shatoraca Morgan

Superior Service Award

Brother Brandon Wilkins

Colonel Charles Young Military

Leadership Award

Brother Duane Williams

Founders Award

Brother Carl Reed

Omega Man of the Year Award

Brother Percy Jones

Unsung Hero Award

Brother Dexter Webb

Prior to the Achievement Week Banquet, the Brothers of Lambda Xi joined together and recited the Fraternity’s oath as the Brotherhood rededicated themselves to the Principles of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Lambda Xi Past Basileus Rodney Brown presenting Achievement Week awards
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Brother Carl Reed speaking to Brothers, family, and friends at Lambda Xi Chapter Annual Achievement Week Banquet
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The Brothers of Lambda Xi Chapter: Dexter Webb, Cornelius Woodson, Morgan Durham, Desmond Smith, Terry Gaitor, Duane Williams, Rodney Brown, Michael Robinson, Clarence Burse, Jimmy Smith, Clarence Johnson

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lambda xi chapter orphanage trip

violence and abuse. “In a time of Covid when charitable donations are significantly declining, it is heartening to know that there are persons in the community who are committed to our vision and work and are in a position to donate to our cause.” noted B. Nisbett, Service Lead at the Shelter.

Book Donation and Read Aloud

Recognising the value of scholarship, our second cardinal principle, the Chi Mu Mu Chapter has established another academic partnership with the Nelson Primary School in Birmingham, England. During the recently concluded Achievement Week, the Chapter made a sizeable donation of ethnocentric children’s books to the school that primarily showcased authors from diverse backgrounds. During the book donation, former 13th District Representative, Brother Dr. Trevor Hodge, an educator himself, read to an engaged group of Year 3 students.

The Assistant Headteacher, Ms. L. Barnes expressed gratitude to the Chapter and expressed the wish to develop further projects as she was impressed with the work across the Birmingham community being showcased on the Chapter’s social media platforms.

Dongducheon, South Korea - On December 11, 2021, Lambda Xi Chapter visited Dongducheon in Area 1 to deliver essential items to a local Orphanage. Items such as paper towels, laundry detergent, and disinfectant spray were the most requested items, so the Brothers happily obliged. The Dongducheon Orphanage trip is traditionally done monthly but strict adherence to COVID-19 safety measures have prevented the Brothers from visiting as frequently as they would prefer. Though they were permitted to visit once again, mitigation measures still prevented direct socialization with the children. Additionally, to increase Lambda Xi’s presence on peninsula, Brothers in Area 3 held a food drive at Osan Air Base in support of the Jacob’s House Orphanage in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Being spread out across the Korean Peninsula gives Lambda Xi an opportunity to use their resources to uplift the youth in multiple regions.

Photo: The Brothers of Lambda Xi at the Dongducheon Orphanage: Bro. Clarence Burse, Bro. Morgan Durham, Bro. Brandon Spencer, Bro. Desmond Smith, Bro. Rodney Brown, Bro. Terry Gaitor, and Bro. Christopher Daniels
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theta rho

black history month: health & wellness ‘22

On Saturday, 26 February, Omega Psi Phi’s 13th District International Chapter of Theta Rho presented its Black History month “Health and Wellness” program to the National Pan Hellenic Council, the Military Community throughout Europe and viewers in the United States. Despite the continuing dynamic COVID environment and European unrest, the chapter successfully recognized the central role and achievements of past and present African Americans throughout history. The informative virtual event was presented by the children of Omega Brothers, friends and families, educating all participants on men and women that impacted the world with their discoveries and inventions. Other young leaders amplified how their person used their platform to make imprints in health sciences and studies which to this day, still lead to improved wellness for all people. These young diversified presenters narrated the plight of 11 great heroes and heroines as they fought through the diversity of their time to overcome challenges to



Ruth Ella Moore

William G. Coleman, Jr.


Patricia E. Bath

Henrietta Lacks


Bacteriologist & Microbiologist

Microbiology, Molecular Genetics


“HeLa” Immortal Cell Line

Dr. Charles Drew Physician/Surgeon/Researcher

Daniel Hale Williams Physician/Surgeon

Michell Obama Lawyer, First Lady of US

Dr. James McCune Smith Physician/Abolitionist

Rebecca lee Crumpler Physician/Nurse

Dr. Joycelyn Elders


Pediatric Endocrinology

provide contributions for the greater society.

Health and Wellness

Tuberculosis, Blood types, Antibiotics

Gastritis, Ulcers, Gastric

Discovered Laser Cataract Surgery

Polio, AIDS, Chemo, Cancer, COVID

Blood Transfusions Storage/ Processing

First Successful Heart Surgery

Let’s Move Campaign/Obesity

1st US Black Pharmacy Owner

1st US Black Doctor of Medicine

In true international flair, the master of ceremony hosted the program from the South of the Alps in Vicenza, Italy while the children presented via Zoom from Germany and Italy. Special thanks were extended to the Black History Month Committee as well as the parents for their time, patience and commitment preparing their children for the program. The most resounding praise went to the youth who did an outstanding job representing themselves and their families. These future leaders inspired guests in multiple countries and truly inspired and educated all that attended. The event was capped off by a captivating and energetic recital of “The Color of A Kid” by one of the presenters, bringing the 2022 event to an efficacious close.

1st Black to Head US Public Health

Dr. Solomon C. Fuller Neurolgy/Psychiatric Alzheimer

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theta rho & phi gamma gamma

celebrate omega’s 101st birthday

On the illustrious days of 18-20 November 2021, the 13th District International Chapters of Theta Rho and Phi Gamma Gamma joined in friendship to present family, friends and distinguished guests with a joint Achievement Week Extravaganza celebrating the 110th year anniversary of the founding of our beloved Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. This year’s International Achievement Week Observance theme was “Omega Men Protecting Life and Liberty.” After months of coordination and planning between the two Chapters, Brothers from Germany and Italy started the joint celebration with a call for all Greeks to “Rep Your Organization” social event followed the next evening by a banquet culminating the accomplishments of the year.

In addition to the presentation of the customary awards for both Chapters, the celebration also showcased the introduction of the newest members of Theta Rho as well as a special tribute to Brother Greg “’71” Lewis, who entered Omega Chapter earlier in the year. Essay contest winners from Stuttgart, Vicenza and Kaiserslautern high schools in Germany and Italy were honored guests at the banquet as they were recognized with monetary donations for their future educational endeavors. Brother Haynes McCoy of Theta Rho was the honorary guest speaker providing words of encouragement and hope for his Brothers and the community.

A souvenir journal was developed which was sponsored by the Brothers, Greek organizations and other private organizations showing their support of Omega’s efforts. The events culminated with both Chapters welcoming the introduction of the newly elected officers for another great year of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift for the “Tenacious Thirteenth” District.

Essay contest winners were Anna Vernetti, Connor David Gunderson, Amy Munson, Alexander Price, Alexis Treska and Adrian Evans, Jr. The celebration took place at Armstrong’s Club in Kaiserslautern, Germany. New Theta Rho officers for 2022 are Basileus Ricky Noid with his officers being Kirk Devezin (VB), Jonathon Williams (KRS), Tyrone Powers (KF), Robert Bragg (Chaplain) and Walt Young (KP).

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dr. solomon carter fuller

honoring a pioneer in dementia research

Bro. Dr. Carl V. Hill (Tau Kappa Kappa), Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Alzheimer’s Association shares the significant contributions of pioneer Bro. Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller on dementia research, and discusses how diversity continues to play an integral part in Alzheimer’s research today.

About: Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., MPH, is the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, overseeing strategic initiatives to strengthen the Association’s outreach to all populations, and providing communities with resources and support to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. Dr. Hill previously served as director of the Office of Special Populations at the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

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Kappa Kappa), Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Alzheimer’s Association shares the significant contributions of pioneer Bro. Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller on dementia research, and discusses how diversity continues to play an integral part in Alzheimer’s research today.

When Dr. Alois Alzheimer selected several doctors from around the globe to be his research assistants in Germany, one of them was Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, the first known black/African American psychiatrist, whose work includes some of the earliest publications on dementia in America.

Dr. Fuller’s story is a remarkable one. Born in Africa in 1872, Dr. Fuller was the grandson of enslaved people in Virginia who purchased their freedom and moved to Liberia. After moving to the United States in 1889 to complete his undergraduate degree, Dr. Fuller graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine, a school open to all genders and racial/ethnic groups.

After completing medical school, Dr. Fuller conducted research in Dr. Alzheimer’s lab, doing anatomical preparations and examining the resulting brain samples. It was this work in this lab that led to the discovery of traits for disease in 1906 that bears Dr. Alzheimer’s name.


Dr. Alzheimer’s early 1900s lab was diverse, and the term ‘diversity’ has an important meaning for scientists on all levels of dementia research: everything researchers do is made up of competing perspectives and multiple ways of addressing difficult research questions and topics. Today, in 2020, we are still seeking much-needed diversity in how Alzheimer’s and dementia clinical

trials are planned, as well as diverse scientists to carry out this priority research.

No doubt, there are big challenges in recruiting diverse participants in clinical trials. Racial/ethnic minorities are often not part of important studies, and given the lack of evidence collected, we don’t have the assurance that drugs or therapies would be fully effective in African American, Latino and Native American populations. This is why researchers are working hard to engage communities to create frameworks for dementia research of the future. This is an important time in this research area, and the wealth of resources that the Alzheimer’s Association has used to generate research opportunities in communities should grow from here.

Dr. Fuller’s central presence in Dr. Alzheimer’s lab makes a point about diversity. His involvement at the very beginning, providing his perspective as part of Dr. Alzheimer’s team, is an important legacy that should influence how we continue to move forward. It’s time for everyone to roll up their sleeves. African Americans were in the fight to end dementia from the beginning. This community being underrepresented in clinical trials as participants and researchers is simply inconsistent with dementia science.


We know that African Americans are at increased risk: Older African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites. In order to understand this, researchers should not take a ‘one size does not fit all’ approach when thinking about underrepresented populations and health disparities research. Barriers in the African American community tied to historical realities and sociocultural beliefs about participating in research must also

be addressed. Some racial/ethnic minority populations live in places with limited resources — like quality healthcare — and endure life with increased bias/stigma. These are just a few factors researchers should consider when planning and recruiting participants for clinical trials.

The Alzheimer’s Association encourages dementia researchers to explore health disparities, prioritizing racial and ethnic populations as they develop their research. As an important funding source of diverse early-career investigators, the Association allows researchers to develop clinical trial recruitment ideas and plans that will later inform best practices for everyone in the field. It is truly a landmark time for change and innovation in the field of dementia science.


Dr. Fuller made a huge contribution to our knowledge about Alzheimer’s dementia, and his legacy lives on. He provides hope to African Americans and other minorities: that they too can go on and make impactful contributions to science, especially dementia science.

Today, I’m encouraged by research that is looking at different pathways to Alzheimer’s disease in diverse populations. Environmental, sociocultural and behavioral factors should all be included when determining the role of risk-reduction for disparities in Alzheimer’s dementia and all dementias. We are actively working with researchers in hopes that one day soon, we will have more answers. Today’s researchers should be inspired by Dr. Fuller’s legacy, and commit to diversity in their own labs and trials to strive for a common goal: to understand—and ultimately—end Alzheimer’s and all dementia in all populations.

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2-time olympian

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inducted into the usatf hall of fame

Bro. Terrence R. Trammell is one of the newest members of the US Track & Field Hall of Fame. He was one of the most prolific Track and Field athletes who won the silver medal in the 110 meter hurdles at both the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics, as well as three silver medals at the World Championships. Bro. Trammell was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on June 12, 2001 at Zeta Zeta Chapter at the University of South Carolina. Bro. Trammell is a native of Atlanta, GA and the pride of Southwest Dekalb High School, where he was not only a world class track athlete, but a highly recruited football player as well with many collegiate scholarship offers to continue his football career along with being a highly sought after Track And Field star.

“It just goes to show that hard work really does pay off, it’s humbling

and exciting”, says Trammell of his recent induction. The ceremony took place in Orlando, FL. T

he Class of 2021, including two Modern Athletes, two Veteran Athletes and one Contributor, were inducted at the Night of Legends, December 5, 2021 as part of USATF’s Annual Meeting.

Bro. Trammell is one of the most decorated student-athletes in the history of the University of South Carolina’s Track and Field program. He is a 13-time All-American and 1999 SEC Athlete of the Year. Bro. Trammell competed professionally for 15 years after his college career, before retiring in 2014.

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while still in high school, with an upset win in the 110m hurdles at the 1997 USATF Junior Championships signaled the start of a long career at the elite level for two-time Olympian Terrence Trammell that would produce multiple medals across indoor and outdoor championship events.

His world class time of 13.87 in 110m hurdles was the fourth-fastest ever by a high schooler at the time, and Trammell credited it to his prep coach, Napoleon Cobb, who Trammell says “always stressed good technique” and was the driving force behind his success. Trammell says, “the funny thing is I didn’t even want to run the hurdles!” And earlier that year, Trammell set a national high school indoor record in the 60m hurdles. With all the attention from these amazing prep performances both in football and Track & Field, Trammell chose to continue his Track & Field career at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. “It was a tough decision because of all the football offers, but I fell in love with track and field,” says Trammell of his decision to head off the Gamecock Track & Field program.

During his college career, Trammell proved to be one of the most dynamic athletes in NCAA Track and Field. His list of accomplishments at University of South Carolina is long and distinguished. In his three years at South Carolina, Trammell

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won the NCAA hurdles double twice, taking gold indoors in the 60H and outdoors in the 110H in 1999 & 2000. After capturing his first senior U.S. title with a 60H win at the USATF Indoor Championships, he also won the 60m at the 2000 NCAA indoor meet. Bro. Trammell and Willie Gault are the only athletes in NCAA meet history to complete the dash/hurdles championships. That amazing and memorable season, Trammell won his first Olympic medal with a silver in the 110M Hurdles at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Bro. Trammell is a two time Olympic Medalist, and had it not been for an injury he would have been on his way to Beijing for his third Olympic games. Nonetheless, Trammell remained ranked one of the top performers throughout his stellar career which has now culminated with this prestigious honor. Trammell also added, “I wasn’t looking for it, in terms of striving to be a Hall of Famer, it was just a culmination of consistency and being determined and having the drive to continue to be the best version of myself on the track.”

