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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Beta Sigma Chapter

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young college men.  The Founders; A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and 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 on his own merits, rather than his family background or affluence…without regard to race or nationality.  They desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even 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 assist the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, they 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”.  Today, Phi Beta Sigma has blossomed into an international organization of leaders. No longer a single entity, members of the Fraternity have been instrumental in the establishment of the Phi Beta Sigma National Foundation, the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union, and many initiatives that each chapter throughout the country and abroad participants in. 

The Louisville Alumni Chapter, Epsilon Beta Sigma was established in1922 by Fraternity members who graduated from Simmions College.   The Louisville Chapter has hosted National and Regional Conferences in the city of Louisville.  The chapter has established a local chapter of its National Youth Organization; The Sigma Club, mentoring boys from 6 to 18.  The chapter has established The Chester Smith Charitable Golf Outing, The Dr. Sam Robinson Foundation, and The Annual Scholarship Gala.  The Louisville Sigmas donate time and resources working with the local offices of March of Dimes, National Cancer Society, Kentucky African-Americans Against Cancer, and other nonprofit and charitable causes.  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., founded in 1920 is the sister organization of the Fraternity.


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