DR’s Voter Registration 2018 Message

Greetings Brothers of the Mighty Third District,
I pray that this message finds you well. As we approach the fall elections, I am asking each of you to pro-actively to participate in this year’s Mid-Term Election. I know that each of you understands the importance of voting and exercising your civic right to participate in each election. Our Founders and the early builders of our grand Fraternity also recognized this valuable civic catalyst for change and community development and improvement and consequently made it one of our mandated programs. Not voting can result in candidates being elected who do not represent the interests of our communities. Therefore, I am asking each Chapter to do the following in our service area:
1). Between now and Saturday, October 15, 2018, I am requesting EVERY CHAPTER to utilize social media and other methods to promote and conduct one final Voter Registration Drive. This Voter Registration Drive can be held singly or in partnership with a church, another Greek-Letter organization, a non-partisan organization such as the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, The Poor People’s Campaign, Voto Latino, or Rock The Vote, etc. The only stipulation is that the partnering organization must be non-partisan.
2). Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. If Brothers are able to work as volunteers at the polls, I encourage you to do so. As an example, the Brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter have given out water and snacks to voters standing in long lines as people waited to vote.
3). On Election Day, Chapters should try to partner with churches and other organizations to provide transportation to the polls. No Chapter should be liable for providing these services, but if your Chapter is available to assist with drivers to these organizations, please do so. Also, LYFT is providing free and discounted rides to the polls. DO NOT take on this responsibility. There is no need to put your Chapter and the Fraternity at risk, and finally
4). VOTE! If possible, VOTE EARLY, and take someone with you!
Fraternally,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

Legislative Lobby Day

Omega Psi Phi

Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Legislative Lobby Day

Monday, January 15, 2018

Legislative Lobby Day RSVP

Legislative Lobby Day RSVP

Complete the form below to register for the Legislative Lobby Day to be held on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Point of Contact - Brother Robert Fairchild, Chairman, Political Action/Government Affairs Committee at rfairchi@msn.com 

Hosted by Delegate C. E. Cliff Hayes, Jr.

Monday, January 15, 2018

8:30 a.m. – Meet at SunTrust Building, 4th Floor Auditorium

919 East Main Street Richmond, VA 23219

8:45 a.m. – Overview of the Virginia General Assembly with Delegate Luke Torian and Delegate Cliff Hayes

9:15 a.m. – Meet legislators and learn about their legislative priorities

10:00 a.m. – Walk over to Capitol for photos

10:15 a.m. – Group Photo with Governor Ralph Northam

10:45 a.m. – Group Photo with Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax

11:15 a.m. – Make way to House and Senate Galleries to watch session

12:00 p.m. – Recognition on the House and Senate Floor during the Morning Hour

2:00 p.m. – Meet-up for lunch (location TBD)

History and Archives Monday Pearl 10/15/18



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Greetings from the 3rd District History and Archives Committee:

Put this one in the category of "Who knew?" While researching the evolution of the Third District, the Committee consulted with Brother Jonathan "Flash" Matthews (7-Spr83-A), who was kind enough to share the attached letter dated January 14,1928. The letter was written by District Representative Dallas F. Nicholas to Grand Keeper of Records and Seals (per letterhead, "Seals" was plural) Walter H. Mazyck, Esq.  The letterhead on which the letter appears contains in the margin a list of 17 District Representatives documenting the same number of Districts. Although there are likely some Brothers who knew this about our history, the Committee thought we'd share for those who may have been unaware.

Thanks to Brother Matthews, son of the Third District and longtime contributor to the discovery, documentation, and telling of our story.

In addition, last week's Monday Pearl referenced the work of Brother William A. Brower (1936 Upsilon), accomplished and ground-breaking journalist. In response, Brothers offered more information on Brother Brower's extraordinary and Omega Caliber example we hope you enjoy reading.

The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.

Read More - 1928-1-14 The Districts of Omega

Read More - Brother William Brower

Read More - Brother William Brower Biography

Read More - Brother William Brower Newspaper Guild 



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3rd District History and Archives Committee

History and Archives Monday Pearl: Brothers William Brower and Joe Black

Greetings from the 3rd District History and Archives Committee:

The H&A Committee prays this message finds you well. As the Ides of October are upon us, Major League Baseball's pennant race is well under way. It made us think of a time when the issue of race excluded us from participation in our so called national pastime and reminded us of two articles we stumbled on recently chronicling Omega's involvement in our advancement on all fronts. The first, an editorial calling for the desegregation of the national leagues that appeared in the December 1942 Oracle. The piece was written by Brother William Brower, a prolific journalist and sports writer who wrote for the Oracle from the late 1930s to the mid 1940s. The second, an article that appeared 10 years later in the December 1952 Oracle on the accomplishments of Brother Joe Black, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.

Read More - Brother William Brower

Read More - Brother Joe Black

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3rd District History and Archives Committee

History and Archives Monday Pearl: Brother Charles “Charlie” Drew

Greetings from the 3rd District History and Archives Committee:

The Committee hopes you enjoy reading the reflections of Mrs. Lenore Robbins Drew, wife of Brother Charles "Charlie" Drew.  Her perspective on her husband's many accomplishments seemed more revealing about the person (and the Omega in him) than the professional record.  You have to read to the end, but it seems she believed her husband's greatest accomplishment was not so much his blood plasma work as it was his values and principles, and the interest he took in others' success. Omega caliber to be sure.