Bro. Trammell says that his success was primarily due to the coaching and mentorship he received from his high school coach, Napoleon Cobb and his college coach Curtis Frye; Bro. Trammell says, “I’m really grateful to have had two amazing coaches to help me realize my dreams.”

Bro. Trammell continues to pay it forward by continuing to pursue his passion in Track & Field, coaching young runners andexploring business interests in Metro Atlanta, GA. He also continues to advocate for athlete’s rights and maintains a prominent role in the USATF organization serving as president of the USATF Alumni Board.

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On, Saturday December 11, 2021, Dr. David Marion, Grand Basileus, along with Ricky Lewis, 1VGB, attended the 50th Annual Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Event was sponsored and hosted by the Eta Nu Education Foundation, the Eta Nu chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and CORE (Community Organization for Resource Equity). A brand new Audi A3 2022 was raffled off and Dr. Marion drew the winning ticket during the yacht cruise on intercoastal Ft. Lauderdale.

Additionally, during his presentation he acknowledged the representatives from Global Wealth Management - Financial Retirement Advisors, as the Eta Nu Elite Corporate Partner and the CORE Foundation. CORE is a group of Afri-

can-American Women on a mission to connect people with resources to provide economic stability leading to generational prosperity. The 1st VGB attended a luncheon hosted by chapter earlier this day and spent time in fellowship with the 2020 and 2021 new members of the chapter. Basileus, Bruce Terry Brown and other chapters enjoyed the Friendship. The GB and 1VGB both took photo with the Global Wealth Corporate representatives and brothers throughout this evening. Please visit

Winterfest Boat Parade for video. The Eta Nu chapter chartered the Fabulous Grand Princess Yacht, the largest entry feature of this event. The yacht feature the symbols of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Global Wealth logo and CORE symbol. The event was sold out with 450 guest and televised locally.

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Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., let me share some highlights of a speech that I was privileged to give for the Achievement Week 2019 Banquet held by Phi Phi Chapter in Richmond, VA. You may contact me at for the complete speech.

In line with our theme for 2019, “Omega—Now is the Time for Serious Thinking and Impact,” I contend that the purpose of ΩΨΦ Fraternity is to serve as a ‘survival-strategy’ creator! That is, our Fraternity was organized to develop and implement plans that counter racism and discrimination and that promote freedom. I propose that ΩΨΦ Fraternity, Inc. serve its purpose through Scholarship!

You see, the premier task of ΩΨΦ Fraternity is to educate, not indoctrinate! W. E. B. Du Bois wrote, “If the Negro was to learn, he must teach himself, and the most effective help that could be given to him was the establishment of schools to train Negro teachers.” Moreover, we must balance the elitism (i. e., the ‘Talented Tenth’ mindset) of W. E. B. Du Bois and the gradualism (‘drop your buckets where you are’ mentality) of Booker T. Washington and we must take seriously Carter G. Woodson! According to Brother Carter G. Woodson, the seat of the trouble with African Americans is mis-education: the paradigms of Whites that were never intended to facilitate our freedom but to control us are inappropriately employed by African Americans who have been acculturated by White higher learning, are certified by the unjust, unequal, better racist standards of Whites, and serve in the capacity of ‘supervisors of civil management’ which frustrates and prevents the very freedom that education is intended

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to realize. Thus, ΩΨΦ can think seriously and significantly impact our society!

Moreover, because racism is systemic, its pervasiveness is reflected in the “Americanization” of Blacks, that is, indoctrination of them by means of the educational, the economic, and the political systems whereby they embrace as valid the degraded depictions of themselves and operate with a ‘less-than’ regard of their own heritage. Eradication of racism, then, requires deconstruction of the legal fabric of the United States as well as transformation of the existential premises that pervade family and society. The war—our battle—lies in the arena of education! Hear me again: the premier task of ΩΨΦ Fraternity is to educate, not indoctrinate!

Last, consistent with the spirit of ΩΨΦ, in 1938 Grand Basileus Albert W. Dent laid before the Conclave eight fundamental problems for discussion and action, three of which are:

6. establishment of a Scholarship Committee and awards;

7. development of a more vital obser vance of Negro Achievement Week; and 8. for cities having two or more chapters to establish Inter-Chapter Councils. The eighth one is insightful! Men of ΩΨΦ, as we take time to think seriously and try to make a significant impact, consider this proposal that I lay on the table

before us. In the spirit of an Ω-ascended Basileus, we should combine local chapters (in the speech “the four chapters in Richmond”)! At a minimum, this would double our strength financially, physically, and socially, expand our reach and scope, unify our efforts locally, and increase our impact! When we struggle to eliminate the barriers to free exercise of the right to vote, as we labor to re-educate those among us who have been mis-educated, by means of the twenty Pearls that we have inherited, the Manhood of ΩΨΦ will be manifested, the Perseverance of ΩΨΦ will be perceived, and the Uplift of ΩΨΦ will be undertaken as the Scholarship of ΩΨΦ is seen!


Peace, Brothers!!!!

The thoughts and opinions of the above feature are those of Bro. Dr. Ross and not of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Delta Mu Mu Chapter’s Black Rhinos Mentoring Program

“Asblack men, we are charged with being the positive influences we needed when we were young. From the onset of the Delta Mu Mu Chapter, we made mentoring a priority with a focus on playing an integral part in the lives of young black men.” This quote by Bro. Vontell Johnson highlights the Delta Mu Mu Chapter’s importance in establishing a mentoring program of significance. The Delta Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., founded in 2008, addressed daily academic, social, and community challenges young black men face. In 2009, the Black Rhinos Mentoring Program was established by the Delta Mu Mu Chapter to serve as a resource for young men to learn and master the tools of society so that they can be economically viable and contribute to the creative development of their community and society at large.

The name Black Rhinos was chosen because black rhinos are a critically endangered species found in Africa. In many respects, based on educational and statistical research, it could be said that disciplined, educated, and upwardly mobile African American males are also an endangered species. Black rhinos possess a resolute temperament and tough skin that is dark in appearance. Both are designed to protect them from the elements of nature and potential threats. When asked about the impact of the program, current program Chairman, Bro. Michael Pittman shared, “We aim to develop, mentor, and guide young men during the critical years in their life. Through the program, we ensure that they are set up for success, exposed to new life experiences, and held accountable for living up to their potential.”

Over the years, the program has expanded to include mentorship and experiential learning, leadership development, entrepreneurial skills, and community service projects. Service projects include feeding and clothing the less fortunate, cleaning and landscaping for local hospice centers, schools, and churches. The program also hosts an annual bus trip to visit historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other educational institutions in the southeast. Other critical events from the program include an annual career fair and a closing

banquet. The career fair exposes young men to various vocations and career fields as they seek clarity on their next step after high school. The end-of-year closing banquet provides an opportunity for the young men to celebrate the completion of the program year and receive recognition for their commitment to the program. It provides them with the opportunity to recognize their peers.

New elements have recently been added to the Black Rhinos program, including “Operation Black Rhino, “where the young men are divided into groups and given a product/idea to develop into a business. Additionally, this year, the program has established a Black Rhinos Newsletter, a publication produced by current program participants to keep each other informed on program activities and highlight important topics. The Black Rhino’s Program has offered a wide variety of experiences for the young men who participate in the program, including horseback riding, skiing, fencing, establishing bank accounts, visiting the Federal Reserve, and even attending the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Former program chairman, Bro. Carl Bacon sums it up well when he said, “As the men of ΔΜΜ, we are charged with protecting our young black men and instilling the knowledge they need to be successful in life.” Through all the activities provided in this comprehensive program, the most crucial element is the opportunity for our young black men to be around and mentored by the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., who are engaged in friendship, fellowship, and setting an example for the next generation. This is further evidenced by members of the Black Rhinos program who have gone on to seek Omega, become stalwart citizens in society, and remain steadfast in uplifting their communities.

“It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken men.” The preceding quote by Frederick Douglass rests at the heart and foundation of Delta Mu Mu’s Black Rhino’s Mentoring Program. The Black Rhinos Program has served nearly 1,000 young men over the past 13 years and currently serves over 80 young men throughout Metro Atlanta in grades 6 through 12. For more information on the Black Rhinos program, please visit:

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OnWednesday, December 15, 2021, the brothers of Alpha Omega Chapter, located in Washington, D.C., kicked off the countdown to their chapter’s 100th anniversary through it’s “WE ARE ONE INITIATIVE.” The chapter donated 100 bikes to young male scholars attending Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys.

Statesmen is a public charter school, located in the city’s Southeast quadrant, where 100 percent of the students receive one or more forms of Title 1 funding. Statesmen’s mission is to create a boy-friendly, pedagogy-informed academic environment where young men are equipped with the academic skills, social competencies, and personal development necessary to navigate life challenges; attend and complete the college of their choice; and return to become the premier agents of social change within and for the communities they serve.

“When Brothers Rev. Aaron Donnelly and Melvin Smith (co-chairs of the Initiative) approached our membership body with the idea to commemorate our 100 years of service by contributing 100 bikes to 100 young men in

our community, it was a no brainer,” said Bro. Lucius M. Dalton, Chapter Basileus. “The gesture aligns with the city’s vision to create a more sustainable community by reducing our carbon emissions footprint,” added Dalton.

The idea was readily received and adopted, thus enabling the donation to take place. The Alpha Omega Social Action and Scholarship Foundation, along with chapter brothers who contributed their own funds, worked collectively with our corporate partner Walmart (from whom the bikes were purchased throughout the DMV) to insure that 100 bikes and safety helmets could be secured for a worthy institution. “This is what we are capable of doing when industry and ingenuity couple themselves with God and prayer,” said Donnelly.

In Fall of 1922 the Alpha Omega Chapter was chartered as a graduate chapter in the District of Columbia to enable undergraduate initiates to continue to serve the community. “As we enter into our 100th year of service, we are proud to continue to be stalwart community advocates and cultural enablers,” said Bro. Wendell Bugg, Social Action Chairman.

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When we wear the gloves

A Brother has gone from our midst And sailed to golden shores.

When we wear the gloves

A Friend has passed the final test And walks through purple doors.

The circle has an empty place

A Voice will raise no more The song of fellowship and love Uplift forevermore

When we wear the gloves

When we wear the gloves

A Light goes from this earthly life

The visor closed again Yet all the heavens open wide To let a new star in.

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 by Brother Dr.


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stalin kim roane

Fredericksburg, VA- Brother Yosif (Joseph)

Stalin Kim Roane entered Omega Chapter on November 8, 2021, Washington DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center. He was born to the late Joseph J. Roane and Sadie Russel Roane in Uzbekistan, Tashkent, on December 4, 1931. Brother Roane was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated on January 8, 1953, at Epsilon Gamma Chapter, Saint Paul’s College, Virginia. Brother Roane was a Charter Member of Tau Rho Chapter (1964), Fredericksburg, Virginia, and a Life Member of the Fraternity. He served the Fraternity in various capacities and was always willing to give a kind word to the brothers and provide uplift in a time of need. It’s believed that Brother Roane holds the unique distinction of being the first African American (whose parents were both African Americans) to be born in the young Soviet Union (founded December 30, 1922).

Arriving at his father’s ancestral home in Kremlin, Virginia, in 1936 and speaking no English, he soon bonded with childhood and lifelong friend and neighbor, Cherry Dowling. Brother Roane attended elementary school in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and joined Potomac Baptist Church at an early age. He graduated from A. T. Johnson High School in 1949. He attended Delaware State College and graduated from Saint Paul’s Polytechnic Institute (Saint Paul’s College) in 1955. He enlisted for active duty in the United States Navy in December 1955.

Following in his father’s footsteps, he was employed by the Westmoreland County Public Schools in 1958 as an elementary teacher at the newly built Cople-Montross Elementary School. Having taught over the years in several schools, he retired from the school system in 1981. Brother Roane became more involved with the family farm business and opened a barbershop at McCoy’s corner.

Brother Roane was also a musician. He recorded a jazz record while a student at Delaware State College. He was a saxophonist with the renowned Blast from the Past band until the band dissolved in the 1990s.

His civic contributions involved founding memberships in the Westmoreland County Optimist Club, Westmo-

reland Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the A. T. Johnson Alumni Association. He held memberships in the A. T. Johnson Museum of African American Education and Culture as a member of the Board of Trustees, Westmoreland County Chapter of NAACP, Westmoreland County Democratic Committee, St Paul’s College Alumni Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and his family’s ancestral beloved Potomac Baptist Church. To learn more about Brother Yosif Roane click on this link

BROTHER gerald washington

Brother Gerald Washington was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on April 10, 1971 through Lambda Chapter; on the campus of California State UniversityLos Angeles. Brother Washington graduated from CSULA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. On occasion he remarked about his ability to sing in over fifty different languages. Brother Washington also had love of photography. While attending Cal State LA he became a member of the Cheerleading Squad. Brother Washington’s energy, dance moves, and effervescent personality were a perfect fit for this group. Brother Washington was a youth athletics coach as well as an avid runner in marathons. His vocal talents led him to become a member of a professional singing group named “The Select Few”. They performed at various local venues and recorded an album at RCA Recording Studios. Brother Washington was a very active Omega man; known to participate in the yearly planning of Tau Tau Chapter’s Youth Leadership Conference. Brother Washington will be missed by all.


