Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Beta Sigma Chapter
The history and legacy of the 61st chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and one of the oldest chapters in the state of Louisiana is one that begins with the hard work and intense drive of the charter members. The interested men of Southern University, at that time, had many hurdles to overcome in order to bring Alpha Phi Alpha to the deeply racist south, but more importantly, to the deepest and most racist state in the south. During that time the granting of charters was a complicated process. One must show that there is sufficient interest in a the fraternity to insure its' longevity on the campus, as well as prove that the potential university was "worthy" of the nation's premier organization for young black leaders. This was not as formidable a task for many predominately white and ivy league schools since many of the schools' reputations preceded them. For Historically Black Colleges and Universities, however, interested young men had their work cut out for them. This is why the introduction of Beta Sigma chapter to Southern University was so important, not only to Alpha Phi Alpha, but to the campus of Southern University. It showed the nation that Southern was not only one of the premier colleges in the south, but in the nation and a bastion of black academia.
Since 1936, the men of the Beta Sigma chapter continue to prove that,
"First of all, Servants of all, We shall Transcend All."
"First of All..."
Our 10 visionary Charter Members were:
James P. Christy
George A. Davis
John D. Davis
Henry A. Dumouil
Charles C. Guthrie
James S. Peters (last living charter member)
Othneil R. Thompson
Hugh J. Thornton
Edgar T. Thornton
Earl L. Walters
On December 11, 1936, in a ceremony conducted by Brother H.B. Evans, the hard work paid off and their dreams came to be when these men chartered the Beta Sigma chapter at Southern University.
Beta Sigma is the only chapter in the history of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to win "CHAPTER OF THE YEAR" a total four times: 1956, 1959, 1983, and 1986.
Notable men of the Beta Sigma Chapter:
Bobby Phills - Guard, Charlotte Hornets
Adrian Wallace - General President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Gregory Troy Jackson - National Intake Director Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Huel Perkins - 1998 Alpha Award of Merit winner/author of the Fraternity's sweetheart song and author of the Southern University "Fight Song"
James Joseph - U.S. Ambassador to South Africa
Felton Grandison Clark - The second president (after his dad Joseph's Clark the founder of SU) of Southern University and A&M College at Baton Rouge
Today the men of Beta Sigma continue to uphold the light through various programs including:
Alpha Phi Alpha Health Fair
Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant
Southern University Campus Clean-up
Let's Talk About Sex Forum