Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc (2022)

Notable Omega Men Throughout History

CIVIL RIGHTS

• Bro. Grant Reynolds – Played a major role in President Truman’s 1948 decision to desegregate the United States Armed Forces.
• Bro. James Nabrit – Former Dean of Howard University Law School and former president of Howard University. A leader in the training of the early Civil Rights lawyers.
• Bro. Wiley Branton – Attorney of the “Little Rock Nine” and former Dean of Howard University School of Law.
• Bro. Roy Wilkins – Long-time Executive Director of the NAACP.
• Bro. Benjamin Hooks – Succeeded Bro. Roy Wilkins as Executive Director of the NAACP, the most effective of all civil rights organizations.

BUSINESS

• Bro. Gillard S. Glover – President, Afro-American Life Insurance Company.
• Bro. James S. Avery – 28th Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, an author of Others Thought I Could Lead, a fascinating story of a Black Man’s rise to leadership positions in education, the business world, in civic and fraternity life.
• Bro. Thurman McKenzie – Co-owner of M and M Products (Sta Soft Fro).
• Bro. Otis M. Smith – General Counsel, General Motors Corporation.
• Bro. Nathaniel Bronner – Co-owner of Bronner Brothers Beauty Supplies.
• Bro. Jesse Hill – President of Atlanta Life Insurance Company.
• Bro. William Kennedy III – President of North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company.
• Bro. Earl Graves, President and CEO of Black Enterprise Magazine.

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MILITARY

• Bro. (Colonel, USA) Charles Young – (March 12, 1864 — 1922) A Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and was the first African-American ever to obtain that rank. Young was born in Mayslick, Kentucky, and was the son of former slaves. While engaged in teaching, he succeeded in competing for an appointment as a cadet at West Point. Young graduated with his commission from West Point, the third black man to do so at that time. He was assigned to the Tenth and the Seventh Cavalry where he was promoted to first lieutenant. His subsequent service of 28 years was with black troops — the Twenty-fifth U.S. Infantry and the Ninth U.S. Cavalry. He died in 1922, while detailed in Nigeria. Colonel Young was given a hero’s burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

• Bro. (General) William “Kip” Ward – The active military’s only black four-star general commands the Pentagon’s new Africa Command. Ward leads a sprawling new command, which works with African countries to strengthen governments and their militaries and make the nations less vulnerable to terrorist activities. Ward graduated from Morgan State University’s ROTC program and joined the military in 1971. He received his bachelor’s degree from Morgan State, and his master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. Ward has held a number of overseas and staff posts, and served as commander of the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division in Somalia. He later was the commander of the stabilization force in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2000. He became the fifth black to be promoted to the rank of general in the Army when he received his fourth star in May 2006.

• Bro. (Major General, USA Ret.) Mathew A. Zimmerman – Major General Matthew A. Zimmerman was a chaplain in the United States Army. He was the first African-American Chief of the United States Army Chaplain Corps.

• Bro. Major General Wallace C. Arnold, USA Ret., has been successful in numerous roles. He has gained years of professional experience, earned numerous awards and affiliations through service in the United States Army, the private sector and higher education. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Campbell University. MG Arnold continues to contribute to his community and country in various capacities by serving on many non-profit and corporate boards and as a leader in his church. He recently completed a tenure as Interim President, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

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• Bro. (Major General, USA) Abraham Turner – Active duty in the United States Army and serving in Fort Monroe, Virginia. In 1976, he graduated from South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music. He also earned a Master’s Degree in public administration from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Turner commanded the nation’s largest initial entry training post, Fort Jackson in South Carolina, where an average of over 40,000 soldiers per year are trained for the Army.

• Bro. (Major General, USA ret) James Monroe, Commanded the Army Industrial Operations Command. His assignments have included a key logistics role in preparation for Desert Shield/Desert Storm as Deputy Chief of Staff, US Army Central Command. Monroe is a graduate of West Virginia State University. Major General Monroe was Chief of Ordnance, 1994-1995, before becoming IOC commander in 1995.

