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together, we’re getting closer to a world with less cancer and more birthdays – for everyone. For the past 10 years, the American Cancer Society has been proud to join Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. to increase cancer awareness among Sigma members. Working together, we can save lives and enable everyone to look forward to more of life’s milestones – like birthdays. Together, we’ll stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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Editorial Staff The Crescent Magazine is published twice annually by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Jimmy Hammock, International President.


Postmaster, please send address change to: The Crescent Magazine Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 145 Kennedy Street, NW Washington, DC 20011-5294


Interim Editor-in-Chief Steve E. Ballard, Director of Communication & Marketing Marco W. McMillian, International Executive Director


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January 9, 1914 Howard University, Washington, D.C.


95th Anniversary Conclave General Board 2009-2011 Jimmy Hammock, 33rd International President Jonathan Mason, International First Vice President


Lonnie Wall, II, International Second Vice President Phi Beta Sigma 2009 Model Chapters In Memoriam: A Tribute to The Honorable Brother Roswell O. Sutton


A.Langston Taylor Leonard F. Morse Charles I. Brown


President’s Message Executive Director’s Message Changing Lives Through Service


PBS in the News

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Message from the International President Greetings Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. My quest to become the International President of this esteemed brotherhood was fulfilled on July 9, 2009, during the 95th International Conclave in New Orleans, Louisiana. Not in my wildest dreams would I have foreseen the whirlwind of activities that I’ve experienced in the last four months. Yet, I am still excited and motivated to serve as your leader. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Fresh, new, and innovative! Welcome to this administration’s first issue of our official organ, The Crescent. With a new look and format, our publication will take on a new international focus on programs, initiatives, issues, and activities that are relevant to our brotherhood and the communities we serve. Your leadership is committed to honoring my commitment to release three issues per year. With your patience and support, I’m confident that we can make this happen. This issue serves in the traditional post-conclave role. The theme of Conclave 2009 was “Celebrate the Dream.” For those members and guests in attendance, this issue is a scrapbook of pleasant memories from an enjoyable conference. Congratulations to our Immediate Past International President, the Honorable Paul L. Griffin, Jr. for a successful convention. We also introduce you to the General Board for 20092011, a compilation of talented, resourceful, and hard working elected officers and cabinet members. Please know that we are here to serve you. My number one priority is: Putting Brothers First. The theme for this administration is “Changing Lives Through Service.” As you read this issue, you’ll understand the passion that I have for service and just what this theme means to me. I clearly envision a brotherhood working together to impact the communities we serve. Always remember: What we do speaks volumes as to who we are. Since my election as your leader, it seems as if I’ve been in the air almost as many days as I’ve been on the ground; for the work of Sigma never ceases. As the reader, we offer you a glimpse at some of the many events, activities, meetings and programs I’ve attended since taking the helm. Lastly, the microscope is on Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. These are serious times for our nation, as well as our fraternity. It’s by God’s grace and mercy that we exist for the betterment of the human condition. As a brotherhood, we’ve stood the test of time and it is with the same grace, conviction, and commitment that Phi Beta Sigma will stand in the future. I, and your leadership, call upon every member to protect and safeguard the brotherhood.

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Message from the Executive Director My Brothers - Greetings from your Corporate Headquarters! Our 95th Anniversary Conclave was a grand success and we owe a great deal of gratitude to each of you for your level of participation and cooperation. It is my sincere hope that the services we provided each of you exceeded your expectations and made your visit to New Orleans memorable. Congratulations to the host chapter, Theta Beta Sigma, members of the General Board and Conclave Planning Committee as well as the International Headquarters Staff and volunteers for championing the cause and ensuring that our 2009 Conclave was simply the best! Please know that as we march on, no one will work harder than the headquarters staff and each day we are committed to making something positive happen. We are here to provide the best quality service possible to you, our brothers. May we continue to carry on in the true Spirit of Sigma, helping to heal the ills that stagnate our communities. Our work is not yet done; therefore, we must march on, march on til victory is won. My hope is that Conclave New Orleans will be an everlasting memory for you. Enjoy this issue of The Crescent!

Warmest Regards,

Marco W. McMillian Executive Director

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95th Anniversary Conclave: Celebrating the Dream” The Crescent City of New Orleans, Louisiana served as the gathering for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s 95th Anniversary Conclave, aptly themed “Celebrating the Dream.” In the year when history was made with the election of the nation’s first African American president, Sigma men from around the world continued the celebration by sowing seeds of positive change in the city still rebounding from Hurricane Katrina.

Congratulations to Honorable Brother Theo Woodard, Conclave Planning Team Lead/Chairman, and Brothers Jerry W. Green and Honorable Brother Lynard Carter, CoChairmen, for a job well done.

For seven days Sigma brothers, Sigma Beta Club members and ladies, and guests enjoyed a variety of business sessions, workshops, special events and activities. This year The Honorable Paul L. Griffin, Jr,, 32nd International President, the Sigma International Leadership Academy (SILA) held its welcomed Sigma men and guests to his home town, as he first Community Conference 2009: Mind, Body & Spirit – From prepared to pass the torch of leadership. Aspiration to Application. This year’s corporate sponsors included State Farm Insurance’s 50 Million Pound Challenge, Liberty Bank & Trust of New Orleans, Industrial Bank & Trust of Washington, DC and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Special programs and activities were held with Phi Beta Sigma’s corporate service partners, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, American Cancer Society and March of Dimes Foundation.

The Opening Ceremony opened with great fanfare honoring four of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s revered members with the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Brother Alden McDonald, President, Liberty Bank, received the award for Bigger & Better Business, Brother Robert Bobb, Emergency Financial Manager, Detroit City Public School District, received for Social Action and Brother Warren Ballentine, Esq., host, Warren Ballentine Show, received for Education. Brother Preston The Gulf Coast Region, under the leadership of Brother Thomas Edwards, Publisher, Black Collegiate Magazine received the E. Edwards, Regional Director, along with host chapter Theta Presidential Power of One Award. Beta Sigma, Brother Will Harris, president, rolled out the blue carpet in true New Orleans tradition. The fraternity paused to honor six notable leaders with the

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Opening Ceremony coveted African American Image Awards. The honorees were Brother Dwayne Ashley, President, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Clayola Brown, President, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dr. Norman Francis, President, Xavier University, Reverend Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network and Brother Warren Riley, Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department. Jazz saxophonist Brother Everett Harp, hosted and performed a spectacular “Evening of Jazz with special guest recording artist, Chante Moore. The lovely Elizabeth Gardner was crowned Miss International Phi Beta Sigma. Gardner, representing the Gulf Coast Region, is a junior at Prairie View A & M University, majoring in Communication/English.

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Conclave 2009 Award Winners INTERNATIONAL MODEL CHAPTERS Collegiate – Delta Nu, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN Alumni – Gamma Eta Sigma, Orlando, Florida

REGIONAL MODEL CHAPTERS EASTERN Collegiate Level I – Mu Zeta, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Alumni Level I – Epsilon Sigma, Harlem, NY Alumni Level II – Lambda Lambda Sigma, Trenton, NJ GREAT LAKES Alumni Level II –

Nu Pi Sigma, Rockford, IL



COLLEGIATE CHAPTER HIGHEST GPA Mu Gamma, American Baptist College, Nashville, TN

EMMITT SMITH ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Brother George Silvie Zeta Xi Chapter University of South Florida

SOUTHERN Collegiate Level II – Beta Psi, Albany State University, Atlanta, GA Alumni Level I – Gamma Eta Sigma, Orlando, FL Alumni Level III – Gamma Pi Sigma, Macon, GA


SOUTHEASTERN Collegiate Level III – Beta Mu, Benedict College Alumni Level I – Beta Rho Sigma, Charlotte, NC Alumni Level III – Zeta Theta Sigma, Rock Hill. SC

University of Middle Tennessee State

Brother Gary Andrae Hill


SOUTHWESTERN Collegiate Level I – Delta Nu, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN Collegiate Level II – Beta Epsilon, Langston University Collegiate Level III – Kappa Omicron, University of Tennessee-Martin Alumni Level I – Tau Iota Sigma, Memphis, TN Alumni Level II – Alpha Delta Sigma, Kansas City, MO WESTERN – N/A

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International Step Down Competition

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General Board Dinner

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African American Image Awards

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Founders Awards Breakfast

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Sigma Beta Club Conference

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Miss International Phi Beta Sigma Pageant

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Darryl T. Williams


Director – Eastern Region

Honorable Jimmy Hammock President

Lezell J. Lowe Director – Great Lakes Region

Jonathan A. Mason, Jr. First Vice President

Thomas Edwards Director – Gulf Coast Region

Lonnie Wall, II Second Vice President

Quentin Goodwin Director – Southeastern Region

Larry Mungin Treasurer

Ray Smith Director – Southern Region

Winston K. O’Neal Director – Bigger & Better Business Program

Martin B. Currie Director – Southwestern Region

William L. Powell, Jr. Director – Education Program

Raphael Forbes Director – Western Region

Dr. Joseph F. West Director – Social Action Program

Christopher Calvin, Jr. Collegiate Member-At-Large

Honorable Paul L. Griffin, Jr. Immediate Past International President

Christopher Perry Collegiate Member-At-Large

Honorable Demetrius C. Newton, Esq. Distinguished Service Chapter Represenative

Marco W. McMillian Executive Director

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Honorable Scherod C. Barnes Chief of Staff

Leonard O. Lockhart Deputy Chief of Staff

Ian Heisser Director – Technology

Dr. Marcus A. Chanay Director – Collegiate Affairs

Honorable William E. Stanley, Jr. Dr. Patrick Hardy

President – Distinguished Service Chapter

Director – Sigma Beta Clubs

Honorable Larry Blanding Honorable William Walker Senior Advisor to the President

