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Grand Basileus Tony Knox
For Immediate Release
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A True Gentleman and Distinguished Omega Man, Johnny L. Harris Has Transitioned

Johnny HarrisBrother Johnny L. Harris, a remarkable man of Omega, community and excellent stewardship, transitioned on June 7, 2017 in Talladega, Alabama. He became a member on December 13, 1971 at the Upsilon Epsilon Chapter at Jackson State University. He was an International Life Member, Seventh District Life Member, Alabama State Organization Life Member and was an active member of Theta Tau Chapter. At the time of his passing, Brother Harris was serving his second consecutive term as Basileus and also served as Vice Basileus, Social Action Chairman and Health Initiative Chairman. He was honored for 45 years of service and served on the Seventh District Council and Was a District MSP Chairman for East Alabama. Loyal and committed to collegiate members, the future leaders, he served as Advisor for Gamma Psi Chapter at Talladega College and his alma mater for many years.

Brother Harris served the Alabama State Organization as State Representative, First Vice State Representative, State Chaplain, Regional Representative, Undergraduate Advisor, Time and Place Committee Chairman and State Marshall on three occasions. He was recognized with a plaque for 40 years during the Centennial Celebration of the Fraternity in Washington, D.C. His list of well deserved recognition continues. On the local level he was given the Omega Man of the Year, Superior Service Award and Citizen of the Year Award. From the Alabama State Organization he received the Omega Man of the Year Award, Superior Service Award and Citizen of the Year Award. From the Seventh District he was awarded with the Superior Service Award and the Appreciation of Service Award from several Seventh District Representatives.

A steward of change and justice, he served as State Marshall for the Alabama 2016 State Meeting in Talladega, Alabama. His leadership and dedication made that meeting one of the best planned and executed State Meetings in Alabama. He was very instrumental with the coordination of various organizations and businesses always adding that special touch to ensure that it was a memorable event. He was instrumental in the Theta Tau Chapter's initiative to honor the Freedom Riders from the May 14, 1961 burning incident in Anniston, Alabama. The Chapter purchased and erected a historical marker to commemorate the tragedy. He delivered greetings to city, county and state officials, educators, citizens and the news media at the unveiling of this civil rights marker on May 12, 2007.

He masterfully impacted the world! He raised thousands of dollars to benefit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. He was involved in a fundraising effort to raise $1M to help fund a treatment center for adults with the disease through the University of Alabama at Birmingham. No such program exists today. Brother Harris worked tirelessly to encourage the National Pan-Hellenic Council to form a partnership to financially support and advocate for the National Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. He truly loved his church and served on the Board of Deacons at Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. He was the Assistant Treasurer and served as Advisor to the music department, youth counselor, Sunday School Teacher, member of the Senior and Mass Choirs. He had 33 years of work experience and served on the Board of Directors for Renaissance Ministries Evangelical Outreach, Incorporated.

Brother Harris did an outstanding job in meeting the needs of his family while carrying out the Fraternity's business. His guidance and leadership style always displayed our four cardinal principals of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift. He was dedicated in keeping his church, community and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated strong! Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus stated, "Brother Harris was a stalwart member of Omega and his reach will last and keep reaching and impacting for generations to come. We honor his tireless and committed service and our prayers are lifted to comfort his family. We thank God for the remarkable and stellar life of Brother Johnny L. Harris."

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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