• Bro. (Major General, USA ret) William Russ, was vice president of Raytheon’s intelligence and information systems operations in Washington. Russ lead telecommunications policy, planning and technology programs. In the military Russ served as the commanding general of the Army Communications-Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J., and led worldwide lifecycle support for Army C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) systems.

• Bro. (Major General, USMC ret.) Charles Bolden – A retired U.S. Marine Corps officer who served from 1981 to 1994 as an astronaut in the United States’ space program. A 1968 graduate of the United States Naval Academy (USNA), he became a Marine Aviator and test pilot. After his service with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he became Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the USNA. Bolden is the virtual host of the Shuttle Launch Experience attraction at Kennedy Space Center.

POLITICS

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• Bro. Lawrence Douglas Wilder – Became Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1990. He also received the Bronze Star for his military heroics in the Korean War.
• Bro. William Hastie – First Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Bro. George L.P. Weaver – Former U.S. Secretary of Labor.
• Bro. Vernon Jordan – A lawyer and business executive. He served as a close adviser to President Bill Clinton and has become known as an influential figure in American politics.
• Bro. Robert C. Weaver – First African American to serve on the Presidential Cabinet when he became Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in 1966 under President Lyndon B. Johnson.
• Bro. Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. – Former Secretary, Department of the Army.
• Bro. Rev. Jesse Jackson – Candidate for the United States Presidency in 1984 and 1988.

SCIENCE

• Bro. Dr. Ernest Everett Just – Internationally known biologist and professor at Howard University.
• Bro. Dr. Charles R. Drew – Perfected the use of blood plasma; Professor of Surgery at Howard University.
• Bro. Percy Julian – Discovered the use of foam to extinguish fires and discovered a method of producing cortisone synthetically.
• Bro. Dr. Fred Drew Gregory – Astronaut, graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (pilot).
• Bro. Dr. Ronald E. McNair – Astronaut, graduate of M.I.T., Ph.D. in Physics (civilian). Dr. McNair died on January 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

THE ARTS

• Bro. William “Count” Basie – Internationally known pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader.
• Bro. Sterling Brown – Teacher, poet, writer, Professor Emeritus of Literature at Howard University, has a special foundation for folk culture and jazz music.
• Bro. Tom Joyner – Syndicated columnist and radio personality.
• Bro. Joe Torry – Comedian, actor.
• Bro. Ricky Smiley – Comedian, actor.
• Bro. Steve Harvey – Comedian, actor.

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ATHLETICS

• Bro. De Hart Hubbart – A University of Michigan sprinter; was the first Black person to represent the United States in the Olympic Games (1924).
• Bro. Ed “Too Tall” Jones – Outstanding player formerly with the Dallas Cowboys
• Bro. Joe Black – An all-time great Brooklyn Dodger baseball pitcher. In 1952, he had the lowest earned-run average in the Major Leagues.
• Bro. Charlie Ward – Heisman Trophy winner and former NY Knicks guard.
• Bro. Steve “Air” McNair – Outstanding quarterback who played with the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.
• Bro. Shaquille O’Neal – Star NBA center formerly with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, and currently playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
• Bro. Jerry Ball – Player with the Oakland Raiders.
• Bro. Cedric Maxwell – Outstanding professional basketball player with the Boston Celtics and other teams.
• Bro. Leroy Walker – A U.S. Olympic coach (sprinters) for many years.
• Bro. John Salley – Won NBA Championships with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls.
• Bro. Keith Jackson – Outstanding football player with the Miami Dolphins.
• Bro. Mark Duper – Another fantastic Miami Dolphins player.
• Bro. William Floyd – Fullback for the Charlotte Panthers.

EDUCATION

• Bro. Benjamin E. Mays – President Emeritus of Morehouse College, writer and lecturer.
• Bro. Herman Dreer – Teacher, minister, writer, and author of The History of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 1911-1961.

