List of Omega Psi Phi brothers

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This is a list of notable members of Omega Psi Phi fraternity (ΩΨΦ) which was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University.


Name Original chapter Notability References
Count Basie Xi Phi (Honorary) Famous American Jazz Bandleader [1]
Sterling Brown Gamma Poet, author, writer, and professor emeritus at Howard University
Roland Hayes Gamma (Honorary) Internationally known tenor and orator. Omega Men of Distinction 6th edition.
Langston Hughes Beta Poet [2]
Benjamin Mays Gamma Presidential advisor, author, mentor to MLK Omega Men of Distinction 6th edition.
Max Roach Grand Chapter
(Special Intake)
Internationally known jazz drummer and improvisationalist. Omegas in the Decades.
Count Basie



College Presidents[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Dennis Norfleet Phi College Football RB and Return Specialist Michigan Wolverines Football
Reginal S. Avery Nu Psi Coppin State University
David Beckley Rust College
Billy Black Chi Epsilon Albany State College
Ernest A. Boykins, Jr. former President of Mississippi Valley State University (1971-1981)
Jerryl Briggs current President of Mississippi Valley State University (2017-present)
Micky L. Burnim Phi Gamma (Charter Line 1968) former president of Bowie State University
Luther Burse, Sr. Psi Psi Fort Valley State University, 1983-1991
William B. Bynum, Jr. Jackson State University (2017-present) [3]
Nathaniel Glover Chi Edward Waters College
Samuel DuBois Cook Psi Dillard University, 1974–1997
Lawrence A. Davis Tau Sigma University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Walter S. Davis Rho Psi, founder Tennessee State University
Albert W. Dent Psi Dillard University, 1941–1969 16th Grand Basileus [4]
William E. Gardner, Jr. former president of Savannah State College (1989 - 1991)
William Harris Alabama State University
William Jasper Hale Rho Psi, founder Tennessee State University
William R. Harvey Gamma Psi Hampton University
Billy C. Hawkins Texas College, Talladega College
James A. Hefner Chi Omega (1965) Tennessee State University
Andrew H. Hugine Jr. Xi Psi former president of South Carolina State University(2003-2007), current President of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (A&M University or AAMU) 2009- present
Samuel D. Jolley, Jr. Upsilon Sigma Morris College
Willie D. Larkin Iota Omega Grambling State University
James E. Lyons Upsilon Epsilon Jackson State University
Roderick McDavis Sigma Psi (Charter Member) Ohio University
Walter E. Massey Psi President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010-present; ninth president of Morehouse College, 1995-2007
Benjamin Mays Gamma Sixth president of Morehouse College, 1940-1967
Eddie N. Moore Nu Virginia State University
James Nabrit, Jr. Psi Dean of Howard University School of Law, 1958-1960; Second Black president of Howard University, 1960-1965, 1968-1969
Ivory V. Nelson Central Washington University , Lincoln University, PA
John A. Peoples Upsilon Epsilon (Chapter Charter Member Fall 1948) Jackson State University
Nathaniel Pollard, Jr. Eta Sigma Bowie State University
Oscar Prater Fort Valley State College
Luns Richardson Alpha Sigma Morris College
Robert L. Satcher Saint Paul's College
Albert Sloan Miles College
William W. Sutton Theta Sigma Mississippi Valley State University
H. Patrick Swygert Alpha Howard University
Henry N. Tisdale Lambda Sigma Claflin University
Jimmy R Jenkins Lambda Gamma Livingstone College
Thomas H Scheer Theta Phi Kaplan College Jacksonville
John M. Rudley Omega Epsilon Texas Southern University (President 2008-2016, President Emeritus 2016-Present)
Joseph Jones Pi Sigma Arkansas Baptist College
David Satcher


Name Original chapter Notability References
Bill Cosby Beta Alpha Alpha Comedian, actor, [5]
Steve Harvey Special Intake (Tau Tau) Comedian and radio host Visual Observation
Terrence J (Terrence Jenkins) Mu Psi Television Personality
Tom Joyner Lambda Epsilon radio host
Wanya Morris Special Intake (Tau Tau) member of R&B group Boyz II Men Visual Observation
Rickey Smiley Psi Rho Comedian
Doug Stewart Sports Radio/TV Personality (The 2 Live Stews)
Ryan Stewart Delta Kappa Sports Radio/TV Personality (The 2 Live Stews)
Joe Torry Eta Sigma Comedian
A.J. Calloway Tau Chi Television Personality
Nate Williams Alpha Delta Pi Comedian
Brian James (radio personality) Gamma Kappa Radio & TV Host
Lil' JJ Alpha Delta Pi Comedian
Jeremy Sample Rho Lambda Lambda Stunt Coordinator
Bill Cosby
Joe Torry