President – Life Members

Jacob Gillison Deputy Assistant to the President – Governmental & Civic Affairs

Steve E. Ballard Director – Communications & Marketing

Major James C. Clark, Jr. Deputy Assistant to the President – Military Services

Michael Cristal Director – Conferences & Logistics

Ron Ponds Chairman – Corporate Headquarters Human Resources

Dr. Bennie L. Harris Director – Sigma International Leadership Academy

Greville French Coordinator – Membership Intake Certification

James W. Camphor Director – Sigma/Zeta Relations

John E. White Director – Standards, Rituals & Protocols

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A LEADER FOR THESE TIMES Introducing Honorable Brother Jimmy Hammock 33rd International President

“Quiet strength, sound judgment, and enduring compassion,” is how Zeta Soror Vicki Pinkett Hammock describes the newly elected International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. “I am deeply proud of Jimmy for many reasons. Some of which are his abiding faith, his love of family, and his high ethical standards. His quick wit, friendly personality, and level temperament allow him to easily motivate people and to solve difficult tasks and challenges.” Jimmy Hammock’s sole motivation for leadership rest in impacting lives. His personal testimony comes from a place of humble beginnings in Fordyce, Arkansas, where he was raised by his mother and grandmother. It was the committed mentorship of a teacher that would help shape the future of this leader. Hence, the meaning of Changing Lives Through Service, the new theme for this administration. Because of his academic excellence, he graduated with high honors from the J. E. Wallace High School and received a full four year academic scholarship to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He graduated in 1973 with a degree in Business Administration and recently retired from ArvinMeritor, formerly Rockwell International, as Materials Manager after 29 years of service.

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Jimmy entered the ranks of Phi Beta Sigma through UAPB’s Beta Theta Chapter in December 1970. His journey in Sigma has encompassed many capacities on all levels, including, President of Phi Sigma Chapter, Knoxville, TN, East Tennessee State Director, Director and Vice Director of the Southeastern Region, International Treasurer and International First Vice President, He’s currently a Sapphire Life Member – Certificate No. 3 and Gold Life Member #1237. Brother Hammock’s affiliations with civic and service organizations are vast, as well as his many awards and recognitions. His greatest reward and gift would be his marriage to Soror Vicki Hammock, immediate past regional director for the sorority’s South Central Region. They have a son, Andre, who is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. “Key to the success of this administration will be the extent to which we HEAR the members and then answer them,” shares Brother Hammock. For this, President Hammock commits to PUTTING BROTHERS FIRST as his first key opportunity to make the vision of Changing Lives Through Service a reality. Making brothers the top priority involves a myriad of activities. By instituting more professional and leadership development, life skills enhancement opportunities, chapter development and engagement, Hammock seeks to reduce the leadership variance experienced by the organization. This is the second key opportunity: Modeling & Developing Sigma Leaders. “Last year the organization instituted a constitutional mandate in the formation of the Sigma International Leadership Academy. I’m excited with the initial success of the academy and look forward to building upon its capabilities, structure and program,” shares Hammock. Hammock’s traditional demeanor and experience is perfectly balanced by his understanding of the current core values needed by any contemporary organization or business. “We must solidify our brand for what we do says who we are. When the public hears Phi Beta Sigma, I want them to think of service,” says Hammock. His third key opportunity is Making Impact Through Fraternity Signature Program. One of Hammock’s first moves as leader was bringing together key officers and cabinet members to review and refine the organization’s three-prong programmatic focus, along with the Sigma Beta Club program. The board members cleaned house and chiseled out a new definition of Sigma Wellness, the fraternity’s international program that incorporates Bigger & Better Business, Social Action and Education. A journey from a small town to the lofty boardrooms of international organizations has aptly prepared this leader for such a time as this. “By impacting our members’ lives, we the impact the community. When we change lives of those we serve, we reap the benefit, thus our organization will grow. These are critical times for our country and our organization. Only by His grace and direction, do I serve.”

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Introducing Brother Jonathan A. Mason, Sr. International First Vice President


every level including, chapter president on both collegiate and alumni levels, area deputy Director of Virginia, Eastern Regional director of Social Action, and International Director of Social Action.

Jonathan Mason is no stranger to firing up the team. During his days on the football and track fields at Abington High School in Abington, Pennsylvania, Mason got the job done. Not only did he receive several athletic scholarships in high school, he lettered in football (4 years) and wrestling (2 years) at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.

A recurring theme in Mason’s life is team building. As Sales Director for 77 WABC Radio and WABC Syndication, he’s responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan that will allow managers and sellers to achieve revenue goals. He’s one of three African American executive level managers in the industry’s number one market New York City.

It was the consistency and unaffected demeanor of his NSU football team mates that encouraged him to research and seek affiliation into Phi Beta Sigma. “I knew them before they became Sigmas and after they were members,” says Mason. “Unlike other friends I had, that joined other organizations, these gentlemen never changed their personalities. After hearing them and doing my own research, I was determined to become a member of Our Wondrous Band.” Mason was initiated into NSU’s Delta Zeta Chapter on May 7, 1991.

