Pope Francis once said that "Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls." Organizations too have souls; their radiance determined by the collective spirit of their members. Perhaps as much as any Omega man did Sterling Allen Brown exemplify and reflect the light of Omega - the grace of the Psi Phi. In the attached, we hope you find a little oil for your lamp.
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With great “enthusiasm,” Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, THIRD District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity began its fifth year of the “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia.
On November 14, 2018, the Brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” supported six third-grade classes with a total of 125 eager students. The program consisted of the Kickoff and First Read Aloud session. Again, we were welcomed by Reading Program Coordinator, Third-Grade Teachers, and especially the Third-Grade Students.
The chapter’s Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., provided 125 Royal Purple and Old Gold Backpacks filled with 27 books on various subjects to encourage reading and provide the students an individual reading library. We chose “The Last Minute” by Sasha Griffin, for the first reading session and this book was added to their library. The book tells the story of a girl name Katy who put off completing a homework assignment until, you guessed it, the last minute.
Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter was represented by nine brothers who served as reading mentors. Brothers Bradford Caldwell, Marvin Chisolm, James George, Joe Howze Sr., Jerome “Duke” Haggins, Jerry Hubbard Sr., Chester Keller, Frank Matthews, Richard Morris, Jeffrey Owens, and coordinating this program was the chapter’s Social Action Coordinator, Brother Kenneth M. Younger.
“The Sirs” are proud of the fact that we have donated “3,375 books” during our “Kickoff” and first reading session of this school year. The brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter will continue to do their part to inspire these young readers and we look forward to the second of our four Read Aloud sessions in January 2019.
This week's Monday Pearl is a little light reading about a heavy dude, written by a heavy dude who happened to be a longtime member of a heavy District - The Third, of course. The attached article was written by Dr. Arthur P. Davis, Author and Professor of English at Howard University for roughly 30 years. Brother Davis was one of the foremost literary scholars on the Harlem Renaissance. Some of his biggest literary contributions were "Harlem During The New Negro Renaissance," "Cavalcade: Negro American Writers from 1760 to the Present," "The Negro Caravan" which he wrote with Brother Sterling A. Brown, and "From The Dark Tower." Brother Davis was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University where he received the A.B ., A.M ., and Ph.D .degrees.
The attached article is from the Summer 1971 Oracle and provides a window into the life and genius of Brother James Mercer Langston Hughes (1926 Beta), known by a some as "L Train," and by others as "The Busboy Poet."
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Washington, D.C.-On November 17, 2018 at Cramton Auditorium on the Campus of Howard University brothers came from near and from far to celebrate the founding of our Grand Fraternity. Inside the attendees were treated to an impactful and timely speech delivered by Alpha Omega Chapter's own Bro. Mark E. Jackson, Grand Keeper of Records & Seal. His message was themed , "Omega, In the Need of Help with the Expediency of Now!." Bro. Grand, emphasized we need to make a major change with our image and protect our brand. He asked each brother to reflect on what they're doing now to ensure the legacy of our great fraternity. He asked if the founders were alive today, would they find every brother in attendance worthy of selection? A powerful statement of self reflection for each and every brother to think about how they're living up to the principles and ideals the founders embodied.
Bro Jackson challenged each brother look at themselves to see what they are doing to improve our image and protect the brand, He also highlighted we need to do more to increase our economic power and impact our communities more. He asked that we leverage the brotherhood to maximize our potential to generate wealth and leverage our position to get corporations to invest in us. Lastly, we should not be on the sidelines during times of injustice and upheaval, Getting on the front lines to uplift our people and stand in the gap against those who would oppress us politically and economically should be our number one charge.
Upon conclusion of the message brothers in attendance from across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area rededicated themselves to our dear fraternity the Omega Psi Phi fraternity incorporated! It is this humble reporter's prayer that the stern message will bear fruit and carry the organization to new heights!
