ABOUT OUR CHAPTER
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.
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For more than 80 years, our chapter has made serving the Savannah community our top priority. Some of our local community service projects include My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative to combat male homelessness; Thanksgiving dinner giveaways, Savannah Feed the Hungry Foundation and sponsorship of Haven Elementary School, School of Humanities at Juliette Lowe Elementary School, and Langston Chapel Middle School as part of the Adopt-a-School program.
Nationally, we serve the community through partnerships with March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Sigma Education Foundation, and many more. In addition, we sponsor a youth auxiliary group, the Sigma Beta Club to provide positive mentorship to our city’s youth.