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“Lifting as we climb”


Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Chi Beta Beta Chapter of Bloomington, Illinois is committed to improving the social, economic, and political issues within the Bloomington-Normal community.

The first initial interest was created in 1972 by Brothers Wilbert Davis, Herman Simon, George Taylor, and Will Robinson. During this time the Big Brothers realized that there weren’t enough brothers or interest to organize a graduate chapter at Illinois State University, so the idea diminished. In August of 1973, Brother Herman Simon began elaborating on the idea more extensively by writing letters to the National Office and Big Brother Burnel Coulon who was the Tenth District Representative at the time. He was told the they were considering the formation of chapters in Jliet, Peoria, and Champaign.



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. Champaign.