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The list of Phi Beta Sigma notable Brothers (commonly referred to as "Sigmas") includes initiated and honorary members of Phi Beta Sigma (ΦΒΣ). Members traditionally are initiated into a chapter, although some members are granted honorary membership status. A chapter name ending in "Sigma" denotes a graduate chapter. No chapter of Phi Beta Sigma is designated Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet that traditionally signifies "the end"; deceased brothers are referred to as having joined The Omega Chapter.

The fraternity has been led by 33 international presidents. Its membership includes four African presidents; two governors; three congressmen; the first black Rhodes Scholar; numerous NFL football, NBA basketball, and MLB baseball players; an ultimate fighter; five Hall of Fame athletes; ten college and university presidents; and sixteen Olympians. Various buildings and schools have been named after Sigma men such as George Washington Carver, James Weldon Johnson, and Robert Russa Moton.

Listed below are notable Phi Beta Sigma men such as the founders, international presidents, and members who are involved in the fields of arts and entertainment, business, civil rights, education, health, law, politics, science, and sports.

Founders[edit]

Phi Beta Sigma founders: A. Langston Taylor, (first row, center), Leonard F. Morse (first row; third from right) and Charles I. Brown (first row; third from left) with charter members of Phi Beta Sigma; Alpha Chapter in 1914

A. Langston Taylor, Esq. was the first international president of Phi Beta Sigma. 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.

Dr. Leonard F. Morse, co-founder of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, was a student of the Greek language, and he named the fraternity. In addition, he wrote Sigma's first constitution and was the first president of Alpha Chapter. He was the first person to graduate from Howard University in 3 years with two degrees (A.B and a B.Ed degree).

Charles I. Brown, co-founder of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; first vice-president of Phi Beta Sigma. 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.

International presidents[edit]

Listed below are the thirty-four international presidents[1] since the 1914 institution of the office.

Science, education and medicine[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Dr. Sunday A. Adesuyi Alpha Sigma
(Washington, D.C.)
Sits on the NCAA Division II Management Council; held the First-Vice President position for CIAA Conference; serving as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics Department, Saint Paul's College [2]
William Bell Sigma
(Miles College)
Second President of Miles College [2]
Alger Boswell Beta
(Wiley College)
First to head the Mathematics Department at Tennessee State University; Vice President of the College (1951–64); helped found the Zeta Alpha Chapter at Tennessee State University, 1931 [2][3][4]
George Washington Carver Gamma Sigma
(Tuskegee, Alabama)
World-famous scientist, botanist, educator and inventor whose studies and teaching revolutionized agriculture in the Southern US; most famous for research into and promotion of peanuts and sweet potatoes [2][3]
Dr. Frank Chambers First African-American to teach at Columbia University Dental School [2]
Frank Marshall Davis Delta
(Kansas State Univ.)
Writer, author and journalist during the Harlem Renaissance; made a tremendous impact on African-American literature [2]
Matthew W. Dogan Gamma Psi
(Rust College)
First Black college president, Wiley College [2]
Dr. Edgar Draper Zeta Sigma
(Baltimore)
Former President of William V.S. Tubman Teachers College in Monrovia, Liberia; former President of Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY [2]
Dr. Israel Dunn, Jr. Xi
(Grambing State Univ.)
Former President of Arkansas Baptist College [2]
A. Babs Fafunwa Former Nigerian Federal Minister of Education and Youth Development; educationist, scholar [5]
Dr. Dudley E. Flood Eta Sigma
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
World-renowned speaker on leadership and education [2]
Dr. Willie Gilchrist Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University [2]
Dr. Elmer A. Henderson Gamma
(Morgan State Univ.)
Appointed in 1945 as assistant superintendent of the Baltimore Public School System, the first African-American to hold the position [2]
Dr. Edison O. Jackson Alpha
(Howard Univ.)
President of Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida [2]
James Weldon Johnson Alpha
(Howard Univ.)
American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, professor and early civil rights activist; famous works include The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and the Black National Anthem "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" [6]
Dr. Ralph W.E. Jones Former President of Grambling State University [2]
Dr. Jonn A. Kenny Medical director at Tuskegee Institute, 1902–24; Director of Community hospital of Newark, New Jersey, 1924–39; founder of John A. Andrew Clinical Society; founder and first editor of the Journal of the National Medical Association [2]
Alain LeRoy Locke Alpha
(Howard Univ.)
First Black Rhodes Scholar; writer, philosopher, educator and patron of the arts; unofficially called the "father of the Harlem Renaissance"; Bahá'í [2]
Dr. Arthur N.S. Mcunu, Jr. Alpha Lambda
(Xavier Univ.)
Director of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at Howard University School of Medicine [2]
Dr. Horace Mitchell Iota Alpha Sigma
(Signal Hill, California)
President of California State University, Bakersfield [2]
Dr. Parlett Moore Founded the Sigma Beta Club; Second President of Coppin State University; 20th president of Phi Beta Sigma [2]
Dr. Leonard F. Morse Alpha
(Howard Univ.)
President of Edward Waters College; co-founder of Phi Beta Sigma [2]
Robert Russa Moton Gamma Sigma
(Tuskegee, Alabama)
Second president of Tuskegee University [2]
Dr. George Leon Netterville, Jr. Rho
(Southern Univ.)
Third president of Southern University [2]
Dr. Rod Paige Alpha Beta
(Jackson State Univ.)
7th United States Secretary of Education (first African-American); former Jackson State University head football coach; former Texas Southern University head football coach [2]
Dr. Albert Roberts First minority to graduate with a PhD in Psychology from Emory University; former Dean of Howard Psychology Department, public speaker and recognized leader in the psychology field for children and young adults [2]
Dr. Samuel Robinson Epsilon Beta Sigma
(Louisville, Kentucky)
President of the Lincoln Foundation, Inc. [2]
Dr. Kevin Rome Chi
(Morehouse College)
19th president of Lincoln University (Missouri) [2]
Dr. William Sherman Savage Alpha
(Howard Univ.)
Sigma historian; first Black man to receive a degree from the University of Oregon; past National President of Sigma and Lincoln University (Missouri) [2]
Dr. David Swinton Beta Chi Sigma
(Columbia, South Carolina)
President of Benedict College [2]
Dr. George D. Thorne Led fight for inclusion of Black surgeons in the American College of Surgeons; founder of Mount Morris Park Hospital, New York City [2]
Dr. Cornelius V. Troupe Second president of Fort Valley State University; later President of Morris Brown College [2]
Dr. Thomas W. Turner Civil rights activist, biologist and educator [2]
Dr. Lawrence V. Wells Nu
(Central State Univ.)
Michigan educator; Director of Charter Schools Ferris State University [2]
Dr. Richard A. Williams Honorary Author, professor and founder of the Association of Black Cardiologists; President and founder of the Minority Health Institute; named one of the 15 African-American Pioneers in Cardiology [7]
Dr. George Washington Carver
James Weldon Johnson
Robert Russa Moton
Dr. Rod Paige

