Jerrome Nathaniel Duncan, II, Esq., retired Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney, was presented with a brick that he purchased in the name of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Tau Chapter. The brick will be placed in a prominent location at the Rose Bowl.
The Rose Bowl Brick Campaign is a joint effort between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and Legacy Connections. These organizations are committed to preserving the history of the Rose Bowl stadium and ensuring its long-term viability.
The Campaign invites local organizations, corporations, and residents to publicly express their respect for the city and the historic Rose Bowl. Duncan said, he donated the brick in the name of the Fraternity "so Zeta Tau would have a presence at the Rose Bowl reopening."
When asked if his donation had special significance, Duncan replied, "Yes. The Rose Bowl Brick Campaign committee asked for community support of their latest project." Pasadena has been home for Duncan and his wife Rita, a medical doctor, since moving here almost 40 years ago. "Being an Omega Man means I am part of a great fraternity whose principles, if followed," enables one to live a very good life, he said. Duncan, a graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and The George Washington University School of Law, and Rita enjoy life in Pasadena where he gives advice only on a volunteer basis.
Larry Hammond, past Vice Basileus of the Fraternity and current chairman of its Achievement Week committee echoed Duncan's comments. Hammond said, "Zeta Tau is a viable and important institution that is part of the fabric of the Pasadena community. The Chapter thought that it was important to demonstrate that legacy in this way."
Hammond also mentioned the historical significance of the "brick" to Brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and how it represents "carrying the heavy burdens that life and community responsibilities often bring." Brothers of the fraternity, he said, "are expected to be community minded and involved in carrying their fair share" of effort wrought by building and sustaining a vibrant and resilient community.
To that end, the Fraternity is involved in offering scholarships to high school seniors, partnering with non profit organizations to sponsor youth and parent oriented conferences and most recently embarking on an international mission to help close the gap of father absence in the lives of their children, especially young African American boys.
On March 1, 2014, the Fraternity partnered with the Inland Valley Uplift Foundation and the Zeta Tau Foundation and held its second Parent Intensive Workshop dealing with topics essential to being effective parents. The youth and parent conferences held at the University of La Verne attracted 70 youth and 30 parents/guardians. Seven local chapters of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority pooled their talent and resources to provide this benefit to San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire residents.