Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 7/15/19 – Commitment

Greetings Brothers!

Congratulations to all the Brothers from the Third District who received service award recognitions at the 1st Annual Moses C. Norman, Sr. Leadership Conference. You are living history.

While participating in the Saturday Worship and Rededication Service, I was moved by Grand Chaplain Rev. Dr. Walter T. Richardson's remarks in which he talked about three distinct types of Brothers - The Casual Brother, the Cultural Brother, and the Committed Brother. I'm sure there was at least one of each among those receiving service awards this time around. Brother Richardson caused me to think about the category in which I belonged. I was most impressed by Brother Richardson's description of the Committed Brother, the fulcrum of which revealed the extent of one's relative marginality in Omega, and hoped one day brothers would count me in the Committed Brother number. I have a long way to go, I'm sure.

Throughout the rest of that morning I thought less about myself and began thinking more about others who measured up to Brother Richardson's Committed Brother definition and who, therefore, I might draw inspiration.

I then found myself enjoying the service awards during the undergraduate luncheon. At a similar event the previous day, I had the pleasure of sitting next to my chapter brother, Charles Briggs. As always, I enjoyed our conversation during which he shared with me that he was looking forward to receiving his 50-year recognition the following day. A day later I found myself sitting next to Brothers Amos Townsend, Rob Warren, and the legendary Bombay, As the program went on, I heard Brother Grand KRS, Mark Jackson, call the name of former District Representative, James R. Clark, Sr. who was there to receive his 70-year recognition. As I watched Brother Clark walk up to receive his recognition, I was at once moved and inspired. I was in the presence of the Committed - Clark, Briggs, Townsend, Warren, and Bombay. These and many others were the men Brother Richardson was talking about earlier that morning - never on the margins.

Congratulations Brother Clark. I'm told that in addition to serving the Third District as its 14th District Representative, you have served as KRS of Delta Omega Chapter for some 38 years. Now that is history! Thank you for your example.

Make it a great week Brothers. Be committed!

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 7/8/19 – 24 Feet 5-1/2 Inches

Greetings Brothers!

This week’s Monday Pearl celebrates this day for two important reasons: 1) July 8th is the birthday of fellow History and Archives Committee member, Brother Terrence Spence (3-18-Delta Omega), and 2) on this date 95 years ago (1924) Brother William DeHart Hubbard won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, France. In doing so, Hubbard became the first Black American to win an individual Olympic gold medal. The latter occurrence is unquestionably significant and exemplary of the best of Omega; and something tells me the former will also inure to the benefit of Omega in time – in my assessment, it already has. A warm reflection and fraternal nod of respect to our good Brother in Omega Chapter and a Friendly happy birthday to Brother Spence.

In true Omega fashion and in honor of his birthday, we put Brother Spence to work. Ever-dutiful, our good Brother has obliged us with the following illuminations on the life and contributions of Brother William DeHart Hubbard.

  1. Selected articles from past Oracles - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Zo7M39A50-BUIEEpg4Iz_e0li0AFwcR9
  2. https://arthurashe.ucla.edu/2016/07/08/william-dehart-hubbards-leap-toward-gold/
  3. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33622216/hubbard1926nya/
  4. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33621643/the_cincinnati_enquirer/ - 1927
  5. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33621836/hubbard1946/
  6. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33621729/hubbard1947/
  7. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33622484/hubbard1959humanrights/
  8. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33621693/press_and_sunbulletin/ - 1991
  9. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33621428/hubbard2003/
  10. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33621550/hubbard2007/
  11. https://studentlife.umich.edu/content/william-dehart-hubbard

Although I was aware of his accomplishments as a world-class athlete, I was pleased to learn about his endeavors as an owner of the first Negro Leagues baseball team in Cincinnati, Ohio – the Tigers – and that he was a life-long champion for housing, education, and civil rights, as well as a member of the first group of Omegas to develop the Fraternity’s National Social Action Program.

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 7/1/19 – Logos and Pathos



Greetings Brothers!

Are we a learning organization? Is there enthusiasm in our learning? I recently read an article by John P. Murchison in the May 1924 Oracle (a rare gem) titled, "The Negro And Civilization." Although taken somewhat out of context, I thought Murchison's take on education was relevant when applied to modern-day Omega.  