Civic leaders, politicians and activists[edit]

Heads of state[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe Mu Chapter
(Lincoln Univ.)
First President of Nigeria; leading figure of modern Nigerian nationalism [6]
Kwame Nkrumah Mu Chapter
(Lincoln Univ.)
First president of the Republic of Ghana; instrumental in the Gold Coast's independence from the United Kingdom [6]
William Tolbert Beta Upsilon Sigma
(Monrovia, Liberia)
Past President of Liberia [6][8]
William V.S. Tubman Past President of Liberia; father of modern Liberia [8]
Bill Clinton Honorary Past president of the United States of America
Kwame Nkrumah
William Tubman

United States Congressmen[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Dr. Melvin Evans Alpha
(Howard Univ.)
First elected Governor of the United States Virgin Islands; Delegate to the United States House of Representatives; former United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago [6]
John Lewis Lambda Sigma
(Atlanta)
US Congressman (D-Georgia's 5th district); civil rights activist; chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee [6]
Arthur W. Mitchell Columbia University
(location disputed)
First African-American Democrat elected to the US Congress (D-Illinois's 1st district); 6th International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, served longer than any other president (1925–1934) [6]
Edolphus Towns Eta Chapter
(NC A&T State Univ.)
US Congressman (D-New York's 10th district) [6]
Harold Washington Upsilon Sigma
(Chicago)
First African-American Mayor of Chicago; US Congressman (D-Illinois's 1st district); member of the Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives [6]
Melvin H. Evans
John Lewis
Arthur W. Mitchell
Edolphus Towns
Harold Washington

Military leaders[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Major Milton Dean Black Troop Commander in World War I; one of three Black officers of this rank in the US Army [6]
Major General Bennie Williams Gamma
(Morgan State Univ.)
Commanding General, 21st Theater Support Command [6]
Major General Everett H. Thomas (Retired) Delta Phi
(Mississippi Valley State University)
Director of Air Force Strategic Programs at Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Col. Morris Hatcher Pi Mu
(Western Carolina Univ.)
Transportation Commander of 3rd Armored Division during the 2003 Coalition invasion of Iraq [6]
Brigadier General Guthrie L. Turner, Jr., MD Iota
(Shaw Univ.)
Commander of Madigan Hospital (Fort Lewis, Washington); first Black Army physician promoted to the rank of General [6]

State legislators[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Leslie Calvin Brown ( Les Brown (speaker) ) Member of Ohio House of Representatives for the 29th District, 1977–1983 [6]
Terrance Carroll, Esq. Chi
(Morehouse College)
First African-American Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives; lawyer [9]
Kenneth "Ken" Dunkin Upsilon Sigma
(Chicago)
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives (District 5) 2002-; social worker [6]
Juan LaFonta, Esq. Iota Lambda
(Univ., of New Orleans)
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 96); lawyer [6]
Fleming Jones, Jr. First Black Democratic member of West Virginia House of Delegates from 1935–1941 and 1945–1947 [6]
Willie Logan Member of Florida House of Representatives, 103rd District, 1983-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996; Independent candidate for US Senator from Florida, 2000 [6]
Kevin L. Matthews Kappa Tau Sigma
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Oklahoma State Senator for District District 11, 2015 [6]
Demetrius C. Newton, Sr., Esq. Tau Sigma
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Elected in 1986, the first African-American Speaker Pro-Tem of the Alabama House of Representatives; lawyer [6]
Roderick Scott Tau Sigma
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives [6]
Troy Singleton Theta Psi
(Rowan University)
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 7th Legislative District [6]
Oliver Robinson Eta Epsilon
(University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives [6]