A strong work ethic is common to Brother Mason as he travels daily between New York and Philadelphia. He’s married to Zeta Phi Beta Soror Dionis A. Mason and they have a son Jonathan Mason, Jr.

Since joining the ranks of Sigma, Mason has served

Brother Mason is the Co-Pastor of the Northeast Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA and a Associate Minister at New Hope Baptist Church in East Orange, NJ. A Participant Servant Leader is the characterization given to Mason’s leadership style. “This style of

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and develop strategies to achieve goals. Once the goals are established, I am able to clearly communicate the vision and set the mission for the team,” says Mason. During his campaign for this position, Mason presented a seven point strategy for the continued growth and development of Sigma. In reviewing the strategy, his plan to introduce new on-line social networking represents an innovative approach to communication. “The social networking tools are a part of the fabric of modern society. Facebook, Twitter and other networking tools provide us with an awesome opportunity to connect to our members and provide them with relevant information. In this day and age, we have the ability to touch our members with good content on a daily basis,” he shares. By all accounts, Brother Mason is fired up and ready to get results. He’s tapped a team of talented members to hit the field and build excitement amongst the ranks. For inspiration he reflects and call upon the names of historical Sigma legends, current political figures, the immediate past and former Social Action Directors, and past international presidents. “When I think of these names, I realize that we all stood on the shoulders of GIANTS! We have a rich history. We owe it to all the great men of Sigma to be the absolute best that we can be! I am committed to doing my part to make sure that the tree that our Founders planted continues to grow. Let’s work together in unity and watch Sigma soar to heights never before seen!”

leadership calls for all members of the group to participate in the decision making process. While I reserve the right to make the final decision once all input is provided, the BEST decisions come as a result of different opinions. When people are truly vested in the process, success will crown their endeavors!” shares Mason. The vice president is tasked with the responsibility of growing the membership through improving membership services, developing compelling membership materials, developing strategies for certification in Intake and reviewing the Membership Intake Process. Mason’s fraternal experience combined with his life and professional experiences have afforded him tools to make things happen. “My many teachers have helped me to cultivate and hone natural gifts given to me by God. I have an ability to identify challenges

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A VOICE FOR COLLEGIATE SIGMAS TODAY It’s been said by many that Brother Lonny Wall bears a resemblance to Honorable Brother Abram Langston Taylor, the organizer and Founder of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Brother Taylor represented the voice of African American college students during the early 1900s. His response to the sign of the times was the establishment of this great brotherhood. Ninety-five years later Brother Lonnie Wall, II, have been elected to represent the voice of the collegiate brothers in Phi Beta Sigma today. He speaks with intelligence and eloquence; a gentleman reared with tenacity, respect and vision. His rearing was in part due to another Sigma Man – his father, Lonnie Wall, Sr, a spring 1978 initiate at Theta Upsilon Chapter. “My parents have always pushed for academic excellence. With my father as my coach, I learned many life lessons. I was told to never be last, act like a leader, strive to be the best, associate yourself with successful people and you will be successful,” shares Wall.

Wall grew up in Ontario, California, just outside of Los Angeles. He has two sisters, the older, a soror of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Football and church has been a mainstay in his life since an early age, having undergone deacon training in his high school senior year. He credits his father ’s direction and self-motivating statements as his driving force today. Wall says, “Perhaps this is why I’m probably one of the most competitive persons most people have ever met. Entering college, my mind was set on two things: (1) getting good grades and (2) becoming a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Now that I have achieved both, I am continually working on my network and trying to graduate from the University of Arizona with an accounting degree.” Wall was initiated on April 23, 2006 with Brother Anthony Feaster. He recalls that Phi Beta Sigma was the only visible fraternity on the campus. He credits his fraternal involvement with giving him a good college experience. “Since becoming a member, I have organized many events, each one more fulfilling than its predecessor. I have a passion for working with the youth, thus we do a lot of activities with elementary schools. I even had students shadowing me throughout the day to show them what college is really like, “ says Lonnie. Brother Wall was able to make a strong bid for International Second Vice President based on his proven leadership experience. He’s been very active on his campus, holding several positions on the local

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Y Introducing Brother Lonnie Wall, II International Second Vice President

National Pan Hellenic Council board. He was featured in the university’s recruitment guide and is a member of the African American Student Advisory Board. He served as the second vice regional director for the Western Region. “ I worked closely with Brother Stephen Kniffley, immediate past international second vice president. He was able to immensely increase the resources made available to our collegiate members. I have always believed that execution is the key to success and an unbeatable strategy is worthless unless it is executed properly. I ran to help every region maximize their use of our current resources so that they can see improvements in areas such as recruiting, retention and chapter operations.” Managing the balancing act is key. Balancing the rigors of leadership, academics and personal life is tough for seasoned professionals, and can be polarizing for college students. Wall seems to have it all in the proper perspective. “Time management

is something I learned at an early age.” He uses the same model today, he used while growing up when he played several sports, involved in extra-curricular activities, attended college prep courses on weekends and enjoyed time with family and friends. His ritual is school first, Sigma leadership responsibilities second, and then social life with the brothers. “I am 21 and single. Though some have tried, I have yet to be tied down by a woman. Having said that, my time still belongs to me.” Brother Wall has a clear vision and goal for his term as the voice of the collegiate brother. “At the end of my term, I would like all chapters to operate at a higher level. It begins with collegiates. If we can run successful chapters as undergraduates, and make the improbable transfer into graduate chapters, our fraternity would serve its purpose. We must get back to the purpose of our organization, which is simply to serve our community.”

