Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

 On  Monday, January 18, 2016, Brothers Edward Andrews, Wayne Hartley, Kamau  Hull, Quincy Wilkins, Arthur Hinton, Jr. and visiting Bro. Gregory  Binns, participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service  sponsored by Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful. The Brothers donated  food to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and worked on a flower bed  beautification project around the East Athens Community Center. Over  1200 flowers and 250 bulbs were planted. Bro. Hull serves as a member of  the MLK Day of Service Steering Committee.  

 

  • Bro.  Derrick Floyd was featured in the SEC Storied film, "Dominique Belongs  to Us", which highlights the basketball career of Dominique Wilkins.​
  • On  July 29, 2016, Bro. Willie Farmer and his wife, Tommie, received The  Good Samaritan Award as part of the 150 year Anniversary Celebration of  the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Athens, GA. The award  was given in recognition of their “exceptional service to the church and  the community”. Bro. Farmer is a past Basileus of Zeta Beta Beta, and  he is also a member of the church. The Chapter made a $100 donation in  honor of the church anniversary.
  • Bros.  Willie Farmer, Joe Britte, Shean Brown, and Chuck Graham visited the  Gainesville Middle School in Gainesville, GA to participate in the  school’s Black History Program in February.  Bro. Britte spoke to the  students about law enforcement careers and on the importance of  education. Bro. Farmer spoke about significant individuals Black History  Figures, provided visual aids, and entertained the students with by  playing several songs on his saxophone.

 

  • Computer  Donation. Bro. Joseph Britte secured laptops that were donated to the  Berkmar High School ROTC Program. Bro. Orlando Ferell serves as one of  the ROTC instructors at the school.
  •  Mr.  Quinton Elder (center with plaques) was awarded $1,000.00 for winning  State $2,500 for winning District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Essay  contest.  

Zeta  Beta Beta held the Chapter's 2016 Talent Hunt at The Chapel on the  campus of the University of Georgia on Saturday, August 27. Contestants  participated in the categories of dance, instrumental music, and  singing.

 ​Mr.  Josiah Meadows, classical violinist, was chosen to represent Zeta Beta  Beta at the Georgia State Meeting on October 7, 2016.​ 

District Essay Winner

 

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  • Bros.  Isom Weems and Arthur Hinton, Jr. attended the 7th District meeting in  Jackson, MS. in March 2016. Zeta Beta Beta Essay Contest Winner, Mr.  Quinton Elder, was recognized as the District Essay Winner (read essay  below). Mr. Elder had also previously won this competition for the State  of Georgia. 

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ESSAY

What Can Be Done to Assure That American Citizens Do Not Lose Their Voting Rights and That They Regain Any Rights

That Have Been Lost in Recent Legislative Changes
by
Quinton Daniel Elder

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity International High School Essay Contest
Zeta Beta Beta Chapter
Athens-Gainesville, Georgia


​Hillary  Clinton stated, “Voting is the most precious right of every citizen,  and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting  process.”  The signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776  signified the enactment of American voting. However, the right to vote  was really only given to property owning white males. Over 100 years  later, the right to vote was granted to all male American citizens  through the passage of the 15th Amendment. Although the 15th Amendment  guaranteed African American males, in particular, the right to vote,  many states imposed poll taxes, literacy tests, or grandfather clauses  to prevent this right. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted to  prevent discrimination, which included voting; however, when many tried  to vote, they were killed or deterred from voting. Leaders such as Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Ralph Abernathy,  and others decided it was time to peacefully take back our right to  vote.  August 6, 1965, after many marched and died to “ensure the  integrity of our voting process,” President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the  Voting Rights Act into law. 50 years later we are still debating the  Voting Rights Act of 1965. We ask the question, “What can be done to  assure that American citizens do not lose their voting rights and that  they regain any rights that have been lost in recent legislative  change?” The answer is simple, Americans need to vote and elect  officials willing to fight for the removal of disenfranchisement of  voters and strengthening of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

           In September 2013, the United States Supreme Court stated that states  have the right to change their laws on voting without federal approval.  Due to this addition, many states continuously disenfranchise nearly  four million felons; including, inmates, ex-felons, probationers, and  parolees. Out of 50 states, only two allow felons to vote. However,  since the start of disenfranchisement over 200 years ago, it has  unfortunately continued to be a deterrent of minority votes but mainly  that of African American males. African American males make up 35% of  those who aren’t allowed to vote due to a felony conviction. These  results are heart wrenching, as they are continuing to increase. It is  the belief of many Americans that once a person has served their  sentence, then they should have the right to vote again. Despite the  outcry, nothing is taking place to ensure that the right to vote is  given proportionally and not skewed to one demographic and race.  Consequently, we have the moral duty as citizens of America to elect  officials who hear the needs of everyone, as well as help lead protest  in order to repeal these laws. Also, it would help if the almost 51  million people who are eligible to vote, would register and vote. 

             The Voting Rights Act of 1965, has been one of the most significant  acts passed in respect to voting rights, and in America as a whole.  Before the Voting Rights Act, African Americans were deterred from  voting through discriminatory test. However, in recent years, a key  portion of the Voting Rights Act was deleted by Congress. Just this  year, Sen. Patrick Leahy tried to propose a legislative measure that  would require federal approval of state passing laws that were  historically associated with discrimination. Additionally, it is  imperative that congress approves the extension of the Voting Rights  Act, as well as amend it to make it stronger. If it does not happen,  states will continue to indirectly cease voting from minority groups.  Once again, it is evident by congress’ reaction that Americans need to  elect officials who have their best interest and hope for the  enfranchisement of all American citizens.

            Although  the right to vote, for many, has become more fair, there is still a long  way to go. Disenfranchisement is a major problem that can be fixed  through the voice of elected officials and protesting. Collectively as  citizens, it is our responsibility to be the voice of those who have no  voice. Additionally, making the Voting Rights Act of 1965 stronger will  also help ensure that American citizens do not lose their voting rights.

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 Mr. Josiah Meadows, winner of the Zeta Beta Beta Talent Hunt  participated in the Georgia State Talent Hunt on 7 October       2016 in  Macon, GA and placed 3rd in a field to 20 talented participants. 

 

  • ​​2016 Founders Day Program