Murchison proffered, "What, then, should be the nature and true aims of his education? Education, in its broadest sense, means the attempt to guide life so as to enhance its value. It implies the transmission of experience from one generation to another, the revision of experience through the discovery of new facts and new values, and an adjustment of behavior in accordance with this revision. With the Negro there has been little or none of this revision of experience; instead there has been an almost uncritical veneration of the past. The past has erred as well as it has achieved. The standards of value of things are determined not by their past but by their use in the present, by the extent to which they hinder or promote the results which are consciously desired now." The act of learning "is accompanied by emotion, which impedes [the act] by confusing it, or sustains it by giving it a compelling motive."

The lessons of history challenge us to be neither lukewarm in our learning nor too expedient and reactionary in our present and future constitution. Are we a learning organization?

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!
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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 6/24/19 – Virginia Voters League

Greetings Brothers,

On yesterday, June 23, 2019, several brothers from Delta Omega chapter represented and honored the Fraternity’s legacy of leadership in the fight for civil rights through their attendance at the Celebration of the Unveiling of the Virginia Voters League Historical Marker in Petersburg, VA. The Third District History and Archives Committee thanks Brothers William “Tripp” Bland, Marlon Penn, Terrence Spence, Harold J. Haughton, Sr., former District Representative James Clark, Horace Webb, Craig Branch, and James Holden for representing Omega at this important celebration. Brother Spence, a member of the Third District History and Archives Committee, covered the event on behalf of the Committee and provided the following reflections, report, and pictures commemorating the event.


As I was preparing for what I hope will be the first of many submission to the Monday Pearl, I couldn’t help but to reflect on some of the challenges I have personally witnessed as a black man growing up in the late 60’s and 70’s in Baltimore, MD. I still vividly recall when Dr. King was assassinated and the profound impact his loss had on me, my community, and blacks nationwide.  It is with this backdrop that I was humbled and considered it a privilege to have attended the Unveiling of the Historical Marker for the Virginia Voters League held at First Baptist Church in Petersburg, VA.

In March 1935, Brother Luther P. Jackson formed the Petersburg League of Negro Voters, which later (1941) became the Virginia Voter’s League (VVL). Jackson, along with fraternity members James P. Spencer, Raymond J. Valentine, and Robert H. Cooley, Jr. founded the VVL and through their efforts and the organization’s agency substantially increased black voting strength through voter registration and poll tax payments, at one point organizing voting clubs in 80 counties and 24 cities across the state of Virginia. These were serious men of purpose and consequence.

The program consisted of a formal recognition from the Historical society of Virginia as well as remarks from a representative of each honoree’s family. Each family member conveyed their sincere gratitude for the display of appreciation in the recognition of the untiring efforts that these great men of Omega made; ensuring that all African Americans would have the power to exercise their right to vote. As a result of their efforts, these great men will forever be formally memorialized in the State of Virginia and throughout the nation for their trailblazing contributions to civil rights and social justice.

I have attached a few pictures from the event and have provided content from the Third District Conference Meeting Minutes, 1946 Third District Memoir Book, 1949 Third District Conference Meeting Minutes, and an info packet on Brother Luther P. Jackson prepared by Brother Major Galloway for the Alpha Omega Lest We Forget fellowship program. I’ve also provided 16th Grand Basileus Albert W. Dent’s annual address printed in the March 1941 Oracle, which highlights Omega’s instrumentality in the advancement and betterment of mankind. You’ll note in the short, highlighted passage the Third District’s leadership in serious matters. When possible, I’ve tried to highlight the relevant content in each of the documents provided. Because some of the document file sizes are large, I’ve made all of the documents available for download by clicking on this link https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tA1dSfcFqsdViJgjQOZLIVz7Pvznh8l_.

As we reflect on the historical significance of what these great men embarked upon let theirs stories of sacrifice as well as all men of Omega who have come before us be always looked upon as a great source of inspiration.

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 6/17/19 – DU GOOD

Brother DKRS, please forward this message with attachments to the Brothers at your earliest convenience. Your widest distribution is requested. Thanks!

Greetings Brothers and Happy Belated Father's Day!

The good brothers from Gamma Omega chapter and others with ties to Lynchburg, VA likely recognize the name Diuguid. The Diuguid family reportedly descended from French Hugenots who fled France for Scotland in the late 16th and early 17th centuries for fear of religious persecution. In 1687, William Duiguid, Sr. was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and in 1716 he married Jean Henry, the seventh great-granddaughter of James "Fiery Face" Stewart II, King of Scotland. William and Jean had two sons, one named William Duiguid, Jr., who along with his wife migrated to Goochland County, VA (which later became part of what is now known as Albemarle County) somewhere around 1745. William Duiguid, Jr. had several grandchildren, two of whom were William S. Duiguid and Sampson Duiguid.

