Brief History of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
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.
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 to race, nationality, skin tone or
texture of hair. They desired for their fraternity to exist as part
of an even greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the
“inclusive we” rather than the “exclusive we”.
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, they 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”.
Phi Beta Sigma has blossomed into an international organization of
leaders. No longer a single entity, members of the Fraternity have
been instrumental in the establishment of the Phi Beta Sigma National
Foundation, the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union and The Sigma
Beta Club Foundation. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded in 1920 with
the assistance of Phi Beta Sigma, is the sister organization of the
brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are the Fraternity’s most valuable
resource and strength. They are the primary means by which the Phi
Beta Sigma objectives will be achieved. In order to accomplish the
Fraternity’s objectives, it is essential that systems are
instituted that effectively embody “Culture For Service and Service
For Humanity” and promote brotherhood, scholarship and service.
optimize Phi Beta Sigma’s effectiveness, the Fraternity will:
and serve proactively the brotherhood, as a supportive resource that
positively impacts the Fraternity’s growth and financial solvency.
and maintain a strong commitment to brotherhood, scholarship and
that the Fraternity programs are focused and committed to serving
an environment that respects the dignity and worth of each brother.
integrity and ethical behavior in conducting the Fraternity’s
business. serving as a model for all Greek-letter organizations.
and improve the Fraternity’s technological literacy, in order to
better service its members and the community at large.
and nurture our constitutional bond with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,
a closer and mutually beneficial working relationship with fellow
Greek-letter organizations, other community service organizations,
businesses and government.
leaders who are committed and have demonstrated their ability to