Sigma pi phi fraternity inc
History of Sigma Pi Phi: First of the Negro-American Greek-Letter Fraternities by Charles H. Wesley
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Membership in Sigma Pi Phi is highly exclusive, numbering only about 5, Martin Luther King, Jr. Vernon Jordan and L. Douglas Wilder are members of Omega Psi Phi. University of Massachusetts-Boston Chancellor, Dr. Members of Sigma Pi Phi have provided leadership and service during the Great Depression , World War I , World War II , the Civil Rights Movement , and addressed social issues such as urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of African descent. Members of Sigma Pi Phi include  W.
Significantly, unlike the other African American Greek -letter organizations, its members already have received college and professional degrees at the time of their induction. At the dawn of the twentieth century black men of distinction had long functioned in various leadership posts, especially in the churches and benevolent association movement. Some, notably Frederick Douglass among them, had even served in high government posts. But by and large they lived lives separate from those of the black masses and the white professionals. In a small group in Philadelphia set out to create an organization that would provide a vehicle for men of standing and like tastes to come together to know the best of one another. Henry McKee Minton was the leading figure in the discussions about organizing a group for such purposes. He went to school at the Academy at Howard University and, eventually, Phillips Exeter Academy, from which he graduated in
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One was the first black fraternity for professional men and the latter the first for collegiate men. For African-American men of stature and prominence is it the group you want to belong to? Douglas Wilder Omega , American Express President Kenneth Chenault, most black college presidents and the most prominent physicians, attorneys, dentists, and corporate leaders are members. They do not step or chant, you hardly ever see any members in T-shirts or jackets with the Greek letters plastered on it. It has a quarterly publication, and biennial conventions. Membership is exclusive.