Wanting to promote the study of African American life and history, the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. established a program in 1920 to recognize individuals demonstrating perseverance within the community. The Grambling State University’s Gamma Gamma Chapter held its Achievement Week.
“Achievement Week is a nationally mandated program that offers Omega men an opportunity to highlight the yearly activities of the fraternity as well as its individual chapters,” said Dr. Gernerique Stewart, Gamma Gamma’s graduate advisor.
The Omegas had various programs held around campus, and also incorporated the younger generation.
On Tuesday members went to the Alma J. Brown Elementary to raise awareness of bullying and its consequences.
Monday during Omega History 101, GSU students were informed of three buildings on campus named after Omega men and their significant contributions. Woodson Hall, the C.D. Henry Natatorium and Drew Hall are named after prestigious members of the fraternity.
Charles D. Henry was head of the Physical Education Department of Grambling State University, as well as chairman of several departments between 1958 to 1974, and was an executive officer for the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He was the first Black assistant commissioner of any conference office.
Dr. Charles Drew perfected the use of blood plasma as a life saving tool. Dr. Carter G. Woodson is the “father of Black History Month.” In 1926, Woodson pioneered the “Negro History Week,” which later extended to celebrate Black history for the entire month of February.
Also, the Floyd Sandle Theatre is named after an Omega. Sandle pioneered Black educational theatre while at GSU.