Fraternity History

OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY, INC. HISTORY

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on November 17, 1911 at Howard University by four great men.  Oscar James Cooper, Frank Coleman, and Edgar Amos Love were undergraduates in the college of liberal arts and sciences while Dr. Ernest Everett Just, a biology professor and world renowned scientist, served as their faculty advisor. The Fraternity was founded on Four Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift and the phrase "Friendship is Essential to the Soul" was chosen as the Fraternity's motto. Omega was the first black fraternity founded at a historically black college or university.

Since 1911, the Fraternity has initiated more than 140,000 men worldwide and has nearly 700 chapters in all parts of the world including the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Japan, and Panama. Additionally, Omega Psi Phi has several Nationally-Mandated Programs geared towards aiding downtrodden humanity and uplifting all of mankind.

These programs include:

Achievement Week
National Social Action Program                    
Talent Hunt Program                    
Assault on Illiteracy Program                    
National High School Essay Contest                    
United Negro College Fund                   
Scholarship                   
Reclamation                    
Memorial Service                    
South Africa Project                    
Senior Citizens Project                    
Perpetuation of the Black Male Project                    
Habitat for Humanity Project 

Omega men pride themselves on being leaders in all fields of human endeavor and hold themselves to the highest standards of excellence. For this reason, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity continues to serve as a great beacon of light for the African-American and world communities.