History & Founders

Dr. Ernest E. Just (1883-1941)

 

Ernest E. Just was born in Charleston, South Carolina

Graduated from the Industrial School of the State College, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, New Hampshire

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa)

Doctor of Philosophy Degree, University of Chicago

Awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP, 1915

 

 

 

Professor Frank Coleman (1890-1967)

 

Frank Coleman was born in Washington, D.C.

Graduated from the M Street High School, Washington, D.C.

Bachelor of Science Degree, Howard University, 1913

Master of Science Degree, University of Chicago Advanced Training

University of Pennsylvania Professor and head of the Physics Department, Howard University

U.S. Army Officer, World War I.

 

 

 

Dr. Oscar J. Cooper (1888-1972)

 

Oscar J. Cooper was born in Washington, D.C.

Graduated from the M Street High School, Washington, D.C.

Bachelor of Science Degree, Howard University, 1913

Doctor of Medicine Degree, Howard University, 1917

Practiced medicine in Philadelphia, PA for 50 years.

 

 

 

 

Bishop Edgar A. Love (1891-1974)

 

Edgar A. Love was born in Virginia

Graduated from the Academy of Morgan College

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Howard University, 1913

Bachelor of Sacred Theology Degree, Howard University 1916

Bachelor of Divinity Degree, Boston University, 1918

Doctor of Divinity Degree (Honorary), Morgan College, 1935

U.S. Army Chaplain, World War II Bishop, Methodist Church.

 

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. The phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift were adopted as cardinal principles. A decision was made regarding the design for the pin and emblem, and thus ended the first meeting of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.