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    Quentin Hart of Eta Gamma Gamma, First Black Mayor in Waterloo, IA Quentin Hart of Eta Gamma Gamma, First Black Mayor in Waterloo, IA

    Quentin Hart of Eta Gamma Gamma, First Black Mayor in Waterloo, IA

Quentin Hart of Eta Gamma Gamma, First Black Mayor in Waterloo, IA

Quentin Hart stood on the Fourth Street Bridge and gazed down at the Cedar River that swirled beneath him and flowed south on its way to the Delta. This is where he lingered the night of Dec. 1 when he got the phone call from his campaign manager telling him that he had won the run-off election to become his hometown’s first African-American mayor. He wanted to be in the middle of the bridge — a deeply symbolic spot in this city, as if suspended between two worlds — when he first heard the election results. He had kept this same vigil on at least three previous election nights. Fifty years after the Voting Rights Act and seven years after President Barack Obama won the White House, it may strike some as overblown to note how a Midwestern city of fewer than 70,000 residents, like many others before it, finally reflects modern demographics in its top job and has shed old prejudice at the ballot box. But election of its first black mayor bears special meaning in a city that arguably more than any other in Iowa, has been bitterly divided by race. As a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Hart, 44, aims to transcend Waterloo’s historical boundaries and unify his city, which in recent years also has seen a growing number of Latino, Burmese and Bosnian residents. Hart takes over the mayor’s office at a time when our national debate on race has gotten hotter. The last two years of headlines about black Americans killed by police and other racially charged flash points — from the Ferguson, Mo., riots to the University of Missouri student protests — has intensified these issues for all public officials. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, so far [...]

By |January 29th, 2016|District Representative, News, Spotlight|Comments Off
  • Speaking with the Mayor
    Fraternity hosts youth leadership summit in wake of Ferguson Fraternity hosts youth leadership summit in wake of Ferguson

    Fraternity hosts youth leadership summit in wake of Ferguson

Fraternity hosts youth leadership summit in wake of Ferguson

Posted 6:02 pm, February 25, 2015, by Anthony Kiekow, Updated at 03:59pm, February 25, 2015 ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Black males filled the Omega Center in St. Louis Wednesday.   It was all the result of a youth leadership summit hosted by the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.   More than 300 middle and high school students from across St. Louis and St. Louis County were present.   The events in Ferguson pushed the fraternity to organize the summit. The goal is to teach the young males crucial lessons and remind them that they are not alone.   “How to interact with law enforcement and we are attempting this year to send a clear message that they have a support system,” Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. John Bowman said.   …..Read More and Watch the Video

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    Bro. Kavon Williams of the Theta Mu Nu (NM) is recognized as Rugby Player of the year Bro. Kavon Williams of the Theta Mu Nu (NM) is recognized as Rugby Player of the year

    Bro. Kavon Williams of the Theta Mu Nu (NM) is recognized as Rugby Player of the year

Bro. Kavon Williams of the Theta Mu Nu (NM) is recognized as Rugby Player of the year

2014 Rugby Today Awards – College 7s POY By Pat Clifton | 01.07.15 Our College 7s Player of the Year might be someone you’ve not heard of this time around. It’s not the leading scorer from the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, it’s not a standout from the inaugural ACRC 7s championship, and there was no 2014 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship to pluck an MVP from. Instead, our guy comes from the NSCRO ranks. Kevon Williams was one of the talks of the 2014 CRC, even though he wasn’t playing in the main event. His New Mexico Highlands team was in the NSCRO National Championship tournament being held at PPL Park in conjunction with the CRC, and he led the Vatos to the championship game, where they fell to New England College…..Read More

By |February 6th, 2015|News, Spotlight, Undergraduate Corner|Comments Off

29th 8th District Rep., Bro. Jeffrey T, Smith honored as a Community Role Model

Article written By Author By Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post When  Epsilon Nu Omega Chapter of  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority embarked on what is now its signature fundraiser, a luncheon, calendar sale and fashion show starring  12   Men of Distinction, Excellence and Leadership,  there  were those who questioned the event’s  longevity…..Read More https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152714015449231

