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Grand Basileus Tony Knox
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The Second Annual Divine Nine NC Legislative Day A Powerfully Collaborative Success; WE ARE ONE!

Divine 9 Legislative DayRaleigh, NC (May 19, 2017) The Divine Nine made history in Raleigh, NC during the 2nd Annual Divine Nine Legislative Day that was held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center. We experienced the best in international leadership, collegiality and unity among 848 members in record attendance to discuss the critical issues that affect North Carolina and the nation that included voter registration and suppression tactics, body cameras for police officers in every city, getting the legal age limit changed from 16 to 18 for teenagers not to be tried as adults and so much more! It was a very historic and heartfelt day of kindred but progressive action, thought and tireless commitment as International Presidents, Regional leadership, Presidents and Administration from HBCU's, smashing speakers, elected officials from the North Carolina House and Senate and across the state and attendees lifted our voices, plan of action and unyielding commitment forward! This followed a phenomenal meeting at the Governor's mansion Tuesday night, May 16th where Governor Roy Cooper graciously welcomed the leadership and engaged dialogue of the issues. National leadership included Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Thomas L. Battles, Jr., Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Dr. Everett B. Ward, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and Jennifer Jones, President of the National Panhellenic Council. Dr. Glenda Glover, International First Vice-President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Juanita Massenburg, South Atlantic Regional Director, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Rachel Morris, Executive Director, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, T. Diane Surgeon, Esq., Eastern Regional Director, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and Keivin Clayton, NC State Director, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated represented their organizations on behalf of their National Presidents who apologetically could not attend. Other Regional leadership included Eston Williams, Southern Regional Director, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Tejuan Manners, ANCA District Director, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Joyce Henderson, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Carlos Watson, Esq., Regional Director, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Nakisha Boulware, NC State Director, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and Brother Howard Jackson, Sixth District Representative who was the amazing Chair of the Planning Committee. Brother Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell, Grand Chaplain, was the Keynote Speaker and he powerfully brought the house down!
Divine 9 Legislative Day
Andrea Harris, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, delivered a dynamic address on the State of NC HBCUs. Cassandra Deck Brown, Raleigh Chief of Police and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated stopped by to render greetings. The Garner Road Community Center was blessed as our Community Partner with financial support from each organization as we visited and toured the facility with Mozetta Johnson, CEO and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The Divine Nine was recognized in the Senate Chambers and one of the critical issues discussed that we collectively outlined was being discussed in the Senate. God blessed this body of work and execution with gracious grace! Thank you to the National and Regional leaders for their selflessness day in and day out as we continue to impact humanity. Congratulations to the Planning Committee for a job well done!

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated was honored to host this amazing and overwhelmingly successful event. "WE ARE ONE!"

Antonio F. Knox, Sr.
40th Grand Basileus

Since its humble beginnings on the Howard University campus, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity continues to be on the front line, leveraging its power, influence and more than 100 years of commitment to the uplift of our people and our communities.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college.

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