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"Non-Violence: Stay the Course" Plainfield Celebration of the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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(L to R) Basileus Leon Smith, 2017 OX High School Essay Winners: Xavier Norman (1st Place), Kiara Smith (2nd Place), John Metz IV (3rd Place), and Vice Basileus Mike Smith Credits: Charles Smith/Omicron Chi Chapter
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Emerson Theater Group performing in the 2017 MLK Celebration Credits: Charles Smith/Omicron Chi Chapter
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(L to R) Basileus Leon Smith, Talent Hunt winner (performing arts) Camryn Settles, and Vice Basileus Mike Smith Credits: Charles Smith/Omicron Chi Chapter
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High School Senior and 2017 OX Talent Hunt contestant Candance Eason dance performance Credits: Marcell Pickens/Omicron Chi Chapter
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(L to R) Basileus Leon Smith, Talent Hunt winner (visual arts) Gabriel Beniquez, and Vice Basileus Mike Smith Credits: Charles Smith/Omicron Chi Chapter
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The Men of Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity host of the 2017 MLK Celebration Credits: Marcell Pickens, Jr./Omicron Chi Chapter
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Plainfield, NJ. “Lift every voice and sing”! On Saturday, January 14, 2017 the men of Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in conjunction with its community partners Hubbard Middle School and The Four Pillars Foundation held its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  This free celebration entitled “Non-Violence: Stay The Course” was held at Hubbard Middle School as part of its “Day of Service” honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King. Morning events/initiatives included serving brunch to the less fortunate citizens of Plainfield as well as a coat drive and a “free” book giveaway to all children as part of the chapter’s mandated “Assault on Illiteracy” program.

The afternoon culminated with an outstanding MLK Day Celebration program which featured the most talented youth in the Central Jersey area.  In keeping with this year's theme "Non-Violence: Stay the Course", a special emphasis was placed on the victims of murder in City of Plainfield over the past year and how we can use Dr. King's philosophy to overcome our current trials and tribulations.  Beginning at 1 PM, the audience of nearly 250 patrons was treated with performances and presentations by InSpira Performing Arts and Cultural Center, Emerson Theater Group, The Omicron Chi Essay Contest Winner, Talent Hunt Finalists, and The New Jersey Orators. The Talent Hunt competition included vocal and instrumental music, dance, drama and visual arts.  Competition winners were awarded trophies as well monetary honorariums.  “The talent exemplified by the students was simply amazing!” said MLK Celebration co-chairman, Fred Harris.

Students from three Plainfield public elementary and middle schools were honored with "Delivering the Dream" awards for their exemplary academic performance and community service. Members of Omicron Chi informed the audience about its youth mentoring program, Omega Leadership Institute (OLI) as well as distributed information about its Scholarship Program. Teen volunteers from the Greater Union County and Central New Jersey Chapters of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. served as moderators, backstage staff and ushers.

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The program was closed with words of inspiration and a challenge to the youth by Rev. David Jefferson, Jr. of Metropolitan Baptist Church followed by Omicron Chi Basileus Leon Smith who told the enthusiastic crowd “let’s come together to help change our community and to deliver the dream that Dr. King so eloquently orated over 50 years ago”.  First Vice Second District Representative Bro. J. Kendall Smalls, Ms. Anna Belin-Pyles (Plainfield Superintendent of Schools) and Bro. Richard Wyatt (Plainfield School Board member) were also in attendance.  Co-chairmen for this year’s event were Brothers Delrecole Gales and Fred Harris.

About Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. was founded Nov. 17, 1911, by three Howard University students — Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper, and Frank Coleman — with the aid of their undergraduate advisor, Ernest E. Just. It is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s mission is to provide social action in the communities in which its members live through dedication to its four Cardinal Principles: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift.

About Omicron Chi Chapter

For over 60 years, we have made and continue to make transformative impact in the lives of the citizens of Plainfield and the greater Central New Jersey area. Omicron Chi has dedicated members with careers ranging from business executives, education, legal, law enforcement, scientists, engineers, and a plethora of entrepreneurs and business owners. Our chapter is focused on leading our communities and families via the vision of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.’s Founders and our Cardinal Principles: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift. It is our goal to create positive relationships with each other that will result in our ability to create positive change in society.  Our efforts have resulted in our receiving a 2015 White House Service Award from President Barack Obama and being recognized as the 2014-15 International Graduate Chapter of the Year (Division II).

Public Relations Contact:  Marcel Pickens, Jr.  848.391.7663 MarcellPickensJr@gmail.com

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