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Grand Basileus Tony Knox
For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry W. Spicer, Publicist
Epiphany Public Relations,
Telephone: (919) 830-9049

May 4, 2017

Giving Honor to God and My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To the men of Omega, I pray that you and your families are in the best of God's loving care. These perilous times require fervent prayer and the Fraternity's Chaplains host a prayer call Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m. to pray for us all and for mankind. The world is in dire straits and we need God's covering now more than any other time in my life. As said by many long before me, "There are far too many of us dying!" Great focus continues to be placed on foreign conflicts and foreign affairs but let's be very clear, "War is not the answer!" There is a conflict going on right here on American soil that is well underway that appears to be aimed directly against young African American men and children.

Smartphones continue to be the tool used to produce indisputable and critical visual evidence from eyewitnesses to senseless acts of violence and murder. The videos are disturbing but the convictions against those sworn to defend our wellbeing are non-existent. The senseless death of Alton Sterling was alarming when it happened and it was heart wrenching to see the video and then hear that his death would not be considered a violation of his Civil Rights by Federal Law. The officers though criticized are at home with their families, unscathed. As difficult as it may seem, I pray that the families and citizens of Baton Rouge, Louisiana will maintain hope even though they failed to convict the two officers responsible for his death. Brother Anthony Scott and his family had a different outcome. Though it will not bring Walter Scott back, the Scott family and the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina were able to see justice served. Ms. Scott, the matriarch, is a strong woman of faith and extended forgiveness to the officer who confessed and pleaded guilty to committing the crime and violating Walter's Civil Rights. The rendered verdict allowed the justice that she and her family were seeking.

The violence of these and countless other cases have helped to create division within our cities and nation over the treatment of Black Men by those sworn to serve and protect. Two days ago the violation of life against another African American child was unfathomable. Jordan Edwards was an outstanding young man who embraced excellence and took careful steps to honor and respect his family, teachers, friends and his peers; he did everything right. An outstanding student with a 3.5 GPA in a challenging Independent School, he was an outstanding athlete, a team player, the student that every teacher dreamed of teaching and the one who was so well liked for his humanity and humbleness by classmates, teachers and the community. I pray that his parents will maintain their faith and keep teaching because they have done an outstanding job with their children who were doing just what they should have been when Jordan's life was taken. Today, the world knows his name. I hope the family and his brothers will be able to take peace in knowing that the Lord recognized his greatness and his sacrifice will be the answer to save other lives because this time there will be no escape from justice. Though the scales of justice are unbalanced, Jordan Edwards was great enough that there will be a difference in the outcome of this case. Not only will his family fight for right, but I hope his school, coaches and his community will lead the rest of this nation in saying that enough is enough! I hope Balch Spring, Texas will insure that America remembers them for getting it right in trying and convicting this officer for taking the life of this most outstanding and promising young man, one of their very own that was destined for prime time!

I thank God for the body cameras because the initial report was inaccurate and declared that Jordan and his brothers were driving aggressively toward the police when they were driving away. Brothers, we must keep fighting the fight to get body cameras on every officer in every city as a critical priority. We must keep fighting for what is right and not let the many distractions turn us around because "We are One" and together we will be the bridge over these troubling times and we will continue building bridges toward a better way of life!


Antonio F. Knox, Sr.
40th Grand Basileus

Since its humble beginnings on the Howard University campus, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity continues to be on the front line, leveraging its power, influence and more than 100 years of commitment to the uplift of our people and our communities.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college.

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