Joint Statement on Hazing in Response to the Movie Burning Sands


NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations exist.

In 1990, the NPHC organizations issued a joint statement announcing the elimination of pledging and each has instituted within its respective organization, a revised membership development and intake process.

Each NPHC organization has instituted strong policies against hazing and has taken steps to reinforce and strengthen its stand against prohibited conduct whether it is displayed though movies, books, or any type of social media.

NPHC and its member organizations have developed and instituted policies against hazing and have taken steps to reinforce and strengthen their stand against this prohibited conduct. Equally important NPHC and its member organizations do not condone, support, or encourage the production of movies, books, or any type of social media that promote hazing.

National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
Council of Presidents

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Everett B. Ward, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Paulette Walker, Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Mary Wright, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Robert Clark, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Thomas L. Battles, Vice Chair, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Deborah Catchings-Smith, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Jonathan A. Mason Sr., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Antonio (Tony) Knox, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.



Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. held a Prayer Vigil at a historic church in St. Louis, organized a Youth Summit and hosted a Luncheon for young St. Louis residents at a renowned boys’ and girls’ center, and adopted a local business, burned during the unrest, to help rebuild Ferguson while its members across the country participated in the National Day of protest in Washington, DC and several other cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 17, 2014)–Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (PBS), one of the nine African American Greek-Lettered organizations, is leading the charge from Protest To Action in the recent wave of injustice following the deaths of young African American in the United States of America. The 100 year old organization is proud of the courage and commitment of its leadership, who refuse to be caught in the nuances and analysis of what is the most appropriate manner in which service organizations are supposed to protest injustices in the communities they served.

On the national day of Protest, PBS and its graduate chapter, Kappa Sigma, held a Prayer Vigil at the historic Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in St. Louis, organized a Youth Summit and hosted a Luncheon for young St. Louis, Missouri residents at the renowned Herbert Hoover Boys’ and Girls’ Club Center, and adopted a local business of 28 years, Juanita’s Fashion R Boutique, burned during the unrest, to help rebuild and restore the area. The Fraternity was proud to see PBS members from across the country participate in the National Day of protest in Washington DC and several other cities.

“We didn’t want to just protest. We didn’t want to just lie down on the streets. We wanted to get up and take actions,” said Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He enthusiastically added, “This is not about having a fit, it’s about starting a movement. This is a movement Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is proud to be involved in at this time in our history.” Mason further added, “As this community heals, it is going to take all of its citizens’ commitment and support in the rebuilding efforts, we are committed to be proactive partners for action in this community.”

Residents of St. Louis packed Pleasant Grove Baptist Church to pray, read scripture and hear an outstanding Praise Team sing inspiring Gospel songs. Speakers at the event included Bishop Courtney Allan Jones of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; Mary Breaux Wright, International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Jerryl T. Christmas, the attorney for Vonderrit Myers, a young man recently killed by a St. Louis police officer; and Jonathan A. Mason. Members of PBS then travelled to the Herbert Hoover Boys’ and Girls’ Club where a Youth Summit and Luncheon were held.

After the luncheon, which was staffed by members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (ZPB) graduate chapters Phi Nu Zeta, the center’s gymnasium was filled with members of the local PBS collegiate chapter, Gamma Eta, the other local ZPB graduate chapter, Xi Zeta, St. Louis young residents, members from other African Americans Greek-Lettered organizations, parents of the young attendees and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity members from across the country. The Youth Summit featured several presentations, including Mustafa Abdullah of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who educated the audience how to interact with police officers when they are engaged on cities’ streets. Other speakers also included Jerryl Christmas, Esq., Honorable Jimmie M. Edwards, former police officer Steven L. Harmon, Esq., police officer and PBS member Brandon Henry and Ashley M. Jordan, a police officer.

Carter D. Womack, Past International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. issued the “Call To Action” and “What’s The Bottom Line” charges. He encouraged the audience to move from attentive listeners to active participants in educational role-playing exercises. ‘Who’s Who In Black St. Louis’ books were given to each member of the audience.

