Fraternity of Firsts
WE WERE NOT THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN GREEK- LETTER FRATERNITY TO BE FOUNDED, HOWEVER WE ARE DEFINITELY THE FRATERNITY OF FIRSTS.
First Fraternity to have Presidents of other countries in its membership (Honorable Bros. Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, and Nelson Mandela). No other Fraternity Except Omega Psi Phi can even claim a nation's President in its membership.
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 US coin: George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington.
First Black Greek-Letter Fraternity to be recognized by Howard University April 15, 1914 (Omega Psi Phi wasn't until October 28, 1914).
First Fraternity to establish a youth auxiliary program (The Sigma Beta Club).
First Fraternity to own and operate a Credit Union for its members.
First Fraternity to establish chapters within the Continent of Africa.
First Fraternity to establish Graduate/ Alumni Membership.
First Fraternity to establish a Graduate/Alumni Chapter.
First Fraternity to step with a cane (Not Kappa Alpha Psi).
First Fraternity to establish a chapter South of the State of Virginia before the year 1915.
First Fraternity to be offered a merger with another Fraternity (1915: Kappa Alpha Psi, formerly Alpha Kappa Nu).
First Fraternity to hold a joint International Convention with another African-American Fraternity (Omega Psi Phi).
First and ONLY Fraternity to establish a constitutional bond with a Sorority (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.).
Lastly, many Fraternities may have supported the Million Man March, but only Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated can lay claim to not only supporting, but sponsoring the March at its International Headquarters.