The Beta Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and its Omega Psi Phi Lamplighters held a premier event for inducting new “Flames” into their program. The mission of the Omega Psi Phi Lamplighters of Pensacola is to positively impact the local community by turning good young men into great young men. The program was founded on the principles of Leadership, Academics, Maturity, and Perseverance. The Tallahassee Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. founded the program in Tallahassee, Florida. However, the leadership of the Pensacola Chapter of Omega Psi Phi has stated that the program has become a force to be reckoned with here in Pensacola since its installment in 2015.
The 2016 Omega Lamplighters of Pensacola were proud to induct 12 new “Flames” into their prestigious organization giving them a total of 29 youth from across Pensacola ranging in ages from 12 to 17. These 12 youth seized their opportunity to become an Omega Lamplighter Saturday afternoon at the A.A. Dixon Elementary School where a ceremony was held for them to cross the threshhold to become a “L.A.M.P.”
In attendance at the ceremony was the District 3 County Commissioner Lumon May who gave some encouraging words to the young men to inspire them for future achievement. Also in attendance was the President of the local NAACP Eladies Sampson, who has targeted the relationship that the 107 year old civil rights organization has with African-American Greek Letter Fraternities and Sororities. The Pensacola Lamplighter Director who spends an inordinate amount of time managing the Lamplighter program is Bryan Freeman. The Basilus of the Beta Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is Vin Durant and the Vice Basilus is Rodney Jones.