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Fraternity history

INTRODUCTION

The fraternityʼs founders were men whose steps were ordered by the Lord because “Omega” is the conclusion or culmination of a successful journey that many men chose as a way of life.

 

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is a professional organization of college-educated men with similar ideas and like attainments. The fraternityʼs founders chose Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift as the cardinal principles that every prospective candidate must possess.

 

Our fraternityʼs motto is “Friendship is essential to the soul” Since the birth of the organization, Omega has and will continue to impact the world in every profession and all walks of life. The qualities of the Fraternityʼs Four Cardinal Principles: Manhood – Being appropriate in character and marked by moral excellence, courage; bravery; and resolve Scholarship – Demonstrating an attitude toward education, learning and being informed by achieving or exceeding and maintaining the minimum educational requirements of the fraternity. Perseverance – Exhibiting a “spirit” of brotherhood, togetherness, humility, cooperation, and a willingness to go an extra mile for the goal sought, as a responsible first-class citizen. This can be demonstrated by presenting obstacles overcome, awards received and honors issued. Uplift – Sharing ones gifts with the community in the form verifiable aid, activism and leadership.

THE HISTORY OF OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY, INC.

The Beginning 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 were adopted as Cardinal Principles. On November 23, 1911, Edgar A. Love became the first Grand Basileus (National President). Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman were selected to be the Grand Keeper of the Records (National Secretary) and Grand Keeper of Seals (National Treasurer), respectively. Eleven undergraduate men were selected to become the charter members. Alpha chapter was organized with fourteen charter members on December 15, 1911. Brothers Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman were elected the chapterʼs first Basileus, Keeper of Records, and Keeper of Seals, respectively. Brother Cooper became the fraternityʼs second Grand Basileus in 1912 and authorized the investigation of establishing a second chapter on the campus of Lincoln University located in Pennsylvania. Brother Love was elected as the third Grand Basileus in 1912 and served until 1915.

 

In 1912, Howard University officials did not initially recognize the fraternity as a national organization and Omega Psi Phiʼs leadership refused to accept limited recognition. As a result, the fraternity operated without official sanction, until the university withdrew its opposition in 1914, the same year Beta chapter was chartered at Lincoln University. Omega Psi Phi was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia on October 28, 1914. Brother George E. Hall, the fourth Grand Basileus, authorized the establishment of Gamma chapter in Boston. Brother Clarence F. Holmes served as Omegaʼs sixth Grand Basileus. Under his leadership, the fraternityʼs first official hymn, “Omega Men Draw Nigh,” was written by Otto Bohannon.

Additional Information:

 

Location

 

Southern University and A&M College

9th District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity which consists of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana

 

Notable Men

 

Andrew Ray (Fall 1962)- Omega Psi Phi 39th Grand Basileus

Dr.Keith Hodge (Spring 1992) - Medical Director at Our Lady of the Lake

Chris Senegal (Fall 2003) - Real Estate Developer

Willie McCorkle III (Fall 2011) - Former SGA President l, former SU band member, current Southern University barber.

Joseph Robins (Spring 2013) - Owner of JRobins

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For more information, visit the Omega website:         

   https://www.oppf.org/aboutomega/