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This is Alpha Chapter #9 - 9/17/11

Bro. Julius Henderson Love, Charter Line, Alpha 1911
(taken from the 1915 NIKH, Howard University's Yearbook & UNC's Documenting the American South)

So we all know that Bro. Julius is the biological Brother of Founder Edgar A. Love. And we know he was on the Charter Line. What you probably don't know is that Bro. Julius received his A.B. degree in 1910 and his LL.B (law degree) in 1912 both from Howard University. Yes, that means that when Bro. Julius was initiated as a Charter Member of Alpha Chapter, he was in Law School (or, as they said back in the day, Professional School). His biological Brother, William Albert Love (Charter Line, Alpha 1911) was a 1910 graduate of Howard and in medical school at the time of his initiation into Omega receiving his M.D. in 1914.  During The Mother Pearl's first 15 years or so, it was commonplace that as many as 25% of a line was composed of Brothers that were in Professional School at Howard. Eventually, this led to the creation of Kappa Psi Chapter at Howard in 1926 (to my knowledge, Howard is the only school to have two Chapters of the same fraternity or sorority active on a college campus at the same time; Kappa Psi was active at Howard from 1926-38).

The following is a bio of Bro. Love from the West Virginia Division of Culture & History:

The colored lawyer, perhaps more strongly than the representatives of any other profession, feels the pressure of white competition. Not only have his people always been accustomed to white lawyers, but he must practice in courts where all the officers, including the jury are white. So when one finds a young colored lawyer steadily rising in his profession, it may be taken for granted that he is well equipped and has the confidence of his community. One such man is Julius Henderson Love, of Montgomery, W. Va. Mr. Love is a native of the sister State of Maryland, having been born at Waterbury in that State on May 10, 1885. His father, Rev. Julius C. Love, is a veteran minister in the M. E. church and a son of Henderson Love. The mother of our subject was before her marriage, Miss Susie Carr, daughter of Mary and Shadrack Carr. As his father was in the itinerancy, young Love became a sort of peripatetic student so far as his public school training was concerned. He went to Morgan College, Baltimore for his preparatory and college work. The preparatory course he finished in 1904 and after ward spent three years in the college proper. He matriculated at Howard University in 1907 and won his A.B. degree in 1910 and his LL.B. degree in 1912. Like so many of the successful men of the race he found it necessary to make his own way in school. Fortunately he had the advantages which go with a Christian home with parents ambitious for him. The way was by no means easy, but he refused to be discouraged and won by close application and hard work.

In 1914 he was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law at Williamson, where he remained for two years. He then moved to Montgomery, where he has since resided and where he is steadily building up an excellent practice.

On November 9, 1918, he was married to Miss Marion Higgs, of Raleigh, N. C. Mrs. Love was educated at St. Augustine, Raleigh and at Howard University and was before her marriage an accomplished teacher. Mrs. Love holds the A.B. degree with cum laude from Howard University. She is active in the Colored women's work of West Virginia and is at present Corresponding Secretary of the Colored Women's State Federation. Mr. Love gives her due credit for being a help and inspiration to him in his work and together they share the honors which come from work well done.

In politics Mr. Love is a Republican and has been more or less active in the councils of his party. In August, 1922, he was nominated by his party as a candidate for the state legislature. In religion he is a Methodist. He belongs to the Masons and is a member of the Negro Bar Association of West Virginia. He also belongs to the Omega Psi Phi Greek Letter Fraternity. He believes the next important forward step for the race should be along the line of commercial and industrial development so as to bring those departments of life upon a level with the professional development of the race. Strong in body, keen intellectually, well equipped for his life work, a splendid practice already built up, Mr. Love faces the future with confidence.

Food for thought:  Why did the Bruhs initiate professional (graduate) students into Alpha Chapter? Why did the Bruhs establish our fourth chapter, Delta, at a Professional school (Meherry)? Why was Kappa Psi created at Howard?

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