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BROTHER dr. terrance robinson

Brother Doctor Terrence Robinson transitioned to Omega Chapter on October 21, 2021. Brother Robinson was born on May 28, 1975.. Brother Robinson was initiated through Zeta Omega Chapter on April 16, 2011. Brother Robinson was a leader in the community and impacted many organizations including the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cuyahoga Community College, Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, Ohio Governor’s Office Workforce Transformation, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the urban league of Cleveland. Brother Robinson co-founded Success Pathways Alliance where he served as Vice President.

BROTHER Carroll edwin swain

Brother Carroll Edwin Swain transitioned to be with Lord on Friday, December 31, 2021. Brother Swain was affectionately called “The Colonel” by many. He was initiated at Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. at Hampton Institute in Spring 1950 and a member of Gamma Alpha Chapter of Roanoke, Va., with 70 years of Omega service.

BROTHER coach george c. miller

Brother Coach George C. Miller of Roanoke departed this life on November 17, 2021. Brother Miller was a legendary Hall of Fame coach and educator in the Roanoke Valley for many years. He was initiated in Gamma Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. in 2001.

BROTHER edgar a. brookins

Brother Edgar A. Brookins transitioned to Omega Chapter on December 1, 2021. Brother Brookins was born November 23, 1947, in Benton, MS. He was initiated through Tau Phi Chapter in 1982. Brother Brookins was a retired Major in the U.S. Army and began a successful career as circulation/ general manager of the Washington African American newspaper.

He was known as “Mr. D.C.” Brother Brookins was actively involved in the service of Omega (Psi Nu Chapter), promoting prostate cancer awareness and numerous other community outreach endeavors. Brother Brookins founded The Ciera Brookins Lupus Educational Foundation, LLC., in honor of his loving daughter, who passed from Lupus complications in 2016. He received several awards from a local church, community, and military organizations for his support and commitment to Youth and Homeless Veterans.

BROTHER michael jerome hinton

On Sunday, December 26, 2021, our dear brother, Michael Jerome Hinton, entered eternal rest. Brother Michael Jerome Hinton faithfully served the community as a dedicated deacon, teacher, social worker, and member of the Omicron Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He was initiated in the Epsilon Gamma Chapter in the Fall of 1972 at Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA, where he graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in History. After graduating, he continued as an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Omega Chapter, serving as Basileus and Keeper of Records and Seal. Although his heart was weak at the end of his physical service here on Earth, his will was strong as he continued to work, support, and encourage everyone he met.

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BROTHER deacon ronald westly scott

Bro. Deacon Ronald Westley Scott was born on February 27, 1953 in New Eagle, PA. He attended Alliquippa public schools and graduated high school in 1972. In the same year, he began attending the University of Indiana at Pennsylvania. Bro. Scott was initiated into the Omega Psi Fraternity, through the Omicron Psi chapter, at the University of Indiana at Pennsylvania on April 5, 1975. Bro. Scott graduated on May 16, 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and worked for 38 years in Retail Management. Bro. Scott also served his community as the Vice-President of the NAACP and served as a Deacon at the Elketon COGIC, in Vallejo, CA.

As a member of the Theta Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Bro. Scott served on the Crab Feed Committee, scholarship committee, golf tournament committee, Talent hunt committee, Juneteenth committee, the Omega Boys and Girls club, treasurer of the Omega Reservoir of Help Foundation and earned the Superior Service Award in 2013. Bro. Scott enjoyed football, fishing, playing pool, photography, and had a fondness for dogs and cats.

Bro. Scott could be quoted as saying “I walk with blind faith in my God.” He is survived by one daughter, Cherain and 4 grandchildren, wife preceded in death eight years earlier.

BROTHER Miles Holland

Brother Miles Holland born May 13, 1954 in Kansas City, Mo., and initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. through the Tau Sigma Chapter (University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff) on Nov 16, 1973. He transitioned to Omega Chapter October 31, 2021. With his Master of Business Administration from Loma Linda University, Miles owned and operated 12 Denny’s restaurants in California, Missouri, and currently Savannah, Georgia. Miles believed in giving back to his community and helping others, particularly youth and young adults. A dedicated husband, father, and businessman, Brother Holland will truly be missed by his Eta Alpha Alpha Chapter brothers. Bro. Holland is survived by his wife Veronica, daughter Abbra, and son Miles II.

BROTHER darry eugene pittman

Brother Darry Eugene Pittman transitioned to Omega Chapter on July 10, 2021. Brother Pitman was initiated into Omega through Omicron Chapter at Columbia University on June 16, 1967 as a founding member.

Brother Pittman became the first Mayor of East Cleveland since 1908 after East Cleveland was under the Commission and City Manager of Cleveland. He served two terms in office where he secured funding from HUD for the first time in the city’s history, appointed the first Black Lieutenant and Chief of Police in the city’s history. He practiced law with his own firm Pittman, Alexander & Associates.

BROTHER marzell brenard pink

Brother Marzell Brenard Pink transitioned to Omega Chapter on July 14, 2021. He was born on July 16, 1971. Brother Pink was initiated into Zeta Omega Chapter on December 20, 2013. Brother Pink was an educator in the Cleveland School District for nearly 30 years. He served as the Dean of Engagement at Davis Aerospace High School. He was the consummate advocate for youth and their development into future leaders. Brother Pink was also a dedicated coach on the high school and college level. He was known as industry leader in the world of powerlifting and an entrepreneur who owned his own company Pinks Dojo.

BROTHER shelton leonard moore

Brother Shelton Leonard Moore transitioned into Omega Chapter on August 9, 2021. Brother Moore was born on November 20, 1950. Brother Moore was initiated through Zeta Omega Chapter on July 18, 1986. Brother Moore served as an accountant/comptroller, a founding member of Minority Steel Erectors, Inc Technology and computer design. Brother Moore was also a member of The Nelson Group. He was chairman of the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation in the 1980’s and a charter member of The Black Professional Association. He was also a member of the National Association of Black Accountants(NABA) and most recently a board member of the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation.

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BROTHER allen J. “rubbs” williams

Bro. Allen J. “Rubbs” Williams was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on January 27, 1937, and left us on January 31, 2022. He was a wonderful husband, father, uncle, brother, grandfather, and friend. All immensely loved him in his community. He was an active member of Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, serving on the council and as an usher. In addition, Williams, notoriously decked out in purple and gold, was a beloved life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He served as Vice Basileus of the Chi Omicron Chapter in New Haven, Connecticut. He crossed the burning sands on June 26, 1993, with five of friends “Searching for one.” Over his lifetime, Allen Williams committed to public safety and acts of service. He sincerely wanted to help or guide others to crime, addiction, and family separation solutions.Mr. Williams received numerous awards and certificates highlighting his work and community service with struggling veterans.

BROTHER Charles edward andrews, sr.

Brother Charles Andrews, Sr. entered Omega Chapter on Monday, July 15, 2019. He was born on February 5, 1948. He was member of Alpha Pi Chapter (Florence, AL) and supported many activities of Alpha Pi.

He was married to Mary Andrews for many years. He attended Tuskegee University and was employed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension service in Colbert and Lauderdale Counties for 34 years. His wife stated the he really loved the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The members of the Alpha Pi Chapter served as Pall Bearers at his Homegoing Celebration.

BROTHER eddie woods

Brother Eddie woods transitioned to Omega Chapter on September 2, 2021. Brother Woods was born on July 29, 1970. Brother Woods was initiated through Phi Theta chapter on June 8, 1997. Brother Woods held various positions within the fraternity and served as the Former 2nd Vice District Representative of the 4th District.

BROTHER Earnest lee darby

Brother Earnest Lee Darby entered Omega Chapter on August 28, 2020. Brother Darby was initiated into Omega Psi Phi in the Nu Epsilon Chapter at Alabama A & M in 1958. He was a charter member of the Alpha Pi graduate chapter in Florence, Alabama.

He held various offices in the chapter including Keeper of Finance and was very active in the community. He was a faithful member of Zion #1 M.B. Church in Barton, Alabama where he was also an officer. Earnest was a native of Tuscumbia, AL and attended Trenholm High School. Upon graduating high school, he earned a football scholarship to Alabama A & M University where he received a Bachelors degree. Then he attended Athens State College and received a Bachelor of Science degree and also an Associate’s degree from the University of Alabama.

Earnest was an “All-around Professional”, including being a high school sports referee, worked for the State of Alabama in the Family Services Department, a little league and women’s league coach, owner of a tax service for over 50 years and director of a local after school tutoring organization just to name a few of his accomplishments.

Members of the Alpha Pi and Alpha Delta Beta Chapters served as Pall Bearers at Brother Darby’s home going celebration. His family was well aware of his dedication to Omega Psi Phi as he was dressed in Fraternity attire and his casket was adorned with Fraternity’s colors.

BROTHER clifford johnson

Brother Clifford Johnson Jr transitioned into Omega chapter on November 3, 2021. Brother Johnson was born on July 19, 1957. Brother Johnson was initiated through Sigma Psi chapter at Ohio University on May 8, 1976 and later transferred to Zeta Omega Chapter.

BROTHER Andre Townsend

Brother Andre Townsend transitioned to Omega Chapter on October 28, 2021. Brother Townsend was born on October 16, 1965. Brother Townsend was initiated through Zeta Kappa Kappa and later joined Zeta Omega.


BROTHER (Rev. Dr.) William Nelson bland, JR.

Brother Bland was born on March 4, 1951, at the Kenner Army Clinic (Fort Lee, VA) to the late William N. Bland, Sr., and Olivia Hailes Bland. On October 14, 2021, Brother (Rev. Dr.) William Nelson Bland Jr. entered Omega Chapter at the Riverview on The Appomattox Health and Rehab Center, Hopewell, Virginia. Brother Bland was 70 years old.

Brother Bland was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity during his senior year through Nu Psi Chapter, as #5 of the Fall 1972 line of the Legendary Nonchalant Nine. He also participated in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Virginia State College Marching 110 during his tenure at Virginia State College. Brother Bland later earned a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University School of Theology. He participated in several civic organizations, including Pi Sigma Eta Mortuary Fraternity, Inc., Southside Virginia Morticians Association, and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.

Brother Bland met the love of his life, the late former Doris Yvette Bouldin, and they were later married on September 6, 1975. Two beautiful children, William N. Bland III and Nickia Rachelle Bland Johnson, were born from this union.

BROTHER leonard “deon” brown

Brother Leonard “Deon” Brown (Born March 18, 1969, in Batavia, New York) entered Omega Chapter Tuesday, October 5, 2021, causing a significant loss to his wife (Rose Brown), family, friends, fraternity brothers, and constituents.

Brother Brown was initiated into our beloved Fraternity through the Zeta Mu Mu Chapter on March 13, 2021. In his short Omega career, he was thoroughly immersed in the chapter and community! Brother Brown was a wealth of knowledge and truly a loyal friend to many. All who knew him will miss his calm demeanor and straightforward attitude as a friend.

BROTHER Willie Edward Davis

Brother Willie Edward Davis, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 14, 1928. Willie transitioned to Omega Chapter at his home in Washington, DC, on Monday, October 25, 2021. Brother Davis was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated in 1948 through the Rho Chapter, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. Brother Davis served 73 year as a member of Omega.

Brother Davis served his community well, acting as a strong supporter of the fraternity’s efforts to induce change in our global community during very turbulent times in our nation’s history—Civil Rights, Equal Rights, and Voting Rights. Brother Willie was a staunch advocate for Justice.

Brother Willie’s professional employment was very extensive. He served as a Training Instructor and Executive Secretary of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), Associate Director of the Community Service Administration (CSA), and Associate Dean of the School of Communication at Howard University. Willie served in the United States Army and was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with two (2) Bronze Stars and the United States Service Medal while serving with the 45th Infantry Division during the Korean War.

Brother Dr. DeNorris Dewitt

Crosby was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated on January 28, 1961 through Tau Psi Chapter at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. He entered Omega Chapter on September 17, 2021. Brother Crosby was a member of the Omega Life Membership Foundation, Incorporated and was Life Member number 1704. He received his 60 years of service award to the Fraternity during the summer of 2021.

Bro. Crosby has provided inspirational guidance for many of our Chapter’s activities, as well as being a mentor to many Brothers, and others who might have seek his advice.

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BROTHER robert wayne robertson

Robert Wayne Robertson, a husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend entered Omega Chapter August 24, 2021. Robert was born in Los Angeles, California on July 20, 1963, to Daisy Lee Hall and John E. Hall Ill. He graduated from Palisades High School, where he excelled in track and field as a sprinter. . He went on to further his education at California State University Long Beach, where he received a degree in accounting. While in Undergrad, he joined the brotherhood of Omega Psi Phi, eventually serving as 12th District Keeper of Finance.

Robert married Elizabeth Williams and together they have one child, Morghan Robinson. Morghan was his pride and joy and they shared a special bond that could never be broken. Robert started his business, RB Financial in the early 2000s. He was a keen problem solver and loved to work with numbers. He also was a mortgage broker.

Robert loved going to the movies, reading, spending time with family and friends, and listening to jazz and Parliament-Funkadelic. He was an avid hiker and a diehard Raiders fan. He loved traveling and his favorite colors were purple and gold. Robert was funny, caring, and always there for anyone who needed his help or support.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Daisy and John Hall III; sister, Vanessa Steele; and brother, Lawrence McMillan. Robert is survived by his wife Elizabeth Williams-Robinson; daughter, Morghan Robinson; Siblings: Patricia Jones, Yvette Hester (Ronney Hester), Pamela Rosier (Henry Rosier), and John Hall IV (Ester Joseph-Hall); and a host of nieces and nephews, He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

BROTHER robert charles otis

Brother Robert Charles Otis entered Omega Chapter on April 7, 2021. Brother Otis was born August 1, 1962 in Los Angeles, CA. Brother Otis was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc in 1983 via the Epsilon Mu Chapter on the campus of University of California at Berkeley. While a student at Berkeley, Brother Otis was a much-respected leader in the Black student community as well as on the football field.

