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Mu Alpha Celebrate 75 years and bring Attorney Benjamin Crump to Charleston
11/20/2013 12:04:49 PM

(l-r) Bros. Kurt Walker, Caliph Haynesworth, Harold Jackson, T.J. Wilson, Benjamin Crump, Nathaniel Jackson, Reginald K. Brown, Linus Brown. Photo: James McDuff

The Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated seventy-five years of service and philanthropy to the greater Charleston community at a gala held on Saturday evening at the InnPlace hotel. Founded on August 6, 1938 in the office of Dr. J.I. Hofmann, Mu Alpha would grow into dynamic driving force in the Charleston community that would foster and inspire such business leaders as Albert Brooks, Rueben Reeder, and educators Wilmont Fraser and Holland W. “Toby” Daniels.

Among Mu Alpha’s ranks it reads as a “Who’s Who” of leadership in the community. United States Congressman James E. Clyburn was initiated in the Chapter. Former Senator Herbert U. Fielding and current State Senator Marlon Kimpson are current members.

Mayor Pro Tem William Dudley Gregorie presented the Chapter with a proclamation from the City of Charleston recognizing November 16th and 17th as Omega weekend. A key to the city was presented to Chapter Basileus Reginald K. Brown. The keynote speaker for the event was Bro. Mario White, the thirty-third Basileus of the Chapter.

On the following evening Mu Alpha held its annual Achievement week program at the Burke High School auditorium. Each year various community and civic leaders are recognized for their work in the community. The keynote address was delivered by attorney Bro. Benjamin Crump of Parks&Crump, LLC. Crump has garnered international attention for representing the family of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen who was shot and killed by a member of a neighborhood watch program.

During his addressed he asked that all of the teens in the audience stand and join him in a chant as they recited, “I am Trayvon”. “We’re going to talk to the young people tonight about how precious life is…and to the adults about protecting our children”, Crump stated in an earlier interview before taking the stage. There were groups of teens in the audience; among those were members of the Charleston Youth Leadership Council’s Beaux Affair program and members of the Burke High School basketball team.

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