Mayors[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Willie Adams, M.D. Alpha Eta
(Florida A&M Univ.)
Current and first African-American mayor of Albany, Georgia [6]
Kenneth E. Gulley Gamma Epsilon
(Alabama A&M Univ.)
Mayor of Bessemer, Alabama [6]
Charles E. Ellis, Jr., CPA Eta Gamma
(Univ., of Missouri)
Former mayor of Greendale, Missouri (2007–2011); International Treasurer and member of Southwestern Regional Distinguished Service Chapter
Eldridge Hawkins Lambda Lambda Sigma
(Trenton, New Jersey)
Mayor of Orange, New Jersey [6]
Chris Rey, Esq. Xi Nu
(East Carolina Univ.)
Mayor of Spring Lake, North Carolina [6]
Edward Wilson Kappa Delta Sigma
(Signal Hill, California)
Mayor of Signal Hill, California [6]
Paul E. Winfield, Esq. Eta Beta
(Univ. of Mississippi)
Mayor of Vicksburg, Mississippi [6]
Ed May, I Gamma Epsilon
(Alabama A&M Univ.)
Former Mayor of Bessemer, Alabama [6]
Michael J. Trainor Kappa Upsilon Sigma
(Willingboro, New Jersey)
Mayor of Edgewater Park, New Jersey [6]

Judges[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Donald Allen Alpha Alpha Beta Sigma
(Detroit, Michigan)
55th Judicial District Court, Ingham County, Mason [6]
Terry L. Clark Alpha Alpha Beta Sigma
(Detroit, Michigan)
[6]
Hugh Clarke 54-A Judicial District Court, Ingham County, Lansing [6]
Thomas Jackson Third Judicial Circuit Court, Wayne County, Detroit [6]
Edward Ewell Zeta Gamma Sigma
(Saginaw, Michigan)
Third Judicial Court of Michigan [6]
Charles E. Freeman First district justice of the Illinois Supreme Court; first African-American to hold this position [10]
Luke A. Lavergne Omicron Beta Sigma
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Retired District Judge of the Family Court, Division "B", East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana; member of the Distinguished Service Chapter [6]
Daniel Lewis Epsilon Sigma
(Harlem, New York)
State of New York, Queens County Supreme Court Judge [6]
Morris Overstreet First African-American elected by popular vote to a statewide office in the history of Texas; first African-American to sit on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals [6]
Joseph D. Roulhac Delta Rho Sigma
(Akron, Ohio)
Municipal judge in Akron, Ohio, serving thirty years before retiring in 1987 [6]
Michael J Ryan Nu Mu
(Allegheny College)
Cleveland, Ohio Municipal Court [6]
Robert H. Terrell First black municipal judge in Washington, D.C. [6]
Carl Walker Epsilon Xi
(University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, Illinois)
First Judicial Sub Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois [6]
Charles M. Walker Eta Beta Sigma
(Nashville, TN)
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Nashville, TN [6]
Everett Wess Gamma Epsilon
(Alabama A & M)
Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge in Birmingham [6]
Alexander Wright, Jr. Gamma
(Morgan State College)
Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit [6]
Anthony D Wright Kappa Zeta
(Auburn Univ.)
Presiding Judge, United States Appellate Court, 11th Judicial Circuit [6]

Activists and other leaders[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Dwayne Ashley Former CEO and President of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund [2]
Warren Ballentine, Esq. Iota Nu Sigma
(Chicago, Illinois)
Attorney; motivational speaker; host of the nationally syndicated Warren Ballentine Show; host of Court Radio on XM Satellite Radio [6]
Ben Brown Deputy Director of the Democratic Party [6]
Shane Gibson Member of Parliament and Minister of Immigration, Labour and Training of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas [11]
Angelo B. Henderson Mu Theta Chapter
(Univ., of Kentucky)
22nd African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize; the only African-American to win the Pulitzer at The Wall Street Journal; host of Your Voice with Angelo Henderson on Newstalk AM 1200 and 99.9FM in Detroit [12][13]
Lafayette McKeene Hershaw Alpha
(Howard Univ.)
One of the twenty-nine founders of the Niagara movement, the forerunner of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [6]
Rev. JLS Holloman Lambda
Virginia Union College
Father of the esteemed Holloman Family and pastor of the 2nd Street Baptist Church;Father of late Majorie Holloman Parker, National Historian Emeritus, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority [6]
Hulan Jack Alpha Delta
(City College Of New York)
First black borough President of Manhattan New York [6]
Dr. Joseph H. Jackson Religious leader and former president of the six-million-member National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. (largest black organization in the world) [6]
Dr. Kendal Major Speaker of the House of Assembly and Member of Parliament, The Bahamas
Benjamin Chavis Muhammad Honorary Organizer, Million Man March and former President of the NAACP [6]
Dr. Huey P. Newton Beta Tau
(UC Berkeley)
Co-founder, Black Panther Party [6]
Bobby Seale Beta Tau
(UC Berkeley)
Co-founder, Black Panther Party [6]
Phenton Neymour Theta Xi
(Syracuse Univ.)
Bahamas Member of Parliament, Minister of State for Works [6]
George A. Parker Dean of the Terrell School of Law, 1964 Republican National Convention Delegate to San Francisco, who on National TV, publicly challenged Presidential Candidate Barry Goldwater on his record for civil rights, Past National President of Phi Beta Sigma [6]
Howard Z. Plummer Alpha Alpha
(Wilberforce Univ.)
Cardinal Bishop, Church of God and Saints of Christ [6]
A. Philip Randolph Iota Sigma
(Richmond, Virginia)
Founder, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, primary organizer of the

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C.