By |September 26th, 2014|News, Spotlight|Comments Off

Omega Youth Leadership Summit and Voter Registration Outreach Program

Omega Youth Leadership Summit and Voter Registration Outreach Program The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., will sponsor a youth leadership conference and voter registration drive on Oct. 3 and 4 in Ferguson, a St. Louis, Missouri suburb, where an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer. The youth leadership conference, which targets African-American boys, ages 13 to 25, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m., on Oct. 3 at the Omega Center, located at 3900 Goodfellow Blvd in St. Louis. The event is free. The sessions will be facilitated by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity members and will focus on self-esteem, goal setting and academic success, health, sexual awareness, social and personal responsibility and conflict resolution. Experts from industries ranging from law to health care will facilitate the workshops. “Considering the enormous challenges this community and others like it face; these two complimentary events provide much needed support to the youth and residents of Ferguson,” said Antonio F. Knox Sr. the Fraternity’s 40th Grand Basileus. “Our plan is to embolden the youth and empower the residents to initiate the personal and civic change they need and have long sought.” The voter registration effort takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Canfield Green Apartments located in Ferguson, Missouri. Upsilon Omega and Omicron Sigma chapters in the Eighth District and Nu Chi and Tau Gamma chapters in the adjacent Tenth District are coordinating the two events. Brown’s death fueled nearly two weeks of sometimes-violent street protests and social unrest in Ferguson. Roughly, two-thirds of Ferguson residents are African-American but has mostly white elected leaders. Only 12 percent of registered voters took part in the last municipal election. [...]

By |September 26th, 2014|District Representative, News, Spotlight|Comments Off
  • Larry Burks
    Gamma Upsilon Chapter Shines at the 65th Annual Eighth District Meeting Gamma Upsilon Chapter Shines at the 65th Annual Eighth District Meeting

    Gamma Upsilon Chapter Shines at the 65th Annual Eighth District Meeting

Gamma Upsilon Chapter Shines at the 65th Annual Eighth District Meeting

Wichita, Kansas – Gamma Upsilon Chapter brought distinction and awards to the Air Capital from the 65th Eighth District Meeting of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 10 – 13, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel.  There were a record number of delegates in attendance from the District’s eight state area which includes Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, North and South Dakota.  The Gamma Upsilon delegation numbered twelve strong including Larry Burks (28th Eighth District Representative), Roderick Gray (Kansas State Representative and Gamma Upsilon Basileus), Johari Hemphil (newly appointed North Dakota State Representative), Dana McElrath (Immediate Past Chapter Basileus), Carl Lemons (Chapter Vice Basileus), Joseph Patrick Jr. (Chapter Keeper of Finance), Harry Willis (District Scholarship Committee Chairmen and Chapter Scholarship Chairman), Zachary Bland (Chapter Chaplain), Curtis Whitten and Rodney Jones.  Newly initiated members Marvin Dawson and COL Eric Faison (attending their first district meeting) rounded out the delegation. The two and a half day meeting schedule  included three plenary sessions which covered District Officers and committee chairmen reports, candidate forum for members running for national office this summer, fraternal workshops, district elections, group picture, the memorial and rededication program, and a prayer breakfast.  There were numerous social events after the business segments, a program for our Quettes (wives of the Men of Omega) which included a luncheon and shopping tour.  There were thirty undergraduate members of the fraternity registered as part of the 210 men in attendance.  The weekend culminated with the Annual Founders’ Banquet which included a tribute to the military. The guest speaker for the evening was LTG William “Kip” Ward, the first Commanding General for US Africa Command, now corporate CEO and member of Omega Psi [...]

By |May 14th, 2014|News, Spotlight|Comments Off
  • Brother Lynn Beckwith Jr.
    Congratulations to Lynn Beckwith Jr. – 56 Years in Omega Congratulations to Lynn Beckwith Jr. – 56 Years in Omega

    Congratulations to Lynn Beckwith Jr. – 56 Years in Omega

Congratulations to Lynn Beckwith Jr. – 56 Years in Omega

Written by Larry Burks Sr., 28th Eighth District Representative Nineteen fifty-eight was a very special year for a young black man attending Harris Stowe Teachers’ College in St Louis, Missouri. He had ambitions of being an educator and administrator, someone who would influence the lives of thousands of young people as he imparted knowledge to them as part of a unique profession that molded the lives of many to make an indelible mark on society. There was a certain degree of satisfaction that was gained from this profession that few others could ever give to those who pursued this as a way of life. It was an exclusive club, a fraternity if you will, where membership was earned first by making the commitment to the task of understanding the importance of education in the lives of all people, regardless of their status or station in life. The America of 1958 was not the best of times for black college educated men; and their tenacity of effort, regardless of their chosen profession, was exemplary. This career path was a lifelong undertaking wherein the ebb and flow of success, and sometime failure, measured the character of the person; the eventual recognition of one’s peers and recognition from the educational institution are the rewards which are gained from staying the course and maintaining focus in spite of the challenges that life brings. Trust in God, leadership, innovation and mentoring were key components of his persona which enabled him to rise to the top of his profession and gain the respect and admiration that came with it. As an administrator and leader, Lynn Beckwith Jr. is a singular example of excellence in the St. Louis educational community. From this [...]

