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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Eastern Region Historical Society Newsletter
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February / March 2004                                                                                       Volume 1, Number 1


Calling All Brothers To The Floor


Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is an organization rich in history. A history deeply rooted within the struggle for equality and freedom across the African Diaspora. It is our responsibility to ensure the story of SIGMA is passed on to future generations.

Looking back to the beginning will take you back to Nashville, Tennessee in the year 1910. The idea to organize a fraternity would come to Hon. A. Langston Taylor after a conversation in his home town. The conversation was with a recent graduate of Howard University, and would introduce Taylor to Greek life on the campus.

After entering Howard it would take Taylor a few years to get all of the pieces in place. In 1913 he would approach Hon. Leonard F. Morse with his idea, and they would invite Charles I. Brown to join in the effort. Phi Beta Sigma was officially born on January 9, 1914.

SIGMA would have an immediate impact on the campus. Brothers would hold leadership positions in a number of campus organizations, including the campus newspaper. The early years would help set the tone for all future men of SIGMA.

Since 1914 SIGMA men have made their mark, around the world, through our social action, business and education programs.

Record of these activities exists in many forms. This includes everything from local and national newspapers to chapter archives and a host of other sources.

At the request of the Hon. Bro. William L. Powell, Jr. (22nd Eastern Regional Director), the Region will begin to take on the task of writing an Eastern Region History Book.

When completed the book will give the Region, and the Fraternity, a written record of its rich history in the Eastern region. It will serve as a resource for brothers to share with potential members and the general public. The hard work and accomplishments of SIGMA men, in the Region, will be gathered into one source for all to enjoy.

The initial work has started. We are now looking for a few good SIGMA men, to help speed the cause on. The Society needs Brothers to perform various duties in the areas of research and material gathering. This will include, but not be limited to, interviewing, photography, research and contacting local chapters and potential

sources. If interested, please contact us at the e-mail address provided.

The success of this project will depend on the cooperation and participation of all Brothers and Chapters in the Region.

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you. GOMAB!!!


Eastern Region Historical Society

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