Beta Thru The Years
The twenties saw the first decade of the existence of Beta Chapter. As the fraternity continued
to flourish, Beta lead by example in choosing strong goal oriented men. During this period
Bro. Melvin B. Tolsen was on campus and had begun his illustrious career by winning interstate
poetry contests, oratorical prizes, and was well known as an interscholastic debater.
Brothers were also creating social action initiatives as well. Bro. Vernon R. James spearheaded
a scholarship drive for students on campus who were excelling academically. In addition, Bro.
A.D. Williams organized the National Students’ Anti-Lynching League for all historically black
colleges and universities. It was aimed to bring pressure to the U.S. Senate for passage of the
Dyer Anti Lynching Bill. The decade also saw the passing of Col. Charles Young into Omega
Chapter. Brothers held a memorial service on campus on March 12, 1922 in which Bros. F.H.
Davis, T.A. Williams, and Melvin B. Tolsen spoke.
During this decade the fraternity realized the importance of African Americans influence
on the culture of the American landscape and looked to celebrate this rich and vast history. The
effort materialized into Negro Achievement Week and the brothers were eager to push this agenda
forward. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity saw tremendous growth at the close of the 1920s. By
1929, there were seven members of Omega Psi Phi teaching at Lincoln University. Bros. Edward
S Gray, F.B. Mitchell, J.T. Sydnor, and Langton Hughes were members of the pledging
committee that brought in a line of 16 Beta brothers.