Passing through the areas where the Ferguson, Missouri unrest took place, while travelling to the community of Dellwood to hold a Prayer Vigil at the burned location of Juanita’s Fashions R Boutique, was eye-opening for the fraternity’s visiting members. After viewing a few of the burned businesses, PBS members and the community members held hands and prayed in front of Juanita Morris’ business of 28 years. PBS leadership committed the organization to assisting Ms. Morris in the rebuilding of the business at the same location. At the end of a day of PBS ‘Action Now’, the organization can be proud of the courage and committed demonstrated by its leadership.

As the fraternity marks its centennial anniversary, PBS has committed to its partnership with the White House initiative, My Brother’s Keeper. PBS launched its initiative called, “I Am My Brother’s Keeper.” This initiative is slated to mentor young men, provide educational assistance to schools across the country and host job fairs during its national conferences. The Fraternity is committed to uplifting and strengthening the next generation of young men of color.

Since its founding in 1914, the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. has promoted a noble culture of service to the community. Members of PBS have committed to promoting leadership and embodying the values that will create a new era of successful young people is, above all, in the spirit of fraternity.

President Mason on TJMS

President Mason on TJMS

Check out President Jonathan Mason Sr. On the Tom Joyner Morning Show, honoring Bro. J. Anthony Brown as Entertainer of the Year at the Centennial Celebration.

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sign Historic MOU to Engage Urban Youth in Outdoor Recreation and STEM Education

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sign Historic MOU to Engage Urban Youth in Outdoor Recreation and STEM Education

Initiative commemorates American scientist, botanist, and inventor, George Washington Carver to promote Conservation of North American Wildlife and their Habitats

Leading African-American fraternity Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Sigma) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) have joined forces to conserve America’s wildlife in a new way.  The two organizations signed an historicmemorandum of understanding today in Washington, DC, establishing a partnership that will provide new opportunities for urban youth to experience the natural world and promote interest in conservation and the biological sciences.

The initiative commemorates American scientist, botanist, and inventor, George Washington Carver – a Sigma member who has inspired generations of youth to pursue careers in science.

“Many Americans find it difficult to experience nature in an increasingly urban America. This has profound implications for the health and well-being of our citizens and the future of our nation,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “Sigma – with its rich history of community leadership and deep connection to the legacy of Dr. Carver – is the ideal partner for the Service as we work to create meaningful connections between young people and the great outdoors.”

“The over-arching goal of Sigma is to impact the total well-being of the citizens in communities we serve,” shares Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. “We are excited for this amazing opportunity to partner with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in engaging our youth through education and physical activity. We’ve aligned our focus with President Barack Obama’s ‘Am I My Brother’s Keeper?’ initiative as we take this opportunity to teach our young men that food does not come from a box, but from the ground,” Mason asserted.

The multi-faceted partnership will engage Sigma members and its Sigma Beta Club male mentoring youth groups to become environmental stewards. Goals include 1) teaching and engaging youth in outdoor recreation on public lands to promote health through physical activity; 2) promoting the pursuit of biological sciences careers through stewardship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); 3) building national, regional and local conservation partnerships; and 4) engaging Sigma as a voice on conservation issues.

Sigma Betas, Sigma’s youth auxiliary, will be engaged in hands-on activities with scientists to learn about wildlife, science, and conservation by participating in real scientific studies and conservation efforts.  Through “citizen science” activities, Sigma Betas will learn how to follow in the footsteps of conservationist, botanist, and inventor, George Washington Carver.  Carver is one of Sigma’s illustrious members, and is recognized for his groundbreaking research on plant biology and early experiments to improve soil conservation.  Carver is also the only member of a historically African-American fraternity to be featured on the face of a U.S. coin (The 1951 half dollar).

Sigma Betas will also learn about designing an active lifestyle, and the connection between outdoor recreation and nature through Let’s Move Outside.  The effort is part of the First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative, Let’s Move, designed to get kids and families to get involved in physical activities on public lands.  Outdoor activity helps kids maintain a healthy weight, boosts their immunity and bone health and lowers stress.