Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 11/11/19 – TAAFite Omegas: A Legacy of Service

Greetings Brothers!

The members of the Third District History and Archives Committee extend our gratitude to those who served. Yours is a long history and legacy of contribution, service, and honor. A small but worthy representation of that legacy was chronicled in the June 1945 Oracle and is shared in this week's Monday Pearl.
Happy Veteran's Day.
Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!
 
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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 11/4/19 – The Nobility of Challenge

 

Greetings Brothers!

On May 30, 1963, Brother Walter Nathaniel Ridley, then president of Elizabeth City State Teachers College, addressed the senior class of Nash Central High School in Nashville, NC. In his address he stated "The greatest difference between men is the difference in aspiration and development. The challenge is to erase that difference." He went on to say that "If one would take upon himself the nobility of challenge, he must take upon himself the responsibility of being somebody."

Ridley was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in the fall of 1930 by way of Alpha Chapter on the campus of Howard University. A true son of the Third District, Ridley was born in Newport News, VA, taught for 21 years at Virginia State University, served as academic dean at Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA, and made numerous contributions to the Petersburg and Norfolk communities as a member of both Delta Omega and Lambda Omega chapters. In 1953, Brother Ridley became the first African American to receive an academic doctoral degree from a traditional Southern white college or university when he graduated from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education (https://aig.alumni.virginia.edu/ridley/about/history/life-walter-n-ridley/)..

In addition to serving as the longtime Third District Scholarship Committee Chairman, In the mid-1950's, Ridley was appointed by Grand Basileus John F. Potts to serve with the likes of Benjamin E. Mays, I. Gregory Newton, and Arthur P. Davis (member of the original Committee on the History of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity) on the National Scholarship Commission. Ridley remained on the committee until 1976, serving as chairman of the committee from 1971-1973.

Ridley retired as president emeritus from Elizabeth City State Teachers College in 1968. During his tenure, Ridley made news when he admitted the first white student to a traditionally black southern university, an event which was documented by Walter Cronkite and Mike Wallace when the college was showcased in a CBS TV documentary, "Integration in Reverse.”

From 1970 until his retirement, Ridley taught psychology at West Chester University in Pennsylvania where he helped charter the Omega Delta chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in 1972 (https://westchesterques.com/history/). Upon his retirement, the university designated Ridley professor emeritus.

In honor of Ridley's legacy of erasing differences in aspiration and development and achievement, the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund was established at the University of Virginia in 1987. For over 32 years, with an endowment of over $5 million, the Ridley Scholarship family of funds has sought to attract and retain the nation’s most meritorious African-American students to the University of Virginia.

The Committee encourages you to check out the attached information to learn more about and from Brother Walter N. Ridley.

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Read More - Ridley_OralHistory1980Oracle

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 10/28/19 – The H Stands For?

Greetings Brothers!

I sincerely regret failing to get a Monday Pearl message out last week. Suffice it to say that I sure could have used a few 25 hour days during that 7-day stretch.. My apologies. Although I attempted to channel the indefatigable Mr. Omega himself, Brother H. Carl Moultrie I, I realized I am no H. Carl Moultrie I.

In 1949, our very own Harry T. Penn welcomed Brother Moultrie as the Fraternity's first National Executive Secretary, a fitting ascendance. This marked the logical continuum in a remarkable legacy of service, purpose, and consequence. In the summer of 2016 I was honored to have the opportunity to write a feature story on the Honorable Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. (Alpha 1966), in which I wrote the following:

"Dixon graduated from Georgetown in 1973 and subsequently clerked for fellow fraternity Brother and Georgetown Law School Alum, H. Carl Moultrie, I, then Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Brother Moultrie served as Omega’s first National Executive Secretary from 1949 – 1972 and was considered by many to be “one of Omega’s best known and respected sons,” and more affectionately, “Mr. Omega.” In 1978, Judge Moultrie became Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and was recognized for his many years of service by the renaming of the DC Superior Courthouse Building in his name shortly after his passing in 1986. Brother Moultrie’s example would have a profound impact on Dixon during and after his clerkship. Dixon described Brother Moultrie as tirelessly committed to excellence in all he did. His enthusiasm was infectious. His energy, wit, sharp mind, thoughtfulness, and ability to quickly ascertain the right thing to say or do at the right time with an uncommon sense of economy was legendary. All of these qualities were elemental to Brother Moultrie’s unmistakable charisma, but perhaps most compelling was his keen sense of what it means to be human and his related ability to engineer our tendencies, capabilities, and limitations as human beings into a workable and productive organizational circumstance. This served Brother Moultrie well as Chief Judge of the D.C. Superior Court, and as Omega’s first National Executive Secretary. Dixon was uplifted."

Mr. Omega, indeed.