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1984 Brother Otis entered a career in securities support at Morgan Stanley, Washington Mutual and Smith Barney.

Brother Otis’ faith journey included ordination as a deacon at the Galilee Baptist Church and then serving as a deacon at Kingdom Builders Christian Fellowship in Los Angeles. At Pilgrim’s Hope Baptist Church Brother Otis served as a deacon, Men’s Ministry Cohort and as a Sunday School teacher. In addition to his passion for his Christian faith, Brother Otis had plenty of energy left to fellowship deeply and meaningfully with his many friends. As a friend, Brother Otis was the one always there and always ready with an infectious laugh, a wonderfully memorable and often hilarious story, wise counsel, an encouraging word and always kind and dependable.

As a volunteer, Brother Otis provided coaching, mentorship, life skills and most importantly love to young men on the Carson High School, Westchester High School and Junipero Serra High football teams and to numerous Pop Warner football players in the South Los Angeles metropolitan area. The stories he told were legendary, especially when reminiscing about “The Play” (The Cal Golden Bears’ winning last second touchdown return in the midst of a premature on-field celebration by Stanford’s band) or the 1993 City Championship won by the Carson High Football team coached by Brother Otis. He was an active member of the Tau Tau Chapter, working with the Youth Leadership Conference, Meals on Wheels, annual holiday food giveaways and serving as a member of the chapter’s investment committee.

BROTHER larry ross

Larry Clark Ross was born on April 2, 1967. Bro. Ross entered Omega Chapter on September 7, 2021. During Larry’s high school years, he was Class President, Homecoming King, and was an original member of the Dewy Street Breakers, as well as the first black quarterback on the varsity football team, After graduating from Hanford High School in 1985, he received a scholarship to Arizona Western College where he played baseball and received his associate degree. He then attended Grand Canyon University where la played baseball as well and received his bachelor’s in communications. While attending Grand Canyon University and Arizona State University, Larry Ross Sr was initiated into Phi lota Chapter, on April 26 1990.


He then met his one and only true love, Mrs. Julia Iretha Ross and married on March 22, 1997. They have three beautiful children; Sabrina, Sierra, and Larry Clark Ross Il and his legacy: granddaughter Nyla. Larry Ross Sr was a large pillar in his community. He impacted many lives from the youth to adults. He started teaching over 25 years ago. He started at Phoenix/ASL Prep Academy. He coached baseball at Central HighSchool, taught and coached at Westwood High School, and was the Dean of Students at South Pointe High School. He then transitioned to Sierra Linda High School where he taught yearbook and photography. Larry then went on to Hope Academy as the Director of Student Services. He also was very involved in his sons coaching whether it was Little League baseball, club baseball, basketball, football, etc.

Larry Ross Sr was truly passionate about the youth’s future. He was adamant about making sure that all resources were available to those who wanted to better themselves no matter what life path you chose.

BROTHER kelly miller crowell, jr.

Brother Kelly Miller Crowell Jr. was born on March 4th, 1947 to Kelly Miller Crowell Sr. and Rosa Green Crowell in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly was the oldest of seven children. He attended his school years on the West Side of Chicago and graduated from Farragut High School.

Bro. Crowell met his wife, Sheila on the college campus of Langston University, an HBCU in Langston, Oklahoma. That is where Bro. Crowell was initiated into the fraternity in 1966 through Psi Phi Chapter.

Bro. Crowell always stood out in class because of his personality and love of learning. He was an honor student throughout his university years while seeking a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. After a tour in the Army, he returned to Oakland, Calif., and started his teaching career, in the same district where his wife worked. That’s where he started his family. First was daughter Talia, then was their son, Jason who would follow in his footsteps in Omega (Gamma Sigma, 1996).

Throughout Bro. Crowell’s life, he had many wonderful experiences. Being a Father and husband without a doubt were highlights, along with being a grandfather. He reveled in the successes of his children and grandchildren. From karate belts and basketball games to school plays and musicals, he was there for it. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Education, he held a Master’s degree in Business Administration and numerous certificates. Bro. Crowell was an accomplished, car-

ing, supportive and inspiring teacher, vice principal, principal, corporate leader, and corporate vice president. During Bro. Crowell’s life, he received numerous accolades and awards from school districts and business organizations. Bro. Crowell entered Omega Chapter May 8, 2021

He will truly be missed as a son to Rose Crowell in Chicago Illinois, as my husband and friend of 53 years, as a proud father to Talia and Jason, grandfather to Jocelyn and Morgan Crowell as well as honorary granddaughter Lexxus Ledbetter and Godfather to Tai Laforest, a a brother, an uncle, brother-in-law, fraternity brother and friend to many. While our hearts ache by his passing, they too are filled with the remembrance of his love, joy, laughter, tall tales, and gumbo he shared with us all.

BROTHER Harvey L. Livingston II

Brother Harvey L. Livingston II entered Omega Chapter on December 23, 2021. Bro. Livingston was initiated on June 23, 1978, through Pi Rho Chapter while attending Riverside City College. Bro. Livingston transferred to California State University, Fullerton in the fall of 1979 and later spearheaded the chartering of Phi Lambda Chapter on November 3, 1980. Bro. Livingston served as 2nd Vice District Representative for the 12th District (1980-81). Bro. Livingston was currently an active member of Epsilon Xi Chapter in Sacramento, California. Bro. Livingston was also a Life Member #2038.

Professionally, Bro. Livingston was Regional Vice President - Alternate Channels at AT&T for 16 years, responsible for the Outbound Telemarketing (OBTM) efforts within the Alternate Channel Alliance program.

Bro. Livingston was married to his wife June for 39 years and has a son Harvey Livingston III (Trey). Bro. Livingston was the son of the 32nd Grand Basileus, Dr. L. Benjamin Livingston Jr and older brother of Bro. Lawrence Livingston Sr (Sigma Eta 1980).

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BROTHER Johnny I. Farmer

Brother Johnny I. Farmer, 87, died peaceably at his home on Saturday, November 13, 2021. He was born to William Woody and Savannah Powell Farmer of Wilson, NC. After graduating from Darden High School, Johnny matriculated at Fayetteville State University and graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

After Johnny taught School in Wise, NC for two years, he served two years in the Army and was honorably discharged. He returned to his love of teaching with tenure in the Raleigh Public and Wake County School Systems. He retired in 1989.

A servant leader, Brother Farmer was extremely active in the community and his church, Martin Street Baptist Church. His community involvement included: Co-chair of Get Out The Vote for Raleigh-Wake County, Coordinator of The Voter Education Coalition in Raleigh-Wake County, Board of Directors, member, of Wake Medical Center and Wake Technical College.

Brother Farmer was initiated into the fraternity 60 years ago (1971) and is a proud Life Member! He was a member of Iota Iota Chapter, and is survived by his wife Genevieve McAlister Farmer.


Brother Guion Davis passed away on July 3, 2021 at 92. He was initiated on December 5, 1958 with Tau Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at North Carolina Central University. He was a life member and financial member of Alpha Omicron Chapter. He held various Chapter positions from Committee Chairperson to KRS to Vice-Basileus. Brother Davis is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 66 years.

Throughout his life he was surrounded by a loving family, which undoubtedly, influenced his selfless and giving nature. He graduated high from Booker T. Washington, was active in the United States Army, and was an educated man. He became an educator with Nash County Public Schools where he retired. He coached track and football, helping youth realize their fullest potential.

Brother Dr. Moses E. Wilson, Jr., 76, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina transitioned on Tuesday morning, September 28, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Wilson was initiated at Omicron Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Wilmington, NC and later became a financial member of Alpha Omicron Chapter in Rocky Mount, NC.

He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 12, 1945. In 1963, upon graduation from Hillside High School, he attended Howard University in Washington DC. He later enlisted in the US Air Force. After his military career, he enrolled at North Carolina Central University in Durham NC and graduated in 1972 with a BS Degree in Biology. He was accepted and enrolled in Medical School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1976. Upon completing all requirements to become a doctor in 1980, he relocated to Rocky Mount, NC where he established his practice.

Dr. Wilson has served on many civic committees in the community. He retired from practicing medicine in 2016. He was married to the late Brenda M. Hart Wilson of Durham NC. They were blessed with three children. He later married Amy Mathewson Wilson and they were blessed with two children.

Brother Garret L. Freeman, Sr., 59, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina transitioned on October 4, 2021 in the comfort of his residence. Brother Freeman was initiated in Zeta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Oxford, North Carolina on April 30, 1987. He shortly thereafter became a financial member of Alpha Omicron Chapter in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He married the love of his life, Shirley, August,1985, having three sons. He coached AAU Basketball for years, and became a coach of the Enfield Warriors Youth Football JV and Varsity Teams for 14 years. He also volunteered for over 25 years with the North Carolina Special Olympics with the City of Rocky Mount.

Brother Garret impacted the lives of so many youth, families, and young men.

BROTHER Garret L. Freeman
Brother Dr. Moses E. Wilson, Jr.

BROTHER Rev. Dr. Charles L. Johnson, Sr.

Rev. Dr. Charles Luther Johnson, Sr., 78, a member of Mu Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity of Greenville, South Carolina, passed on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Prisma Health-Greenville Memorial Hospital. He was born in Charleston, South Carolina to the late Rev. Andrew Luther and Anna Kitt Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Deloris Williams Johnson; one son, Charles L. (Megan) Johnson, Jr. of Greenwood, SC; two daughters, Charlene (Jermaine) Jones of Simpsonville, SC and Chaundolyn Johnson of Atlanta, GA; one sister, Annabelle Brown of New York, NY; one brother, Clyde Johnson of Summerville, SC; four grandchildren, Jaden Jones, Javis Jones, Lilly Johnson and Andrew Johnson; a host of nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.


Brother Haynes was the youngest child of Elias and Rosa Washington Haynes. He was born on August 10, 1933 in Charleston, S.C. He was the product of the Charleston County Public County School System, graduating from Burke Industrial High School in 1950.

His college career began at South Carolina State Agricultural and Mechanical College (S.C. State University) in 1954 with a B.A. in Industrial Education. Upon graduation from college he received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After serving in Germany, he left the military as a 1st Lieutenant.

After serving his country he returned to Charleston where began his career in education. His first assignment was at Edgewood School in Ninety-Six, S.C. After teaching he embarked in a career in administration as launched his career as a coach in basketball and baseball. He went on to earn is Master’s Degree at S.C. State College.

Brother David “Fess” Haynes, as he was affectionately known returned to Charleston in 1961 where he became a prominent educator at Burke H.S. and C.A. Brown H.S.

Bro. Haynes was also known for his many years of officiating basketball and football games for the state of South Carolina for over 30 years. In 2003 he was inducted into the official S.C. Basketball Hal of Fame.

Bro. Haynes began his journey into the land of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. when he was initiated into Mu Alpha Chapter in 1954. He was a dedicated member of Mu Alpha Chapter and loved his fraternity.

Bro. Haynes was a lifelong member of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church where he served in various capacities. “Fess” was preceded in death by his parents Elias and Rosa and his siblings Melvin, Isiah, and Annabelle.

Those left to cherish his memories him include his dedicated caretaking nieces Sonya Reid and Jocelyn Whaley, a host of loving relatives, friends, and his beloved fraternity, Omega Ps Phi Fraternity, Inc.

BROTHER Rev. Andrew Adams, II

Brother Rev. Adams was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Andrew R. Adams, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lakesha L. Gladden Adams; his children, Tyran C. Speights, Makaila R. Jenkins, Andrew R. "Tre" Adams, III, Micah E. Adams, and Eli Adams; his mother, Mrs. Linda S. Adams; his siblings, Mr. Dewayne Muhammad (Lakisha) and Ms. Tiffany R. Adams; his grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Lee Singleton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Rev. Adams was the Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church- North Santee Georgetown SC. He was the former Pastor of Mt. Carmel AME Church Moncks Corner, SC and St. Paul AME Church North Charleston, SC.

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Photo Courtesy of Bro. Kirk Weems

e put Manhood first because we think that character is more essential as we look for prospects in Omega than any other one thing. Secondly we put Scholarship, there is a place for mediocrity in our society but, not in Omega. We want men whose minds are at least above the average, that they can make a contribution to the life of an institution and to the world.

Then Perseverance; we want men who will realize that they have a responsibility to stand by any project that they may begin and see it through. And finally, Uplift; which puts man in connection with the community in which he lives and lets him realize that he has a responsibility to those who are less fortunate than himself; that he must also do what he does with the idea of service to the community and to the nation. Bring all these together, we have the true Omega Man."

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The three juniors — [Cooper, Coleman and Love] — were practically inseparable. Their friendship was generally compared by students on the campus with that of Damon and Pythias, or that of David and Jonathan; but most frequently with that of the immortal three musketeers. The true foundation of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was that friendship...”

- The History of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. by Brother Herman Dreer.



In Oracles, the men of old Thought purposes of gods foretold ; The poison vapors from a cave Or sacred rustling laurels gave A sign, while priest or priestess read In Cryptic phrases o’er the dead Sacrifices, which were slain To seek what courses gods ordain.

Like Oracles of old, we find In books some mystery divine, No sacrifice of fowl or beasts, No chants ambiguous of priests. But in each printed page revealed More truth than Delphi e’er concealed. Go, booklet in Omega’s name And chronicle Omega’s fame.

-Walter H. Mazyck Volume II. May 1924 No. 2



Plainly did the founders of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity foresee the coming of a great day for the national brotherhood of young Negro college men of worth. They-Professor E. E. Just, Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman -like all other successful founders, had an unselfish vision. Call it a dream if you so desire, yet it was a dream with a foundation built upon reality and sound reasoning.

