Profiles of who we are:
This is Alpha Chapter #16 - 11/9/11
Bro. Otto Bohannon, Alpha 1913
(taken from the 1914 NIKH, Howard University's Yearbook)
Music has always played an important part in the history of Alpha Chapter. One of the architects of that foundation was Bro. Otto Bohannon. Bro. Otto was an astute literary writer at Howard authoring a celebrated poem entitled "Washer Woman." A DC native and transfer from Catholic University, Bro. Otto graduated from HU in 1914 with a BA. After graduation, Bro. Otto turned down a position to teach English at Howard to devote his career to music. Such a talent was Bro. Otto, an article in the Afro American proclaimed he "possessed of a voice of unusual range and quality he sang in nine languages." In 1928, he received his Master in Music from Columbia University and later received his PhD from the same institution.
So profound were Bro. Otto's talents as a poet, composer and artist, he was asked by his former Chapter Brother, Grand Basileus Clarence F. Holmes (Alpha 1914) to write and compose the first fraternity hymn, "Omega Men Draw Nigh" in 1917.
At the time of his death, Bro. Otto was a music teacher for DeWitt Clinton HS in NYC and was on the brink of achieving his life's ambition of entering the concert field.