For more than a short period of time, the New York City area has been missing a presence. In community service, in awareness, on campuses, and in class rooms. However, the efforts of many of the chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc's NYC undergraduate chapters may finally be paying dividends. Chapters Like the Alpha Delta Chapter (CUNY: City College), Xi Epsilon Chapter (Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus), Theta Gamma Chapter ( New York City Wide),Alpha Alpha Phi Chapter (Medgar Evars College), and Lambda Rho Chapter(St. John's University), have united in an effort to increase the positive message of "Culture for Service & Service for humanity". These gentlemen, all very engagable, have increased presence in class rooms, wheter through educational outreach, or as the Alpha Delta chapter has established for the Fall of 2013, tutoring services. The brothers of the chapter, invite students out to recieve help, from graduates members, who have experience in the specific fields which may be causing students difficuly. If you attend a community service event, don't be surprised to see one of these young gentlemen present. They are like volunteering. In awareness, their increased presence has been a sight for sore eyes. Students have been coming in the bunches to find out about programs offered, volunteer activites or about the newly Revived New York City Step Team.
To find out more about Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc in your NYC school, visit PBSAD.org, or email the ADSigmas@gmail.com. They'll point you in the right direction.
- Brother Cabril DeAbreu.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated is releasing its newly created Anti-Hazing Training Video, the latest component to the organization's Anti-Hazing Training Curriculum. The goals of the Anti-Hazing Training Video are to (1) define hazing, (2) explore the impact of hazing on culture, (3) understand the implications of hazing, (4) understand responsibilities at every level, and (5) begin the process of eliminating hazing.
During 2012 in partnership with the National Action Network, Phi Beta Sigma launched an international Anti-Hazing Awareness Campaign with the sole purpose of eradicating the crippling culture of hazing in America. Joining Phi Beta Sigma as Coalition Partners are U. S. Congress Representative Frederica Wilson, (D-FL) and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.Expressing Phi Beta Sigma's commitment to this initiative, President Jimmy Hammock states, "This training video is another example of our commitment to ending the culture of hazing. The video allows viewers to become educated and equipped to join us in this cause. I encourage everyone to download the entire curriculum and become fully equipped to make a difference in our communities."
Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International First Vice President and Task Force Chairman shares "We are determined to kill the culture of hazing. This video is a step-by-step presentation of key areas with regard to hazing, developed for the purpose of educating our members, students, children and communities about hazing. We're also thankful for our fellow Greek-lettered organizations and institutions who are standing with us in support of this initiative."
You will be able to log onto www.phibetasigma.org and download the Anti-Hazing Training Video. You can also click on the link above and view the video now.
When hundreds of members and supports of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity meet in Las Vegas on April 11 for the first day of their 2013 Leadership Conference, awareness will be brought to a situation rarely addressed in the Black community: sex trafficking.
The San Diego chapter of Phi Beta Sigma has recently partnered with San Diego-based non-profit Nu(me)r.a.l.s. to launch a new campaign, “Gentlemen Don’t John,” pushing men of color to speak about the realities of sex trafficking. “John” is a commonly used term to identify men who solicit prostitutes.
The growing number of Black and African American women sold into sex trafficking made it imperative to spread awareness about this growing epidemic, according to Nu(me)r.a.l.s. Executive Director and Founder Chida R. Warren-Darby. Nearly 40 percent of the girls trafficked in the United States are African American and more than 48 percent of the pimps are Black.
During the first day of the four-day conference, the two organizations will sponsor a town hall meeting on sex trafficking and its impact on the Black community. Panelists include Khalifa King, CEO and founder of Harmonious Solutions, a nonprofit that provides therapy and general counsel to minority communities, and Black sex trafficking survivor and advocate Leah Albright-Bryd.
The event will mark the first time Albright-Bryd has returned to Las Vegas since her friend Bridget, who she coerced into prostitution and sex trafficking, was murdered in the city. Albright-Byrd has since founded an organization, Bridget’s Dream, in her friend’s honor to help rescue young girls from the business.
