On Nov. 17, at the Syria Center in Cheswick, Pa., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Iota Phi Foundation, celebrated 101 years of service. On Nov. 17, 1911, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. was founded at Howard University, Washington, D.C. The founders were three students, Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman, along with biology professor Dr. Ernest E. Just. This was the first Greek letter fraternity ever to be founded on a Black college campus. Four cardinal principles were adopted: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift. The motto selected was: “Friendship is Essential to the Soul.”
|WELCOME—Reverend Dr. William Curtis, Fred Crawford, John Holloway and Ken Minefield
On this night of celebration hundreds of guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, a beautiful buffet dinner and a program honoring the achievement of community leaders and Omega Scholars. Reverend Dr. William Curtis, senior pastor of Mount Ararat Baptist Church, was recognized as Citizen of the Year. The Exemplary Service Award for Business went to Jackie Dixon, Giant Eagle Inc. and Linda Lane, EdD, Pittsburgh Public Schools, received the Exemplary Service Award for Education. Dr. Catherine Udekwu received the Exemplary Service Award for Medicine and the Honorable Kim Berkley Clark, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, received the Exemplary Service Award for Community Advocacy.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. also honored their own, Rahmon Hart, PhD, of Duquesne University was selected as the Omega Man of the Year. Markus Clennon, of Frostburg State University, was honored as Undergraduate Omega Man of the Year, while the late Sylvester Pace, former president and CEO of NEED, was granted the Community Humanitarian Award. Five Omega Scholars were celebrated: Brittany McMillian, Tristan Day, Melissa Privette, Hassan Howze and Eric Scott, each received a scholarship that was matched by NEED.
The historic evening ended with delicious desserts and dancing to DJ Mac.