(June 1, 2016, Atlanta, GA) For the first time in 57 years the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign will bear purple light bulbs to symbolize the official opening of the 80th Grand Conclave! The historic lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, June 24th at the sign at 8:30 p.m. with Clark County government officials, Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., members of the Supreme Council and the 12th District Grand Conclave Planning Committee.
In the true spirit of collegiality and excellence the historic opportunity for the Fraternity was birthed in a meeting in Las Vegas, NV with Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, Leon Pearson, Jr., Grand Marshal, and Terry W. Spicer, the Fraternity's Publicist to discuss the countdown to the 80th Grand Conclave. Commissioner Weekly selflessly shared his stellar idea and the wheels of progress began to turn. No other organization in the 57 year history of this global symbol has been given this distinguished privilege and the Fraternity applauds the phenomenal leadership of Commissioner Weekly to help navigate this request through to the approval process.
Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus stated, "The 80th Grand Conclave is weeks away and we are honored that Clark County has blessed Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. with this historic first. Members are coming from all points of the globe to convene in Las Vegas in record breaking numbers. This historic lighting will serve as a symbolic beacon to usher in the continued greatness of the work that will be done, the celebration and fellowship that we will share as we honor our great brotherhood, and the prolific agenda forward. We have much to do and I look forward to a phenomenal time. I want to remind everyone coming to hydrate well prior to arrival and to continue to do so upon arrival. The temperatures will reach well over 100 degrees. Your safety is our priority!"
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.