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Omega Psi Phi Celebrates 100 Years

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A sea of purple took over the Washington Convention Center today as thousands of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity brothers gathered to celebrate 100 years of brotherhood.

"Fraternity is my life. These people are my family and I love my family, my brothers," native Georgian Berry Smith said. 

Omega Psi Phi was created in 1911 at Howard University as a service and social organization. Famous alumni include Jesse Jackson and Shaquille O'Neal, both of who are in attendance at the four day event.

People traveled from all over for the centennial celebration, some further than others.

"We just got back from Iraq. We're happy to be here and hope to build unity not only our own but around the nation," Army veteran Maurice Bell said. "That's what Omega Psi Phi fraternity is all about."

The four day event features a salute to education, leadership, military and scholarship. Hosts hope to build unity and celebration during breakout sessions.

"We've done a lot of stuff- participated in a lot of the civil rights movements, given out millions of scholarships," Chicago engineer Mac Henry said. "So it just means that we can make a difference."