Founded November 2014 by Brother Michael Williams, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Previous mentorship programs founded by brothers of Omega Psi Phi in Denver include Brother2Brother and Rites of Passage Project Manhood.
Vision: (what we hope for the future): A future network of intelligent and strong black leaders with a foundation in the Denver-metro area
Mission (what we do): Providing Denver-area boys of color with the tools to be tomorrows leaders
Purpose Statement (how we do it): The purpose of Omega Leadership Academy is to leverage the volunteer manpower and resources of members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the community at large, to create yearlong, multi-year mentorship and engaging and meaningful learning experiences for boys of color in the Denver-metro area from middle through high school ages.
On Friday evening, November 17, 1911, three Howard University undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, gave birth to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. This event occurred in the office of biology Professor Ernest E. Just, the faculty adviser, in the Science Hall (now known as Thirkield Hall). The three liberal arts students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman.
From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning “friendship is essential to the soul,” the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. The phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift were adopted as cardinal principles. A decision was made regarding the design for the pin and emblem, and thus ended the first meeting of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Colonel Charles Young was an American scholar and soldier. He was the third black graduate of West Point. He was the first black US national park superintendent, first black military attaché, and first black man to achieve the rank of colonel in the US Army. He was a college professor, musician, and the 2nd honorary member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. His life exemplifies our motto, Knowledge and Valor!
To learn more about Col. Charles Young please visit the following links:
National Park Service - Colonel Charles Young
BlackPast.org - Colonel Charles Young
Colonel Charles Young: Buffalo Soldier and Intelligence Officer
8 Facts About Colonel Charles Young
Who is Colonel Charles Young?
The history of Chi Phi (pronounced kye fye) Chapter, located in Denver, Colorado, the Queen City of the Plains, dates back to the year 1927. During this time there were several detached members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity residing in Denver. The members were Dr. Clarence F. Holmes, who was at the time the District Representative of the Eighth District; Fritz Cansler of Pi Omega Chapter of Baltimore, Maryland; Archie McKinney of Theta Chapter, Wiley College, Marshall, Texas; and Bazella G. Rainey of Psi Chapter, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.
As a result of a series of meetings and the approval of the Supreme Council, permission was given to establish a chapter in Denver, Colorado. On December 26, 1927, a formal initiation was held, and Dr. J.H.P. Westbrook, Dr. T.T. McKinney, Thomas Campbell, Esq., Frank Brickler, Preston Wooten, and Dudley B. Luck became members of the fraternity in the new chapter known as Chi Phi.