For Immediate Release
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Message from Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus on Grand Opening of
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Giving Honor to God, My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Men of Omega,
The Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, September 22-25, 2016 was a very proud moment for African Americans and an especially proud moment for the men of Omega as we witnessed and fully participated in the opening. While I am humbled to be the leader of this great organization, I was proud to have the opportunity to represent our great organization on this stage and even prouder to have 500 brothers march into the Dedication Ceremony uniformed in dark suits, white shirts, and purple ties to the overwhelming cheers of people in the huge crowds saying, "Hold up that banner and Omegas take your place; those are the leaders!" To have the Washington Post, C-SPAN and other media outlets recognize the men of Omega was even more humbling. I am very appreciative of the leadership of Brother Zeke Dennison, 3rd District Representative and Brother Sherman Charles, 2nd District Representative and their respective District Councils for organizing and leading the brothers out to the Dedication Ceremony to support the Grand Opening and proudly represent Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., a Founding Member.
I am appreciative and thankful of Supreme Council Members, Brother Dr. Andrew Ray, Immediate Past (39th) Grand Basileus, Brother Kenny Rogers, Grand Keeper of Records and Seals, Brother Dan Jones, Grand Keeper of Finance, and Brother Mike Lyles, Grand Counselor for representing us at the Pre-Opening and throughout the weekend. My wife and I were honored to represent the Fraternity at the White House where Omega was well represented. We were well represented at the Dedication and Gala by Brother Jim Clyburn, Brother Hank Johnson, Brother Jesse Jackson, Sr., Brother Ben Crump, Brother Tom Joyner, Brother Clarence Anthony, Brother Anthony Spencer, Brother Calvin Smyre, Brother Jeff Tate and Brother Martin Davis and many distinguished Brothers.
As a Wall Sponsor (Million Dollars), Omega was recognized in a very special light and listed among major contributors of fortune 500 companies including Nationwide Foundation, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, National Basketball Association, National Football Association, Microsoft Corporation and major stars in the sports and entertainment industry. Fellow Divine Nine member Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated is also a Wall donor. It was a proud opportunity to champion education, preserve our history and tell our story. The initial rotation of Omega artifacts included The Gavel used in the 1925-26 Grand Conclave, a 1938 picture of the Mu Psi Chapter at NC A&T, a 1957 picture of Brothers with other members of the Pan-Hellenic Council and the Grand Basileus Ring of Immediate Past (39th) Grand Basileus, Brother Dr. Andrew Ray. Brother Michael Jordan and Brother Art Shell are represented in Sports and Entertainment, Brother Carter G. Woodson is represented with his book Negro Makers in History in the Wilberforce College section. We do have other artifacts there that will represent Omega's history as the curator prepares for the rotation. Thank you brothers for letting the world know who we are and the importance of championing our history. We are one!
Brother 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.