If you have never seen a group of dedicated, talented and mission driven individuals for community service in one room, at the same time… then you missed your chance at this year’s Achievement Week Banquet hosted by the Lambda Nu Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Lambda Nu is located in Franklin, VA and part of the Mighty Third District. This year’s receipts included:
Citizen of the Year – Judge Gammer Gray Poindexter. Judge Poindexter (Retired) was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. She finished #1 in her high school class at the age of 16 and went to Indiana University where she majored in Government to prepare herself for a life practicing law. She went on from Indiana University to Louisiana State University Law School, becoming one of the first two African American Women to obtain their Law degree. She worked in the Solicitor’s Office for the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC, Legal Aid programs in Louisiana and Virginia. She practiced law in Surry County in Virginia and was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney for Surry, becoming the first African American elected prosecutor in the United States. She went on to serve as General District Court Judge for 6th District in Virginia, County Democratic Party Chair, practiced as a daring lawyer for those with no voice in the legal system and she fought for change in the social, political and economical arenas in rural Virginia. She did not stop there with almost 50 years of service in law, while also dedicating years of community service with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (Past President); Old Dominion Bar Association (Past President); member of Board of Visitors, Old Dominion University; National Bar Association member; Surry County NAACP member; Surry County Democratic Party (Past Chairperson); and Petersburg, VA Chapter of Links, Inc.
Omega Man of the Year – Bro Cory Howell, Sr. Bro Howell is from Surry, VA and currently resides in Newport News, VA. He graduated from Norfolk State University where he marched with the NSU band and receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management Information Systems. He currently co-owns Green Leaf Logistics, LLC; marketing and branding manager for Rivertime Seafood; and a full-time entrepreneur. He was initiated through Lambda Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2000 which began a sustained and continued service to the community. He has served as Vice Basileus, Keeper of Records and Seal, Chapter Reporter, Keeper of Peace, and chaired committees steaming from Technology, Talent Hunt, Achievement Week, Reclamation, and Culminating. He continues to be innovative in giving back to the community as well as helping to keep Omega’s light shining bright throughout the world.
Superior Service Award – Bro Maurice D. Smith Jr., PhD. Bro Dr. Smith Jr., was born in Petersburg, VA and attended Sussex Central High School. He graduated and attended Virginia State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and Economics, followed by receiving his M.S. Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from Virginia Tech. His eagerness for advanced knowledge led him to Pennsylvania State University where he received the 3rd District Founders Memorial Scholarship for 3 years while earning his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Extension Education with research focusing on “Exploring African American High School Aged Males’ Perception of Agricultural-related Youth Programs in Urban Settings”. Dr. Smith Jr. currently teaches at Virginia State University in areas of Youth Development, Urban and Rural 4-H. and Agricultural and Extension Education, where he serves as Co-Advisor for VSU’s MANRRS chapter. He has served as 4-H extension agent, National level MANRRS Vice President, and Program Research Technician to the Associate Assistant Secretary for Cultural Transformation. He currently serves the community through Waverly Farmers, Sussex 4-H, Surry County office of Youth, and mentors African American males at Sussex Central High School. Dr. Smith Jr. was initiated through Lambda Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2010 where he has served as Keeper of Records and Seal, Chapter Reporter, Co-Chairman of the Scholarship committee, Chairman for the Technology committee, and Co-Chairman for the Fundraising committee. His passion for reaching and teaching African American adolescence is shown daily through his commitment and unwavering focus on constantly finding new ways to effectively mentor and create change.
Richmond, Virginia, November 17,2018. Upsilon Nu Chapter Achievement Week Program. Brother Freager Sanders was the recipient of Upsilon Nu’s Omega Man of the Year award. Brother Sanders not only exemplified the spirit of our four cardinal principles, Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift, he backed it up with service to the chapter and to the community. Brother Sanders was the driving force behind the successful Relay for Life campaign, his effort was the main reason Upsilon Nu was a leader in fundraising for the event. He was recognized by the Relay for Life coordinator for his fundraising skills. Omega says, the Brother who has made significant contributions to his Chapter, his District and on the International level of the Fraternity. He should also be one who has made significant contributions to his community. Additionally, he must have served in a manner above and beyond the ordinary participation levels necessary to implement programs and projects. He should be involved in leadership roles regarding the organization, planning and implementation of programs and projects. For one shining year Brother Freager Sanders, checked all the boxes. Congratulations our Brother from Upsilon Nu.
Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Achievement Week 2018 was an enormous success. Brother Dr. David Marion, 41st Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity provided the keynote address at this year’s Achievement Week Banquet on November 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Woodbridge, Virginia. Dr. Marion’s speech focused on this year’s theme, “Omega Men: Effecting Positive Change in Communities Worldwide” and was well received by the audience. In addition to the traditional awards presented, the widows of chapter brothers who have joined Omega Chapter (deceased) were recognized. The chapter Basileus (President), Eddie A. Stephens, Jr. (Lambda Epsilon ’77), presented flowers to widows who attended the banquet, Mrs. Andrea Bryson (Bro. Gene Bryson, Nu Psi ’63) and Dr. Karyn Trader-Leigh (Bro. Major General, Ret. Fredric Leigh, Eta Gamma’60). Award recipients included, Bro. Dr. George M. Hampton (Mu Psi ’49, Founders Award); Bro. Major Ahmad Andrews (Lambda Epsilon ’95, Superior Service); Bro. Lieutenant Colonel, Ret. C. Victor Herbin, III (Lambda ’95, Colonel Charles Young); Ms. Muriel Garr, Senior VP, SunTrust Bank (Citizen of the Year) and Bro. Michael W. Frazier (Psi Alpha Alpha ’02, Omega Man of the Year). This year’s first place essay award scholarship recipient was Ms. Makala Crawford, Woodbridge Senior High School. She is the daughter of Bro. & Mrs. Michael Crawford (Pi Lambda Lambda,’05). The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Dr. George M. Hampton’s 70th year anniversary award presented jointly by the Grand Basileus, Third District Representative – Bro. Kevin Brown and PLL Basileus. The evening culminated with a banquet after party, “Old School Groove” hosted by the Pi Lambda Lambda Social Committee. According to this year’s Achievement Week Chairman, Bro. Jim Almond (Theta Rho ’88) “the Brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity showed up and showed out at our 2018 Achievement Week Banquet and festivities all week.”
PLL kicked off 2018 Achievement Week honoring Veterans on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Washington, D.C., by providing lunch and conversations with the Veterans in the hospital. Brother George M. Parker (Tau Gamma Gamma ’91) was the event lead. We provided lunch for twenty Veterans with entertainment by DJs from radio station WKYS FM 93.9. Bro Parker read two poems dedicated to Veterans. The poems were well received, and the Veterans requested copies of them which we provided. Coins depicting each of the services were awarded each Veteran. This was the third year PLL provided lunch to Veterans at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in DC.
This was followed by a visit and social with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1503 in Dale City, Virginia on Monday, November 12, 2018. The post has the world largest membership - 3000 members. Brother Ron Blanch and Brother Dwight Rayford both became life members. They were both announced and approved at the event by Comrade Tim Brown, Quartermaster, VFW Post 1503. The brothers sponsored a free social hour with food and drinks, shook the veteran’s hands and said thank you for your service. Several Brothers have served and one in particular is Brother George M. Hampton, Mu Psi Chapter 1949. Brother Hampton served in the Korean War and has a school named after him in the Prince William County. Brother Hampton was in attendance at VFW Post 1503 where he has been a life member since 1969.
Other activities of the week included Social Action Committee, Reclamation & Retention Committee and Social Committee events. PLL distributed over 100 Turkeys to the Good News Community Kitchen, a hunger relief non-profit serving Northern Virginia and directly to the teachers and administrative staff at the George M. Hampton Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia. Hampton Middle School was named in honor of Brother Hampton, Mu Psi ‘49 in 2016. Hampton Middle is also a flagship campus for the PLL Omega U Fatherhood & Mentoring Program. Omega U is active in eight schools in Prince William County, Virginia serving 154 students.
