Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity,
Incorporated 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 founders deeply wished to create an organization
that viewed itself as "a part of" the general community
rather than "apart from" the general community. They believed
that each potential member should be judged on his own merits rather
than his family background or affluence...without regard of race,
nationality, color, skin tone or texture of hair. They wished and
wanted their fraternity to exist as a part of an even greater brotherhood-sisterhood
which would be devoted to the "inclusive we" rather than
the "exclusive we".
From its inception, the founders also conceived Phi
Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community.
Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves
and their immediate families, the founders of Phi Beta Sigma held
the deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired
skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction
was mirrored in the fraternity motto, "Culture For Service
and Service For Humanity".
Today, more than ninety years later, Phi Beta Sigma
has blossomed into an international organization of leaders. No
longer a single entity, the fraternity has now established the Phi
Beta Sigma Educational Foundation, Inc. (to provide housing assistance)
and the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union (to build financial
equity within our target communities).
As a social and service organization, Phi Beta Sigma
has many programs. The three National Programs of Bigger and Better
Business, Social Action, and Education, help focus the fraternity
on delivering to the needs of today's and tomorrow's world.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is an organization
that is concerned and involved in meeting the needs of the community.