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ETA Omega Chapter History

"On December 1, 1919, I went to Atlanta, Georgia, at my own expense to help Brother Harold Thomas set up Eta Chapter. The same was composed of professional men in Atlanta and selected students of Morehouse College, Atlanta and Clark Universities, and Gammon Theological Seminary."

- Raymond G. Robinson

These words describe the beginning of a legacy of over 80 years of excellence. The Eta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded in Atlanta, Georgia on December 1, 1919 by Harold H. Thomas, Horace A. Hodges, Harvey Smith, and Lawrence R. Harper, with the aid of Raymond G. Robinson, the Fraternity's seventh Grand Basileus.  It was chartered on December 27 of that same year.

Eta Chapter was the home of brothers upholding the principles of Omega at Atlanta University, Clark University (later College), Morehouse College, Gammon Theological Seminary and college graduates in the Atlanta area.  It was the first chapter of any Black Greek letter organization to be founded and chartered in the state of Georgia.

Brothers from the institutions that made up Eta Chapter eventually established their own chapters: Omicron at Gammon Theological Seminary (1921); Psi at Morehouse (1921); Tau at Atlanta University (1922); and Beta Psi at Clark (1923), leaving Eta for graduates. Under the leadership of Grand Basileus J. Alston Atkins (1922-1923), the Fraternity developed a new naming scheme for undergraduate and graduate chapters. Thus, the original Eta Chapter has since been known as Eta Omega Chapter.

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