About Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college.
On the evening of November 17, 1911, Omega Psi Phi was founded inside the Science Building (later renamed Thirkield Hall) at Howard University located in Washington, D.C. The founders were three undergraduates -- Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman. Joining them was their faculty adviser, Ernest Everett Just.
From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, "friendship is essential to the soul", the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was selected as the motto.
Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift
Omega continues to flourish today, because men of the very highest ideals and intellect were selected because of their ideals and characteristics. It is not by accident that many of America’s great black men are/were Omega Men. There are very few Americans whose lives have not been touched by a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Friday evening, November 17, 1911 | The Birth Of Omega
On a Friday evening, November 17, 1911, three Howard University undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, gave birth to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
1920's - 1930's | Omega Faces West
In 1922, J. Alston Atkins, the 9th Grand Basileus, appointed the first district representatives. Today, there are eleven such officers who are elected annually at district meetings.
Omega Contiues To Expand
1940's - 1950's | The Social Action Trek
The Omega “Sweetheart Song”, with words and music by Don Q. Pullen, was adopted as the official sweetheart song by the 1940 Nashville Grand Conclave. Founder Ernest E. Just entered Omega Chapter in 1941. In 1941, Dr. Charles Drew perfected the use of blood plasma as a life saving tool. During this era, the thrust was social change. Thousands of Omega men in every area of the country were actively involved in the fight to eliminate racial discrimination.
The struggle for social justice
1960's - 1970's | Social Justice Shifts Into High Gear.
Brothers were active participants in the “sit-ins” and other demonstrations designed to call attention to the plight of black Americans. Undergraduate brothers especially were involved in the demonstrative aspect of the civil rights struggle. In 1961, the Washington, D.C. Grand Conclave did an excellent job of highlighting the fifty years of accomplishments by Omega. Brothers attended the 1961 Golden Anniversary Conclave in record numbers. Founders Love, Cooper, and Coleman were present.
1980's - 1990's & Today | The Sprit Of Omega Continues
Omega continues to flourish, largely because founders -- Cooper, Coleman, Love and Just -- were men of the highest ideals and intellect. The founders selected and attracted men of similar ideals and characteristics. It is not an accident that many of America’s great black men are or were Omega Men.
Professor Frank C. Coleman
- Frank Coleman was born in Washington, D.C.
- Graduated, M Street High School, Washington, D.C.
- Bachelor of Science, Howard University, 1913
- Master of Science Degree, University of Chicago
- Advanced Training, University of Pennsylvania
- Head of the Physics Department, Howard University
- U.S. Army Officer, World War I
Professor Oscar J. Cooper
- Oscar J. Cooper was born in Washington, D.C.
- Graduated from the M Street High School, Washington, D.C.
- Bachelor of Science Degree, Howard University, 1913 Doctor of Medicine Degree, Howard University, 1917
- Practiced medicine in Philadelphia, PA for 50 years
Dr. Ernest E. Just
- Ernest E. Just was born in Charleston, South Carolina.
- Graduated from the Industrial School of the State College, Orangeburg, South Carolina.
- Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, New Hampshire
- Bachelor of Arts Degree, Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa)
- Awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP, 1915
- Doctor of Philosophy Degree, University of Chicago, 1916
- Became the 19th honoree in the U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage Stamp Series on February 1, 1996.
Bishop Edgar A. Love
- Edgar A. Love was born in Harrisburg, Virginia
- Graduated from the Academy of Morgan College
- Bachelor of Arts Degree, Howard University, 1913
- Bachelor of Divinity Degree, Howard University, 1916
- Bachelor of Sacred Theology Degree, Boston University, 1918
- Doctor of Divinity Degree (Honorary), Morgan College, 1935
- U.S. Army Chaplain, World War I
- Bishop, Methodist Church
The Beta Uspilon Chapter: Founded December 28th, 1949
The Beta Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded in Omaha, Nebraska on December 28, 1949.