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Brother Tommie Tolbert Talent expression, the best performance of duty and strong communication are the principles exhibited by Gamma Eta Sigma Chapter, the 2009 Model Alumni Chapter winner from Tampa, Florida. Founded in 1946, the chapter of 33 members suffered the loss of Brother Sam Horton, the last remaining charter member. Under the leadership of Brother Tommie Tolbert, Gamma Eta Sigma thrives on the talents and contributions of a committed band of brothers. “Our chapter is a bunch of intelligent and hard working men. I will always put my chapter out front, because I could not do this by myself. I had no doubts we could do it. The competition is very stiff like the chapter in Chicago. We made them the standard to get recognition,” shares Brother Tolbert. Gamma Eta Sigma’s success is rooted in celebrating the fundamental essentials of life. The chapter balances its activities by sponsoring programs consistent with the international fraternity, with those needs relative to their local community. The chapter received a $1,000 grant from the March of Dimes Foundation and participates annually in the MOD Walk for Babies. “It’s the small things that we appreciate, like First Fridays, where we get together to socialize and fellowship amongst each other. As alumni brothers, we don’t have the opportunity to get together as much, so we rotate going to each member’s church. That helps to get a better understanding of each other.” The Sigma Beta Club, under the direction of Brother Phillip Harris, is the pride of the chapter and widely recognized in the city. Each year the chapter sponsors the Annual Scholarship Banquet. The event has become the most recognized program for the organization, with local television news anchors, celebrities, business people and athletes attending the program. All seniors apply, complete and receive monetary support in some form. In 2009 all of the club members matriculated to institutions of higher learning within the state of Florida and became members of Phi Beta Sigma. Tolbert shares, “We drop everything for them! It’s been four years since having the club, and now Brother James Jackson, the new director, is carrying the torch very well.” The chapter maintains a corporate business philosophy by assuring members with specific skill sets or talents are placed in appropriate positions. Not only is it a philosophy, it has become the mission of the chapter president. “I like to see where a brother can bring an element of himself or his job to make the fraternity better and vice versa. My goal is to maximize each brother’s potential,” shares Tolbert. “We make sure those that are in the field of business and deal with managerial situations work closely with budgeting and finance. We also assure that a pastor is on the benevolent committee. Recognizing that the work of the chapter is not limited to only local concerns, chapter members extend their fraternal services to other levels. Currently, half of the Florida State Board is comprised of members from Gamma Eta Sigma. Phi Beta Sigma’s new fraternity card was designed by chapter member, Brother Jermaine Hankerson and Brother Zannie Mount serves as the state Intake Coordinator. “We push chapter members and local collegiates to attend and represent at all conferences. We’re proud to advise two collegiate chapters, Zeta Xi at the University of South Florida and Alpha Beta Gamma at the University of Tampa.” Pure southern hospitality resounds loudly throughout the activities of Gamma Eta Sigma. God, family and fraternity appears to be the ethical foundation that permeates throughout the chapter. “My goal is to create more family involvement. I want our wives and children to see the work they can do for community by supporting Phi Beta Sigma as a whole. Overall, the work we do is a great celebration of this honor.”

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The City of Memphis is the birthplace of Founder A. Langston Taylor, the visionary of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. As a young college student, he dreamed of an organization that would change the direction of Black fraternities on the campus of Howard University in 1914. Ironically today, the brothers of the self-described Delta Nu Chapter continues the progressive tradition of Founder Taylor at the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee. This award-winning group of 41 members returned home with the 2009 Model Collegiate Chapter title. Since 1963, Delta Nu Chapter has remained a relevant force on the campus of U of M. “We are known for our willingness to collaborate with other organizations,” says Brother Jeremy Smith, Chapter President. “We also are known for being a big support system for different groups, leaders on the campus, as well as the best step performers.” Other chapter officers include Brother Kenderick Harris, vice president, Herschal McCathern, secretary and Labradford Millen, treasurer. The strongest asset of Delta Nu is their force of brotherhood. The drive to always be the best at every task undertaken is constantly instilled throughout the year. It’s apparent that this philosophy yields success for the chapter. “We are successful because we are a brotherhood that works hard together, and thrives for excellence together—no matter what obstacles are in our way,” says Smith. Looking ahead Brother Smith shares that the goals for 2010 is 100% membership retention, strive for academic excellence and perform more outreach on the campus. “My proudest moments are seeing our members graduate, go on to lead successful lives, and come together during adversity and still produce great events.”

