Omega Psi Phi is a historically black fraternity founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
It is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on a historically black college or university campus.
The fraternity’s principles are manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift.
Omega Psi Phi has over 750 chapters and has initiated over 250,000 members worldwide. The organization strongly emphasizes community service and has been involved in civil rights activism.
Omega Psi Phi is known for its signature colors of royal purple and old gold and its signature shield and lamp symbols.
The fraternity also has notable members such as civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actor Terrence Howard.
Though it only included black individuals in the past, Omega Psi Phi membership is no longer exclusive to African Americans.
Here are some famous white members of Omega Psi Phi.
1. Loki Mulholland
Mulholland is known for his fight for civil rights, especially in the African American community.
Born in 1970 in Virginia, Loki grew up in a home passionately dedicated to civil rights movements.
His mother, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, was a civil rights activist in the 1960s and participated in several protests and demonstrations in the Deep South. She even participated in the iconic Freedom Rides that challenged segregation in interstate travel.
Growing up under the influence of his mother’s activism, it was only natural that Loki would join the movement himself.
One of the most significant contributions that Loki has made to the civil rights movement is his documentary, “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.”
The documentary tells the story of his mother’s activism during the civil rights movement and has been used as an educational tool in schools across the US.
Loki has been honored with several awards, including the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award and the 2016 NAACP Freedom Award.
These honors are a testament to Loki’s tireless efforts in fighting for social justice and equality.
Following his long line of activism, in 2019, the Utah Omega Psi Phi fraternity added Loki as its first white member.
2. Kelly Gordon
While in the Hamptons, Virginia, Kelly, also known as The White Bruh, spotted a man wearing a purple and gold jacket using a pay phone.
He was interested in finding a similar jacket, so he approached the gentleman at the payphone and asked where he bought his.
Kelly was still a young boy at the time. The gentleman told Kelly, “The jacket is not bought, it is earned.” That was Kelly’s first experience with the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Doing whatever was necessary to join a black fraternity came naturally for Kelly since he was raised in a black and poor neighborhood.
Kelly formed a love bond with his black neighbors since there was equality; nobody made him feel any less for being raised in a low-income family.
While attending Bethel High School, one of his teammates showed up wearing the same color jacket as the guy at the payphone and explained to Kelly what the colors stood for.
He didn’t fail to mention that being black, Kelly was not worthy of wearing a similar jacket because he could never understand what it felt like being black.
Kelly enrolled in a black college, Hampton University. Kelly tried to pledge into the fraternity chapters over six times while getting shut down. He joined the fraternity in November 2011.
Alan grew up in a family of members of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) terrorist group that promoted white supremacy, hate, and violence against people of color.
Standing alone against his family members, Alan chose to go to a black college, where he made a life-altering decision.
While in college, he joined the Omega Psi Phi fraternity brotherhood.
After graduating college, Alan married a black wife, and his sister followed in line by marrying a black man.
In time, his father and grandfather left the KKK group and renounced their membership.