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Happy Founders’ Day to the men of Phi Beta Sigma celebrating 107 years of brotherhood, scholarship and service as the super cool nice guys of the Divine 9.

The storied organization 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 desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the “inclusive we” rather than the “exclusive we”.

“To be a member of Phi Beta Sigma is to represent the community as a whole, because we are all formed from one man,” said Terrence Howard in an interview with Watch The Yard.

Anytime you recognize the humanity of another person, you recognize the creation of God in that person — and you recognize your own responsibility towards that person, because to look out for another man is to look out for yourself.”

And, of course, we had to mention Brother Bill Clinton who joined the Fraternity in 2009 in a hilarious/historic pop culture moment.

“Throughout my life I have always tried to exemplify the vision of the fraternity’s founders,” he said in his acceptance speech.

The honorable Brothers A. Langston Taylor, Charles I. Brown, and Leonard F. Morse who established the fraternity’s motto, “Culture For Service, Service For Humanity.”

How are you celebrating the Sigmas today? Tell us down below and peep all the Sigma baes on the flip.

“”My #beard is what makes me, me.” – @iam_leebarney” – quite the understatement

“Can I get my grown man on for one second?” – sharp!

“What a time!” – that’s All-Pro Super Bowl Champion Richard Sherman to you

“They don’t want you to be happy” – major key

“Be happy in the space you are in but not complacent” – Sigmas have the most inspiration captions

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“T H I R T Y T W O” – the color of the day is blue


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