They had acquainted themselves with the beneficient results of contact and intimate relationship for which the fraternity life in our great institutions of learning had largely been responsible. They were also aware of the each chapter and three grand officers marvelous strides that were then being taken in the higher education of the Negro, and that he had reached that stage in his ethical training where it would serve him well to partake of the fruits of wholesome brotherhood.

More than once did these pioneers of Omega ask themselves whether or not it would make such men broad or narrow in their views toward the world that surrounded them; whether or not it would promote in these a spirit of sacrifice for the common good, or one of selfishness in dealing with their fellowmen. They saw both sides, and still their dream was luminous. They were satisfied that a great national fraternity of college men, fired with the four paramount principles of Scholarship, Manhood, Uplift, and Perseverance, would constitute a power indeed ! And Baumgardner wrote well when he said in regard to these “There res upon us a great responsibility. We stand for Manhood as a principle. We cannot, therefore, stoop to any mean thought or act; Manhood means purity of thought and act. We cannot be true to our fraternity or to its founders, or to our race, or to ourselves, unless we are real Men.

“Remember Scholarship which should be the fundamental consideration of academic life. The maintenance of a high scholarship justifies our existence as a college organization. We need more

men of intellect in our race ; there is nothing that would give our race more prestige than real attainment in the arts and sciences.

“Let us consider Perseverance. This is a quality which we should strive to possess, for without it nothing substantial can be attained. We cannot maintain a high scholarship, nor can we be real men unless we persevere.

“Lastly we come to Uplift. The advantages we derive from our training, qualify us to lend a helping hand to those who are groping in the darkness of the pit of ignorance and immorality. Unless we strive to uplift fallen humanity and to live useful lives, we have misused our talents.”

He then refers to the work of the founders, saying: “The founders indeed wrought better than they thought. The bond of union created in such an organization is a thing which stops not within the college wall. We must see to it that after leaving college, we shall look back to the fraternity with reverence, and that the fraternity may point to us with pride.”

Eight years have passed since the founders met in performance of their herculean task, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is today a living organization. Five flourishing chapters have sprung up to insure the perpetuation of a great ideal. Her men are active everywhere. They are constantly encountering· difficulties and overcoming them, as they push their way to the fore where opportunity for still greater service awaits them as a reward.

There is a future for the Omega Psi Phi, and stored away in it somewhere is the full realization of the dreams of its founders, Bravely and diligently performing the tasks remaining before us, as bravely we faced those that we have already performed, we come speedily to that realization. Omega, the future welcomes you; the challenge of your founders bids you enter!

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Our history tells us that Brother Cooper was guided in the discipline to become a sturdy man. He mastered the art of being a fine gentleman. Brother Cooper was neat and punctilious in his dress and distinctly chivalrous in his manner. Never flashy or ostentatious but always fashionable, prim, and precise.1

It was Oscar J. Cooper, not Doctor Cooper, but the methodical lad of promise, who helped organize the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and was selected to serve as the first Grand Keeper of Records and Seal. During the second year of the Fraternity, he served as the Grand Basileus.2


Brother Coleman wanted to know why things happened. In scholarship, he attained high honors and bearing. He was a leader. He graduated from M-Street (High) School with high honors and continued his studies and graduated with great distinction from Howard, and his record was so outstanding that at once he was made an instructor (Chair of the Physics Department) in Physics.1

The reader must remember, however, that it was not Professor Frank Coleman, head of the Department of Physics of Howard University, who helped organize the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, but Frank Coleman, the junior, the undergraduate, who had just stepped upon the threshold of early manhood, who was searching for truth and trying during those strenuous times to demonstrate the brotherhood of the college man.2

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Brother Love while serving as a chaplain in the 365th infantry during World War I, saw action in the Vasquez Mountains and in the Argonne Forest (France), spending eight days in the great offensive. During those campaigns, Brother Love was slightly gassed. However, he continued to inspire the three thousand men who were on his supervision to live nobly as soldiers of the Cross. To the men in his regiment, his very name inspired them to press on.1

It was Rev. Edgar Love in the germ, the stripling in his ‘teens’, the youth of promise and vision who helped organize the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and start it on its pioneering way. In the process he served as the first Grand Basileus, holding the office for three terms. 2


Brother Just a Phi Beta Kappa and a PhD; honors are too numerous to mention in such a limited space. However, he collaborated with some of the best scientists in America and produced a standard work of “(General) Cytology”, which was published in 1924. Leading German biologists selected him as the best fitted among the world scholars to write a paper on Fertilization. He engaged in research at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institut (Germany) for Biology, at the private laboratories of the Crown heads of Europe, and received a 5 year grant totaling $80,000 for research.1

Ernest Everett Just, the young professor, joined his vision and genius with that of three undergraduate juniors—Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman—and helped organize the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. 2

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. Brother Carl BluNT 2. The History of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Herman Dreer
“One thing is certain, the founders were close and intimate friends, and this is the secure foundation upon which all successful fraternal life must depend.
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EDITOR’S NOTE - This is a reprint the first of a series of historical articles on the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity by Brother Walter H. Mazyck published in the October 1929 Oracle.



from the student body of Howard University, eleven men to form the charter members of the first chapter.

On December 15, 1911, these eleven men—William Gilbert, Frank H. Wimberly, J. H. Love, B. H. Jones, C. O. Lewis, C. Y. Harris, W. H. Pleasants, C. B. Washington, E. P. Westmoreland, C. A. Hayes, W. A. Love and the founders- entered into a temporary organization as the first chapter.


on November 17, 1911, Omega is but seventeen years of age. The Common Law of England set twenty-one years as the period of “infancy.” In various states the period of infancy is arbitrarily fixed by law “so as to correspond more or less closely with the development of natural capacity.” The law protects “infants” from many of the consequences of their acts, because of their tender years and inexperience. If twenty-one years was determined by the “unchanging wisdom of the ages” as a fitting period of irresponsibility and childishness of mortals, whose entire life span is but “three score years and ten,” then at what age or period should an immortal, perpetual organization such as the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity attain its majority? Siegfried has written only recently “America Comes of Age”—and even in his book childish fears and bogies still haunt America and reveal its immaturity.

Omega in its seventeenth year is still a baby. It suffers from all the ills of infancy. Sometimes it lacks the sympathy which its tender years should inspire, probably because it is thought of according to its size and not according to its age.

The exact hour of Omega’s conception is vague. Whether it is the child of the mind of Just or Coleman or Love or Cooper is shrouded in the past. Who first broached the subject of its organization and when, what plans were laid, discussed, modified and discarded, are matters which the records do not disclose. The first “Oracle’’ states, “More than once did these pioneers of Omega ask themselves whether it would make its members broad or narrow in their views toward the world that surrounded them; whether it would promote a Spirit of Sacrifice for common good or one of selfishness in dealing with their fellow men. They saw both sides and still their dream was luminous.”

One thing is certain, the founders were close and intimate friends, and this is the secure foundation upon which all successful fraternal life must depend.

The brief minutes which recount in one sentence the organization of Omega certainly do not tell the story. These minutes read as follows:

“On Friday evening, November 17, 1911; the National Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi was organized in the office of Associate Professor E. E. Just, in the Science Hall, Howard University Campus. Founders and first officers: Edgar A. Love, Grand Basileus; Oscar J. Cooper, Grand Keeper of Records; Frank Coleman, Grand Keeper of Seals.”

Twenty-eight days later, these founders had selected

The constitution of the fraternity was submitted to the President of Howard University. The enthusiastic members, not waiting for faculty recognition, placarded Howard’s campus with the announcement of the birth of a new fraternity. However innocent and well meant the intention of such enthusiasts, their precipitate campaign of advertisement met with instant opposition. They were compelled to remove the signs. But they had laid down the gauntlet. From thenceforth Omega had to be reckoned with as an organization, but months of conferences were to elapse before formal recognition by the university.

While yet the faculty pondered upon granting recognition, the temporary body met on February 21, 1912, and ballotted on new members. On February 28 the first initiation was held. J. R. Johnson, W. B. Jason, Moses Clayborne and C. C. Cook became members. Just prior to the initiation ceremonies the eleven charter members were given the oath.

The chapter then went into permanent organization. Edward P. Westmoreland was elected the first Basileus, C. C. Cook, Keeper of Records, and Frank Wimberly, Keeper of Seals of Alpha Chapter.

Two days later Frank Coleman and C. A. Hayes, the committee which had been in conference with the faculty on the recognition of the fraternity reported to a special meeting of the body—which consisted of the Alpha Chapter and the Grand Officers-that President Thirkield had suggested that the fraternity be local in character. This suggestion precipitated a lively discussion and finally on the motion of Brother C. A. Hayes, seconded by Founder E. A. Love, the President’s suggestion was not acted upon and the provision for a national organization was retained in the constitution. It was at this meeting also that the name of the late Colonel Charles Young was proposed for membership and the idea expressed that he might “found a chapter in Africa. So, while the faculty committee was endeavoring to make the fraternity local, the members had the vision of an international body.

The faculty committee did not yield and Brother Frank Coleman reported again to the fraternity on March 19, 1912, that certain members desired the fraternity to be local and that “graduates of no other school should be admitted.” The organization was adamant. A motion to amend the constitution making Omega local was speedily defeated. After other conferences, the fraternity finally received faculty recognition as a national body. Contined on Page 16

The Oracle - Fall 2021 7 | THE BIRTH OF OMEGA

It’s what’s IN you!

On November 17, 2021, International Headquarters presented the 2ND Annual Virtual Founder’s Day Program. Created in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2021’s Program SOUGHT to EXCEED Brother’s expectations. THE CELEBRATION WAS simulcasted on the Fraternity’s website and social media platforms.

The inimitable ΩΨΦ Animated Series “In the Beginning - Seeking Good Men” made an encore appearance.

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“Omega is not what’s ON you,
Brother Carl Blunt delivered “The Occasion” with undisputed enlightening enthusiasm. Brother Harry Lennix kicked off the Program with a stirring rendition of Invictus. (William Ernest Henley)
Brothers Jonathan Matthews and Christopher Norman dropped gems on the origin of Achievement Week.
-Bro. Carl Blunt



, introduced by Brother Kenton Kelley, spoke about

Brother Darren Haynes portrayed an unparalleled and rare perspective of the Founders.

Virtual Founders’ Day

Credits available on --> Page 11

RD DISTRICT Omega Minute’s Brother Chesley McNeil and the Brothers of Pi Chapter reflected on Malcolm X’s visit to Morgan State in 1962. Brother A.J. Calloway sat down with Brother Albert “Smitty” Smith for a thought provoking discussion on the Fraternity. Majority Whip E. Clyburn Protecting Life and Liberty. The soulful and melodic sounds of Omega were courtesy of Brothers Ray Singleton (Willie Qool) and Darius Twyman.
See Page 29 for names of Editors


Intro - Invictus

Bro. Harry Lennix

Graphics/Video Editor - Bro.

Quinest Bishop, Sr.

Opening Prayer

Bro. Rev. Dr. Walter T. Richardson, Grand Chaplain

Videographer - Bro. Sean Bland

Graphics/Editor - Bro.

Quinest Bishop, Sr.

The Occasion

Bro. Carl Blunt,

32nd First Vice Grand Basileus

Graphics/Editor - Bro.

Quinest Bishop, Sr.

The Founders

Bro. Darren Hayes

Contributor - Bro. Carl Blunt

32nd First Vice Grand Basileus

Founder Stand-Ins

Bro. Dr. Thomas Gibson

Dr. Oscar J. Cooper

Bro. Dr. Charles E. Price

Professor Frank Coleman

Bro. Dr. Adam McKee

Bishop Edgar A. Love

Bro. Floyd Robinson

Dr. Ernest E. Just

Director – Bro. Gary Clark

Videographers - Bro. Scott Dawson,

Bro. Paul Hodson, Bro. Paul

Scott, 2nd District, Bro. Mark

Robinson, 3rd District

Assistant Videographer - Bro.

James Ainke

Coordinator - Bro. Melvin

Thomas, 10th District

Editing Director - Bro. Charles

Ezell, 12th District

Graphics/Editor - Bro.

Quinest Bishop, Sr.

Omega Minute –

Malcolm X and Pi Chapter

Bro. Chesley McNeil

Editor – Bro. Todd Inman

Special Thanks to

Bro. Dr. Walter Gill Pi ‘57

Omega Minute Continued: Special Thanks to:

Bro. James Watts Pi ‘61

Bros. of Pi and Zeta Phi Chapters

’60 ’61 ’62. Sigma Mu Mu Chapter

Full Article by:

Bro. Judson L. Jeffries

“Malcolm X, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Morgan State College”

International History & Archives


Bro. Keir Pemberton, Chair

Bro. Jonathan Matthews,Vice Chair

Bro. Alfonso Morrell, Vice Chair


Bro. David Carl

Bro. Sam Ryan

Bro. Jim Harper

Bro. Maurice Hobson

Bro. Derrick Alridge

Bro. Eddie Cole

Bro. Chesley McNeil

Bro. Donald Lucas

Bro. Donald Lee – Omega Chapter

Bro. Carl Blunt –

Immediate Past Chair

In Memory of Bro. Donald Lee

Animation – In the Beginning, Seeking Good Men

Bro. Quinest Bishop, Sr. Sugarstone Media

A Conversation with “Mr. Omega”

Bro. Albert “Smitty” Smith & Bro. Albert Calloway Jr.

Videographer - Bro. Andre Cabiness

Graphics/Video Editor - Bro. Quinest Bishop

Origin of Achievement Week

Bro. Jonathan Matthews & Bro. Christopher Norman

Videographer/Editor – Bro. Uwakmfon-Abasi James

Introduction to Speaker

Bro. Kenton Kelley, Undergraduate Representative

Videographer/Editor – Bro. Andre Cabiness.

