Celebrating the Brotherhood of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.


January 9, 2024

Happy Founders’ Day, Phi Beta Sigma!

Each January 9th, the brotherhood of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. comes together to commemorate its Founders’ Day, a momentous occasion that marks the establishment of this distinguished organization. As we reflect on the enduring legacy of Phi Beta Sigma, here are five remarkable individuals who have contributed significantly to society as members of this esteemed fraternity.

William R. Tolbert Jr.: A Statesman of Liberia

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William R. Tolbert Jr., a member of Phi Beta Sigma, served as the 20th President of Liberia. His tenure, marked by a commitment to economic development and social justice, showcases the fraternity’s dedication to leadership on a global scale.

George Washington Carver: A Pioneer in Agricultural Science

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The illustrious George Washington Carver, often referred to as the “Peanut Man,” was a member of Phi Beta Sigma. Carver’s groundbreaking work in agricultural science revolutionized farming practices, emphasizing sustainable and diversified cultivation methods.


Huey P. Newton: Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party

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Huey P. Newton, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party, was an influential figure in the fight for civil rights. As a Phi Beta Sigma member, Newton’s legacy extends beyond activism, illustrating the fraternity’s commitment to social justice and equality.

Hosea Williams: A Key Figure in the Civil Rights Movement

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Hosea Williams, a civil rights leader and Phi Beta Sigma member, played a pivotal role alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Selma to Montgomery marches. His tireless advocacy for racial equality exemplifies the fraternity’s dedication to social change.

Ben Vereen: A Tony Award-Winning Performer

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In the realm of entertainment, Ben Vereen, a distinguished member of Phi Beta Sigma, has left a great mark in the entertainment industry. The Tony Award-winning performer’s contributions to Broadway and film showcase the fraternity’s commitment to excellence in the arts.


Emmitt Smith: Football Icon and Philanthropist

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Emmitt Smith, a legendary figure in the world of football, is another notable member of Phi Beta Sigma. Beyond his sporting achievements, Smith’s philanthropic endeavors reflect the fraternity’s emphasis on community service and giving back.

Cover Photo: Members of the Gamma Alpha Delta chapter at Nova Southern University (NSU) / NSU

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