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The Black Greek community is currently mourning the loss of Gary Earl Johnson Jr. of Phi Beta Sigma.

Johnson, a senior at Fort Valley State University, was killed in an accident on Wednesday morning. According to the Warner Robins police, he died in the single-vehicle accident at after midnight on Russell Parkway and Red Fox Run.

Johnson, was a liberal arts major and was scheduled to graduate in December, according to the school’s website. He was also a drum major in the school’s band and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, the school’s website states.

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Johnson and his wife have one son and are expecting another child in December.

“Our campus community is mourning the loss of this dynamic, young man,” Dr. Donta Truss, vice provost for the Office of Student Success and Enrollment Management stated. “The loss is resonating across campus and has left our student body dismayed. At FVSU, we deeply feel every loss such as this because we are such a tight-knit family. We have sent our condolences to the family and will be reaching out to inquire about how we can assist further.”

We ask that you keep Johnson’s family, wife, child, friends and fraternity brothers in your thoughts. We also ask that you leave your condolences and memories of him in the comment section below so that his family can see how much he meant to all of us.

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Dick Gregory was a man of Alpha Phi Alpha.

On Saturday, Dick Gregory, a pioneering force of comedy in the 1960s who later became an iconic social and political activist died of heart failure at the age of 84.

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory, departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Before his fame, Gregory was a 1954 initiate of the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at Southern Illinois University.

In the chapter photo below you will see him in the back row, third from the left.

Upon learning of their brother’s passing, Alpha Phi Alpha’s international Facebook page posted their condolences to the family.

As we celebrate the legacy of Brother Dick Gregory let us reflect on the following quote as we continue his legacy as men of Alpha in pursuit of justice and equality.
‘One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people’

Gregory’s home chapter, the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at Southern Illinois University also took to Twitter to memorialize their chapter brother.

We ask that you keep Gregory’s family, friends, and fraternity brothers in your thoughts. We also ask that you share this and leave your condolences and memories of him as a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha and a member of the Black greek community so that others can see how much he meant to all of us.

“Not all great men are Alphas, but all Alphas are great men.”

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Black Greekdom Mourns The Passing of the 33rd Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi, Dr. Moses C. Norman Sr.

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It is with great sadness that we at WatchTheYard.com inform you that Dr. Moses C. Norman Sr., the 33rd Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi, has passed away.

Brother Moses C. Norman Sr. served three consecutive terms as Grand Basileus for most of the 1980s from 1984-1990 and was first elected to the position at the fraternity’s Grand Conclave in Louisville.

On Tuesday morning, the Fraternity made the following announcement of his passing on their official Facebook page quoting 40th Grand Basileus Bro. Tony Knox, Sr. who called him, “A true Omega Man, a legend, a giant, a man that earned the highest praise while serving Omega for 62 years.”


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Dr. Moses C. Norman Sr. was initiated into Omega Psi Phi on December 13, 1954 in Beta Psi of the fraternity at Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia. In the picture below, you can see him in 2nd row, standing 4th from the left.

He held a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Management from Georgia State University.

His three sons are also Omega Men.


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We ask that you keep Bro. Dr. Moses C. Norman Sr. family, friends and fraternity brothers in your thoughts. We also ask that you leave your condolences and memories of him in the comment section below so that his family can see how much he meant to all of us.

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Black Greekdom Mourns The Passing Of Kappa Alpha Psi’s Curtis Owens

Black greekdom is currently mourning the passing of Kappa Alpha Psi member Curtis Owens who passed away Christmas day.

Curtis pledged Kappa Alpha Psi in undergrad at Central State University where he graduated in 1962, served in the U.S. Army and left his mark on the city of Los Angeles. Owens had served as the executive senior advisor to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and also served as the president of Universal Management Corporation and president of the African American Unity Center.

According to the LA Sentinel,

“As president of the Unity Center, Owens was instrumental in providing emergency rescue services to residents of South Central following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, as well as partnered with the Brotherhood Crusade to establish successful job training programs like the waiter waitress school which trained students with the skills necessary to enter into the waiters union and obtain jobs in some of Southern California’s most luxurious hotels and restaurants.

Owens also opened South Centrals first Construction Apprenticeship School to train African Americans to enter into the construction trade unions, historically one of the most segregated unions in Los Angeles.”

Owen’s wife, Edna Anderson-Owens, passed away in 2015. She was the longtime assistant to Motown founder Berry Gordy.

We ask that you keep Owen’s family, friends and fraternity brothers in your thoughts. We also ask that you leave your condolences and memories of him in the comment section below so that his family can see how much he meant to all of us.

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