My social network feeds are flooded with posts from Phi Beta Sigma friends. Most of whom have changed their profile pictures to honor their fraternity's 100th anniversary. Turns out some pretty notable men from George Washington Carver to Bill Clinton are Blu Phi members.
I'm not a Black Greek member, but it's a privilege to watch alum and friends across the nation celebrate a higher ed tradition. It's glorious to see accomplished black men organize and convene in one space in different cities all over the globe. Tomorrow night's DC gala simulcasts to the six galas events in regions across the nation.
If pledging and Greek letter organizations don't make sense to those in undergrad, consider the importance and necessity of bonding after graduation. Phi Beta Sigma demonstrates that those mysterious Greek Letter organization college initiation rituals are mere introductions into an everlasting family and brotherhood.
It's a whole new world for African American students once they've left the safety net of their college campuses because life after graduation can be quite lonely. Institutional and organizational bonds like fraternities and sororities can be strong support systems while navigating career, family, and religious choices and transitions after college.
Check out some of the interesting facts and people emerging during the 2014 Phi Beta Sigma Centennial celebrations like:
"10 Hot Phi Beta Sigma Men We Love" courtesy of StyleBlazer.
Keynote speaker Harry Belafonte and Honorary Sigma Bill Clinton at the DC gala
Notable and Famous Phi Beta Sigmas from TheRoot.com
In New York, political leaders have blue lights in the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building. The dome will be lit blue until the 16th of this month.
The Centennial Jubilee begins in July 16-20 when thousands of the fraternity's more than 150,000 members will converge in DC. There are more than 700 Phi Beta Sigma chapters established at universities and institutions around the world.
Galas are taking place all over the country in city ballrooms this weekend. Perhaps the Sigmas are in your town this weekend. If so, see if you can get a ticket and check the brothers out. Below are sites of this weekend's US galas.
Centennial Founders’ Day Gala
7:00 PM (EST) Simulcast begins at 8:45 PM (EST)
Eastern Region – Renaissance Downtown, Washington, DC
Great Lakes Region – Tinley Park Holiday Inn Convention Center, Tinley Park, IL
Gulf Coast Region – Hilton-Forth Worth, Forth Worth, TX
Southeastern Region – Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, Greensboro, NC
Southern Region – Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, FL
Southwestern Region – Doubletree Memphis Downtown, Memphis, TN
Western Region – 333 Live, Los Angeles, CA