A documentary on the first Black Greek-letter organization to be established in Georgia will premiere at the Auburn Avenue Research Library at 2pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019 as part of the Black History Month celebration.
“The First 100 Years of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in the Deep South” was written and produced by Eta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. The documentary celebrates the chapter’s Centennial Anniversary in Atlanta, by spotlighting the many accomplished Omega men who were and are impactful leaders in this city’s Black Community. The list includes Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, John Wesley Dobbs, and Jesse Hill, Jr., each of whom has a city street bearing his name, Hall of Fame journalist John B. Smith, Sr., Georgia University System Regent Emeritus Elridge McMillan, and civil rights pioneer Dr. C. Clayton Powell, Sr. A historian will provide information on the contributions of Omega men and other Omega Psi Phi chapters across all four Deep South states.
Not a single Black Greek-letter organization had dared to establish a chapter anywhere in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, or Mississippi prior to 1919. But on December first of that year, Omega Psi Phi, the first Black Fraternity founded on the campus of a historically Black college, (Howard University-1911) made history yet again by establishing a chapter in Atlanta. At the time, Georgia was a national leader in lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan was chartered in the state as a “fraternal and patriotic order”.
This program is free and open to the public. Fraternal memorabilia will be on display.
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