The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity- A night to remember
By Larry Harris
Special to the Outlook
In a night of historic proportions, the number 133 stood tall. To increase exposure and fellowship the Chi Omega chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, partnered with the Omega Lamplighters and the National Council of Negro Women to invite youth and families to a private showing of Black Panther. The results were a sold-out crowd of 133 people consisting of African-American youth and adults. What a night of historic value and unity. The showing took place February 16, at the Regal 12 Governor’s Square Movies. President of the Chi Omega chapter Royle King states: “This is big! This movie, this night, this event, it’s important that we provide the opportunities for our youth and families to be a part of history. This is a chance to see an almost entire cast of people who look like them as superheroes.” Often Black actors or actresses are portrayed in rolls that neglect and misidentify the essence of African-Americans.
This night was totally opposite. Kids and adults alike entered the movie in a royal and noble fashion. The dress code was something reflective of the wonders and powers of the Motherland. Nicholas Adams a freshman at Lincoln High School and President of the Omega Lamplighters shared his thoughts, “I’m excited. I feel honored to not only be a member of the Omega Lamplighters but also to be able to offer this to the community. I can’t wait to be in the theatre with people dressed up and proud to finally feel represented in a positive light.” Our youth deserve a chance to identify with positive images, expressions, and situations. The Black Panther movie represented more than just entertainment. Moviegoers benefitted from being exposed to characters who reflected family importance, traditional practices, womanhood and manhood. The movie stood tall as it dismissed many ignorant stereotypes about African-Americans. One hundred thirty people made history and moved in unity to a beat of one drum. Coast to coast the tribal vibration expressed the power of attraction to our often forgotten past. The list of supporters included youth and families from Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, and Jackson Counties. Brothers from the Chi Omega chapter, Upsilon Psi chapter and Chi Theta chapter were also present.
The Girls 2 Divas Mentoring program lead by Janay White, made their presence felt and came out in numbers to support the epic event. The kids were also treated to a guest appearance from Jonathan Isaac former Florida State University basketball star, now playing for the Orlando Magic. Chi Omega chapter member Dennis Gates was instrumental in bringing Jonathan Isaac to share this historic night with the famed 133. The Black Panther movie will insight research, conversation and actions that are beneficial to the youth in understanding our valued past.