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SOURCE Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
African American Men's Fraternal Organization Marks Centennial with Notable Guest Speakers, Performers and Announcement of "I Am My Brother's Keeper," a Program to Address Issues Impacting Men of Color in Support of President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Jonathan A. Mason, International President of Phi Beta Sigma, one of the country's largest African American men's organizations, kicked off the organization's Centennial Week activities with the unveiling of the organization's "I Am My Brother's Keeper," a 2014-2015 program to address issues impacting men of color, inspired by President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative, a White House initiative announced earlier this year.
The organization will be joining the President's Call to Action for foundations, business leaders, as well as elected officials and public figures to come together around this important initiative, helping to build ladders of opportunity and unlocking the full potential of boys and young men of color.
Broderick Johnson, Chair, of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force and Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to President Barack Obama, delivered remarks on the President's My Brother's Keeper Initiative. Other attendees included: Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder, National Action Network, and, George Selvie, NFL football player, Dallas Cowboys.
"This is a great day in the history of Phi Beta Sigma," said Jonathan Mason. "As one of the leading organizations to represent African American men, we wanted to be one of the organizations on the forefront of this initiative and develop a program with measurable results in response to President Obama's Call to Action."
Through "I Am My Brother's Keeper," Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. will:
"I am proud to be a part of the centennial as an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma," said Rev. Al Sharpton. "I am equally proud to stand with my fellow Sigmas as they put forth an agenda to uplift our community."
About Phi Beta Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., an international organization of college and professional men, was founded on January 9th, 1914 at Howard University on the principles, Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service. These principles are exhibited by the fraternity motto, "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity." As one of the now nine predominantly Black Greek-Lettered organizations, Phi Beta Sigma has a membership of over 150,000 with over 750 chapters throughout the continental United States, Switzerland, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa.
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 The Sigma Beta Club Foundation. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded in 1920 with the assistance of Phi Beta Sigma, is the sister organization of the Fraternity.
The story of Sigma is the union of spirit and commitment to serve, with a firm foundation of learning and genuine interest in the wellbeing of others. This is crystallized in Sigma's motto: Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.
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