The Founders

Bishop Edgar Amos Love (1891 - 1974)

Bishop Edgar Amos Love was born in Harrisburg, Virginia, September 10, 1891, son to the late Rev. Julius C. Love and Mrs. Susie C. Love. He received his early training in the public schools of Virginia and Maryland, and in 1909, graduated from the Academy of Morgan College. From the Academy, he went on to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he and Dr. Ernest Everett Just, along with fellow Juniors Oscar Cooper and Frank Coleman founded the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in the fall of 1911. In 1913, he graduated Cum Laude from Howard University with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Additionally, Bishop Love received a Bachelor of Divinity from Howard in 1916. To further intensify his training, he entered Boston University, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1918. He later he spent two sessions in graduate work at the University of Chicago. Because of his distinguished work in religion as a teacher, pastor and inspired civic worker for the advancement of all humanity, Morgan College conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in June, 1935.

"....Friendship is Essential to Life and it is because we were born as a Fraternity of brothers and friends always love each other..." 

Rev. Love pastored for fifteen months in Fairmount, Maryland, for four years in Washington, D.C., for three years in Annapolis, Maryland, for three years in Wheeling, West Virginia, and for two years in Baltimore Maryland, directing the great John Wesley M.C. Church. As a pastor, Bishop Love, inspiring and efficient, made the Church, wherever he was, function as a community center for the people of the neighborhood, as well as a temple of worship for the most high God. 

When the call of the country came for Bishop Love to serve in France, he promptly entered the Officers' Training Camp at Des Moines, Iowa and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant. He was assigned as Chaplain to the 368th Infantry, with which he saw service in the Vosges Mountains, and in the Argonne Forest, spending eight days in the great offensive, where he was gassed. While in the army he had supervision over 3,000 men. 

Aside from administering to the spiritual needs of the soldiers, he also taught in the army school. He helped to organize a school for illiterates in the 809th Pioneer Infantry, which was later developed into a regular school system. The school included in its curriculum subjects ranging from reading and writing to motor mechanics and philosophy. Fourteen teachers were drafted from the ranks and constituted the faculty. 

In 1919, after being honorably discharged from the service of the United States Army, Bishop Love became Professor of History and Bible Studies at Morgan College. At the same time, he also served as Director of Athletics and Principle of the Academy. 

Always community-minded, Bishop Love served as a delegate from the state of Maryland to the First American Legion Convention held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Because of his high attainments, he was appointed by Governor Ritchie of Maryland as a Member of the Maryland Interracial Commission. 

He was the first Grand Basileus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and served in that capacity for three terms.