Greetings Brothers of the Eastern Region,
It is with great pride and pleasure that I, along with the Eastern Regional Board, present the Centennial Founders Day Celebration, January 9-12, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Regional Centennial Founders Day Committee has worked tirelessly to assure that a good time will be had by all as we salute and celebrate the rich legacy of our illustrious Founders.
The Celebration will begin at 11:14 PM on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 as the men of Sigma gather on the campus of Howard University for the Centennial Countdown. At the stroke of midnight we will bring in the New Century of Sigma in grand style. We are calling on all men of Sigma to join us as we begin a new century of Service for Humanity.
On Thursday morning, January 9, 2014, we will board buses, secured by the Region, to transport you to the grave site of our revered Founder, the Most Honorable A. Langston Taylor, where we will conduct a brief ceremony followed by the laying of a wreath. After we honor Founder Taylor we will head back to Howard University for a Rededication Ceremony, followed by the official ground breaking ceremony for the Centennial Monument. Brothers will have an opportunity to be there as we begin the process to build a monument worthy of our legacy on the Howard campus. We hope you will join us again in July for the unveiling of the Centennial Monument during the Centennial Celebration.
Later that evening, at 7:14 PM, the men of Sigma will gather at the Blackburn Center, on the campus of Howard University, for the Opening Ceremony. This is an opportunity for us to honor those men who have been instrumental in building our rich legacy. We will end the day’s schedule of events with a Sigma Night Out at a local establishment in downtown Washington, DC.
On Friday, January 10, 2014, we will begin the New Century of Sigma by doing what we do best, serving our community. At 9:00 AM brother will gather at The William E. Doar Charter School, named after our first Executive Director, for our official service project. Following the service project, the brothers have been invited to attend a reception in our honor hosted by the Mayor of DC, the Honorable Vincent Gray, at City Hall. Later that evening, at 7:14 PM, we will return to the campus of Howard University for the Howard University Festival and Step Show. The evening will wind down with an after party at a local establishment in downtown Washington, DC.
On Saturday, January 11, 2014, join us for the Brother to Brother Breakfast where brothers, Sigma Betas, and high school males will fellowship and discuss issues impacting the communities in which we live and serve. During the breakfast we will have a presentation by the International Director of Bigger and Better Business Brother Quentin
Goodwin. Following a morning of conversation and the exchange of ideas you can relax at the Day Party, which will begin at 12:00 PM.
After an afternoon of relaxation and reflection join us for the main event, the Centennial Gala, “STONY THE ROAD, WE TROD.” Our Master of Ceremony for the evening will be Bro. Malik Yoba, with a special keynote address by the legendary Harry Belafonte. Bro. President William Jefferson Clinton will address those in attendance via a special video greeting. We will also honor Congressman Bro. John Lewis, as we present him with the Centennial Lifetime Achievement Award. Soror Mary Breaux-Wright, International Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will also join us as an honored guest to deliver our Centennial Charge. This event will be simulcast, allowing brothers from every corner of the country to experience the event at their respective regional gala.
Brothers, this will be a once in a lifetime experience. This is our time. For the many years of service Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated has given to the community and humanity alike, this is our time. For the hard work and dedication of the brothers of the Eastern Region, this is our time. For the many sacrifices made by family, friends and loved ones having to share us with our beloved fraternity, this is our time. Brothers, embrace this moment. Come home to Washington, DC, where the birth of an organization changed the medium of Greek life by being “inclusive rather than exclusive.” So join me as we convene on January 8, 2014 at 11:14 PM on the campus of Howard University to kick off a spectacular celebration like no other as it will lead to our National Celebration in July! Grace and peace to you and yours!
Leonard O. Lockhart
Brother Leonard O. Lockhart,
Eastern Regional Director