Our Cause Summer 2022

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SUMMER 2022

THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE EASTERN REGION OF PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC.

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SCHOLARSHIP

Ameen Muhammad Alpha

Devante Kerr Alpha

Greg Pugh Alpha

Jaylen Cromwell Alpha

Joshua Cole Alpha

Mamadou Kouyate Alpha

Colin G Smith Alpha Alpha Phi

Emmanuel Cano-Garraway Kappa Xi

Garon Senior Beta Beta Pi

Jordan Boakye Mu Iota

Jordan Whiteside-Johnson Iota Phi

Michael Borisade Mu Iota

Michael Mitchell Theta Gamma

Shawn Robinson Beta Beta Pi

Zeyad Elbliety Mu Iota

Kobe Cheseman Alpha Alpha Alpha

Jadarius Pennyfeather Delta Upsilon

Christopher Kent Delta Zeta

Claude Funn Delta Zeta

Maleik Watkins Delta Zeta

Marcell Moss Delta Zeta

Markus Malloy Delta Zeta

Kyle Baine Mu Nu

Benjamin Faulks Omicron Iota

Craig -Chuck- Rollins III Omicron Iota


Kenyatta Jeusi Omicron Iota

Tanatswa L. Sambana Omicron Iota

Tjyshawn Mitchell Omicron Rho

Hasan Crawford Rho Tau

Jaylon Davis Rho Tau

Joshua Franklin Zeta Eta

Webster Hill Zeta Eta

Charles Aborisade Gamma Alpha Phi

Isaiah Bobo Lambda Upsilon

Ruffus Steward Gamma Alpha Tau

Antonio Lopez Gamma Alpha Tau

Ariel Ferreras Gamma Alpha Tau

Demetrius Holliman Gamma Alpha Tau

Bryson Richardson Xi Gamma

Bryce Watts Xi Gamma

Devin Johnson Beta Alpha

Dylan James Earlington Zeta Lambda

Katrell Clay Zeta Lambda

Albert Norman Gamma Upsilon

Charles Brown Gamma Upsilon

Colin Walcott Gamma Upsilon

Jared Keaton Gamma Upsilon

Kavante Dawson Gamma Upsilon

Nazair Williams Gamma Upsilon

CLASS OF

Tito Gomez Gamma Upsilon

Vladimil Velez Gamma Upsilon

Zaire Jackson Gamma Upsilon

Zion Raeburn Gamma Beta Alpha

2022


SIGMA MU SIGMA CHAPTER SERVICE FOR HUMANITY IN THE HOMELAND


WATER FOR LIFE PROJECT AT ABOMA JUNCTION The Brothers of Sigma Mu Sigma Chapter (Ghana Sigmas) located in Accra, Ghana in West Africa and throughout the USA are proud to announce the completion of our third borehole in just over a year of the anniversary of our chartering. The building of this borehole was made successful through partnership with Mt. Enon Baptist Church, a local church based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania led by the pastor, Bro. Rev. Edmund Sherrill. Aboma Junction community was selected for this borehole in the town of Aboma because it is located off the main road where a new highway is being built. The highway will connect Adukrom to another major community named Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This community has a population of over 1,500 people. The creation of the borehole is also able to reduce the increasing prevalence of water-borne diseases such as malaria and diarrhea that contribute to the high infant mortality rate throughout the country. The commissioning of the new borehole was held on Saturday, October 16, 2021, and was attended by chapter members Kofi Apraku and Kennedy Agyapong, along with local media, Divine 9 representatives, the community Chief, elders, and over 100 villagers who gathered for the ribbon cutting and first flow of fresh, clean running water.


AAAG – MEDICAL OUTREACH PROJECT Brothers from the chapter volunteered time and financial support to the African American Association of Ghana to help with the Medical Outreach Project. PPE, including masks, disposable latex gloves, and hand sanitizers were given out to those who attended the event.


EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT KETOU from Bro. Christopher Adewale Spencer “I would like to extend my sincere thank you to the GENEROUS donation made by brothers of the Ghana Sigma’s toward The Ketou Kids Foundation (Bennie Republic). Together we have resourced 100 students for the upcoming school year, Chris Adewale Spencer (4Gamma 200Fa) Ade’ of Educational Development Ketou”


Bro. Jeffrey Johnson was awarded 2022 Teacher of the Year of Beulah Elementary School. Bro. Johnson was initiated into Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated in Fall 2018 through the Beta Sigma Chapter (South Hampton Roads) and has remained a financial member through Beta Sigma Chapter. Bro. Johnson graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and returned to Norfolk State University to obtain his Master’s of Arts in Urban Education School Counseling K-12.

The current and alumni brothers of Delta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated celebrated their 50th Anniversary of being chartered. The Delta Zeta Chapter was chartered May 7, 1972 at Norfolk State University. The brothers will continue their year long celebration of this milestone.

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Richmond, VA, April 24, 2022 – Brothers from the Iota Sigma Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Richmond, VA, April 24, 2022 – Brothers from the Iota Sigma Chapter, Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and a Soror from Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.Phi traveled to Arlington National and a Sororto from Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Beta Sorority,military Inc. traveled to Arlington Cemetery honor thePhi memory and sacrifice ofPhi all our nation’s members by laying National a wreath Cemetery to honor memory and sacrifice of all our military members by laying a wreath at the Tomb of thethe Unknown Soldier. The President of nation’s Iota Sigma Chapter, Brother Keith Cook, was at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. TheEastern President of IotaDirector, Sigma Chapter, Brother KeithVirginia/West Cook, was accompanied in the ceremony by 27th Regional Brother J.R. Reeves, accompanied in the ceremony by 27th Eastern Regional Director, Brother J.R. Reeves, Virginia/West Virginia State Director, Brother Rodney Wright, and Social Activities Chair, Military Affairs Committee Virginia State Brother Rodney Wright, Social Activities Chair, Military Affairs Committee Member, andDirector, Event Coordinator, Brother Brianand Mincey. Member, and Event Coordinator, Brother Brian Mincey. Brother Mincey, a Spring 2020 initiate of Iota Sigma Chapter, says “his vision for the event was to Brother a and Spring 2020Family initiatewith of Iota Sigma Chapter, says “his vision for the event to provideMincey, the Blue White an opportunity to experience the pageantry and was solemn provide the Blue and White Family with an opportunity to experience the pageantry and solemn nature of the wreath laying ceremony. It is his desire that the event can serve as a template for nature of the ceremony. is his desire to that thewho event canserved, serve as a template everyone whowreath wants laying to visit Arlington to Itpay respects those have even if you are for not everyone to visit Arlington to pay respects to those who have served, even if you are not affiliated who with wants the military.” affiliated with the military.” Iota Sigma Chapter honors and supports our military brothers throughout the year and encourages Iota and supports ourjoin military throughout the year Day and Blue encourages the Sigma publicChapter to save honors the date and plan to us forbrothers the 2nd Annual Veteran’s Thunder the public Motorcycle to save theRide dateonand plan to join us for5, the 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Blue Thunder Memorial Saturday November 2022. Memorial Motorcycle Ride on Saturday November 5, 2022. Iota Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded in 1920 originally as the Richmond Iota Sigma ChapterFor of Phi Beta Fraternity, Inc.Sigma was founded 1920 the Richmond Alumni Chapter. over oneSigma hundred, the Iota Chapterinof theoriginally Phi Betaas Sigma Fraternity, Alumni Chapter. For over one hundred, the Iota Sigma Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, has played a vital role in Richmond communities and beyond. Standing on the Incorporated, has giants playedthat a vital role in Richmond communities beyond. Standingproactive on the shoulders of the came before us, we strive to be a and community-oriented, shoulders of the came us, we strive motto, to be “Culture a community-oriented, chapter that trulygiants seeksthat to fulfill our before Fraternity’s beloved for Service and proactive Service for chapter that For trulymore seeks to fulfill ourvisit Fraternity’s beloved motto, “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.” information, www.richmondsigmas.org. Humanity.” For more information, visit www.richmondsigmas.org.


