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"Chapter History"

Rho Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was charted on Oct. 1, 1927 under the leadership of the 12th Grand Basileus Julius S. McClain. Rho Phi was organized due to the efforts of several brothers that had recently graduated from college and settled in around the New Orleans area. These early Omega men had the vision of uplifting not only themselves but also the New Orleans Community at large. These early pioneers went on to establish themselves as cornerstones of the educational system, medical community and leaders of the civil rights movement held in New Orleans. Rho Phi Chapter has flourished over a period of 86 years and has been a potent and well-regarded force in the activities of the National Fraternity as well as the Ninth District. Rho Phi chapter has given birth to several chapters in and around the New Orleans area.
Members of Rho Phi Chapter have held leadership roles as district officers such as Committee Chairman and other offices including past District Representative as well as the current District Counselor. On the National level, past members of Rho Phi Chapter have served in the highest level attainable that being Grand Basileus of our illustrious fraternity. In 1969, Rho Phi Chapter was proud to become the first Black Greek organization in New Orleans to purchase a Fraternity House.

Rho Phi continues to be a viable organization through it’s continued support of Nationally Mandated Programs of the fraternity as well as through it’s adoption of Boy Scout Troop 131 serving as Troup Leaders as well as financial support, feeding underprivileged families during Thanksgiving, providing free annual Prostate Cancer Screening, tutoring elementary school students and visiting sick children confined to the hospital during Easter.

Rho Phi Chapter has been represented by outstanding men during our 87 year history. The following Brothers have served the chapter as Basileus:

Name Term
Joseph W. Davis  1948 - 1949
Cecil W. Carter Sr 1949 - 1953
Robert B. Alexander  1954 - 1956
David L. Coleman Sr 1957 - 1959
Peter G. Saunders 1959 - 1961
Marshall Grady   1961 - 1962
William W. Sutton  1962 - 1963
Joseph W. Davis  1964 - 1965  
Harold J. Williams 1966 - 1968
August J James Sr 1969 - 1971
Henry M. Williams   1971 - 1972
Terrence Duvernay 1972 - 1974
Marshall Grady   1975 - 1976
Henry Ellioe  1977 - 1978
Warren Green 1979 - 1980
Ronald J. Butler   1981 - 1982 
Lee A. Bernard 1982 - 1982
Michael M. Wingate 1982 - 1983
Henry M. Williams 1984 - 1985
Bobby Burkes 1986 - 1988
Albert Benifield   1988 - 1991
Bill Davis 1991 - 1992
Anthony Favre 1992 - 1994
Walter Martin 1995 - 1996
Joseph M. Hicks 1996 - 1999
Terrence Augillard 2000 - 2001
Donald Davis  2001 - 2002
Benedict Willard 2003 - 2004
Joseph W. Davis 2005 - 2008
Marion Floyd 2009 - 2010
Ross M. Johnson Jr 2011 - 2012
Jerome Tinguee 2012 - 2014
Michael Raymond 2014 - 2016
Dana Walker 2016 - Present

 
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