Centennial Countdown

2009 Washington, DC

All living International Presidents, except R.O. Sutton who was ill and restricted from travel, met in Washington, DC.  An overview of the entire Centennial Celebration plan was unveiled.  The oldest living President in attendance, Brother Newton, conducted a rededication ceremony.

On January 9th the Presidents of Phi Beta Sigma met with the leadership of Howard University on the campus.  The meeting was followed by an outdoor ceremony, complete with the releasing of three doves for the three founders.  After traveling by motorcade to Suitland Maryland, the Fraternity laid a wreath on the grave of its principal founder, the Most Honorable Brother A. Langston Taylor. The day concluded with a Founders’ Day Celebration with Alpha Chapter on Howard University’s campus.

2010 Jacksonville, Florida

Brothers from all around the country made a pilgrimage to Jacksonville, Florida to celebrate our founder The Most Honorable Brother Leonard Francis Morse. A visit was paid to the monument erected on Edward Waters College’s campus where Brother Morse was president of the college (1933-1934). The General Board of Phi Beta Sigma held its winter board meeting that day. A reception followed at the Hyatt Regency.  Members of the Leonard Morse family were recognized and honored.

After a Rededication Ceremony on January 9th, the brothers traveled by motorcade to the gravesite of Brother Morse who is buried beside his wife. Brother Decatur Morse spoke to the brotherhood about his father.  Wreaths were place on both graves.  The day concluded with a luncheon back at the hotel.

2011 Kansas City, Missouri

The weekend started with a pilgrimage to Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas where The Most Honorable Brother Charles I. Brown founded Delta chapter.  The chapter rented a house near the campus that became the Fraternity House and a meeting place for African-American students at the University.   A wreath laying ceremony by Brothers, university officials and city dignitaries was held at the house.  After a visit with the members of Delta chapter, a reception and luncheon was held on the campus by the administration. That evening, back at the Hyatt in Kansas City, there was a public reception.

Saturday morning started with a rededication ceremony followed by a Founders’ Day Luncheon.  The evening’s activities included a collegiate party.

On January 9th, the Brothers worshiped together at a local church before departing the city.

2012 Memphis, Tennessee

On Thursday, the General Board and the Leadership Academy met in Memphis. A reception followed.

On Friday morning, the pilgrimage was to the Howe Institute for breakfast where the Most Honorable Brother Abram Langston Taylor attended school.  The Howe Institute is now Lemoyne Owens College.

The fraternity marched from the Peabody Hotel and down Beale Street to the site where A. Langston Taylor conceived the idea of the founding of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.  A historical marker was placed at the site. The principal speaker was Brother Congressman John Lewis. A public reception followed that evening.

On Saturday, after the rededication ceremony, there was a Brotherhood Breakfast followed by a Founder’s Day Church Service with the Sisters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. The evening’s activities included a Blue Tie Gala and a Blue Light Party.