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Grand Basileus Tony Knox
For Immediate Release
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The Emanuel Nine Honored In Remembrance by Omega With Check Presentation
(June 26, 2016) Atlanta, GA Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and other members of the Mighty Sixth District including Brother Howard Jackson, Sixth District Representative, attended the Sunday morning Church service on June 25th at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, "Mother Emanuel" in Charleston, South Carolina. Brother Knox presented a generous gift of $9,000 from the Fraternity in honor of the courageous Emanuel Nine who were senselessly slain June 17, 2015. He stated, "Omega Psi Phi stands with you as we honor the loving memory of the Emanuel Nine. They were our brothers and sisters and it is our privilege to be here to honor their legacy." Brother Jackson also presented a donation of $1,000 on behalf of the Mighty Sixth District.

The Mu Alpha Chapter of Charleston is to be commended on their stellar gifting that will continue to honor the legacy of the Emanuel Nine. A memorial plaque will be presented with an interactive chip in it that will allow each person with a cell phone to access the history of the Emanuel Nine! This is quite remarkable and truly honors the humanitarian commitment and tireless stewardship of the Fraternity. "The legacy of the Emanuel Nine will live in our hearts and minds forever. We will continue to lift the families and community in our prayers."

Emanuel Nine Honored
The "Brother You're On My Mind" Initiative in the July 2016 Issue of Essence Magazine!
Essence Feature (June 26, 2016) Atlanta GA – The issue of mental health is very important to the brotherhood of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. The "Brother You're On My Mind" initiative was formed to help start very important conversations about mental health. The two-fold platform focuses on educating members, their families and communities on the effects of depression and stress. It also drives the importance of seeking help for mental health problems that can otherwise be detrimental if left untreated. This initiative is highlighted in the July 2016 issue of Essence Magazine in their special Men's Issue. The title of the article is "Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown" that spotlights the epidemic of untreated mental health disorders in African American men on pages 115-117. "Untreated mental health disorders and unmanaged stress are silent killers of Black men."

Interviewed for this article were Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus and Brother Dr. David Marion, 1st Vice Grand Basileus, a practicing Psychologist who stated, "It goes against what we have in our minds of how we are meant to be; Strong Black men should be able to handle any and everything in their lives." The crisis of mental health for Brother Darryl D. Moore is also discussed in this article to personalize the need for attention to medical treatment. Brother Knox stated, "I want to thank Essence Magazine for providing special and careful attention to this critical issue that affects so many African American men. We had issues within the Fraternity. We had to do this Program so that men wouldn't just ignore symptoms and signs of mental illness."

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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