Ninety nine years ago today, three Howard University juniors, Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman decided to create their own fraternal organization. Nearly a century later the Omega Psi Phi chapter is still going strong.
According to the official web site, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is an “organizational Brotherhood consisting of 750 chapters throughout the world.” The letters Omega Psi Phi were derived from the Greek phrase meaning “friendship is essential to the soul.”
Many of America’s most influential black men have been members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Indeed, “there are very few Americans whose lives have not been touched by a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.” Some of the most well known Omega Psi Phi members include, William “Bill” Cosby, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Carl Rowan, Michael Jordan, and Lawrence Douglas Wilder (former governor of Virginia). These well known Americans along with more than 100,000 other members of Omega Psi Phi, have pledged to uphold the fraternity’s principles of “manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift” in all they do.
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity manages a number of programs designed to promote the well being of African Americans. Achievement week (held in November of each year), seeks to give recognition to those who have worked to improve the quality of life for black Americans. The Omega Psi Phi scholarship plan is designed to encourage academic excellence among undergraduates. The fraternity also actively promotes social action programs of all kinds.
Fraternal applicants are typically required to learn the Greek alphabet as part of the initiation process. As a birthday present to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity I offer the Greek Alphabet Rock-n-Roll song as a help in learning the Greek letters. Thank you for your contribution to society and may your organization be blessed with another100 years – and more.
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