Story by Michael Mitchell
Photos by Alvin Swilley
With close to 50 Bothers and students in attendance, the Tau Lambda chapter of Old Dominion University and Pi Gamma Chapter of Norfolk State University kicked off annual Joint Achievement Week activities with a joint undergraduate forum titled "The Power of Our Vote." This collaborative effort was led by Tau Lambda's Basileus Bro. Leon Brewington and Bro. Michael Lipscomb, also of Tau Lambda.
After a very informative and articulate PowerPoint presentation, the young Brothers introduced their special guest speaker, newly reelected Bro. Delegate C. E. "Cliff" Hayes, Pi Gamma 1987. Hayes is a member of House of Delegates, representing the 77th District of the Virginia General Assembly. He gave a brief background of his journey into politics and a glimpse into his future."Your vote matters”, said Hayes. “Your not voting, is (also) a vote". He added "Where the resources and your money is spent is determined by your vote." He encouraged the students to get involved as their future is based on today's politics and that the proverbial pendulum will swing back. Brother Hayes had some relevant examples relating to the millennials--undergraduate students--noting that they can be a force and make a difference now. He took questions and comments from the floor. Finally, Hayes invited the mostly African American male audience to the State House during General Assembly session for a tour, to be recognized, and, if interested, an opportunity to seek a political internship.
Following the event, Brother Hayes tweeted, "Great forum with millennials of NSU (Pi Gamma) and ODU (Tau Lambda) discussing the power of the vote. This was great mentorship by the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi - 3rd District and organized by the undergraduate chapters of the aforementioned universities. #sustainingThePowerOfTheVote”
Norfolk Virginia--The Fraters and Sorors of the South Hampton Roads Pan Hellenic Council (SHARPC) marched in Norfolk State University’s (NSU) homecoming parade on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Divine Nine was committed to exercising our rights to voting in the November 7, 2017 elections, and encouraged all members of the community to do so. Chapter members were encouraged to mingle and march on behalf of one of our most hard-fought rights. We wore our finest Omega casual clothing and paraphernalia, representing the Fraternity. We carried non-partisan, professional signs encouraging all to “Go Vote!” Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative, Brother Conrado B. Morgan, First Vice District Representative, Brother Terry Calhoun, Chairman, Military Affairs and Brother Renaldo Barber marched in the parade. Photos were produced by Soror Anita Pearson of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter, and Brother Alvin Swilley, Eastern Area 1 Supervisor and District Photographer. Brother Swilley is a Gamma Xi SHARPC representative and coordinated Omega's participation in the parade. We look forward to marching in future parades at NSU.
Loudoun County, VA — On October 11, 2017, the Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, participated in a community event where candidates running for elected office in Virginia gathered to meet with their constituents. This event was hosted by the Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the NAACP Loudoun County Branch. The candidates discussed their local and national platforms, and the attendees raised important issues that conceivably could impact the community.
Having both candidates and potential voters in the same place created a golden opportunity for Sigma Mu Mu to provide voter registration information. By leading this effort, the Brothers assisted Loudoun County residents get prepared to head to the polls in Virginia on November 7, 2017. The Chapter is energized in its push to get everyone registered who is eligible to vote. This push is a continuation of the efforts made by the Fraternity in 2014 and 2016. The goal is to create voter enthusiasm and help the community decide on Virginia’s next leadership team. All participants at the event were very appreciative of the opportunity, afforded by Sigma Mu Mu, to learn more about the electoral process.
Omega Psi Phi continues to raise awareness of the importance of elections, and to emphasize the collective power of the people through the exercise of their vote.
Please join the Fraters and Sorors of the South Hampton Roads Pan Hellenic Council--SHARPC--as we march in NSU's homecoming parade next Saturday, Oct 28. The Divine Nine is committed to exercising our rights by voting in the upcoming Nov 7 elections, and encourages all members of the community to do so. Your chapter members are encouraged to mingle and march on behalf of one of our most hard-fought rights. The first attachment gives an assembly time and location. Wear your finest Omega casual clothing and paraphernalia, representing the Fraternity well. While there will be limited signs available, feel free to bring your own non-partisan, professional- looking signs. Otherwise, just march in support. Mix it up, Brothers, scattering yourselves throughout the group of Greeks marching in unity. Be mindful of the folks along the parade route, including the media. Some District officers--including the DR--have expressed an interest in possibly joining in. Looking forward to seeing you.
The Divine 9 (D9) will march in Norfolk State University Homecoming Parade (NSU HC) starting at 9 am on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The parade starts at Booker T. Washington High School (BTW HS) and we will promote voting in the upcoming election.
We hope to see you there. Brother Alvin Swilley, Area Supervisor, Eastern Area 1 is our point of contact. He can be reached at 757-215-5183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.