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Black fraternity conventioneers reach out to North Mpls

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Leadership and community service were among the themes of the Omega Psi Phi Grand Conclave July 5-12 in downtown Minneapolis. It was the first time the legacy Black fraternal organization, founded in 1911 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., held their annual national gathering, which is composed of over 700 chapters, in the Twin Cities. “We are a collective body of men who strive for higher ideals, and we want to impart on the community here that those ideals exist in reality,” explained Craig Armstead of Chicago, an Omega member since 1986. “The Omega Psi Phi fraternity is an uplifting body of men who want to pass the higher values along to the community.”

These values include brotherhood, spirituality, education, family and good health: “We are not just about wearing purple and gold… We’re about some real things in this world,” Armstead pointed out. Continue Reading →

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