Washington D.C., in support of the honorable Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the men of Omega Psi Phi Inc., attended the 93rd annual Black History Luncheon hosted by the Association for Studying African American Life and History (ASALH). The event was held at Washington Renaissance Hotel in Northwest, D.C. on Feb. 16 with a multitude of dignitaries and patrons in attendance.
This year’s theme at the ASALH luncheon was the “Black Migrations.” The crowd was entertained by WUSA 9 anchor and fraternity brother Darren Haynes who served as the master of ceremonies. The program kick-off also included a formal greeting from ASALH president Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. This was followed by an in-depth speech on this year’s Black History month theme “Black Migrations,” by Dr. Tiffany M. Gill from University of Delaware.
In addition, there was a panel discussion featuring panelists breaking down the history of Black Migrations and its connection to society today. The panelists included Dr Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Dr. G. Derek Musgrove, associate professor of History at University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Kojo Nnamdi, host of “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” and “The Politics Hour” on WAMU 88.5. Dr. Jelani Cobb, an Ira A. Lipman professor of journalism at Columbia University, who moderated the discussion.
Brother Kenneth Brown, Chairman, Omega Life Foundation presented a check to ASALH in the amount of $10,000 from the Foundation. Then the Grand Basileus, Brother David Marion, along with two former Grand Basilei, Brothers Knox and Ray presented a check from the Fraternity in the amount of $10,000. Lastly, the Grand Basileus presented a check for more than $135,000 to the Smithsonian's Museum of African American History and Culture in order to complete Omega's pledge of $1 million to the Smithsonian.
What a testament to our organization's perseverance in honoring our commitments. I am proud to say that Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated continues to lead from the front as the shining example for all to follow in supporting our community!
Bro C. Delray Brown
Reporter, Alpha Omega Chapter