Pitt Omicron Chapter Plans Centennial Weekend Jan. 18-21

Issue Date: 
January 14, 2013

The year 2013 marks the centennial anniversary of the founding on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh of the Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-lettered fraternity for African Americans. To commemorate the occasion, the Omicron Chapter will host a Jan. 18-21 Centennial Celebration Weekend on Pitt’s campus. Festivities will include a gala dinner, the unveiling in the Hillman Library of an exhibition about the fraternity, and a candlelight vigil honoring the late iconic civil rights activist and Alpha Phi Alpha member Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Special guest speakers during the Centennial Weekend will be University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, who will deliver remarks at the gala dinner, just as Chancellor McCormick did at the fraternity’s opening banquet in 1913; Mark S. Tillman, the 34th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; and U.S. Congressman and Alpha Phi Alpha member Chaka Fattah (D-Pa-District 2).