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Omega Psi Phi
Founding Fathers

All founding fathers were scholars and college graduates.

On Friday evening, November 17, 1911, three Howard University undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, gave birth to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. This event occurred in the office of biology Professor Ernest E. Just, the faculty adviser, in the Science Hall (now known as Thirkield Hall). The three liberal arts students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning “friendship is essential to the soul,” the name Omega Psi Phi was derived.


Honorable Dr. Ernest Everett Just

Born August 14, 1883 in Charleston, SC.

He attended South Carolina College where he received his teaching degree.  He got a job at Howard University as an English Professor.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth University in 1907.  Bro. Just died on October 14th, 1941.  For more info click the picture.


Honorable Bishop Edgar Amos Love

Born September 10th, 1891 in Harrisburg, Va.  He attended and graduated from The Academy of Morgan College in 1909.  He then went to Howard University where he graduated Cum Laude in 1913.  After working hard, in 1916 Bro. Love  received his Bachelor of Divinity degree at Howard University.  Bro Love died on May 1st, 1974  For more info click the picture.


Honorable Dr. Oscar James Cooper

Born May 20th, 1888 in Washington D.C.  In 1909 he entered Howard University, where he obtained his baccalaureate degree in 1913 and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1917.  Bro. Cooper died on February 24, 1972.  For more info click the picture.

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Honorable Professor Frank Charles Coleman

Born July 11, 1890 in Washington D.C.  He entered Howard University in 1909 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1913.  His undergraduate record at Howard University was so outstanding he was appointed professor and later Head of Physics Department.  Bro Coleman died on February 24, 1967.  For more info click the picture.

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