Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 4/15/19 – EXTRA EXTRA

Greetings Brothers,

Congrats on a successful 86th Annual District Meeting and to all the worthy chapters and brothers who were deservedly recognized for their service. It is proper and fitting for this group to say thank you for making history. Please take time to upload pictures of your awards to the 3rd District Online Artifacts and Memorabilia Archive upload utility at https://3rddistrictques.org/third-district-archive-artifact-registration-utility/. You can examples of other similar submissions at https://3rddistrictques.pastperfectonline.com/.

In the late 1950s The Oracle was printed by the H.C. Young Press Company of Norfolk, VA. The printing company was owned and operated by Brother Henry Cheatham Young, businessman and community servant. The attached article appeared in the March 1957 Oracle and records Lambda Omega Chapter presenting H.C. Young with the "Omega 1956 Achievement Award" for his "devotion to duty and his work in the community." The History and Archives Committee pulled on a few of the threads in the article to learn more about Brother Young and discovered some interesting interconnections.

As mentioned in the article, H.C. Young was the brother of Plummer Bernard "P.B." Young, owner and editor of the Norfolk Journal and Guide (the Guide) (https://libraetd.lib.virginia.edu/public_view/mp48sc827), thought by many to be one of the top black newspapers of the 20th Century on par with the Pittsburgh Courier, Chicago Defender, Baltimore and Washington Afro-American, and the Cleveland Call-Post.

The Guide was considered by many to be the top black newspaper in the South. In addition to its distinction as a vital civic organ, the Guide had the distinction among equals of having to survive and function in the Jim Crow South. Despite being criticized by some for being too conservative and conciliatory in its agency for social change, the Guide and its editor still played an important part in advancing voting rights, equal pay for teachers, and equal opportunity for blacks in the Armed Forces. From 1942 to 1948, Luther P. Jackson wrote a column in the Guide called “The Rights and Duties in a Democracy.” In that time, Brother Jackson wrote numerous articles on the importance of voter registration, argued for the elimination of the poll tax, appealed for teacher involvement in political affairs and engagement, advocated for better pay for black teachers, promoted black history, and argued for the end to Jim Crow segregation and discrimination against black people in Virginia.

In addition to writing a column in the Guide, Jackson along with Benjamin E. Mays and P.B. Young were key figures in organizing the Southern Conference on Race Relations in Durham, NC, also known as the Durham Conference, and the related drafting of the "Durham Manifesto," which proposed an approach for the South that would win the approval and support of white moderates, thereby salvaging the possibility of interracial cooperation. (see fully transcript https://archive.org/stream/southernconferen00sout/southernconferen00sout_djvu.txt).

There are likely more revelatory threads to be pulled from the hem of Brother H.C. Young's Achievement Week recognition (e.g., see Henry P. Cheatham https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_P._Cheatham). Unfortunately, Brother Young entered Omega Chapter in 1960, just three years after being recognized by Lambda Omega chapter. His brother, P.B. Young, died shortly thereafter in 1962.

The H&A Committee encourages Brothers from Eastern Area I (or elsewhere) to share information you might have on the intersection of Omega, H.C. Young, P.B. Young, or the Norfolk Journal and Guide. Here are a few old related news clippings for your review:

Read More - ExtraExtraHCYoung
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30613550/njg_controversial_ad/
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30614038/hcy_deceased/
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30619641/durham_manifesto/
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30619690/pb_young_and_truman/
https://www.newspapers.com/clip/30619517/pby_speech/

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee


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. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. 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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 4/8/19 – Those 8 Pages

Greetings Brothers,

While meandering, the History and Archives Committee came across the attached 8 pages in the Spring 1967 Oracle. If Brother Mazyck were around at the time, he might refer to them as "8 pages thoroughly indicative of the true Omega Spirit." The initiated would do well to reflect upon and/or familiarize themselves with the history recorded thereon. From Pi Gamma's promise to the Pettis example; from the first Black mayor of the City of Petersburg who received the first Scroll of Honor to Presidential appointments; from Maggie L. Walker to the Leigh Street YMCA; from winning homecoming floats to Brother Blue, the indefatigable traveling representative who  would surely have been there to witness how good and how pleasant it is. It's all in there, and more. (Note: Content begins at the bottom of the first page).

