Alpha Nu Chapter History
Several men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity met in the Stamford area during the civil unrest of the early 60ís. While the church was the center of meetings and activities of the civil rights, it
wasnít surprising that the men of Omega Psi Phi met in a church setting. The Reverend Charles Sargent was the minister of the Union Baptist Church in Stamford where the men actually met. Dr. Michael Dubisettewas a practicing family physician.
was a Bridgeport City Police Lieutenant. Phillip Morris was a Corporate Executive . Leroy Ellis was a private business owner. James B. James was a lawyer. Bill Cowellwas a practicing pharmacist, and Clarence Brodnaxwas a social worker with the Governorís Task force for the State of CT. Very soon after their first meeting, it was decided that they needed to work on getting a chapter charted in the Southwestern corner of Connecticut. After diligent efforts, the Alpha Nu Graduate chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated was chartered in 1965 in Stamford, Connecticut. The first line to pledge the new graduate chapter included brothers Dr. Kenneth Childs, a family dentist of Stamford on December 11, 1965. The 2nd line to pledge in 1972 included Rick Fuller Sr., a Norwalk Teacher and Coach and Jacques Meyers, who were the Executive Director of the Carver Community Center in Norwalk. This line was known as the oldest neophytes of Alpha Nu. The 3rd line didnít cross the burning sands until 10 years later in 1982. The 4th line included brother Keith Peters. Yes, the Single Soldier shouldered the load across the sands by himself.
Many lines of good omega men have been made and have come into the Alpha Nu chapter since. We continue to strive for excellence in all that we do for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Harvest Festival, Messiah Baptist Church, Bridgeport
How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in
unity. The brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Alpha Nu
Chapter-Bro. Eric J. Edwards, Bro. Wesley O. McPherson and Bro. Brian
Goodman, lent a helping hand to the children of Messiah Baptist Church,
Bridgeport CT, on October 31st. Brother Edwards, being an active
member of the church and leader of the Youth Ministry, recruited the
help of his faithful brothers of his beloved fraternity and again,
Brother McPherson and Brother Goodman answered the calling unselfishly.
The members of Messiah do not celebrate the ideas of traditional Halloween. So, the members of the youth group created a program where the kids would dress up as famous and influential African American figures. Some of these notable figures were a public school teacher, Lonnie Johnson, a scientist and inventor of the Super Soaker, the first African American nurse, Mary Eliza Mahoney and of course, a notable Brother of our own, Brother Langston Hughes, t name a few. Along with being taught history, the kids enjoyed themselves in playing games, eating pizza and candy and fellow-shipping with their guests, to which many of them asked what do they have to do to become a Greek. Having been inspired by the members of Omega and a member of Delta Sigma Theta- Reverend Jones, I'm pleased to say that these kids we've touched will be everything they ever hope to be with our guidance.
In closing, I'd like to thank again, those brothers who have answered the call and supported "her" cause. I hope this event will inspire other brothers to get involved in their church or local church. The lord has plenty of children, begging for our time, affection and so on.... I will be making a plead with the fraternity to volunteer their time and talent, mentoring a child, through the Big Brother and Big Sister Program soon. Having been a child mentor for two years, I can honestly say it's a real joy and treat to help mold a young mind and guide them in the right direction. I hope to have your support.
Bro. EJ Edwards
Star Date and CHP Program
The Free and Accepted Masons and Order of
Eastern Stars' "Star Date" and CHP Program held its Star Date annual cookout hosted by the Order of Eastern Stars of CT held at a Beach in Stratford.
The CHP Program is a program set up by Masons to help create identification packets for children under the age of 18. This is a great program and hopefully, no parent would have to use it. Each child is given a kit to identify them in the case they become lost. The kit includes; personal identification card. This card includes information like name, address, height and friend's name to list a few. The kit also includes dental imprints, DNA Swab, finger prints and a mini DVD video, capturing the child's personality, height and daily social habits.
The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Alpha Nu Chapter, helped out in this event. Brothers Wesley McPherson, Brian Goodmand and Eric J. Edwards, also a member of F&AM, Doric Lodge, assisted in this event TWICE in one month. As a member and brother of the lodge, I can honestly say that I am proud these brothers gave their time and talent unselfishly to help out in these events. I can truly say that even if this hadn't been one of our Mandated Programs, these two brothers- Wes and Brian, would have been their to help out without wincing or crying, just as they have for three months straight in the winter, at the Emergency Shelter in Norwalk, EVERY FRIDAY. "How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity" This event truly brought brothers and friends together. Even more pleasant, were meeting brother Masons who are Omega Men too. As many of you already know, all the founders of our illustrious fraternity were Masons. The brothers were able to meet and fellowship with brothers Mason/Omegas as far back as 1953-Brother Robert Adams, shown wearing a blue shirt. Brother Ronald Thomas, Pi Chapter, 1971, is our Senior Grand Warden- in the yellow. Everyone knows brother Holmes- in the grey shirt. He too holds an important role in our district. I've had the pleasure of having him involved in my being raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason....he had a "hand" in it!
In closing brothers, I'd like to thank you for taking the opportunity in my sharing of Alpha Nu's continued effort in "Living our Creed". I'd like to thank Brother McPherson and Goodmand for their continued support in helping me, help our community. Lastly, I like to thank all of the brothers from Massachusetts, , New York, New Jersey, but more especially Hartford and New Haven for inspiring brothers like us to live my creed.
If any Connecticut chapter is interested in hosting a CHP Program of your own, please visit http://www.ctchip.org.