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1922 Morris Brown Yearbook

I hope that this finds you doing well. I recently attended the Eastern Regional Conference in Dover, DE last week.  It is always good to see brothers and to connect with new brothers as well. I have been away for a while, but last weekend got me re-energized to share some of the rare history that I continue to find regarding our beloved fraternity.

In 1921, History tells us that our beloved Fraternity, held a joint Conclave with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia. I have searched high and low to find documentation to substantiate that claim. To date, I have not had any luck. Our first history book says that the 1922 Brownie, the first yearbook of Morris Brown College held the answers. Therefore, I needed to find me a 1922 Morris Brown Yearbook. I was even told by Morris Brown College a few years ago, that no such yearbook existed, that yearbooks at the college began in 1923. Brother Mallet has a 1923 Morris Brown Yearbook and I have a 1926 Morris Brown Yearbook. I have searched for a 1922 copy for over 10 years now, and no such luck.

Then, Bro. Linden Houston turned me on to McBlain Books in Connecticut. They had a significant collection of early African American History. Lo and behold, they had a 1922 Morris Brown Yearbook and were selling it for $85.00. I was a day late and a dollar short. The yearbook had been sold to the University of Georgia.

However, the owner of McBlain Books put me in contact with the University of Georgia, and this RARE history was sent to me by UGA from the 1922 Yearbook. Please see the note below from the University of Georgia.

Historical references:

Third Annual Convention of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
***Keynote Address given by Bro. Dr. George Washington Carver (The Possibilities of the Sweet Potato)
***Announcement of the 4th Annual Convention to be hosted in Baltimore with Morgan College
***Representatives of one thousand college men for the annual meeting; Howard, Meharry, Wiley, Temple, A&T and Kansas Stat

But my most significant find was the announcement of Bro. Walter Maceo Clark who in 1921-22 was the head of the “National Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity”. He is the only collegiate brother to hold the position of National President.

I wanted to share this rare history today to let you know, that we come from GREATNESS, we really do.

ps. I have no idea why Founder Taylor posed the way that he did. I am off to Seattle, TREASURE THIS ONE.

Dear Mr. Christian,

Phil McBlain of McBlain Books informed me of your research interest in the 1922 Morris Brown yearbook, the Brownie– specifically in whether there were any mention of the Conclave between Phi Beta Sigma & Omega Psi Phi. Regrettably, I’ve paged through the entire yearbook’s 96 pages (plus 13 pages of advertisements) and there is no mention of the Conclave. I’m scanning the three pages within the yearbook that do refer to Phi Beta Sigma’s 1922 activities — a page from the “History of Senior College Class” by Hoyle Rushin, and two pages dedicated to Phi Beta Sigma from the “Organizations” section  — and sending them on to you. I wish I could be of more help. Please contact me if you have additional questions.

Skip Hulett
Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Georgia

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Conclave 1956

I know it has been a long time, but I wanted to give all of you a shout out to say thank you for all of the calls, cards, emails, and condolences on the loss of Uncle G (Bro. George Nelson). Me and the family appreciate all of your support.

Here is a rare one! Thanks to Bro. Craig Arthur (Iota Sigma Chapter) this rare 1956 Conclave Picture – Miami, Florida, is courtesy of Bro. Bill Harris (Lambda 1955 / Iota Sigma).


p.s. You have some giants in this picture! Who can name all of the past international presidents in this picture?

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1927 Crescent Magazine

First Happy Birthday to Malcolm X, he would have been 84 today – By Any Means Necessary.

Linden, I thought that I had figured out how to merge multiply PDF’s (me and technology, go figure).

Iota, Kappa, PI, and Tau Chapters featured in the March 1927 Crescent. The original of this Crescent Magazine is on file at the Moreland Springarn Library at Howard University.

I am off to Arizona (again) and will return on Sunday.

Have a good Memorial Day Weekend!

Today in Sigma History – May 19, 2009 – 1927 Crescent Magazine excerpts.

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Delta Phi Chapter 1980

Delta Phi Chapter 1980

Taken from the “1980 Delvian Yearbook” of Mississippi Valley State University, the 1980 Delta Phi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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Delta Phi Chapter 1984 – Bro. Jerry Rice – MVSU

Jerry Rice 1984 Jerry Rice

I have been gone for a moment! But this great piece of history came my way this weekend, so I thought that I would share today, because many of you have probably never seen proof like this! These pictures are from the 1984 “Delvian” Yearbook from Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

Bro. Jerry Rice, is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver ever and one of the greatest players in National Football League (NFL) history. An all-time leader in every major statistical category for wide receivers, Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (1986–1996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 10 times in his 20 NFL seasons. He won three Super Bowl rings playing for the San Francisco 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders.

Jerry Rice 1984Jerry Rice

He was also HUGE at Mississippi Valley State in his day as well. Here are a few pictures for you to check out. Check out the “editorial in-accuracy” in the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter picture, and look at the KKY Band Fraternity Picture, look at their hand sign, and notice the Sigma Picture, no hand sign. One of those things that makes you go humm?

Off to Denver for a few days, enjoy your week! FYI, if you are still looking for a hotel room for the Conclave the Courtyard by Marriott in New Orleans French Quarter has King Beds for $99 a night, only a 5 minute walk from host hotel. $40 savings a day over 4-5 days really adds up. Or you still can get a double for $119 which includes breakfast for two (lower than the conference rate, humm?).Today in Sigma History – May 12, 2009 – Delta Phi Chapter 1984 – Bro. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State University

Delta Phi Chapter 1984 KKY Band

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