Precision High Celebrates Black History Month February 2012
On February 24, 2012, Precision High School Celebrated Black History Month. This event was organized by Brother Marc Sutton in conjunction with school administrators. According to Brother Sutton “we were able to tell the story of our Fraternity and how it fits into the African American culture.” There were approximately 200 students in attendance,
The administrator and organizers were very appreciative and impressed by our organization. One of the administrators stated “I invite you and your Brothers back anytime to talk to our classes about professionalism. You all have such a positive presence and I love that!”
Brother Sutton extended a special thanks to the following Brothers for their physical presence and/or their assistance in preparing and participating in this event – Brothers Dr. Bill Smith, William Jefferson, Mark Colclough, Marcus brown, Marcus Green, Carl Blunt, Paul Hodson, Alex Williams, and Larry Ross. (See photos)
Brothers in attendance, school administrators/organizaers and guest speakers pose for a photo.
Brother Marc Sutton (left) passed the microphone to Brother Carl Blunt (right) who gave a very inspirational speech.
Brother Marc Sutton (left) gives brother Marcus Brown (right) the "Que" to set-out a hop.
Verizon Black History Month Celebration February 2012
On February 13, 2012, Verizon celebrated Black History Month by conducting an event which featured Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. During this event Brother Lawton Connelly was the keynote speaker. During his speech Brother Lawton explained the importance of Black History and Omega Psi Phi's committment to preserving this history (See photos).
Brother Lawton Connelly was the keynote speaker during this event.
Brother Carl Blunt disseminated information related to Black History. In adiition Brother Blunt provided information updating the attendees on those activities Phi Iota provides to the community.
Brothers Lawton Connelly (middle) and Marcus Brown (right) listen intently while Verizon's representative explains Verizon's committement to Black History.
Brothers from Phi Iota who attended this event pose for a photo.
Arizona African American Legislative League Celebrates Black History Month February 2012
On February 9, 2012, the Arizona African American Legislative Leadership Council celebrated Black History month. Phi Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity , Inc. chaired this event. In addition, Phi Iota purchased a table to show support of the AASLG's workshops. (See photos).
Brother Clyde Miller was the chair for this event.
Brothers (left-to-right) William Jefferson, Andrew Davis, and Paul Hodson were also in attendance.
Black History Month Celebration February 2012
On February 4, 2012, the Phi Iota Chapter began its series of Black History Month events by paying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen with a private screening of the movie Red Tails. The event was held at the Arizona Mills Harkins theatre in Tempe, Arizona. Phi Iota was fortunate to have members from the local Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in attendance. The local Tuskegee Airman Chapter is co-named after deceased Phi Iota chapter member, Brother and Dr. Lincoln Ragsdale.
The screening began with former 12th District Representative Brother Charles Peevy and Tuskegee alumni, Brother Dr. George Greene escorting the Tuskegee Airmen to their seats. Former 1st Vice Grand Basileus, Brother Carl A. Blunt gave a brief historical overview of African-American soldiers’ and Omega’s involvement in WWII. Chapter Basileus, Brother Marcus Green then introduced the Tuskegee Airmen who were given time to address the audience. The Airmen gave a moving presentation and chronology of their passion, struggles and accomplishments, thus setting the stage for the viewing of the movie. The Airmen expressed great delight with Phi Iota having so many youth in attendance.
In the lobby, Brothers manned a table which contained historical Tuskegee Airmen information, Chapter brochures, nutritional information, healthy living and diabetes awareness. All those in attendance, and even those passing by, took advantage of the importance of the event, and engaged in interaction with the Tuskegee Airmen and the Brothers.
The Chapter is grateful to the Director of the Omega Youth Leadership Academy, Brother Larry Ross who spawned the idea for the screening as well as Brother Jerell Robinson for handling all logistics with the theater and acquiring door prizes for the event. Thanks also to Brother Lorin Akers and his video crew for documenting the event.
(Left-to-right) – Richard Toliver, Ben Bruce, Asa Herring, and David Toliver
(Top row – left-to-right) – Brothers Clyde Miller, Alex Williams, (Mr. Kermit Payne, Airmen Alfredo Tulle, Richard Toliver, Asa Herring, David Toliver, & Ben Bruce), Brothers Carl Blunt and Larry Ross, (bottom row – left-to-right) – Brothers Dr. Bill Smith, Lorin Akers, Jerell Robinson, Andrew Davis, and Dr. Terry Alford.
Black History Month Celebration February 2011
On February 10, 2011, Phi Iota Brother William Jefferson (as a member of the Buffalo Soldiers of Mesa) took part in the Ninth Annual Arizona Black Legislature Prayer for Black History month (See photos).
Brother Jefferson (2nd from the left).
Brother Jefferson (2nd from the left).
Black History Week Celebration February 2009
Brothers from Phi Iota worked in conjunction with the City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission - Equal Opportunity Department to celebrate Black History Week. This event took place during "Faces of Diversity." While the guest speakers spoke Brothers from Phi Iota manned a table to pass out brochures depicting the purpose of Phi Iota's involvement in the community, in addition to registering individuals to vote. See the following photos.
Phoenix Human Relations Commission, (fourth from left) Brother LaShawn Jenkins and guest speakers.
Brothers Paul Hodson (left) L. Reynolds (Phoenix Human Relations Commission employee-center), and Brother Donald Key (right).
Black History Week Celebration February 2008
Brothers from Phi Iota worked in conjunction with the City of Chandler's Self help Foundation to celebrate Black History Month.