The Reclamation & Retention Committee led by Brother Craig Turman, Sr. (Omicron Pi ’05) sponsored the Thursday Night Football event. This was a huge success with over 40 brothers fraternizing. The night was sponsored by the chapter and hosted at Buffalo Wild Wings in Woodbridge, Virginia. Brothers from throughout Northern Area II, Third District attended the event.
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Founder’s Day, the chapter sponsored a chartered motor coach to attend the Rededication Ceremony hosted by the Third District at Howard University. This annual event draws in excess of 1000 brothers from across the Fraternity, primarily chapters from the Second and Third Districts. The keynote speaker this year was Brother Mark Jackson, Grand Keeper of Records & Seal. Our own Bro. George M. Hampton was recognized as one of the oldest brothers in attendance at the rededication.
Finally, Pi Lambda Lambda finished our Achievement Week scheduled activities with church service on Sunday, November 18, 2018 by worshipping along with our families at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. The Basileus made special comments to the congregation and presented a gift to the church. After the service, the group shared lunch at a local Italian restaurant. Congratulations to Bro. Almond and the entire Achievement Week Committee for their outstanding service over the last year planning and executing this seminal event.
ACHIEVEMENT WEEK - is observed each November and is designed to recognize those individuals at the local and international levels who have contributed to community uplift. A High School Essay Contest is conducted in conjunction with Achievement Week based on a common theme established by the Fraternity.
Pi Lambda Lambda is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over more than 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide. Omega is the only Greek letter organization whose motto and guiding principles include the word Friendship.
Since the Chapter’s founding in Dumfries, VA, in January 2004, PLL has supported public and community events across the region, benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship and social action. PLL has previously been named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. International Chapter of the Year for three separate years since the Chapter’s founding. PLL is honored with this most prestigious honor bestowed by the fraternity.
Pi Lambda Lambda serves Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and Manassas Park in Virginia.
Delta Omega Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.recently visited the Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond, VA. The visitation occurred on Monday, November 12, 2018 as a recognition of Veterans Day. This initiative is one of the chapter’s premier annual social action projects supporting the Fraternity’s nationally mandated programs. The Sitter and Barfoot center’s administration and veterans were extremely thankful for the Brothers taking the time to visit them on their special day.
The visitation started with a greeting of the Brothers and an introduction to the Veterans. The highlight of the event was of the Brothers assisting the Veterans by playing several games of Bingo.
This visitation not only proved to be uplifting and inspirational, but it demonstrated the chapter’s partnership with the community. The chapter received positive feedback from the center’s administration where they thanked the Brothers for taking the time to visit. The chapter also received an open invitation forfuturereturn visits.
Last week's Monday Pearl highlighted the Office of Second Vice Grand Basileus. Included in the communication was a list of the brothers who occupied said office. Included in the list was Brother J. Heyward Harrison from Pi Chapter at Morgan State College in Baltimore, MD (understood by most to be organized in the Second District). Please note that Brother Harrison was included in the Third District 2VGB list because when he served in 1953, Pi Chapter was organized in the Third District. In 1955, Pi Chapter was reorganized into the Second District. The History and Archives Committee understands that Bro. Harrison went on to serve as a proud and longtime member of the Second District and was a loyal Son of Omega.
This week's Monday Pearl is a precursor to a project underway by the Committee to produce biographies featuring the only two men to hold the Office of Grand Basileus from the Third District (since the formation of districts): 18th Grand Basileus Campbell Carrington Johnson (1945-47) and 19th Grand Basileus Harry Theodore Penn (1947-49).
The Committee has also included an interesting and somewhat related report of the 1946 Redistrictricting Committee that appeared in the March 1947 Oracle. Please read to the end. It is encouraging to know that current and former Grands Dan Jones and Mark Jackson, Walter H. Riddick, Charles Chambliss, Kenneth Brown, Robert Fairchild, and Curtis Baylor have earned the confidence of the brotherhood and ascended to top leadership despite the historically challenging voting delegate landscape.
Do something for somebody this week Brothers.
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