RICHMOND, Virginia, Sunday October 28, 2018, Upsilon Nu Chapter partnered with the Richmond chapter of the NAACP to be a sponsor in the “Crab and Que”, Get Out the Vote Rally and Motorcade. The event is dubbed “JJ’s Crab & Q” for the branch president, James E. “J.J.” Minor III. The purpose of the rally is to rev up interest in the Southside section of the City of Richmond to get out and vote in the November 6, 2018 election. Members of Upsilon Nu and other sponsors of the event met at the Southside Plaza to line up in the motorcade, which then preceded to several neighborhoods in Richmond. There was horn blowing and interaction as the motorcade made its way through the city. Members of the community came out of their homes and apartments and screamed and shouted words of encouragement to the steady chant from the drivers “Vote, Vote, Vote”.
The motorcade ended its parade in Church Hill where the rally was held. The scores in attendance were served crab and bbq along with hotdogs and hamburgers, music and speeches from dignitaries such as the Mayor of the City of Richmond, members of the Richmond Council, the President of the Board of Education, and the President of the Richmond NAACP. The resounding theme was Get Out and Vote and take someone with you, don’t vote alone.
“Miss Community Clovia”, Clovia Lawrence lead the motorcade a long-time partner of Upsilon Nu commended Upsilon Nu for its continued support of voter registration and active civic involvement.
Bro. Theodore Braggs Jr. the VREM Chairman/Third District Subcommittee, organized the Upsilon Nu involvement with the event. As part of his duties Bro. Braggs has organize several voter registration efforts during the year, most recently at the National Night Out event.
Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards Pictures by Bro. Jerome Jackson
Richmond, Virginia, Friday October 12, 2018, office of the Mayor of Richmond, Virginia. Upsilon Nu Chapter received one of its greatest recognitions for a year of community service in the Richmond area.
Mayor Levar M. Stoney hosted Upsilon Nu for a photo-op and Proclamation signing to express his gratitude and that of the Richmond community for Upsilon Nu’s community service.
Mayor Stoney recalled that during the “National Night Out”, he attended and gave a speech, how impressed he was to see so many members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in attendance and not only supporting the event but actively engaging with many of those in attendance.
“I appreciate that Mayor Stoney took time out of his busy schedule to give the chapter the opportunity to meet with him as he signed the Proclamation for “Upsilon Nu Day October 12, 2018”. Mayor Stoney was very cordial and appreciated the community service Upsilon Nu continues to provide to the community” stated Basileus
Michael Swain. Members of the mayor’s executive team were also present to help honor Upsilon Nu at this special award ceremony. Ms. Laura M. Harrison, Senior Assistant to the Mayor's Office thanked Bro. Edwards for working with her to gather all the information required to make the event a successful affair and looked forward to continuing the relationship between Upsilon Nu chapter and the city of Richmond.
Article by Bro. Michael Edwards Pictures by Mayor’s Staff
Third District - Washington, D.C. and Virginia - Supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Game Day. Give Back Project with a donation of $12,106.00
The Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. supported the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Game Day. Give Back Project with a donation of $12,106.00 Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative thanked the Brothers of the Third District for their support of St. Jude. He gave a special thank you to Brother Harvey Woodson, Social Action Chairman and Brother Jeff Tarpley, Chairman, Third District’s St. Jude Game Day. Give Back Project, He also thanked all the chapters for their support to the project.
The funds donated will support the kids and families at St. Jude now. The kids nor the families have to pay for travel, medical care, lodging or food as long as the kids are in treatment at St. Jude. St. Jude has a cure rate of 80% for childhood cancer. 40% of the kids treated at St. Jude are African Americans.
Mr. Roy Mays, St. Jude’s Representative will attend and give brief remarks at the 85th Third District Meeting on April 12-15, 2018 in Newport News, Virginia on the Third District outstanding support to St. Jude through Game Day. Give Back Project.
Last, this project falls under one of our international mandated program of Health Initiatives. Thank you all for your support.
Henrico, Va, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Upsilon Nu was recognize for their support of Team Change at their annual appreciation ceremony. Team Change is a group of African-American women working together to help children in Highland Springs affected by missing black fathers due to mass incarceration. Lisa Robinson is the creator of Team Change which mentors young students.
