Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Headquarters
145 Kennedy Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20011 - 5294
Tel: (202) 726 - 5434
Fax: (202) 882 - 1681
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Official Web-Site: International HQ Web-Site
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 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 by his own merits rather than his family background or affluence...without regard of race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They wished and wanted their fraternity to exist as part of even a greater brotherhood 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 a 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's motto, " Culture For Service and Service For Humanity ".
Today, 91 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, the Phi Beta Sigma Housing Foundation, the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union , and the Phi Beta Sigma Charitable Outreach Foundation. The Fraternity has also been instrumental in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950's and 1960's as well as the Million Man March and the Million Family March with our International Headquarters in Washington, DC serving as the planning location for both marches. Phi Beta Sigma has also been the fraternity of past presidents of Ghana, Nigeria, and Liberia.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., founded in 1920 with the assistance of Phi Beta Sigma, is our sister organization. No other fraternity and sorority is constitutionally bound as Sigma and Zeta. We both enjoy and foster a mutually supportive relationship. This bond exists as a spiritual method for men and women to interact as brothers and sisters. We both enjoy and foster a mutually supportive relationship.
It is much honor and respect that the Sigma Historical Society works to uplift the history of the brothers who are known many titles;
- The Brothers of "Fire and Brimstone"
- The Sons of " Kush "
- The "Blue Riders of the Camel which crosses White Sands"
- The Masters of the Lion Judah
- The Universal Brotherhood of the 4 winds of the Earth
- The Fraternity of Choice
- The Technicians of Step
- The Men of the Dove
- The Fraternity of African Kings, Princes, and Presidents
... or as we are officially called, the MEN of Phi Beta Sigma. "G.O.M.A.B."
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