BRO. DEVON HENRY

Getting in Good Trouble in Richmond RICHMOND, Va., May 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Devon Henry said yes to a job that no other contractor had the courage to accept. The story of Henry’s role will likely be told in history books– as depicted in the recent front page feature of The New York Times. Since 2020, Henry and his construction teams have meticulously and safely removed over 23 Confederate statues across the former Confederate South. Henry is now repurposing this history into a charitable CryptoFederacy project that highlights 13 star causes and changemakers via the 13 Stars NFT Art Collection that drops on Juneteenth 2022 at www.CryptoFederacy.com. “The task of dismantling these statues has literally been monumental,” states Devon Henry, who faced harassment and even death threats, as a result of answering the call to “re”mantle history. “It’s very humbling to be the one who fulfills a 131-year prophecy. But that’s not enough. I feel a responsibility to use these deconstructed pieces of our past to construct a better tomorrow.” The prophecy Henry references is that of John Mitchell, Jr., the editor of the Black newspaper, The Richmond Planet. In 1890, when the Robert E. Lee statue was erected on Monument Avenue in Richmond Virginia, Mitchell foretold of a Black man one day taking down the statue. “He put up the Lee monument, and should the time come, will be there to take it down,” Mitchell wrote. CryptoFederacy’s 13 Stars NFT Collection, represents the thirteen stars on the Confederate flag and will drop on the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth– a Federal U.S. Holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Americans, and marks when the last enslaved people in the U.S. were officially informed they were free– following the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate states in April 1865. On June 19, 2022, the CryptoFederacy project will mint an inaugural collection of 13 NFTs that represent the dismantled statues. Henry endeavors to sell these NFTs and raise $1 million dollars for 13 different charitable causes that address societal issues that stem from the ideals and actions reinforced by the Confederate Generals whose statues were removed. Henry and his CryptoFederacy team are finalizing partnerships with established nonprofits and planning launch events in New York, Richmond, D.C. and Los Angeles. Attendees will be able to meet the CryptoFederacy team, view the NFT artwork, meet the artist, explore physical pieces of the dismantled confederate statues and view framed professional photographs of the behind-the-scenes history-making moments from the statue removal process. Henry hopes that impassioned individuals and foundations will feel compelled to be part of this historic reclamation of ideology, by collecting one of the 13 exclusive pieces of artwork–which will help raise awareness for the charities the NFT artwork represents. As the CryptoFederacy NFT community grows, the team has plans to follow the inaugural NFT collection with a 10,000-piece CrazyStats NFT collection– and appeal to an even wider audience.


GAMMA CHAPTER CENTENNIAL MONUMENT UNVEILING Morgan State University, Baltimore Maryland: The members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Chapter and the Morgan State University – Gamma Chapter Alumni Association (GCAA) will host the unveiling of the Gamma Chapter Centennial Monument. The event will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022, at 10:00am on the campus of Morgan State University (MSU). The unveiling will include remarks by Dr. David Wilson, President of Morgan State University; Natasha Lewis-Williams, Interim Assoc. VP for Student Affairs & Exec. Dir. of the Univ. Student Center & Student Life or Representative; Dr. Danny Molock, Jr. Interim Director of Student Life & Development; Hon. Chris V. Rey, International President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Hon. J.R. Reeves, Eastern Regional Director, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Jasper James, MD State Director, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; Courtney Souvenir, Jr., Gamma Chapter President; Elford Jackson, Monument Committee Chairman; Soror Tamara D. Harris, MD State Director, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; and Dunsin Fadojutimi, Gamma Chapter President, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Erecting a Monument: Capitalizing on the success of the centennial celebration, the brothers of Gamma Chapter and GCAA, with the August 18, 2021 approval of MSU, decided to conduct a fundraising campaign to erect a monument on MSU campus. The purpose of the Centennial Monument is simply to memorialize the names of those members that sacrificed to maintain and strengthen the legacy of the chapter for well over 106 years. Their service to the fraternity, the college and the surrounding community will never be forgotten. We hope that the monument will serve as a reminder of our fraternity’s motto “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.” We should never get complacent in well doing. As members of Gamma Chapter, we must continue to inspire future members to uphold the traditions and honor the rich history set forth by the founders and alumni brothers, remembering that all activities should be conducted with the idea of rendering service. The monument fundraising campaign was spearheaded by Bro. Elford Jackson, who served as chairman of the centennial committee. Due to his leadership, the brothers of Gamma Chapter and GCAA were able to raise the majority of the funds to purchase the monument within three months. The monument will highlight the names of over 222 Fraternity brothers and the depiction of 49-chapter line crossings. The monument design is led by Steve Venick, President, Fram Monument Company, Inc., 7020 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.


MASK GIVEAWAY FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

MASK GIVEAWAY FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH The Brothers of Zeta Sigma Chapter appeared in number to participate with a facemask giveaway held at the Dr. Bernard Harris, Sr. (DBH) Elementary School in Baltimore City. The event was a well-attended collaborative effort between Phi Beta Sigma Frat., Zeta Phi Beta Sor., the Good Health WINs organization, and the DBH Principal, Sor. LaWanda Wilson. The purpose was to bring awareness about the importance of taking preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Initiated by Bro. Malwan Johnson, International Social Action Director, the grant that he secured from Good Health WINs helped to acquire the mask and other supplies that were distributed to every student and staff member at the school. While an important effort to help combat COVID-19, the location at elementary school contributed to a very significant aspect of Black History Month to highlight the accomplishments of one of our Brothers. Brother Bernard Harris, Sr. was on the “first line” of Alpha Chapter as described in the Spring 1986 Crescent (p.10). As a Howard Graduate, he was a prominent surgeon for over 50 years with a medical office that was just blocks away from the school location. Known to the area brothers for his involvement in establishing both Gamma Chapter and Zeta Sigma Chapter, Bro. Harris’s contribution to the Fraternity during the early years of the organization’s development are thoroughly documented within our Fraternity records. Hence, it was especially rewarding to begin Black History Month at the school named after him for his dedication to civic affairs and education. As such, the brothers decided to use this unique opportunity to launch what will be a series of service projects that will be executed throughout the year to celebrate Zeta Sigma Chapter’s Centennial Celebration that will be consummated on November 12, 2022, at the Centennial Gala.


FOUNDERS’ DAY CELEBRATION The Brothers of Zeta Sigma Chapter celebrated Founders’ Day on March 19, 2022. Originally scheduled for Saturday, January 8, 2022, in recognition of our actual Founder’s Day on January 9th, 1914, the event was rescheduled due to the rise in COVID cases in the area. As a lead up to our Zeta Sigma Chapter Centennial Celebration, the theme was presented as Our History, Our Pride, Our Legacy. Having the event in March, the program name was changed to Rededication Day 2022. In keeping with the overall premise, the program had a structure that presented the three points of the theme. The historical aspects of the organization were described through the efforts and sacrifices of our ancestors and present-day elders. Our pride was exhibited with a spirited dialog between one of our senior most brothers, Brother Willie Nichols (1965), and one of our newly inducted neophytes, Brother Michael Carrington (#6 ZS 2021). Our Legacy was approached from the perspective of our recommitment to the organization that was expressed by each member of the chapter executive board. Saturday morning, we held a rededication ceremony with a brothers only breakfast that was well attended with just over 80 brothers at the venue. The program also included service awards for outstanding chapter members and a spectacular drum assembly organized the Brother Christopher Gee. Other musical selections were arranged by Brother Orrin Bynum abd Brother Michael Guthrie. The event was held at The Forum Caterers located at 4210 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore MD 21215.