In 1949, the first National Headquarters Building located at 107 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. was purchased. In 1930, Omega Psi Phi became one of five founding members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council with 13th Grand Basileus Matthew W. Bullock elected as its first permanent chairman. Grand Basileus Moses C. Norman, Sr., was elected at the 1984 Louisville Grand Conclave and served six years, the longest tenure of any Grand Basileus. In 1984, John S. Epps was selected as only the fifth Omega man to serve as Executive Secretary. Each of the founders graduated and went on to have distinguished careers in their chosen fields: Edgar Love became a bishop in the Methodist church; Oscar Cooper practiced medicine in Philadelphia for over 50 years; Frank Coleman became the chairman of the Department of Physics at Howard University and Ernest E. Just became a world-renowned biologist and the 1st recipient of the prestigious NAACP Spingarn Medal. Omega men throughout the United States were active participants in the “sit-ins” and other civil rights demonstrations. All Rights Reserved. The Grand Today, there are eleven such officers who are elected annually at district meetings. Tau Chi was founded in Monrovia, The Republic of Liberia on December 1, 1955 during the tenure of Grand Basileus John F. Potts. The name was later changed to the International Headquarters and was located at 2714 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
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Howard University and Ernest E. Just became a world-renowned biologist In 1964, the new National Headquarters Building was dedicated. Today, there are eleven such officers who are elected annually by the district conferences/meetings.
It was a dream come true and was the first building of its type to be built by a black fraternity. On November 16, 1975, an impressive granite monument was dedicated to the memory of the four founders. Walter R. Robert H. Lawrence (in 1966) was selected as the first Black to serve in the Astronaut Program. The Convention was held in Atlanta in 1969. During the brief time of the Camp Howard Chapter, 27 men from nine different colleges and universities were initiated into the Fraternity. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young brothers to mingle with some of the greatest black men that America ever produced. 2019 Mother Pearl Alumni Association. The 1955 Los Angeles Grand Conclave initiated a program whereby each graduate chapter would purchase a Life Membership from the NAACP.
Ernest Green was the oldest among the nine students who integrated the all-white Central High School. Dorsey C. Miller Jr., the fraternity’s 16th Second Vice Grand Basileus, was chosen as the 35th Grand Basileus at the Cleveland Grand Conclave in 1994. Antonio F. Knox Sr. was elected the fraternity’s 40th Grand Basileus during the Grand Conclave in Philadelphia in 2014. Under Holmes' administration, the Fraternity's first official hymn, "Omega Men Draw Nigh" written by Otto Bohannon, was established. Love became the first Grand Basileus (National President). In 1922, J. Alston Atkins, the 9th Grand Basileus, appointed the first district representatives. Undergraduate brothers especially were involved in the demonstrative aspect of the civil rights struggle. The Omega “Sweetheart Song,” with words and music by Don Q. Pullen, was adopted as the official sweetheart song by the 1940 Nashville Grand Conclave. Omega conferred upon Moultrie the title of National Executive Secretary Emeritus which was later changed to Executive Secretary Emeritus.
Through the two temporary Chapters and initiation of 37 men from different colleges, universities, and areas of the country, Raymond G. Robinson, the seventh Grand Basileus, spearheaded an unprecedented growth spur in the Fraternity during his administration. This event occurred in the office of biology Professor Ernest E. Just, the faculty adviser, in the Science Hall (now known as Thirkield Hall). There are many notable Omega Men recognized as leaders in the arts, the sciences, academics, athletics, business, civil rights, education, government, and science sectors at the local, national and international level.
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During its time, the Chapter initiated a total of ten men into the fold of Omega under two separate initiations. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman were elected the chapter’s first Basileus, Keeper of Records, and Keeper of Seals, respectively. Memorial Service is established to Under Love's administration, Howard University withdrew its opposition to the Fraternity being a national organization. Brother Love was elected as the third Grand Basileus in 1912 and served until 1915. By mid-1930, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Federal Council of Negro Affairs or “Black Cabinet,” which was an informal group of African-American public policy advisors who were organized to help the country emerge out of the depression.