The Kappa Delta Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham on November 17, 1971 and chartered on May 19, 1972. Beginning with the founding fathers and the “Revolutionary Eight”, Kappa Delta’s charter line, the chapter has always been the trend setters for the campus.
Kappa Delta Chapter was the first Black Greek-letter organization to be founded and chartered on the campus of the University. It wasn’t an easy job to become the first Greek-letter organization on the campus of a predominantly white campus. The University declared that before Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. would be recognized on campus that an interest colony would have to be formed and maintained for six months. The interest colony that was formed called themselves Tau Kappa. Tau Kappa was: Howard Johnson, Willie Daniels, Dewayne Strickland, David Moten, Amos Townsend, Michael Russell, Ray Fears, Homer Coke, Warren Brown, Robert Humphries, Roger Owens and Richard Cunningham. In August of 1971 Jimmy Harville, Henry Danzy and Rodney Williams and in September of 1971 Melford Wright became interested members of Tau Kappa. Due to various circumstances all members of the Tau Kappa interest group were unable to continue on with their dreams of becoming Omegas any longer. Tau Kappa soon dwindled down to eight members: Melford Wright, Jimmy Harville, Rodney Williams, Homer Coke, Michael Russell, Henry Danzy, Warren Brown and Amos Townsend and on November 11, 1971 these eight great young men started pledging the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. They were initiated into the Lampados Club of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on November 17, 1971. After pledging long and hard dreams became reality for those eight enthusiastic young men because on May 19, 1972 these men crossed the BURNING SANDS OF OMEGA and became the charter line known as the “REVOLUTIONARY EIGHT”. The chapter has been upholding the four cardinal principles of the fraternity until this very day.Kappa Delta Chapter has a distinguishing list of firsts. Besides being the first Black Greek and first ever Greek-letter organization on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, we were the first organization and still the only fraternity to be honored with a monument on the campus. This monument is located in front of the historical Ullman West Building (formerly Ullman High School). We were also the first Black Greek-letter organization to have one of its members, Brother Roy Bridges, to serve as president of the U.S.G.A.