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!
Volunteers needed to support the ASALH Luncheon event on 2-16-19.
Brothers please serve as a volunteer at the 93rd Annual ASALH Luncheon on Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street, NW, WDC. Call time for volunteers is 9:30 AM for the Authors’ event at 10:00 AM and the luncheon at 12:00 noon until approx. 2:30 PM. Ticket not required to volunteer.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Luncheon happens every February to celebrate the life, history and culture of African American achievement. We are in need of Brothers to volunteer for this event.
The assistance needed involves serving as host/greeters for the luncheon which includes securing the doors, crowd control, directional assistance for guests and other ways to facilitate logistics for the luncheon.
On Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2 p.m., the U.S. National Park Service and the Third District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. partnered up to host the 142nd Carter G. Woodson Birthday commemoration at Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
The program display prominent speakers such as Tara Morrison, Superintendent (CGW Home National Historic Site), Reverend Akil Dickens(Ebenezer AME Church), Bro. Robert Stanton (Advisor & Former Director, National Park Service), and Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (President, ASALH). Bro. Dan Jones (GKF) and Bro. Conrado Morgan (1VDR) who gave very powerful remarks about Dr. Bro. Woodson for Our Dear Omega!
Brothers came out to support ro. Woodson’s event and make sure Omega was well represented.
Dr. Pero G. Dagbovie, University Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University was the keynote speaker and gave an insightful and inspiring oratorical lecture. Dr. Dagbovie’s presentation focused on what was the personal make-up of Carter G. Woodson. In doing so, Dr. Dagbovie introduced Woodson’s key family influences and events that precipitated and influenced the works and achievements and resulting legacy of Bro. Woodson.
While Bro. Carter G. Woodson is best known for his book “Mis-Education of the Negro”, he was the most prolific proponent and spokesperson for the study of Black history. He was a pre-eminent educator, historian and father of African-American history. Woodson was the second African-American to graduate from Harvard University and the first descendant of slaves to earn a PHD from Harvard University. Woodson established the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in 1915 to promote the study and education of African-American people and their cultural achievements to enhance social, political and economic development.
The commemoration also included songs and several performances by D.C. Community Choir, Humanities in Public, and D.C. Strings Workshop.
Courtesy of Bro. Norm Senior
Third District Director of Public Relations
Assistant Editor of the Oracle