Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
On October 28, 1914, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Was Incorporated Under The Laws Of The District Of Columbia.
The Fraternal Organization Was Initially Founded On November 17, 1911, At Howard University In Washington, DC, By Three Undergraduate Students And Their Faculty Advisor. Omega Psi Phi Is The First Black National Fraternal Organization To Be Founded At A Historically Black College.
The Undergraduate Founders Of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Were Howard University Juniors Bishop Edgar Amos Love, Dr. Oscar James Cooper And Professor Frank Coleman. The Faculty Advisor Was Dr. Ernest Everett Just.
Founded On The Principles Of "Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance And Uplift," Omega Psi Phi, Today, Boasts More Than 100,000 Members.
Well-Known Members Include: Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Langston Hughes, Ronald McNair, Bill Cosby, Jesse Jackson, Michael Jordan, Earl Graves, Douglas Wilder, Steve Harvey, Roy Wilkins, Guion Bluford, Vince Carter, David Satcher, And Dr. Percy Julian.
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." - Hubert Gaddy, Jr.
Actress, Esther Rolle, Died On November 17, 1998.
Best Known For Her Role As Florida Evens On The 1970's Sitcoms, Maude And Good Times, The Pampano Beach, Florida Native Had An Extensive Stage, Television And Film Career. Her Other Television Work Includes Appearances On The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Murder She Wrote, Touched By An Angel And Amazing Grace. In 1979, She Had The Distinction Of Winning The Very First Emmy Award In The Category Of “Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie,” For Her Work In The Television Movie, Summer Of My German Soldier.
Adamantly Opposed To Hollywood's Stereotyping Of Black Actors, Rolle Allowed TV Producer Norman Lear To Lure Her Away From Broadway For His Maude Series, Only After He Promised That She Could Portray A Fully Developed Character And Not "Just A (Typical) Hollywood Maid.'' And Despite The Commercial Success Of The Maude Spin-Off, Good Times, Rolle Left That Show In The Fall of 1977 -- Protesting That The Occasionally Shady, Though Humorous Character, J.J., Played By Jimmy Walker, Set A Bad Example For Black Youth. She Returned To A Reformed J.J. For The Series' Final Year.
Early In Her Career Rolle Was Part Of The New York-Based, Negro Ensemble Company --- Often Starring In Productions By Actor, Robert Hooks. She Debuted In The 1962 Play, The Blacks, And Was Later Cast In Productions Of The Crucible And Melvin Van Peeples' Don't Play Us Cheap.Rolle's Film Credits Include I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1979), The Mighty Quinn (1989), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Rosewood (1997), Down In The Delta (1998) And The Train Ride (Her Last Film, Released In 2000).
Esther Rolle Died In Culver City, California From Diabetes Complications, Just Nine days After Her 78th Birthday.
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy, Jr.
Esther Rolle In "Rosewood"
Charlie Sifford Won The Long Beach Open On Novemeber 10, 1957 And Became The First Black American To Win A Major Professional Golf Tournament.
Sifford Was Born In Charlotte, North Carolina. He Began Work As A Caddy At Age 13. He Competed In The Golf Tournaments That Black Golfers Organized For Themselves When They Were Excluded From The PGA Of America.
He First Attempted To Qualify For A PGA Tour Event At The 1952 Phoenix Open, Using An Invitation Obtained By Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Louis, Sifford Was The Target Of Threats And Racial Abuse There And At Other Tournaments.
He Became A Member Of The Tour In 1961 And Went On To Win Two Official Money Events. He Also Won The 1975 PGA Seniors' Championship -- Then The Leading Tournament For Golfers Over 50.
Sifford Became The First Black American Inducted Into The World Golf Hall of Fame In 2004.
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Lifer Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy, Jr.
John W. Menard & Carol Mosely Braun
In 1868, John Willis Menard Was Elected To Represent Louisiana In The U.S. House Of Representatives -- Thus Becoming The First Black American Elected To Congress. He Was Denied His Seat After An Election Challenge From The Man He Defeated.
Also On This Date In 1992, Carol Mosely Braun, Democrat From Illinois, Bacame The First Black Woman Elected To The United States
** SPECIAL NOTE: Hiram Revels Became The First Black To Actually Serve In Congress. Representing Mississippi, He Was Elected The First Black American Senator In 1870.
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy,