List of Phi Beta Sigma conclaves

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This article is about the conclaves of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. For the main fraternity article, see Phi Beta Sigma.

The list of Phi Beta Sigma conclaves includes actual, proposed, and forthcoming international conventions of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (ΦΒΣ). Founded on January 9, 1914 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The Conclave is the legislative power of Phi Beta Sigma. During a conclave year, delegates representing all of the active chapters from within the seven regions of the fraternity meet in the chosen city. The conclave-or fraternity convention- is currently held biannually and usually hosted by the Graduate chapter(s) of the chosen city. The host city is chosen through a selection process in which each of the eligible region nominates a city and a formal bid is submitted. As of 2009, Phi Beta Sigma has held over 95 conventions in various cities throughout the United States The fraternity held its first conclave in Washington, D.C. on December 20, 1916.

Conclave[edit]

The Conclave is the legislative power of Phi Beta Sigma. During a conclave year, delegates representing all of the active chapters from within the seven regions of the fraternity meet in the chosen city. The conclave-or fraternity convention- is currently held biannually and usually hosted by the Graduate chapter(s) of the chosen city. During the convention, members of the General Board – the administrative body of the fraternity-are elected and appointed. The general board may act in the interest of the fraternity when the conclave is not in session. In addition, seminars, social events, concerts, an international Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant, Stepshow, and oratorical contests are also held during the week long conference. Throughout the years, notable individuals such as George Washington Carver, and Dr. Carter G. Woodson were speakers at past conclaves.

Host city selection process[edit]

The Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Located in Washington, D.C. will serve as the location of the Fraternity's Centennial Celebration

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The conclave—or fraternity convention—is currently held biannually and usually hosted by the graduate chapter(s) of the chosen city. The host city is chosen through a selection process in which each eligible region nominates a city and a formal bid is submitted. The region in which the current conclave is being held is ineligible for submitting a bid for the succeeding conclave.


List of conclaves[edit]