[6]
Arleigh Winston Scott Epsilon Sigma (New York) First native Governor-General of Barbados, knighted by the Queen of England in 1967 [14]
Al Sharpton Honorary Civil rights activist, Baptist minister, radio talk show host of Keepin It Real with Al Sharpton, founder of National Action Network, candidate for the 2004 U.S. Presidential election [15]
Armstrong Williams Eta Alpha
(South Carolina State Univ.)
Syndicated Columnist and Political Talk Show Pundit [6]
Herman Williams, Jr. Zeta Sigma
(Baltimore, Maryland)
First Black fire chief of Baltimore Maryland and a major U.S city, Father of talk show host Montel Williams [6]
Hosea Williams Zeta
(Morris Brown College)
Civil rights activist [6]
Lennox Yearwood Gamma Lambda
(Univ., of District of Columbia)
President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus; human rights activist [6]
Benjamin Chavis Muhammad
A. Philip Randolph
Al Sharpton

Business[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Joe Dudley Honorary President and CEO of Dudley Hair Care Products [16]
Diallo Gordon Zeta Nu
(Univ., of Georgia)
Executive Vice President of Global Cash Access, Inc. [16]
Herman J Russell Lambda Sigma
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Founder and CEO of H.J. Russell & Company Construction [16]

Entertainment[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Dem Boyz Step Team Xi Pi
(The College of New Jersey)
Lambda Chi
(Bloomfield College)
Alpha Nu Alpha
(Seton Hall/Rider Univ.)
Step performers, actors, musicians; featured in the films Stomp the Yard and How She Move [17]
Harry Belafonte Honorary singer, songwriter, actor, social activist; one of the most successful African-American pop stars in history [18]
King Bach Mu Epsilon
(Florida State University)
Actor, Stand-Up Comedian [19]
Big Joe Walker Epsilon Upsilon
(Stephen F. Austin)
Country music recording artist [19]
J. Anthony Brown Eta Beta Sigma
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Comedian and actor [20]
Kurt Carr Zeta Lambda
(Univ., of Connecticut)
Gospel recording artist [19]
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Honorary Jazz funk drummer, percussionist, studio musician, composer and producer [7]
Jonathan "Jon" Chaffin Alpha Pi Film and television actor most well known for originating the character Warlock in the series The Haves and the Have Nots [7]
Bootsy Collins Honorary Bass player, singer, and songwriter [19]
Combat Jack Kappa Xi (Cornell University) Real name Reggie Osse, Esq.; radio host; attorney [19]
Timon Kyle Durrett Alpha Zeta
(Alcorn State Univ.,)
Actor in Single Ladies on VH1 and Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls [19]
Kerry J. Gilliard Delta Mu
(Bowie State Univ.,)
Composer (band and orchestra), Owner of 7th Letter Music, LLC, Speaker, Clinician and Educator [19]
Aulsondro "Emcee N.I.C.E." Hamilton Alpha Alpha Epsilon Chapter
(Rancho Cucamonga, California)
Singer, Actor, Producer member of The Rocturnals formerly known as KansasCali, Co-Star of "Da Jammies" cartoon and has appeared on 6 notable soundtracks which includes: Crash (2004 film), Haven (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Once in a Lifetime Original Soundtrack [19]
Everette Harp Kappa Delta Sigma
(Signal Hill, California)
Jazz saxophonist [19]
Terrence Howard Honorary Actor [19]
Reginald Hudlin Honorary Film director, writer, actor and producer [7]
Ralph Johnson Honorary Former drummer and singer with Earth, Wind & Fire [7]
Bobby Jones Zeta Alpha
(Tennessee State Univ.)
Gospel music singer and television host [19]
Mark "Flex" Alexander Knox Kappa Delta Sigma
(San Francisco)
Comedian and actor [19]
Ramsey Lewis Honorary Jazz composer and pianist [19]
Ellis Marsalis Epsilon Alpha
(Dillard Univ.)
Jazz pianist, composer, and educator [19]
Al McKay Honorary Guitarist, songwriter and former member of Earth, Wind & Fire [7]
Clarence Muse, Esq. Phi Beta Sigma
(Los Angeles)
Actor, screenwriter, director, composer, and lawyer [19]
Baba Olatunji Chi
(Morehouse College)
Drummer [19]
Al Roker Honorary Weather anchor for NBC's Today show; co-host of Wake Up with Al on The Weather Channel, author, actor [21]
Kevin Saunderson Zeta Epsilon
(East Michigan Univ.)
Record producer, singer [19]
Wayne Shorter Saxophonist and composer [19]
Tabari Sturdivant Xi Pi
(Rider Univ.)
Director, Writer, Producer Movies include: Breaking Up is Hard to Do (2010 film), Probable Cause (2012 film), Speed Dial (2013 film), Intervention (2010 film) [19]
The Temptations (Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Richard Street, Glenn Leonard, and Louis Price) Upsilon Sigma
(Chicago)
The Temptations' late-70s lineup [19]
D'Extra Wiley Phi Beta Sigma Chapter
(Los Angeles)
Entertainer; producer; former MCA Records R&B artist with the 90s New Jack group II D Extreme [19]
Dr. Walter Turnbull Honorary Musician and founder of the Harlem Boys Choir [19]
Blair Underwood Honorary Actor [19]
Verdine White Honorary Bass guitarist and founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire [7]
Lawrence "Whisonant" Winters International opera singer; first Black singer to perform standard operatic roles on a regular basis with the New York City Centre Opera [19]
Malik Yoba Honorary Actor best known for his co-starring role on the TV drama New York Undercover [19]
Harry Belafonte
Kurt Carr
Bootsy Collins
Terrence Howard
Emcee N.I.C.E.
Ramsey Lewis
Al Roker
Wayne Shorter
Blair Underwood

