Brother Herman Dreer
Theres NO member of our fraternity who has shown more loyalty and elevation to its principles than S. Herman Dreer, Assistant Principal of the Sumner High School, St. Louis, Mo., and Historian of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. During the entire that Brother Dreer was a member of Omega, he has been depended upon to give us the benefit of his literary genius in one way or the other, culminating in his latest contribution, as editor-in-chief of The History of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Brother Dreer went to St. Louis in 1914, to teach English in the Sumner High School. At once he began to correlate his teaching with Negro history. Often in his talks, he would mention facts of Negro history. One of his colleagues offered a course in Negro history, Dreer registered and took the course. Then he made Negro history his hobby, and at Poro College opened a school of Negro history for children and adults. He took children as soon as they could talk; and with teachers who had taken courses under him, he began the operation of this school as a hobby for nine years. Adults were charged ten cents a lesson; children were asked to bring whatever their parents would give. The money thus obtained covered the cost of material. Dreer paid the rent himself. This work, together with his desire to be creative in literature, caused Omega men to seek him, for from the time he joined he has been the director of the local achievement project. Even while he held the office keeper of records and seal and basileus, he was assigned the directing of the local Achievement Project, as there was no negro fraternity at Bowdoin College, from which he graduated, he left his alma mater as a non-fraternity man.
In 1923 he wrote for the Memorial Services held in honor of Colonel Charles Young, and for the ORACLE a poem, "Colonel Charles Young." In 1924, he wrote for the ORACLE an essay entitled "Types of Negro Leadership," in which he discussed W. E. B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, and Chandler Owens as Negro leaders.
From 1927 to 1930 he served Upsilon Omega Chapter as Keeper of Records and Seal. In 1931 he asked to be relieved from office. The request was granted; but from 1932 to 1934 he served as the Basileus of Upsilon Omega. In 1930 Dreer went to Detroit as the official delegate of his chapter and assisted in the effort to have the Twentieth Annual Conclave go to Houston, Texas.
Excerpts by FREDERICK S. WEAVER - from the December 1939 Oracle