Name Original chapter Notability References
Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Gamma Nu (1983) USMC Major General, Astronaut; Current NASA Administrator
Charles Young Honorary Member (March 12, 1912) Third Black West Point Graduate, Col. US Army, Buffalo Soldier [6]
Frederick D. Gregory Alpha Omega US Air Force Colonel, Astronaut, Former NASA Deputy Administrator
Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. Xi Epsilon Major US Air Force, Fighter Pilot, Test Pilot, First Black Astronaut
Roscoe Robinson Upsilon Omega First Black Four Star General - U.S. Army & 1st Black representative on the NATO Military Committee
Matthew A. Zimmerman Theta Rho First African American Chief of Chaplains - U.S. Army
William E. "Kip" Ward Phi Nu First Commander of US Africa Command [7]


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Clifford Alexander
William Hastie
Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jesse Jackson, Sr.
Hank Johnson

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(Special Intake) | class="note" | Former President/CEO of NAACP, Congressman | style="text-align:center;" | |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Khalid Abdul Muhammad | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Theta Sigma | class="note" | National Representative for the Nation of Islam & National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party | style="text-align:center;" | |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Bayard Rustin | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Upsilon | class="note" | Leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and non-violence, and gay rights. | style="text-align:center;" | [2] |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | David Satcher | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Psi | class="note" | Surgeon General of the United States | style="text-align:center;" | [2] |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Teddy B. Taylor | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Florida A&M University | class="note" | American diplomat | style="text-align:center;" | [2] |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Walter Washington | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Alpha | class="note" | First Home-Rule Mayor of the District of Columbia | style="text-align:center;" | [2] |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Robert C. Weaver | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Kappa Omicron | class="note" | first United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) | style="text-align:center;" | [2] |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Togo West | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Kappa Psi | class="note" | Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Veterans Affairs | style="text-align:center;" | |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Lawrence Douglas Wilder | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Zeta | class="note" | Governor of Virginia | style="text-align:center;" | [2] |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | James E. White | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University | class="note" | Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Tyler County | style="text-align:center;" | |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Roy Wilkins | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | Xi | class="note" | President NAACP | style="text-align:center;" | {{mem/f |name=Carl Stewart |chapter=Theta Sigma |nota= Chief Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal |- style="vertical-align:top;" class="vcard" | class="fn" | Michael Morgan | style="text-align:center;" class="org" | CHI OMEGA | class="note" | Associate Justice -North Carolina Supreme Court | style="text-align:center;" |


Name Original chapter Notability References
Ernest Everett Just Founder Founder. Was a pioneering African-American biologist, academic and science writer
Charles Bolden Gamma Nu 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and 1st African American to lead NASA's Discovery joint space venture with the Soviets. Omega's Firsts & Other facts
Ronald McNair Mu Psi (1969) Astronaut (perished in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986); Laser Physicist; member of the Bahá'í Faith
Ernest Melville DuPorte Sigma Entomologist. In group of 13 members that were first international members of the fraternity, in newly established Sigma chapter at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (The chapter later moved to Michigan State University.)
Charles Drew Alpha Psi Responsible for the single most important significant medical event with the creation of blood/plasma separation. This process has saved millions of lives in times of peace and war.
William Montague Cobb Gamma As the first African American to earn a Ph.D in anthropology, President of the NAACP from 1976 to 1982. Founder of Kappa Psi Chapter
John Hopps Psi Nuclear engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense under George W. Bush
Percy Julian Sigma Omega American research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants
Ernest Just
Ronald McNair


Name Original chapter Notability References
Herb Adderley Sigma Professional Football Player Green Bay Packers 1st Round Pick 1961, Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Anthony Adams Nu Professional Football Player Chicago Bears Defensive Tackle
Mark Anderson Beta Eta Professional Football Player Buffalo Bills Defensive End
Ottis Anderson Eta Pi Professional Football Player New York Giants Running Back
Jordan Babineaux Delta Eta professional football player Seattle Seahawks
Thaddeus Bullard Omicron Zeta Former University of Florida and professional football player, current WWE wrestler known as Titus O'Neil
Vince Carter Omicron Omicron professional basketball player [2]
Tony Delk Rho Lambda professional basketball player
Mark Duper Theta Delta former professional football player [2]
Billy Joe Dupree Sigma Football Player Dallas Cowboys 1st Round Pick 1973 [2]
Irving Fryar Tau Kappa professional football player New England Patriots
Rhadi Ferguson Alpha For Judo USA Champion and 2004 Olympian
Clarence Gaines coached most basketball games in college history [2]
Alex Gordon Psi Theta professional football player
Ken Hamlin Gamma Eta professional football player
Ramon Harewood Psi professional football player Baltimore Ravens
Madre Hill Pi Omicron professional football player

