DR’s Christmas Day 2018 Message

Greetings and Merry Christmas my Brothers of the Third District,
It’s the time of year where many of us are spending time with family and friends over the Holidays and reflecting on life and looking ahead to the New Year. As I reflect over the past year of the District, I cannot help but feel very blessed. Blessed by the opportunity to serve as your District Representative and be able to reach out to the Brotherhood for support and cooperation. I continue to learn from the Former District Representatives about the business of Omega and the values that we uphold. I appreciate their mentorship and how it plays a vital part of our team dynamic. I am thankful and grateful for your support and friendship.
Our Fraternity values of honesty, integrity, teamwork, community involvement, empathy, personal growth, responsiveness, quality, accountability and communication is what makes us who we are, and I so proud to be surrounded by so many good Brothers and Friends that make us who we are. It is because of all of you, who help to keep the Third District the front runner of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and is the reason I will never take that for granted. We have a culture that continually tries to improve our Fraternity for the betterment of all our communities.
The knowledge and experience combined with our values and commitment of the Executive Council, Committee Chairs, and Chapter Leadership is truly what we believe is what allows us to serve exceptionally well and continue to grow and prosper.
Additionally, I am also thankful for the support of our families and friends throughout the year. I hope you all enjoy the spending this special time with your love ones over the holiday season. Please know that I deeply appreciate your dedicated service to our Fraternity and uplifting our communities. Long-live the Third District and long-live The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Thank you all once again and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
In Friendship,
Kevin Brown
29th Third District Representative

DR’s Thanksgiving Day 2018 Message

Greetings Brothers of the Mighty Third District,
As we prepare for Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow, we should pause and reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy with our loved ones, our freedoms as Americans, and the privilege of serving our great Fraternity.
A celebration rooted in history, this American holiday began with a proclamation from George Washington in 1789.  Thanksgiving recalls the humble gratitude of our ancestors for the freedom and abundance of a new world at a time when their very survival was anything but certain.  We give our thanks for their courage and perseverance in building the strongest and most generous democracy the world has ever seen.
So, at a time when we traditionally give thanks, allow me to thank you all for your hard work in helping to keep our District functioning effectively and efficiently.  I, for one, am thankful for our District Leadership. The Executive  Council, for assisting me in maintaining good standards, order and discipline. The Former District Representatives for always providing me with excellent mentorship and guidance. The District Committee Chairmen, for making sure all our programs run smoothly. The Basili for guiding their perspective Chapters to success.
Additionally, I am also thankful for the support of our families and friends throughout the year. I hope you all enjoy the spending special time with your love ones over the holiday season. Please know that I deeply appreciate your dedicated service to our Fraternity and uplifting our communities. Long-live the Third District and long-live The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving and holiday season.
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
29th Third District Representative

DR’s Veterans Day 2018 Message

Greetings Brothers of the Mighty Third District,
On this Veterans Day let us remember the honor, the pride and the freedom that our veterans brought to our country by paying respect and homage to their great sacrifices. Lets honor them by sending well wishes and messages that will show them how grateful and honored we are for having them in our lives and in our communities.
Let us also take a moment to recognize and honor the Brotherhood who have unselfishly answered the call to serve in our nation's military. In the most violent of times, our Brothers took an oath to protect and defend this country and to proudly wear the uniform. Our nation, founded on a promise of liberty, has been built upon a proud heritage of military service. From the beaches of Normandy, to the deserts of the Middle East, when our nation's security was under assault, it was our Brothers that answered the call to defend our great nation. These sacrifices, too often paid in blood, sweat and tears, must not be forgotten.
On this day, let us commit to never forget the service and sacrifice made by those who have served and continue to serve, to ensure our nation remains free. To all my fellow Veterans, I salute you for giving up everything, so that we can have everything. To the entire Brotherhood who served and are still serving, I thank you. You are among the best of the best that our nation has to offer.
God bless you, your families and God bless the United States of America. Happy Veterans Day.
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
29th Third District Representative
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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

CALL TO ACTION: 2018 Hurricane Florence

Greetings Brothers of the Third District,

The President of The United States has declared a “State of Emergency” in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia as Hurricane Florence approaches. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center forecasts as much as 20 inches of rain, if not more, for parts of North Carolina. Rain could reach as much as 10 inches elsewhere in North Carolina, Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C. When the hurricane approaches, the height of the waves from the ocean are expected to be at least 13 feet tall in Virginia Beach and spill onto the land, repeatedly and will flood everything! This is no joke!

