About

HISTORY of the ALPHA TAU CHAPTER
of OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERITY, INC.
1952 to Present

 

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was established more than one hundred years ago on November 17, 1911, at Howard University, Washington, DC by three undergraduate students: Oscar J. Cooper, Frank M. Coleman, and Edgar A. Love.  These undergraduates were advised by professor Edgar E. Just a professor of Biology at Howard University.

The establishment of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc. at Howard University soon led to the establishment of Chapters on other Black Colleges and Universities campus which soon let to the establishment of Graduates Chapters in cities and towns throughout the United States.

Tuscaloosa City/County first experienced Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 1948 when Phi Omega Chapter was chartered with the following Charter Members:

 

1. Bro. Marvin T. A. Allen

Gamma Sigma Chapter – Alabama State University

Initiated:  April 1940

 

2.Bro. M. L. Bonner

Mu Psi Chapter – North Carolina A&T University

Initiated: November 12, 1942

 

3.Bro. M. P. Gilmore
Delta Chapter – MeHarry Medical College

Initiated: April 1915

 

4.Bro. C. H. Williams
Rho Chapter – Johnson C. Smith University

Initiated:  March 31, 1945

 

5.Bro. N. B. Wesley
Gamma Sigma Chapter – Alabama State University

Initiated:  March 1936

 

However, Phi Omega Chapter membership became too small to have an active Chapter so it became inactive resulting in the removal of the Charter.  Nevertheless, previous members of Phi Omega Chapter who continued to live in the Tuscaloosa City/County area wanted to see Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. continue to exist.  They petitioned the International Office of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Washington, DC and applied for a new Chapter Charter.  The International Headquarters honored their request after displaying that eleven members of the Fraternity who lived in the Tuscaloosa City/County plus other professional men were interested in becoming members of the Fraternity.  The Chartering of the Alpha Tau Chapter was granted.

The establishment of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc. at Howard University soon led to the establishment of Chapters on other Black Colleges and Universities campus which soon let to the establishment of Graduates Chapters in cities and towns throughout the United States.

Tuscaloosa City/County first experienced Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 1948

 

The eleven members were:

 

1.Bro. Marvin T. A. Allen
Gamma Sigma Chapter – Alabama State University

Initiated: April 1940

 

2.Bro. M. L. Bonner

Mu Psi Chapter – North Carolina A&T University

Initiated: November 12, 1942

 

3.Bro. M. P. Gilmore
Delta Chapter – MeHarry Medical College

Initiated: April 1915

 

4.Bro. C. H. Williams
Rho Chapter – Johnson C. Smith University

Initiated:  March 31, 1945

 

5.Bro. N. B. Wesley
Gamma Sigma Chapter – Alabama State University

Initiated:  March 29, 1936

 

6.Bro. B. B. Hardy
Phi Omega Chapter – Tuscaloosa Graduated Chapter

Initiated: May 29, 1949

 

7.Bro. McDonald Hughes
Phi Omega Chapter – Tuscaloosa Graduated Chapter

Initiated:  May 29, 1949

 

8.Bro. Leroy Hyter
Nu Epsilon Chapter – Alabama A&M University

Initiated:  April 17, 1952

 

9.Bro. S. W. Washington
Phi Omega Chapter – Tuscaloosa Graduated Chapter

Initiated:  May 29, 1949

 

10.Bro. J. T. Whiestenton
Rho Epsilon Chapter – Tougaloo College

Initiated:  April 17, 1953

 

11. Bro. Troy Young
Phi Omega Chapter – Tuscaloosa Graduated Chapter

Initiated:  November 13, 1945

 

12.Bro. O J Brooks
Phi Omega Chapter – Tuscaloosa Graduated Chapter

Initiated:  July 13, 1950

 

13.Bro. Jimmie Johnson
Phi Omega Chapter – Tuscaloosa Graduated Chapter

Initiated:  February 5, 1952

 

14. Bro Robert Harrell
Phi Omega Chapter – Tuscaloosa Graduated Chapter

Initiated:  December 12, 1953

 

15. Bro Paul Meachem
Phi Omega Chapter – Tuscaloosa Graduated Chapter

Initiated:  April 28, 1955

 

The interested men who were on the Charter Line, May 3, 1957 were:

 

1.  Bro. Robert Israwl Beasley

Alabama State Graduate

 

2. Bro. Cleve Hale Sr.

Tuskegee University Graduate

 

3. Bro. Mark Arthur McCrackin

Florida A&M Graduate

 

4. Bro. Elbert Sparks Jr

Alabama State Graduate

 

5. Bro. Jessie B. Wier

Alabama State Graduate

 

Since this time Alpha Tau Chapter has continued to make a positive difference in the Tuscaloosa City/County area.  The Alpha Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. mission is to bring about union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship and manhood in order to stimulate the attainment of ideas and ambitions of its members; occupy a progressive, helpful and constructive place in political life of the community and nation; and foster the humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; and aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher economic and intellectual status.

The Alpha Tau Chapter chapter covers five west Alabama counties: Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Green, Pickens and Sumter. We are graduate level men who embody Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Four Cardinal Principals of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift.   These principals are the bedrock for all that we do in making a difference in the State of Alabama, the 7th District and the fraternity as a whole.  We take pride in making a positive impact in our communities and in our role mentoring and overseeing undergraduate chapters at Stillman College (Rho Gamma), the University of Alabama (Beta Eta), and the University of West Alabama (Alpha Delta Iota).

We are also allied with the Bridge Builder Friendship Foundation Inc. The foundation is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that was established to help promote educational awareness, mentorship, and provide available resources to deserving communities. The Bridge Builder Friendship Foundation Inc. supports several programs designed to encourage our youths in the areas of leadership, academic achievement, self-awareness, social awareness, health awareness, and volunteerism through various community services projects.

We strive to do our best, and leave unto the Lord the rest.