Social Action

A brief description of the Social Action program

Phi Beta Sigma has from its very beginning concerned itself with improving the general well-being of minority groups. In 1934, a well-defined program of Social Action was formulated and put into action. Bro. Elmo M. Anderson, then president of Epsilon Sigma Chapter (New York) formulated this program calling for the reconstruction of social order. It was a tremendous success. It fit in with the social thinking of the American public in those New Deal years. In the winter of 1934 Brother Elmo Anderson, James W. Johnson, Emmett May and Bob Jiggets came down to the Conclave in Washington, DC and presented their Social Action proposition, and just the birth of Social Action as a National Program.

Social Action has been split into four distinct categories, giving chapters and members a variety of initiatives to consider while implementing social action in their communities.

  • Sigma Wellness
  • Sigma Advocacy
  • Sigma Partners
  • Sigma Social Justice

Sigma Wellness

Chapters are encouraged to participate in men’s health initiatives designed to educate and inform the community on key health issues facing men of color.

  • Chapters will focus on programs that impact men’s health through a mind, body, and spirit model.
  • Mind – Programs that focus on Mental Illness
  • Body – Programs that focus on Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, and
  • Preventative Screening Measurers
  • Spirit – Programs that focus on Stress Management

Sigma Advocacy

Chapters are encouraged to participate in activities that aim to influence decisions within political, economic, social systems and institutions.

  • Chapters will participate in programs that raise their profile with their local, state, and federal government representatives.
  • Chapters are encouraged to participate or host Local Town Halls around issues impacting their local community
  • Host Candidate forums for local, state and federal races
  • Participate in a legislative day at their respective state capitol or attend the National Sigma Day on Capitol Hill event
  • Participate in Voter Registration, Voter Education and Voter Mobilization events

Sigma Partners

Phi Beta Sigma has a long-standing relationship with organizations that have meet our vision of philanthropic engagement. Chapters are encouraged to participate with our National Partners we have National standing MOUs with.

  • American Cancer Society
  • March of Dimes
  • Sickle Cell Disease

Sigma Social Justice

Phi Beta Sigma is committed to addressing social injustice around the world. Chapters are encouraged to focus Social Justice programs on Mass Incarceration, and reentry programs for convicted felons.