Number Location Dates[a] Notes Refs
1st Phi Beta Sigma House 1907 Third St. NW, Washington, D.C. December 28, 1916December 29, 1916 200 members representing three collegiate chapters, Alpha, Beta and Gamma, were in attendance; an official publication for the fraternity was authorized and member W.F. Vincent as elected as the National Editor. [1][2][3][4]
2nd Washington, D.C. December 1919[b] Founder A Langston Taylor was given approval from the General Board to assist in the organization of what was to become the sister sorority to Phi Beta Sigma (Zeta Phi Beta). [1]
3rd Washington, D.C. December 26, 1920December 28, 1920 1st joint Conclave/Boule with Zeta Phi Beta [1][3][5][6]
4th Atlanta, GA December 27, 1921December 31, 1921 The first ever inter-fraternity conference between Phi Beta Sigma and Omega Psi Phi. [1][2][5]
5th Baltimore, MD December 1922 [1]
6th Nashville, TN December 1923 [1]
7th YMCA Building, Philadelphia, PA (Hosted by Epsilon chapter) December 26, 1924December 31, 1924 Introduction of the Bigger & Better Negro Business idea was made by way of an exhibit devoted to the topic. [1][2][7]
8th Richmond, VA (Hosted by Lambda chapter) December 27, 1925December 30, 1925 (or December 31, 1925) Bigger and Better Business was established as a national program. [1][2][8]
9th Greensboro, NC December 1926 [1]
10th St. Louis, MO (Hosted by Kappa Sigma chapter) December 1927 The Fraternity is divided into 4 Regions (Eastern, Northern, Southern & Western) with a director of each Region. These directors were known as the 4 Vice-Presidents; The post of Field Secretary & Assistant- Secretary-Treasurer were abolished. [1][2][9]
11th Louisville, KY December 1928 Branding the skin with a hot iron, as a part of the initiation process, is officially frowned upon. [1][2]
12th New York, NY (Hosted by Epsilon Sigma and Kappa Beta Sigma chapters) December 1929 Creation of the Distinguished Service Chapter. [1][2][10]
13th Tuskegee, AL December 1930 [1]
Nashville, TN 1931 Cancelled[b] [2]
14th Chicago, IL December 30, 1933 [1][11]
15th Washington, D.C. December 27, 1934December 30, 1934 [1][12]
16th Atlanta, GA December 27, 1935December 30, 1935 Omega founders Edgar Amos Love and Oscar James Cooper brought greeting to the brothers in attendance of the conference on behalf of the members of Omega Psi Phi. [1][2][13][14]
17th New York, NY December 1936December 31, 1936 2nd joint Conclave/Boule with Zeta Phi Beta [1][5][15]
18th Detroit, MI approx. December 29, 1937 [1][16]
19th Winston-Salem, NC December 1938 (Christmas week) [1][17]
20th Howard University, Washington, D.C. December 26, 1939December 30, 1939 Silver (25th) Anniversary Conclave [1][2][18][19]
21st Tuskegee, AL December 1940 [1]
22nd Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA December 1941 The fraternity became a permanent member of the National Negro Business League. [1][2][20]
Richmond, VA December 1942 (Christmas holidays) Cancelled[c] [21]
23rd Chicago, IL 1944 First Spring Conclave; The fraternity voted to support of United Negro College Fund. [1][2]
24th St. Louis, MO December 27, 1945December 30, 1945 The fraternity became a permanent member of the National Negro Business League. Joint Conclave/Boule with Zeta Phi Beta[3](?) [1][2][22]
25th New Orleans, LA 1946 The fraternity became a permanent member of the National Negro Business League. [1][2]
26th Atlanta, GA December 27, 1947December 30, 1947 [1][23]
27th Los Angeles, CA August 9, 1948August 14, 1948 First Summer Conclave [1][3]
28th Washington, D.C. (Hosted by Alpha Sigma) December 27, 1949December 30, 1949 35th Anniversary Conclave [1][3][24][25]
29th New York, NY 1950 [1]
30th Birmingham, AL 1951 [1]
31st Slaughter's Hotel, Richmond, VA (Hosted by Lambda and Iota Sigma) December 27, 1952December 30, 1952 Theme: Full Democracy–Nothing Less Business meeting at George Carver Elementary [1][26][27][28][29]
32nd Detroit, MI December 1953 [1][27]
33rd Norfolk, VA December 27, 1954December 30, 1954 Hosted by Beta Sigma chapter. Theme is "Education - The Key to Freedom" [1][30]
34th Louisville, KY December 27, 1955December 30, 1955 [1][30][31]
35th Miami, FL 1956 [1]
36th Dallas, TX December 27, 1957December 30, 1957 3rd joint Conclave/Boule with Zeta Phi Beta [1][5][32]
37th Chicago, IL December 27, 1958December 30, 1958 [1][33]
38th Washington, D.C. (Hosted by Alpha, Alpha Sigma, and Gamma Lambda) December 26, 1959December 30, 1959 45th anniversary [1][34][35]
39th Hotel Park Sheraton, New York, NY (Hosted by Epsilon Sigma chapter) December 27, 1960December 30, 1960 Theme: Reassessing Our Role Of Leadership For Culture And Service [1][36][37]
40th Philadelphia, PA 1961 [1]
41st Pick Carter Hotel, Cleveland, OH 1962 [1][38]
42nd Nashville, TN 1963 [1]
43rd Sheraton Hotel or Statler Hilton(?), Washington, D.C. (Hosted by Alpha, Alpha Sigma, and Gamma Lambda) December 26, 1964December 30, 1964 50th Anniversary Conclave. Theme: "A Past to Cherish, A Future to Fulfill" [1][39][40][41]
44th Los Angeles, CA 1966 [1]
45th Richmond, VA 1967 [1]
46th Sheraton Belvedere Hotel, Baltimore, MD (Hosted by Zeta Sigma) August 12, 1969August 16, 1969 Theme: Brotherhood–A Universal Necessity [1][42]
47th Winston-Salem, NC 1970 [1]
48th Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL Approx. August 21, 1972August 23, 1972 [1][43]
49th Houston, TX 1973 [1]
50th Hilton Heritage, Detroit, MI (Hosted by Delta Rho, Gamma Iota, and Iota Beta Sigma) August 4, 1975August 9, 1975 [1][44][45]
51st Memphis, TN December 1976 [1][46]
52nd San Francisco, CA 1978 [1]
53rd Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. December 26, 1979December 30, 1979 65th Anniversary Conclave [1][47][48][49]
54th Charleston, SC 1981 [50]
55th Atlanta, GA 1982 [1]
56th New Orleans, LA 1984 [50]
57th Louisville, KY December 28, 1985 [1][51]
58th Kansas City, MO 1987 Theme: Sigma Men in Unity–Rekindling the Spirit of Service to Community [1][52]
59th Washington, D.C. August 8, 1989August 12, 1989 75th Anniversary Conclave [1][53]
60th Las Vegas, NV July 1991 4th joint Conclave/Boule with Zeta Phi Beta [5][54]
61st Raleigh, NC 1993 [54]
62nd Washington, D.C. 1995 [54]
63rd Orlando, FL June 30, 1997July 6, 1997 Theme: A Family Affair [22][55][56]
64th Fairmont Hotel, Dallas, TX July 6, 1999July 11, 1999 [57][58]
65th Detroit, MI 2001 [50]
66th Memphis Marriot Hotel, Memphis, TN July 8, 2003July 13, 2003 Theme: Coming Home; Project S.W.W.A.C and Project S.A.A.T.P, and Project Vote approved as national programs by the general board. [18][50][59][60][61]
67th Los Angeles, CA July 12, 2005July 17, 2005 [50][62]
68th Westin Hotel, Charlotte, NC (Hosted by Beta Rho Sigma) July 30, 2007August 5, 2007 [50][63][64][65]
69th New Orleans, LA July 6, 2009July 12, 2009 Theme: Celebrating the Dream [66][67][68]
70th Sheraton Hotel, Atlanta, GA July 20, 2011July 24, 2011 Theme: Living The Legacy: Marching Toward The Jubilee [69]
71st Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA July 9, 2013-July 14, 2013 Theme: POWER UP! Marching Towards the Jubilee [69]
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. July 16, 2014-July 20, 2014 Theme: Celebrating One Century of Service [70]