The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.

Read More - Brother Charles "Charlie" Drew

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3rd District History and Archives Committee

Home Repair Blitz 2018

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter and City of Hampton Habitat for Humanity participates in Hampton’s Home Repair Blitz

On September 22, 2018, the Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the 11th Hampton Home Repair Blitz in repairing homes in the Northern Phoebus Neighborhood of Hampton, VA.  The Housing and Neighborhood Services Division in partnership with Habitat for Humanity’s Peninsula Greater Williamsburg and the Hampton Redevelopment & Housing Authority are always pleased with the brother’s significant contributions and willingness to take on the house with the most needed repairs.  Some of the repairs to the dwelling were painting the house, replacing a glass door, painting and repairing a fence, trimming shrubs, spreading mulch, replacing gutters, and mowing the lawn.  The home owner communicated appreciation throughout the day as she frequently thanked the brothers for the exceptional repairs and beautifications to her home.

Submitted by
Brother Thomas Parker
Chapter Editor to the Oracle

History and Archives Monday Pearl (9-24-18)

Greetings from the 3rd District History and Archives Committee (9-24-18):
The Committee hopes you enjoy reading this 1941 letter from Founder Oscar J. Cooper to Brother George A. Isabelle illuminating Founder Cooper's perspective on the importance of service as a fundamental element to the Fraternity's purpose.
The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.
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3rd District History and Archives Committee

Upsilon Nu Supports “Meet the Candidates Forum”

RICHMOND, Virginia, Sunday September 16, 2018, Upsilon Nu Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., came out to participant in the “Meet the Candidates” forum, held on the campus of Virginia Union University.

Panel included: Corey Stewart - Republican vying for Senator Tim Kaine - incumbent Senator, sent surrogate Matt Waters - Libertarian for US Senate Ryan McAdams - Republican for US Congress, sent surrogate, Bishop Benjamin Donald McEachin - Democrat, US Representative, 4th District Abigail Spanberger - Democrat, vying for US Representative, 7th District Joseph Walton - Libertarian, running for US Representative, 7th District Pete Wells - Libertarian, running for US Representative

Each candidate was giving 3-minutes for opening comments, 2 minutes to respond to questions, and 1 minute for closing comments. The moderator asked 8 questions and allowed any or all panel members to answers. The questions ranged from “What’s the role of civility in politics?” to “Do you believe Equal Rights Amendment should be ratified?” to “How do you plan to improve the Cradled to Prison phenomenon?” None of the candidates strayed too far from party lines, for example when questioned about the solvency of Social Security and Medicaid/care, the Republican response was cut spending, Democrats response was increase taxes, and Libertarians’ answered with privatizing.

While the audience was mixed, it would be safe to conclude the majority were democrats based on the rare and unpredicted catcalling and occasional boos at the Republican responses. The blunt of these were directed towards Corey Stewart, especially when he tried to assert Senator Tim Kaine took the Democratic black vote for granted, which he concluded was Sen. Kaine’s reason for missing the forum. The unfiltered exchanges allowed for deeper insight into the candidates’ positions on issues and their passions. The Libertarians expressed their gratitude to be invited, because they generally do not have a seat at the table, even though they are on the ballot.

Attendees were asked to check their voter registration status, on the Vote.org website and also to encourage their networks and associates to also check their status and share the website during their voter registration, education and mobilization efforts.

“Events like this are so important for the community to have a chance to see and hear from those who say they want to represent us in Congress. The opportunity to meet and question their views is crucial. I am especially happy that this event is being held on the campus of a fine HBCU institution. It is import that the students here and members of the community at-large can participate,” stated Brother Ted Braggs - Chairman of the Upsilon Nu’s Voter Registration Education and Mobilization (VREM) Committee.

Submitted by Bro. Miguel Johnson                            Pictures by Bro. Miguel Johnson

History and Archives Monday Pearl (9-17-18)

Greetings from the 3rd District History and Archives Committee (9-17-18):

The Monday Pearl is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.

In our first edition of the Monday Pearl, we highlight the life and accomplishments of Brother William Henry Hastie, Jr. The attached research was compiled in connection with the Alpha Omega "Lest We Forget" (LWF) initiative, a chapter Reclamation and Retention effort in which Brothers gathered to fellowship around and reflect upon the Fraternity’s history, principles, accomplishments, and current and future relevance and purpose. The method of exploration and reflection was primarily (but not entirely) by way of biographical discovery and related discourse. LWF endeavored to get Brothers talking about Omega in such a way that each could more readily discover or re-discover his own compelling and mobilizing connection to Omega. This Hastie event occurred in 2016. We have provided the flyer used to advertise the event in case chapters are interested in organizing something similar. Please contact us if you have questions, or need help implementing something similar in your chapter.

Please read at your leisure, as this first installment of the Monday Pearl is somewhat lengthy. Subsequent installments will be of varying length, and likely less lengthy.

Read More - Brother William Hastie Jr.

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3rd District History and Archives Committee