A Brother’s Fight Against Cancer

Hampton, VA – On October 1, 2018, Brother Ash Anderson, ‘78 Upsilon Delta, the self-proclaimed “Grandvendor” of our beloved fraternity, underwent his first chemotherapy treatment to fight Prostate Cancer. Enriched with strength from the Supreme Basileus of the universe, he endured the six month journey like a True Omega Man. After completing 45 days of rigorous treatments, Brother Ash stood victorious and cancer free. Known for his joking performances and the uncommon ways in which he shows love, on December 13, 2018, he delivered his greatest performance as only he could do. Wearing championship boxing attire, Brother Ash rang the cancer free bell at Riverside Hospital before a group of fraternity brothers and other well-wishers, symbolically delivering the knockout punch to cancer.

Legislative Lobby Day

Omega Psi Phi

Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Legislative Lobby Day

Monday, January 21, 2019

Legislative Lobby Day RSVP

Legislative Lobby Day RSVP

Complete the form below to register for the Legislative Lobby Day to be held on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Point of Contact - Brother Robert Fairchild, Chairman, Political Action/Government Affairs Committee at rfairchi@msn.com 

Hosted by Delegate C. E. Cliff Hayes, Jr.

Monday, January 21, 2019

8:00 a.m. –    Arrive at Pocahontas Building

(900 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219)

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Legislative Overview

(3rd Floor, Subcommittee Room 300-B - Pocahontas Building)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Visit legislators’ offices

10:00 a.m.      Make way to Capitol steps for photo.

10:30 a.m. – Group photo with Governor Ralph Northam

(Capitol steps)

10:50 a.m. – Group photo with Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax

(Capitol steps)

11:15 a.m. – Make way to the House Gallery in the Capitol.

12:00 p.m. – Recognition on the House Floor during the Morning Hour

1:00 p.m. –    Group photo with Attorney General Mark Herring

                        (Capitol steps)

DR’s MLK Jr. Day 2019 Message

Greetings Brothers of the Third District,
Congress named MLK Jr. Day as a national day of service, and since then Americans have often celebrated the day through acts of service, dubbing the holiday “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired a nation to revolt against discrimination, injustice, poverty and war. He believed that the most pressing challenges we face could be resolved through peaceful non-violent action. Dr. King also encouraged this country and the world to be relentless in defense of marginalized communities of our society. Believing that acts of service were the great equalizer, the good Doctor stated, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
We are committed to honoring Dr. King’s legacy.  That means recognizing the human dignity in all the people we serve.  It means protecting the right to vote for all our communities.  It means ensuring that those who serve are judged not based on who they are or where they come from, but rather what they have to offer to help defend this country.  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” On MLK Jr. Day, Dr. King’s dream of a nation of freedom and justice for all becomes every American’s dream as people throughout the country come together to answer his question.
I am asking the Brotherhood to join the nation in remembering and celebrating the great American leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recommit ourselves to realizing his dream of equality and justice for all. Please join us on Monday, January 21st at Legislative Lobby Day at the Pocohantas3th Floor, Room 300, 900 East Main Street Richmond, VA 23219 at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP at https://3rddistrictques.org/news/
Thank you for your service to your Chapter, to the Third District, and to our Fraternity.  God bless you all as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
29th Third District Representative

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 1/21/19 – Metadata: Love, Mays, Nelson, Mahatma, and Martin

Greetings Brothers,
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines metadata as data that provides information about other data. The History and Archives Chairman’s Dictionary of Conveniently Useful Non-Words defines “metapeople” as people whose influence provides insight into the being of other people. In this week’s Monday Pearl, in celebration of the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we briefly highlight some of the “metapeople” who informed Dr. King’s spirituality and faith, commitment to non-violence, leadership style, conviction, and courage.

