Local chapter of historically Black fraternity hosts annual fundraiser

The Delta Mu Mu's Black Rhino mentoring program pairs students struggling in school with members of the fraternity to provide positive male interactions. (Photo courtesy of Delta Mu Mu)

 A national fraternity hopes to make a significant impact when it comes to providing scholarships for students graduating from Atlanta Area schools. Previous year’s events have raised as much as $300,000 dollars.

Atlanta’s Delta Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will host the annual Sundresses and Seersuckers Jazz festival Saturday in Centennial Park.

Now in its eleventh year, the organization’s signature fundraising event has grown from a one-day local event to a nationally recognized weekend affair.  In 2019, over 7,000 patrons attended during the three-day weekend helping to support the fraternity’s scholarship initiative and Black Rhinos Mentoring Program.

Ray Johnson is a member of the fraternity involved with planning this year’s event.

He says, in addition to the scholarships, the money goes towards funding a year-round mentorship program with adolescents.

The Delta Mu Mu Black Rhinos Mentoring Program was designed to address the academic, social, and community issues that students are confronted with daily.

The program is designed to provide students to work independently and collectively in cooperative learning circles with selected tutors, mentors, and expert professionals from members of the Delta Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.