Warren-Darby said that as she began mentoring girls in the San Diego area, the theme of sex trafficking continuously emerged.
“Trafficking kept coming up and initially I didn’t think it was happening here. When you hear trafficking you think of some place abroad like Taiwan,” said Warren-Darby. “I met a lot of survivors. Kids are being pimped in schools. Families are pimping kids.”
She said she then knew she had to use her organization as a platform to address the growing problem.
During the town hall meeting, Warren-Darby said she hopes to inform Black men about the realities of prostitution and sex trafficking.
“It’s supply and demand. We can’t stop them from soliciting prostitution, but we can hope to bring awareness,” said Warren-Darby.
She said she looks for King to address sex trafficking and prostitution and the Black male psyche during the discussion.
Warren-Darby is critical of the rap culture and its violent and sexually explicit lyrics, which she said create numbness to the seriousness of prostitution and sex trafficking.
“Our music culture plays a big role. Unfortunately there are parts of our culture that promote pimping and gaining status and finances through sex,” said Warren-Darby. “It’s like the Pied Piper. You listen to the beat because it sounds good and it brings a numbness to the issue.”
Warren-Darby’s comments comes on the heels of rapper Rick Ross facing criticism from Black community leaders, social critics and fellow rap and hip-hop artists for his song “U.O.E.N.O,” in which he raps about drugging a woman’s champagne and having sex with her while “she ain’t even know it.”
Ross on April 4 apologized about the lyric on Twitter, stating, “I don’t condone rape. Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS.”
The Alain Leroy Locke Honors Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was established during Conclave New Orleans to honor collegiate brothers who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of high scholastic achievement. It also serves as the highest distinction a brother can obtain during his collegiate years in Sigma. As Conclave Philadelphia approaches, we are seeking deserving collegiate brothers to apply for membership into this prestigious chapter.
Named in honor of Dr. Alain Leroy Locke, our fellow Sigma brother and the first African-American Rhodes Scholar, the chapter recognizes the top performing scholars among our collegiate membership. The ALHC is also the first chapter of its kind among the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.
The minimum requirements for membership are as follows:
The open period to submit applications will be from January 15, 2013 to March 15, 2013. The application and instructions for brothers who aspire to attain membership into this chapter will be made available via the international website. Again, we strongly urge all brothers who meet the minimum requirements listed above to apply. We also ask all brothers to encourage collegians who you believe meet these requirements to submit their application for consideration.
IRS Partnership—Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
With so many tax benefits available today, taxes can serve as the starting point leading to greater prosperity for many people. In 2000, the IRS changed its approach to meeting individual taxpayers’ needs for tax education, awareness and assistance by establishing an office called SPEC (Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication). In 2008 IRS-SPEC cultivated a partnership with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and shared mutual goals in three key areas:
* Promoting tax understanding and awareness
* Preparing tax returns for free for low-to-moderate income people
* Encouraging personal asset building and self-sufficiency through tax incentives
Mission Statement: To assist taxpayers in satisfying their tax responsibilities through collaborative efforts with IRS-SPEC and thus creating and sharing value by informing, educating and communicating with members of the community.
The International Headquarters of Phi Beta Sigma will strive to achieve this mission by:
* Supporting volunteer-based initiatives to address underserved community segments, primarily through awareness campaigns and free tax preparation
* Reaching out to our customers through trained Sigma personnel
* Supporting fully this partnership
* Leveraging our resources to reach rural as well as urban tax payers.
PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY INCORPORATED 99 years. G.O.M.A.B
99 Years a go on this day, January 9, 1914 the founders of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. conceived an idea to create an organization that educated and delivered services to under represented communities . The Founders felt a great sense of purpose in investing in the communities they came from, while creating an organization of international leaders.
Throughout the years, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.'s presence has remained constant and is reflected in our motto, "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity."
In order to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the fraternity's founding the Alpha Delta chapter has made it our mission to continue living up to our beloved brotherhood's principles. We will continue to exemplify and maintain a strong commitment to our ideals of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service.
