"Our Cause Speeds On Its Way" .... We, the brothers of the Alpha Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. would like to congratulate the SPR' 13 Neophyte Class, of the Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Though their challenge is just at its beginning, the commitment that they have made is one that will continue in the growth of our prestigious fraternity. The Upsilon Chapter, Chartered in 1925, was the 20th established chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, @ Livingstone College. GOMAB to the good brothers and may all chapters of our organization be able to follow in their footsteps of continued growth and uplifting brotherhood.
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Nnamdi Azikiwe Addresses Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at its 35th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. (1949)
Here Nnamdi Azikiwe, future first President of Nigeria, delivers an address to his fellow fraternity members at the Banneker High School Auditorium, Washington, D.C., on December 27, 1949, at the 35th Anniversary of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
I have travelled 8,500 miles in order to be present on this momentous occasion. It took me less than 40 hours to make the trip by aeroplane, in two stages, thanks to modern scientific knowledge. I bring you greetings from Sigma men who are scattered over the continent of Africa. In concert with their comrades-in-arms they are playing their part in the great awakening which has gripped that continent of everlasting spring, having been imbued with the idea of ‘Culture for service and service for humanity’.
What is the nature of the struggle for national freedom in contemporary Africa? What are the forces at work to intensify that struggle? What is the reaction of the African people towards national realization? What is the role of the United States in this attempt of the African towards national self-determination? These are some of the issues I shall attempt to clarify within the limited time at my disposal. Throughout Black Africa, a struggle for national freedom is in the offing, because factors of imperialism have stultified the normal growth of Africans in the community of nations. Consequently, our indigenous people present a sorry spectacle of degraded humanity. Politically, they are dominated by alien races and are denied the basic human rights. Socially, the African has been made to witness discrimination of different kinds against him in his own native land. Economically, the African has been subjected to exploitation of a most heinous type, whilst he vegetates below the minimum subsistence level of existence. Yet, in spite of his plight he has become self-assertive and he is demanding a place in the sun.
What forces have been at work to intensify this struggle of the African for self-determination? Let me take the liberty of referring to comments made by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt during the World War II, when it appeared that certain sections of American society were diffident in participating wholeheartedly in the war. She said: ‘We are fighting a war today so that individuals all over the world may have freedom. This means an equal chance for every man to have food and shelter and a minimum of such things as spell happiness to that particular human personality. If we believe firmly that peace cannot come to the world unless this is true for men all over the world, then we must know in our nation that every man, regardless of race and religion, has this chance. Otherwise we fight for nothing of real value. . . . If the future holds only a repetition of the past, if in each nation there are to be real slaves, even though they do not exist in name, then the boys who say they do not know why they fight have a right to say so. There would be no world worth fighting for and the only men who would have any reason for fighting would be the professional soldiers who fight for the love of fighting.
Phi Beta Sigma offered students of Missouri Western a different outlook on preventing pregnancy and premature birth defects.
Phi Beta Sigma promoted safe sex and provided students with informational statistics about premature babies during their Sigma week, March 4-8. Flowers were passed out for Women’s Appreciation Day and Backpacks to Briefcases Day educated men about life skills and after college life experiences.
Phi Beta Sigma Nu chapter teamed up with St. Joseph’s March of Dimes team to help raise money. March of Dimes was first established by President Franklin Roosevelt and focuses on premature birth and birth defects in infants. Educating doctors and promoting pregnancy screening are a couple of ways that March of Dimes tries to prevent premature birth and defects.
Sigmas around the world volunteered to raise money for March of Dimes. Nationally, Sigma organizations made a goal to reach $75,000. Chapter Alpha Beta Nu of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity Inc. hoped to raise $500 as a starting goal this year and wanted to exceed past that goal and increase the number as the years come. Phi Beta Sigma sold wrist bands, t-shirts and car magnets to help out a great cause. Also, students attended week long events on campus to get further educated on the important cause.
Phi Beta Sigma member Elie Moore feels as though properly educating women about pregnancy is the most important thing that the cause has to offer.
“We wanted others to realize how important and serious premature birth defect situations are,” Moore said.
The group wanted to support others as much as possible. The fraternity’s ultimate purpose and goal was to help raise enough money for expenses of equipment and supplies that are needed for operations or prevention of birth defects occurring.
It wasn’t all about premature babies though. Pregnancy prevention was also a source of education at the events. Western student Samantha Asher feels that attending the events was important and that the motto “Safe sex is great sex” was very educational.
“I learned a lot of great things including how to practice better sexual habits,” Asher said.
Phi Beta member Arian Duncan believes that the March of Dimes event had a huge turnout because of the purpose of the event was so important to the community.
“People realized that we took donations for premature babies to help with the medical evaluations,” Duncan said.
With the weekly events here on campus, Phi Beta Sigma wanted to educate students on how important March of Dimes really is, not only to the organization but to society as well. Students that attended the weekly events learned that there are children who need help with complications and helping makes all the difference
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.
Political commentator Armstrong Williams completed negotiations to acquire the stations in Michigan and South Carolina.
