Omega Psi Phi presents New Haven Register with community service award
It was “Royal Purple and Old Gold” Day for the Register Monday.
Those were the official colors worn by charter members of the Epsilon Iota Iota chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., who presented editors and staff with a community service award marking the chapter’s 25th anniversary.
The chapter was chartered Nov. 16, 1990.
“The Register has treated us well over the years,” said New Haven criminal defense attorney Michael Jefferson, who also sits on the supreme council as First District Representative of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
“It’s important to recognize your community partners,” he said. “We thought it was fitting for the Register to receive this award for helping us remain relevant in the community.”
The fraternity is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historical black college or university. The organization’s cardinal principles are manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift.
The fraternity was founded Nov. 17, 1911,at Howard University. Tuesday marks its 104th anniversary.
Locally, by the end of 1988, several men of the Chi Omicron chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, which was chartered in the city in 1947, had a changing mindset of the role the fraternity and chapter should take in the local community, according the chapter’s website.
The focus was to address the issues of the day with broad outspoken action in an effort to engage and uplift the community, the website said.
Fueled by the effects of challenging social, health, and political issues along with Jesse Jackson’s historic presidential runs, the men shared an uncompromising devotion to their beloved fraternity that set the stage for a new chapter and direction.
The chapter was chartered as the 860th chapter of the international organization.
Other charter members include Wayne Ricks Sr., Craig Streeter, Bobby Gibson, Rodney Russell, James Ellis, Matthew Marrow, Michael Epps, Randy Campbell, John Harris and Kevin Moses.
Jefferson served as the first basileus or president of the chapter. Jeron L. Alston is the chapter’s current president.
“I hope Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Epsilon Iota Iota chapter have many more years of good work and community service ahead of them,” New Haven Register Managing Editor Helen Bennett Harvey said. “We at the Register are glad to share in their good works.”