With that said, we would like to wish all of our brothers a Happy Founders Day and hope that we all have a very successful fraternity year!
Charles I. Brown
According to the 1914 Howard University yearbook, Founder Charles I. Brown is documented as Finished Howard Academy, 1910; Class Chaplain, 1913; Chaplain Classical Club, 1912-1913; President Classical Club, 1914; Vice-President Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, 1914; will do post-graduate work in Latin. In addition, Founder Brown was chosen “The Most To Be Admired” for the Class of 1914.
Founder Brown is said to have been born in Topeka, Kansas in 1890. Census records show that his father was Rev. John M. Brown and that his mother was Maggie M. Brown. However, records at Howard University from 1910 have Founder Brown living at 1813 Titan Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was very cordial and very popular with the student body and Howard University administration. He is credited with choosing the nine charter members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Founder Brown founded the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, on April 9, 1917 and was a teacher at the Kansas Industrial School for Negroes in Topeka, Kansas.
Census records and oral interviews have showed us that Founder Brown was alive in the Topeka, Kansas area until 1931. Some believe that he was a casualty of the First World War; others believe that he moved overseas. In the spring of 1949, Founder Leonard F. Morse wrote “We live in daily hope that we shall one day learn the fate of our beloved Brother and Founder”.
In the 1914 Howard University yearbook, under the Personals and Applied Quotations section, Founder Brown left us with this, “No legacy is so rich as honesty”. Founder Brown graduated from Howard University on June 3, 1914. The last correspondence that the fraternity received from him was a letter to Founder Taylor in 1924, in which Founder Brown indicated that he was teaching in Kansas.
Although we may never find out the fate of our beloved Founder, always remember, “March on, March on, Ye mighty host” for Founder Charles I. Brown will remain in our hearts
A. Langston Taylor
A. Langston Taylor, the founder of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from the Howe Institute in 1909 which is now Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis. He received his college and professional training at Howard and Frelinghuysen University in Washington, D.C.
Founder Taylor chose business for his life’s career and from 1917 to 1926 he conducted a real estate and insurance business. He was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Potomac Investment Company, Director of the Federal Life Insurance Company and President of the Taylor Tobacco Company.
Founder Taylor coined “Culture for Service, Service for Humanity”. He began serving humanity by founding Sigma, to which he gave twelve consecutive years of service as a National Officer, serving as National President, National Treasurer, National Secretary and Field Secretary. He also served as President of the Distinguished Service Chapter.
Brothers have described our Founder as distinguished, poised and truly a hard worker. The members of the Alpha Sigma chapter called Founder Taylor “Prof”, short for professor, because he was always carrying a book, files or reading. He held offices and was instrumental in the following organizations: The Washington Art Society, The Derby Club, The Banneker Research Society, The Mu-So-Lit Club and the Tennessee State Club.
A tireless worker, he worked hard to see that Sigma maintained its illustrious history, by serving on the history committee and providing numerous forms of notes, minutes and oral history to those who served with him. Founder Taylor retired from federal service from the Smithsonian Institute.
Founder Taylor is buried at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Suitland, Maryland (right outside of Washington, D.C.). His gravesite sits at the highest peak.
Founder A. Langston Taylor, the Greatest Name in SIGMA.
January 29, 1890 – August 8, 1953
Have you been inactive for three years or more?
Do you want to get active again?
In the month of October 2010, if you have been inactive since 2007 you are eligible to become active for both 2010 and 2011 at a discounted fee. This covers both 2010 and 2011 calendar years for regional and national dues as well as the reinstatement fee.
This is a one time offer and is only good for the month of October 2010. Make sure to contact your State Director for more information about chapters in your area. Simply complete the Transfer Reinstatement Form (PBS-8) below. The monies and materials must be postmarked by October 31, 2010 and sent to our International Headquarters.
Attend the Conference Call on Monday, October 11th as well to find out more. Information on joining the call is listed below.
Now’s the time to come back to the Blue!