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.

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