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Basileus Al Georges

Al Georges became the 37th Basileus of the Omicron Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc., on November 1, 2023.  Al is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Criminal Justice.  A Bachelors Degree, at a minimum, is required to be a member of Omicron Phi.

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Executive Committee

Basileus - Al Georges 


Vice Basileus - Stacey Gadson


Keeper of Records and Seal - Isaiah Thomas


Assistant KRS - Kevin Crawford II

Keeper of Finance - Leo Johnson

Assistant KF - Shawn Capers


Reporter - Tony Nelson


Assistant Reporter - Sherrod Wade


Keeper of Peace - Willie Davis


Counselor - Kent Lesesne


Chaplain - Charles Riley


Immediate Past Basileus - Doyle Covert


Achievement Week

Observed each November to recognize those individuals who have contributed to community uplift. High School Essay Contest is also held during Achievement Week.

College Endowment Fund

Each year the fraternity gives at least $50,000 to historically black college and universities for provide philanthropic support.

Fatherhood & Mentoring

Chapters play an active role in the promotion of the Fraternity’s Fatherhood Mentoring initiative.


Health Initiatives

Chapters support activities that promote good health practices, such as the Charles Drew Blood Drive and American Diabetes Association.

Memorial Service

On March 12th each year, chapters conduct a memorial service to pay tribute to those members who have gained their wings.


Chapters are required to maintain a Life Membership at Large in the NAACP.

Reclamation And Retention

Chapters make concerted effort to retain active brothers and return inactive brothers to full participatory status.



Graduate chapters provide financial assistance and scholarships to high school and college students.


Social Action

Chapters host social action activities such as Assault on Illiteracy, Habitat for Humanity, and Mentoring.



The Fraternity’s STEM initiatives are designed to get students across the world involved with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


Talent Hunt Program

Chapters host a program for young people participating in the performing arts. Winners are awarded monetary awards.


Voter Registration, Education, Mobilization

Chapters host activities that uplift their communities through the power of the vote.



Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college.


On the evening of November 17, 1911, Omega Psi Phi was founded inside the Science Building (later renamed Thirkield Hall) at Howard University located in Washington, D.C. The founders were three undergraduates — Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman. Joining them was their faculty adviser, Ernest Everett Just.


From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, “friendship is essential to the soul“, the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was selected as the motto.


Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift were adopted as Cardinal Principles.


The Omicron Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was chartered on November 17, 1926, by the 15th Grand Conclave meeting in Chicago, IL.

The founding Brothers were the honorable Dr. D.K. Jenkins, Dr. D.D. Counts and Dr. H.H. Cooper.

The chapter grew rapidly to twenty members composed of Doctors, Lawyers, Ministers, Educators, etc. from the greater Columbia area.

Past Basilei

Bro. Dr. D.K. Jenkins* - 1929 - 1932

Bro. Dr. H.H. Cooper* - 1932 - 1935

Bro. Guerney Nelson* - 1935- 1938

Bro. H.H. Cooper* - 1938 - 1940

Bro, Johnny Martin* - 1940 - 1945

Bro. Dr. T.B. Jones* - 1945 - 1949

Bro. Harold Boulware*++ - 1949 - 1954

Bro. Lincoln Jenkins, Jr.* - 1954 - 1956

Bro. Ralph H. Haile, Sr.* - 1956 - 1958

Bro. Noble P. Cooper, St.* - 1958 - 1963 

Bro. Charles Brooks, Sr.*++ - 1963 - 1968

Bro. Ernest Evans* - 1968 - 1972

Bro. Isiah E. McGraw* - 1972 - 1975

Bro. Harold White* - 1975 - 1977

Bro. Moses Clarkson* - 1977 - 1978

Bro. Leon Babridge*++ - 1978 - 1981

Bro. Dr. Henry Marshall* - 1981-1983

Bro. Charles Gary - 1983 - 1987

Bro. Dr. Willie L. Long* - 1987 - 1987

Bro. Dr. Clarence Hill - 1987 - 1989

Bro. Edward E. Baker - 1989 - 1991

Bro. H. Vincent Ford* - 1991 - 1993

Bro. Raymond Buxton, II - 1993 - 1995

Bro. Jonathan Davis - 1995 - 1997

Bro. James C. Brown - 1997 - 2000

Bro. Oliver Ferguson - 2000 - 2002

Bro. Darryl A. Jackson - 2002 - 2004

Bro. Cedric Luckey - 2004 - 2006+

Bro. Charles Marshall, III - 2006 - 2009

Bro. Melvin Miller - 2009 - 2011

Bro. Eduardo Barbee - 2011 - 2013

Bro. Johnathan E. Chambers - 2013 - 2015

Bro. Kendrick Chiles - 2015 - 2017

Bro. Roscoe D. Patterson - 2017 - 2019

Bro. Shannon Legree - 2019 - 2021

Bro. Doyle Covert - 2021 - 2023

*Omega Chapter

+District Representative

++Former District Representative


Basileus Email:

Keeper of Records and Seal Email:

House Address: 613 Wilmette Road, Columbia, SC, 29229

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4686, Columbia, SC, 29240


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