Protecting Life and Liberty

Bro. Congressman James E. Clyburn

Special Thanks to the Staff of Congressman James E. Clyburn

Next Level

Bro. Dr. David E. Marion, 41st Grand Basileus

Director – Bro. Will Jemison

Special Thanks

Bro. John Howard, Executive Director

Vocals - Bro. Darius Twyman

Closing Prayer

Bro. Rev. Dr. Walter T. Richardson, Grand Chaplain

Videographer - Bro. Sean Bland

Graphics/Editor - Bro. Quinest Bishop, Sr.

Omega Dear

Bro. Ray Singleton

Graphics/Editor - Bro.

Quinest Bishop, Sr.

Production Team/Contributors

Bro. Kenneth Foster, IHQ - Assistant Executive Director

Bro. Dave Alford, IHQ - Finance Director

Bro. Eric Dennard, IHQInformation Technology Leader

Bro. Gary Clark

Bro. Sean Bland

Bro. Robert Scott

Bro. Greg Mckoy

Bro. Andrew Cabiness

Bro. Uwakmfon-Abasi James Bro. Cornelius Beidleman

Bro. Keir Pemberton

Bro. Todd Inman

Ms. Quadra Dennis

Mrs. Nikki Bess, Brand Ambassador

Bro. Will Jemison

Bro. Darius Twyman

Online and Social Media

Instagram: @officialoppf

Twitter: @officialoppf

Facebook: @officialomegapsiphi

YouTube: @officialomegapsiphi

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Another“Maker of Omega History’’ has entered Omega Chapter. Captain John Henry Purnell, U.S. Army, World War I, died of natural causes August 22, 1979, at the age of 92, in St. Louis, MO, the place of his many accomplishments for more than a half century as an educator, historian, humanitarian, fraternity organizer and developer of Omega men.

In 1911 he was an undergraduate on the Howard University campus. He was a close associate and friend of Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman while they struggled many long and sleepless nights perfecting the fraternity papers and documents yet to be presented to the faculty and President Wilbur P. Thirkield for approval.

But a strange quirk of fortune was to deny young Purnell the honor of being one of the Founders or of becoming even one of the other ten charter members. The decision was one to be made by his three friends. They would not jeopardize their long fight to win faculty approval and they would not subject Purnell to any constraints by the faculty.

Omega Historian Herman Dreer explains this perplexity as a sort of conflict of interest involving Purnell and his work in the office of the Dean of Teachers College, Dr. Lewis B. Moore. Although the “Founders wanted him as a charter member they feared that Purnell might be coerced by faculty domination ... He did enter the Fraternity, however, with the second group of neophytes.”

Shortly after graduation from Howard University, Brother Purnell was caught up in the struggle to make “the world safe for Democracy” along with other young college graduates volunteering for training in the 17th Provisional Training Camp established at Des Moines, Iowa. In this group were

such brothers as Founders Love and Coleman, Campbell C. Johnson, Linwood G. Koger, John W. Love, and Walter H. Mazyck Seizing upon the opportunity to expand and develop the fraternity, they requested permission for organizing a War Chapter at Des Moines.

Into this chapter were initiated college graduates from institutions where no fraternities had ever been chartered. The induction of these soldiers in training later dramatically activated the establishment and rapid growth of Omega on many campuses where even bans against secret organizations existed.

When the Des Moines Camp was disbanded October 15, 1917, the Brothers broke camp and were given their commissions and assignments for train ing duties in the United States or overseas. Brother Purnell, assigned to the Howard University Student Instruction Camp, helped train some “457 college men from 70 colleges” as “military instructors to be placed at instruction camps through the country,” according to Walter Dyson in his “ Howard University, The Capstone of Negro Education.”

In the midst of all these college

other ten

students the idea of another war chapter quickly materialized with 27 students from eight different colleges joining the fellowship of Omega through the Camp Howard War Chapter. Many of them upon completion of their training departed for assignments at other training centers, R.O.T.C. college units or service overseas.

During this war training experience Brother Purnell maintained his friendship with the two Founders, Love and Coleman (who served overseas) and renewed his acquaintanceship with Colonel Charles Young, also assigned to Howard University.

After brief service at West Virginia Collegiate Institute R.O.T.C. and teaching at Alabama A. & M. College at Normal, he moved to St. Louis, Mo. where he devoted most of his energies to teaching and writing while at Sumner Teachers College.

Much of Brother Purnell’s literary efforts appeared in the ORACLE. Many of his suggestions and recommendations have become a part of Omega history. While attending a meeting at the fraternity house on U Street and listening to speeches by Col. Charles Young, Carter G. Woodson and Garnet C. Wilkinson, Brother Purnell, as the conversation drifted to a satisfactory program or project for emphasis by the fraternity, proposed stressing Negro History out of respect for the pioneer work being done by Brother Woodson in his recently established Asso-

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“But a strange quirk of fortune was to deny young Purnell the honor of being one of the Founders or of becoming even one of the
charter members.

ciation for the Study of Negro Life and History. “The suggestion met with almost instant approval”, wrote Brother Purnell in an article “Reminiscences of the Early Days of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.”

Such was the beginning of our observance of Negro History Week, later revised into National Achievement Week but further expanded at the New Orleans Grand Conclave into a joint celebration with the Woodson Association on Black History Month in February.

In 1921 as a follow up to efforts by Grand Basileus Raymond G. Robinson and the youthful Vice-Grand Basileus J. D. Stewart, Brother Purnell with the assistance of Brothers James E. White and Robert Owens, established the first graduate chapter across the Mississippi, Upsilon (now Upsilon Omega), in St. Louis, Mo. Two years later the chapter entertained the Grand Conclave with Purnell serving as Grand Marshal. Eleven years later with Purnell again as Grand Marshal the Conclave met in the Gateway City’s YMCA and City Auditorium.

His other contributions included service on the Employment Committee under Grand Basileus Matthew W. Bullock with insurance executives S. W. Rutherford of Washington and G. W. Cox of Durham, and J. L. Simms of Wilberforce; an article in the ORACLE which resulted in the popular feature: “Who’s Who in Omega”; and an article on Colonel Charles Young (reprinted in this issue of the ORACLE), which first appeared in “The Young Memorial Issue” of the February 26, 1926 BULLETIN and was circularized to members inspiring them to make generous contributions to the Young Memorial Monument dedicated November 11, 1926.

Brother Purnell attended enthusiastically the first Missouri State Omega Conference in 1937, the forerunner of the present Eighth District. He served as chairman of the Committee on Closing Resolutions. He urged the building of a strong conference organization to provide opportunity for a larger number of Omegamen to “rethink the program of Omega and to function in smaller units”. He was elected Basileus at this first conference. His Vice-Basileus was a former Grand Basileus, James C. McMorries, then at Lincoln University of Jefferson City.

Brother Purnell’s place in Omega History is appropriately described by a contemporary, R. McCauts Andrews, in an eulogy to “Our Elder Brothers” -

“Solid achievement in life counts. Ultimate worth and final valuation depend upon substantial doing. What a man does makes him who he is and why he will be remembered.

Our faith in our elder brothers is the faith they inspire in us of ourselves!

Because they have achieved, we say achievement is possible!

Because they do, we say, we will!

Like true pioneers they blaze the trail and we follow; they point the way and our stumbling feet find the sure path.”

Rev. Herman Dreer, an Omega historian, Omega Fellow, literary editor, and composer of Omega’s first National Hymn “Omega Calls Her Sons of Light”. In January 1935 he was appointed by Grand Basileus Lawrence A. Oxley to be chairman of a committee to write the first history of the Fraternity.

The 283-page book with appendix and supplement was published in 1940 depicting the history from the beginning until 1939. In recognition of his achievement he was presented the first National Omega Man of the Year Award at the Grand Conclave in Nashville.

Dr. Robert L. Gill, Professor of Political Science, Morgan State College, recorded the history of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, inc from 1911- 1961. Published by the Fraternity.

Gill taught at Morgan State for 34 years and became head of the political science department. He studied at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland’s law school and was recognized as one of the nation’s experts on the Far East.

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The First Omega Psi Phi Frat House: 1907 3rd Street, NW Washington D.C. Source: Silver Anniversary 25th Grand Conclave Booklet. (Philadelphia, 1936)


The Greek Letter Societies among our group appear to have entered upon a period of mad competition for obtaining members. Pledgees are increasing in numbers. Scarcely a student on the college campus but wears a pledge pin or a Frat pin. Are the Fraternities forgetting their original high standards? Can it be said that every man who enters college is of Fraternity material? If in any place, Omega has entered this mad race for members, pause and consider.

The value of our Fraternity is not in numbers, but in men in real brotherhood. Eight men thoroughly immersed in the true Omega spirit are far greater assets than eighty with luke-warm enthusiasm. If any chapter has reached the maximum in numbers for efficient work and brotherly cooperation, let it initiate each year only a number of men equal to those leaving the chapter by way of graduation or otherwise.

Men real men of Omega calibre, strive for that which is most difficult of attainment. Keep Omega the most difficult Greek letter Society in which to obtain membership and be assured that Omega material

M a r c h 1 9 2 5 O r a c l e 15 | MEMBERS VERSUS MEN

On October 28, 1914, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was incorporated as a National organization under the Laws of the District of Columbia. E. A. Love, Grand Basileus; Frank Coleman, Grand Keeper of Records, and O. J. Cooper, Grand Keeper of Seals.


That the desire for an organization, national in scope, was very strong is evidenced by the two decisive votes in different meetings refusing to amend the constitution (at the request of the faculty) to provide for a local body. This desire for expansion was suppressed under the weight of local problems and the need for the completion of the organization. A lone chapter, struggling to secure its first house, a national body composed only of three Grand Officers, all members of this same local chapter, realizing their impotence, with the basic laws, the ritual and even the character of the pin still under discussion, presented no condition favorable to expansion.

Although as early as March 1912, it was thought and seriously discussed that Colonel Young might organize a chapter in Africa, yet nothing more is, stated on this subject.

One year later, on April 26, 1913, a letter from a student of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, concerning the establishment of a chapter there was placed before Alpha Chapter. The chapter merely voted a letter of thanks to the aspirant and decided to table the matter until the beginning of the next school term. This action was taken although the chapter met again on April 30, May 7 and May 31 of that year. When school resumed in October 1913, the chapter was too busy furnishing its house at 326 T Street, N. W., to consider propagation. There is no further record of this subject.

While Alpha Chapter and the Grand Officers were engrossed in local activities, there was taking place on the campus of Lincoln University a series of meetings of students motivated by the same desires which had united the founders at Howard. The organization of Omega, its purposes and fight for existence were well known at Lincoln.

In the fall of 1913 four members of the Junior Class at Lincoln University met in the room of A. M. Willis and discussed the vital need of the organization of another fraternity at Lincoln. In this meeting were the late F. P. Stewart, H. E. James, N. A. Holmes and Willis. They decided to communicate with Alpha Chapter and to send a representative to Washington.

On December 6, 1913, Alpha Chapter discussed the es-

tablishing of a chapter at Lincoln. Brothers W. A. Love, C. M. Thompson and McMorris were appointed as a committee to investigate the matter.

On December 18, 1913, this committee reported that the representative from Lincoln had presented a list of twenty-two prospective members for consideration; three being Freshmen, were eliminated under the constitution. All of the remainder were in the senior classes.

Two months later, on February 6, 1914, Brothers G. Brannon, O. J. Cooper and McMorris initiated the following men as the charter members of the Beta Chapter: H. F. Andrews, A. S. Beasley, W. E. Bush, W. Douglass, J. E. Fowlkes, L. E. Ginn, G. A. Golightly, H. D. Gregg, N. A. Holmes, E. A. James, W. L. Kiser, H. M. Marlowe, W. G. Price, R. A. Pritchett, R. G. Robinson, C. R. Saulter, F. P. Stewart, A. M. Willis and A. L. Wallace.

H. E. James was elected Basileus, H. M. Marlowe, Keeper of Seals, and W. Douglass, Keeper of Records; Brother E. A. James was selected as Director of Correspondence. Thus was the second chapter of Omega begun.

Brother C. M. Thompson of Alpha, who had been negotiating with students of Union University relative to the establishment of a chapter there, read a letter in the meeting of Alpha Chapter on March 7, 1914, concerning it, but, like the request from the University of Michigan, nothing definite was done.

On October 10, 1914, a committee composed of Brothers Frank Coleman, C. M. Thompson, James Minor, Bardwell and C. V. Hendley was appointed to conduct negotiations toward the establishment of new chapters.

The records are silent on the expansion of the fraternity from that date until March 4, 1916, at which time J W. Love made a proposal for the organization of a chapter at Morgan College, Baltimore, Maryland, and on April 15, 1916, he was authorized by Alpha Chapter to open negotiations with students of that school.

The attempts to expand arising in Alpha Chapter were all sporadic and abortive. The Beta Chapter chartered two and one-half years after the organization of the fraternity came in upon the request of its sponsors and not because of a program of expansion instituted by the fraternity.

The third chapter, Gamma of Boston, was authorized by Grand Basileus George E. Hall on December 13, 1916, but not organized until the Spring of 1917 with R. McCants Andrews, O. L. Johnson, Founder E. A. Love, all formerly of Alpha, and A. L. Wallace and A.

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Omega’s Infancy continued from Page 7

S. Beasley of Beta as the moving spirits. This was the first chapter to grow out of the desire of Omega men to propagate the fraternity. We are so accustomed to hearing of the organization of several chapters each year that it is difficult to conceive of the formation of only three chapters in almost six years.

Several factors retarded the early expansion-lack of centralization of authority, in the national organization, lack of a definite program, lack of very necessary funds-a decided opinion on the part of a large number of members that chapters should be grouped geographically so as to permit a ready contact, especially to insure attendance at the Grand Chapter Meetings-a determination to maintain the standards of the fraternity above the level of a club and hence a refusal to consider the establishment of chapters in any school where the number of eligible men in attendance did not permit of a selection of a few - (supposedly) outstanding men-the open hostility in the part of the faculties in the acceptable Southern schools and the low standing of others-all contributed to restrict the early expansion.