Sports[edit]

American football[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Buster Barnett Lambda Eta
(Arkansas State Univ.)
NFL player, (Buffalo Bills) [22]
Fred Barnett Lambda Eta
(Arkansas State Univ.)
NFL player (Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins) [22]
Idrees Bashir Delta Nu
(Univ., of Memphis)
NFL player (Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions) [22]
Charlie Batch Zeta Epsilon
(Eastern Michigan Univ.)
NFL player (Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers), 2 time Super Bowl champion (XL, XLIII) [22]
George Bethune Theta Delta
(Univ., of Alabama)
NFL player (Los Angeles Rams) [23]
Greg Blue Zeta Nu
(Univ., of Georgia)
NFL player (Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions), All-American (2005) [24]
Alex Brown Zeta Kappa
(Univ., of Florida)
NFL player (Chicago Bears), 2 time All-American (1999, 2001), 2001 SEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year, Lombardi Award finalist, Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist [22][25]
Evan Brown Gamma Zeta
(Savannah State Univ.)
NFL player
Larry Brown Zeta Nu
(Univ., of Georgia)
NFL player [22][26]
Lomas Brown Zeta Kappa
(Univ., of Florida)
NFL player (5 teams), 7 time All-Pro selection, 7 time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl champion (XXXVII) [22][25]
Kenny O. Burrough Beta Delta
(Texas Southern Univ.)
NFL player (New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers) [22]
Donnie Caldwell Iota Chi
(Western Illinois Univ.,)
NFL player (Seattle Seahawks) [22]
Ernest Calloway Beta Delta
(Texas Southern Univ.,)
NFL player [22]
Rich Caster Alpha Beta
(Jackson State Univ.)
NFL player, Pro Bowl in 1972, 1974, 1975 (New York Jets, Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins) [22]
Ben Coates Upsilon
(Livingstone College)
NFL player (New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens), 3 time All-Pro selection, 5 time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl champion (XXXV) [22]
Johnie Cooks Theta Iota
(Mississippi State Univ.)
NFL player (Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns) [22]
Jamar Chaney Theta Iota
(Mississippi State Univ.)
NFL player (Philadelphia Eagles) [22]
Demarcus Curry Kappa Zeta
(Auburn Univ.)
NFL player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) [22]
Eric Curry Theta Delta
(University of Alabama)
NFL player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars), played on 1992 National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide team [22][27]
Lional Dalton Zeta Epsilon
(Eastern Michigan Univ.)
NFL player (5 teams), Super Bowl champion (XXXV) [22]
Phillip Daniels Zeta Nu
(Univ., of Georgia)
NFL player (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins) [22][26]
Willie Davis Iota Pi
(Univ., of Central Arkansas)
NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers) [22]
Willie Davis Kappa Upsilon
(Univ., of Arkansas)
NFL player (Tennessee Titans) [22]
Hugh Douglas Nu Sigma
(Philadelphia)
NFL player (New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars), 3 Time Pro Bowl selection(2000,2001,2002), 1995 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year [22]
Marques Douglas Alpha
(Howard Univ.)
NFL player (New York Jets) [22]
Braylon Edwards Gamma Alpha Sigma
(Cleveland, Ohio)
NFL player (New York Jets), All-Pro selection (2007), Pro Bowl selection (2007), Fred Biletnikoff Award winner (2004) [22][28]
Robert Edwards Zeta Nu
(Univ., of Georgia)
NFL (New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins) and CFL player, [22][26]
Terrence Edwards Zeta Nu
(Univ., of Georgia)
NFL (Atlanta Falcons) and CFL player [26]
Donnie Elder Delta Nu
(Univ., of Memphis)
NFL player (5 teams) [22]
Harry Galbreath Kappa Chi
(Univ., of Tennessee)
NFL player (Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets) [22]
Tony Gilbert Zeta Nu
(Univ., of Georgia)
NFL player (Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons), 2001 All-SEC 2ND Team, 2002 College Football All-America Team [24]
Victor Green Iota Beta
(Univ., of Akron)
NFL player (New York Jets, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints) [22]
L.C. Greenwood Beta Theta
(Univ., of AR-Pine Bluff)
NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers), 2 time All-Pro selection, 6 time Pro Bowl selection, 6 time All-Conference selection, 4 time Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV) [22]
Dudley Guice Zeta Iota
(Northwestern State Univ., of Louisiana)
NFL player (Tennessee Titans) [29]
Myron Guyton Iota Delta
(Eastern Kentucky Univ.)
NFL player (New York Giants, New England Patriots), Super Bowl champion (XXV) [22]
Chris Harris Beta Rho Sigma
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
NFL player (Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers) [22]
