Notable Members of Phi Beta Sigma

The fraternity celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

Members of the founding chapter of Phi Beta Sigma
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

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

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

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

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