About the Fraternity
Most Honorable Founder Abram L. Taylor
Founder Taylor chose business for his life’s career and from 1917 to 1926 he conducted a real estate and insurance business. He was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Potomac Investment Company, Director of the Federal Life Insurance Company and President of the Taylor Tobacco Company. Founder Taylor coined “Culture for Service, Service for Humanity”. He began serving humanity by founding Sigma, to which he gave twelve consecutive years of service as a National Officer, serving as National President, National Treasurer, National Secretary and Field Secretary. He also served as President of the Distinguished Service Chapter. Brothers have described our Founder as distinguished, poised and truly a hard worker. The members of the Alpha Sigma chapter called Founder Taylor “Prof”, short for professor, because he was always carrying a book, files or reading. He held offices and was instrumental in the following organizations: The Washington Art Society, The Derby Club, The Banneker Research Society, The Mu-So-Lit Club and the Tennessee State Club. A tireless worker, he worked hard to see that Sigma maintained its illustrious history, by serving on the history committee and providing numerous forms of notes, minutes and oral history to those who served with him. Founder Taylor retired from federal service from the Smithsonian Institute.
Most Honorable Founder Leonard F. Morse
Leonard F. Morse was the proud son of a distinguished New England family, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Morse of Boston, Massachusetts. Trained in the elementary and secondary schools of New Bedford, Massachusetts, he became the valedictorian of his integrated high school and entered Howard University. In 1915, he graduated from Howard University and was the first person to graduate in 3 years with an A.B and a B.Ed degree. Later, the degree of Bachelor of Divinity was conferred upon him by the Payne School of Divinity, Wilberforce University. He received his Master’s degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and the degrees of Doctor of Metaphysics and the Doctor of Psychology from the College of Metaphysics, Indianapolis, Indiana. The Honorary Degree of D.D. was conferred at Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina, and the LLD at Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida. An outstanding educator and prophet, he lived a busy and resourceful life, having served in many institutions and areas of educational and religious life. He was Dean of Theology at Edward Waters College, Head of the Department of Religious Studies, President of Edward Waters and a Mason. Founder Morse founded and chartered numerous Sigma Chapters especially in Florida. Founder Morse was a student of the Greek language, and he named our beloved fraternity. In addition, he wrote Sigma’s first constitution and was the first president of Alpha Chapter. In the 1915 Howard University yearbook entitled “The Mirror”, Founder Morse had listed by his name the following: Director of Social Service, YMCA, 1913-1914; Organizer and President of Phi Beta Sigma, 1914-15; President, Young Men’s Progressive Club, 1914-15; tutor of languages and history.
Most Honorable Founder Charles I. Brown
According to the 1914 Howard University yearbook, Founder Charles I. Brown is documented as Finished Howard Academy, 1910; Class Chaplain, 1913; Chaplain Classical Club, 1912-1913; President Classical Club, 1914; Vice-President Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, 1914; will do post-graduate work in Latin. In addition, Founder Brown was chosen “The Most To Be Admired” for the Class of 1914. Founder Brown is said to have been born in Topeka, Kansas in 1890. Census records show that his father was Rev. John M. Brown and that his mother was Maggie M. Brown. However, records at Howard University from 1910 have Founder Brown living at 1813 Titan Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was very cordial and very popular with the student body and Howard University administration. He is credited with choosing the nine charter members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Founder Brown founded the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, on April 9, 1917 and was a teacher at the Kansas Industrial School for Negroes in Topeka, Kansas. Census records and oral interviews have showed us that Founder Brown was alive in the Topeka, Kansas area until 1931. Some believe that he was a casualty of the First World War; others believe that he moved overseas. In the spring of 1949, Founder Leonard F. Morse wrote “We live in daily hope that we shall one day learn the fate of our beloved Brother and Founder”. In the 1914 Howard University yearbook, under the Personals and Applied Quotations section, Founder Brown left us with this, “No legacy is so rich as honesty”. Founder Brown graduated from Howard University on June 3, 1914.
About Mu Tau
The Mu Tau chapter of Phi Beta Sigma was founded by five men on the campus of Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State University. These men were Lamont Jackson, Kelvin D. Cowsette, Craig K. Patton, Kevin Mitchell, and Tracy Gillespie and they were collectively known as S.S. Commander. S.S. Commander with the help of the Eta Gamma chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia, entered Sigma land on March 29, 1980. These men and Bro. Raymond Roberts started the Mighty Mu Tau chapter. Bro. Kelvin Cowsette served as the first president. After a period of inactivity, the chapter was reactivated through the efforts of Bro. George Mitchell and Bro. Steve Thompson. Since then the chapter has made great strides. We have undergone new programming such as our annual Textbook Scholarship Kickball Tournament, a kickball tournament that awards a scholarship for a randomly drawn team member of the winning team of the tournament. Also, we annually sponsor the Black History Knowledge Bowl, the Evening of Blue and White Royalty Scholarship Pageant, a scholarship ball collaborated with the ladies of the Upsilon Omicron chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and the Stroll-A-Thon, in which the brothers stroll non-stop for hours straight to raise money for our national philanthropy. We make it our goal every year to raise funds for March of Dimes and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Foundation and to sponsor the best programming that Truman State has to offer through forums, meetings, and other mediums.
Join Mu Tau as we raise money to support the March of Dimes!
That time of year again!!! Bring your friends and family, come enjoy the show with these beautiful ladies and your favorite Sigmas!!!