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Omegas Hold 2015 International Leadership Conference
7/29/2015 4:52:36 PM

Antonio Knox, Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi (center) with Panhellenic Presidents and Regional and Local Offficers

U.S. Congressmen Hank Johnson and James Clyburn

Nathaniel Jackson, Basileus Mu Alpha and Benjamin Crump
By Kurt Walker

Jacksonville, SC – Members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. converged on the city of Jacksonville on July 8th through July 12th to hold the organization’s 2015 International Leadership Conference.

Registrants came from the continental states but as far away as the United Kingdom. The primary purpose of the event is to afford training opportunities for the Chapter officers on the local Chapter levels as well as the meeting time for the International Supreme Council that consists of the leadership of the fraternal organization. Several public forums were held that discussed issues pertaining to violence prevention, medical and mental health, entrepreneurship, politics, retirement issues and several other initiatives that are targeted by the organization.

United States Congressman James Clyburn and Hank Johnson lead a panel discussion titled “Power of Politics” where Clyburn challenged the audience to be active in the election process with an emphasis on mid-term election cycles. Two panels that filled the ballroom at the Hyatt hotel were the “What’s the value of a black male in America?” and the “State of Fraternities and Sororities” panels.

The aforementioned panel consisted of Tracey Martin, Ron Davis, Leonard Warner and Anthony Scott. All of whom who had lost loved ones to violence promoting a national discussion on law enforcement agencies and their dealing with black males in suburban and urban America.

The moderators for the panel were attorney Benjamin Crump and television personality A.J. Callaway. The fraternities and sororities panel consisted of organization presidents and/or regional officers of the various Divine Nine PanHellenic organizations. Topics covered during this panel included membership selection issues and best practices of the various organizations.

The conference was attended by members of the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, which is the local graduate Chapter of the organization. The event is held bi-annually and is slated to be held in 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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