Chapter History

On the fall evening of September 6, 1952, twelve local African American men, who were graduates of the then existing predominately historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), assembled at the Hotel Carver, the only Black owned hotel along the eastern shore of the Atlantic Ocean.  At this hotel, located on Myrtle Avenue in the Township of Neptune, State of New Jersey, an official charter rendering ceremony occurred, and Phi Upsilon Chapter began sixty-one years of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. national chapter affiliation.

The charter members of Phi Upsilon Chapter were brothers Booker C. Milby, Edward Wake, William Townes, Hyland R. Moore, Isiah T. Young, James Hargraves, Joseph Allen, Charles Williams, Alexander Hastie, John Carter, Atty. Merrill Richardson, and Ermon K. Jones.

With a college degree as a prerequisite, and membership intake from the County sites of Monmouth and Ocean, the chapter, over the years, has been successful in the growth of a core membership of men with vision, commitment, common goals, dedication, loyalty, and “friendship.”

In the early formative years, the chapter began to build upon the four selected cardinal principles of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.: and with a continuing emphasis, chapter members were frequently reminded to demonstrate in their daily lives, Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift.

As mandated by the national organization, the chapter began sixty-one years of developing and implementing the three early major programs of the Fraternity.  Annually, and in each category, the chapter has promoted activities and events in recognition of human achievements, provided for scholarship financial assistance, and participated in social action programs which impact upon society.

Our Revered Charter Members:

Becker C. Milby Ω Edward Wake Ω William Townes Ω Hyland R. Moore Ω
Isiah T. Young Ω James Hargraves Ω Joseph Allen Ω Charles Williams Ω
Alexander Hastie Ω John Carter Ω Atty. Merrill Richardson Ω Ermon K. Jones Ω

Ω - Denotes Omega Chapter