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.
- Selected articles from past Oracles - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Zo7M39A50-BUIEEpg4Iz_e0li0AFwcR9
- https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33621643/the_cincinnati_enquirer/ - 1927
- https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33621693/press_and_sunbulletin/ - 1991
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!
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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