By Kurt Walker
The Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held its local observance of the international organization’s Achievement Week on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at Morris Street Baptist Church. Achievement Week was held during the period of November 13 – 19, 2017 and is designed to focus on the outstanding achievements of individuals and community organizations by giving appropriate recognition to their achievements and contributions to community but also to stimulate others to gain higher eminence.
Charleston Branch president of the NAACP, Dot Scott, was recognized as the “Citizen of the Year” for her outstanding commitment to racial equity and justice, and her dedicated commitment and leadership to the local community and the organization. The keynote speaker for the event was Bishop Staccato Powell of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Powell delivered a message that addressed what it is to be chosen, and answering the divine call to action. Local student Brandon McGee of Garrett Academy of Technology was winner of the local level of the international essay competition and awarded $1,000. Both Scott and McGee will now be considered for the district level winners of their respective categories that will be announced at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Sixth District that will be held at the North Charleston Convention Center in April 2018.
Other Awardees were as follows: Man of the Year, Linus Brown; Dedicated Brother of the Year, Anthony Jenkins; Superior Service Award, Early Griffin III; Founders Award, Shawn Gordon; Years of Service Awards, Reverend Charles Singleton (60), Charles Freeman (40), Darwin Shorters (25); Manhood Award, Russell Hanesworth; Scholarship Award, Derwin Simpson; Perseverance Award, James Mulligan; Uplift Award, Quincy Miller.
Youth Development Award recipients were Leon Peacock, Sedric Webber, Shanda Johnson and Sedrick Stewart. Community Service Award recipients were Reverend Leonard O. Griffin, Marvin Pendarvis, Daniel and Lori Holbrook. Business Awards went to Quincy Miller and Cathy Taylor. In the area of the Arts recipients were Randy Grimes and Elisha Henry. Education Award recipients were Darwin Shorters and Kathy Freeman. Mike Whack was recognized in the area politics; Thad Doughty in the area of Law; and Deon Richardson in the area of Athletics.