Greetings Brothers!

Whether by design or by chance, the tandem of feature stories that appeared on page 10 of the Spring 1968 Oracle (attached) reveal much of what is good and pleasant to the initiated. Those peculiarly concerned with friendship, manhood, scholarship, perseverance, uplift, service, brotherly concern, and providing light in dark places will likely recognize the Omega spirit visited upon page 10.

In one article, Alpha Alpha chapter is featured honoring Leroy Keyes, a Newport News native son, Omega man, and star gridiron running back and safety. Brother Keyes was born and raised in Newport News, VA, and played college ball at Purdue where he finished 3rd and 2nd in Heisman Trophy voting in 1967 and 1968 (the year OJ Simpson won the chip), respectively. In 1969, the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Keyes in the first round (3rd overall). Please click on the following links and learn a little more about Brother Keyes…it won’t be hard to recognize the Omega in our good brother.

The second article highlights the involvement of Brothers James W. Cobb and Howard C. Davis, in the establishment of black-owned Independence Federal Savings and Loan Association in Washington, DC.

Make it a great week Brothers, be noble, and have a very safe and happy holiday season!

3rd District History and Archives Committee
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