Many Omega men gradually became firmly convinced that expansion, though probably desirable in the abstract was practically impossible under the existing conditions and contented themselves with two chapters, glorying in their proximity and boasting of the alleged high calibre of the restricted membership. Such was the Omega that Gamma entered in March, 1917. One month later America entered the World War.

Some day a gifted writer will recount the glorious fight waged by the fraternities with chapters at Howard University in 1917 to obtain the Des Moines Training Camp. These organizations with their members scattered throughout the country played a deciding part and aided materially in winning the victory which enabled six hundred men to wear the shoulder straps of United States Army Officers.

There assembled at Fort Des Moines Iowa in June 1917, probably what is the largest number of college men which will be grouped together for many years. The Omega men soon associated themselves together in a temporary organization known as “The War Chapter,” in order to enjoy meeting together and taking’ among themselves-by express permission of the Grand Chapter-such men as they thought qualified.” Among those who composed this chapter were Founders E. A. Love, Frank Coleman. Brothers W. S. Nelson, C. C. Johnson, L. G. Koger; J. Heslip, W. H. Mazyck, T. M. Dent, W. T. Gibbs, J. W. Love, J. H. Purnell. Out of this group seven have held National Offices in the Fraternity, not including Brother Koger, who is the National Director of the Achievement Week at present. The war chapter initiated F. M. Dent, who had been pledged at Amherst; Carter Wesley, O. G. Lawless, C. E. Roberts, David A. Lane, O. E. McKaine, J. C. Wallace, G. L. Lythcott, W. H. Craighead, Wade H. Powell and N. B. Greenlee.

Twenty-one Omega men received commissions from the Des Moines Camp on October 15, 1917. At the conclusion of the camp the temporary chapter surrendered its charter and was disbanded as an organized unit of the Fraternity.

At the Grand Chapter meeting in December, 1917, at Lincoln University, the report of the activity of the War Chapter was favorably received and plans for the establishment of chapters at’ Union and West Virginia Collegiate Institute were discussed.

As the war progressed many of the brethren were sent overseas, others were retained in America. Among the later were C. C. Johnson, J. W. Love, J. H. PurneII, David Lane, W. H. Mazyck. Men and still more men were needed in France, the draft age was lowered, the Provost Marshal would soon be taking men from the colleges. It was decided by the War Department to retain students in school as long as possible consistent with the national emergency, and to select from these men the personnel for temporary officers. To carry out this policy a system of military training was evolved for the colleges, a corps organized under the name of the “Student’s Army Training Corps.” There was a vital need for non-commissioned officers for this corps which would assist the officer assigned to the school in training the men in the rudiments of military science: To secure these noncommissioned officers, camps were instituted in the summer of 1918. One such camp was organized at Howard University. The men sent to this camp were the select faculty members and student leaders from seventy leading colleges. As at Des Moines in 1917, so at Howard in 1918, a temporary chapter was organized. It was nurtured and sustained at Alpha.

Here again Omega initiated twenty-seven men from eight different colleges who were to play important parts in her history of expansion. There were six men from Fisk, three from Union, three from Shaw, five from Talladega, three from Atlanta University, three from Biddle, one from Morehouse, three from West Virginia Institute—this camp and chapter were abandoned in September, 1918—the men returning to their respective schools to become assistant instructors in Military Tactics.

The war reduced considerably the active membership of our existing chapters and otherwise disrupted our organization. D. T. Ford, the Grand Keeper of Records, was sent to France. R. G. Robinson, who was a charter member of Beta and destined to serve Omega as Grand Basileus for two terms, acted in Brother Ford’s place from August 14, 1918 to December 30, 1918. He was here, there and everywhere, keeping the spirit in Beta, where only six members remained, aiding with an eye to the future, in pledging men of Camp Howard Chapter, writing letters of encouragement to Boston.

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“Omega Dear,” was adopted as the official hymn of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., in 1931. Charles R. Drew, professor of surgery, and Mercer Cook, professor of languages, both members of the Howard faculty, were the composers. Cook wrote the music and first stanza; Drew wrote the last two stanzas. Brother Louia Vaughn Jones who was a world-renowned concert violinist and a professor within the music Department at Howard, arranged the musical score for the hymn.

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Dear Mazyck,

Here are the words and music to the Omega Song, Mercer’s melody, harmonized for the quartette, as in this arrangement and verses added.

Fraternally, Charlie Drew

Don’t lose this one !!!!!

The Oracle - Fall 2021 19 | OMEGA DEAR
W. MERCER COOK CHARLES R. DREW LOUIA V. JONES Actual Sheet Music sent to Brother Walter Mazyck from Brother Charles Drew

A Lampodos Poem To Omega

Our standard shall be Manhood And all that term implies,— Honesty, good bearing, Not hypocracy or lies, — If we would be OMEGA

Make scholarship a virtue. Seek truth and understanding. Take knowledge as a ship that goes Always to a safe land,—

If we would be OMEGA.

Enter with Perseverance

To the working of each task. Carry to completion

All that duty asks,— If we would be OMEGA. Go out for aid and Uplift, Sympathize and understand, Be always ever helpful To each fellow-man, — If we would be OMEGA. And through these Four high principles: Manhood and Scholarship, Unswerving Perseverance And kind Uplift, — Seek to be OMEGA.

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Alpha Chapter won first prize for its demonstration during the recent homecoming game at Howard University. Dressed in Arabic inspired thobe, they carried the Omega Sweetheart, Miss “Tootie” White, as thousands cheered. The brother on the left is Brother Otto McClarrin, noted columnist and editor of the school paper and its annual, The Bison. Source: December 1939 EDITOR’S NOTE - Reprint . (Poem) The Oracle - December 1926. (Phot0) The Oracle - December 1940.

Omega Psi Phi salutes these honored brothers whose influence and support helped the Fraternity to grow far beyond the dreams of our honored founders.

Brother William Justin Carter, Jr.

William Justin Carter Jr., 1917 Alpha, designed the cover of the First Oracle in the Spring of 1919. After graduating from Howard, and the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, he practiced law in Reading PA.

Brother Linwood F. Koger

Linwood Koger was an influential figure in Baltimore’s African American socio-economic advancement during the late 1920s through the 1950s. His first-hand experience and interaction with the founders was likely to have shaped his efforts to establish both Pi Omega and Pi Chapters. Koger was one of the Omega representatives involved with the establishment of the Inter-fraternal Council, which was the predecessor to the present day National Pan-Hellenic Council, and also served as Director of the Achievement Project for the Fraternity.

Brother H. Carl Moultrie

To most Omega men back in 1949, the idea of establishing a national office to serve the fraternity with full time Executive Secretary and support staff was “wild speculation” and, to say the least, “an experiment.” Brother H. Carl Moultrie, known as “Mr. Omega” by brothers for he knew more Omega men than any other man on earth; and was known by more Omega men than any other brother alive. An executive of the highest caliber and an individual who knew how to bring out the best in others, he did indeed successfully lead the organization into its first office.

Brother Warmoth Thomas Gibbs, Sr.

He Knows Omega History ...

He Is Omega History ...

Was World War I Soldier with Founders Love and Coleman, charter member of World War I omega chapter at Ft. Des Moines, friend of Colonel Charles Young, a founder of Tau Iota chapter, helped establish Mu Psi chapter, retired President of North Carolina A. & T. College, author of three history books, and father of two sons— both Ques. Brother Warmoth Thomas Gibbs, Sr. died April 19, 1993, two weeks following his 101st birthday.

Brother Charles Herbert Marshall Jr.

Dr. Charles H. Marshall, initiated into Alpha in 1917, was part of the brothers who chartered Alpha Omega Chapter. Dr. Marshall was Basileus of Alpha Omega Chapter from 1922 to 1928. It is stated in The Oracle that "No smoker given by any of the three Washington Chapters was a complete success without a talk by Dr. Marshall."

The Lampados Club retained Bro. Ralph Augustine Vaughn to design the Banneker Memorial Sundial in Fall 1928. Vaughn was initiated into Omega through Alpha Chapter in 1924. Upon re-

turning to the University of Illinois, he served as the first Basileus of the newly formed Pi Psi Chapter in 1932-33. He is also responsible for organizing the 12th District and became its first District Representative in 1942 to 1943.

Brother Ralph Augustine Vaughn

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Membership Certificate

A Closer Look - Psi Chapter (Morehouse College 1924)

Bro. Samuel Howard Archer, Jr.


S. H. Archer, Jr., and J. H. Gadson, Jr., played their last game of football on Thanksgiving. Brother Archer as’ a runner, passer, and kicker, has not often been surpassed. He has gained several times all-Conference and all-Southern honors and in, 1923 was mentioned for All-American end, although he played but two games in that position. He is now fighting as a member of the varsity basketball team. Unselfish, clean and always displaying a fighting spirit, Brother Archer has been a veritable asset to athletics for the past four years.”

Psi Chapter Notes - Brother B. R. BRAZEAL -December 1926 Oracle


Zeta Phi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. - Conclave Hosts 1928, December 26-31

ROW 1, Booker Cook, E.J. Hooper, C.B. Cox, E.A. James, Wm. E. Baugh, C.E. Harry, O.O. Gaillard, W.T. Wilhite, F.A. Parker

ROW 2, J.W. Harris, R.W. Chamblee, E.D. Moten, H.L. Hummons, F.F. Bowler, J.C. Davis, M.E. Proctor, D. Owens, H. Huffman.

ROW 3, H.N. Middleton, R.B. McArthur, J,A.. Shelburne, ROW 4, A.W. Ramsey, W.W. Stuart, L.R. Young, Harry D. Evans

The Omega “Sweetheart Song”

with words and music by Don Q. Pullen, was adopted as the official sweetheart song of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. by the 1940 Nashville Grand Conclave.

Sweetheart Song

Dear Omega Girl I love you, with a love that is divine.

Swear by all the stars above you, That my love will be but thine.

When the moon appears those pleasant mem - ries. Then I’ll have you near but not for real - - - ly Dear Omega girl, I love you

Sweet - heart of O - - mega Dear.



1. Best issue of Oracle in 1926; Achievement Number. Best department in Oracle in 1926; (lst) Omega Oil; (2nd) Editorial Notes.

3. Most beneficial contribution to Oracle in 1926; “Advice to Pledges” by John P. Davis.

4. Graduate chapter that has done most for Omega; (lst) Alpha Omega; (2nd) Beta Phi; (3rd) Nu Phi.

5. Omega man that has done most for Omega; (lst) Walter H. Mazyck; (2nd) J. A. Atkins; (3rd) J. A. Thomas.

6. Most representative undergraduate chapter; (lst) Delta; (2nd) Kappa Psi; (3rd) Zeta.

7. Omega man that has done most for civilization; (lst) E. E. Just; (2nd) C. G. Woodson; (3rd) Wm. Pickens.

8. Omega man that has accomplished (the) most economically; (lst) S. W. Rutherford; (2nd) Paul R. Williams.

9. Omega man that has accomplished most scientifically; E. E. Just.

10.Most outstanding Omega athlete during 1926; (lst) DeHart Hubbard; (2nd) Chas. Drew.

Source: (June 1927 - The Oracle)

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Lawyer, Author, Administrator who exemplified the aims and ideals of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.


NINTH GRAND BASILEUS. appointed the first district representatives.


William Pickens was a well known scholar, author, orator, and essayist. He graduated YALE Phi Beta Kappa in 1904. SERVED AS Dean of Academics at Morgan State University.


Renowned surgeon and pioneer in the preservation of life-saving blood plasma. FATHER OF THE BLOOD BANK.


first African American to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event.


FOUNDER OF The National Benefit Life Insurance Co., of Washington, D.C; AT THE TIME ONE largest AND greatest Negro business enterprise of any kind in the United States, if not the world,”


In a career spanning almost six decades, Paul Williams designed more than 3,000 structures and mastered a range of architectural styles. He was THE first African American member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


The 1918 meeting of the Grand Chapter was held in Washington, D. C. Brother Lloyd Newman declined the nomination for Grand Basileus in favor of Brother R. G. Robinson, who was then unanimously elected. On January 27, 1919, Brother Robinson went to Nashville. Tennessee and organized Delta with twenty charter members including a few already at Fisk and others who were initiated at the Camp Howard Chapter. Among these latter were J. A. Atkins, a future Grand Basileus; C. A. Chandler, A. P. Scott, A. T. Clark, J. A. Berry and J. 0. Catalan.

On February 16, 1919, Brother Robinson was back in Boston reviving Gamma. He found there only Brothers Crawford, Garrett and Pritchett. By writing, telegraphing and personally visiting brethren who contemplated pursuing professional courses, Brother Robinson secured quite a few members of Omega to enter Boston University, Harvard and Tech. Due largely to his untiring efforts the chapter progressed so rapidly during the year that it was able to entertain the Grand Chapter in December.

Epsilon was organized in New York on Friday, April 18, 1919, at the home of Brother M. Willis. Zeta, at Virginia Union University, entered the fold of Omega on October 30, 1919. Eta, of Atlanta, Georgia, drawing its membership from Atlanta University, Morehouse and Clark, was chartered on December 27, 1919. Harvey Smith, C. Warner, L. R. Harper and H. Hodges, all of the Camp Howard Chapter, were instrumental in the organization of Eta. Thus, four chapters were organized under Brother Robinson in 1919, whereas only three had been organized in the previous eight years.

In 1920, under the second year of Brother Robinson’s administration, Iota was chartered at Atlantic City and Kappa at West Virginia Institute. Later both charters were revoked. The chapter in Atlantic City has not been reorganized and West Virginia Institute has been issued a new charter as Theta Psi. In November 1920, Lambda (graduate), now Lambda Omega, was organized in Norfolk, and Mu, now Mu Omega, in Philadelphia. Thus, at the conclusion of the second year of Brother R. G. Robinson’s administration the roster of chapters numbered ten.

