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The Honorable Founders

(l to r) Charles I. Brown, A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is an international organization of collegiate and professional men. It was founded on January 9, 1914 on the campus of Howard University.

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 "exculsive 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 is mirrored in the motto, "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity".

Today, more than eighty years later, Phi Beta Sigma has blossomed into an international organization of leaders. As one of the nine predominately African-American, Greek-Lettered organizations, Phi Beta Sigma has a membership roll of over 125,000 with 750 chapters throughout the continental United States, Europe, Korea, the Caribbean Islands and Africa. 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 tommorrow's world.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. also works with other affliated organizations such as:


* United Negro College Fund

* National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.

* National Urban League

* American Cancer Society

* Congressional Black Caucus

* National Coalition on Black Voter Registration

* National Foundation of the March of Dimes, Birth Defects Division

* Leadership Conference on Civil Rights