News and Notes

March 2015

Sigma Man On Leaders to Watch List

Bro. Dr. David Inniss, Theta Gamma Sigma chapter in Sacramento, CA. was recently featured on the cover of Comstock Magazine as one of "10 change leaders to watch in 2015".

Here's an excerpt from the article:

David Inniss wanted to be an infantry officer, and he set his sights on West Point. As a native of Barbados, he had to compete with foreign nationals from around the world to gain entry. Each year, approximately 10 are admitted. In 1995, Inniss was one of them.

"I enjoyed the camaraderie inherent in military units," Inniss says. "The selflessness and teamwork were attractive to me. As I got older, the idea of service, leadership and responsibility were values that drove me."

Raised by a single mom, Inniss has a heart for fatherless boys and has vowed to be a positive role model. He coaches youth sports and plans positive community events, including the Capital City Legends Ball, which honors up-and-coming professionals doing exceptional work in the community.

Celebrating 75 Years: Portraits of John Lewis

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity will join a star-studded gala planned to celebrate Sigma Brother Congressman John Lewis' 75th Birthday. The gala celebration will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Tabernacle, 152 Luckie Street, NW, Atlanta, GA. The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with a VIP Reception and Dinner, with doors opening at 7:30 PM for the Gala Performances.

The featured appearances and performances include Tichina Arnold, Indigo Girls, Dionne Warwick, Regina Belle, The Anointed Pace Sisters, Jennifer Holliday, Morehouse College Glee Club, Demetria McKinney, Gary Jeter, Kim Fields, Clark King, Terri J. Vaughn, Alfre Woodard, and more.

We're calling on Sigma Brothers to fill the venue with your presence. Brother John Lewis is an American Civil Rights Icon and dedicated member of this great brotherhood. Let's make our presence seen and heard at this special birthday celebration. Tickets range from $25 through $500. Purchase your tickets today!

Sigma in Selma

Alabama is the birthplace of leaders with dreams. It's the place where thousands of leaders came together to march for the paramount victory in the fight for equality - the right to vote.

On March 7, 1965, Phi Beta Sigma Brothers Reverend Hosea Williams and John Lewis stepped from the pulpit of Brown Chapel Church and led a group of 600 toward Montgomery. After just six blocks, when they crossed the now infamous Edmund Pettis Bridge over the Alabama River, Sheriff Jimmy Clark's deputies and state troopers dispatched by Governor Wallace attacked the group with nightsticks and tear gas, injuring dozens.  The violence stopped the marchers' first attempt, but they would not be silenced or stopped for good. The event came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."

Today, those dreams march on. The Dream Marches On replicated the footsteps of the brave men and women who fought for equal rights. On March 6 - 8, 2015, the world watched as thousands visited Selma, Lowndes County and Montgomery marking the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity's leadership joined a large bipartisan congressional delegation for part of a three-day civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama. Phi Beta Sigma Brother, Representative John Lewis, D-Ga., who has led the pilgrimage every year since 1998 passed through Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery and Marion. On March 7, 2015, Brother Micheal Cristal, International First Vice President joined the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.