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At the 95th Anniversary Conclave of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Brother Jimmy Hammock emerged as the 33rd International President. Hammock believed that his vision of Changing Lives Through Service would be enhanced by the fullest development and implementation of the Fraternity’s signature programs. Aligning the program initiatives of Bigger and Better Business, Education and Social Action and the agenda of the Sigma Beta Clubs (collectively, the international programs) under the Sigma Wellness brand, would allow for (1) program mission alignment; (2) establishment of measurable success criteria; (3) accountability protocols; and (4) the sharing of common resources.

The president identified the Sigma International Leadership Academy (SILA), under the direction of Brother Dr. Bennie Harris, to facilitate a blended training curriculum to a core group of General Board members and regional program officers. The facilitation team consisted of Bros. Kaliym Islam, Reginald Sluch and Charles Talbert. The training culminated with the weekend Program Planning and Implementation Retreat, generating a report to be reviewed by the General Board.

Regional program officers and Sigma Beta Club directors from the fraternity’s seven regions were invited to participate in the retreat. The following are those officers in attendance:


SIGMA WELLNESS VISION “Every Community Transformed, Every Sigma Man Strong!” SIGMA WELLNESS MISSION Through the international programs of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., administer and support programs that can be measured to positively transform local communities and strengthen the fraternity membership.




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President Jimmy Hammock First Vice President Jonathan A. Mason, Sr. Second Vice President Lonnie Wall, II Director of Education William L. Powell, Jr. Director of Social Action Dr. Joseph F. West Eastern Regional Director Darryl T. Williams Great Lakes Regional Dir. Lezell Lowe Gulf Coast Regional Dir. Thomas Edwards Southeastern Regional Dir. Quentin Goodwin Southwestern Regional Dir. Martin B. Currie Western Regional Director Raphael Forbes Executive Director Marco W. McMillian Chief of Staff Scherod C. Barnes Dir. of Communications Steve E. Ballard Dir. of Conferences/Logistics Michael Cristal Dir. of Collegiate Affairs Dr. Marcus A. Chanay Dir. of Sigma Beta Clubs Dr. Patrick Hardy Dir. of Standards/Rituals/Protocol John E. White

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BIGGER & BETTER BUSINESS The mission of the International Bigger and Better Program is to promote and support minority and small business and encourage sound financial practices.

INITIATIVES Project S.E.E.D. Promotes financial literacy, awareness and home ownership. VITA Free tax preparation for low and moderate income filers. Liberty Mutual PBS receives a commission for each policy established using our member ID. PBS Federal Credit Union Serve as a liaison between the brotherhood and the PBSFCU board to improve services offered. Business Development Create partnership with a national business organization to offer resources for entrepreneurs at all levels.

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The mission of the International Education Program is to empower our community and our membership by providing educational resources, advocating for education equality, and forming strategic partnerships that develop our next generation of leaders.

The mission of the International Social Action Program is to encourage social, political and philanthropic leadership that strengthens our communities and our membership.

The mission of the International Sigma Beta Club Foundation, through Sigma Wellness, is to provide mentoring and youth programming for young men ages 8 to 18.


Job Training and Savings Program Teaching club members about business ownership, financial investment, checking and savings accounts; providing opportunities for job training, interning, shadowing or volunteering.

INITIATIVES My Brother’s Keeper Training collegiates for job career readiness, providing internship and co-op opportunities; strengthening the matriculation rates; and providing tools for education stability. Scholarship Providing financial assistance to achieving members. Advocacy for Education Advocating for education advancement. Director of Education Brother William L. Powell, Jr.

Director of Bigger and Better Business Brother Winston K. O’Neal

As a result of the Program Planning & Implementation Retreat, a complete program matrix was developed for each program area, inclusive of each initiative and a criteria to measure success. In addition, a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats) analysis was developed for each program area, which yielded a comprehensive action plan and timeline. The matrix clearly highlights the shared common resources each program director has in order to complete each initiative. Upon review of the complete document by the General Board during the

INITIATIVES March of Dimes Foundation March for Babies April & May 2010 Building Strong Fathers Philanthropy $100,000 Goal. American Cancer Society Relay for Life May 2010 Philanthropy $75,000 Goal. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Living Well Brother to Brother 2010 Census Director of Social Action Brother Dr. Joseph F. West

Tutorial/Enrichment and Mentoring Program Providing opportunities for members to recognize educational accomplishments and strengths; monitoring and providing academic assistance with local institutions as community partnerships. Sigma Against Teenage Pregnancy Program Training institutes, workshops on abstinence and safe sex. Childhood Obesity Reduce weight and reversing bad health of adolescents. Director of Sigma Beta Club Brother Dr. Patrick Hardy

General Board Meeting in January 2010, all regions and chapters will be able to review the document and receive marching orders from our program directors. PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION FORM (PIA) The new PIA for will be available February 1, 2010. Please make sure your chapter representative has completed the PIA for all activities in 2009. 2009 PIA Final Report will be available March 1, 2010.

