PHI BETA SIGMA HISTORY
Fraternity of African Presidents, Kings and Princes...
Fraternity to have Presidents of other countries in its membership (Hon.
No other Fraternity Except Omega Psi Phi can even claim a nation's President in its membership.
- First Fraternity to use a Shield
- First Fraternity to have a fraternal motto
- First Black Greek-Letter Fraternity to be recognized by Howard University April 15, 1914 (Omega Psi Phi wasn’t until October 28, 1914).
- First Fraternity to hold a joint International Convention with another African-American fraternity: Omega Psi Phi.
The original idea of establishing a Pan-Hellenic Council came in 1922 when Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma were both hosting their National Conventions in Atlanta at the same time. The two fraternities held a joint meeting and proposed that the established fraternities and sororities work together more harmoniously. During this meeting both sides agreed to urge the other fraternities and sororities to join up. Because of the need for unity and the proposal from these two fraternities, nine years later it became a reality. The official creation of the NPHC took place in 1930. In 1935 Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma met again repeating the previous historical situation of 14 years before. Two of the Omega Founders, Dr. Oscar J Cooper & Dr. Edgar A. Love personally visited the Sigma Conclave to extend greetings.
have been more members of Phi Beta Sigma serving as National President
of the NPHC than any other NPHC fraternity or sorority. Sigma Founder
Dr. Leonard F. Morse became the first male student at Howard University
to earn 2 degrees and 2 diplomas in three years of college.
Many Fraternities supported the Million Man March (MMM), but only Phi Beta Sigma can lay claim to not only supporting, but also sponsoring the Million Man March in its International Headquarters. Much Love to Bro. Chavis Mohammad (Benjamin Chavis) who was a major contributor in organizing the March. Finally, Sigma continues to be on the forefront of issues that affect and support the African-American community by being the first to designate "African-American Sons Day at the Office", which is now NPHC-wide supported and endorsed.