Brothers of the “Mighty” 4th District and Beyond:
I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I trust as you read this communication that you are in great health and spirit.
I share my appreciation for the privilege to serve the “Mighty” 4th District as the 29th District Representative. Omega Psi Phi has a long legacy of dynamic leaders and influential voices that make a difference in the lives of others. I am humbled and honored to build on the foundation established by my predecessors.
As our Fraternity enters into this next season of existence, Omega is facing a critical inflection point. The socio-economic conditions that challenge our youth, families, and seniors, remains an immediate concern for our brotherhood. While it is vital to ensure our children transition from study to academic success, others view our substandard schools as a probable pipeline to the penal system.
Moreover, the negative media portrayals, disrespect for authority exhibited by a small faction, and a host of other social ills still resonate throughout our community and must be addressed. It is incumbent upon Omegas everywhere, in a greater degree than ever before, answer the call to uplift as mandated in the Cardinal Principles. Omega Men must support the worthy endeavors and programs of our beloved Fraternity.
Let us rise to the challenge by focusing on the partnerships with undergraduate chapters with neighboring graduate chapters, and enhance the unified fulfillment of our Nationally Mandated Programs as we make a positive difference in the lives of others!
Brothers, we encourage every undergraduate brother to have a graduate brother as a mentor in the field they seek to enter (symbolic of the relationship between
graduate advisor Dr. Ernest E. Just and three Undergraduates: Bishop Edgar A. Love, Dr. Oscar J. Cooper & Professor Frank Coleman). Not only should we strive to emphasize mentoring, the bloodline of our Fraternity, but also provide the appropriate models for our undergraduates to emulate.
As we come together in unity; as we unite at the common bond of comradeship; as we live as men with high aspirations, what would appear difficult for many; will be easy for Men of Omega. Why? Our brotherhood works together as true Friends! We always have and we always will.
May God continue to bless the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the “Mighty” 4th District.
Brother Lamar T. Cole
29th Fourth District Representative
“Friendship is Essential to the Soul”