Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable 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 by his own merits rather than his family background or affluence…without regard of race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They wished and wanted their fraternity to exist as part of even a 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 deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, the founders of Phi Beta Sigma 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 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.
History of New Jersey
In the Spring of 1977 Theta Psi Chapter was chartered at Glassboro State College
In the Spring of 1978 Kappa Epsilon Chapter was chartered at Montclair State College
In the Spring of 1979 Xi Pi Chapter was chartered at Trenton State college shared chapter with Rider State College.
In the Spring of 1980 Mu Zeta Chapter was chartered at Rutgers University New Brunswick
In the Spring of 1980 Lambda Chi chapter was chartered at Upsala and Bloomfield College
In the Fall of 1980 Mu Psi Chapter was chartered at Rutgers University Camden
In the Fall of 1980 Mu Pi chapter was chartered at Kean College
In the Spring of 1981 Nu Eta chapter was chartered at William Patterson College
In the Spring of 1982 Xi Theta Chapter was chartered at NJIT
In the Spring of 1983 Xi Tau Chapter was chartered at Jersey City College
In the Spring of 1983 Xi Omicron Chapter was chartered at Farleigh Dickerson
In the Spring of 1996 Alpha Nu Alpha chapter was chartered at Seton Hall University
In the Spring of 2002 Beta Beta Delta was chartered at Stockton University
In the Spring of 2017 Gamma Nu Gamma was chartered at Rider University
In 1923, Chi Sigma was chartered to serve Northern New Jersey
In 1978, Zeta Rho Sigma was chartered to serve Camden county
In 1984, Eta Phi Sigma was chartered to serve Bergen and Hudson counties.
In 1989, Iota Chi Sigma was chartered to serve Monmouth and Ocean counties. It was re-chartered in 2016.
In 1996, Kappa Upsilon Sigma was chartered to serve Burlington county.
In 2001, Lambda Lambda Sigma was chartered to serve Trenton and Mercer county.
In 2015, Rho Delta Sigma was chartered to serve Gloucester county.