Famous Omega Men

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. 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.

                                                                                                                       


 Athletics


•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. 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. 

 


 Business

•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.


 

Education

•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.


Politics


•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.


Science

•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).