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.
The voter registration effort seeks to re-energize residents who say they felt disenfranchised and disconnected from their local government and its elected officials, said Eighth District Representative, Dr. W. Ray Brown.
“We are very excited about working to help increase voter participation, by providing resources and education leading up to the 2014 election cycle,” said Brown, who is not related to the deceased teen.
Michael Brown was unarmed when he was killed by a police officer Aug. 9, 2014, following an altercation with Officer Darren Wilson. Moments earlier, Wilson reportedly told Brown and a friend to move out of the street. Police said Wilson was pushed into his squad car and physically assaulted. Wilson allegedly shot Brown at least six times.
A grand jury is considering evidence in the case.
Since then, Attorney General Eric Holder has launched a federal civil rights investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. Holder said there was a “deep mistrust” between local police and its residents. The investigation would determine whether officers in Ferguson violated federal laws.
If you have any questions, please call the Omega Center, 314-385-4100 for further information