What is Coleman Love?

Edna and Frank Coleman

Long before I became a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., I was an avid romance reader. I would curl up with a romance novel and immerse myself in the relationship between the hero and heroine. The love between Laney Houston and Raphael Baptiste, characters in my latest release, If I Were Your Woman, reminds me so much of Edna Brown Coleman and Frank Coleman, the creators of ‘Coleman Love’.

The night I was inducted as a Pyramid, I heard about the relationship of Edna Brown, one of the twenty-two Delta Founders and Frank Coleman, one of the four Omega Founders. As two young pioneers in an era where limited opportunities existed for African Americans, they married. Despite the obstacle they faced, these two like-minded individuals forged headed, guided by the power of their love and the bond between the sisterhood and brotherhood they helped create. Through their marriage, the purple and gold of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and the crimson and cream of Delta Sigma Theta became linked. I’m sure neither Edna nor Frank realized it then, but their union would be passed down generation after generation. Their work on behalf of their respective organizations has united African-Americans and propelled them as positive role models for countless young men and women.

So you see, a great love story and a happily-ever-after isn’t something found only in romance novels. One of the greatest love stories of all times was very, very real.

Now tell us about your ‘Coleman Love’.