LaTashia Stroman is Omega Psi Phi Mardi Gras Queen


James “Slim” Melvin is pictured with LaTashia Stroman Photo courtesy of Trinity Graphics
James “Slim” Melvin is pictured with LaTashia Stroman Photo courtesy of Trinity Graphics

On Friday, April 16, the Mu Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc,. held its Annual Mardi Gras celebration at the Savannah Civic Center.

During the event, the organization presented the three young ladies vying for the Mardi Gras Queen title.

This year’s contestants were Whitney Cheek, Dr. Michel Mitchell, and LaTashia Stroman. Of course, only one could walk away with the crown, and it went to LaTashia Stroman.

This annual, fun-filled event allows the men of Omega Psi Phi the opportunity to support scholarships, and support local worthwhile organizations.

Three undergraduate students and their faculty advisor founded Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., on November 17, 1911, on the campus of Howard University. The students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper, and Frank Coleman. The faculty advisor was Dr. Ernest E. Just.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., was incorporated on October 28, 1914, and is the first fraternity founded at a historically black college or university.

From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, “Friendship is essential to the soul,” The name Omega Psi Phi was derived.

The phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift were adopted as cardinal principles. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has initiated more than 130,000 members and has over 550 chapters in forty-four states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and Panama.

Mu Phi, the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated was established on April 7, 1926, and has been serving the community through various mandated programs that include, mentoring at risk youth, Habitat for Humanity, and American Diabetes Awareness.

James “Slim” Melvin serves as Basileus.

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