Oakland Raiders

DeHart Hubbard Phi 1924 Summer Olympics–first African American to win an individual Olympic Gold medal for the United States. [2]
Billy Hunter Grand Chapter
(Special Intake)
Former professional football player for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins; Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association
Malcolm Jenkins Iota Psi professional football player, Thorpe Award Recipient. [14]
Ed "Too Tall" Jones Rho Psi former professional football player, 1st HBCU player to be taken # 1. [2]
Sean Jones Nu Phi Former Professional Football Player Houston Oilers, Green Bay Packers Defensive End
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah Gamma Mu professional football player Dallas Cowboys #27
Jacoby Jones Kappa Sigma professional football player Baltimore Ravens
Michael Jordan Omicron Alpha Hall Of Fame professional basketball player. Owner of the National Basketball Association Charlotte Hornets [2]
David Justice Eta Omega former MLB player
Vonta Leach Upsilon Zeta professional football player Baltimore Ravens [15]
Ray Lewis Grand Chapter
(Special Intake)
professional football player Baltimore Ravens
Robert Mathis Nu Epsilon Indianapolis Colts defensive end
Cedric Maxwell Epsilon Zeta former professional basketball player [2]
Corey Mays Rho Gamma Gamma professional football player [2]
Alonzo Mourning former professional basketball player
Steve McNair Eta former professional football player [2]
Shaquille O'Neal Grand Chapter
(Special Intake)
professional basketball player
Chester Rogers Gamma Gamma professional Football player currently with the Indianapolis Colts
Ovince St. Preux Iota Beta professional UFC Fighter
John Salley Nu Omega former professional basketball player; television host
Bo Scott Iota Psi professional football player [14]
Jerome Singleton Psi Gold medalist at 2008 Summer Paralympics, current world 100M champion and world's fastest amputee [16][17]
Matt Snell Iota Psi professional football player and 1964 AFL Rookie of the Year [14]
Stephen A. Smith Grand Chapter
(Special Intake)
Former collegiate basketball player, Sports Reporter, Columnist, Radio Host, Television Personality
Terrence Trammell Zeta Zeta Olympic Silver medalist Hurdles [2]
Mo Vaughn Kappa Eta former professional baseball player [18]
Charlie Ward Chi Theta former professional basketball player [2]
Tim Watson (American football) Lambda Phi former professional football player [2]
Chuck Wiley Phi Kappa Kappa former professional football player [2]
Steven Wilks Psi Mu defensive backs coach, currently with the San Diego Chargers
Corliss Williamson Gamma Eta professional basketball player
Alvin Williams Beta Eta Professional Football Player - Winnipeg Blue Bombers Defensive Back
George Wilson Gamma Eta professional football player - Buffalo Bills
Wesley Woodyard Rho Lambda professional football player - Denver Broncos
Rayfield Wright Upsilon Sigma professional football player - Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame
James Hasty Chi Alpha Alpha (Washington State University) professional football player - Kansas City Chiefs
Teddy Williams Alpha Delta Lambda (University of Texas San Antonio- UTSA) professional football player - Dallas Cowboys
Quinton Coples Psi Delta professional football player - New York Jets
Brain M. Carpenter Phi professional football player - Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills
Brad Jones Chi Phi professional football player - Green Bay Packers
J.T. Thomas Nu Zeta professional football player - Jacksonville Jaguars
Reginald Nelson Rho Beta former professional football player - San Diego Chargers Jacksonville Jaguars
Jahri Evans Alpha Eta Professional Football Player


Will Downing , singer entertainment


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Famous Omega Men". Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  3. ^ Biography
  4. ^ Gill, Robert L. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Men Who Made Its History; A Concise History;, The Official History of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 1911–1961. pp. 83–84.
  5. ^ "Official Website for the Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc".
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2010-10-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Lineage of Upsilon Nu". Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Upsilon Nu chapter. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-03-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Corpening Rowe, Carolyn; Jane Taylor Thomas; Beverly Babin Woods (2003). Prince George's County, Maryland. Arcadia. p. 54. ISBN 0-7385-1562-0. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  11. ^ "AACCWR - Event Speakers - Mr. Ronald N. Langston Bio". Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Mt. Hope Cemetery". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  13. ^ "Clarence Lightner -- Mayor, 80". New York Times. 2002-07-12. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  14. ^ a b c "Ohio State Ques". Archived from the original on 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  15. ^ "". Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  16. ^ "Jerome Singleton strips 100m crown from Oscar Pistorius in epic photo finish".
  17. ^ "World's fastest amputee Jerome Singleton works with youth at Lakeshore Foundation's JAWS Camp (video)".
  18. ^ The Making of Mo Vaughn.

External links[edit]

Omega Psi Phi's official page Famous Omega Men Paul Williams Architect

Further reading[edit]

  • Blunt. Omega Firsts & Other Facts.