Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Omicron Lambda Chapter, Oklahoma State University
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first African-American international fraternal organization to be founded at a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi was founded on Nov. 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The founders were students Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Charles Coleman, and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just. The founding of the fraternity took place in what is now Thirkield Hall. The Omicron Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi was founded February 20, 1980. The name Omega Psi Phi was derived from the initials of the Greek phrase meaning “friendship is essential to the soul.” The fraternity has worked to build a strong and effective force of men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift.
Omega Psi Phi has more than 700 chapters throughout the United States, Bermuda, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Japan, Liberia, Germany and Kuwait. There are many notable Omega men recognized as leaders in the arts, academics, athletics, business, civil rights, education, government and science sectors at the local, national and international level. Some notable Omega Psi Phi members include Dr. Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., the first African American U.S. astronaut; NBA players Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Vince Carter; radio host Tom Joyner; and comedians Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley.
The Omicron Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was chartered on the campus of Oklahoma State University on February 20, 1980.