Phi 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.
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 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”.
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, 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”.
Today, 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 Fraternity.
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.
To optimize Phi Beta Sigma’s effectiveness, the Fraternity will:
Sigma has been in the city of Boston since 1927 with the chartering of the original Boston Alumni Chapter Pi Beta Sigma which now operated in Providence, RI. Since then we have strived to be servant leaders of the community working to bring tangible change to better the circumstances of our people.
In 2013 an opportunity arose where nine leaders in the current Boston Alumni chapter saw a need to charter a new chapter in the area to help further the cause of our founders and forge new trailblazing community service initiatives. These men called themselves the "Chosen Nine" because they believe they were chosen by their particular skill sets and the timing to come together to charter this new venture in Sigma in our community.
Since then Omicron Chi Sigma Chapter has hosted the 2016 Eastern Regional Conference, which was the most attended conference in the region's history. The chapter have also given out thousands in scholarships, and have sponsored programs for battered women's shelters as well as knowledge bowls for middle and high schools students. All within those few short years.
We know that our founders' are looking down smiling on the work we have done, but we also know that we have so much more left to do.
The Chosen Nine:
Bro. Frank Larmond Bro. Rosevelt Robinson. Bro. Marcus A. Daly, Sr.
Bro. Rev. Troy Smith Bro. Donald LaRoche Bro. Ronald Tull
Bro. Eric Reese Bro. Terrence Lynch Bro. William Watkins
Youth from Massachusetts and other parts of America contributing books to the students of South Africa and other African countries organized and directed by Dr. Julius Wayne Dudley, now Professor Emeritus of history at Salem State University, Massachusetts. Over 3 million books and other educational materials were sent primarily to South Africa and, to a lesser extent, to other African countries including Ghana, Liberia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Egypt, and Kenya.