This Monday Pearl attempts to present to some and introduce to others (in less encyclopedic and more human terms) Brother H. Carl Moutrie, I, an exemplary Omega. Included in the attached documents is an interesting record of the deliberations that took place leading up to Brother Moultrie's selection as our first National Executive Secretary.

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Read More - 3_AlphaOmegaFeaturesMoultrie_1985

Read More - 4_AFarewellToMoultrie_1986

Read More - 5_MoultrieFuneralServiceProgram

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 10/14/19 – Brother You’re On My Mind

Greetings Brothers!

This week's Monday Pearl is a short, friendly reminder to take care of one another. Call a Brother. Make him say he is okay, and mean it. Anything short of that, do your best to UPLIFT him.

The Committee has attached the following notices for perspective.

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Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 10/7/19 – Doc Sykes

Greetings Brothers!

In the spirit of the season, please be uplifted by the following:

This pitching ace graduated from Howard University in 1915 and earned his DDS from Howard in 1918. A two-sport athlete, Frank Jehoy Sykes was the captain of Howard’s baseball team and never lost a collegiate game he pitched while playing professional baseball during summer breaks to help pay his tuition. Known for his famous spitball, Sykes pitched for five different Negro League teams during his career which spanned 1913-24. Named “Doc” by Negro League organizer, owner, and pitcher, Rube Foster, Sykes’ team, the New York Lincoln Stars, won the Colored World Series in 1915. In 1922, while playing with the Baltimore Black Sox, Sykes had his best season with a record of 30-6-1 and pitched a perfect game against the Bacharach Giants on September 16, 1922. While playing baseball, Sykes established a dental practice in Baltimore working during the day and pitching at night. He retired from baseball in August 1924 as the travel schedule of the Black Sox conflicted with his growing dental practice.

In 1926, Sykes moved back to his hometown, Decatur, AL, to help care for his mother. He established a practice in Decatur and became one of its standout citizens. In 1933, Sykes testified in a Morgan County Courtroom arguing his qualifications to serve as a juror in the retrial of the Scottsboro Boys. As a result of his testimony, he received death threats and, on two occasions, the KKK burned crosses on his property. Tiring of the racism in the South, Sykes moved back to Baltimore in 1938 and reestablished his dental practice where he remained for the rest of his life.

Nicknamed "Doc", Sykes was initiated into Omega through Alpha Chapter in 1914. He also was one of the original members of Pi (now Pi Omega) Chapter in Baltimore in 1921 and was fraternally active until he entered Omega Chapter in 1986.

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 9/30/19 – Men of Consequence

Greetings Brothers!

I have found that one of the best ways to appreciate history is to experience history. When researching information on the charter members of Alpha Omega chapter, my meandering delivered me to the year 1939 and the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. There, the famous contralto, Marian Anderson, blessed the nation and the world with her virtuosity. "How did the chairman of Third District History and Archives Committee end up here?" you might ask. Moreover, what does Marian Anderson have to do with Omega? Please read the attached from the March 1939 Oracle. You will undoubtedly recognize some of the names mentioned in the article. Two names, with which you may not be so familiar, are Garnet C. Wilkinson and A. Kiger Savoy, who were prominent educators and two of Alpha Omega's recorded charter members.

After reading the article, you might also enjoy this documentary on Marian Anderson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH4cffnJUow). At about the 16:20 mark, you'll no doubt notice another familiar name.

Marian Anderson (1897-1993)

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Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 9/23/19 – Achievement Week is Coming!

Greetings Brothers!

In 1948, Grand Basileus Harry T. Penn appointed another capable son of the Third District, Brother A. G. Macklin, to serve as the Fraternity's National Achievement Week Director. In concert with Grand Basileus Penn's emphasis on social action, Brother Macklin set the National Achievement Week theme and agenda for the 2020...I mean 1948 fraternal year, as detailed in the attached September 1948 Bulletin?

Submitted with enthusiasm.

Read More - Achievement Week is Coming_Redacted

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 9/16/19 – Love: Black Liberation Theology

Greetings Brothers!

On September 10, 1891, Founder Edgar Amos Love was born. Last week (Tuesday) on what would have been his 128th birthday (I think I got the math right) I thought about Founder Love. I re-read "Of Vision and Power: The Life of Bishop Edgar Amos Love" by Brother J. Samuel Cook and listened again to "The Challenge of the Difficult," an audio recording of a speech delivered by our beloved Founder to a group of young aspiring theologians at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia in 1962. It was good to hear the nobility in his message and perhaps even better to hear the nobility in his voice. Listen for the first time or the hundredth, but listen. His message is both timeless and timely. After listening, I encourage you to read or re-read Brother Cook's thesis (attached).

Clicking on the following link is neither challenging nor difficult. Listen to the end. Enjoy, reflect, and connect.

https://radar.auctr.edu/islandora/object/auc.066%3A1504

Of Vision and Power_Bishop EA Love

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

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.