Organization and Chapter History
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was founded on Friday, November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The founders of the fraternity were three students: Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Coleman and their first faculty advisor Ernest Everett Just. Omega Psi Phi was the first black fraternal organization founded at Historically Black colleges and universities.
From its inception, the fraternity has worked to build a strong and effective force of men dedicated to principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, uplift, and capable of giving expression to the hopes and aspirations of an unfree people in the land of the free. In 1927, the fraternity made National Negro Achievement Week an annual observance, and it continues today as Achievement Week.
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. In its continuing support of African-American education, the fraternity gives an annual gift of $50,000 to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., has supported the UNCF since 1955.