Although a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, it is well-documented that some of Dr. King’s biggest influences were Omega Men. Dr. King’s father, Martin Luther King, Sr., Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and Morehouse College Trustee, was a good friend of Brother Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, Morehouse College President Emeritus. When young Martin Luther King, Jr. himself attended Morehouse, he found a mentor in Dr. Mays and later described Mays as his “spiritual mentor.” Early in his career, Mays took an interest in the nonviolent methods of Mahatma Gandhi. In 1936, while the Dean of the Howard University School of Religion, Mays was selected as one of 13 Americans to attend the 1937 World Conference of the YMCA in Mysore, India. The purpose of the conference was to study the complex problems confronting youth around the world. While in India, Mays requested a meeting with, and eventually met Gandhi, with whom he discussed in great length the efficacy of nonviolence. In his autobiography, Born to Rebel, Mays reflected, “When I questioned Gandhi on the charge that the nonviolent man who violates the law has no respect for it, Gandhi’s response was that the nonviolent man is law-abiding in that he is willing to pay the price when he disobeys unjust laws. Later, this part of my experience with Gandhi was to give me a deeper understanding than most persons of the program of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Another King “metaperson” was William Stuart Nelson (1916 Alpha), who along with his line brothers, Campbell Carrington Johnson and Walter Herbert Mazyck, served in World War I and was commissioned at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa during World War I. Nelson was one of many distinguished Omega men who comprised The War Chapter. Discharged as a first lieutenant, Nelson returned to from the war to eventually become the Second Editor of the Oracle, Dean of the Howard School of Religion, and President of Dillard University. Over the course of his life, Nelson became ‘internationally known as an exponent of the philosophy of nonviolence. He had been a friend of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi and had walked with both in protest marches.’ When Nelson sent him his 1958 article “Satyagraha: Gandhian Principles of Non-Violent Non-Cooperation,” King wrote that it was “one of the best and most balanced analyses of the Gandhian principles of nonviolent, noncooperation that I have read.”

Lastly, in his thesis, Of Vision and Power: The Life of Bishop Edgar Amos Love, Brother J. Samuel Cook, wrote, “the sense of urgency which Edgar Love felt with respect to ending segregation—and the accompanying anger over its persistence—was one shared among most black leaders during the 1950s and 1960s. Love’s contentious opposition to William Faulkner’s “Letter to the North” [advocated against compulsory integration] was a precursor to Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1964 polemic Why We Can’t Wait. For those who haven’t heard the 1962 sermon by Founder Love, The Challenge of the Difficult, please click on http://digitalcommons.auctr.edu/itcaudio/4/ to listen.  Motivating indeed.

Please also read the attached eulogy delivered by Brother Dr. Benjamin E. Mays upon the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The History and Archives Committee wishes everyone a meaningful Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Read More - Benjamin Mays Delivers Final Eulogy for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr
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

Kappa Psi Joins Comcast Newsmakers to Commemorate National Mentoring Month with DC Rhinos Mentoring Program and Issues Challenge to All

 

Washington, DC - The Brothers of the Kappa Psi Chapter recognize the importance of being bridge builders each month as they operate the DC Rhinos Mentoring Program. With January being National Mentoring Month, they are spreading the sharing the message of their program in many ways, including their recent recorded appearance on Comcast Newsmakers to speak on the importance of mentoring the next generation of young men.

The video can be seen here: https://comcastnewsmakers.com/Videos/2018/11/16/DC-Rhinos-Mentoring-Program?autoPlay

Brother Brian Haley, DC Rhinos Co-President, sat down with Comcast’s Yolanda Vazquez, to share the good news of the DC Rhinos Mentoring Program. “When I was young, having older guys who were cool and who I looked up to, give me wisdom and push me to do better things, made me want to do good.” Brother Haley shared with Vazquez.

Kappa Psi Chapter issues a challenge to all chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc and all chapters of each Divine 9 Greek Letter Organization to take mentoring to the next level for the betterment of the next generations of young men and women.

Terrance James, the Assistant Keeper of Finance, believes in this challenge for personal reasons. He shared, “It’s all about catching the youth at young ages. When I was growing up, mentoring taught me soft-skills like how to successfully interact with diverse people, how to learn from others and how to be open-minded. These are important keys to success and it’s what we teach in the DC Rhinos Program.”

Brother Kyle Garrison is the Kappa Psi KRS and said he is proud to serve during the National Mentoring Month. He puts his love for mentoring simply, “To me, mentoring is a pathway to my greatest potential.”

If you would like to help youth reach their greatest potential or to get more information on the mentoring activities of the Kappa Psi Chapter, please visit www.dcques.org.