Corey Alan Harris Beta Beta Alpha
(University of North Alabama)
NFL player (New Orleans Saints (1999–2000), Kansas City Chiefs 2001–2003, school record-holder in multiple defensive statistics) [30]
Chris Hayes Alpha Beta Alpha
(Washington State Univ.)
NFL player (Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, New England Patriots), Super Bowl Champion (XXXI) [22]
Verron Haynes Zeta Nu
(Univ., of Georgia)
NFL player (Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers), 2 time Super Bowl Champion) [26]
Claude Humphrey Zeta Alpha
(Tennessee State Univ.)
NFL player Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee; NFL player (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles), 8 time All-Pro selection, 6 time Pro Bowl selection, 1968 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, All-American (1967) [22]
Donald Igwebuike Omicron Lambda
(Clemson Univ.)
NFL player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings) [22]
Ken Irvin Delta Nu
(Univ., of Memphis)
NFL player (Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings) [22]
Darrius Johnson Xi Delta
(Univ., of Oklahoma)
NFL player (Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs), 2 time Super Bowl Champion (XXXII, XXXIII) [22]
Aaron Jones Iota Delta
(Eastern Kentucky Univ.)
NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Miami Dolphins) [22]
Ray McDonald Zeta Kappa
(Univ., of Florida)
NFL player (San Francisco 49ers), played on 2006 National Champion 2006 Florida Gators Football team [25]
Willis McGahee Zeta Iota Sigma
(Delray Beach, Florida)
NFL player (Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens), Pro Bowl selection, played on 2001 National Champion Miami Hurricanes team [22]
Ben McGee Alpha Beta
(Jackson State Univ.)
NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers), 2 time Pro Bowl selection [22]
Brandon Miller Zeta Nu
(Univ. of Georgia)
NFL player (Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks) [22][26]
Douglas Miller Alpha
(Howard University)
CFL player [22]
Marques Miller Alpha
(Howard University)
NFL player (Baltimore Ravens) [22]
Nate Miller Iota Tau
(Louisiana State Univ.)
NFL player (Atlanta Falcons) [22]
Michael "Mookie" Moore Theta Delta
(Univ., of Alabama)
NFL player (Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons) [31]
Lloyd Mumphord Beta Delta
(Texas Southern Univ.)
NFL player [22]
Ikechuku Ndukwe Iota Nu
(Northwestern Univ.)
NFL player (Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins) [32]
Christopher Owens Mu Lambda
(San Jose State Univ.)
NFL player (Atlanta Falcons) [33]
Bubba Paris Delta Rho
(Univ. of Michigan)
NFL player (San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions), 3 time super bowl Champion (XIX, XXIII, XXIV), All-American [22]
Marvcus Patton Nu Delta
(UC Los Angeles)
NFL player (Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs) [22]
Eddie Payton Alpha Beta
(Jackson State Univ.)
NFL player (4 teams), head golf coach at Jackson State University [22]
Merceda Perry Xi Gamma
(Univ.,of North Carolina)
NFL player [22]
Todd Pinkston Theta Eta
(Univ., of S. Mississippi)
NFL player (Philadelphia Eagles) [22]
Joey Porter Nu Xi
(Colorado State Univ.)
NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins), 4 time All-Pro selection, 4 time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl champion (XL) [22]
Ozell Powell Theta Delta
(Univ.,of Alabama)
NFL player (Washington Redskins) [23]
Travis Prentice Omicron Xi
(Murray State Univ.)
NFL player (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals) [22]
Jerry Rice Delta Phi
(Mississippi Valley State Univ.)
NFL player (San Francisco 49ers and 3 others), Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010, College Football Hall of Fame, 12 time All-Pro selection, 13 time Pro Bowl selection, 3 time Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX), Super Bowl XXIII MVP, numerous other awards, All-time leader in every major statistical category for wide receivers; 2005 Dancing with the Stars Runner-Up [22]
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Eta Beta Sigma
(Nashville, Tennessee)
NFL player (Arizona Cardinals) [34]
Adrian Ross Nu Xi
(Colorado State Univ.)
NFL player (Cincinnati Bengals) [22]
Dwayne Rudd Theta Delta
(Univ.of Alabama)
NFL player (Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) [35]
Kenneth "Ed" Scissum Theta Delta
(Univ. of Alabama)
NFL player (San Francisco 49ers) [23]
Earl Seals Alpha Beta
(Jackson State Univ.)
NFL player [22]
George Selvie Zeta Xi
(Univ., of South Florida)
NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys) [36]
Terrance Shaw Epsilon Upsilon
(Stephen F. Austin State Univ.)
NFL player (5 teams), Super Bowl champion (XXXVI) [22]
Richard Sherman Beta Tau
