November is going to be full of events counting down to Thanksgiving week. And I am not going to try to chronicle them all. But these are a few significant dates you might want to mark on your calendar for next week.
NOVEMBER 17, 2013
NOVEMBER 17, 2013 is the 102nd Anniversary of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. And, as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, I wish my Que Brothers Happy Anniversary. Delta is still basking in the glory of our 100th Anniversary. We were both founded on the campus of Howard University. We are very proud of the men of Omega Psi Phi, which boasts some real heavy hitters, including my hero, Dr. William "Bill" Cosby, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Carter G. Woodson, and Vernon Jordan, among others.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the significance of this great fraternity, I pulled up some historical information from Wikipedia:
Omega Psi Phi (ΩΨΦ) is an international fraternity with over 700 undergraduate and graduate chapters. The fraternity was founded on November 17, 1911 by three Howard University juniors, Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman, and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Omega Psi Phi is the first predominantly African-American fraternity to be founded at a historically black university.
Since its founding in 1911, Omega Psi Phi's stated purpose has been to attract and build a strong and effective force of men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift. Throughout the world, many notable members are recognized as leaders in the arts, academics, athletics, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, and science fields. A few notable members include Roy Wilkins, Benjamin Hooks, Vernon Jordan, Dr. Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, William H. Hastie (U.S. Virgin Islands) and L. Douglas Wilder, Representative James Clyburn, Earl Graves, Bill Cosby, Tom Joyner, Charles Bolden, General William “Kip” Ward, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Shammond Williams, Vince Carter, Steve Harvey, Rickey Smiley, Ray Lewis, Stephen A. Smith, and numerous presidents of colleges and universities. Over 250,000 men have been initiated into Omega Psi Phi throughout the United States, Bermuda, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, South Korea, Japan, Liberia, Germany, and Kuwait. On the 2013 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, six players and GM Ozzie Newsome are members.
In 1924, at the urging of fraternity member Carter G. Woodson, the fraternity launched Negro History and Literature Week in an effort to publicize the growing body of scholarship on African-American history. Encouraged by public interest, the event was renamed "Negro Achievement Week" in 1925 and given an expanded national presence in 1926 by Woodson's Association for the Study of Negro Life as "Negro History Week." Expanded to the full month of February from 1976, this event continues today as Black History Month.
Since 1945, the fraternity has undertaken a National Social Action Program to meet the needs of African Americans in the areas of health, housing, civil rights, and education. Omega Psi Phi has been a patron of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) since 1955, providing an annual gift of $350,000 to the program.
Omega Psi Phi is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), which is composed of nine predominately African-American Greek-letter sororities and fraternities that promote interaction through forums, meetings, and other media for the exchange of information, and engage in cooperative programming and initiatives throughout the world. The (NPHC) currently represents over 2.5 million members.
Lincoln University, PA, Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi will be celebrating its one hundredth anniversary in February of 2014 - A celebration that is also bound to draw national attention. So Happy Anniversary, Men of Omega Psi Phi.
NOVEMBER 19, 2013
BERRY GORDY TO RECEIVE THE MARIAN ANDERSON AWARD
Marian Anderson Award
A star-studded evening of popular music in tribute to the founder of Motown, the ground-breaking musician, producer and star-maker Berry Gordy. Hosted by Comedian and Actor Chris Tucker, with special appearances by Smokey Robinson, Kool and the Gang, Cody Wise and Philadelphia's own, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
The Marian Anderson award is conferred at the conclusion of an elegant black tie dinner followed by a star-studded performance celebrating the award honoree. The award gala, one the most eagerly anticipated social events of the year, is listed by Philadelphia Magazine among the top ten annual social events. The gala has long been considered one of Philadelphia’s premiere social and corporate entertainment evenings. It includes an elegant cocktail reception, formal seated dinner and premium seating at a dazzling multi-media performance featuring some of the greatest artists before the public today.
There are three ways to be part of the evening. You can attend the entire evening as a Benefactor or Patron, and take advantage of the complete event including cocktail and dinner and best seating for the performance. Cocktail Receptions begin at 5:30 pm, dinner is seated at 6:30 pm, and the concert begins at 8:30 pm.
There will be two Cocktail receptions prior to the event - both the New Friends event and the Gala.
Celebrates its 15th Anniversary honoring this year's Award Recipient Berry Gordy and Award Founder, Gov. Edward G. Rendell.
NOVEMBER 22, 2013
Town Hall Meeting:
State of Emergency in Black Philadelphia:
Time to Heal Black Families and Communities
Friday, November 22, 7:00 – 9:30 P.M.
Resurrection Community Methodist Church
6200 Dicks Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19142
NOVEMBER 22, 2013 is the commemoration of the 50th year of the Assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
Those of us of a certain age remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we got the terrible news that President Kennedy had been gunned down by an assassin while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. That was 50 years ago, and in the ensuing years, the 60's saw five men of valor assassinated: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert "Bobby" Kennedy. There will be many ceremonies commemorating this event, and the remembrance of perhaps the bloodiest decade in modern American history.
For those of you who weren't around, check out your history books, ask your grandparents or parents. Never ever forget the sacrifices that were made for you during those horrific years - on both sides of the line.
Stay Blessed &