PBS Celebration

Two Greek organizations will host events to commemorate the services of their leadership and members in Washington D.C. during the month of July.The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity will hold its centennial celebration July 16-20 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in N.W. D.C. “It is fitting that Washington, D.C. should be the place of this celebration, because we were founded here on the campus of Howard University and we shall honor our founders,” Jonathan A. Mason Sr., international president for the fraternity, said in a press release.

The Centennial Celebration – One Century of Service will hold an opening ceremony and a variety of events including: a gospel concert, July 16, featuring Flex Alexander, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and Bobby Jones; a Hip-Hop concert, July 17, featuring Rapper Walé; a roundtable luncheon, July 18, featuring radio talk show host Warren Ballentine, civil rights activists Ben Chavis Mohammad and C.T. Vivian, and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.); and a unity rally, July 19, featuring the Rev. Al Sharpton.

A full list of events can be viewed at http://pbs100.org/schedule-at-glance/.

“As we celebrate one century of continuous service within our communities, we march on toward the next century of exceptional service embracing our motto, ‘Culture for Service and Service for Humanity,’” Mason said.

Sorors from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will join the fraternity to commemorate its 100 years of service, during their biannual “Blazing New Paths: The Power of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood” conference, July 14-19, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in N.W. D.C.

The theme of the conference illustrates the organization’s renewed focus on advocacy and innovation under the leadership of International President Mary Breaux Wright, a press release said.

The conference will include an opening program in the International ballroom July 15; a workshop and panel discussion on the president’s national signature program – Elder Care Initiative – July 16; and an awards banquet July 18, as well as personal and career development workshops and non-profit leadership and social action training sessions.

“This is such an inspirational moment in history for both organizations,” Wright said in the press release. “I am proud to lead Zeta at such a significant time, and look forward to reaffirming the Zeta Sigma bond.”


LaTrina Antoine

Special to the AFRO