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File #: 220887    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Special Action Status: Passed
File created: 9/21/2022 In control: Council
On agenda: 9/29/2022 Final action: 9/29/2022
Title: Sponsor: Councilperson Lee Barnes, Jr. Honoring the Beta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., as the brotherhood celebrates their Centennial Anniversary with the purpose of honoring their rich history and contributions to the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
Sponsors: Lee Barnes Jr., Eric Bunch, Katheryn Shields, Andrea Bough, Brandon Ellington, Dan Fowler, Heather Hall, Teresa Loar, Quinton Lucas, Kevin McManus, Kevin O'Neill, Ryana Parks-Shaw, Melissa Robinson
Attachments: 1. Authenticated Resolution 220887
RESOLUTION NO. 220887

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Sponsor: Councilperson Lee Barnes, Jr.

Honoring the Beta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., as the brotherhood celebrates their Centennial Anniversary with the purpose of honoring their rich history and contributions to the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

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WHEREAS, on Friday, November 17, 1911, three Howard University undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty advisor, gave birth to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. This event occurred in the office of biology Professor Ernest E. Just, the faculty advisor, in the Science Hall, now known as Thirkield Hall. The three liberal arts students were Edgar A Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning "friendship is essential to the soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. The phrase, "friendship is essential to the soul" was selected as the fraternity's motto. Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift were adopted as its cardinal principles; and

WHEREAS, on October 1, 1922, the Supreme Council of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. approved the charter of Beta Omega Chapter for Kansas City Missouri. Beta Omega became very active in civic affairs, the Kansas City school system and social activities that focused on improving the lives of people of color. World War II took many of Beta Omega's members off for America's fight for liberty, but following the war, Brothers Harold L. Holiday, Sr., Carl Peterson, MD, Leroy Woodard and Louneer T. Pemberton took the charge to reengage the community as the Chapter became strong advocates for civil and social justice; and

WHEREAS, this 100 year celebration continues to pay homage to Omega Men from Beta Omega like Brother John H. Gregg, Brother John Williams, Brother Kit Carson Roque and Brother Derrick Thomas. Beta Omega has always been the umbrella for moving social concerns and the fabric of the community; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED B...

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