Omega Psi Phi
OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY, INC. was founded at Howard University, Washington, DC on November 17, 1911 by Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper, Frank Coleman and Dr. Ernest E. Just. It was the first men's Greek0letter social organization on a black campus. The fraternity has more than 600 undergraduate and graduate chapters in the United States, Africa, Korea, Japan, Germany, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. purpose is to bring about union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship, and manhood in order to stimulate the attainment of ideas and ambitions of its members; occupy a progressive helpful and constructive place in political life of the community and nation; and foster the humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual; and aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher economic and intellectual status.
In 1949, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., along with all other similar Greek-letter organizations, deleted from its constitution and ritual, any reference to race, creed, or color. In 1949, the fraternity was among the first to establish a national headquarters with a full time Executive Secretary.
The fraternity sponsors several mandated programs. Achievement Week is observed by all chapters with public programs, radio and television shows dealing with the achievement of mankind. The National High School Essay Contest is another prominent national program.
The fraternity four cardinal principles are manhood, scholarship, perseverance, uplift and its focus on achievement.