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

Message from The 40th Grand Basileus on Charlottesville, Virginia

Giving Honor to God and My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As I prepared to celebrate my grandson's first birthday on Saturday, I could not believe the horror shown on television. I thought, "Lord what must I do to try and make this world better for him?" I saw things that I prayed this generation would never see. I decided to focus on his birthday but on the ride home I wondered about what happens next. We extend our sincere and heartfelt prayers to the family of Ms. Heather Heyer and I pray for strength for her family and friends. Brothers of Omega, we will be a part of the active steps toward resolution forward because we will stay focused.

This heinous situation will hopefully be the catalyst for meaningful conversations and deliberate outlined actions across party lines toward resolution as many are taking a collective stand and lifting their voices against the cowardice of the KKK, Neo-Nazis and other hate groups that participated in this act of domestic terrorism. I continue to see people of all ages, ethnicity and culture speaking, singing and marching together. While this is important we must not become complacent.

The acts of the weekend were a fresh reminder of the gut wrenching hurt and harm that occurred June 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina where another white supremacist, Dylann Roof carried out the most hateful crime witnessed during my lifetime. He went into the Mother Emanuel AME Church and killed nine innocent victims after they opened their doors to him for prayer service. Then we witnessed this same type of coming together for people of different races and religions having conversations, marching together, and taking down confederate statues but we didn't stay awake! We didn't continue the conversations on the same level, and continue praying together and working together across party lines. We got distracted, lost focus and we didn't vote in overwhelming numbers leading to the election of public officials who openly gave a sense of entitled empowerment to the domestic terrorist, the KKK, Neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups. This time I have hope that we will all stay focused on what impacts our communities including voting rights, social issues, health conditions, the economy and the way of the world, domestic and internationally. There is still a great deal of work to do and we must stay on the front lines by putting ourselves in the best position to create the change that is needed. We must revisit voter registration and ensure that the outcomes of the next election reflect the real needs of the entire nation. We must vote in numbers like we never have before in every election; local, district, state, and national! Any non-vote is a vote for the likes of what happened in Charlottesville, VA. We must continue the measures forward and demand accountability. Regardless of our differences, We Are One!

Antonio F. Knox
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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