"Our Cause Speeds On Its Way..."
(l-r)Charles I. Brown, A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, DC January 9th, 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
high ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service.
The founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as "a part of" 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
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 three-quarters of a century 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. and the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union (to build financial equity within our target communities).
With the force, vigor, power and energy of its more than 100,000 dedicated men united in more than 700 chapters
across the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, Phi Beta Sigma continues to faithfully perpetuate
composite growth and progress as the "people's fraternity" dedicated to providing services to all humanity.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
is our constitutionally sanctioned sister organization. Zeta was organized on January 16, 1920. The founders
and charter members were: Arizona Cleaver, Viola Tyler, Myrtle Tyler, Pearl Neal and Fannie Pettie. These women
are known to all Sigmas as the "Five Pearls". The Pearls were aided in establishing Zeta by Brothers Charles Robert
Samuel Taylor and A. Langston Taylor.
Phi Beta Sigma is a member of the National Pan Hellenic Council. The other Fraternities and Sororities that
comprise the council are: Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa
Alpha Psi, Omega Phi Psi and Iota Phi Theta.
Pan Hellenic Council
Phi Beta Sigma
Zeta Phi Beta
Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Omega Phi Psi
Delta Sigma Theta
Kappa Alpha Psi
Sigma Gamma Rho
Iota Phi Theta
The purpose of this organization is to increase the popularity of our common interests. We hope to add new members so
we will be able to grow and expand. We also want to have fun while when we are together and working on projects. By developing
relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger.