March 23, 2015
Giving honor to God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
Omega men, I hope you and your families are in the best of God's loving care. I am reaching out to you to say thank you, for representing Omega as our founders would have intended. However, my brothers all is not well within our communities as we see things happening that indicate that some may not believe that "Black Lives Matter." Recent events have indicated that it does not matter where you live.
My Brothers, this must change. I believe that it will, but we must stay the course, persevere and continue to work with those that are trying to stop this problem. We have many Omega men who work within law enforcement and are willing to share their wisdom on how we can work to stop this trend that has unfortunately been going in the wrong direction. It will take working together to put the correct strategy in place. As difficult as it is, we must remain calm and follow our principles and we will overcome this madness.
Also the news media is full of stories based upon actions taking place within other fraternities that are embarrassing to their families, organizations, their colleges, and universities. Those actions have no place in Greek life or any place else in our society. I am happy to see that the college and university administrators have acted swiftly and decisively to rid their campuses of those organizations. I am also pleased to see that the fraternities involved in most instances have taken action against those affiliate chapters involved, and are taking steps to educate and train their members on diversity and the respect for all men and women.
This type of ignorance being reported has created interest from the media and several universities have full scale investigations going on to determine if these types of things are going on at their campuses. The investigations have turned up many different types of violations that will not and should not be tolerated on campus. The universities are making it clear that they will expel students and prosecute those breaking the law.
My brothers, it is very important for us to allow our Cardinal Principles to guide our actions on and off campuses and in the community. We must bind ourselves together as men and stand up against injustices, but we must use our scholarship and be smart about how we challenge, protest, and lead others when speaking out. We must protest with a purpose and not just for the sake of doing something. During this time, perseverance is most important because creating the change that we want is not an overnight process and it will come with challenges and setbacks. However, we must be persistent and keep working for change as long as it takes to create the positive change that we are demanding. To stay true to our mission, from the very start it's been about protecting and providing whatever is necessary to make our communities better. Each day that we are given is our chance to serve mankind and to have a positive impact on the lives of members of our communities, and people that we may not even know.
Brothers I again thank you for your leadership within the community, and representing Omega everyday as our founders would have you do. Where there is adversity, there is opportunity. Brothers let's take this opportunity to lead our people. Be the model chapters on campus, be the leading community organization that others turn to when there is adversity and that time is now.
My Brothers, when we bind ourselves together as one and work without anyone caring who gets the credit, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. We are one and the time to lead is now. Brothers, be mindful of everything we do and remember that we represent Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and not just ourselves.
Thank you for recognizing who we are.
Antonio F. Knox Sr.
40th Grand Basileus
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