Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Upsilon Nu partnered with ‘Team Change’ to chaperone youth from the Greater Richmond area to the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall.
We thank Ms. Lisa Robinson the ‘Team Change Coordinator’ at Highland Springs for providing Upsilon Nu the opportunity to continue our support of community based programming. Ms. Robinson is a teacher at Highland Springs Elementary School. Approximately seventy-five students took part in this event that started at 10 am at Fairfield Middle School and concluded at our return back into Richmond at 10:30pm. Highland Springs Elementary is also the site of Upsilon Nu’s Reading and Mentoring program headed up by Bro. Robert Brown, Jr.
“Upsilon Nu is a Charter Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, so we feel like we are displaying a part of our home when we guide the youth through the museum. Even though ‘Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’, was a major sponsor that was involved in funding the museum project, Upsilon Nu thought it was only appropriate that our Chapter also show its support”, stated Basileus Jeff Tarpley.
Many of the youth do not get a chance to see something as grand as this. To help them in remembering this event the youth were given a “Team Change Knowledge Passport” to document exhibits seen at the museum and any thoughts they had on what they had seen. Upsilon Nu also donated $25.00 per child they sponsored so that there would be no cost to the students to attend the trip.
As the tour continued there were lots of conversation on what was being seen and why it was so important for the kids to see and hear about many of the events that happen and why it was so important to never forget. Many of the youth had not been outside of Richmond before and thought just traveling somewhere was great. One of the kids noted that he had never been on an escalator before and wished that his school would take them on trips like this along with his friends that were not able to attend.
The museum which opened to great fanfare in September 2016 and reached the count of 1.4 million visitors by June of 2017. Many of the youth attending today probably never thought they would one day attend. Well, today was the day and they will have something to talk about for years to come, because they will always be a part of that growing number.
“And though this was a great outing and it had a purpose and benefit, we realize what was seen today is just a part of the growing efforts to reach and support our community. It will take more than knowledge trips like today, it will take a concentrated sustained effort”, states Basileus Jeff Tarpley.
Article by Bro. Michael Edwards and Bro. Jerome Jackson Pictures by Bro. Jerome Jackson