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Omega has a rich heritage to be protected, celebrated and enhanced!

Since its founding in 1911, Omega Psi Phi’s stated purpose has been to attract and build a strong
and effective force of men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship,
perseverance, and uplift. Throughout the world, many notable members are recognized as leaders
in the arts, academics, athletics, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, and
science fields. A few notable members include Roy Wilkins, Benjamin Hooks, Vernon Jordan,
Dr. Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter, William H. Hastie
(U.S. Virgin Islands) and L. Douglas Wilder, Representative James Clyburn, Earl Graves,
Bill Cosby, Tom Joyner, Charles Bolden, Ronald McNair, General William “Kip” Ward,
Michael Jordan, Rayvon Walker, Shaquille O’Neal, Langston Hughes, Shammond Williams,
Vince Carter, Steve Harvey, Rickey Smiley, Lieutenant Colonel Maury Williams, Ray Lewis,
Stephen A. Smith, and numerous presidents of colleges and universities. Over 250,000 men have
been initiated into Omega Psi Phi throughout the United States, Bermuda, Bahamas,
Virgin Islands, South Korea, Japan, Liberia, Germany, and Kuwait.[1] On the 2013 Super Bowl
champion Baltimore Ravens, six players and GM Ozzie Newsome are members.[2]In 1924, at the
urging of fraternity member Carter G. Woodson, the fraternity launched Negro History and
Literature Week in an effort to publicize the growing body of scholarship on African-American
history.[3] Encouraged by public interest, the event was renamed “Negro Achievement Week” in
1925 and given an expanded national presence in 1926 by Woodson’s
Association for the Study of Negro Life as “Negro History Week.”[3] Expanded to the full month of
February from 1976, this event continues today as Black History Month.Since 1945, the fraternity
has undertaken a National Social Action Program to meet the needs of African Americans in the
areas of health, housing, civil rights, and education. Omega Psi Phi has been a patron of the
United Negro College Fund (UNCF) since 1955, providing an annual gift of $350,000 to the
program.Omega Psi Phi is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), which is
composed of nine predominately African-American Greek-letter sororities and fraternities that
promote interaction through forums, meetings, and other media for the exchange of information,
and engage in cooperative programming and initiatives throughout the world. The (NPHC)
currently represents over 2.5 million members.[4]

“Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift.”

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Internationally Mandated Programs

Is observed each November and is designed to recognize
those individuals at the local and international levels who have contributed to
community uplift. A High School Essay Contest is to be held in conjunction with
Achievement Week.
Promotes academic excellence among the undergraduate members.
Graduate chapters provide financial assistance to student members and non-members.
Chapters participate in activities that will uplift their
communities. Some of the activities include: voter registration, Assault on Illiteracy;
Habitat for Humanity; mentoring; and participation in fundraisers for charitable
organizations.
Provides exposure, encouragement and financial
assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Winners are
awarded recognition and may be given college scholarships.
March 12th of each year chapters conduct an appropriate
service to recall the memory of those members who have entered into Omega Chapter.
A concerted effort at the international, district and
local levels to retain active brothers and return inactive brothers to full participatory
status.
Each year the fraternity gives at least $50,000 to
historically black college and universities in furtherance of Omega’s commitment to
provide philanthropic support.
Chapters facilitate, participate and coordinate activities that
promote good health practices. Some of the programs are the Charles Drew Blood
Drive and partnership with the American Diabetes Association.
Chapters facilitate and
participate in activities that uplift their communities through the power of the vote.
Every district and chapter of the fraternity is required to maintain a Life
Membership at Large in the NAACP. All members of the fraternity are encouraged to
join the NAACP.

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