Notable Members of Phi Beta Sigma

The fraternity celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

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Members of the founding chapter of Phi Beta Sigma

Phi Beta Sigma

On Jan. 9, 1914, three African-American men founded Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at Howard University. Since then the frat has produced many notable members. Here are 12 of them.

1. A. Philip Randolph
Iota Sigma chapter
Union organizer, civil rights leader

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A. Philip Randolph

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2. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
Lambda Sigma chapter
U.S. congressman, Georgia’s 5th District

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Rep. John Lewis

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3. James Weldon Johnson
Omega chapter
Composer, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the “Negro national anthem”

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James Weldon Johnson

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4. Huey P. Newton
Beta Tau chapter
Co-founder of the Black Panther Party

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Huey P. Newton

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5. Hosea Williams
Zeta chapter
Civil rights activist

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Hosea Williams

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6. Kwame Nkrumah
Mu chapter
First president of the Republic of Ghana

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Kwame Nkrumah

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7. Edolphus Towns
Eta chapter
Former Democratic U.S. congressman, New York’s 10th District

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Edolphus Towns

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8. Emmitt Smith
Zeta Kappa chapter
Hall of Fame NFL running back

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Emmitt Smith

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9. George Washington Carver
Gamma Sigma chapter
Inventor

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George Washington Carver

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10. Alain LeRoy Locke
Alpha chapter
First black Rhodes scholar, “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”

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Alain LeRoy Locke

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11. Hines Ward
Zeta Nu chapter
NFL wide receiver

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Hines Ward

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12. Former President Bill Clinton
Honorary member
Politician, philanthropist

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Former President Bill Clinton

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