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Encyclopedia > Omega Psi Phi
Omega Psi Phi - ΩΨΦ
Founded November 17, 1911 (1911-11-17) (age 95)
Howard University
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Friendship is Essential to the Soul
Colors Royal Purple and Old Gold
Symbol Lamp
Publication Oracle
Nickname Omegas, Ques, Sons of Blood and Thunder, Que Dogs, Omega Men, Da Bruhz
Headquarters 3951 Snapfinger Parkway
Decatur, Georgia, USA
Homepage Omega Psi Phi Fraternity website

Omega Psi Phi (ΩΨΦ) is a national fraternity, and was the first black national fraternal organization to be founded at a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three undergraduate students and one faculty advisor. The founders were Howard University juniors Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Charles Coleman. The first faculty advisor was Dr. Ernest Everett Just, who early on was accorded the status of founder by the three undergraduates. Each of the founders had distinguished careers in their chosen fields: Bishop Edgar Love,who became a bishop of the United Methodist Church; Dr. Oscar Cooper, who was a prominent physician who practiced in Philadelphia over 50 years; Professor Frank Coleman,who was the chairman of the Department of Physics at Howard University for many years; and Dr. Ernest E. Just,who was a world-renowned biologist. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Shield File links The following pages link to this file: Omega Psi Phi Categories: Logos ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Howard University is a university located in Washington, D.C., USA. An historically black university, Howard was established in 1867 by congressional order and named for Oliver O. Howard. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... Antique bronze oil lamp with Christian symbol (replica) A terra-cotta oil lamp, Antique oil lamp (replica) An oil lamp is a simple vessel used to produce light continuously for a period of time from a fuel source. ... Look up fraternity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up black in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In the United States, Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Howard University is a university located in Washington, D.C., USA. An historically black university, Howard was established in 1867 by congressional order and named for Oliver O. Howard. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Bold textItalic text Ernest Everett Just Ernest Everett Just (August 14, 1883 – October 27, 1941) was a pioneering black U.S. biologist. ...


From its inception, the fraternity has worked to build a strong and effective force of men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift. In 1927, at the urging of fraternity member Carter G. Woodson, the fraternity made National Negro Achievement Week an annual observance, and it continues today as Black History Month. Manhood is the period in a males life when he has left behind the innocence of childhood. ... A scholar is either a student or someone who has achieved a mastery of some academic discipline, perhaps receiving financial support through a scholarship. ... Carter Woodson biographical cartoon by Charles Alston, 1943 Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 — April 3, 1950) was an African American historian, author, journalist and the founder of Black History Month. ...


Since 1945, the fraternity has undertaken a National Social Action Program to meet the needs of African Americans in the areas of health, housing, civil rights, and education. Omega Psi Phi has been a patron of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) since 1955, provides an annual gift of $50,000 to the its program. Omega Psi Phi is also a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) member. African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... United Negro College Fund logo The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is a Fairfax, Virginia-based American philanthropic organization that fundraises college tuition money for African-American students and general scholarship funds for 39 historically black colleges and universities. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. ...

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History

The Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi in 1912.
The Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi in 1912.

Omega Psi Phi was the first national African-American fraternity to be founded at a black college when it was established on November 17, 1911 at Howard University. Howard University would not initially recognize the fraternity as a national organization and Omega Psi Phi's leadership refused local recognition.[citation needed] The fraternity operated without official sanction until the university withdrew its opposition in 1914, the same year that Beta chapter was founded at Lincoln University.[citation needed] Omega Psi Phi was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia in October of 1914.[1] By 1920 the fraternity had 10 chapters and in 1930 Omega Psi Phi became one of 5 founding members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The NPHC expanded when Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma joined in 1931, Sigma Gamma Rho in 1937, and Iota Phi Theta in 1997.[2] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is a four-year University located on 350 acres in southern Chester County. ... The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. ... Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African Americans. ... Phi Beta Sigma (ΦΒΣ) Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Brotherhood of Iota Phi Theta was a local service fraternity at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1973 to 2001. ...


Founders

Ernest Everett Just, Founder of Omega Psi Phi.
  • Dr. Ernest E. Just
  • Bishop Edgar A. Love
  • Dr. Oscar J. Cooper
  • Professor Frank Coleman

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Internationally Mandated Programs

Each Chapter has a list of Internationally Mandated Programs that they have to administer each year [1]. They are:


Achievement Week - This week is observed every November and seeks to recognize individuals who have made notable contributions to society. During this Achievement Week a High School Essay Contest is held and the winner usually receives a scholarship award.


