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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. was founded on January 9, 1914 at Howard University, Washington, D.C., changing lives through service for 98 years. Our Noble Founders, Honorable Charles I. Brown, Honorable Leonard F. Morse and Honorable A. Langston Taylor felt a need to establish a fraternal organization based on the principals of Brotherhood and Scholarship. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. also has a sister organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. founded January 16, 1920 at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. has chapters all over the United States, in Africa, Europe and the Far East.

One of our Honorable Founders Brother Leonard F. Morse was the founder of our Graduate Chapter here in Orlando. Morse was the President of Edward Waters College. In the fall of 1951 Founder Morse who then resided in Jacksonville, Florida oversaw the initiation of nine charter members. Those individuals were Stanley Muller, Marion Price, Preston Lamb, William McKinney, W.M. Holland, Samuel Smith, Theodore Charlton, Willie J. Brown and James Wilson. Bro. Wilson is the only surviving charter member. These original members were responsible for laying the foundation of a chapter that has made major contributions to the central Florida community.

Throughout the past 60 plus years Gamma Delta Sigma has embodied the spirit of its motto “Culture for Service, Service for Humanity”. The Chapter has sponsored many events in the education, social and business communities and continues to do so by living out the out the ideals of the fraternity. Some of the signature events sponsored by the chapter are the 12 for 12 Thanksgiving Give-Away, the Christmas Pick a Family and the Scholarship Luncheon. These events have garnered literally thousands of dollars in monetary and other donations to deserving individuals of the Orlando community. Additionally the Chapter has sponsored a youth football team for more than a quarter of a century, mentoring boys and providing them with an opportunity to grow athletically and academically. Gamma Delta Sigma looks forward with great anticipation to the future and will endeavor to continue its great tradition as our cause speeds on its way.

GDS Chapter Historian

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