The AFRO has provided real time news coverage on Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.’s historical moments, pivotal discussions, and entertainment showcases during its centennial celebrations July 16-20. In conjunction with the mighty wave of blue and white’s festivities, the AFRO also covered Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.’s biannual leadership conference.
“Best Is Yet To Come”
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity opened its highly anticipated centennial week, themed “The Best is Yet to Come,” July 16 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest D.C. by unveiling an ambitious initiative to aid the nation’s young men of color.
Speakers for the opening press conference included Broderick Johnson, chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force; the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fraternity member who is also founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN); George Selvie, professional football player for the Dallas Cowboys; Jeff Obafemi Carr, Ph.D., producer of the anti-hazing film “He Ain’t Heavy;” and representatives from the organization’s longtime partner, the March of Dimes, a non-profit organization founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to combat the spread of polio.
Sigma Museum Opens
The Sigma organization is the first Black fraternity to open its own museum.
As a tribute to its founders A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown, the Sigma organization continues in its 100th year to exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service by unveiling a monument at Howard University, the college where the fraternity originated.
Centennial Step Show Competition
Sigma brother and comedian Joey Wells emceed the event, donning a blue cap and white T-shirt with the Sigma emblem. Amid cheers of encouragement and the traditional Sigma call and response, brothers performed creative but calculated routines, featuring a wide array of acrobatic stunts and the fraternity’s signature movement, the Nut Cracker, to pay homage to the organization’s ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.
After the winners were announced, the crowd erupted in excitement as Jonathan A. Mason, international president, taught the young brothers a thing or two by showing them some ‘old school’ stepping.
The Sigma men, dressed in white overcoats, blue bowties and burgundy and white leis, danced the night away with their guests and Zeta sisters at the 2014 Centennial Grand Orchid Blue Tie Ball.
Zeta Grand Boulé
The Zeta Amicae National Choir lifted their voices in an uproar as they sang “Every Praise,” while two liturgical dancers performed and hundreds clapped in unison during the 2014 Grand Boulé Awards Banquet.
The Zetas Helping Other People Excel (Z-Hope) awards banquet recognized members and organizations for their service.