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PRESIDENT HAMMOCK REPRESENTS SIGMA AT NAACP 100TH CELEBRATION Hon. Brother Jimmy Hammock, President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. represented the international brotherhood at “Bold Dreams. Big Victories,” the 100th Annual Convention of the NAACP in New York City. Brother Hammock, along with Brother Marco W. McMillian, Executive Director, attended the Annual Luncheon, where the keynote speaker was Judge Greg Mathis. Mathis is the star and producer of the nationally syndicated reality-based court show Judge Mathis. Several leaders of the National Pan Hellenic Council, Inc. were on hand to experience the milestone occasion, including Soror Sheryl Underwood, International Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma’s historic association with one of the nation’s long standing civil rights organizations was made evident in the release of Celebrating a Century: NAACP’s 100 Years In Pictures.” Brother James Weldon Johnson, Sigma brother and former NAACP executive secretary, is featured throughout the impressive collector’s item.

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PHI BETA SIGMA JOINS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY AT HEALTH DISPARITIES CONFERENCE Continuing our commitment to together waging war against cancer, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity recently sponsored the American Cancer Society’s VIP Luncheon during the 2009 Disparities Conference, held July 28 – 29, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme for this year’s conference was Health Equity: Through The Cancer Lens. This was ACS’ third year presenting the conference on health disparities. “This year we moved beyond description to action,” says Linda Blount, ACS’ National Vice President, Office of Health Disparities. “By combining research and practice and the academy and community, we focused on what we know works from the perspective of advocacy, community intervention and communication.” Hon. Brother Jimmy Hammock, International President was on hand to bring greetings on behalf of the fraternity. In his address Hammock reminded luncheon attendees that Phi Beta Sigma’s international initiative Sigma Wellness embodies the fraternity’s theme “Changing Lives Through Service” through our ACS partnership that continues to impact communities through advocacy, research, fund raising and communication.

Bro. Hammock and Linda Blount, ACS, National VP, Office of Health Disparities.

Left to right (seated) Bro. Jimmy Hammock, Linda Blount, Bro. Lonnie Wall (standing) Joseph Hill, ACS, and Bro. Preston Edwards

Joining Brother Hammock were Brothers Lonnie Wall, Second Vice President, Dr. Joseph West, Director of Social Action, Marco W. McMillian, Executive Director, John E. White, Director of Standards, Policies and Protocol, and Preston Edwards, Publisher, Black Collegian Magazine. Phi Beta Sigma joined a list of impressive conference partners including, National Medical Association, Intercultural Cancer Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, The Disparity Reducing Advances Project and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Brother Hammock greeting luncheon attendees

Brothers Dr. Joseph West and John E. White Hammock with Joseph Hill, ACS.

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Joins Forces with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to fight HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C.

Culminating Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s first phase of the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI), the Fraternity joined forces with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to open the AHF Blair Underwood Healthcare Clinic in Northwest Washington, DC. The Clinic is named for Brother Blair Underwood who has launched the MAN UP! campaign which encourages African American men to man up and get tested. Attending the clinic’s opening were President Hammock, Past Presidents Womack and Griffin, and other General Board members, Grand Basileus Sheryl Underwood and brothers from around the globe. The Alpha Chapter performed several steps as their way of Stepping out AIDS. The Fraternity was featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, D.C.-based television stations and several radio outlets. Nearly 30 years since the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, African Americans, by far, bear the greatest burden of HIV in the United States. As part of the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) – a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 14 of the nation’s leading African-American organizations to integrate HIV prevention into their existing outreach programs – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity has engaged, primarily its collegiate chapters, in events to encourage early diagnosis and routine testing for HIV. “We realize the importance of being on the frontline in the fight against HIV/AIDS and therefore our efforts speak to our commitment to championing this cause,” said Jimmy Hammock, International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. “Our members are encouraged TO KNOW THEIR STATUS and to bring awareness of the impact of the disease to others,” said Marco W. McMillan, Executive Director for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. According to CDC data released last year, although African Americans represent about 12% of the population, they account for nearly half of all people living with HIV/AIDS (46%) and new infections (45%). Approximately one in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV over their lifetime, as will one in 30 black women – facts which underscore the need for our partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity joined forces with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and held the 10th Annual Community Leadership Awards Reception during the Congressional Black Caucus Week in Washington, DC at The Galleria at LaFayette Centre on September 24, 2009.

a leader, co-founding Artists for a New South Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to democracy and equality in South Africa.

The Community Leadership Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown a commitment to public service and serves as a role model for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Other 2009 honorees included Eric Holder, 82nd Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice, Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Pearlie Reed, USDA Assistant Secretary for Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Annie Whatley, Acting Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy and The Honorable Barbara Lee, U.S. House of Representatives, 9th District.