The founders were Brother John Butler, B.S. of Wilberforce, Ohio and Executive Secretary of the YMCA, Omaha Branch and Brother Frank Wilkerson, a graduate student and an employee of the Omaha Urban League.
Brother Wilkerson had transferred from Paris, Texas to Omaha, Nebraska to complete a Masters degree in Social Work. Joining these two brothers was Brother George W. Woods of Forrest City, Arkansas, a graduate of A.M. & N. college; now the University of Arkansas. It was at a social gathering when Brother George W. Woods was introduced to Brother John Butler; who extended an invitation to a social at the YMCA. It was at the YMCA that Brother John and Brother George met Brother Frank Wilkerson.
The friendship of Brothers Frank Wilkerson, John Butler and George Woods has lasted over 50 years and has brought new families into the fold of Omega Psi Phi. We have developed real friendship with other fraternity brothers and their families. All soon discovered an abiding brotherhood in Omega Psi Phi.
In 1948, the three brothers applied for a charter but were denied. They were permitted to have smokers (orientation sessions) and training sessions for persons whom they thought could meet the standards of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The first smoker was held at the home of Brother Frank Wilkerson. There were 11 persons in attendance, three applied for membership.
The first initiation of was held at the YMCA in Des Moines, Iowa. After that initiation, they applied for a charter and thus was born the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The first meeting of the chapter was held at 1509 Spencer Street, and Brother Harvey McDaniel of the Denver Chapter chaired the meeting. Item one of the agenda was the election of officers and they were the original three: Brothers Wilkerson, Butler and Woods. Other officers and members were Brothers Perry, Gibson, Lewis, Thomas, Jackson, Servo and Scarbough. The two ministers were Brothers General Woods and Leroy Woods.
The Beta Upsilon Chapter was on its way to becoming a positive and uplifting organization in the community of Omaha. There were encounters of racism as we denied public access to meeting places. such as; the Paxton Hotel, University of Omaha, the public library and public schools. In addition the City of Bellevue refused to rent or sell living quarters to a brother because of his color. Yet, the Men of Omega Psi Phi persevered.
S.S. 6 The Hard Way (DP Willis Maxwell)
Wesley “Breeze” Devearaux, John “Scoop” Pennington (Omega Chapter), Ron “Rap” Williams, James “Kachoo” Robinson (Omega Chapter), William “Smokey” Ashby, Emanuel “Boogie D” McCrae
S.S. Dusk & Dawn (DP Willis Maxwell)
Marques Hunter “Raw Q Dog”
S.S. AM & PM (DP Ron Williams)
Mike “Baked Bean” Boston “Mandingo”, Henry “Mudbone” Armstead “Ice Qube” (Omega Chapter)
S.S Energy of Brotherhood (DP James Robinson)
Jonathan Wilson, Fred Spigner, Louis Turnbo, James Mason Jr., Harold Brown, Nathaniel McMorris
S.S. Professor (DP Louis Turnbo)
S.S. 3 Musketeers (DP James Mason Jr.)