By |May 8th, 2014|News, Spotlight|Comments Off
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    Remembering Pop Miller 1941 Mu Psi Initiate and An Educator’s educator Remembering Pop Miller 1941 Mu Psi Initiate and An Educator’s educator

    Remembering Pop Miller 1941 Mu Psi Initiate and An Educator’s educator

Remembering Pop Miller 1941 Mu Psi Initiate and An Educator’s educator

Principal ‘Pop’ Miller shaped generations of CMS students By Ann Doss Helms As the turmoil of desegregation rocked Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in 1973, district leaders wanted a principal who could oversee the change at all-white East Mecklenburg High. They turned to Leroy “Pop” Miller, who had earned a reputation for tough love and high standards, first at the all-black West Charlotte High, then as he helped desegregate Carmel Junior High. Miller died Friday at 94, having spent the past decade living with family in Kansas City, Mo. On Sunday, generations of black and white Charlotteans shaped by his 37 years in education will remember him in services at Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church. “A stern but very fair principal – that was his reputation,” says former school board member Sarah Stevenson. “He was an educator’s educator,” recalls former board Chair Arthur Griffin, who said Miller knew his students so well that he could catch Griffin, a student at rival Second Ward High, sneaking onto the West Charlotte campus to see friends. “He really knew how to get the most out of people and to make people proud of being Eagles,” says Jennifer Roberts, former chair of the Mecklenburg County commissioners and an East Meck student under Miller. Miller became an industrial arts teacher at West Charlotte in 1945, after serving in World War II. His son, William “Skip” Miller, says he earned his nickname when he caught a student throwing wood chips into a power saw. Miller threatened to whip him, and the student pleaded with “Poppa Miller” to spare him, Skip Miller says. He became assistant principal in 1963, and was named principal of the newly integrated Carmel Junior High in 1971. He took over [...]

By |March 3rd, 2014|News, Spotlight|Comments Off
  • Eta Gamma Gamma speak with their actions
    Eta Gamma Gamma speak with their actions Eta Gamma Gamma speak with their actions

    Eta Gamma Gamma speak with their actions

Eta Gamma Gamma speak with their actions

by Pat Kinney. Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. WATERLOO | A group of college-educated African-American men in Waterloo has let their deeds do their talking for a decade. The men of Eta Gamma Gamma chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity have held blood drives, supported cancer and diabetes awareness walks, registered voters, helped build Habitat for Humanity houses and set up play equipment next to the Boys and Girls Club. They’ve mentored young boys, taking a group of them to a screening of the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” for example. They’ve raised money for college scholarships. The fraternity is firmly rooted in history and heritage. Omega Psi Phi member Carter G. Woodson of the University of Chicago established Negro Achievement Week in the mid-1920s. It evolved into what is now Black History Month. The Waterloo chapter marks its 10th anniversary this year. It has been featured in the fraternity’s national magazine, the Oracle. “We place a great emphasis on service,” said fraternity member Rudy Jones, community development director for the city of Waterloo and pastor of Saviour Missionary Baptist Church. “The fraternity offers and excellent opportunity to remember history, and also to provide a great service to the community,” said Waterloo City Council member and mayor pro tem Quentin Hart, a fraternity member with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University and the University of Northern Iowa. Read more here

By |February 12th, 2014|News, Spotlight|Comments Off
  • Bro. Beckwith
    Bro. Lynn Beckwith Jr., 2013 Lifetime Achiever in Education Bro. Lynn Beckwith Jr., 2013 Lifetime Achiever in Education

    Bro. Lynn Beckwith Jr., 2013 Lifetime Achiever in Education

Bro. Lynn Beckwith Jr., 2013 Lifetime Achiever in Education

Article written By Author Bridjes O’Neil of the St. Louis American Lynn Beckwith Jr., E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) in conjunction with St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), said learning is a lifelong process. Teaching is a lifelong process for Beckwith as well, with 2013 marking his 52nd year in education. On Friday, September 13, he will receive the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2013 Lifetime Achiever in Education award at the Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala at the America’s Center Ballroom. He served for 31 years in SLPS as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of federal programs and executive director of state and federal programs. He subsequently served for eight years as superintendent of schools in the School District of University City…..Read More

By |September 16th, 2013|News, Spotlight|Comments Off