Honorable Brother Jimmy Hammock presented the coveted award to Brother Blair Underwood, actor, producer, author and community activist. This year Underwood has received an abundance of accolades that include a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word for former vice-president, Al Gore’s album “An Inconvenient Truth.” As a dedicated voice for human rights, Underwood has been

An activist for human rights causes, Underwood is currently involved in a multi-tiered cause marketing campaign with the Aids Healthcare Foundation encouraging HIV testing and awareness.

Ms. Cynne Simpson, Anchor, ABC 7/ WJLA-TV in Washington, DC served as mistress of ceremonies.

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Hearts were heavy while precious memories abound with the passing of Phi Beta Sigma’s oldest past president. The Honorable Brother Roswell O. Sutton of Atlanta, Georgia, commonly known as “the one who walked with the Founders” succumbed on Tuesday, August 19, 2009. Sigma men from all seven regions traveled to Atlanta to pay tribute to the one who stirred the soul with inspiring speeches during many international conventions and meetings. The Omega Ceremony was held on Tuesday, August 25th at Friendship Baptist Church. The next morning a horse-drawn carriage carrying our beloved leader and flanked by Sigma leaders, traveled down the streets to the Martin Luther King Memorial Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College, his alma mater and place where he became Sigma.

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A CELEBRATION OF LIFE & LEGACY The Honorable Brother Roswell O’Neil Sutton was born on January 27, 1920. He was the eldest of five children of devoted parents Ernest Lee Sutton and Nonnie Winfrey Sutton. He was preceded in death by Clarice Cleo Sutton Southall, Nelson Ernestine Sutton, and Alvin Walton Sutton. He remained an Atlanta native throughout his life. He was called home by his Heavenly Father to his eternal reward on August 19, 2009 at the Atlanta Hospice. Brother Sutton had a proven record of professionalism and results in his field of expertise—finance. He enjoyed two long careers in his professional life—one with Citizens Trust Bank (1946-1974) and the other with Paschal Enterprises (19782008). Additionally, Brother Sutton worked as a mathematics teacher with the Cook County Board of Education (19411943) and for MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) in its early years as Housing Officer (1974-1977). In 1977, Sutton established an independent business— R.O. Sutton and Associates, a financial management, consulting and investment analyst organization. Sutton began work at Citizens Trust Bank in the bookkeeping department and rose through the ranks to become Executive Vice President. He joined Paschal Enterprises as Vice President of Finance for Paschal’s Concessions, Inc. and Vice President/ Assistant Treasurer for Dobbs-Paschal Midfield Corporation. Through his early 80’s, Sutton continued to serve in this capacity. His insight into matters of finance benefits several community boards and organizations. He served on the board of directors of the George Carver/ East Side Boys and Girls Club (member since 1948, President 1953-1963); the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, Inc. (member since 1948); Big Bethel A.M.E. Federal Credit Union; and Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union. He also has served on the boards of Peachford Hospital (Chairman of the Advisory Council, 1978 – 1995); Gate City Day Nursery Association; Governor’s Advisory Council on Mental Health, Retardation and Substance Abuse, Advisory Council of Fulton County Alcoholism Treatment Center (Chairman); Alonzo F. Herndon and Norris B. Herndon Foundation; Center for the Visually Impaired Foundation; and Atlanta Life Financial Services Group, Inc. Sutton was a former Chairman of the

Butler Street YMCA Finance Committee and served as a member of the board for twenty-nine years. Brother Sutton’s professional career was matched by his dedicated service to the United States Military. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Before an honorable discharge in 1946, he served in American, European and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters of Operation. Sutton immediately reenlisted in the Army Reserve Corps and retired in 1972 with the rank of Major. At that time, he transferred to the Retired Army Reserve Corps. Educated in the public schools of Atlanta, Brother Sutton graduated from Booker T. Washington High School (1937). He received his B.A. Degree from Morehouse College (1941) and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1953. He continued to advance his education through several seminars, institutes and certificate programs. He attended the Real Estate Appraisal Institute at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (1948); the Practicing Law Institute of New York City, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association (1957); the Institute for Financial Management, Senior Bank Officer’s Seminary, Harvard University, Boston (1959); and the Center for Continuing Education, University of Georgia at Athens (19611962). Brother Sutton was a member of Friendship Baptist Church for 71 years and served on the Trustee Board since 1948. Sutton also held memberships with the Atlanta Morehouse Chapter, the National Alumni Association of Morehouse College; Frontiers International; W.C. Thomas Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He served as the 17th president of Phi Beta Sigma from 1960 to 1962. He was the first and only member to be named International President Emeritus. Brother Sutton leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Luel Cummings Sutton, daughter Patricia S. Crawford; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Clyde A. (Evelyn) Sutton, Sr.; sister-in-law, Louise L. Wright; four grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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The Crescent Magazine Fall 2009  

The Crescent is the official publication and voice of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The journal, released twice yearly, provides the frate...

The Crescent Magazine Fall 2009  

The Crescent is the official publication and voice of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The journal, released twice yearly, provides the frate...