For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry W. Spicer, Publicist
Epiphany Public Relations,
Telephone: (919) 830-9049
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Successfully Hosted "When Justice Matters for All" Panel
Atlanta, GA (September 21, 2016)
Standing Room Only Audience In Overwhelming Attendance At This Powerful Discussion
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated hosted, "When Justice Matters for All," The Impact of the Criminal Justice System on Fathers and Sons; Men and Boys
on Friday, September 16th at the Washington Convention. The Honorable James E. Clyburn
, distinguished member of Omega Psi Phi served as the Honorary Host. The Guest Panelists included Brother Benjamin Crump
, Civil Rights Attorney and President of the National Bar Association; Mr. Tracy Martin
, Co-Founder, Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Founder of Circle of Fathers; Sakira Cook
, Counsel, The Leadership Conference and Criminal Justice Reform Policy Expert; Lt. Sonia Pruitt
, Montgomery CTY Police Department and Vice President of the National Black Police Association; Acacia Salatti
, Director of African American Outreach, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Etan Thomas
, Former NBA Player. Brother Thabithi Boone
, White House Fatherhood Representative served as the moderator.
For seven years straight, the Fraternity has hosted an annual CBC Convention Forum in formal partnership with President Barack Obama and the White House to press the President's Fatherhood platform, Criminal Justice Reform, Healthcare, My Brothers Keeper Initiative and more. Brother Clyburn stated, "If you want to really honor me; VOTE!" The audience received his challenge with roaring applause! "Never before has our vote been more important. We must show up at the polls in November!" Brother Attorney Ben Crump graphically painted a realistic picture and reminded the audience why the Criminal Justice Reform legislation is so important and must move forward. Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus stated, "We have incredible young men in this room from The Richard Wright Public Charter School that are a small but incredible reflection of the power of our future generation of leaders. We have outstanding guest Panelists assembled here but none of the collaborative efforts that we make here today will mean anything if we don't get out and VOTE! The change that we seek is in the power of our VOTE! We must move to progressive action to ensure that their futures are secure. We must move to ensure that the forward progress of our nation is secure!"
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.