Famous Omega Scientists
Dr. Ernest Everett Just - Internationally known biologist and professor at Howard University
Major General Charles Bolden - Astronaut, graduate of the United States Naval Academy (pilot)
Dr. Charles Drew - Perfected the use of blood plasma; Professor of Surgery at Howard University
Dr. Fred Drew Gregory - Astronaut, graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (pilot)
Dr. Percy Julian - Discovered the use of foam to extinguish fires and
discovered a method of producing cortisone synthetically. During his
lifetime, he received more than 130 chemical patents. 1st Black chemist
inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Ronald E. McNair - Astronaut, graduate of M.I.T., Ph.D. in Physics (civilian)
Dr. Hildrus Pointdexter - Bacteriologist who studied the epidemiology of tropical diseases.
Famous Omega Men of the Arts
William "Count" Basie - Internationally known pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader
Sterling Brown - Teacher, poet, writer, Professor Emeritus of
Literature at Howard University, has a special foundation for folk
culture and jazz music
William H. "Bill" Cosby - Comedian, author, actor, producer
Steve Harvey - Comedian and actor
Roland Hayes - Internationally known tenor of the 1920s. Hayes sang in five different languages
Langston Hughes - The Black Poet Laureate, excelled as a poet, playwright, novelist, lyricis and humorist
Tom Joyner - Radio show host
Rickey Smiley - Comedian and actor
Joe Torry - Comedian and actor
Famous Omega Athletes
Jerry Ball - 3 time Pro Bowler and former NFL defensive lineman.
Joe Black - An all-time great Brooklyn Dodger baseball pitcher. In
1952, he had the lowest earned-run average in the Major Leagues. First
Black to win a World Series game
Vince Carter - 8-time All-Star. 2-time All-NBA guard for the New Jersey Nets. 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Mark Duper - 3 time Pro Bowler and 2-time All-Pro former wide receiver with Miami Dolphins
Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines - Hall of Fame Basketball coach.
Coached at Winston-Salem State University from 1946 - 1993. Also, 4-year
All-CIAA lineman in football.
Dr. Edwin Bancroft (E.B.) Henderson - Captain and outstanding player
on the Washington 12th Streeters (1906-1910). He is known as the "Father
of Black Sport History". First Black male to become certified to teach
Physical Education in public schools.
William DeHart Hubbart - A University of Michigan sprinter; was the
first Black athlete to win a Gold medal for the United States (1924).
His winning long jump in the Paris games was 24' 5".
Keith Jackson - 5 time Pro Bowler and 5 time All Pro former NFL Tight
end. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Ed "Too Tall" Jones - Overall 1st pick of 1974 NFL Draft. Outstanding former player with the Dallas Cowboys football team
Michael "His Airness" Jordan - Outstanding former professional
basketball player with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards of the
NBA. His accolades and accomplishments include 5 NBA MVPs, 10 All-NBA
first teams, 14 NBA All-star appearances, and 6 NBA Final MVPs.
Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell - Outstanding former professional
basketball player with the Boston Celtics and other teams. 1981 NBA
Steve "Air" McNair - Outstanding NFL player with the Baltimore Ravens
Shaquille O'Neal - Star center with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles
Lakers and Miami Heat is a 14 time NBA All-star. He is 3 time NBA Final
MVP and 2000 NBA MVP.
Brice Taylor - University of Southern California football legend. Guard on mid 1920’s team. Schools first All-American.
Terrence Trammell - 2-time (2000, 2004) Olympic silver medalist in 110m hurdles
Charlie Ward - 1993 Heisman Trophy winner and former NBA guard with the NY Knicks.
Famous Omega Politicians
Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. - Secretary, Department of the Army
James E. "Jim" Clyburn - The House Majority Whip in the 110th Congress. (2nd Black to hold that position).
William Hastie - First Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands
Rev. Jesse Jackson - Founder of both entities that merged to form
Rainbow/PUSH. Candidate for the United States Presidency in 1984 and
1988. Served as “Shadow Senator” for DC from 1991 to 1997.
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. - 2001 Springarn Medal recipient. Executive
Director of United Negro College Fund and a former president of the
National Urban League. He also served as a close adviser to President
Clarence Lightner - 1st Black Mayor of Raleigh, NC
Dr. David Satcher - 16th Surgeon General of the United States. He also
held the posts of the Director of the CDC and the Administrator of the
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from 1993 to 1998.
Walter E. Washington - 1st Home-Rule mayor of the District of
Columbia. Former Executive Director of the National Capital Housing
George L.P. Weaver - Former U.S. Secretary of Labor
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 Lyndon B. Johnson
Togo D. West, Jr. - 3rd US Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Also served
as US Secretary of the Army. Currently, the President of the National
Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Lawrence Douglas Wilder - 1st Black to be elected as a governor. He
served as Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. He
is currently the mayor of Richmond, Virginia. He also received the
Bronze Star for his military heroics in the Korean War.
Famous Omega Men in the Civil Rights Movement
Wiley Branton - Attorney of the "Little Rock Nine" and former Dean of Howard University School of Law
Oliver Hill - Civil Rights attorney whose work against racial
discrimination helped end the doctrine of “separate but equal”. 1999
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.
Benjamin Hooks - Succeeded Roy Wilkins as Executive Director of the
NAACP, the most effective of all civil rights organizations
Rev. Jesse Jackson - Former Director of Operation PUSH; Founder, Rainbow Coalition
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
Grant Reynolds - Played a major role in President Truman's 1948 decision to desegregate the United States Armed Forces
Roy Wilkins - Long-time Executive Director of the NAACP
Famous Omega Educators
Herman Dreer - Teacher, minister, writer, and author of The History of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 1911-1961
Benjamin E. Mays - President Emeritus of Morehouse College, writer and lecturer. Mentor to Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson - The earliest and most outspoken proponent for the study of Black History.
Omega has a rich heritage to be protected, celebrated and enhanced!