Of the men selected by the Founders for the Charter members of Alpha Chapter, two of them, William A. Love and Julius H. Love, were the biological older brothers of Founder Edgar A. Love. William was three years older at 22 and Julius was six years older at 25. Note: Founder Love’s three years younger brother John W. Love would be initiated in Alpha Chapter on February 13, 1914.
While still awaiting faculty approval of its constitution, and confident that approval would eventually come, Alpha Chapter voted on new members on February 21, 1912. On February 28, 1912, members of the temporary chapter took the oath of allegiance and Alpha Chapter held its first initiation, adding four new members. The permanent chapter was established with the election of a Basileus, Keeper of Records and a Keeper of Seals.
Moses T. Claybourne Boone Mill, Virginia
Christopher Columbus Cooke Richmond, Virginia
William Barrington Jason Coatesville, Pennsylvania
James Raymond (Bish) Johnson Owensboro, Kentucky
On March 2, 1912, a report to the Grand Officers and Alpha Chapter on a conference with the faculty noted that the President of the university resisted the fraternity’s national aspirations – remember, Howard University was a school for blacks, but with a white administration – and in a vote on March 8, 1912 university officials voted not to recognize the fraternity as a national organization. But Omega’s leadership refused to accept limited recognition and kept the article in the constitution regarding Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s national aspirations.
Eventually, the faculty withdrew its objections and recognized the Fraternity as a national organization. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Grand Chapter was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia on October 28, 1914 with Founders Edgar A. Love as Grand Basileus, Oscar J. Cooper as Grand Keeper of Records and Frank Coleman as Grand Keeper of Seals.