Brother Edward W. Brooke III Omega Chapter Notice

posted Jan 5, 2015, 11:32 AM by Seattle Alphas   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 12:08 PM ]

Brother Edward W. Brooke III

Omega Chapter Notice

Brother Edward W. Brooke III [Beta, ‘37], former Massachusetts senator (1967-1979) and author of Bridging the Divide: My Life, has transitioned into Omega Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha’s chapter of sweet rest.

In March 2014, an Alpha delegation led by General President Mark S. Tillman (fourth from right) joined Brother Edward W. Brooke III (center) and his wife Ann at their home in Coral Gables, Fla.

Born October 26, 1919, Brother Brooke graduated from Howard University in 1941 and Boston University Law School in 1948. He also served in WWII as a captain in the U.S. Army. The first African American to be elected to the Senate by popular vote in 1966, Brother Brooke solidified his place in American history by becoming a champion of school integration and fighting against two Supreme Court nominees who had a history of opposition to civil rights causes. In recognition of his service on behalf of a grateful country, Brother Brooke was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 23, 2004 and then the Congressional Gold Medal on July 1, 2008.

 Alpha Phi Alpha will hold a national Omega Service in honor of Brother Edward W. Brooke [Beta, ’37], former Massachusetts senator (1967-1979) and founding chair of the Alpha Phi Alpha World Policy Council, today, Monday, March 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. Brother Brooke transitioned into Omega Chapter on January 3, 2015. If you signed up to attend the Omega Service please be advised that seating is limited. Brothers who will be in attendance should plan to arrive no later than 3:00 pm. A reception is planned in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center immediately following the Omega Service.

Brother Brooke’s funeral services will be held at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:00 am. During the funeral services, a section has been reserved for Alpha brothers and seating is extremely limited. Brother Brooke will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at 3:00 pm. We are encouraging brothers in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and surrounding areas to make a strong showing of support for these events.

Brothers are expected to wear Alpha attire (dark suit, white shirt and Alpha tie) to both events. If you are unable to attend these services, please take the time to sign the official Omega Service Guest Booklet, which will be presented to the family of Brother Brooke on behalf of the fraternity. The link will be available until March 13, 2015.

Brother Brooke was a national treasure, and Alpha Phi Alpha will recognize his tremendous contributions to our country and the fraternity. It is because of brothers like him advocating on behalf of our communities that we are the College of Friendship, the University of Brotherly Love and the School for the Better Making of Men.