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The Outstanding History and Members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

“The first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically Black college,” Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is celebrating its 110th anniversary today.

Founded by Howard University undergraduates Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Coleman, Joined by their faculty advisor Ernest Everett Just, the organization, was founded inside the Howard Science Building (later known as the Thirkield Hall) on November 17, 1911.

Eleven other undergraduate men were selected along with Love, Cooper, and Coleman to join the Alpha chapter officially organized on December 15, 1911. The fraternity formally became incorporated on October 28, 1914, and was recognized as a fraternity by Howard.

The Que Dawgs motto, “friendship is essential to the soul,” has always been to build a “strong and effective” unit through the binds of brotherhood. With the principles of “Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift” guiding them, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has been a prominent force in the Black community for over 100 years. The organization now has over 700 chapters in Germany, Japan, and the United States.

The brothers of this fraternity have been at the frontlines of the most pressing issues in our country’s past and present, including police brutality and systemic racism. Numerous brothers are helping spread the positive impact of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., including notable figures in areas such as entertainment, sports, and civil rights.

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