Washington D.C., in support of the honorable Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the men of Omega Psi Phi Inc., attended the 93rd annual Black History Luncheon hosted by the Association for Studying African American Life and History (ASALH). The event was held at Washington Renaissance Hotel in Northwest, D.C. on Feb. 16 with a multitude of dignitaries and patrons in attendance.
This year’s theme at the ASALH luncheon was the “Black Migrations.” The crowd was entertained by WUSA 9 anchor and fraternity brother Darren Haynes who served as the master of ceremonies. The program kick-off also included a formal greeting from ASALH president Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. This was followed by an in-depth speech on this year’s Black History month theme “Black Migrations,” by Dr. Tiffany M. Gill from University of Delaware.
In addition, there was a panel discussion featuring panelists breaking down the history of Black Migrations and its connection to society today. The panelists included Dr Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Dr. G. Derek Musgrove, associate professor of History at University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Kojo Nnamdi, host of “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” and “The Politics Hour” on WAMU 88.5. Dr. Jelani Cobb, an Ira A. Lipman professor of journalism at Columbia University, who moderated the discussion.
Brother Kenneth Brown, Chairman, Omega Life Foundation presented a check to ASALH in the amount of $10,000 from the Foundation. Then the Grand Basileus, Brother David Marion, along with two former Grand Basilei, Brothers Knox and Ray presented a check from the Fraternity in the amount of $10,000. Lastly, the Grand Basileus presented a check for more than $135,000 to the Smithsonian's Museum of African American History and Culture in order to complete Omega's pledge of $1 million to the Smithsonian.
What a testament to our organization's perseverance in honoring our commitments. I am proud to say that Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated continues to lead from the front as the shining example for all to follow in supporting our community!
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!
Washington D.C.- On November 10, 2018, the District of Columbia, Chapters Achievement Week program was held at the La Fontaine Bleue, Koran Ballroom. This year's theme was "Omega Men, Effecting Positive Change In Communities Worldwide". On this cool fall afternoon, the ballroom was filled with brothers from the various chapters, family , friends and honored guest. The highlight of the afternoon was listening to this year's essay contest winner, Mr. Micah Jones- Senior, McKinley Technology High School. In addition, to of having a powerful and enlightening essay on the impact of Social Media on today's youth, he is our first male winner in many years! This was a grand event due to the outstanding work of the Achievement Week Committee under the leadership of Bro. Larry A. Brown, Chairman. Thus, the Washington DC Chapters proudly present the esteemed awardees for 2018 as follows:
Essay Contest Winner
Mr. Micah Jones- Senior, McKinley Technology High School
Citizen of The Year
Ms. Mercedes N. Kirkland-Doyle- Founder &
Executive Director of the Good News Community Kitchen
Col. Charles Young Military Service Award
Brother Ronald Fleshman- Alpha Omega Chapter
Superior Service Award
Brother Elijah Anglin - Alpha Chapter Chapter
Brother Kevin Poplar - Kappa Psi Chapter
Brother C. Delray Brown - Alpha Omega Chapter
Founders Lifetime Achievement Award
Brother Patrick Perry, Sr.- Kappa Psi Chapter
Brother Roderick Von Watson - Alpha Omega Chapter
Omega Man of the Year Award
Brother James D. Walker II - Alpha Chapter
Brother Kevin Poplar- Kappa Psi Chapter
Brother Courtenay Miller-Alpha Omega Chapter