Amid a growing concern about the proliferation of black activist groups and further independence from repression through education four great men would revolutionize the fraternity world forever. Aided by the assistance of a history making Professor Dr. Ernest E. Just, three incredibly versatile and vigilant young men formed Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated in Thirkield Hall on the campus of Howard University in the nation’s capital on November 17, 1911.
Brother Frank Coleman, Edgar A. Love and Oscar J. Cooper with the assistance of Dr. Just used the old Greek phrase denoting Friendship Is Essential To The Soul to represent Omega Psi Phi, the first predominantly black fraternity established on the campus of a historically black college campus.
Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Delta Sigma Theta, had been formed to establish the core of solid black organizations that would go on to thrive until this day.
Alpha chapter was established on the campus and the men of Omega went on to charter hundreds of chapters throughout the world. Chapters are now located in South Korea, Germany, the Caribbean, Japan, Alaska and Hawaii. A chapter was initially established early in Liberia, Africa but it has remained inactive for several decades.
The ranks of Omega are filled with some of the most prolific and talented men known. Joe Black, Douglas Wilder, Jesse Jackson, Joe Torrey, Ricky Smiley, Charles Drew, Ronald McNair, Earl Graves, Bill Cosby, Carter G. Woodson and William Floyd formerly of the San Francisco 49ers are all Omega Men. The list goes on and soon our history books will be filled with dynamic personalities who will no doubt make their mark in our history books.
Omega’s history is filled with significant moments worthy of much dialogue. Unfortunately we will not attempt to chronicle the achievements of Omega and Omega Men on this page but we do recommend that you visit our National Headquarters website located at: www.omegapsiphifraternity.org.
Our national headquarters moved from NW Georgia avenue in Washington DC to Stone Mountain (ATL), Georgia in the 1990’s. The fraternity now boasts a membership of over 100,000+ members strategically located in graduate and undergraduate chapters throughout the nation and around the world.
In sum, the formation of Omega is miraculous. Brothers Just, Cooper, Coleman and Love created the most formidable of organizations and will live forever in the hearts and souls of African Americans throughout the world. Their contributions to our great society are that significant.