The value of our Fraternity is not in numbers, but in men, in real brotherhood. Eight men thoroughly immersed in the true Omega spirit are far greater assets than eighty with luke-warm enthusiasm.
”Walter Herbert Mazyck (Alpha 1916)
Grand Keeper of Records & Seal
The Oracle, March 1925 (Vol. III, No. 1
Established September 15, 1978, by charter members Lewis J. Sears*, Charles E. Jackson*, Rocky Sharper, Robert Kemp, Jerry Cheatem, and E. Louis Overstreet. GAA officers Lewis J. Sears*, Basileus; Carl L. Lamarr, Vice Basileus; Charles E. Jackson*, Keeper of Records and Seal; Harry S. Reese, Keeper of Finance; Robert Kemp, Chaplain; Rocky Sharper, Jerry Cheatem, Jerry Phillips*. On December 15, 1979, Walter Furnance, William M. Leavell*, Willie J. Oates*, George E. Pearson, and William E. Allen were the first members initiated into GAA.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The founders were three Howard University undergraduates, -- Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, and Frank Coleman. Joining them was their faculty adviser, Dr. 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.
Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift were adopted as Cardinal Principles.