Phi Beta Sigma National Programs
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., believes that the improvement and economic conditions of minorities is a major fact in the improvement of the general welfare of society. It is upon this conviction that the Bigger and Better Business Program rests. Since 1926, the Bigger and Better Business Program has been sponsored on a national scale by Phi Beta Sigma as a way of supporting, fostering, and promoting minority-owned businesses and services.
The founder’s of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., were all educators in their own right. The genesis of the Education Program lies in the traditional emphasis that the Fraternity places on Education. During the 1945 Conclave in St. Louis, Missouri, the fraternity underwent a constitution restructuring after World War II and this lead to the birth of the Education as a National Program. The National Program of Education focuses on programming and services to graduate and undergraduates in the fraternity. Programs such as scholarships, lectures, college fairs, mentoring, and tutoring enhance this program on local, regional, and national levels.
During the 20th anniversary of Sigma, the Committee on Public Policy urged that the fraternity come forth with a broadly-based program that would be addressed to the problems of the great masses of the Negro people. This new departure, in large measure, grew out of the experiences of the New York group. These men from Manhattan brought with them a new idea, SOCIAL ACTION. Phi Beta Sigma has from its very beginning concerned itself with improving the general well-being of minority groups. In 1934, a well-defined program of Social Action was formulated and put into action. Bro. Elmo M. Anderson, then president of Epsilon Sigma Chapter (New York) formulated this program calling for the reconstruction of social order. It was a tremendous success. It fits in with the social thinking of the American public in those New Deal years. In the winter of 1934 Brother Elmo Anderson, James W. Johnson, Emmett May, and Bob Jiggets came down to the Conclave in Washington, D.C., and presented their Social Action proposition, and just the birth of Social Action as a National Program.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is concerned about our changing needs in our communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of our youth. The Sigma Beta Clubs’ four major principals focus on Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers our membership a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills, and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its member, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today's society. Phi Beta Sigma is confident that investing in our youth today will produce effective leaders of tomorrow.