Omega Psi Phi chapters to observe National Achievement Week

The Tau Phi and Tau Sigma Chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., of Pine Bluff will hold a National Achievement Week program dinner at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Black & Gold Room on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The speaker will be the Rev. Vandell Bland, attorney at law at Jonesboro and West Helena. Bland graduated from Central High in Helena in 1972. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and juris doctorate from the Arkansas School of Law at Little Rock. Bland serves as pastor of the Manasseh Christian Fellowship Church at West Helena. He is married to the former Deborah Campbell of Forrest City. They have two sons, Vandell and Jeremy, and a grandson, Jeremy II.

The Tau Phi Chapter and the Tau Sigma Chapter will present three scholarships/monetary awards to high school students in the Pine Bluff area. The awards will be given to winners of the chapter’s essay contest. They will also present a local community leader with the Citizen of the Year Award. The Omega Man of the Year and the Unsung Hero for each chapter will also be recognized.

The National Achievement Week is a mandated program of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. It was originally designed to promote the study of African American life and history.

For more information about this event, contact Rev. J.Y. Williams Jr., chairman, at 870-872-2855; or Jesse Hargrove, co-chairman, at; or Dr. Edward Mays, retired program adviser, at 870-879-6726.