Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
About Phi Beta Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated was founded January 9th, 1914 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three collegiate men, the honorable A. Langston Taylor, the honorable Leonard F. Morse, and the honorable Charles I. Brown. The organization was founded upon the principals 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 of race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They wished and wanted their fraternity to exist as part of even a 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, the Founders of Phi Beta Sigma 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."
- Designation: Mu Lambda Chapter
- President: Aaron Sharp
- Websites: Chapter and National
- Active Members: 4
- SJSU Founding: May 30, 1980
- National Founding: January 9, 1914 at Howard University in Washington DC
- 2012 Service / Philanthropy: hours of service not reported, charity dollars not reported
- Scholarship: Spring 2013—2.77, Fall 2012—3.32
- Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White
- Flower: White Carnation
- Symbol: Dove
- Motto: "Culture For Service And Service For Humanity"
- Nicknames: Sigmas, Blu
- Famous Alumni: George Washington Carver (scientist), Rev. Al Sharpton (civil rights leader), Al Roker (TV personality), Terrence Howard (actor), The Temptations (musicians), Blair Underwood (actor), Dr. Huey P. Newton (co-founder, Black Panther Party), Major General Bennie Williams (commanding general, 21st Theater Support Command), John Lewis (congressman (GA), civil rights leader)
- Annual Events: Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, March of Dimes fundraiser, and Conversation Amongst Brothers and Sisters (HIV Forum)