Sampson Duiguid moved to Lynchburg in the early 1800s and in 1817 established the Diuguid Funeral Directing Establishment (now named the Duiguid Funeral Service and Crematory Co.), the second oldest of its kind in the United States. As you can probably guess, these were white people

Lincoln I. Duiguid (a black man) was born on February 6, 2017. (I'll let you fill in the blanks, however, Lincoln's is not an unfamiliar reality.) At an early age, Lincoln Duiguid knew he wanted to be a scientist. In 1935, while attending West Virginia State College in pursuit of his childhood dream he was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity by way of Theta Psi chapter. Several of Duiguid's blood brothers were also members of the fraternity and as adults were prominent members their communities.

Lincoln Duiguid graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia State and later earned master's and doctorate degrees in organic chemistry from Cornell University. In 1940 he moved to St. Louis, MO where he established the Du-Good Chemical Laboratory. I encourage you to check out the attached articles from the September 1935 and March 1950 Oracles (note the name captioned beneath Diuguid's picture was likely a mistake on the part of the author), as well as the following Internet resources.

As previously proffered, the Omega story is best told in the biographies of its members. Accordingly, the initiated would do well to familiarize itself with Brother Duiguid's example of stoic resolve and principled pursuit.

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/obituaries/pioneering-african-american-chemist-refused-to-pass-for-white-he/article_29ae5063-1eae-5c74-98ec-6d40ba2a8919.html

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/32951992/lincoln_diuguid_1998/

https://diuguidfuneralservice.com/about-us/history-staff/

Read More - Diuguid_Sep1935

Read More - Diuguid_Mar1950

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 6/10/19 – Grandfather of Black Basketball

Greetings Brothers,

Last week I was working in Cambridge, Massachusetts and one evening after work I decided to jump on the red line and visit Harvard. Although school was out and graduation ceremonies were held the week before, when I emerged from the subway Harvard Square was still a buzz with activity. As I entered the gates to the campus and found my way to Harvard Yard I felt the awesome presence of history, and more profoundly, black history. I'm convinced there is no other predominately white institution of learning that could have that effect on me, except for maybe the University of Alabama or Ole Miss...but for very different reasons. The latter represents our overcoming the worst of white people under contrived circumstances and the former represents our "parity" with all humanity in real and meaningful terms, regardless of the measure. (The use of the word "parity" is arguably diplomatic (weak) considering our history of enslavement.

Anyway, that's not what this week's Monday Pearl is about. This week's Monday Pearl is about basketball. The night before my sojourn to Harvard, I spent the night in my hotel room working and watching game 3 of the NBA finals. Fast forward, while riding back on the subway from Harvard to my hotel I made an Omega connection between my seemingly unrelated visit to Harvard and game 3 of the NBA finals. I remembered a reclamation and fellowship event I organized with Brother Rohulamin Quander to celebrate the induction of Brother Dr. Edwin Bancroft Henderson into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. Henderson studied at Harvard, was a charter member of Alpha Omega chapter, and will always be known as the "Grandfather of Black Basketball."

Please check out the attached documents and these great videos and other resources on the web (see links below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2CaF1WcloQ – Hall of Fame Induction Speech and Ceremony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgc-ha87kfM – Strong Men and Women in Virginia History – 2018 Honoree

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtoHU-Nsaj8&t=95s – Dr. E.B. Henderson: The Grandfather of Black Basketball (Revised Edition)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcpeRBmeqB0 – Black Magic The Rise of Black Basketabll (Part 1 containing content on E.B. Henderson)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khMUks-hjGU – Black Magic The Rise of Black Basketball (Full Version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHn8kAKHR9g – Chauncey Billups Honors E.B. Henderson

http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/edwin-henderson/ - New England Historical Society

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1622ribVnHhG6OU7qqslvb32sBz51Nw_X -The Life of Edwin Bancroft Henderson and his Professional Contributions to Physical Education by Leon N Coursey

Read More - 3_EB Henderson Article

Read More - 1_EBH_HOF_Flyer

Make it a great week Brothers. Go Toronto! 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 6/3/19 – Fund of Anecdotes