 

Written by:

Bro. Garrett James | 3-SP08-TLL

Editor to the Oracle: FY 2018-2019

Kappa Psi Chapter | LM #6184

P: 202-321-0706

Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the NBC4 and Telemundo 44 Health and Fitness Expo

Omega NBC Coverage

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Washington, D.C. - Third District (Northern Area I and II Chapters) - Brothers of Alpha Omega, Kappa Psi, Psi Nu, Psi Alpha Alpha, Omicron Kappa Kappa, Tau Rho and Pi Lambda Lambda Chapters, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the NBC4 and Telemundo 44 Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2019.  The brothers were asked by Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative to work with the Black Greek Letter Consortium (BGLC) as requested by Brother Dr. David Marion, 41st Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Brother Kenneth Barnes, Executive Director, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. initiated contact with Dr. Camille White, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Jennifer Jones, BGLC Program Lead and Dr. Johni Cruse Craig, BGLC Community Engagement Counselor, trained the brothers to serve as volunteers at this event. Dr. White led the coordination alongside the Sigma Gamma Rho Program Coordinator, Jacqueline Greely to coordinate all trainings, meetings, conference calls and booth space. The booth space was #701.

Dr. White stated that the brothers of Omega came through with great support.  Brother Conrado B. Morgan, First Vice District Representative, Third District was tasked by Brother Kevin Brown to take the lead for this event. Brother Morgan was successful in getting forty-five brothers from seven different chapters to sign up, volunteer at the booth and successfully engaged the entire bottom floor of the convention center.

The brothers were asked to share information about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program. They were able to inform several hundred people about precision medicine - and the rest of the organizations from the BLGC were able to do the same. The All of Us Research Program hopes to advance precision medicine by encouraging 1 million or more individuals to share their health information for medical research that could improve health for generations to come. The chapters provided gifts for kids in attendance, raffled off every hour. The kids (or parents) completed some type of exercise activity to be eligible for the raffle. The All of Us Research Program is expected to reach and do research for 1,000,000 people.  85,000 people are expected to attend the expo each year. To learn more about this valuable and impactful program, please visit www.joinallofus.org/together. Connect with Omega Phi Psi on social media for current updates and event announcements that will steadily increase across the nation. #joinallofus #bglc #omgeapsiphi

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 1/14/19 – Ozark Hillbilly



Greetings Brothers,
On page 13 of the "Blue Book," Herman Dreer succinctly described the characteristics the Founders' were looking for in potential Omega men. Dreer wrote,
"the undergraduate Founders began to study the student body carefully. Each placed in a notebook or memorandum the names of prospective candidates. Men who were considered to be worthy from the point of view of scholarship, ability to fraternize, courage and the other cardinal principles already agreed upon, were to be approached as to their willingness to cooperate in this youthful venture."
In last week's Monday Pearl the History and Archives Committee posited by proxy - the "Omega Personality," as articulated by Brother John P. Murchison in 1927. Although Murchison was comparatively less succinct than the Founders, his message was the same.
If ever there was a brother who met the Founders' criteria for membership selection or who possessed Murchison's "Omega Personality," it was Alfred E. Smith, the Ozark Hillbilly. Please find time to read the attached article from the Summer 1974 Oracle. The article is a little long, but a very good read. You might just recognize a little of yourself in the text.
Keep safe out there this week Brothers. If you think of it, check on a Senior Brother and make sure he is faring well in this snow.
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

St. Jude – Game Day Give Back Omega

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In an effort to have a more coordinated campaign, St Jude has created web links for each individual District. Please only use the link provided by St. Jude Children’s Hospital: 3rd District - OPPF.  I am proud to see that this Year’s effort is one Team with one purpose for the Mighty Third District, and I know that you and the Brothers of the Third District will help to lead in the campaign, as you have in the past. If you find a need to track your Chapter’s progress, you can identify them by name, or as they make an online donation, instruct them to put the respective chapter's name beside their name. Either method will provide you with a mechanism for tracking donations that are being made on behalf of your chapter. Please feel free to call or write if I can be of further assistance, or you can contact Brother Jeff Tarpley [(804) 370-2381; jtarpley1@yahoo.com] who is a member of the Third District Social Action Committee, and is once again leading the campaign.

Always fraternally yours in Omega,
Brother Harvey L. Woodson
Chairman, Third District Social Action Committee

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 1/7/19 – Omegaism



Greetings Brothers,

Are your Omega credentials in tact? Before you reach for your frat card, check the IHQ member database, or place a call to your chapter KRS, please read the attached editorial published in the April 1927 Oracle by then Editor, John P. Murchison.

Make it a great week Brothers. Do something good for somebody.
Read More - The Omega Personality
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