FAQs

What is Omega Psi Phi known for? ›

History. Since its founding in 1911, Omega Psi Phi's stated purpose has been "to attract and build a strong and effective force of Handsome men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift".

What type of fraternity is Omega Psi Phi? ›

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is a professional organization of college-educated men with similar ideas and like attainments. The fraternity's founders chose Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift as the cardinal principles that every prospective candidate must possess.

Who is the only female member of Omega Psi Phi? ›

Who is the only female member of Omega Psi Phi? Her brothers of Beta chapter say, "Ring those bells for Sister Wilson, let her know we love her so." Our sis, Lottie Wilson, the only Woman Omega.

Is Denzel Washington an Omega Psi Phi? ›

Conversation. #MondayMantra by Denzel Washington, an Omega Psi Phi from Fordham University!

Is Michael Jordan Omega Psi Phi? ›

In 1987 Jordan became a member of the Omicron Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Wilmington, North Carolina. His initiation took place only one month after he has one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA History.

What NFL players are Omega Psi Phi? ›

Steve McNair – Outstanding former NFL player with the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens. Vince Carter – 8-time All-Star. 2-time All-NBA guard. Mark Duper – 3 time Pro Bowler and 2-time All-Pro former wide receiver with Miami Dolphins.

What frat is Joe Biden in? ›

Although most of his teammates on the football team were members of the Theta Chi fraternity, Biden never joined. He would go to fraternity parties to socialize, as he has always loved to do, but he never smoked or drank.

What fraternity is the nukes? ›

Alpha Chi Sigma (ΑΧΣ) is a professional fraternity specializing in the fields of the chemical sciences.
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Alpha Chi Sigma
ΑΧΣ
FoundedDecember 11, 1902 University of Wisconsin–Madison
TypeProfessional
AffiliationPFA
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What fraternity is Beyonce in? ›

Beta Delta Kappa

She even wore the Greek letters on her yellow sweatshirt.

Is Omega Psi Phi only black? ›

Omega Psi Phi was the first black Greek fraternity to be founded on the campus of a historically black college or university. It is also the only black Greek organization whose name is derived from an actual Greek phrase - "Friendship is Essential to the Soul."

Can white guys join Omega Psi Phi? ›

Initiating the first white man into the Utah chapter of the historically all-black fraternity Omega Psi Phi wasn't a question of race, members say, but of heart. And Loki Mulholland's is in the right place. Mulholland is a Lehi-based filmmaker whose mother was a Freedom Rider in the 1960s civil rights movement.

Is Shaq a member of Omega Psi Phi? ›

Omega Psi Phi! ⚡️💪🏾

What frat is Brad Pitt in? ›

Though Brad Pitt only attended the University of Missouri for two years, he was a part of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Is Bill Cosby in a fraternity? ›

Bill Cosby, Comedian - Fraternity: Omega Psi Phi.

What frat was Ryan Reynolds in? ›

Ryan Reynolds aligned himself with the Lambda Omega Omega fraternity as Van Wilder in 2002's National Lampoon's Van Wilder.

Is Kobe in a fraternity? ›

It was meaningful because you saw the renegade competitor relax. Bryant isn't a fraternity brother.

What GPA do you need to join Omega Psi Phi? ›

All eligible members must have a minimum 2.75 GPA to join the Phi Gamma Chapter.

What frat does Shaq belong to? ›

As you may or may not know, Shaq pledged Omega Psi Phi back in the day.

Why is Omega Psi Phi suspended? ›

The Virginian-Pilot cites school and fraternity records that show Omega Psi Phi chapter members at Old Dominion University beat pledges, made them drink hot sauce, and poured the sauce on their genitals to simulate a sexually transmitted disease.

What frat was Drew Brees in? ›

Did you know? DREW BREES 🇺🇦 is a Significant Sigma Chi! Drew Brees became a member of the greatest fraternity at Purdue University!