Under the administration of Brother Harold H. Thomas, in 1921. Nu, of Pennsylvania State College; Omicron, Gammon Theological Seminary; Pi (Omega), of Baltimore, Md.; Sigma (Omega) of Chicago; Phi, of Talladega, which was later abandoned and reorganized as Gamma Psi; Xi, University of Minnesota; Chi, Yale; and Upsilon (Omega), St. Louis, MO., were added to the roster.

Brother J. Alston Atkins became Grand Basileus for the year 1922. Under him Kappa (formerly the name of the West Virginia Chapter) was organized at Syracuse University of students of Colgate, Hamilton and Syracuse.

Eta Chapter, in Atlanta, had grown too large and was split as follows: Eta Omega graduate chapter, Tau at Atlanta University and Psi at Morehouse College. Alpha Omega, Washington, D. C.; Beta Omega, Kansas City, Mo.; Theta Omega, Louisville, Ky.; Nu Omega, Detroit; entered the fold. The chapter at the University of Michigan became Phi (formerly the designation of the chapter at Talladega). It was during this year that all chapters were assigned names to distinguish them as graduate or undergraduate. All graduate chapters were given an “Omega” terminal, viz : Alpha Omega and a Phi terminal, viz: Alpha Phi; undergraduate chapters were assigned single letters, viz : Alpha and Psi terminals, viz: Alpha Psi.

In the year 1923, the second of Brother Atkins’, the fraternity inaugurated a definite program of expansion. Five District Representatives were appointed. The Vice Grand Basileus (an office just then created and held by Brother J. W. Love) was directed’ to give his particular attention to this program. Through the cooperation of the scattered brethren and District Representatives, Omega reached the Pacific and crossed the border into Canada. Nineteen chapters were organized. This program of expansion now carried the fraternity more completely into Maryland by setting up a chapter at Morgan, crossed into Pennsylvania and created Mu at the University of Pennsylvania and Kappa Omega in Harrisburg, brought into being Phi Omega at Buffalo and Sigma in Canada, back along the Lake Shore Zeta Omega has been established at Cleveland; Iota, Chicago; down the Central States Upsilon, Wilberforce; Xi Omega, Muskogee, Okla. ; across the Rockies, Lambda Los Angeles ; back through the Southwestern States, Rho Omega, Shreveport, La. ; Gamma Psi, Talladega; Iota Omega at Tuskegee ; Beta Psi, Atlanta; Delta Psi, Raleigh; Tau Omega, Greensboro, N. C.; Gamma Omega, Lynchburg, and Delta Omega in Petersburg, Virginia. The greatest program of expansion ever attempted by a Greek Letter society had succeeded.

When the Twelfth Conclave met in St. Louis in December, 1923, the roster consisted of forty-seven chapters. A further drive for new chapters was held to be unnecessary. Brother J. A. Atkins was re-elected for his third consecutive term but was compelled by the press of private business to relinquish his office early in the year 1’924. Brother J. W. Love, Vice Grand Basileus, succeeded to the executive office. Under the administration of Brother Love during the year 1924 the following chapters were added: Chi Omega, Thomasville, Ga.; Beta Phi, Durham, N. C.; Zeta Psi, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Alpha Phi, Birmingham Ala.

The 13th Conclave which convened in Washington in December 1924, expressly charged the Supreme Council to devote its efforts to the internal organization of the fraternity. Yet, the March 1925, issue of the “Oracle” announced that seven applications for charters had already been received since the beginning of the year. “Oracle” stated editorially that “A program of expansion will never

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again be necessary. The loyalty, devotion and love of Omega will ever keep alive the missionary zeal. The expansion of Omega now receives its momentum from the souls of its scattered members. The impetus is from within, it needs no stimulus.”

Without any influence or attempt at expansion on the part of the Supreme Council the following chapters were organized during the year 1925, the first of Brother George L. Vaughn’s administration: Epsilon Psi, Berkeley, California; Epsilon Phi, Memphis, Tennessee; Gamma Phi, Nashville, Tennessee; Zeta Phi, Indianapolis, Indiana; Theta Phi, Jacksonville, Florida; Eta Phi, Boston, Massachusetts ; Iota Phi, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Kappa Phi, Paducah, Kentucky; Delta Phi, Topeka, Kansas, and Psi Omega, Augusta, Georgia.

In 1926, under Brother George L. Vaughn’s second administration the following chapters were added to our roster; Lambda Phi, Macon, Georgia; Nu Phi, Houston, Texas; Omicron Phi, Columbia, South Carolina; Theta Psi, West Virginia Collegiate Institute; Iota Psi, Ohio State; Kappa Psi, Washington, D. C.; Nu Phi, Savannah, Georgia; Xi Phi, New York City; Eta Psi, Fisk University. Several applications for charters were disapproved by the Supreme Council.

The session of the Grand Conclave which convened in Chicago in 1926 proposed an amendment to the constitution that chapters may be established only at accredited “A” and “B” colleges. There was also serious discussion of a proposal to require the approval of two-thirds of the chapters before a charter might be issued as well as a proposal to require all charter members of a graduate chapter to be Omega men.

These proposals, though defeated, showed the temper of the Conclave and indicated a trend decidedly towards a conservative expansion. Because of these sentiments the Supreme Council in the first year of Brother J. S. McClain’s administration acted very cautiously. Pi Phi was organized at Charlotte; Lambda Psi, at Livingston; Mu Psi at A and T, Greensboro, North Carolina; Rho Phi, at New Orleans, Louisiana; Sigma Phi at Montgomery, Alabama; Tau Phi. at Little Rock; Upsilon Phi at Newark, New Jersey; Phi Phi, at Richmond, Virginia, and Nu Psi, at Virginia State College. Again, as in 1926 several requests for charters were disapproved.

The 16th Conclave held at New York in December 1927, chartered Xi Psi at South Carolina A and M College. In 1928, under the second year of Brother J. S. McClain’s leadership, Omicron Psi, University of Pittsburgh and Chi Phi, Denver, Colorado, were chartered. This was the smallest number of chapters to be organized in one year for ten years, while the number of applications which were denied by the Supreme Council were larger than ever before. The expansion of the fraternity was thus very definitely restricted and reflects the general desire to cease expansion and strengthen the chapters already organized. To date, in 1929, only one chapter, Pi Psi, at the University of Illinois, has been organized.

In the “Oracle” for October 1928, our late Brother Mortimer Weaver questioned seriously the “limitless growth” of Omega, and viewed it with “increasing alarm and suspicion,” because of the “fear that the expansiveness is devoid of definite objective’’ and that the standards of the fraternity are being “gradually cheapened.” The problem of the future is viewed as a “choice between first principles, concentration or expansion, quantity or quality.” If the current trend is any indication of a fixed policy, the verdict against limitless expansion has already been pronounced.

“Omega’s Infancy” continued in December 1929 Oracle.

Ψυχι Friendship

More than 110 years ago three friends, in the presence of each other and in the presence of their instructor, founded a vehicle by which true friendship could be perpetuated. They called this new vehicle "Omega Psi Phi Fraternity". From that moment on friendship became the fundamental principle by which the fraternity would operate and succeed.

Living in a complex society besieged with the right for survival permeated with the desire to succeed and get ahead; there comes a time when there is an apparent forgetting of the foundation upon which Omega is built.

Nomatter how affluent we become; no matter how eager we are to succeed in life, may the men of Omega never forget the gauge by which all Omegas must live, namely — "friendship."

» No matter how much we differ in methods and procedures

» No matter how we differ in ways to reach the desired goals

» No matter what the situation in life may be.

Let it never be said that neither 6,000 nor 60,000 Omega men ever forgot that "friendship is essential to the soul."




31st Washington, DC 1945 32nd Fort Worth, TX 1946 33rd Detroit, MI 1947 34th Columbus, OH 1948 35th Chicago, IL 1949 36th Boston, MA 1950 37th Miami, FL 1951 38th Philadelphia, PA 1952 39th Cincinnati, OH 1953 40th Atlanta, GA 1954 41st Los Angeles, CA 1955 42nd Baltimore, MD 1956 43rd St. Louis, MO 1957 44th Cleveland, OH 1958 45th New York, NY 1959 46th San Antonio, TX 1960 47th Washington, DC 1961 48th Indianapolis, IN 1962 49th Denver, CO 1964 50th Detroit, MI 1965 51st Boston, MA 1967 52nd Charlotte, NC 1968 53rd Pittsburgh, PA 1970 54th Houston, TX 1971 55th St. Louis MO 1973 56th Phoenix, AZ 1974 57th Atlanta, GA 1976 58th New Orleans, LA 1977 59th Denver, CO 1979 60th San Francisco, CA 1980 1st Washington, DC 1912 2nd Washington, DC 1913 3rd Washington, DC 1914 4th Oxford, PA 1915 5th Washington, DC 1916 6th Oxford, PA 1917 7th Washington, DC 1918 8th Boston, MA 1919 9th Nashville, TN 1920 10th Atlanta, GA 1921 11th Philadelphia, PA 1922 12th St. Louis, MO 1923 13th Washington, DC 1924 14th Tuskegee, AL 1925 15th Chicago, IL 1926 16th New York, NY 1927 17th Indianapolis, IN 1928 18th Baltimore, MD 1929 19th Detroit, MI 1931 20th Richmond, VA 1932 21st Durham, NC 1933 22nd St. Louis, MO 1934 23rd Atlanta, GA 1935 24th Philadelphia, PA 1936 25th Cleveland, OH 1937 26th Chicago, IL 1938 27th New York NY 1939 28th Nashville, TN 1940 29th Indianapolis, IN 1941 30th Little Rock, AR 1944 61st Miami, FL 1982 62nd Kansas City,MO 1983 63rd Louisville, KY 1984 64th Washington, DC 1986 65th Dallas, TX 1988 66th Detroit, MI 1990 67th Atlanta, GA 1992 68th Cleveland, OH 1994 69th Los Angeles, CA 1996 70th New Orleans, LA 1998 71st Indianapolis, IN 2000 72nd Charlotte, NC 2002 73rd St. Louis, MO 2004 74th Little Rock, AR 2006 75th Birmingham, AL 2008 76th Raleigh, NC 2010 77th Washington, DC 2011 78th Minneapolis, MN 2012 79th Philadelphia, PA 2014 80th Las Vegas, NV 2016 81st New Orleans, LA 2018 82nd Virtual 2020 83rd Charlotte, NC 2022
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CONCLAVES There were no conclaves in 1930, 1942, and 1943. 2011 Centennial Conclave, 2020 Virtual due to COVID-19


1st Edgar A. Love 1911 - 1912

2nd Oscar J. Cooper 1912 - 1913

3rd Edgar A. Love 1913 - 1915

4th George E. Hall 1915 - 1916

5th James C. McMorries 1916 - 1917

6th Clarence F. Holmes 1917 - 1918

7th Raymond G. Robinson 1918 - 1920

8th Harold H. Thomas 1920 - 1921

9th Jasper Alston Atkins 1921 - 1924

10th John W. Love 1924 - 1924

11th George E. Vaughn 1924 - 1926

12th Julius S. McClain 1926 - 1929

13th Matthew W. Bullock 1929 - 1932

14th Lawrence A. Oxley 1932 - 1935

15th William E. Baugh 1935 - 1937

16th Albert W. Dent 1937 - 1940

17th Z. Alexander Looby 1940 - 1945

18th Campbell C. Johnson 1945 - 1947

19th Harry T. Penn 1947 - 1949

20th Milo C. Murray 1949 - 1951

21st Grant Reynolds 1951 - 1953

22nd John E. Potts 1953 - 1955

23rd Herbert E. Tucker, Jr. 1955 - 1958

24th I. Gregory Newton 1958 - 1961

25th Cary D. Jacobs 1961 - 1964

26th George E. Meares 1964 - 1967

27th Ellis F. Corbett 1967 - 1970

28th James S. Avery 1970 - 1973

29th Marion W. Garnett 1973 - 1976

30th Edward J. Braynon, Jr. 1976 - 1979

31st Burnel E. Coulon 1979 - 1982

32nd L. Benjamin Livingston 1982 - 1984

33rd Moses C. Norman, Sr. 1984 - 1990

34th C. Tyrone Gilmore 1990 - 1994

35th Dorsey C. Miller 1994 - 1998

36th Lloyd J. Jordan 1998 - 2002

37th George H. Grace 2002 - 2006

38th Warren G. Lee, Jr. 2006 - 2010

39th Andrew A. Ray 2010 - 2014

40th Antonio F. Knox, Sr. 2014 - 2018

41st David E. Marion 2018 -

Ref# Editor: Name & Term of Office

Stanley Moreland Douglas 1919

Osceola Enoch McKaine 1920

William Stuart Nelson 1921

William Gilbert 1922

Campbell C. Johnson 1923-1924

Walter Herbert Mazyck 1925

John Prescott Murchinson 1926-1927

Samuel Malcom Dodson 1928-1934

Herman Dreer 1935

Robert D. Baskerville 1936

Frederick Sprague Weaver 1937-1944

Nathaniel D. Williams 1945-1946 (No Photo)

Charles W. Collins 1947-1948 (No Photo)

Ellis Franklin Corbett 1949-1964

Audrey Pruitt 1965-1970

William Otto McClarrin 1971-1973

Samuel Rudolph Shepard 1974-1983

Lemuel L. Johnson 1984-1990

Charles H. Turner III 1991-1999

Edward R. Davis 2000-2003

Isaiah Robinson 2003-2006

Rev. Walter T. Richardson 2007-2008

Michael A. Boykin 2009

Timothy W. Tyler/Troy Moore (Guest) 2010

Michael A. Boykin 2011-2014

Milbert O. Brown 2015-2020

Norm Senior 2020 -

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