FOUNDERS DAY: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Greek Letters: ΩΨΦ
Founding Year: 1911
University: Howard University – Washington, DC
Colors: Royal Purple and Old Gold
Motto: Friendship is Essential to the Soul
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (ΩΨΦ) is a historically African-American fraternity. Omega Psi Phi is the first fraternal organization founded at a historically black university. Since its founding on November 17, 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”.
In 1924, at the urging of fraternity member Carter G. Woodson, the fraternity launched Negro History and Literature Week in an effort to publicize the growing body of scholarship on African-American history. Encouraged by public interest, the event was renamed “Negro Achievement Week” in 1925 and given an expanded national presence in 1926 by Woodson’s Association for the Study of Negro Life and History as “Negro History Week.” Expanded to the full month of February from 1976, this event continues today as Black History Month.
Edgar Amos Love
Oscar James Cooper
Dr. Ernest Everett Just