WASHINGTON, DC–This weekend, Omega Psi Phi (ΩΨΦ) fraternity celebrates its 100th year anniversary in the Nation’s Capital. It was founded in 1911 at Howard University. This was the first African-American national fraternal organization to be founded at a historically black college.
“The world will witness thousands of Omega Men assembling in Washington, DC to pay tribute to our Founders and the men who have contributed to their legacy. The Cardinal Principles will be on full display, as we present the several venues, wherein Omega Men will be recognized for work in their respective professions and their Uplift to humanity” said Dr. Andrew A. Ray, Grand Basileus (National President).
According to the Washington Post,
Bill Cosby, Tom Joyner, Shaquille O’Neal and Steve Harvey are just a few of the brothers coming to the five-day celebration, which kicks off Wednesday. The fraternity boasts a long list of political, sports and business leaders — Michael Jordan, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Jesse Jackson, Vernon Jordan, Doug Wilder, Alonzo Mourning and Earl Graves, to name just a few…
Parties will not be the only thing the “Ques” will do to celebrate their 100th year in service. They have plenty of activities planned that encourage a reconnection to its founding principles. On Wednesday, there was a ceremony honoring Col. Charles Young–one of the first black men to attend West Point and an honorary Omega member who was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
On Friday, the fraternal brothers sponsored a career fair at the convention center, participated in a 5K walk/run at Howard University Saturday morning, and honored several members making strides in disciplines such as health, science, education, and civic engagement throughout the centennial celebration.
Additionally, Omega Psi Phi will partner with President Obama in promoting fatherhood and encouraging fathers to play a pivotal role in their chidrens’ lives. The Omega Men also announced it will partner with National Big Brothers, Big Sisters to mentor young boys in their communities.
The five-day celebration will end on Sunday with a ecumenical worship service. For more information on Omega Psi Phi, visit www.oppf.org.