Founders

A. Langston Taylor

  

Brother A. Langston Taylor was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1890. He received his elementary and secondary education in the schools of his native state, graduating from Howe Institute, Memphis Tennessee in 1909. He received his college and professional training at Howard and Frelighuysen Universities, Washington, District of Columbia.

Early in life, he adopted as his motto “Service to Humanity”. The record of his activities indicates how well he has lived up to his motto. He began serving Humanity by founding Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, to which he gave twelve consecutive years of service as a National Officer and five

years as Field Secretary. He is a member of the Distinguished Service Chapter of the Fraternity. He chose business as professional career; and from 1917 to 1926, he conducted a real estate and insurance business. For six years, he was a Secretary-Treasurer of the Potomac Investment Company; and for three years, he was Director of the Federal Life Insurance Company. He served four years as President of the Taylor Tobacco Company. Brother Taylor was the Director of the Taylor Art Museum, of which he was the founder. Additionally, he was a member of the following organizations: the Sharecroppers Aid Committee, the Washington Labor Committee, the Inter-professional Association, the Federation of Civic Association, the American Industrial League, the Mu-Solit club, the Derby club, the Rhomboid Club and the Tennessee State Club of the District of Columbia.

Leonard F. Morse

  

Brother Leonard E. Morse was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1889. He attended the New Bedford Public Schools and entered Howard University in 1911. He graduated from Howard University in 1915. He also earned the Master of Arts degree. During his college years, he met Brothers A. Langston Taylor and Charles I. Brown. After hearing

Brother Taylor's plan to found a new fraternity at Howard University, Brother Morse gave his wholehearted support. After graduation, Brother Morse went to Alabama to teach. He later became a successful

clergyman. He served in various capacities at Edward Waters College, and was Dean of B.F. Lee Theological Seminary. In the organization of the Fraternity, Brother Morse’s task was to determine the name of the Fraternity and to give meaning to the Greek letters chosen for the name. Additionally, Brother Morse wrote the first constitution of the Fraternity. He gave Phi Beta Sigma a full measure of his devotion.

Charles I. Brown

  

Brother Charles I. Brown entered Howard University in September 1910. After graduating in 1914, Brother Brown taught in the public school system of Topeka Kansas. Brother Brown devoted many years of his life to the education of youth in the West. Brother Brown's last communication with the Fraternity was a letter written to Brother A. Langston Taylor in 1924. Phi Beta Sigma concludes that he has joined other Brothers in the

Omega Chapter.