Fraternity donates $5k to Stillman College program

Stillman Alpha Tau
Members of Omega Psi Phi's Alpha Tau chapter present a $5,000 gift to Stillman College's Black Male Initiative on Friday, May 20. Photo courtesy of Stillman College Communications.

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick

The Alpha Tau chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. donated $5,000 to Stillman College on Friday, May 20, to benefit the Black Male Initiative, a campus-wide service and leadership organization.

The Black Male Initiative provides a forum for young Black men to discuss issues inside and outside the college classroom through interaction and mentoring between students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Roland M. Lewis, who serves as president of the West Alabama chapter of the 111-year-old fraternity said the gift is part of the organization’s drive to support HBCUs like Stillman College.

“Omega Psi Phi was the first Greek-letter organization to be founded on an HBCU campus, so without HBCUs, there wouldn’t be an Omega Psi Phi,” Lewis said in a statement. “That said, we’re tied to what’s happening nationally with our HBCUs, and we’re happy to make this gift to Stillman College.”

The Stillman alumnus presides over 90 members across Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Greene, Pickens and Sumter Counties.

Arick Evans, a senior and member of Omega Psi Phi, serves as director of the Black Male Initiative. He said he was proud of his fraternity for making the donation and continuing to invest in Stillman students.

“This is inspiring to me,” Evans said, “and it’s a great opportunity for us to see how our Black organizations pour back into our HBCUs.”

Motivated by a love for his alma mater, Lewis said, “If there’s an opportunity to make Stillman College greater, then we’re all over that.”

For more information on the Alpha Tau chapter, visit their website.

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