(Stanford Uni.)
NFL player (Seattle Seahawks), All-Pro Cornerback, Super Bowl champion (XLVIII) x
D. J. Shockley Zeta Nu
(Univ.,of Georgia)
NFL player (Atlanta Falcons), 2005 SEC Championship Game MVP [24]
Ron Simpkins Delta Rho
(Univ., of Michigan)
NFL player (Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers) [22]
Ryan Sims Xi Gamma
(University of North Carolina)
NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) [22]
Jackie Slater Alpha Beta
(Jackson State Univ.)
NFL player (Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams), Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2001, 5 time All-Pro selection, 7 time Pro Bowl selection, St. Louis Rams #78 retired, NFL Record 20 seasons with 1 Team [22]
Jessie Small Nu Sigma
(Philadelphia)
NFL (Philadelphia Eagles) and CFL player [22]
Emmitt Smith Zeta Kappa
(University of Florida)
NFL player (Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals); Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010; five-time First-Team All-Pro selection; eight-time Pro Bowl selection; three-time Super Bowl Champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX); 1993 NFL MVP, Super Bowl XXVIII MVP; all-time leading rusher; 2006 Dancing with the Stars champion [22][25]
John Stephens Zeta Iota
(Northwestern State University)
NFL player (four teams); Pro Bowler; 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year [22]
James Starks Beta Iota
(University at Buffalo)
NFL player (Green Bay Packers) [37]
Marcus Stroud Zeta Nu
(University of Georgia)
NFL player (Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills); two-time all-Pro selection; three-time Pro Bowl selection [26]
Chris Terry Zeta Nu
(University of Georgia)
NFL player (Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs) [22][26]
Henry Thomas Epsilon Nu
(Lamar/Southwest Texas State University)
NFL player (New Orleans Saints) [22]
Kiwaukee Thomas Pi Rho
(Georgia Southern University)
NFL player (four teams) [22]
Marcus Thomas Zeta Kappa
(Univ., of Florida)
NFL player (Denver Broncos), played on 2006 National Champion Florida Gators team [25]
Marvin Thomas Delta Nu
(Univ., of Memphis)
NFL player [22]
Ricky Thomas Theta Delta
(Univ., of Alabama)
NFL Asst. Coach (Indianapolis Colts Tight Ends Coach. Super Bowl XLI Champion) [22]
George Thornton Theta Delta
(Univ., of Alabama)
NFL player (San Diego Chargers, New York Giants) [22][38]
Elijah Thurmon Alpha
(Howard Univ.)
NFL player [22]
Lewis Tillman Alpha Beta
(Jackson State Univ.)
NFL player (New York Giants, Chicago Bears), Super Bowl Champion (XXV) [22]
Willie Totten Delta Phi
(Mississippi Valley State University)
NFL player (Buffalo Bills), member of College Football Hall of Fame (as part of the Satellite Express (with Jerry Rice) which set many NCAA offensive records) [22]
Deshea Townsend Theta Delta
(University of Alabama)
NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers); two-time Super Bowl champion (XL, XLIII) [23]
Tony Vinson Theta Omicron
(Towson Univ.)
NFL player (Baltimore Ravens) [22]
Hines Ward Zeta Nu
(University of Georgia)
NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers); three-time All-Pro selection; four-time Pro Bowl selection; two-time Super Bowl Champion (XL, XLIII); Super Bowl XL MVP [22][26]
James Washington Kappa Delta Sigma
(Los Angeles)
NFL player (Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins), 2 time Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII) [22]
Tracy White Alpha
(Howard University)
NFL player (4 teams) [22]
Willie Whitehead Kappa Zeta
(Auburn University)
NFL player (San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints) [22][22][39]
Wilson Whitley Zeta Zeta
(University of Houston)
NFL player [22]
Erik Williams Nu
(Central State University)
NFL player (Dallas Cowboys; three-time All-Pro selection; four-time Pro Bowl selection; three-time Super Bowl Champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) [22]
Willie Williams Pi Mu (Western Carolina) NFL player (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks); Super Bowl champion (XL) [22]
Erik Williams Nu
(
(Central State University)
NFL player (Dallas Cowboys); three-time All-Pro selection; four-time Pro Bowl selection; three-time Super Bowl Champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) [22]
Todd Williams Mu Epsilon
(Florida State University)
NFL, AFL, and UFL player [22]
Craig Yeast Mu Theta
(University of Kentucky)
NFL player (Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets) [22]
Darrell Stuckey Zeta Omicron
(University of Kansas)
NFL player (San Diego Chargers) [22]
Charlie Batch
Alex Brown
Braylon Edwards
LC Greenwood
Ray McDonald
Willis McGahee
Ikechuku Ndukwe
Joey Porter
Jerry Rice
George Selvie
Emmitt Smith
Marcus Thomas
Deshea Townsend
Hines Ward
Tracy White

