Black Greek Terms
Fraternity of First
Phi Beta Sigma is often called the Fraternity of African Kings and Princes. Sigma wasn't the first African-American Greek-Lettered Fraternity to be founded...
However, we are definitely the Fraternity of First...
First to have Presidents of other countries in it's membership
(Hon. Bros. Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. Nnamdia Azikiwe, and Nelson Mandela)
First Greek-letter Fraternity to be recognized by Howard University, April 15, 1914
(Omega Psi Phi, wasn't until October 28, 1914)
First to be offered a chance to merge with another Fraternity
Kappa Alpha Psi...thanks, but no thanks
First to hold a joint International Convention with another African-American Fraternity
Omega Psi Phi
First to establish a chapter south of the state of Virginia before the year 1915
First to establish a constitutional bond with a Sorority
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
First to establish a youth auxiliary program
Sigma Beta Club
First to own and operate a Credit Union for it's members
First to establish chapters in the Continent of Africa
First and ONLY Black Greek-letter Fraternity to have one of its members on the face of a U.S. Coin (George Washington Carver: The 1951 Half Dollar). Only 2 African-Americans have EVER been on the face of a U.S. Coin: George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington--who was NOT Greek.
First to step with a cane
IF YOU DON'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW!!!!!