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History records Omega men from Lambda Omega, Gamma Omega, Ph Phi, Delta Omega, and Gamma Alpha who were instrumental in the success of the Virginia State Conference concept that eventually developed into what we now know as the Third District. One such Omega man, Brother C.W. Seay served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the second Virginia State Conference in 1935. At the time, Brother Seay was also the Basileus of Gamma Omega chapter, French teacher at Dunbar High School in Lynchburg, VA, a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of the State Teachers’ Association, president of the Western Division State Scholastic Athletic Association, and coach of multiple high school sports.

In 1936, Brother Seay became the Head of Negro Schools in Petersburg, VA, thereby transferring his membership to Delta Omega chapter. Upon his departure from Lynchburg, the brothers of Gamma Omega called him a “staunch Q” and stated he would be “greatly missed.” That same year, Brother Seay was elected the first District Representative under the Fraternity’s newly reorganized district structure, which at the time organized Virginia chapters in the Fourth District until 1941, at which time they became a part of the Third District.

As I have often proffered, it is one thing to read the names in the record but it is always more interesting to see the faces and either read or hear the words of our bridge builders. I was happy to stumble on a reprint of an address on Colonel Charles Young given by Brother Seay, then Basileus of Gamma Omega, that appeared in the June 1935 Oracle. I trust, like me, you will find it a somewhat revealing window into the man behind the name.

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3rd District History and Archives Committee
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