Make it a great week Brothers. Travel safe to the 86th District Meeting. Be noble!

Read More - Those8Pages

F.I.E.T.T.S.

3rd District History and Archives Committee

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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. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. 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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 4/1/19 – Felled Trees

Greetings Brothers,

In early April 1950 as the chlorophyll enlivened nature's rhythm section and the cherry blossoms articulated the melody of the Washington cosmos, two of history's virtuosos, whose contributions filled the space between notes, played their last gig this side of the silk. On Saturday, April 1, 1950 and Monday, April 3, 1950, Charles Richard Drew and Carter Godwin Woodson debuted their tablature in the Elysian Fields. It is there where these two mighty sequoias continue to photosynthesize. Theirs is a familiar call looking for a perennial response. Let us not retire to the shade of their crown, but be fueled by the light in their refrain.

The History and Archives Committee recently came across the attached letters from February and May of 1950, which seemed to serve as contemporaneous accounts of extraordinary men in the ordinary ranks of Omega. We can only speculate that the Founders, although saddened by the loss of Brothers Woodson and Drew, must have been pleased with the fraternal and brotherly association they shared.

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

Read More - DrewDuesRcpt1950

Read More - FelledTrees1950

F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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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. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. 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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 3/25/19 – Heyday

Greetings Brothers,
There was big history at "The Little Conclave," otherwise known as the 32nd Annual Third District Conference (1965). Lawyers, doctors, and Indian Chiefs? Maybe. Omega Men? Indeed. Check out this worthy keepsake - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VhIS0CUpF73-5f5g6kGittu67iIHqKeA.
Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!
F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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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. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. 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.

History and Archives Artifact

Greetings Brothers,
The Third District History and Archives Committee is pleased to announce that the Third District Artifact and Memorabilia Registration and Submission Utility is available. The utility can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/third-district-archive-artifact-registration-utility/, from the history section of the Third District website, and from the home page of the Third District Artifact and Memorabilia website https://3rddistrictques.pastperfectonline.com/Instructions for registering and submitting fraternal content can be found in the attached Third District Artifact Registration and Submission Instructions document.
The Committee is also providing an updated Third District Archive SOP, a Third District Archive Content Summary Report, and a Third District Archive Collections List with Descriptions report (which is more detailed than the summary report).  Please note that this is only the beginning. The Committee encourages and looks forward to your contributions to the preservation and promotion of our worthy legacy. Please make sure you and your chapter are represented in this historical record..
Lastly, we'd like to recognize and thank Brothers Cornelius Beidleman and Derrick Clarke of the Automation Committee for their time, talents, and positive/can-do involvement in this project. We sincerely appreciate their contribution.
F.I.E.T.T.S.
Third District History and Archives Committee

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 3/18/19 – The Frat in the Arena

Greetings Brothers,
Roughly 18 months before the founding of Omega, former POTUS Teddy Roosevelt delivered a speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, France titled "Citizenship in a Republic." If you played ball at some point in your life, or perhaps even if you didn't play ball, someone likely shared with you a popular excerpt from Roosevelt's speech. The excerpt, popularly referred to as "The Man in the Arena," is probably more recognizable than the speech it appeared in and goes as follows:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
I recently came across this correspondence (click here to download https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lXuAv1YXrEIqjKv1hAtaKkDLQ0U8o7ZB) in a larger collection of documents from the 57th Grand Conclave in Atlanta, GA (1976) that seemed to me to underscore Omega's legacy as "The Frat in the Arena" that "does actually strive to do the deeds; [that] knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; [that] spends [it]self in a worthy cause."
Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!
F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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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. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. 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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 3/11/19 – Extraordinary Qualities and Abilities

Greetings Brothers,
I couldn't help but enjoy this short article that appeared in the September 1963 Oracle highlighting the happenings at Nu Psi chapter. I paraphrase - there is a place for mediocrity, just not in Omega.
F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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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. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. 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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 3/4/19 – Oh Nellie!



