Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the primary worldwide fraternal group based on the campus of a traditionally black school.

On the night of November 17, 1911, Omega Psi Phi was based contained in the Science Constructing (later renamed Thirkield Corridor) at Howard College positioned in Washington, D.C. The founders have been three undergraduates — Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman. Becoming a member of them was their school adviser, Ernest Everett Simply.

From the initials of the Greek phrase which means, “friendship is important to the soul“, the title Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was chosen because the motto.

Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift have been adopted as Cardinal Rules.

On November 23, 1911, Edgar A. Love grew to become the primary Grand Basileus (Nationwide President). Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman have been chosen to be the Grand Keeper of the Information (Nationwide Secretary) and Grand Keeper of Seals (Nationwide Treasurer), respectively. Eleven undergraduate males have been chosen to turn into the constitution members.

Alpha chapter was organized with fourteen constitution members on December 15, 1911. Brothers Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman have been elected the chapter’s first Basileus, Keeper of Information, and Keeper of Seals, respectively.

Brother Cooper grew to become the fraternity’s second Grand Basileus in 1912 and approved the investigation of building a second chapter on the campus of Lincoln College positioned in Pennsylvania.

Brother Love was elected because the third Grand Basileus in 1912 and served till 1915. In 1912, Howard College officers didn’t initially acknowledge the fraternity as a nationwide group and Omega Psi Phi’s management refused to just accept restricted recognition. In consequence, the fraternity operated with out official sanction, till the college withdrew its opposition in 1914, the identical yr Beta chapter was chartered at Lincoln College.

Omega Psi Phi was included below the legal guidelines of the District of Columbia on October 28, 1914. Brother George E. Corridor, the fourth Grand Basileus, approved the institution of Gamma chapter in Boston.

Brother Clarence F. Holmes served as Omega’s sixth Grand Basileus. Underneath his management, the fraternity’s first official hymn, “Omega Males Draw Nigh,” was written by Otto Bohannon.

Omega performed an important function when america entered World Conflict I in 1917 by having a number of brothers within the first-class of black troopers graduate from Camp Fort Des Moines, a army coaching facility positioned in Iowa. A number of Omegas, together with Campbell C. Johnson, John Purnell and founders Frank Coleman and Edgar A. Love are amongst its graduates.

A yr later in 1918, retired Colonel Charles Younger, rode 500 miles on horseback, from Wilberforce, Ohio, to the nation’s capital, to indicate he was all the time match for obligation.

Stanley Douglas served as editor to the primary Oracle which was revealed within the spring of 1919.

In 1919, Raymond G. Robinson, the seventh Grand Basileus, established Delta chapter on the campus of Meharry Medical College which is positioned in Nashville, Tennessee.

Stanley Douglas served as Editor of the Oracle which was first revealed within the spring of 1919. When Robinson left workplace in 1920 there have been ten chapters in operation.

Harold H. Thomas, the eighth Grand Basileus, was elected on the Nashville Grand Conclave in 1920.

Throughout this Conclave, Carter G. Woodson impressed the institution of Nationwide Achievement Week to advertise the examine of Negro life and historical past.

The Atlanta Grand Conclave in 1921 introduced an finish the fraternity’s first decade.

Omega constructed a powerful and efficient pressure of males devoted to its cardinal rules of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift.

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