Armstrong Williams, the nationally known political commentator and columnist has completed negotiations to acquire television stations in Flint, MI, and Myrtle Beach, SC. The acquisition by his firm, Howard Stirk Holdings, LLC, is part of the larger purchase of the Barrington Broadcast Group, LLC holdings by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
For more than 20 years, Williams has been producing and hosting high-quality public affairs and entertainment programming for the broadcast industry, including for Sinclair. Williams has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Renaissance TV Cable Network (2001-2003), where he managed staff, programming, advertising and the development of prime-time specials. He has been a frequent guest on national programs and networks that include “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Charlie Rose,” CNN, MSNBC, Sky News, DC TV and the “Joy Behar Show.”
Williams has also produced many prime-time specials with national and international leaders, such as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Poet Maya Angelou, former Vice-President Dick Cheney, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Today’s announcement fulfills a life-long dream to own and operate broadcast facilities and give back to an industry that I love,” said Williams. “I have been privileged to work with the Sinclair Broadcast Group for years and I am truly thankful for the opportunity it has provided. Many in the industry talk about diversity and expanding opportunity, but here the Sinclair Broadcast Group is putting words into action,” Williams added.
The name “Howard Stirk” is taken from my mother’s maiden name, Howard, and my father’s middle name, Stirk, Williams explained.
“Knowing the humble, hard-scrabble beginnings of my family in rural South Carolina, I felt honoring my parents in this small way was the right thing to do,” he concluded.
A native of Marion, South Carolina, Williams attended South Carolina State University. He is a lifetime member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and served on the President’s Commission on White House Fellows appointed by President Bush from 2001-2005. He presently serves on the Independence Federal S&L Bank, the Carson Scholarship Fund, and the NEWSMAX Advisory boards.
Sinclair currently owns and operates programs or provides sales services to 87 television stations in 47 markets. Sinclair’s television group reaches approximately 27.1% of U.S. television households and includes FOX, ABC, MyTV, CW, CBS, NBC and Azteca affiliates. The transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission and antitrust authorities. Following those approvals, Howard Stirk Holdings, LLC anticipates a closing by the summer.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated held a “Sigma Feeds the Homeless” cookout event at the Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday, January 26. As a result, the Sigmas were able to feed up to two hundred people at the local homeless shelter. The “Sigmas Feed the Homeless” service project will now become an additional annual social action effort to promote the organization’s motto of “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity” to help those in need and less fortunate. Because of their initiative, the Tau Sigma Chapter and the Jimmie Hale Mission have established a partnership to serve the homeless and to expand the outreach of community oriented support efforts. “Sigmas Feed the Homeless” also seeks to address the issue of homelessness throughout the city. With this new partnership, as well as support from the public, the Tau Sigma Chapter will be able to support and maintain various community service projects at the same level or greater than the previous year, despite the challenging fund-raising climate. The Tau Sigma Chapter has been proudly serving the Birmingham area since 1949 and looks forward to introducing new social action initiative programs in the near future to build even deeper relationships with the Birmingham community. “Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. recognizes that we are made up of many parts but we make up one community. It is to that end that we are dedicated to the community in which we live,” said Rod Wilkins, President of the Tau Sigma Chapter, Inc. To find out how you can support Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in this effort and other service projects, please visit the website at http://www.birminghamsigmas.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula raised $45,000 with its signature Bowl For Kids’ Sake events in February.
“This is the first year we have broken the $40,000 mark,” said CEO Ayanna A. King. “We would just like to take a moment and thank the community on behalf of the children we serve.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula has offered one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1979 in which a volunteer provides guidance and friendship to a child who needs a positive adult relationship outside of the child’s family. BBBSGVP offers its services to those in Williamsburg, James City County, York County, Poquoson, Gloucester, Hampton and Newport News.
Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted 186 bowling teams at both the Feb. 9 event in Hampton and the Feb. 23 event in Williamsburg.
Grand Prize winners were:
Kevin Lyles won the 42” television donated by Wal-Mart.
Chase Daknis won the overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge.
Joan Phillips won the overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Meredith Springer, who also is a Big Sister, won the 42” TV donated by Wal-Mart.
Everett Lee won the overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge.
Angie Brown won the overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Big Brothers Big Sisters thanked the following sponsors for making the event a success: United Way of Greater Williamsburg; William and Mary MBA; Wal-Mart #6088; Great Wolf Lodge; Coldwell Bank Traditions/Brook Real Estate; Chesapeake Bank; Union First Market Bank; Holiday Chevrolet-Cadillac; King’s Creek Plantation; Sentara Healthcare; BRG Strategy, Inc.; Dr. Wendell Orthodontics; Cullom Eye and Laser Center; Wells Fargo; Waller Mill Elementary School; Magruder Elementary School; Queens Lake Middle School; United Way of the Virginia Peninsula; Phi Beta Sigma of Hampton Roads; Newport News Sheriff’s Office; and the Hampton Sheriff’s Office.
All proceeds from the two Bowl For Kids’ Sake events will be used to support existing programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Next year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake events will be held on Feb. 8 and 22.