Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated is the first African American international fraternity to be founded on the campus of a historically Black University. Derived from the Greek phrase meaning, “Friendship is Essential to the Soul,” the name Omega Psi Phi was selected as the enduring motto.
Omega Psi Phi 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.