Florence, will be one of the strongest storms on the Eastern Seaboard in decades, is a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph. It is predicted to deliver tropical-stormforce winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday. Tornadoes are possible Thursday in eastern North Carolina.

Be advised, even though the National Hurricane Center warned everyone that wind speeds in Florence have dropped, wind fields are still expanding, and Florence has more total energy, which will "create a significant storm surge event." Florence could bring life-threatening storm surges, up to 13 feet! Virginia is still slated to receive damaging winds and significant coastal flooding!

WE NEED EVERY BROTHER IN THE THIRD DISTRICT TO PAUSE AND CONSIDER...PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY!

In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

DR’s Labor Day Message 2018

Greetings Brothers of the Mighty Third District,
I would like to take this time to honor the achievements of our Brothers in the workforce this Labor Day. Labor Day is not one of the traditionally festive holidays celebrated in the United States. However, it is one of the most anticipated because it means having a long holiday weekend of barbecue and pool parties with family and friends.
Though Labor Day was officially declared a national holiday on June 28, 1894, celebrations of the holiday began more than a decade before. It’s a day to honor the deep commitment each of us has to serve the children we teach, the families we heal and the communities we love. It’s a day to reflect on the values we hold dear that every Brother should have access to a good job that can support a family, with access to affordable healthcare; that every child should be able to attend a high-quality public school in their neighborhood; that college should not be a luxury for the few but should be affordable for all; and that we should be able to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work, without worrying that we’ll be a burden to our loved ones.
We, the working people built this country. We did it together, brick by brick, school by school, town by town. Through these collective efforts, we built the middle class, each generation did a little better than the one before, we advanced the ideals of equality and justice, and we expanded opportunity for all. Dr. King stated that, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”.
The work you do builds on this foundation. Your work has value. It should be respected and honored, not just on Labor Day but every day. Each Brother contributes to the collective success of our organization. Although it may seem strange to celebrate the value of labor by taking time off from work, these leisurely pursuits have long been regarded as fitting for a holiday meant to honor the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Thank you, Third District, for your work, your dedication and your commitment to the community and people you serve.
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

DR’s Fourth of July Message 2018

Greetings Brothers of the Third District,
On this day, we celebrate the birth of our nation by spending time with Good Brothers, Friends, & Family at cookouts, going to parades, and watching fireworks. It’s also important to reflect on the significance of this day, when we declared Independence and stood up for the dignity and Freedom of Man. This is a day for us to relax, but it’s also a day to reflect on those brave Americans that helped shape our nation…it’s a day for us to reflect on how we can best uphold the same ideals of life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness that drove our founding fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.
As much as we each enjoy the traditions, Independence Day is, most of all, an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of our citizenship. The Declaration of Independence makes it clear. To be American, is about much more than the place we call home. To be an Omega Man, it’s a deeply felt commitment to higher principles: liberty, equality, opportunity, and self-governance.
On the Fourth of July, we are grateful for the blessings that freedom represents and for the opportunities it affords. We are thankful for the love of our family and friends and for our rights to think, speak, and worship freely. We are also humbled in remembering the many courageous men and women who have served and sacrificed throughout our history to preserve, protect, and expand these liberties.
On behalf of the District Council, I wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July. Enjoy your celebrations, but also remember the reason we celebrate. Let us remind ourselves that we must cherish and protect our freedom. Also, let us thank and remember those who have sacrificed to defend our liberty and our rights as human beings—our veterans and service members! That essence has permeated our land and inspired generations of Americans to explore, discover, and redefine the outer reaches of our infinite potential. It has become the foundation of the Omega Dream!
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

DR’s Father’s Day Message 2018

Greetings Brothers of the Third District,
In remembering the words of Langston Hughes, life is definitely not a crystal stair for Black Men in this country. However, the recent months (and years) have made it keenly aware of the numbers of Black Fathers who have been taken from their families far too soon. Whether by gun violence, police brutality or the carceral state, there are far too many families growing up without a father present in their lives.
There are clearly institutional and structural forces in this country that are removing Black men from their homes and communities. How can we curb this tide and build holistic communities? I don’t have the answers, but I do know there are groups across the country working to strengthen Black male relationships, confidence and mental health. For those interested in learning and doing more, the work of Brother Fairchild and the Fatherhood Initiative are helping to change this statistic. So, as we move forward into the latter half of 2018, I hope we can commit ourselves to learning and doing more to support Black men and youth in this country.
So, to all the Dads out there, it is my genuine hope that you know you are loved and appreciated by so many people, even if you only have an old tie as proof.
On behalf of the Third District Executive Council, I wish you all a Happy Father's Day...
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net