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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Celebrates 102 Years!

Members of Psi Xi Chapter celebrating 102 years. (Photo Credit: Crittenden K. Ward)

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., celebrated its 102nd anniversary. The fraternity was founded on the campus of Howard University on November 17, 1911, by a faculty advisor and three students. Omega Psi Phi bears the distinction of being the first black fraternity founded on the campus of a historically black college or university. The Founding Fathers were faculty advisor Ernest E. Just and students Frank Coleman, Oscar J. Cooper and Edgar A. Love. The fraternity is guided by its time tested “Cardinal Principles” which are Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift, and its unifying motto, “Friendship is Essential to the Soul.” Since its inception, over 100,000 educated, talented and committed black men have entered the folds of Omega and there are now chapters of this prestigious organization located in every state and many countries worldwide.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, members of the Ventura County Chapter, Psi Xi, gathered at the Courtyard by Marriott in Oxnard. The gathering was marked by a program of festivities that highlighted the founding of the fraternity and local chapter, its Cardinal Principles and its Founding Fathers. The program opened with remarks and welcome by our Basileus, Charles K. White. Minster Bro. Edward W. Bibb rendered prayer. Crittenden K. Ward, discussed the history of Psi Xi Chapter. George Vaughner, Immediate Past Basileus, discussed Manhood, Ken D. Barrow, KRS, discussed Scholarship, Ronald Greenwood, Vice Basileus, discussed Perseverance, and Bro. Fundi Legohn, Keeper of the Peace, discussed Uplift. The focus of the program then turned to the Founding Fathers of Omega. Marvin McKenzie, KF, spoke about Professor Ernest E. Just; Calvin Frye spoke about Frank Coleman; William Bradley spoke about Oscar J. Cooper; and James Belk spoke about Edgar A. Love.

Charles White then made special presentations. John R. Hatcher, III and Albert G. Duff, Sr. received plaques as Psi Xi Chapter Distinguished Citizens of the Year; and Bruce T. Stewart was named Psi Xi Chapter Man of the Year. Charles also presented George Vaughner with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service as Basileus for the past two years. Closing remarks were given by Charles White and the celebration came to an end with members of Psi Xi Chapter singing the fraternity hymn, “Omega Dear.”

The celebration brought an end to a busy week for the Psi Xi Chapter. On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Chapter officers for the 2013-2014 year were inducted into office. 12th District Southern Area Representative Timothy Melton performed the ceremony. Psi Xi officers are: Charles K. White, Basileus; Ronald Greenwood, Vice Basileus; Ken D. Barrow, Keeper of Records and Seal; Marvin McKenzie, Keeper of Finance; Rev. Jeff Clark, Chaplain; Fundi Legohn, Keeper of the Peace; and George, Vaughner, Immediate Past Basileus.

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