Is Steve Harvey an Omega? ›

Steve Harvey speaks on his own fraternity family, Omega Psi Phi, at Kent State. No Debug Key available as Do Not Track is enabled. This opens in a new window. Tune into kentwired.com from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for live election coverage from TV2.

What frat was mcconaughey in? ›

He attended the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), where he joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He began in the fall of 1989 and graduated in the spring of 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film.

What frat was Abraham Lincoln in? ›

(Later in life, Lincoln also joined the Delta Chi fraternity.) He enrolled in Harvard Law School, but did not graduate and in 1865 joined the Union Army. Robert rose to the rank of Captain, serving in the American Civil War as part of General Ulysses S.

What frat was Bill Gates in? ›

Gates served in the US Army for three years during World War II. He subsequently attended the University of Washington under the G.I. Bill, earning a B.A. in 1949 and a J.D. degree in 1950. While at UW, he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity.

Which president join a black fraternity? ›

Bill Clinton: While attending Georgetown University, Bill Clinton was a member of both Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society. In 2009 he was also inducted into Phi Beta Sigma as an honorary member, making him the first U.S. President to become a member of a historically black Greek organization.

Which fraternity has the most US Presidents? ›

Delta Kappa Epsilon has over 160 years worth of alumni and connections to take advantage of. Our fraternity has produced the most influential politicians and businessmen of any fraternity. In fact, 6 Dekes have been Presidents of the United States, the most of any fraternity.

What sorority is Oprah a member of? ›

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated continues to celebrate our heritage through the arts!

Is Oprah Winfrey part of a sorority? ›

Oprah Winfrey is "NOT" a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Was Michael Jackson in a fraternity? ›

Jackson was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Why do Omegas get branded? ›

And even then, a brand was a symbol of pride. “A lot of people in the chapter and Omega Psi Phi pride themselves on the fraternity,” Floyd said. “Since a lot of people have done it, a lot of people do it.” Not getting a brand wasn't frowned upon; to them it was all the same, either way.

Is Omega Psi Phi known for hazing? ›

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has a zero-tolerance policy that strictly prohibits and expressly denounces the practice of hazing in any form before, during and after the Membership Intake Process.

Which black fraternity is the largest? ›

It is the largest predominantly African-American intercollegiate fraternity and one of the ten largest intercollegiate fraternities in the nation.
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Alpha Phi Alpha
FoundedDecember 4, 1906 411 E. State St., Ithaca, New York, Cornell University
TypeSocial
AffiliationNPHC and NIC
EmphasisAfrican American
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Can you join Omega Psi Phi without a degree? ›

Must have minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited University. Note: If the candidate graduated from a university, that had an active chapter of Omega Psi Phi, during his tenure as an undergraduate student on campus, then he must wait at least 48 months after graduation before applying for membership.

Has any president been in fraternity? ›

Fourteen Presidents were initiated into fraternities during their collegiate years, the first being James A. Garfield who was a Delta Upsilon at Williams College.

Who is the oldest black fraternity? ›

This realization led seven Black Cornell students to found the nation's first African American fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, in 1906. The fraternity has since built approximately 900 chapters across the country and has championed civil rights; its illustrious alumni include Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B.

Is Vince Carter in a fraternity? ›

College. Carter attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He played three seasons of college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels under Dean Smith and later Bill Guthridge.

Is Charles Barkley a member of Omega Psi Phi? ›

He's also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

Is Ray Lewis an Omega? ›

Throughout its 107-year history, Omega Psi Phi has been able to claim prominent figures who regularly plug their membership, including actor/rapper/former NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal, comedian Steve Harvey and retired NFL star Ray Lewis.

Did Mark Zuckerberg join a frat? ›

“It was this mundane, competitive narcissism,” the Exeter classmate says. “Kind of believing that the rules you're expected to live by are just not really legitimate.” When Zuckerberg came to Harvard in the fall of 2002, he joined a fraternity, one of those “lame” organizations that The Social Network so crudely mocks.

