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Honorable A. Langston TaylorMost Honorable Founder A. Langston Taylor was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1890. He is regarded as one of the greatest names in Sigma; MHF Taylor was the spark that lighted the Sigma flame among the three. More than any other he is responsible for the growth of the fraternity especially in the earlier years. He received his elementary and secondary education in the schools of his native state, graduating from Howe Institute, Memphis, TN in 1909. He received his college and professional training at Howard University, Washington D.C., and Frelighusen University, Washington, D.C.

Early in life he adopted as his motto, “Service to Humanity.” The record of his activities indicates how well he has lived up to his motto. He began serving Humanity by the founding of Phi Beta Sigma, to which he gave twelve consecutive years of service as a National Officer serving, three years as National President, two as National Treasurer, two as National Secretary and five years as Fields Secretary. He is a member of the Distinguished Service Chapter of the Fraternity.

Honorable Leonard F. MorseMost Honorable Founder Leonard F. Morse was born in 1889. He was very much the New Englander from New Bedford Massachusetts. He attended the New Bedford Public Schools and entered Howard University in 1911.

In the organization of the fraternity, it became the tasks of MHF Leonard F. Morse to determine the name of the Fraternity and to give meaning to the Greek Letters chosen for the name. These meanings have become the idealistic basis upon which the organization stands. MHF Leonard F. Morse wrote the 1 st constitution of the fraternity. He was first elected Alpha Chapter President; holder of Sigma's Distinguished Service Key. He gave Phi Beta Sigma the full measure of his devotion.

During his collegiate years, he met MHF A. Langston Taylor and MHF Charles I. Brown. After hearing MHF Taylor's plan to found a new fraternity at Howard University, MHF Morse gave his wholehearted support. He graduated from Howard in 1915. He also earned the Master of Arts Degree at Howard University. MHF Morse was also the first male student at Howard University to earn two degrees in three years. He earned (3) bachelor degrees, (1) Master Degree (2) Doctorate Degrees before his death. He later became a successful clergyman and was Dean of B.F. Lee Theological Seminary.

Honorable Charles I. BrownMost Honorable Founder Charles I. Brown entered Howard University in September 1907. After graduating in 1914, MHF Charles I. Brown taught public school system in Topeka, KS. He devoted many years of his life to education of our youth in the Midwest. He was the third member of the “Great Three” who founded Phi Beta Sigma. MHF Brown is noted for founding the “Dangerous” Delta Chapter at Kansas State University, the first chapter in Sigma History to be chartered on a racially diverse university campus.




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