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#BlackHistoryFact for January 9: Phi Beta Sigma founded


On January 9, 1914 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded. Howard University, an HBCU in Washington, D.C. was the location. Three gentlemen were the founders: Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown.

The idea behind Phi Beta Sigma was that men would be based on their own merits and would not be judged on things they cannot control such as skin color to hair texture. The founders had a deep desire for a greater brotherhood with a devoted idea of an “inclusive we”. Like most organizations, Phi Beta Sigma wanted to go further and deliver services to the community.

The men of Phi Beta Sigma walked with deep conviction that the skills they acquired should be used to uplift and improve the communities to which they came from. It was due to this dedication to the community that their motto was “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity”.

The Phi Beta Sigma organization has grown since its founding. It is no longer a single entity. It even has a sister organization – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded in 1920 with the support and assistance from their brothers, Phi Beta Sigma.

Phi Beta Sigma has a total of nine objectives that are used to uphold and honor the “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity” motto. One of them is: Foster and nurture our constitutional bond with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Source: History & Mission – Phi Beta Sigma

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