The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated was
founded on Friday, November 17, 1911, at Howard
University in Washington, D.C.
by three undergraduate students and one faculty advisor. The founders were Howard University
students Edgar Amos Love, Frank Charles Coleman, and Oscar James Cooper. The
first faculty advisor was Dr. Ernest Everett Just, who early on was accorded
the status of founder by the three undergraduates. Each of the founders had
distinguished careers in their chosen fields: Bishop Edgar Love, became a
bishop of the United Methodist Church; Dr. Oscar Cooper, was a prominent
physician who practiced in Philadelphia over 50 years; Professor Frank Coleman,
was the chairman of the Department of Physics at Howard University for many years;
and Dr. Ernest E. Just, was a world-renowned biologist. The fraternity is the first black national
fraternal organization to be founded at a historically black college.
From its inception, the fraternity has worked to build a strong and
effective force of men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship,
Perseverance, Uplift, and capable of giving expression to the hopes and
aspirations of an unfree people in the land of the free. In 1927, at the urging
of fraternity member Carter G. Woodson, the Fraternity made National Negro Achievement Week an
annual observance, and it continues today as Black History Month.
Since 1945, the fraternity has undertaken a National Social Action Program
to meet the needs of African Americans in the areas of health, housing, civil
rights, and education. Omega Psi Phi has been a patron of the United Negro
College Fund (UNCF) since 1955, provides an annual gift of $50,000 to the UNCF,
and is a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) member.
Today, Omega Psi Phi has over 700 chapters throughout the United States, Bermuda,
Bahamas, U.S. Virgin
Islands, Korea, Japan, Liberia,
Germany, and Kuwait. There
are many notable Omega Men recognized as leaders in the arts, sciences,
academics, athletics, business, civil rights, education, and government at the
local, national and international level. Some of these men include former Executive
Directors of the NAACP Roy Wilkins and Benjamin Hooks, former President of the National
Urban League, Vernon Jordan, and President & CEO of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
Jesse Jackson. Also, two former governors William H. Hastie (U.S. Virgin
Islands) and L. Douglas Wilder (Virginia)
and numerous presidents of historically black colleges and universities grace
the roster of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Extended Fraternity History Continued
Fraternity Founders Biography
Mandated Programs of Omega Psi Phi