The Mu Omega chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., celebrated nearly a century of service at its elegant 95th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 24. Hundreds attended the black-tie dinner dance at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott Hotel. The gala followed the previous night’s upbeat “QUE Party” with radio celebrity host Lady B and legendary DJ Gary O together with great music to kick the off the festivities.
Basileus of Mu Omega Chapter, Garfield L. Jackson Sr., remarked, “Tonight we are observing 95 years of friendship, achievement, leadership and commitment to excellence. We are the second oldest graduate chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. During these last nine-and-a-half decades there have been many changes and transitions in this country and throughout the world. Mu Omega Chapter has been strong and able to maintain and live our motto that “Friendship is Essential to the Soul.” Mu Omega Chapter has always and will continue to stand steadfast to our commitment of enhancing the quality of life for those in need. We remain dedicated to our Fraternity’s Four Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift.”
Brother (Chapter member) Barry Jones Sr. served as 95th Anniversary Gala Chairman. Jones did a spectacular job with co-chairs Chimdi Mbonu, Darwin Beauvais and the 95th Gala Committee members under the leadership of Basileus Jackson.
Michael Littlejohn, 2nd District Keeper of Records & Seal, represented the 2nd District Representative, Milton D. Harrison, acknowledging the District’s recognition of Mu Omega’s 95th Anniversary, its outstanding members and contributions the chapter has made to the community throughout its 95-year history.
Harrison said, “I have the distinct honor of representing Pi Omega Chapter, Baltimore, home of Omega founder Bishop A. Love, and Mu Omega Chapter, home of Omega founder Dr. Oscar J. Cooper. No other district in the fraternity can claim two of Omega’s four founders. The history of our fraternity’s founding is well known. A fact that is perhaps lesser known is the role of Philadelphia in the history of Black Greek Letter Organizations [BGLOs]. It was in Philadelphia that the first Black fraternity was founded, Sigma Pi Phi in 1904. By early 1911, Sigma Pi Phi established its fifth chapter in Washington, D.C. and among its charter members was Ernest Everett Just, one of the founders of our esteemed organization.
“Since 1904, Philadelphia has played a part in history story of all BGLOs and the formation of Mu Omega as the second graduate chapter of Omega Psi Phi in 1920 has certainly been a contributor to this legacy.”
Educational activities include programs such as scholarship awards through the Mu Omega Foundation and participation in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc., mentoring programs. The chapter has also set high standards for involvement in the community with the Mu Omega’s Charles Drew Blood Drive and the James Minton Food Drive. One of the fraternity’s key international mandated programs is the Talent Hunt. This dynamic program was established in 1945 and is implemented worldwide annually.
Highlights of this memorable evening included well-known radio personality and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., member Doug Henderson Jr. as the celebration’s host and master of ceremonies. Chapter member the Rev. Richard F. Norris II offered the blessing before a sumptuous five-course dinner. The Sounds of Sandstorm Band and DJ Jazzy Joe kept the beautifully attired ladies and proud gentlemen on the dance floor. A silent auction with enticing items was also featured and all funds were designated for scholarships.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., was founded in 1911, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., as a fraternal organization of African-American college men whose mission is community service. Mu Omega was founded in 1920 as a graduate chapter in Philadelphia. The chapter was originally designated as Mu Chapter.
In 1923, the undergraduate chapter was founded at the University of Pennsylvania. Mu was the designation given to the new undergraduate chapter and Mu Omega was given to the graduate chapter. Mu Omega, when founded, was the second graduate chapter in the fraternity with 10 other undergraduate chapters. Mu Omega’s membership has a host accomplished men of character.
Congratulations to all members of Mu Omega Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., as you mark a major milestone in your legacy of community service and bond of brotherhood.
Special thanks to Larry Smallwood for his public relations assistance.
Have a fantastic week “Out & About,” everyone!