Greetings Brothers,

The H&A Committee would first like to recognize the birthday of our late Brother Charles R. Drew who was born on this day in 1904. Early in the Monday Pearl series we shared a great article on Brother Drew written by his wife, Lenore Robbins Drew.  Please check it out by clicking this link http://3rddistrictques.org/history-and-archives-monday-pearl-9-30-18/. We can't share it enough. Thanks to Mrs. Drew's reflections we know much more about our good brother. He amounted to much more than the sum of his accomplishments. As Mrs. Drew describes, his biggest accomplishments never made it to Wikipedia.

This week's Monday Pearl is somewhat of a personal indulgence. In this STEM dominated world, I submit that art and the liberal arts are not only still useful, but never more important. After all, intelligence should never be artificial and human connection should never be governed or otherwise filtered by algorithm. While hard drives store and retrieve data and fancy software can quickly analyze patterns and trends in the data, human conveyance of human experience, interpretation, and feeling will always be (or at least should be) important to understanding. As a medium, art and the liberal arts (literature, journalism, and communications to name a few) will always have more bandwidth (i.e., capacity to connect) than any fiber optics.

Indulge me. As I am want to do on a Sunday, I used my phone and its Bluetooth technology to connect to my Bluetooth sound box (my grandfather used to call it white man's magic) so I could visit with, talk to, and be transported by my friend Aretha Franklin. She's the best pastor I've ever had and though I've never met her in person, through her art - her gift - we not only connect, we relate. Listen to "Mary , Don't You Weep" recorded live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in LA 1972 and you'll know what I mean. When she tells Mary not to weep, Martha not to worry, and calls on their brother Lazarus to stand up...yeah, you'll know what I mean. Like Mary, Each song is a story...a personal account...an anecdote rich with context and texture.

And so it is with the liberal artist - the recorder, writer, and teller of stories. Collectively, his anecdotes  more fully shape and give context and texture to our understanding, particularly of history and historical points of reference. The better artists make it so we don't just know the story, but relate to the story. Over the years, Omega has had many such storytellers. The Oracle is a fund of anecdotes.

While watching the basketball game, I stumbled on an interesting account of "Harlem During the Negro Renaissance" by Arthur P. Davis in the Summer 1971 Oracle. Brother Davis was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and first black student to be awarded a Ph.D in English from Columbia University (1942). He served Omega in many capacities, most notably longtime chairman of the National Scholarship Commission, appointed in 1954 by 22nd Grand Basileus John F. Potts, Sr. to help improve the state undergraduate scholarship. Davis became a full professor of English at Howard University in 1944, where he eventually led the English department until his retirement in 1980. In 1968, Davis directed the first Ph.D dissertation in English at Howard University.

Please find Davis' article "Harlem During the Negro Renaissance" attached, along with articles from the March 1954 Oracle describing the Fraternities new scholarship initiative and Brother Davis' appointment to lead the effort.

Make it a great week Brothers, and if you happen to have kids who are aspiring engineers, scientists, mathematicians, or technologists, encourage them to take a few English classes along the way.  Be noble!

Read More - DavisHarlem_Summer1971Oracle

Read More - DavisScholarship_March1954Oracle

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.

History and Archives Monday Pearl 5/27/19 – “Zee”

Greetings Brothers,

The History and Archives Committee recognizes, thanks, and honors all of the noble servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice and to all those who remain physically with us today who have served or continue to serve.

"Nineteen Thirty Three was cruel to the Fraternity; it took from us our beloved Mazyck, or "Zee", as he was known to his intimates." - S. Malcom Dodson

This week's Monday Pearl remembers Walter H. Mazyck. Whether this is the first or tenth time you've read the attached information, it is worthy of your attention on this Memorial Day.

Read More - Mazyck

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 5/20/19 – Walking the Walk

Greetings Brothers,

The History and Archives Committee is happy to welcome two new members, Brother David Carl (1993 Gamma currently with Alpha Omega) and Brother Terence Spence (2018 Delta Omega). The Committee welcomes their spirit and interest and looks forward to their future contributions.

Brother Carl hales from a long line of men of sterling worth and ever since I met him has impressed me with his commitment to carry on and add to the legacy of Gamma Chapter and the Fraternity at large We are lucky to have him in our ranks in the Third District. Brother Carl is a distinguished fraternity historian who currently serves on the International History and Archives Committee and has made numerous contributions to the fraternity's historical record.

