Legislation Would Honor One of the Nation’s Oldest African-American Fraternity
(Trenton) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Benjie E. Wimberly to create a specialty license plate for the fraternal organization, Omega Psi Phi was released today by the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee.
The bill states that Omega PSI Phi Fraternity was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. on November 17, 1911. Established over a century ago, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity stands as one of the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American men in America. Wimberly is also a member of Omega Psi Phi. The fraternity currently has 26 chapters located throughout New Jersey.
“Specialty license plates allow residents to proudly exhibit their support for a worthy cause, a hobby or an organization,” said Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic). “Omega Psi Phi would be added to the state list of national service organizations that residents can represent with a specialty license plate. Its members who live and work in New Jersey would have another way to show pride in their organization and its long esteemed history.”
The bill (A-3804) authorizes the creation of a special Omega Psi Phi Fraternity license plate. The bill provides that the design of the license plate would be chosen by the chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission in consultation with the National President of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
The measure now awaits consideration from the Assembly Speaker who will decide when to post it for a floor vote.