Famous Omegas

The Arts

Bro. William “Count” Basie – Internationally known pianist, composer, arranger, and band leader.
Bro. Langston Hughes – The Black Poet Laureate, excelled as a poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist, and humorist.
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 T. Rowan – Syndicated columnist.
Bro. Joe Torry – Comedian.
Bro. William H. Cosby – Comedian, author, actor, producer.
Bro. Roland Hayes – Internationally known tenor of the 1920s. Hayes sang in five different languages.


•Bro. Michael Jordan – Outstanding basketball player with the Chicago Bulls of the NBA.
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 football team.
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 Trophy winner and NY Knicks guard.
Bro. Steve “Air” McNair – Outstanding player with the Houston Oilers.
Bro. Hank Aaron – Home-run King who broke Babe Ruth’s record.
Bro. John Salley – Renowned NBA Player currently a well-known tv sports commentator.
Bro. Shaquille O’Neal – Star center with the LA 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. Keith Jackson – Outstanding football player with the Miami Dolphins.
Bro. Mark Duper – Another fantastic Miami Dolphins player.
Bro. William Floyd – Big man on the San Francisco 49ers football team.
Bro. Earl “The Pearl” Monroe


Bro. Earl Graves – Publisher of Black Enterprise magazine.
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. Rev. Jesse Jackson – Former Director of Operation PUSH; Founder, Rainbow Coalition.
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.
Bro. Vernon Jordan – Former Executive Director of the National Urban League.


Bro. Dr. Carter G. Woodson – The earliest and most outspoken proponent for the study of Black History.
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 – Former 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.


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