Is Morgan Freeman in a fraternity? ›

No other fraternity and sorority are constitutionally bound as are Sigma and Zeta. Among notable alumni of the national organization are George Washington Carver, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Karl Malone, Quincy Jones, and Morgan Freeman.

What frat was Adam Sandler in? ›

The hilarious actor, Adam Sandler, is a brother of Tau Epsilon Phi at NYU! These were the famous frat boys! See you next time with another edition of Famous Greeks!

Was Kevin Hart in a fraternity? ›

The "Pi Kappa Alpha" Fraternity - Pike brothers and top comedian Kevin Hart | Facebook.

Was Bill Clinton in a fraternity? ›

From 1964 to 1967, he was an intern and then a clerk in the office of Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright. While in college, he became a brother of service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity.

What fraternity is Wayne Brady? ›

Brady is an honorary member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

What frat is apple pie? ›

Alpha Pi Lambda has been a local fraternity since it was founded in 1935 at Drexel. This means we are the ONLY Alpha Pi Lambda fraternity in the country. Come and see for yourself how we live up to the nickname "Apple Pi".

Was Jimmy Buffett in a fraternity? ›

Buffett received a degree from USM in 1969. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

What fraternity was Steven Spielberg in? ›

Steven Spielberg

Spielberg studied English at California State University, Long Beach, and joined the Theta Chi fraternity during this time. Today, Theta Chi has more than 151 chapters in North America, and it does philanthropic work for organizations like the Children's Miracle Network.

What are the 4 principles of Omega Psi Phi? ›

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is a professional organization of educated men with similar ideas and like attainments. The fraternity's founders chose Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift as the cardinal principles that every prospective candidate must possess.

What is the purpose of Alpha Phi Omega? ›

Alpha Phi Omega is a National Coed Service Fraternity—college students gathered together in an organization based on fraternalism and founded on the principles of the Boy Scouts of America. Its purpose is to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to humanity.

What is the number 1 frat? ›

Currently, the largest fraternity by number of members is Sigma Alpha Epsilon. You can also rank frats by the number of active chapters across college campuses. Tau Kappa Epsilon holds this distinction with 290 chapters in colleges and universities.

Is Shaq an Omega? ›

“I could create a dream in a day. I'm still creating dreams to this day. It's about meeting people and developing and being a part of a great organization.” O'Neal isn't the only famous NBA legend who is a member of Omega Psi Phi.

Is Order of Omega a big deal? ›

Order of Omega is the most prestigious Greek leadership honorary in the nation. Membership consists of the top 3% of Greek leaders from each campus community.

Do male Omegas have female parts? ›

Often times the Omegas are divided between male and female versions. The male variant has both male (sometimes limited) and female reproductive abilities and yes, can become pregnant. The female version strictly has a female reproduction system.

What is the motto for Omega Psi Phi? ›

The founders were three undergraduates — Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman. Joining them was their faculty adviser, Ernest Everett Just. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, “friendship is essential to the soul“, the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was selected as the motto.

Why are Omegas called Ques? ›

During this period, this fraternity also was energetic enough to stop other organizations to carry out hazing. Omega psi phi recently was found to help nearly 700 undergraduates, alumni and graduates in United States and in other places. Hence, this fraternity was given the name as Ques .

What sorority is sister to Omega Psi Phi? ›

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1911 and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

What is the largest fraternity? ›

With more than 336,000 lifetime members, Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the largest fraternity in the country.

Can girls join Alpha Phi Omega? ›

Membership in Alpha Phi Omega-USA opened to women

The fraternity was opened fully to women in 1976. All members are called "Brothers," regardless of gender. The Fraternity views "Brothers" as a gender-neutral term.

Are there any white members of Omega Psi Phi? ›

Initiating the first white man into the Utah chapter of the historically all-black fraternity Omega Psi Phi wasn't a question of race, members say, but of heart. And Loki Mulholland's is in the right place. Mulholland is a Lehi-based filmmaker whose mother was a Freedom Rider in the 1960s civil rights movement.

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