Steve Gray, W. Craig Robinson (Omega Chapter), Joe Smith
S.S. 2 Extreme (DP W. Craig Robinson)
Bill Woods (Omega Chapter), Eddie Coleman
S.S. Undeniable (DP Bill Woods)
Fred Willis, Michel Lowe, Tony Pleasant, Ricardo Williams
S.S. Invisible Force (D.P. Cleveland Vaughn)
Ben Hall, Henry Mitchell, Wayne Groves
S.S. Unity (DP Keith Youngblood)
Robert McNair, Guy Rozier, Irving Fryar, Anthony Murphy
S.S. 2 Sons of Blood & Thunder (DP Clinton Baughn)
Winston Churchill, Gary Kemp
S.S. Disciples of Knowledge (DP Fred Willis)
Woody Paige, Al McKnight
S.S. Final Four (DP Tony Pleasant)
Reggie Moore, Russell Pleasant, Anthony White, Anthony Thomas
S.S. 3 Dog Knights (DP Cecil Hicks)
Brandon Terrell, Herman Barnes, Walter Henderson
S.S. 7 Sinister Sons of Blood and Thunder (DP Wayne Houston)
James Garfield, Jay Bender, Lacey Cox, George, Elijah Hanks, Victor Sly, Boris Forte
S.S. Sensational 6 (DP Pete Sykes)
Bill Thompson, Antwone Finch, Thomas Parker, Kirk Coleman, Mike Reed, Chris Rodgers
S.S. Immortal 7 (DP Wayne Houston)
Louis Blyden, Ted Riley, Victor Spencer, Trevis Sallis, Daryl Wring, Cornelius Riley, Otis Crumpton
S.S. Bodacious Bastards (DP Elijah Hanks)
Stan Smith, Eric Anderson, Mickey Joseph, Gary Wilson, Mike Grant, David White
S.S. Original Hardcore 4 (DP Trevis Sallis)
Mike Dawson, Saluhu Issaka, Samori Coles, Eric Dantzler
S.S. (DP K.B. Turner)
Cecil Hicks Jr., Derrek Vaughn, L.C. Liddell, Milton Foster, David Jefferson
S.S. 1 True Solider (DP Samori Coles)
S.S. Road Warriors (DP L.C. Liddell)
Leo Gonzales, Byron Chamberlain
S.S. 2 The Hard Way (DP Eric Dantzler)
Rashaad Watkins, John Williams
S.S. 1 Hard Soldier (DP Trevis Sallis)
S.S. Militant 3 (DP Wayne Houston)
Charles Boyd, Calvin Myles, Keir Pemberton
S.S. Buddy Lee (DP Rashaad Watkins)
S.S. 2 Live Ques (DP Tony Finch)
Osuman Issaka , Gary Charles
S.S. Few Good Men (DP Latrell Wrightsell)
Malek Winfrey, Demarkus Dandridge
S.S. 1 Thoroughly Immersed (DP Russell Pleasant)
S.S. Dead Lamp Walking (DP Trevis Sallis)
Donald McCauley III
S.S. Dynamic Duo (DP Latrell Wrightsell)
Jerry Washington, Keyo Craver
S.S. 5 Sinister and a Minister (DP Chris Rodgers)
Charles Dean, Thomas Smith, Mike Crawford, Anthony Gorman, Potso Byndum, John Bowling
S.S. Potential Lawsuits (DP Trevis Sallis)
Tyrone Brice, James Mason III, Barry Thomas
S.S. 1 Thoroughly Immersed (DP Wayne Houston)
William Williams Jr.
S.S. HyperTension (DP John Williams)
John Ramirez, Skyler Johnson
S.S. Brotherhood of the Beasty Tazmanian Devils (DP Wayne Houston)
Alan Jones, Devin Wright, Marlis Lovelace
S.S. The Raw Dawg Digglers (DP Osuman Issaka)
Lamar Henderson, Jerry Vaugh-Taylor, Fred Whitted, Andile Mahlangeni-Byndon
S.S. And Then There Was O.N.E. (DP Skyler Johnson)
S.S. The 5 Disciples of HavoQ (DP Osuman Issaka)
Octavian J Stephens, Clemenza Nwinye, Jeremy Rone, Saikou Camara, Billy Walker Jr.
S.S Fortune 300 (DP James Mason III)
Parnell Matthews Jr., Harkera Hardy, Jermayne Thompson
S.S Last Of A Dying Breed (DP Lamar Henderson)
S.S Last 7 Savage Sons Of Chaos (DP Wayne Houston)
Diante McBride-Nelson, Kristoffer Bridges, Isaac Armstead, Demornay Pierson-El, Jahmal Waldon, Araf Evans, Json Wagner 2nd
S.S Last T.E.N.A.C.I.T.Y
(DP Fred Whitted)
Tyvon Merritt, Garland Williams, Larry Brown, Christopher McCroy, Kenneth White, Jeremy Crump, James Gobson, Kieron Williams, Tyrin Ferguson, Devalon Whitcomb