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African American Greek letter fraternal organization meets in Syracuse

The Chi Pi and Kappa Chapters of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will host their 62nd Second District Conference in Syracuse, Thursday, April 15, through Sunday, April 18 at Onondaga On-Center Complex. Fraternal brothers from across the country will converge on Central New York.

Notable members of Omega Psi Phi include musician Count Basie; actor Bill Cosby; professional athletes Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson; former Surgeon General David Satcher; and locally Syracuse City Court Judge Langston McKinney; business leader James W. Jordan; TV anchor, George Kilpatrick and Ben Jeffers.

The public is invited to participate in a number of free activities including the opening public meeting, the forum on domestic violence, blood drive and talent hunt. In addition to the social action activities, there will of course be an opportunity to fellowship with the brothers at the step show and a number of parties including Club Omega, a Pan Hellenic Dance and the Omega Lounge.

The official kickoff will be Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m., at the Sheraton University Inn and Conference Center, where a host of dignitaries and elected officials will welcome the brother hood.

Omega weekend:

Thursday April 15:

7 p.m. -8:30pm- Public Program- Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel (open to public)

10:00pm-1:30am- Omega Lounge Reception- On Center -$15.00 (Ladies Free)

Friday April 16:

8 am-5 p.m. -- Blood Drive/Health Fair -- War Memorial (free and open to the public)

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. -- Domestic Violence Workshop -- Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel (free and open to public)

8 p.m.-10 p.m. -- Step Show- War Memorial Arena- $10

10 p.m.-2 a.m. -- Pan-Hellenic Dance- On Center- $25 (Ladies Free)

Saturday April 17:

8 a.m.- 5p.m. -- Blood Drive/Health Fair -- War Memorial (free and open to the public)

1 p.m.- 4 p.m. -- Talent Hunt- Civic Center, Carrier Theatre (free and open to public)

10:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. -- Club Omega- Genesee Grande Hotel, Tiffany Ballroom- $25 (Ladies free)

Founded at Howard University in 1911, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is one of the oldest African American Greek letter fraternal organizations in the United States, with a national membership of over 150,000 individuals. Since its inception, Omega Psi Phi has dedicated itself to academic achievement, perseverance, and uplift.

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