Phi Beta Sigma 2011
Phi Beta Sigma 1990
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Phi Beta Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 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 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".
In the spring of 1990, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Alpha Gamma Chapter was chartered at Lock Haven University's Campus. From 1990 to 1997, the fraternity produced strong quality men, that focused on bettering the community, strengthening the brotherhood and reaching high in their academics. In the spring of 1997, the last brother graduated, leaving Alpha Alpha Gamma chapter inactive. In the fall of 2009, 12 years later, Alpha Alpha Gamma Chapter was reactivated by three brothers that shared the same interests as the men before them. In the fall of 2010, the chapter celebrated their 20th Anniversary of coming to the Lock Haven University community and connected all the brothers as one. In the spring of 2011, the brothers continue to strive for excellence as one more joins their lineage. This chapter has been nicknamed the Audacious Alpha Alpha Gamma Chapter because they are extremely bold, daring and original in all the works that they do. Today, our brothers are continuing to exemplify the principles of the fraternity especially with events like: The Royal Blue & White Affair, Sleep-out for Homeless, Project SEED, Toys for Tots, HIV/AIDS Awareness (partnering with The AIDS Project of Clinton County), community service projects, Sigma Book Drive, Bigger and Better Business, Education, Leadership & Success Workshops and March of Dimes fundraisers. Today, the Audacious Alpha Alpha Gamma Chapter still continues to strive and give to the community, as stated in our principals, " Culture for Service and Service for Humanity." We the brothers of Alpha Alpha Gamma truly believe, "With a strong foundation, anything is possible."
Phi Beta Sigma
145 Kennedy Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20009
Zeta Phi Beta
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. Founded January 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These five women, also known as our Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. It was the ideal of the Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization. Founder Viola Tyler was often quoted to say "[In the ideal collegiate situation] there is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or color, who has high standards and principles, a good scholarly average and an active interest in all things that she undertakes to accomplish."
Zeta Phi Beta
NATIONAL OFFICE: 1734 New Hampshire Avenue, NW • Washington, DC 20009 • Phone: (202) 387-3103