Scholarship - The goal of the Scholarship Program is to encourage academic progress among the undergraduate members. A portion of the fraternity's budget is designated for the Charles R. Drew Scholarship Commission, which awards scholarships to members and non-members.


Social Action Programs - All chapters are required to participate in programs that uplift society. Many participate in activities which include voter registration, illiteracy programs, mentoring programs, fundraisers, and charitable organizations such as American Diabetes Association, United Way, and the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation.


Talent Hunt Program - Each year, each chapter is required to hold a talent contest. This program encourages young people to expose themselves to the Performing Arts. Individuals who win these talent contests receive an award, such as a scholarship.


Memorial Service - March 12 is Omega Psi Phi Memorial Day. During the month of March every chapter of the Fraternity performs a ritualistic memorial service to remember members who have died.


Reclamation and Retention - This program is an effort to encourage inactive members to become fully active and participate in the fraternity's programs.


College Endowment Funds - The fraternity donates thousands of dollars to Historically Black Colleges and Universities each year.


Health Initiatives - Chapters are required to coordinate programs that will encourage good health practices. Programs that members involve themselves in include HIV/AIDS awareness, blood drives, prostate cancer awareness, and sickle cell anemia awareness programs.


Voter Registration, Education and Motivation - Coordination activities that promote voter registration and mobilization.


NAACP - A Life Membership at Large in the NAACP is required by all chapters and districts.[3] The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ...


Membership

Further information: List of Omega Psi Phi notable members

Today, Omega Psi Phi has over 700 chapters throughout the United States, Bermuda, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Korea, Japan, Liberia, Germany, and Kuwait. There are many notable Omega Men recognized as leaders in the arts,the sciences, academics, athletics, business, civil rights, education, government, and science sectors at the local, national and international level[1] . Some of these men include Executive Directors of the NAACP Roy Wilkins and Benjamin Hooks, former President of the National Urban League, Vernon Jordan, and President & CEO of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Jesse Jackson. Also, two former governors William H. Hastie (U.S. Virgin Islands) and L. Douglas Wilder (Virginia) and numerous presidents of historically black colleges and universities as well. This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy certain standards for completeness. ... This article is about the Korean peninsula and civilization. ... This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy certain standards for completeness. ... Martin Luther King is perhaps most famous for his I Have a Dream speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom This article is about the civil rights movement following the Brown v. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ... Roy Wilkins as the Executive Secretary of the NAACP in 1963 Roy Wilkins (August 30, 1901 – September 8, 1981) was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. ... Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks (born January 31, 1925), is an American civil rights leader. ... National Urban League Logo The National Urban League (NUL) is a nonpartisan civil rights organization based in New York City that advocates on behalf of African Americans and against racial discrimination in the United States. ... ... Jesse Jackson formed two non-profit organizations, Operation PUSH (People United To Serve Humanity) in 1971 and the National Rainbow Coalition in 1984. ... Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. ... Dr. William H. Hastie (1904–April 14, 1976) was both the first African American Governor of the United States Virgin Islands and the first African American judge on a Federal appeals court. ... Lawrence Douglas Wilder (born January 17, 1931) is an American politician. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...

Jesse Jackson Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., July 1983.
Jesse Jackson Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., July 1983.

Omega Psi Phi offers college, graduate, and honorary membership to potential aspirants. College students must be working toward a bachelor's degree at a four year institution, 36 semester credits, [2] and maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average. An initiant into the graduate chapter must already possess a bachelor's degree. The fraternity grants honorary membership to men who have contributed to society in a positive way on a national or international level.[4] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3203x4585, 519 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Jesse Jackson ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (3203x4585, 519 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Jesse Jackson ... Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. ... For other degrees, see Academic degree. ...


National Pan-Hellenic Council membership

Main article: National Pan-Hellenic Council

The fraternity is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. The NPHC is composed of nine international black Greek-letter sororities and fraternities and promotes interaction through forums, meetings, and other mediums for the exchange of information, and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.[5] The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Omega History. Omega Psi Phi. Retrieved on 2006-09-30.
  2. ^ About NPHC. National Pan-Hellenic Council. Retrieved on 2006-09-20.
  3. ^ Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Official Website. OPPF. Retrieved on 2006-09-30.
  4. ^ Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Official Membership Page. OPPFMembership. Retrieved on 2006-10-01.
  5. ^ National Pan-Hellenic Council Aboutpage. NPHC. Retrieved on 2006-08-15.

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