Leading Figures in the History of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Volume 1

Edited by Judson L. Jeffries

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Highlighting 21 members of this illustrious historically Black fraternity  
“This massive undertaking makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the fraternity and the kind of history-making, pathbreaking, and trailblazing figures it has both attracted and produced since its founding. These two volumes will be hailed as classics and are a must-read for anyone interested in African-American history generally and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., specifically.”—Walter A. H. Gill, teacher and activist
“Brother Judson Jeffries’s latest attempt to highlight the illustrious history of this great fraternity and its members is a tour de force and will stand the test of time.”—R. Charles Byers, Emeritus Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs, West Virginia State University
“Breaks new ground. There is no question about the originality of this scholarship and its contribution to the field.”—Ronald J. Stephens, coeditor of Global Garveyism  
“A captivating examination of the members and history of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Certain to become a definitive study of this Black fraternity.”—Floyd W. Hayes III, editor of A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies  
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., was founded in 1911 at Howard University to cultivate and nurture a generation of leaders who would work toward racial uplift and influence American society. In an unprecedented two volumes, Judson Jeffries brings together original works on 21 of the fraternity’s accomplished and influential members. Written by a diverse group of scholars, these profiles highlight the national importance of these figures in their chosen fields of endeavor as well as the enormous impact of this great fraternity.
In volume 1, Jeffries presents a prologue and introduction that outline the story of the fraternity’s founding in the context of the racial, social, political, and educational history of the period. This volume spotlights scientists Ernest E. Just and Percy Lavon Julian; civil rights lawyers Fred Gray, Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and Oscar W. Adams Jr.; sports legends Robert Lee Elder and Clarence Gaines; and musicians Count Basie, Max Roach, and Roland Hayes.
Including both widely recognized and little-known individuals and featuring people who were on the front lines of the struggle for racial equality as well as those whose work took place behind the scenes, these volumes show the contributions of Black leaders in the areas of science, civil rights, athletics, the arts, the military, politics, education, and more. Leading Figures in the History of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is a testament to the significance of Black Greek-letter organizations, whose members have made history through lives of struggle, accomplishment, triumph, and uplift.  
Judson L. Jeffries, professor of African American and African studies at The Ohio State University, is the author or editor of many books, including Feel My Big Guitar: Prince and the Sound He Helped Create.
Contributors: Arthur Smith | Kevin C. McDonald | Marvin P. Dawkins | Theodore Walker, Jr. | Marvin Chiles | Waweise Schmidt | Bertis D. English | Judson L. Jeffries | Jomills Henry Braddock II | Matthew Buttermann | Christopher A. Brooks | Derryn Moten

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