Upsilon Nu was recognized for two of their efforts that have been of great assistance to Team Change. One event was Upsilon Nu’s financial support and help acting as chaperones for the bus trip and tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The second effort is the on-going tutoring program that is conducted weekly at Highland Springs Elementary School. Several of the children that attended the tour to the museum spoke about the event during the program and expressed their thanks.
Upsilon Nu was represented at the event by Bro. Michael Edwards. Mrs. Robinson asked Bro. Edwards to come up and address those in attendance on behalf of their Basileus Bro. Jeff Tarpley. “In my remarks I wanted to thank Team Change and all the other organizations that were present and receiving recognition for their support. I gave them a brief history of Upsilon Nu and mentioned some of the activities we have been conducting throughout the Greater Richmond Area,”stated Bro. Edwards.
Article: Bro. Michael Edwards Pictures: Bro. Michael Edwards
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.
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Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Upsilon Nu came out to support the 4th Annual Necktie program as part of the Young Gentleman of the Creek Program. This is the fourth school year for the boys mentoring program at the school. “We are very grateful for the continued support and necktie donations from the Upsilon Nu chapter. The Young Gentlemen gratefully appreciate Upsilon Nu members taking the time to assist with the necktie and bow tie tying tutorials at the ceremony. The teacher advisors for the group have some exciting activities planned for the boys, including: community service opportunities, cooking with a professional chef, field trips, reading fiction books together as a group, and we're even going fishing next April,” stated Ms. Angela Harris, the mentoring program coordinator.
The purpose of this program is for selected boys in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th to participate in a youth empowerment, mentoring, and academic support group. Full participation from December until April is required. Brother James Hunter, Upsilon Nu’s Social Action Chairman and Vice-Basileus Michael Swain led several tutoring sessions for the boys. “They get the hang of it after a few times; the bow tie seemed to be more popular than the necktie this yea,” stated Brother Swain.
The ceremony included guest speaker Lance Watson Jr., the boys shopped from hundreds of donated neckties and engaging with men in the community during necktie tying tutorials. A central component of participation for each young gentleman is to dress in professional attire two Wednesdays per month.
In previous years, neckties have been donated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, along with many other notable male figures in the Richmond region.
Article Submitted By Bro. Michael Edwards and Bro. Michael Swain Pictures by: Bro. Michael Swain
Suffolk, VA - Thursday, November 23, 2017 - The brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi, Inc. came together at noon to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the residents of Magnolia Gardens Senior Living Facility, Suffolk, VA. The men of Alpha Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and their mentor group, The Golden Fold-Suffolk, partnered with The Salvation Army, Suffolk, VA to served Turkey and all the traditional fixing to over 40 senior residents of the facility. The Thanksgiving dinner with the residents of Magnolia Gardens, has been an annual event for the chapter since 2013. The wonderful residents of Magnolia were very appreciative and delighted to be served and honored. Magnolia residents are anxious to see us again next year and we won't disappoint. “ When the Suffolk, VA Community Calls, Alpha Iota Chapter Omega Men Answer! ”
Over 3 weekends, The Phi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., held food drives at 3 Kroger stores throughout the Richmond greater community (Short Pump 11895 West Broad St Richmond, VA 23233, 9480 West Broad St Richmond, VA 23294 and 10800 Iron Bridge Rd Chester, VA 23831). Our internal goal was to provide 800 Thanksgiving meals to families. Under the direction of our Committee Chair 2017, Phi Phi's 2017 Omega Man Of the Year, Brother Kenny Williams and our Thanks to Richmond, we met our goal. Through semi perishable food and monetary donations, we received $23,800.00 needed to be a blessing to 800 families of four or more (3517 people). This Service Project has tremendously grown. 3 years ago, the Chapter impacted the lives of 8 families. 2 years ago, We fed 135 families and last years 540 families. Our partners in the venture include Kroger, and Coca Cola- Consolidated Bottling Company, as they both made contributions in support of our vision.
Jay Allen Basileus Phi Phi Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.