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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.

The next meeting was conducted on November 23, 1911. Edgar Love became the first Grand Basileus (National President). Cooper and Coleman were selected Grandkeeper of the Records (National Secretary) and Grandkeeper of Seals (National Treasurer), respectively. Eleven Howard University undergraduate men were selected as charter members.

Alpha Chapter was organized with fourteen charter members on December 15, 1911. Love, Cooper and Coleman were elected the chapter’s first Basileus, Keeper of Records, and Keeper of Seals, respectively. On March 8, 1912, the previously submitted fraternity constitution was rejected by the Howard University Faculty Council. The Faculty Council proposed to accept the fraternity as a local but not a national organization. The fraternity refused acceptance as a strictly local organization.

Oscar Cooper became the fraternity’s second Grand Basileus in 1912. Cooper authorized the investigation of a proposed second chapter atLincoln University, Pennsylvania. Edgar Love was elected as the third Grand Basileus in 1912 and served until 1915. In 1914, Howard University withdrew its opposition, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia on October 28, 1914. Beta Chapter at Lincoln University was chartered in February, 1914. George E. Hall, the fourth Grand Basileus, had been initiated at Alpha Chapter in 1914. Grand Basileus Hall authorized the establishment of Gamma Chapter in Boston, Massachusetts. However, the chapter was eventually established during the administration of the fifth Grand Basileus, James C. McMorries. During the administration of the sixth Grand Basileus, Clarence F. Holmes, the fraternity’s first official hymn, “Omega Men Draw Nigh”, was written by Otto Bohannon. Raymond G. Robinson, the seventh Grand Basileus, established Delta Chapter in Nashville, Tennessee in 1919. Robinson left office in 1920 with a total of ten chapters in operation. Stanley Douglas served as Editor of the first Oracle published in the spring of 1919. Harold K. Thomas, the eighth Grand Basileus, was elected at the 1920 Nashville Grand Conclave. It was at this Conclave that Carter G. Woodson inspired the establishment of National Achievement Week to promote the study of Negro life and history. The 1921 Atlanta Grand Conclave brought to an end the first decade of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

 

PSI MU MU CHAPTER OF OMEGA PSI PHI CHARTER:

DESOTO COUNTY IS THE 3RD LARGEST COUNTY IN MISSISSIPPI AND THE FASTING GROWING COUNTY IN THE STATE.  THE GROWTH IN POPULATION INCREASED THE NUMBER OF OMEGA MEN LIVING IN DESOTO COUNTY WITH NO OMEGA CHAPTER IN THE AREA.   BRO.  JOHN CHASE WAS THE STATE REPRESENTATIVE OF MISSISSIPPI AND A VISIONARY, RECOGNIZED THIS FACT.

UPON THIS RECOGNITION, BRO. JOHN CHASE REACHED OUT TO BRO. MIKE SMITH, BRO. DARYL THEODORE AND BRO. J.C. GOINS, SR. WHO ALL WERE LONG TIME OMEGA MEN WHO RESIDED IN THE AREA IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. BRO CHASE MADE SEVERAL CONFERENCE CALLS TO THE FOUR BROTHERS AND HAD EACH TO CONTACT OTHER OMEGA MEN IN THE COUNTY TO EXPLORE THEIR INTEREST IN ORGANIZING A LOCAL CHAPTER IN THE AREA.

THE 1ST ORGANIZATIONAL METTING WAS HELD AT THE HOLIDAY INN, SOUTHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI TO EXPLORE THE INTEREST LEVEL OF THOSE ATTENDED THIS MEETING.  THE INTEREST WAS WELL RECEIVED.

A 2ND AND FINAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING WAS ALSO HELD AT THE HOLIDAY INN SOUTHAVEN, MSSSISSIPPI IN WHICH THERE WAS MUTUAL AGREEMENT ON THE NEED OF HAVING AN OMEGA CHAPTER IN DESOTO COUNITY.

ON July 5, 2012 THE PSI MU MU APPLICATION WAS ACCEPTED AND APPROVED AS THE FIRST PREDOINANTLY AFRICAN- AMERICAN GREEK-LETTERED FRATERNITY TO BE CHARTERED IN DESOTO COUNTY.

THE FIRST OFFICERS ELECTED TO PSI MU MU CHAPTER WERE MIKE SMITH, BASILEUS; DARYL THEODORE, KEEPER OF RECORDS AND SEAL; J.C. GOINS, SR, KEEPER OF FINANCE; DANIEL COOPERWOOD, CHAPLAIN AND ERIC POWELL, KEEPER OF PEACE.

THE CHARTER CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE SOUTHAVEN CITY HALL WITH DAVID MARION, 7TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE OVER MISSISSIPPI, FLORIDA, GEORGIA AND ALABAMA PRESIDING. THE CHAPTER 36 CHARTER MEMBERS ARE AS FOLLOWING: STANLEY ROBINSON, DANIEL COOPERWOOD, CLIFTON ELEY, DARYL THEODORE, ORLANDO BASS MARVIN CARR II, JUAN WILLIAMS, JOHN BOSSIER, LARRY CAMPBELL, J.C. GOINS, SR, J.C. GOIN, JR, EDWIN NORWOOD, CLAMINO DILLION, WALTER WARD, ERIC POWELL, MIGUEL WOODS, JAMES WILLIAMS, MIKE SMITH, JOHN PERRY, LAKENDRELL PARKER, CADRIC HODO, OLIVER LACY, DONALD STUCKETT, ANDRE LESUEUR, JOHN L. CHASE III, MACK GRIFFIN, CLIMENT EDMOND, RAMOND ARNOID, JOHN TEAGUE, IV, VONNEOSIS STAPLETON (Omega Chapter), ALVIN TOLLIVER, TYRONE DUNBAR, DAVID CARPENTER (Omega Chapter), ORLANDO CROFT, LEMARCUS CALVIN AND LOUIS JACKSON, JR.

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