Baseball[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Lou Brock Rho
(Southern University)
MLB player (Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals), Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 1985, 6 time All-Star, 2 time World Series champion, St. Louis Cardinals #20 retired, numerous awards [22]
Wayne Gomes Omicron Iota
(Old Dominion University)
MLB player (Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox) [22]
Ryan Howard Rho Chi
(SW Missouri State University)
MLB player (Philadelphia Phillies), 2006 National League MVP, 2006 Home Run Derby champion, 2005 NL Rookie of the Year, 2008 World series Champion, fastest player to reach 100 home runs in Major League Baseball history. [22]
Tony Reagins Theta Upsilon
(Cal State University, Fullerton)
MLB General Manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; fourth African-American general manager of a Major League Baseball club [40]
Lou Brock
Ryan Howard

Basketball[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
William Bedford Delta Nu
(University of Memphis)
NBA player (Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs) [22]
Clarence "Chucky" Brown Xi Zeta
(North Carolina State University)
NBA player; holds the NBA record for the most teams played for (12) during his 13-year (1989–2002) professional career [22]
Eugene Edgerson Alpha Alpha Epsilon
(University of Arizona)
Harlem Globetrotters, played on 1997 National Champion Arizona Wildcats team [22]
Gerald Glass Eta Beta
(Universityof Mississippi)
NBA player (Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets) [22]
Greg Graham Epsilon Iota
(Indiana University)
NBA player (Philadelphia 76ers, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers) [22]
Bernard Perry Alpha
(Howard University)
NBA player with the Washington Bullets [22]
Olden Polynice Zeta Eta
(University of Virginia)
NBA player (Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz) [22]
Willis Reed Xi
(Grambing State University)
NBA player with the New York Knicks; Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1982; two-time NBA Champion; two-time NBA Finals MVP; seven-time NBA All-Star; 1970 NBA MVP; 1970 NBA All-Star Game MVP; 1965 NBA Rookie of the Year; New York Knicks #19 retired [22]
Obie Trotter Gamma Epsilon
(Alabama A&M Univ.)
professional player in Europe, Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year, SWAC Tournament MVP, named by Rivals.com as the SWAC player of the Decade for 2000–2010 [22]
Darnell Valentine Zeta Omicron
(Univ. of Kansas)
NBA player (Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers), 1980 US Olympian (Basketball) [22]

Track and field[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Walter Dix Mu Epsilon (Florida State) 2 time Bronze Medalist at 2008 Summer Olympics (100m, 200m), 8 time NCAA champion, 15 time All-American, holds American collegiate record of 19.69 seconds in the 200m, set American Collegiate Record with a time of 9.93 seconds in the 100m [22]
Johnny Gray Nu Delta
(UC, Los Angeles)
Olympic Gold Medalist in 800m [22]
Al Joyner Lambda Eta
(Arkansas State University)
1984 Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump; 1984 Jim Thorpe Award winner [22]
Emmit King Theta Delta
(University of Alabama)
Two-time medalist at World Track Championships (1983); Olympian (1984, 1988); 1983 NCAA 100m National Champion [41]
Eddie Lovett Zeta Kappa
(University of Florida)
2016 Olympics, 110 metres hurdles [22]
Tom McCants Theta Delta
(University of Alabama)
Former American record holder in the high jump, 7 feet 9 inches, set on May 8, 1988 at the Jesse Owens Meet in Columbus, Ohio [41]
Melvin McLean Alpha Beta
(Jackson State University)
2 SWAC Champion 2006–2007 (400m, 800m), 4 time Div 2 NCAA All American, [22]
Coby Miller Kappa Zeta
(Auburn Univ.)
Two-time Olympian (2000, 2004), silver medalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics (4 × 400 m relay) [22]
Renaldo Nehemiah Epsilon Psi
(University of Maryland)
Former world record holder in 110m hurdles; first man to run 110m high hurdles in under 13 seconds; three-time NCAA champion; NFL Player (San Francisco 49ers) [22]
Lamont Smith Zeta Zeta (University of Houston) 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist (4 × 400 m relay) [22]
Keith Talley Theta Delta
(University of Alabama)
1986 NCAA Indoor 55-m Hurtles National Champion, 1987 NCAA Outdoor 110-m Hurdles National Champion, former record-holder for the Long Jump at his University [22]
Andrew Valmon Theta Tau Sigma
(Northern VA Alumni)
1992 Olympic Gold Medalist (4 × 400 m relay) [22]
Clive Wright Theta Delta
(University of Alabama)
Jamaican Olympian in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul 200-m and 4 × 100 m relay and 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, 1990 NCAA Outdoor 4X100 meter relay National Champion [22]
Walter Dix

Other sports[edit]

Name Original chapter Notability References
Mike London Mu Omicron
(University of Richmond)
Head football coach at the Howard University [22]
Charlie Strong Iota Pi
(University of Central Arkansas)
Head football coach at the University of South Florida[42] [22]
Frank Trigg Xi Delta
(University of Oklahoma)
Mixed martial artist [22]
Sesugh Uhaa Kappa Zeta
(Auburn University )
WWE wrestler; "Apollo Crews" [22]
Frank Trigg
Sesugh Uhaa

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