Atlanta, GA (June 12, 2016) As the world prepares to remember the legacy of the Charleston 9 of the shooting at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, SC on June 17, 2015, almost one year ago, we are now lifting our collective voices in outrage and sorrow at another mass tragedy. The impact of the Charleston 9 was felt around the world and now the worst mass murder in the history of our nation has taken the precious lives of 50 innocent citizens and injured 53, many critical. Hatred has spewed ugliness once more and the major impact from this horrific act of cowardice has taken its desired place in the annals of history.
Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus stated, "This heinous act of terror has no place in our country or anywhere on earth. The tragedy at Mother Emanuel is still fresh in our collective memories and now this unthinkable act of hate has left an indelible print on an even greater scale. These were all human beings and children of God without regard for race, religion or gender. The brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated express our sincere condolences and prayers of comfort to the families and friends of those lost and for those that were injured. We will pray for a solution. The brutality of this mass murder impacts everyone and we must work together to eradicate these acts of terror."
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.