omega psi phi fraternity, inc.

Is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college.

On the evening of November 17, 1911, Omega Psi Phi was founded inside the Science Building (later renamed Thirkield Hall) at Howard University located in Washington, D.C. The founders were three undergraduates — Edgar Amos LoveOscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman. Joining them was their faculty adviser, 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.

zeta omega chapter

Zeta Omega Chapter was established March 6, 1923 under the auspices of Nathaniel B. Bowen, in collaboration with several other migrant Brothers as the first Ohio chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Today, Zeta Omega remains one of the oldest and largest chapters in the fraternity.

Zeta Omega, under the mandate of the fraternity, promotes philanthropic programs designed to reach the communities in which members of the chapter reside. Throughout the chapter’s rich history, Zeta Omega has played a major role in the cultural, social and civic lives in the Greater Cleveland area.