Harford Public Library receives book donation in honor of Black History Month

The Iota Nu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's sixth annual Harford County Public Library book dedication ceremony was held at the Abingdon Library on Feb. 2. The book donation and dedication was in honor of Black History Month.

Joining members of Iota Nu Chapter for the ceremony were Harford County Circuit Court Judge Angela Eaves and Harford County Public Library Director Mary Hastler.

This year, Harford County Public Library received a donation of several copies of the book "In The Spirit of Ronald E. McNair: Astronaut, An American Hero" by Carl S. McNair. It is a biography of the second African-American astronaut in space and a member of the crew killed in the January 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. Dr. McNair earned a PhD. in physics at MIT and was a physics researcher before he entered the NASA astronaut program. He flew with the 10th space shuttle mission in 1984.

The first edition of the book about Dr. McNair was released in January 2006, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. The book was expanded and re-released in 2011, to coincide with the 25th anniversary, according to the University of Alabama, one of several colleges and universities that is home to a chapter of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, or McNair Scholars Program.

The author, who is the brother of Ronald McNair, is an educator and philanthropist. Carl McNair is also founder and president emeritus of the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Foundation, which has been instrumental in establishing the McNair Scholars Program.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is the first African American national fraternal organization founded at a historically black college and university. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's mission is to provide social action in the communities in which they live through dedication to their four cardinal principles: manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift.

"Omega's responsibility is to uplift mankind through our service and deeds," Dwayne Adams, Chapter Basileus, said in media release from the library. "Each year we look forward to providing Harford County Public Library with a selected book in February in honor of Black History Month."

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