Pi Gamma Omicron
Pi Gamma Omicron (ΠΓΟ) was one of the first documented black collegiate fraternities which was founded in 1905. The group was founded at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The group had 12 members. The group was not known by the Ohio State's registrars office but was known to the Chicago Defender newspaper which wrote an article about Pi Gamma Omicron. This article about Pi Gamma Omicron took the interest of Alpha Phi Alpha founder Robert H. Ogle who was inspired to transform Alpha Phi Alpha from a literary society into a fraternity. Pi Gamma Omicron had initial desires to become a national fraternity by establishing chapters in Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana according to the Beta Theta Pi correspondent at Ohio State University.
Some members went on to earn law degrees.
- Leroy Barnett
- William Berry
- W. E. Davis
- Richard Pettiford
- Elmer Shackelford
- John Shavers
- Norman Thorne
- H. A. Turner
- C. C. Underwood
- Walter Williams
- William Woodward
- Kofi Lomotey (2010). Encyclopedia of African American Education. SAGE Publications. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-4129-4050-4.
- "Tracking the early history of African-American fraternities at OSU". "From Woody's Couch" - Official Ohio State University Archives’ blog. March 28, 2012.
- Ricky L. Jones (10 March 2010). Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice, and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities. SUNY Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-7914-8565-1.
- OSU Archives Student Assistant Michelle Brundige (March 2012). "Pi Gamma Omicron Members" (PDF).
- Gregory S. Parks (13 June 2008). Black Greek-letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun. University Press of Kentucky. p. 52. ISBN 0-8131-3872-8.
- "The Rainbow of the Delta Tau Delta". Vol. XXIX no. 3. March 1906. p. 406. ISSN 1532-5334.
- "Ohio State Lantern". January 10, 1906. p. 3. OCLC 18384916.
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