"Everyday I take to heart my chapter's motto of 'Academic Excellence'. That's what it means to be a Sigma to me." - Bro. Gordon

Fraternity History


Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.

The Founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as "a part of" the general community rather than "apart from" the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged by his own merits, rather than his family background or affluence...without regard to race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the "inclusive we" rather than the "exclusive we".

From its inception, the Founders also conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, they held a deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the Fraternity's motto, "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity".

Today, Phi Beta Sigma has blossomed into an international organization of leaders. No longer a single entity, members of the Fraternity have been instrumental in the establishment of the Phi Beta Sigma National Foundation, the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union and The Sigma Beta Club Foundation. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded in 1920 with the assistance of Phi Beta Sigma, is the sister organization of the Fraternity.

Chapter History

Delta Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma was chartered on April 17, 1970 at the University of Michigan by the ten men known as Ten to Win. Ever since its inception, Sigmas on the yard at U of M have continued to sustain an everlasting presence of individuality, community service, and scholarly advancement.

Latest Events

  • Congratulations to the New Addition to Delta Rho

    Meet the new men of Sigma known as Divine Thrice featuring: Joshua Thurman, Robert Sanders, and Mark Greer II.

  • Thank you for Support

    We want to thank you for all of your help and participation during our events as we continue to bring innovation to the community.

  • NPHC Step Show

    Congratulations to Zeta Phi Beta Sigma of Gamma Delta Rho Chapter at U of M for winning the Step Show.