Phi Beta Sigma observes 99 years of service


The Gamma Psi Sigma and Beta Theta chapters of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., will observe Founders Day this weekend.

The fraternity will sponsor and serve meals to the homeless and those in need from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army, 501 E. 12th Ave.

On Sunday, the chapters, along with the Sigma Beta Club, will worship at St. Peter’s Rock Baptist Church, 1201 S. Catalpa St. The Founders Day Observance program will be held at approximately 1 p.m.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., was founded Jan. 9, 1914, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., by three African American male students. Phi Beta Sigma consists of college and professional men dedicated to enhancing great minds and promoting systematic fellowship, justice, equal rights and service to America’s communities. The fraternity has a membership of more than 150,000, with more than 650 chapters throughout the continental United States, Switzerland, Europe, the Caribbean Islands and Africa. The youth affiliate of the fraternity is the Sigma Beta Club.

Jimmy Hammock, Arkansas native, is the international president of Phi Beta Sigma. Linnie Wear is the Southern Arkansas area director for undergraduates. Johnathan Frazier is the president of Gamma Psi Sigma, the local chapter, and Brandon Warfield is president of Beta Theta, the undergraduate chapter at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Henry English is the undergraduate chapter adviser. Oscar Bullard is the youth adviser for the Sigma Beta Club.