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Notable Men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. 

            Past & Present



The Arts 


Bro. William "Count" Basie - Internationally known pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader.

Bro. Sterling Brown - Teacher, poet, writer, Professor Emeritus of Literature at Howard
University, has a special foundation for folk culture and jazz music.
Bro. Carl Rowan - Syndicated columnist.
Bro. Joe Torry - Comedian, actor  



Bro. De Hart Hubbart - A University of Michigan sprinter; was the first Black person
to represent the United States in the Olympic Games (1924).

Bro. Ed "Too Tall" Jones - Outstanding player with the Dallas Cowboys.

Bro. Joe Black - An all-time great Brooklyn Dodger baseball pitcher. In 1952, he had
 the lowest earned-run average in the Major Leagues.

Bro. Charlie Ward - Heisman Trohy winner and NY Knicks gaurd.

Bro. Steve "Air" McNair - Outstanding quarterback with the Tennessee Titans.

Bro. Hank Aaron - Home-run King who broke Babe Ruth's record.

Bro. Shaquille O'Neal - Star center with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bro. Jerry Ball - Player with the Oakland Raiders.

Bro. Cedric Maxwell - Outstanding professional basketball player with the
Boston Celtics and other teams. 

Bro. Leroy Walker - A U.S. Olympic coach (sprinters) for many years.

Bro. John Salley - Won NBA Championships with the Detroit Pistons and the
Chicago Bulls.
Bro. Keith Jackson - Outstanding football player with the Miami Dolphins.
Bro. Mark Duper - Another fantastic Miami Dolphins player.

Bro. William Floyd - Fullback for the Charlotte Panthers.

Bro. Earl "The Pearl" Monroe - Former Outstanding NBA Guard.

Bro. Errict Rhett - Strong, trash talking running back with the Baltimore Ravens.



Bro. Gillard S. Glover - President, Afro-American Life Insurance Company.

Bro. Thurman McKenzie - Co-owner of M and M Products (Sta Soft Fro).

Bro. Otis M. Smith - General Counsel, General Motors Corporation.

Bro. Nathaniel Bronner - Co-owner of Bronner Brothers Beauty Supplies.

Bro. Jesse Hill - President of Atlanta Life Insurance Company.

Bro. William Kennedy III - President of North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company.  


Civil Rights


Bro. Grant Reynolds - Played a major role in President Truman's 1948
decision to desegregate the United States Armed Forces.
Bro. James Nabrit - Former Dean of Howard University Law School and
former president of Howard University. A leader in the training of the early Civil Rights lawyers.
Bro. Wiley Branton - Attorney of the "Little Rock Nine" and former Dean
of Howard University School of Law.

Bro. Roy Wilkins - Long-time Executive Director of the NAACP.

Bro. Benjamin Hooks - Succeeded Bro. Roy Wilkins as Executive Director
of the NAACP, the most effective of all civil rights organizations.

Bro. Khalid Muhammad 



Bro. Benjamin E. Mays - President Emeritus of Morehouse College, writer and lecturer.

Bro. Herman Dreer - Teacher, minister, writer, and author of The
History of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 1911-1961

Bro. Lawrence Douglas Wilder - Became Governor of the Commonwealth
of Virginia in 1990. He also received the Bronze Star for his military heroics in the Korean War.

Bro. William Hastie - First Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Bro. George L.P. Weaver - Former U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Bro. Vernon Jordan

Bro. Robert C. Weaver - First African American to serve on the Presidential Cabinet when
 he became Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in 1966 under President Franklin Roosevelt.

Bro. Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. - Secretary, Department of the Army.

Bro. Rev. Jesse Jackson - Candidate for the United States Presidency in 1984 and 1988. 

Bro. Dr. Ernest Everett Just - Internationally known biologist and professor at Howard University.

Bro. Dr. Charles Drew - Perfected the use of blood plasma; Professor of Surgery at Howard University.

Bro. Percy Julian - Discovered the use of foam to extinguish fires and discovered a method
of producing cortisone synthetically.

Bro. Dr. Fred Drew Gregory - Astronaut, graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (pilot).

Bro. Charles Bolden - Astronaut, graduate of the United States Naval Academy (pilot).

Bro. Dr. Ronald E. McNair - Astronaut, graduate of M.I.T., Ph.D. in Physics (civilian).

Bro. Lt. Colonel Guion Bluford - First African-American in Space. He boarded the
Space Shuttle "Challenger" in 1983 and performed the first "spacelab mission" on the Orbiter Challenger.