Chocolate City congratulates the members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity as they countdown to their 100th year anniversary. We are proud and grateful for their outstanding works toward “culture for service and service for humanity” and the promoting of brotherhood, scholarship and service.
In 2009, the General Board, Centennial Committee, and the Brothers of the Southwestern Region of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity brilliantly launched a five year countdown to 2014 which will mark the organization's 100th anniversary celebration to be held in Washington, DC.
Since 2011, Chocolate City has eagerly anticipated Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s 100th year anniversary. The 2014 Founder’s Day is on January 9, 2014 and the Centennial Celebration is July 16 – 20, 2014. Please see their website: pbs100.org for more information.
Expecting to be filled with the spirit of the founders and brotherhood, the organization will be honoring the life and legacy of all of the founders and charter members.
One of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced, honor Congressman John Lewis, will be honored with the Phi Beta Sigma Centennial Lifetime Achievement Award. The honoring ceremony will be held during “Stony the Road, We Trod”, the Centennial Founders Day Gala on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown in Washington, DC.
The historical event will be simulcast to six additional regional galas throughout the nation. Congressman Lewis is a longtime member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.
The list of Phi Beta Sigma Brothers commonly referred to as "Sigmas" includes initiated and honorary members. Members traditionally are initiated into a chapter, although some members are granted honorary membership status. A chapter name ending in "Sigma" denotes a graduate chapter. No chapter of Phi Beta Sigma is designated Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet that traditionally signifies "the end". Deceased brothers are respectfully referred to as having joined The Omega Chapter.
The fraternity through its college and alumni chapters serves the community through many chapters in the United States, Germany, The Bahamas, South Korea, Japan, and Africa.
Some notable sigmas include Rev. Al Sharpton, A. Philip Randolph, Adrian Ross, Al Joyner, Al Roker, Blair Underwood, Baba Olatunji, Alden J. McDonald, William Tolbert, former President of the Republic of Liberia (Beta Upsilon Sigma, Monrovia, Liberia), Dr. Edgar Draper (Zeta Sigma Baltimore, MD. former President of William V.S. Tubman Teachers College in Monrovia, Liberia and former President of Borough of Manhattan Community College- CUNY).