Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. History
Gamma Theta History
During the spring of 1967, a group of African American men became interested in bringing historically black Greek organizations to the Western Kentucky University. A meeting was set up with the Dean of Students to discuss the possibility. We were opposed by the Dean of Students but later were granted some concessions. Some of the students involved in the effort were interested in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity while others were interested in Kappa Kappa
Don Offutt and Larry Ashby were two of the young men that helped organize the Kappa Que Club. Don, a freshman at Kentucky State University, chose to pledge Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and was initiated in the Lampados Club. He later transferred to Western Kentucky University before completing the process but remained determined to become an Omega. Larry Ashby was also interested in becoming an Omega so he and Don contacted the graduate chapter of “Psi Tau” in Lexington, Kentucky. Both Larry Ashby and Don Offutt were initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity through Psi Tau. They returned to Western’s campus in the spring of 1968 to organize an interest group of men who were strictly interested in becoming members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
After one year, we now had a group that was ready to take the next step in bringing Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to Western’s campus. We had two members of the fraternity on campus and we had the backing of the graduate chapter in Lexington. Brother H. Carl Moultrie, the National Executive Secretary of the fraternity at that time (later becoming a judge in the superior court of Washington D.C. in 1972) was asked to come to Western to meet with the Dean to help us move forward. When he finished meeting
By Steve “Headknocker” Coleman
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
Location. 36° 59.243′ N, 86° 27.143′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Alumni Drive. Marker is located in small park between Potter Hall, Van Meter Hall, and Gordon Wilson Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Albert Sidney Johnston (within shouting distance of this marker); W.L. "Gander" Terry Colonnade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Hardin Cherry (about 400 feet away); Potter College (about 600 feet away); Training School-College High (about 700 feet away); Confederate State Capital of Kentucky (about 700 feet away); Felts Log House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ogden College (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
Also see . . . The History of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Submitted on September 2, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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