The Epsilon Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at Indiana University
It’s a unique concept that many have tried to imitate, duplicate, or replicate, but for nearly 90 years, it has remained a one of a kind phenomenon
Shortly after the Year of The Light, January 9, 1914, our Most Honorable Founding Fathers said, “what we have is good…but incomplete!” Although Sigma’s highly crystallized ideas of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service meets and exceeds the tools necessary to guide and support the general student population, as well as make Great Sigma Men, it did not meet the unparallel needs of women at that time. In order for a true student-oriented organization to be at an ultimate height of greatness, the strengths of both men and women are needed.
Thus, a quest was developed to create a true sisterhood, following similar principles as Sigma, but having its own womanly uniqueness. Two Most Honorable Brothers accepted this monumental task. In the year 1920, their quest was complete with the birth of The New Light, and the creation of The Eternal Light.
On January 16, 1920, the Year of the New Light was born when five phenomenal women created Zeta. The Most Gracious Pearls accepted Sigma’s principles of Scholarship and Service.
The Eternal Light was created when Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta became the First and only Constitutionally bound Greek-Lettered Organizations, thus becoming a True Family of Sisterhood and Brotherhood.
Being a separate entity, Zeta strides for the creation of “Finer Womenhood” and incorporates its own principle of sisterly love. Other NPHC Fraternity and Sorority organizaitons attempt to claim a brother-sister relationship; however, these organizations are not constitutionally bound. They were not created from the same framework as were we. Therefore, they are not a “True Family”.
WHETHER IT’S SIGMA OR ZETA…IT’S ALL PHI BETA!!!