PsiAA New Hope Black History

Guest speaker, performers, and Exe. Dir. New Hope 

On February 26, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the New Hope Housing annual black history program hosted by Bethlehem Baptist Church in Alexandria Virginia.

Before the program began, the Bethlehem Baptist Church provided a lavish dinner consisting of a wide verity of sides (Veg. Rice, Collard greens, Toss Salad, Cornbread, etc.), main entrees (Baked/Fried/Jerk Chicken, Fish, and BBQ Ribs), and dessert (ice cream and peach cobbler).

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter was honored to have our very own chapter brother Lieutenant General (LTG) Bruce Crawford to be selected to be the guest speaker. LTG Crawford brought forth an enthusiastic, powerful, encouraging, and inspirational message consisting of how we should continue to preserve to reach our goals and believe in yourself while surrounding yourself with positive people. The program was very diverse as the residents of New Hope Housing displayed their unique and wonderful talents ranging from Spoken word, Singing, and creative expression (mime).

The event was while attended by numerous Psi Alpha Alpha, New Hope Housing residents, and Bethlehem members. Many attendees expressed how much they enjoyed the program and are looking forward to next year’s annual event. Pamela Mitchel provided closing remarks with expressions of gratitude to everyone (supporters, performers, and guests) for coming out to support this year’s Black History Program.

PsiAA Sweetheart Affair

On February 10, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., hosted our annual Sweetheart Affair on board the Spirit of Washington Cruise Lines at 600 Water St. SW, in Washington, D.C.  The Men of Psi Alpha Alpha escorted their wives and significant others aboard the vessel which embarked on the Potomac River promptly at 11:30 am.

The Spirit of Washington featured a climate-controlled dining room with a live band, DJ, dance floor, on-board photographer, exclusive buffet assortment and a cash bar.  During the 2-hour event, the band provided an array of smooth music that complimented the warm and friendly atmosphere. PsiAA Basileus, Brother Eric Kelly, welcomed party-goers with thanks and gratitude midway through the afternoon festivities. Brother Joe Briggs presented treats to everyone on-board. He also provided a raffle with an opportunity for 10 females to win. The raffle was entertaining and provided additional laughter. As part of the overall experience, each woman was given a Valentine’s Day card with that include a token of appreciation.

The cruise concluded with live music and dancing as we returned to the docks on the Potomac River.  All passengers agreed that this was a very worthwhile event, and that it should be continued annually as it was truly a remarkable and memorable event.

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PsiAA Support ASALH

On February 16, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the 93rd Annual Black History luncheon hosted by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded by the honorable Carter G. Woodson at the Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC.

Grand Basileus David Marion, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Brother Kenneth Brown, President, Omega Life Foundation each presented $10,000 to ASALH (Ms. Sylvia Y. Cyrus, Executive Director). Collectively the Fraternity and the Life Membership Foundation have donated $20,000. Additionally, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. made history by presenting the final installment on its $1 million dollar pledge to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and becoming the first Greek organization to make a donation of this size.

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, located in Fairfax VA continues to be a consistent and ardent supporter of the Fraternity’s commitment to ASALH. This year we maintained our standard and support by purchasing a table and providing a cadre of brothers as volunteers to assist in event set-up, VIP escorts, and hotel guides.

This year’s event was a tremendous success as contributions was made to support the activities of ASALH and NMAAHC. The event featured several African American authors and vendors promoting their products. Additionally, the program featured a panel of notable African American women authors (one of which was Dorothy Gilliam, the first African American female journalist for the Washington Post).