Carter G. Woodson Jubilee and Youth Gala
Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Mentorship Chairman
Photos: Bro. Keith Wilson
SUFFOLK,VA— February 17, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk held its second annual Carter G. Woodson Jubilee and Youth Gala on February 17th, 2018, at the Planter’s Club located in Suffolk, Virginia. The young lead, planned, and executed the event to highlight their leadership skills. The Golden Fold - Suffolk mentors and committee members provided oversight and guidance.
The Carter G. Woodson Jubilee took place during the morning of Saturday, February 17, 2018. The young leaders opened the Jubilee with dramatic recitations of poems “See It Through” and “Invictus.” Then, one of our young leaders delivered a moving oration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, "If I had Sneezed.” The event was standing room only. Next, the young men took a break. Between the morning Jubilee until later that evening. Alpha Iota The Golden Fold - Suffolk presented a semi-formal event that took place on the evening of Saturday, February 17, 2018, The Golden Gala. During that time, they donned their suits and ties, picked up theirs dates, and headed back to the Planter’s Club for the Golden Gala. The program consisted of a brief presentation and education session on African Americans who have made and continue to make history. The sustenance for the mind (education) was followed by sustenance for the body in the form of good food and sustenance for the soul in the form of laughter, fun, and dancing.
The Golden Fold - Suffolk is the youth mentorship program of Alpha Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide. AI’s Golden Fold - Suffolk serves the greater community of Suffolk City Virginia by offering community service projects, field trips, college lectures, and university tours on the weekends. The Golden Fold - Suffolk serves approximately 20 students from middle school to graduating seniors in high school in the Suffolk city community.
Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.
Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner Up Mentoring Award.