Greetings Brothers,

The Cornell University Big Red football team ended its 1938 season ranked 12th in the nation with a 5-1-1 record. That year the Big Red played the University of Pennsylvania to a draw and suffered its only loss on October 15th to the Syracuse Orangemen. The 1938 Cornell-Syracuse game was one for the ages, worthy of a Keith Jackson "Oh Nellie."  Syracuse fought hard to best Cornell 19-17. Earlier that same year (in April), the teams' biggest stars, Jerome Heartwell "Brud" Holland of Cornell and Wilmeth Sidat-Singh of Syracuse were initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated by way of Kappa Chapter. Brother Holland and the Cornell Big Red were heavy favorites and were expected to put a little black and blue on the Orangemen, By all accounts, Syracuse didn't stand a chance. Enter Brother Sidat-Singh, who "buckled right in with the trace of a grin - On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing - That couldn’t be done, and he did it! The following appeared in the 1938 Bulletin -
Saga of Sidat-Singh

The sons of Syracuse may now
yell .at a new, exotic saga,
Of a magic spell that entranced
Cornell in the vale of the
Onandaga.

The shades of night were falling
fast and the score was 10 to
zero, When Sidat-Singh, the wizard,
passed six times to become a
hero.
By some mysterious, dervish art
he could rifle a pigskin bullet
From the scrimmage heart or·a
spinner's start to the runner
left free to pull it.

Then Wilmeth Sidat-Singh, in
sooth, just thrice did loose his
missile, 
To Heer, to Balmer, then to Ruth,
and they heard the touchdown
whistle.

That made the score stand six
to ten, but Fullback Brown
like lightning,
Soon struck again through the
Orangemen with a field-length
run that was frightening.

But there stood Sidat-Singh once
more, cool as a cobra striking,
In place of Ruth he made Allen
score with a pass through
Peck, the Viking.

So on Piety Hill the great chimes
ring-they peal in ancient
splendor,
For the sorcerous wing of Sidat-
Singh-black-artful bitterender.
But in Ithaca now the sad ·boys
ring their change on a bitter
theme-

"Did :vou see that thing ? That's
Sidat-Singh - the Syracuse
Walking Dream."

The legendary game was also colorfully recorded in the the Baltimore Sun that year...have a read - https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29095704/.  

Brothers Holland and Sidat-Singh would go on to exemplify the best of Omega. Brother Holland became the ninth President of Hampton University (formerly Hampton Institute) and Brother Sidat-Sing became a Tuskegee Airmen serving in World War II. Tragically, Brother Sidat-Sing died in 1943 at the age of 25 during a training mission when the engine of his airplane failed. Biographical profiles of these two Omega exemplars can be found on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmeth_Sidat-Singh and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_H._Holland.

The H&A Committee has also attached the first page of the 1938 Bulletin for your reference. In addition to the Sidat-Singh and Brud Holland mentions, check out the article, "Requiescat In Pace" (Rest in Peace). It was news to this loyal son of Omega that Booker T. Washington's youngest son was an Omega man.

Make it a great week Brothers!

Read More - Singh-Holland_1938Bulletin

F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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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. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. 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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 2/25/19 – Timeless Tolson?


Greetings Brothers,
One of the things I have long admired about Melvin Beaunorus Tolson was his courage to think independently for constructive progress. No matter his disappointment in or rejection of the issue of the day, he remained tethered and accountable to the remedy and always required the same of his interlocutor. His intellectual endurance was proportionate to the depth of his conviction, and his convictions were deep. He didn't give up. He kept reasoning, working, risking, challenging, and inviting thoughtful engagement through his journalistic provocations. Although his steel could be especially cold, it was always steel against which another's steel could be sharpened.

In the attached 1938 editorial, Tolson has a little cold steel for Omega. I'll let the reader determine its timelessness.

Read More - Timeless Tolson

F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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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. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. 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.