In keeping with its motto Culture for Service and Service for Humanity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity carries on a three-fold program of Bigger and Better Business, Education, and Social Action.
Bigger and Better Business
Since 1926, the Bigger and Better Business Program has been sponsored on a international scale by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. The program is carried on throughout the year; however, special observances are held during the month of April. The program is under the supervision of the International Director of Bigger and Better Business. The seven regional Bigger and Better Business directors assist the International Director. The purposes of the program are:
- To make surveys of business conditions on a community basis and to provide for a wide dissemination of the findings through printed reports, forums and lectures.
- To cooperate with the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Small Business in the promotion of its program to aid small businesses
- To sponsor annually an essay contest, among high schools, dealing with some phase of business. Prizes are given to the winning contestants.
- To grant scholarships to aid promising students in the field of business.
- To encourage minority businessmen to rely upon the efficiency of service as a basis of patronage.
- To encourage consumers to patronize black owned businesses.
- To widen the field of employment for minorities by securing employment in new fields.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity believes that the improvement of economic conditions of minorities is a major factor in enhancing the general welfare of society. It is upon this conviction that the Bigger and Better Business Program rests.
The genesis of the Education program lies in the traditional emphasis which the Fraternity places on scholarship and the fundamental reorganization of the Fraternity that took place in the period of 1945-46. Education is an extremely important program for a college Fraternity. This program has many facets which affect alumni and collegiate members. The program is under the supervision of the International Director of Education. The seven regional Education directors assist the International Director. The purposes of the program are:
- To sponsor scholarships.
- To encourage and assist students in attaining the highest scholastic achievement.
- To offer tutoring services.
- To sponsor cultural programs such as recitals, lectures, forums and contests.
- To raise the educational standards of each community.
From its very beginning, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity has concerned itself with improving the general well being of minority persons and groups. In 1934, a well-defined program of Social Action was formulated and put into action. This program at the time sought to secure:
- National and State Anti-Lynch legislation
- Equality of wages and working conditions for minority groups
- Elimination of racial discrimination and segregation in federal, state, municipal and county employment
- Equality of educational opportunities
- Abolition of Jim Crow laws
- Full citizenship rights for all citizens.
In 1948, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity joined with five other Greek-letter organizations to form a cooperative Social Action program, which coordinated and utilized the total resources of all these organizations. This cooperative organization was known as the American Council on Human Rights, which had its headquarters in Washington, DC until it became inactive in 1957. Social Action, as one of the three major programs of the Fraternity, must be projected on an International, Regional and local chapter level. The International Constitution sets forth that the Social Action program shall consist of a direct action program and a program of cooperation with such other Social Action organizations as the Conclave shall determine. The overall objective of this program is the elimination of every form or badge of second class citizenship. All Social Action programs should reach a zenith in October, "Social Action Month". The program is under the supervision of the International Director of Social Action. The seven regional Social Action directors assist the International Director.