Black History Festival in Pompano Beach


The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Eta Nu Chapter, based in Pompano Beach, hosted the Black History Festival at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center.

The weekend event included a wide variety of educational and community activities designed to educate young people and members of the community on the accomplishments of African American in the local community and throughout the nation.

“This is our third year of putting this event on. Many young people don’t know about the accomplishments of the African American community,” said Melvin Davis, social action chairman for the Eta Nu chapter. “We want young people to know about the accomplishments of the civil rights movement.”

The event was fun and festive. There was musical entertainment and people had the opportunity to meet with old friends and make new acquaintances. Children came to learn about African American history. There was a robotics program where young people could demonstrate their skills with robots. There were a number of speeches given on the accomplishments of the black community. And there were displays at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center of the many achievements of African Americans in Pompano Beach and South Florida. Some of the displays showed the various struggles African Americans have had to face and overcome such as slavery and racism.

“We want to educate our young people on the many accomplishments of the African American community,” said William Lyons, a leader in the Eta Nu Chapter.

Richard Yergin, an Eta Nu member, was pleased to see people coming to learn more about the African American community. He is a successful businessman and wants to encourage young people to do well in school and in their careers and life. He gave a presentation to young people from the community.