Notes[edit]

a. ^ Preferably does not include scheduled Pre-Conclave and Post-Conclave activities

b. ^ No conclaves were held in 1917 & 1918 due to World War I.

c. ^ No conclaves were held in 1931 & 1932 due to the Great Depression.

d. ^ No conclaves were held in 1942 & 1943 due to World War II.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be The Philosophy of Phi Beta Sigma, Page 26 of The Sigma Light (1990)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Phi Beta Sigma Timeline
  3. ^ a b c d e Spring 1949 Crescent
  4. ^ Savage, William S., Our Cause Speeds On, p. 22.
  5. ^ a b c d e Black Greek Letter organizations in the 21st Century, p. 107
  6. ^ 2nd Annual Convention
  7. ^ 1924 Conclave Program
  8. ^ 1925 Conclave Program Announced
  9. ^ 1927 Crescents - Iota, Tau, Sigma, and Kappa Sigma Chapters
  10. ^ 15th Conclave, Dec 1929
  11. ^ Spring/Summer 2007 Crescent Magazine p. 43
  12. ^ Mitchell to Resign 1934
  13. ^ Atlanta to be host to Sigmas
  14. ^ An Article from the Past
  15. ^ Zeta & Sigma Joint Boule/Conclave NY 1936
  16. ^ 1937 Conclave
  17. ^ The Afro American - Dec 17, 1938
  18. ^ a b Crescent Summer/Fall 2002, p 3
  19. ^ Marking the 25th Anniversary
  20. ^ 1941 Conclave
  21. ^ The Afro American - Oct 10, 1942
  22. ^ a b KBS event history
  23. ^ The Afro American - Dec 27, 1947
  24. ^ 35th Anniversary Conclave Journal
  25. ^ Philosophy Of Alain Locke By Alain LeRoy Locke, Leonard Harris p.229
  26. ^ 1952 Conclave
  27. ^ a b More on the 1952 Conclave
  28. ^ 38th Annual Conclave Journal
  29. ^ Our Cause Vol 1, Issue 1
  30. ^ a b Conclave 1954 Norfolk
  31. ^ Two lives in uncertain times By Wilma Iggers p. 75
  32. ^ Baltimore Afro-American - Dec 10, 1957
  33. ^ The Afro American - Apr 5, 1958
  34. ^ Conclave 1959 - Dec. 27-30 - 45th Anniversary - Washington, DC
  35. ^ 45th Annual Conclave Cover
  36. ^ 1960 Conclave
  37. ^ Baltimore Afro-American - Dec 6, 1960
  38. ^ St. Petersburg Times - Jan 8, 1963
  39. ^ Baltimore Afro-American October 20, 1964
  40. ^ Baltimore Afro-American - Nov 24, 1964
  41. ^ 50th Anniversary Conclave Cover
  42. ^ Baltimore Afro-American - August 5, 1969
  43. ^ Jet Sep 7, 1972 p. 11
  44. ^ Baltimore Afro-American - May 24, 1975
  45. ^ The Tuskegee News - Jul 31, 1975
  46. ^ Winter 2005 Crescent p.37
  47. ^ Jet Feb 7, 1980 p. 44
  48. ^ Bro. Renaldo “Skeets” Nehemiah
  49. ^ 65th Annual Conclave Cover
  50. ^ a b c d e f James Floyd Hall of Fame
  51. ^ Lexington Herald Leader, December 29th, 1985
  52. ^ Sigma History is Everywhere
  53. ^ Conclave Journals
  54. ^ a b c Zeta Rho Sigma
  55. ^ Winston-Salem State Newspaper
  56. ^ 1995-1997 General Board
  57. ^ 1999 Sigma Conclave
  58. ^ PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY TO HOST NATIONAL MEETING
  59. ^ Ye Old Sigma Times, NY Edition March/June 2003
  60. ^ Ebony Jul 2003
  61. ^ Epsilon Epsilon Sigma
  62. ^ 2005 Regional Conference Minutes
  63. ^ DPS-KA conclave
  64. ^ Ebony Jul 2007 p. 49
  65. ^ Crescent Winter 2005, p 14
  66. ^ Phi Beta Sigma Natl' Website
  67. ^ Gulf Coast Sigma Registration Form
  68. ^ Anniversary Conclave 2009
  69. ^ a b Thank You For Coming To The Conclave
  70. ^ "Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity". PBS100.org website. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Retrieved 23 June 2014.