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The Fraternity of African Presidents, Kings and Princes...
We were not the first African-American Fraternity founded, but we are definitely the

"Fraternity of First"

 

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First Fraternity to have Presidents of other countries in its membership (Hon. Bros. Kwame Mkrumah, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, William Tolbert, and William Tubman) No other Fraternity Except Omega Psi Phi  can even claim a nation's President in its membership

 

First Fraternity to use a Shield

 

First Fraternity to have a fraternal motto

 

First Black Greek-Letter Fraternity to be recognized by Howard University April 15, 1914 (Omega Psi Phi wasn’t until October 28, 1914)

 

First Fraternity to hold a joint International Convention with another African-American fraternity: Omega Psi Phi

 

First Fraternity to use the dog as a symbol

 

First Fraternity to step

 

First Fraternity to be offered a chance to merge with another fraternity; Kappa Alpha Psi, formerly Kappa Alpha Nu

 

First and ONLY Black Greek-Letter Fraternity to have one of its members on the face of a U.S. Coin. (George Washington Carver: The 1951 Half Dollar) Only 2 African Americans have EVER been on the face of a US coin: George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington--who was not Greek

 

First Fraternity to establish a chapter south of the state of Virginia before the year of 1915; South of the Mason-Dixon line (Beta Chapter - Morgan College, Wiley College)

 

First Fraternity to establish Graduate/ Alumni Membership

 

First Fraternity to establish a Graduate/Alumni Chapter

 

First and only Fraternity to establish a constitutional bond with a sorority: Zeta Phi Beta

 

First Fraternity to establish an auxiliary organization: The Sigma Beta Club

 

First Fraternity to own and operate a credit union for its members

 

First Fraternity to establish chapters on the continent of Africa

 

First Fraternity to use the cane..... (It was used for style)

 

Co-founded the National Pan Hellenic Council, the governing body of historically black fraternities and sororities

 

The original idea of establishing a Pan-Hellenic Council came in 1922 when Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma were both hosting their National Conventions in Atlanta at the same time. The two fraternities held a joint meeting and proposed that the established fraternities and sororities work together more harmoniously. During this meeting both sides agreed to urge the other fraternities and sororities to join up. Because of the need for unity and the proposal from these two fraternities, nine years later it became a reality. The official creation of the NPHC took place in 1930. In 1935 Omega Psi Phi and Phi Beta Sigma met again repeating the previous historical situation of 14 years before. Two of the Omega Founders, Dr. Oscar J Cooper & Dr. Edgar A. Love personally visited the Sigma Conclave to extend greetings

 

There have been more members of Phi Beta Sigma serving as National President of the NPHC than any other NPHC fraternity or sorority

 

Sigma Founder Dr. Leonard F Morse became the first male student at Howard University to earn 2 degrees and 2 diplomas in three years of college

 

Many Fraternities supported the Million Man March (MMM), but only Phi Beta Sigma can lay claim to not only supporting, but also sponsoring the Million Man March in its International Headquarters. Much Love to Bro. Chavis Mohammad (Benjamin Chavis) who was a major contributor in organizing the March

 

Finally, Sigma continues to be on the forefront of issues that affect and support the African-American community by being the first to designate "African-American Sons Day at the Office", which is now NPHC-wide supported and endorsed

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