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Grand Basileus Tony Knox
For Immediate Release
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Message from Grand Basileus on Congressional Black Caucus and ALC 2017

I Give Honor to God, My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

To Omega Men around the world, I pray that you and your families are in the best of God's loving care. Brothers I thank you for the way that you have fraternally rallied around each other and many others in affected communities through this hurricane season, continuously. We will keep working to provide relief in the states and the Caribbean Islands.

Along with the hurricanes, we are facing troubling times as discussions of war and terrorism threaten our actual humanity as a people and nation. There are divisive political actions and continuing problems with treatment by law enforcement to African American men, racism and hatred being displayed by KKK, Nazis and other people representing hate, repeated attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, turning back Criminal Justice Reform and Fair Sentencing, and ending DACA. However, through it all we understand what it means to persevere and we must stay awake and continue working together as one to overcome all challenges. Omega must stand as that organization that will build bridges to a better way of life for the least of us.

Congratulations and thanks to Brothers Thabithi Boone, Bob Fairchild, Earl Wilson, George Taylor and other committee members who again hosted an outstanding forum on "President Obama's Legacy: Fatherhood, Black Men and Boys, Criminal Justice Reform, Education, Health Care, and Protecting our Women and Children and Communities" at the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C. While there we participated in forums with other organizations and the international leadership of the Divine Nine. There has been recognition by other organizations that believe in equality and justice just as we do and a familiar theme by many of them like Omega is the mantra that, "We Are One!"

Now that the level of consciousness is at a really high level we must focus on those things that matter and generate the largest voter registration, education and mobilization campaign ever! Of all the programs that we do and participate in, they will never reach the intended goals unless we have leaders in place who care about all people and will support bills and executive orders that benefit our communities. We must remain united and work together to get the political leaders elected that care about all of our communities equally and will address issues with a practiced sense of urgency. It must be an everyday job to achieve our goals to win every election in local, state and national offices.

Professional athletes are being threatened with their jobs and livelihood because they want to use their platform to protest injustices. Colon Kaepernick is an NFL player and should be in the League playing without a doubt. It's very disappointing that no owner has been courageous enough to offer him an opportunity to earn a living using his God given talents and the skills that he has worked to develop. There are several teams that he could help, but it's at the ownership level and I pray that the level of consciousness has been raised to the point that someone will give him that deserved opportunity. I also pray that the players and other entertainment professionals will remain united and continue using their respective platforms to bring help to this country together. This is not about disrespecting our flag or national anthem, that is what the masters of deception would have you to believe.

Even with all that is happening we must stay awake and continue to work together as one! I am thankful for the outstanding job that brothers are doing to stay focused on what matters and not be divided by those who specialize in deception. We are one and I love you all!

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.
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