Brother Spence, although relatively new to the fraternity, is no less important to our mission as a Committee - that mission being to not simply record and regurgitate historical facts, but to apply and mobilize the examples and lessons from our history to help address and overcome contemporary challenges; bring to bear our enduring values such that we gain a clearer understanding of our path forward; and to more fully indoctrinate, acculturate, and deliver the organizational inheritance to our new members in such a way that provides context and motivation for their adding to what they receive. Brother Spence is similarly distinguished in that he raised his hand and said, "I'd like to be a part of what your are doing, how can I help?" His outreach and example are greatly appreciated.

This week's Monday Pearl is provided by Brother David Carl and highlights the life and contributions of another Gamma chapter brother who made a big difference in the Third District. I enjoyed reading and learning about Brother Gordon Blaine Hancock, Prolific Journalist, Clergyman, Sociologist, and Professor Emeritus at Virginia Union. I hope you too enjoy learning about Brother Hancock's contributions.

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 5/13/19 – Our Strength

 

Greetings Brothers,

At different times in our lives and in different ways Omega has helped to articulate and channel the many noble qualities interwoven in the fabric of the true Omega man - qualities that were in him even before he became Omega. After all, sheep can't make goat any more than cat can make dog. Thus, the answer to the question, "does Omega make men or do men make Omega?" is that Omega requires, implies, and demands that we manifestly apply the nobility within us to all that we do. But from where do we get our sense of nobility?

This Monday Pearl honors all the mothers who instilled virtue, goodness, honor, honesty, decency, integrity, magnanimity, generosity, selflessness, and bravery in all loyal Sons of Omega and in doing so, instilled the same in Omega. Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the Mary Matthews Justs (educator, founder of Maryville, and mother of Founder Ernest E. Just), Susie H. (Carr) Loves (mother of Founder Edgar Amos Love and first female graduate of Morgan College), Abbie Mitchell Cooks (mother of William Mercer Cook co-writer of Omega Dear and actress who played Clara in the premier production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), and Maggie L. Walkers (bank president, newspaper publisher, civil rights activist, and mother of Melvin D. Walker an early member of Zeta Chapter) of the world.  Perhaps Brother Hughes says it best.

The Negro Mother by Langston Hughes

Children, I come back today 
To tell you a story of the long dark way 
That I had to climb, that I had to know 
In order that the race might live and grow. 
Look at my face - dark as the night - 
Yet shining like the sun with love's true light. 
I am the dark girl who crossed the red sea 
Carrying in my body the seed of the free. 
I am the woman who worked in the field 
Bringing the cotton and the corn to yield. 
I am the one who labored as a slave, 
Beaten and mistreated for the work that I gave - 
Children sold away from me, I'm husband sold, too. 
No safety, no love, no respect was I due.

Three hundred years in the deepest South: 
But God put a song and a prayer in my mouth. 
God put a dream like steel in my soul. 
Now, through my children, I'm reaching the goal. 

Now, through my children, young and free, 
I realized the blessing deed to me. 
I couldn't read then. I couldn't write. 
I had nothing, back there in the night. 
Sometimes, the valley was filled with tears, 
But I kept trudging on through the lonely years. 
Sometimes, the road was hot with the sun, 
But I had to keep on till my work was done: 
I had to keep on! No stopping for me - 
I was the seed of the coming Free. 
I nourished the dream that nothing could smother 
Deep in my breast - the Negro mother. 
I had only hope then, but now through you, 
Dark ones of today, my dreams must come true: 
All you dark children in the world out there, 
Remember my sweat, my pain, my despair. 
Remember my years, heavy with sorrow - 
And make of those years a torch for tomorrow. 
Make of my pass a road to the light 
Out of the darkness, the ignorance, the night. 
Lift high my banner out of the dust. 
Stand like free men supporting my trust. 
Believe in the right, let none push you back. 
Remember the whip and the slaver's track. 
Remember how the strong in struggle and strife 
Still bar you the way, and deny you life - 
But march ever forward, breaking down bars. 
Look ever upward at the sun and the stars. 
Oh, my dark children, may my dreams and my prayers 
Impel you forever up the great stairs - 
For I will be with you till no white brother 
Dares keep down the children of the Negro Mother.

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.