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Grand Basileus Tony Knox
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Texas A&M Commerce Extends High Honor to Brother Dr. David A. Talbot, Sr., Professor Emeritus
Dedication Ceremony Renames Hall of Languages Building to David Talbot Hall

(April 24, 2017 Atlanta, GA) Tuesday, April 18, 2017 was a historic day for the rich legacy of one of the world's stalwart and accomplished scholars, Brother Dr. David Arlington Talbot, Sr., Professor Emeritus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. In a memorable and endearing Dedication Ceremony before family members, friends, University officials, students, members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and several civil rights icons, the Hall of Languages located on the campus was officially named the "David Talbot Hall" in one of the highest honors given by the Texas A&M University System; the first building named after an African American in the University System. Former Ambassador and Mayor Andrew Young, an honored guest, spoke at the Dedication Ceremony and Brother Dr. Kenneth Terrell, 9th District Representative, took part with a special reading of the Proclamation to commemorate the great moment in history.

The Hall of Languages is one of the oldest and most iconic buildings on campus and was the original college library. It was also the birthplace of the Theta Theta Chapter founded February 1, 1970. More than fifty alumni members of Theta Theta were in attendance along with hundreds of participants for the Luncheon. Brother Russ Cuffee, President of Theta Theta Alumni Association in conjunction with the Theta Theta Alumni Foundation presented a check in the amount of $25K to Dr. Ray Keck, President of Texas A&M University-Commerce that was deliberately earmarked for the Dr. David A. Talbot, Sr. Endowed Scholarship Fund. Dr. Keck stated, "We are grateful to honor the life and work of Dr. David Arlington Talbot, Sr. He put service to others and to the nation above personal gain." A remarkable and dedicated Omega Man for 67 years, Dr. Talbot was initiated at Morris Brown College in 1936. He was the first African American Professor of East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce, when he started his illustrious career as a member of the faculty in 1968. He was the Special Assistant to the President for Affirmative Action, Director of the Counseling Center and he was the first African American faculty member that rose to the prestigious rank of Professor in the Department of Counseling and Guidance. His gifts were many and he spoke seven languages and served as an ordained Minister of the African Methodist Episcopal in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for many years. He earned a master's degree from Columbia University and later completed post-graduate work in 1966 by earning a doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was conferred the title of Professor Emeritus when he retired in 1986.

Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus stated, "Brother Talbot was an icon who firmly imprinted excellence, stellar impact and service on the fabric of humanity. He is a muse for the Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift. The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated salute the exceptional excellence modeled through his selfless and very successful career. The David Talbot Hall is now a standing and continuous tribute to the hallmark of his phenomenal legacy! We Are One!"

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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